Local bank holds fundraising walk

In order to raise funds for the upcoming “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” organized by Monarch Services, the men gathered at Santa Cruz County Bank’s (SCCB) main headquarters on River Street in Santa Cruz for a ‘pre-walk’ event.

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Citizens aid ocean rescue

A man was rescued from the ocean late Friday night by a bystander and a State Parks official after he reportedly plunged from a 30-foot cliff.

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Survivors Healing Center to host annual rhythm event

The event is part of the Day of the Child and Earth Day celebrations at Watsonville Plaza. It will include a booth, where visitors can get free ice cream as well as information on ways to communicate with young people.

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CCC clears access to New Brighton State Beach

Corps members fortified retaining walls, constructed new railings and cleared piles of mud. The crew camped on-site, just a short distance away from the work site. It gave the group of 18- to 25-year-olds the opportunity to work longer hours and finish the trail work in time for spring beach season.

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About Town, week of April 15

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Reporting for duty

Santa Cruz native Jason Larson, 28, said he has wanted to be a firefighter since he graduated from Harbor High School and started taking fire technology classes at Cabrillo College.

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Paranormal researcher from U.K. investigates, films at Tuttle Mansion

Philips will be leaving Watsonville today, but he plans to return when he can to continue filming at the Tuttle Mansion.

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Smell the roses: Rose Show returns May 4

Sauve said MBRS will feature its annual Rose Show at Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop on May 4. Live music, Corralitos sausages, wine and more will be on the menu for the show, which gets going at noon.

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New charter to open at E.A. Hall

Watsonville Prep School will open Aug. 13 in seven portables on the campus of E.A. Hall Middle School. A total of 210 students applied for the lottery to join WPS.

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Jewish congregation to host Seder meal in Santa Cruz

This Saturday, Chadeish Yameinu of Santa Cruz will be hosting a special Seder meal in celebration of Passover.

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Student Exhibition returns to Cabrillo Gallery

The annual student exhibition returns to the Cabrillo Gallery on Monday, bringing with it a diverse range of pieces submitted by current Cabrillo College students.

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Fire officials prep for season, dish safety tips

Fire officials are gearing up for the new fire season with heightened awareness aimed at tall grasses and undergrowth strengthened by recent heavy rains.

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Man arrested for sex crimes with minors

A Watsonville man was arrested Wednesday for multiple sex crimes involving two minors.

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‘Last private beach’ nears sale

A popular North County beach once known for its clothing optional rules is under contract to be sold to an unknown buyer, leaving many fretting about what will become of the property.

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Local students succeed at M.E.S.A. championship

Last Saturday, these students, along with a group from Alianza Charter and other local schools, took part in M.E.S.A.’s regional championships at Google’s campus in Sunnyvale. One of the main events was a bridge-building competition. Alianza won first place in its division and WHS placed second in its division.

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Man dies in San Juan Road crash

A 21-year-old Hollister man died and his male passenger was injured in a solo-vehicle crash late Friday night on San Juan Road.

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Watsonville pediatrician under investigation

According to Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office took a report in May 2018 that Dr. Patrick Clyne performed “improper medical practices” during the exam of a child. The case was forwarded to WPD, Pulido added.

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Field goal: PV High begins construction on long-awaited athletic facility

The $12.9 million project is largely funded by Measure L, the 2012 bond measure that funded $150 million in repairs, upgrades and construction throughout the sprawling district.

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Two in custody following highway chase

The incident got under way on Freedom Boulevard around 1 a.m. when a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a car stop on a Toyota Corolla just south of Aptos High School.

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County task force releases draft suicide prevention plan

The plan envisions a system of prevention, intervention, and postvention (an organized response to the aftermath of a suicide) through priorities including the establishment of new programs and services and improved understanding of local strengths and needs.

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About Town, Week of April 8

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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At long last: Construction to begin on PV High athletic field

Work crews on Monday will begin construction on the school’s long-awaited field, a $12.9 million project that will fulfill a promise made to generations of students since they first walked onto campus in 2004.

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Santa Cruz homelessness camp closure postponed

The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday cancelled plans to close Gateway encampment, the controversial homeless camp at River Street and Highway 1. The council also voted to stop a plan to relocate the residents to Depot Park.

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Plunging into civilian life

Now 43, Cunningham is assimilating into civilian life. To help with that process, the Austin, Texas resident was in Santa Cruz Friday to participate in Operation Surf, a program for injured veterans run by San Luis Obispo-based Amazing Surf Adventures.

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Local scare: International ghost hunters return to Santa Cruz County, visit Tuttle Mansion

International paranormal researcher Don Philips and his team of investigators with American Supernatural will join the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters for a special visit to the historic Brookdale Lodge in the town of Brookdale this Sunday. They will be screening their new documentary about the recently reopened lodge, entitled “The Brookdale Lodge: Uncovered.”

