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CALTRANS works to reduce water use in drought

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans is installing “smart irrigation” controllers, a recycled-water pipeline, and low-flow fixtures to cut its water use along state highways throughout the Central Coast.

“As the drought intensifies here in California, we are making every effort to lead the way conserving the state’s precious water supplies,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Caltrans plans to install more than 30 “smart irrigation” controllers – which can reduce water usage as much as 50 to 60 percent – at various locations along U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 1 from Santa Barbara County to Santa Cruz County. The smart irrigation devices monitor plant health and apply water only when absolutely necessary. They automatically turn off when it rains and when it is forecast to rain. They also shut off and notify the water manager if the system malfunctions.

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Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

Algebra Academy to Start!

Middle school students spend last week of summer with CSU Monterey Bay & UC Santa Cruz professors for a head start in their algebra studies.

More than 100 incoming eighth-graders will spend the last days of their summer break immersed in math at the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy, which begins Aug. 7 at Graniterock headquarters in Watsonville. This is the fifth year Graniterock has opened its doors to provide a fun, safe environment for students to sharpen their algebra skills with college professors providing instruction.

Classes run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 11-12 at Graniterock’s corporate office in Watsonville (350 Technology Drive).  Students will visit CSUMB for a field trip and additional algebra work on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The Academy graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 14 at the E.A. Hall Middle School auditorium in Watsonville.

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.”

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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.”

Hike-Bike for Hospice

Hike-Bike for Hospice

August 23rd, 2014

10:00am-2:00pm

Registration begins at 9:00am

Roaring Camp Big Trees and Henry Cowell State Park

hikebike.hospicesantacruz.org

Affordable Care Act Workshops

WHAT: A United Way outreach educator will be available at Santa Cruz Public Libraries branches throughout the county in July and August to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and provide on-on-one support in navigating California’s healthcare marketplace/exchange - Covered CA. Help is provided in English and Spanish.
  • Get information on changes in healthcare brought on by the Affordable Care Act
  • Get help understanding how to navigate California’s healthcare marketplace/exchange - Covered CA
  • Get help determining your eligibility and compare plans
  • Get referrals to free Certified Enrollment Counselors for enrollment assistance
WHO: United Way outreach educator Rosalina Solinas offers drop in assistance to anyone who needs help.