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Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Dear Jon: The prospect of widening Highway 1

Tourists, residents and gridlock on our highways, especially on Highway 1 proves a headache for drivers on the Central Coast. If you drive through Moss Landing daily you know what gridlock can be during the rush hour. Kelly wrote to me and asks, “Dear Jon, we live in the richest state in the U.S. and Highway 1 is still just two lanes from Monterey to Santa Cruz. Are there plans to make it four lanes, as it should be?

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Santa Cruz SPCA offers humane education program

Santa Cruz SPCA offers humane education program

The Santa Cruz SPCA’s Humane Education Program is on a steady incline, reaching over 5,000 of Santa Cruz County’s youth per year, more than 75 percent of whom are located in Watsonville and surrounding South County areas.

The Humane Education Program  is designed to teach today’s youth lessons of kindness, responsibility, compassion, and respect for animals and people alike.  The kids of today are the companion animal guardians of tomorrow and in order to effectively curb issues like animal abuse, neglect, improper care practices, and over-population in the future we must help the youth understand how to make positive choices for their community now and for the rest of their lives.

State unveils a new web fishing guide

State unveils a new web fishing guide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. If you’re looking to hook a fish or two or more, you’ll want to access the new California Department of Fish and Wildlife online Fishing Guide. This new and improved service will help novice and experienced anglers plan successful fishing trips.

The new web fishing guide is faster and provides detailed information about fish plants and fishing locations. Perfect to land your catch of the day.

The new version of the guide is found on the CDFW website.

Poll workers needed in Santa Cruz County

Poll workers needed in Santa Cruz County

Be a poll worker, serve your community, and get paid! Positions are still available for civic-minded people who want to work in the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

To serve in the polls, a person must be a registered voter, a legal resident, or must be a high school student, age 16 or over, a U.S. citizen, with at least a 2.5 grade point average. 

“Our primary needs right now are people with transportation who can work anywhere in the county. There is a critical shortage of people who can work at the Summit and in Watsonville,” County Clerk Gail Pellerin said. “In addition, we are in great need of people who speak Spanish, Mandarin, or Tagalog.”

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UCSC Educational Partnership Center receives $3.27 million grant to help students achieve college

UCSC Educational Partnership Center receives $3.27 million grant to help students achieve college

UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center has been awarded a $3.27 million federal grant over seven years to help prepare middle and high school students in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for college. The grant is one of 41 nationwide totaling $82 million as part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The GEAR UP college access programs are vital to our efforts to support lower-income students in their aspirations of joining the University of California,” said Richard Hughey, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education.  “I am particularly excited about this opportunity to expand UCSC’s collaborations with regional schools and to help individual students explore the possibilities of advanced education and student research on our campus.”

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

DEAR JON: Buses flashing red lights mean stop

Students are back at school and traffic safety is a hot topic, especially around school buses. You’ve probably seen buses flashing red lights often. Most people stop, as they should, but police say many don’t. Nick sent me a note, “Dear Jon, without fail everyday I see drivers that do not understand what the lights on the school bus mean, can you help?”

The Salinas Police department’s Sargent Gerry Ross says this issue continues to be a problem, “Officers are not going just give you a warning if you pass a bus with its red lights flashing.” For me, that’s warning enough.

When you see a school bus what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are you thinking, ‘There’s a road hog in my way!?’ Or do you see a bus as a vehicle carrying precious cargo, our children?

Science Expo at Cabrillo College with Baskin Engineering

APTOS, CA —Cabrillo College and the Cabrillo College Foundation invite the Santa Cruz County community to a free Science Expo on Saturday, October 11th at the newly renovated Baskin Engineering, Physics and Computing Center on the Cabrillo College Aptos campus, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos.

The event will provide an opportunity to explore the Baskin Center and participate in a dozen hands-on experiments and displays for all ages, that feature Cabrillo’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. During the Science Expo, participants of all ages will be able to: