No injuries were reported after a wildfire broke out yesterday in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The blaze was reported near a winery at the 2000 block of Bear Creek Road between Boulder Creek and Saratoga. Fire crews extinguished a roughly 250-square-foot blaze in less than 30 minutes. The cause is still under investigation.
A 74-year old man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself this week at a Santa Cruz County Campground. Reports say the Morgan Hill man shot himself once in the abdomen with a .22 caliber revolver Monday at 4:45 p.m. at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released the same day. Officials say he faces potential gun charges since firearms are not allowed in any state parks. The shooting, meanwhile is being investigated by state parks.
A 3-year extension was passed with an option of 3 more years, to keep Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. Hundreds turned out at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds last night in support of the track, despite objections over race day noise levels. A neighborhood group called Community Alliance for Fairgrounds Accountability, also known as CAFA, was seeking tighter controls on noise, hours of operation, and number of events at the race track. The board of the 14th District Agricultural Association, the state agency that oversees the fairgrounds and puts on the annual county fair, unanimously approved the vote.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DONATIONS, THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO SUN STREET CENTER’S SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION CENTER IN SALINAS, WILL KEEP THE PROGRAM AFLOAT FOR ANOTHER YEAR. THAT AFTER ORGANIZERS THOUGHT THEY WOULD HAVE TO SHUT DOWN (DUE TO A LACK OF FEDERAL FUNDING). THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM HOPES THAT BY THE TIME THE LOCAL DONATIONS RUN OUT, SHE WILL HAVE SECURED A NEW FEDERAL GRANT. THE PREVENTION PROGRAM SENDS PEOPLE INTO MANY SALINAS SCHOOLS, TO TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE.
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