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FedEx shows off new facility

Modified: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly 100 people gathered in the new FedEx facility Thursday to celebrate the company's vast 194,000-square-foot facility, a project more than 10 years in the making.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew city and county officials, along with business people and county residents.
The ground shipment facility is a warren of overhead conveyor belts and chutes, all

Kaiser Permanente opens its doors

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

New medical office arrives in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE -- Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health care providers, celebrated the grand opening of its new medical center in Watsonville on Thursday.
"It's been a long time coming," said Senior Vice President and Area Manager Irene Chavez.
In March 2016, a large section of Crossroads Shopping Center in

Dry spell erases flood warning

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Next rain possible Wednesday

PAJARO -- A flood warning was lifted by the National Weather Service Thursday evening for the community of Pajaro.
Due to recent heavy rains, the water level in the Pajaro River came up as high as four feet from brimming over the levee. That level has since started to recede, officials said.

National monument named in north SC County

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- President Barack Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument by adding the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property, north of Santa Cruz, on Thursday.
  "The national monument designation is a smart, effective way to ensure the Cotoni-Coast Dairies land is protected in perpetuity and gets the resources and attention it deserves," said Sara Barth, executive director of

Fire destroys prominent Pajaro building

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
PAJARO -- An early-morning fire in Pajaro that destroyed two businesses, damaged two others and displaced the residents of two apartments was caused by faulty wiring, North Monterey County Fire Division Chief Joe Pastore said Thursday.
The building at 8 Porter Drive just over the Pajaro Bridge housed Val TV Radio VCR Service and Tamara's Hair Salon, and was

State of emergency declared

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Supervisors throw support behind undocumented immigrants

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Board of Supervisors addressed two late additions to their agenda Tuesday to declare a local emergency and establish their position on immigration enforcement.
The first step in order to receive potential State and Federal assistance for the county, the declaration is in response to flooding, road closures

Emergency levee repairs underway

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Construction crews labored through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday to strengthen a section of the Pajaro River levee. With bulging water levels, and more rain in the works, the county enlisted the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Water Resources and Graniterock and commenced emergency repairs to address the river "boils."

Begonia Festival to end after 65 years

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Last event set for Sept. 1-4

CAPITOLA -- The Capitola Begonia Festival will return for its 65th annual event from Sept. 1-4, but it will also be its last.
The festival's committee made the announcement Tuesday.
Golden State Bulb Growers, which grows the begonia blossoms in Marina, is retiring from the business of growing begonias,

Council delays marijuana manufacturing decision

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council shelved its decision Tuesday to allow the manufacturing of medical marijuana in the city, with some members citing issues with the drafted ordinance.
The council voted 5-2 to bring the ordinance back at a future date with modifications, with Councilmen Felipe Hernandez and Lowell Hurst voting no.
According to Acting Community

Flash flood warnings in effect in Watsonville

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- With heavy rains battering the region, the City of Watsonville issued flash flood warnings Tuesday night for residents living near the Pajaro River, as well as Salsipuedes and Corralitos creeks.
City Manager Charles Montoya announced during Tuesday night's City Council meeting that the city has activated its emergency operations center. No evacuations are currently in effect.
The warnings

A gift that keeps growing

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Organizations benefit from nonprofit thrift store

APTOS -- A tiny Aptos thrift shop has surpassed its charitable giving record this year, donating $275,000 to 26 nonprofit agencies throughout Santa Cruz County.
Nestled in the heart of Aptos Village at 402 Trout Gulch Road, Caroline's Non-Profit Thrift Shop contains a colorful mélange of clothes, household goods, books and

A close call

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Boy rescued from storm waters

WATSONVILLE -- An 11-year-old Watsonville boy was yanked from dangerous waters Sunday in a rescue that surprised by the emergency personnel that responded.
Around 1:30 p.m. emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a boy that had plunged into a drainage culvert off of Holohan Road near Laken Drive.

Wetlands Watch seeks volunteers

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Annual docent training set to begin

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Wetlands Watch docent Sharon Clark has always relished the moment when a child focuses their pair of binoculars for the first time.
"They can suddenly see from a different perspective," she said. "A new world opens up."
On Jan. 18, Watsonville Wetlands Watch will begin its annual Docent Training

Storm hammers county

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Santa Cruz County took a lashing from heavy rains and strong winds over the weekend. Numerous roads were shut off to traffic due to mud and rockslides, power lines and trees down, and flooding.
California Highway Patrol officer Elizabeth Addy said Highway 152 on the Gilroy side of the mountains from Watsonville has been shut down

County: brace for big storm

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

As much as a foot of rain predicted

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- In a conference room at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office headquarters Friday, a cadre of officials were firing up computers and preparing their work stations for what is likely to be a busy three days.
The Office of Emergency Services was activated Thursday in preparation

Rich Casale ends 43-year career

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- As early as kindergarten, Richard Casale knew he wanted to help people and the environment. That desire never left him, even as he graduated from Santa Barbara City College and Humboldt State University.
He retired Tuesday after a 43-year career in natural resources with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Capitola. He joined dozens of friends and

City to update graffiti ordinance

Modified: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will consider streamlining the city's graffiti removal program Tuesday in hopes of encouraging property owners to clean up the tags in a more timely manner.
According to a report by Public Works Director Steve Palmisano, the city's current ordinance, which was adopted in 2009, has proven to be "too complex to implement effectively." For

Missing Soquel man found dead

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
SOQUEL -- An 80-year-old man who had been missing since late Tuesday night was found dead in a river along Soquel San Jose Road near Amaya Ridge Road Thursday.
According to SCSO spokesman Chris Clark, Ray Moore drove away from his home on Cherryvale Avenue in Soquel at about 10 p.m.
When his wife woke up at

Weather related problems stack up

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017

Sierra snowpack to get huge boost

WATSONVILLE -- Winter continues to make its mark in the Monterey Bay Region with a blast of rain, wind and road troubles.
Over Tuesday night, five separate mud slides sloshed onto Old San Jose Road east of Soquel. Road crews were forced to shut the heavily travelled corridor down altogether

A buyers, sellers market

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017

People seeking opportunity for home ownership despite rising prices

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- With rental rates on the rise, the housing market is seeing an abundance of interested buyers trying to break into home ownership.
But higher price points and a recent increase in interest rates is presenting challenges for those trying to qualify.
"The current trend that

Panetta sworn in as Congressman

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jimmy Panetta was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 115th Congress by Speaker Paul Ryan.
  "Throughout my life, I've been devoted to public service and it's an honor to now serve the Central Coast in Congress," Panetta said. "I'm ready to bring fresh energy, independent thinking and

Mauriello to retire

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer Susan Mauriello, who is California's longest-serving county executive, announced her retirement Tuesday.
Mauriello's retirement is effective on July 7.
Mauriello became the second female county administrative officer in the state when she was appointed to the position in the weeks following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, helping to guide the

A first EP; A huge night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2016

Local band Pan Dulce to play at Appleton Saturday

WATSONVILLE -- Right after hitting their one-year anniversary together, local music group Pan Dulce is preparing to drop their first EP as part of their performance at the Appleton Grill Saturday.
The group, which has six members, hails from all

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