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Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.


With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

“The holidays bring inherent fire danger that can quickly lead to tragedy if you don’t take just a few easy steps to prevent a fire,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s State Fire Marshal. “Just by keeping an ‘eye on what you fry’, you can reduce the chance of a cooking caused fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE offers these following suggestions:

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Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - A major accident that left 6 with serious injuries continues to be investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Almost a month later, 3 persons remain in the hospital from this accident.

On October 12, at 2:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of a vehicle collision on SR-183 near Castroville. Upon arrival, they found a head-on collision with major injuries.

The victims in the hospital remain in the intensive care unit, including a 16 year old female from Watsonville.

The driver of one vehicle, 22 year old, Pedro Alonzo-Rodriguez of Salinas, was determined by officers at the scene to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for felony DUI.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to this collision.

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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.”

Aptos Cheer needs your help to get to Macy's Thanksgiving parade

Aptos Cheer needs your help to get to Macy's Thanksgiving parade

 APTOS, Calif. - Several Aptos High School cheer team captains have been selected to represent their school at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York this year. 

The four seniors have been cheerleading together since their freshman year. 

In order to go, they need to still raise $4,000 for the trip.  They only have until October 31st to raise the money. 

If you would like to help contact Aptos High School athletic director Mark Dorfman at (831) 688-6565