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April 4, 2020

Touching up history

As part of Engineer’s Week, the engineering crew with the City of Watsonville staged their 17th annual egg drop contest Wednesday. People from local groups, offices and schools tested their skills in wrapping an egg in various materials and then hurling it off the fourth floor of a parking structure downtown to see if the egg survived the drop.

The pier that leads out to the concrete ship, the SS Palo Alto, in Aptos has been closed do to storm damage to numerous pilings. Locals are tossing around the idea of rounding up funds to get repairs moving.

There was a prescribed control burn today in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. A giant column f brown and white smoke was visible around the county and from Watsonville today as the burn continued for most of the day.

Raymond Figueroa, 35 and Patrick Jones, 25 died Tuesday night in an intense blaze at a library in Porterville, CA. Two 13 year old boys were booked on manslaughter charges in connection to the fire, according to the Fresno Bee.

Today in National Girls Rise Day, a day set aside to honor and praise women that choose to serve in the military.

The cargo ship Alta, which was abandoned at sea on Oct. 9 off the coast of Bermuda, drifted ashore onto the rugged coast of Ireland Tuesday. The ship, which was heading from Greece to Haiti, somehow travelled for thousands of miles without a crew and was found largely intact. In September of 2018 the ship became disabled, The New York Times reported, and the crew was eventually rescued. Plans to tow the ship ashore failed and the ship was left to drift. A crew aboard a British Navy ice patrol ship spotted the Alta in the mid-Atlantic months later, circled the vessel and learned no one was aboard. Adrift for more than 16 months, the ship finally arrived at its new home mostly undamaged.

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