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Watsonville music teacher nominated for Grammy

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - Music lovers around the country will tune in for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February. While many may be thinking of some of the biggest names in the industry, a local music teacher is up for one of the awards.

Dr. David Dehner has been working as a vocal arts director at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville for 13 years now. He teaches more than 100 student singers at the school. The students sing in different genres from classical, pop to gospel.

"I've sung before but have never been able to do so well," said Gavin Mummert, music student.

Mummert said he's not surprised Dehner is one of 25 semifinalists across 17 states nominated for the Music Educator Award. The award recognizes the educator who has made a significant lasting contribution and commitment to music education. Anyone can nominate a teacher, but only a handful are chosen.

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Watsonville music teacher nominated for Grammy

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - Music lovers around the country will tune in for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February. While many may be thinking of some of the biggest names in the industry, a local music teacher is up for one of the awards.

Dr. David Dehner has been working as a vocal arts director at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville for 13 years now. He teaches more than 100 student singers at the school. The students sing in different genres from classical, pop to gospel.

"I've sung before but have never been able to do so well," said Gavin Mummert, music student.

Mummert said he's not surprised Dehner is one of 25 semifinalists across 17 states nominated for the Music Educator Award. The award recognizes the educator who has made a significant lasting contribution and commitment to music education. Anyone can nominate a teacher, but only a handful are chosen.

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

 

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

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Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

Save Our Shores needs your help!

Save Our Shores needs your help!
Santa Cruz, CA - Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, will coordinate the largest community cleanup of the year from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries removing garbage from beaches and waterways. Locally, SOS is leading cleanups at more than 70 sites located throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as well as an offshore cleanup conducted via SUPs and kayaks. SOS expects at least 3,000 community volunteers to participate on Saturday. SOS uses data collected during Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to analyze the health of the Central Coast.

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 23

On September 23, 2014, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (VVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day on November 4.

In Santa Cruz County, the County Clerk has partnered with county libraries to offer online voter registration or paper voter registration cards to persons wanting to register or re-register to vote. 

Library locations and hours on Tuesday, September 23 are: