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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.

California Reads: War Comes Home at the Library

California Reads: War Comes Home at the Library

The Watsonville Public Library is pleased to announce a grant award from Cal Humanities to participate in its California Reads 2014 program. California Reads: War Comes Home is a collaborative project in which the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Public Libraries join to explore what it means to come home from war,  what it is like to be a veteran, and what it is like to wait for a veteran to come home.  We will engage veterans and non-veterans through reading, discussion, poetry, film and local history projects.

City Adopts the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan

In a show of support and partnership,  the City of Watsonville City Council at their October 14th Meeting adopted the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (and rail trail) Master Plan.

While the RTC is the lead agency on the project, local jurisdictions’ adoption of the plan and assistance in implementation is highly valued and critical to expedited construction.

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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.

Running Just for Fun!

Connie Guerrero and Ivan Renteria are doing something for the kids in our community to get them interested in running, and they’re making it fun!

Connie Guerrero created the Watsonville Kids Running Club last November with the hope of getting children and teenagers in her hometown to, as she put it, “get the heart pumping, lungs breathing hard and legs moving.” It is her way of making a stand against childhood obesity.

Halloween Maze of Horror/Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest

Enter if you dare! The G.H.W.R. Youth Center is creating a Halloween Maze of Horror for all to enjoy. Then head over to the courtyard to carve a pumpkin and join the costume contest hosted by the Neighborhood Services Division.

The maze will be open from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st.

The pumpkin carving and costume contest will be on Thursday, October 30th starting at 4pm.

This is a free, all ages event.