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Charter school housing decision nears

A charter school that was approved early this year to begin classes in August has stopped negotiating with the City of Watsonville to occupy the Porter Building, Watsonville City Manager Matt Huffaker confirmed Friday.

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Firefighting his ‘calling’: Former Division Chief takes Watsonville Fire’s top job

Lopez, 55, was named Interim Chief last month, filling the space vacated by Pablo Barreto.

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City behind on RHNA goals after year three

According to the report, Watsonville has fallen behind its eight-year Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals sanctioned by the state, though it is keeping pace with Santa Cruz County as a whole.

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Man arrested with assault rifle

Sergio Jimenez, 18, was charged with possession of an assault rifle. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, jail records showed.

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Community college survey reveals need for more student aid

According to a new report released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, seven in 10 students responding to the survey experienced food or housing insecurity, or homelessness during the previous year.

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Man arrested for Pajaro vehicle theft, burglary

A Watsonville man was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing a truck near Pajaro, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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Man jailed for domestic abuse

A Moss Landing man was arrested for domestic abuse, torture and other crimes that sent his wife to the hospital in grave condition, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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SC Sheriff’s Office: 5 cannabis dispensaries skirting rules

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s personnel on Wednesday served search warrants at five cannabis dispensaries, part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into suspected tax evasion and money laundering.

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City shows off Pippin Orchards

When the Pippin Orchard Apartment complex at 56 Atkinson Lane was ready for occupancy in the fall, nearly 2,500 families applied, hoping to snag one of the 46 units.

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Letter carrier hangs up bag after 35 years

Letter carrier Leo Teixeira recently hung up his mailbag and parked his delivery truck for the final time in Watsonville following 35 years and one month of being on the beat.

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Reel Work Labor Film Festival stopping in Watsonville

The 18th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival begins on Sunday and will run through May 4.

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PHOTO: Demolition begins on Main St. building

New apartments planned for space.

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Local florist a staple of Watsonville’s Certified Farmer’s Market

For a blast of bright colors, dazzling blooms and a cheerful smile look no further than the Ruvalcaba Nursery flower stand at the Watsonville Certified Farmer’s Market.

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‘We win together’: 13 in training at Fire Academy

Thirteen firefighters in training are currently in the eighth week of an 18-week program to become new firefighters through the Santa Cruz County Regional Firefighters Training Academy 19-01.

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Watsonville Film Festival thrives at Youth Center

The Watsonville Film Festival returned in full force last week, with four days of film screenings, special events and more.

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Bill would streamline farmworker housing

A group of California lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bill they say will make it easier for farmers to build safe, family-friendly housing for their workers.

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About Town, Week of April 1

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Felon arrested for possessing assault rifle

A Watsonville gang member armed with an assault rifle is back in jail after officers served a high-risk search warrant Wednesday morning.

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Watsonville native Andy Vargas releases debut solo single

Santana lead vocalist and Watsonville native Andy Vargas struck world-wide fame over a decade ago when he became the lead singer for the iconic rock band, led by 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist Carlos Santana.

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Bay Federal awards scholarships to local students

Bay Federal Credit Union on Tuesday doled out $7,500 worth of scholarships to local students.

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PVA exhibit highlights civil and voting rights movements

In 1988, the case of Dolores Cruz Gomez v. City of Watsonville made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Settlement to end California crab season early

California commercial crab fisheries will close their season on April 15 as an influx of whales have begun feeding off the coast. The move is designed to help prevent Dungeness crab pots and their lengthy ropes from getting tangled up with whales, officials with the Center for Biological Diversity said.

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Brothers save girl from drowning

By all accounts, Bryce Watson and his brother Rhys are typical kids. Both are students at Del Mar Elementary School in Santa Cruz and are active in several different sports.

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County officials kickstart one-year countdown to 2020 Census

The four mayors in Santa Cruz County – Francisco Estrada of Watsonville, Martine Watkins of Santa Cruz, Jack Dilles of Scotts Valley and Jacques Bertrand of Capitola – joined Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chair Ryan Coonerty at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Cruz to rally the community to stand up and be heard during the 2020 Census count.

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Local author kicks off crowdfunding campaign

It was after author Trish Allison was laid off from her job in Silicon Valley and on the hunt for a new position that she stumbled upon an image online — one that would inspire her next big step in life.

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PHOTO: Aptos home burns to the ground

No injuries reported.

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County leaders proclaim April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Teaming up with local leaders, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz County on March 29 proclaimed April as the county’s Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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R-P reporter honored by CSBA

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) recently selected Todd Guild, a longtime reporter for the Register-Pajaronian, as one of 25 recipients of the Golden Quill Award, presented in recognition of fair, insightful and accurate reporting on public school news by print, broadcast and online news media representatives.

