5 elephant seals and one sea lion were released into the Pacific Ocean today in Carmel at Point Lobos State Reserve Beach. The seals were rescued and nurtured by the Marine Mammal Center after they were found in March suffering from malnutrition. The rescue occurred from as far south as San Luis Obispo County and as far north as Mendocino County.
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A 57-year old Felton man was trapped last night after he rolled his truck down an embankment on Highway-9. Daniel Henning was driving a Toyota Tacoma north on Highway-9 just south of Paradise Park, shortly before 9:15 p.m., when the truck slid of the road and rolled over into a 20-foot ditch, trapping him inside. Henning was taken to Domincan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, where he was treated and released. Investigations, meanwhile continue into what caused the crash.
A new study estimates that a new soda tax, would generate federal funding to prevent childhood obesity. assembly bill 669, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Monning, is predicted to raise 1.7 billion dollars statewide. The 1-cent-per-ounce tax, if adopted, could raise 9.3 million dollars in Santa Cruz County and 16.4 million in Monterey County. The bill would generate $233 per student, and send 35% of the money to schools to promote nutrition and physical activity, 35% to community initiatives to prevent overweight children, and 20% to state-run programs targeting obesity.
The Seaside Police Department has launched their new text message tip line. The service enables officers to receive an anonymous tip, sent by citizens, via a text message. Informants remain anonymous through an encrypted text message that’s routed through several secure servers. The officer will then be able to return the message without ever knowing who initially sent it.
Highway-1 at Rocky Creek reopened to all traffic last night in the Big Sur area, with one-way traffic controls and no wait restrictions. Highway-1 at Alder Creek, meanwhile, still remains closed in both directions. Caltrans say geologic instability along with debris falling onto the highway, has delayed the road’s reopening. Any unnecessary travel in this area, is discouraged especially during overnight hours. Pedestrian escorts through this area ended on Saturday April 16th.
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