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Mass anchovy die off at Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

 Mass anchovy die off at Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

The Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is being overrun with dead anchovies.

This time, the problem is so bad that police have closed off the launch ramp.

Meanwhile, volunteers are being recruited to come help clean up the thousands of small fish corpses cluttering the harbor. The SUP Shack, a local business specializing in stand-up paddle board rentals, is even offering free two-hour paddle board rentals and other treats to volunteers who come help with the clean up for at least two hours.

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Man reported missing out of Watsonville

 Man reported missing out of Watsonville

A Watsonville man has been reported missing after being released from the Behavioral Health Clinic in Santa Cruz last weekend.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies said family members on Tuesday afternoon reported Darin Zinola missing.

Zinola was released from the health clinic Saturday.

Family members told deputies that Zinola has medical issues that place him at risk if not treated. Zinola has a difficult time communicating verbally.

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

Monterey County veterans “Stand Down” this weekend

FORT ORD, Calif.- Monterey County’s homeless veterans will have a community of their own for 3 days beginning at noon August 1. During the Stand Down homeless veterans, men, women and families will have access to free medical and dental care.

“Our Stand Down,” says Terry Bare, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Center, “is fully encompassing. Our goal is to get our veterans back on their feet. If we can we can provide opportunity and hope, then we’ve done our job.”

Deadline approaches to file candidacy paperwork

 Deadline approaches to file candidacy paperwork

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is remind people that the deadline to file candidacy papers is August 8, 2014.

However, if the incumbent for any office who is eligible for re-election does not file by that Friday, the filing will be extended until 5:00 p.m. August 13 for anyone other than the incumbent to file.

Several contests on the ballot remain open, including city council seats, school board trustee positions, fire, water, and park district directors and port commissioners.

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Photographs wanted for fundraiser benefiting Whalefest Monterey and Museum of Monterey

Attention local amateur and professional photographers in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties!  Grab your cameras and smart phones and head out to the Monterey Wharf and beautiful Monterey Bay on foot, kayak, boat, or paddleboard, etc. and take some photos of our abundant marine life – whether it’s a whale, otter, sea lion or other denizens of the sea.

The Monterey History and Art Association, Museum of Monterey-Stanton Center and Whalefest Monterey have issued a Call for Submissions of marine-themed photographs by local photographers from both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for its upcoming “Images of Monterey Bay: A Marine Photography Fundraiser.”

CHP offering driver safety programs in Santa Cruz County

The California Highway Patrol is offering driver safety classes for senior citizens and teenage drivers.

The Age Well, Drive Smart program helps senior citizens to drive safer, longer. The program is designed to:

Faith-based community holds prayer vigil amid immigration crisis

The Watsonville community said it's putting politics aside and coming to the aid of thousands of undocumented children crossing the border every day into the United States. A vigil was held Sunday in support of those children trying to supply them with the most basic needs.

Usually a hotly-contested political battle over immigration reform featured the softer side of Americans who just want to help.

"It's not about politics. It shouldn't be about politics when you're talking about children in need of help," said Watsonville Mayor Karina Cervantez.

Mayor Cervantez, the daughter of poverty-stricken immigrant parents, organized a charitable movement by combining the churches and the community in her city.

"I do think this is a humanitarian aide condition and I do think the United States has had a long history of reaching out and helping refugees and helping out those that are struggling and having to flee their country," Cervantez said.