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PV trustees end drug-sniffing dog program

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday ended its policy of bringing drug-sniffing dogs into classrooms, a decision sparked when several people spoke against the practice during the twice-monthly meeting.

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City Council approves two housing projects

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $1.8 million loan to a company that plans to build a 61-unit, multi-family low-income housing development in Watsonville, along with a 30-bed residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment center.

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Spay and neuter clinic serves South County pets

Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter expanded its reach last year further into South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County when it relinquished spay and neuter operations to the new Spay and Neuter Clinic of the Pajaro Valley.

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Watsonville Police to use body-worn cameras

The Watsonville City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to provide body-worn cameras for its police officers, who are expected to start using the devices sometime in the summer.

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About Town, Week of March 25

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley.

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Educators learn new approach in teaching science

About two dozen educators from across Santa Cruz County gathered at the Watsonville Nature Center in Ramsay Park on Saturday for a special workshop.

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Salvage crew, officials deal with two wrecked boats

Officials and clean up crews have their hands full at Seacliff State Beach after two boats, a 30-foot trimaran and a 53-foot motorboat, washed ashore over the weekend.

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Victim ID'd in three-vehicle crash involving Metro bus

A 60-year-old woman was killed and several others were injured late Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash involving a Santa Cruz Metro bus at the intersection of 41st Avenue and Clares Street in Capitola.

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Annual Community Mural Paint Day returns

Local artist Paul de Worken of Monterey Bay Murals began his day early on Monday morning, setting up buckets of paint, brushes and other supplies for the fourth annual Community Mural Paint Day.

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One killed, several injured in crash with Metro bus

One man was killed and several others were injured late Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash involving a Santa Cruz Metro bus at the intersection of 41st Avenue and Clares Street in Capitola.

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PHOTO: weekend crash still under investigation

Motorist suffered major injuries.

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Annual mural painting day slated for Monday

The fourth annual Watsonville Community Mural Paint Day will take place Monday beginning at 9 a.m. at PVPSA’s 335 East Lake Ave. location.

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Cabrillo College kicks off new ag tech center

In an era where agriculture meshes with technology — and environmental sustainability is a rule — Cabrillo College has created a major that combines all three.

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‘Night of the Living Composers’ returns

New Music Works of Santa Cruz will host its annual “Night of the Living Composers” on March 30 at the Samper Recital Hall at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

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Soroptimist International awards $11K to local women

Soroptimist International of Watsonville presented four local women with Live Your Dream awards at their annual award dinner on March 18 at the California Grill in Watsonville.

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Santa Cruz Symphony hosts Outreach Concerts for students

Children gasped and called out excitedly as the Santa Cruz Symphony played the first notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at the Henry J. Mello Center on Tuesday morning.

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Cabrillo Gallery to highlight alternative process photography

“Out of the Dark: Alternative Process Photography” will open on March 11.

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Spelling out the drama

Watsonville High School's “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opens on April 17.

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Drivers needed for senior transportation program

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is currently looking for more volunteers to support its Transportation Program, and drivers are particularly needed for the Watsonville area.

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Father’s Day event celebrates families

The 12th annual PAPÁS Father’s Day Celebration will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St. in Watsonville.

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Chadeish Yameinu finds a permanent home

After 25 years, Santa Cruz’s Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal Community has finally found a permanent home.

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Police: Man molested child at daycare facility

A Watsonville man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly molesting a child four years ago, Watsonville Police Sgt. Mish Radich said Wednesday.

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A time to eat, and play

La Manzana Community Resources offers free hot meals at 10 sites in Watsonville and two in North County.

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Woman allegedly fights officers after DUI arrest

A Soquel woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly tried to kick out the windows of a patrol car after she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, California Highway Patrol officer Trista Drake said.

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Wild land fire chars 5 acres in Scotts Valley

A wild land fire ate up five acres of trees and brush Sunday afternoon off of Conference Drive in Scotts Valley.

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Ow Family continues scholarship tradition

For the 29th consecutive year, philanthropist George Ow Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 each to local high school seniors.

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PHOTO: Hot rods in Capitola

People enjoy viewing dozens of classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars at the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show Saturday.

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Annual exhibit opens at Sierra Azul nursery

"Sculpture Is 2018: In the Garden" is the 12th annual sculpture exhibit put on by Pajaro Valley Arts and Sierra Azul. It runs through Oct. 31 at the nursery, located at 2660 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

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PHOTO: Car tips over on Soquel Drive

California Highway Patrol officer Jesus Ruiz takes measurements at the scene of a crash on Soquel Drive Tuesday where a woman was injured.

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PHOTO: Opening up on Open Streets

Briana Zamora, 5, tries her hand at a drum circle as put on by Ikuyo Conant and Watsonville Taiko Sunday during the annual Open Streets festivities in Watsonville.

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Widespread opium fields cut down

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announced recently that they located and eradicated seven opium poppy growing operations in Monterey County.

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Deputies seeking man who hugged girl

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly hugged an 11-year-old girl in a Soquel store Saturday morning.

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Soroptimists give $32,500 to students

Eight students in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District received a total of $32,500 from Soroptimist International of Watsonville at an awards banquet at Watsonville High School on May 22.

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Man attempts to kidnap woman

A man attempted to kidnap a woman Saturday afternoon as she was attending a family party at Pinto Lake County Park.

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Thousands of cyclists to roll through Watsonville

Participating in the 25th year of riding to end AIDS, more than 3,000 cyclists and volunteer "roadies" will ride out of Cow Palace in San Francisco on Sunday to launch their seven-day, 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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Health Trust provides health screenings for local residents

The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust provided diabetes prevention education and blood glucose screenings to residents attending the Watsonville Certified Farmer's Market downtown on May 25.

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A dance around the world

Alianza Charter School students recently took a trip around the world, all without leaving their multi-purpose room.

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Open Streets returns to Watsonville

Open Streets Watsonville returns on Sunday, on Brennan/Union Street between Callaghan Park and the City Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Corpus Christi celebrated in Watsonville

Volunteer workers place colored sawdust to create a path in the parking lot of St. Patrick's Church on Thursday.

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Council discusses city manager position

The Watsonville City Council met in closed session Wednesday evening to discuss the future of the city manager position, but took no action, according to City Attorney Alan Smith.

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Three PVUSD schools craft interactive book

Alianza Charter School, Amesti Elementary School and Cesar Chavez Middle School have produced an interactive book that will be unveiled during a literature and art show on May 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Plaza Vigil, 23 East Beach St.

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Boardwalk unveils summer lineup

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk outlined its summer offerings during a preview event for its 111th season on May 24 in the Cocoanut Grove.

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Two arrested for attempted murder

Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday on attempted murder charges following an investigation of a fight on May 17.

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After-school team changing school’s environmental culture

Calabasas Elementary School's Green Team is an after-school club dedicated to cleaning the campus and, by extension, the greater Monterey Bay area.

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Salesian students work to protect ocean

Students at Salesian Elementary and Junior High School have been busy this year working around campus and in the Life Lab with gardening efforts.

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What’s on the barbecue for the holiday?

The local meat processing businesses, Freedom Meat Lockers and Corralitos Market & Sausage Co., are ramping up their stock to handle demands for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Rising pension costs looming for Watsonville

Administrative Services Director Cynthia Czerwin gave the Watsonville City Council an update on the city’s finances Tuesday before the council considers its budget during two meetings in June.

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PHOTO: Traffic control heightened on Airport Blvd.

A new traffic barrier has been installed on Airport Boulevard at Holm Road in Watsonville.

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Input sought on Pajaro to Prunedale corridor

To help solve safety and congestion issues, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is seeking the public's input on how best to improve the Pajaro to Prunedale corridor.

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Major PG&E work underway on Walker Street

Crews from Pacific Gas and Electric have begun work to replace sections of a natural gas pipeline on Walker Street, from Front Street to Ford Street in Watsonville. The work is expected to continue through November.

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Motorcyclist dies in solo crash

A man died after he crashed his motorcycle into a utility pole on Lewis Road Monday afternoon.

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Avondale council approves Montoya's contract

The Avondale, Ariz. City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept Watsonville City Manager Charles Montoya as its next city manager.

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A celebration of Oaxacan culture

Hundreds attended the annual Guelaguetza celebration in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz on Sunday.

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4-car crash snarls morning commute

The California Highway Patrol sorts out a four-vehicle crash on Highway 1 just south of 41st Avenue in Capitola Monday morning.

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Health Trust celebrates winners of Phil Rather Awards

The Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust honored two winners of the 2018 Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare during a reception at the Health Trust on May 16.

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PV Arts set to open annual members exhibit

Pajaro Valley Arts' new exhibit, "What Nourishes Us," opens May 30 and runs through July 15, with an opening reception scheduled at the gallery, 37 Sudden St. in Watsonville

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Major wetlands advocate dies

Jim Van Houten, a major name in the preservation of area wetlands and parks, died May 10 following a long battle with prostate cancer.

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New principal starts at PV High

Matt Levy has taken the helm as principal of Pajaro Valley High School, replacing Allison Niizawa, who recently became Director of Human Resources for Certificated Staff.

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Man arrested with sniper rifle

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Tuesday after police officers found a high-powered rifle in his hotel room.

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Mother's Day Run supports PV Shelter

A total of 639 people took part in Watsonville’s Mother's Day Run/Walk for Shelter on Sunday, while hundreds more watched from the sidelines.

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Two arrested with guns in vehicle

Two men stopped for a traffic violation Saturday morning were arrested after police found a loaded gun, a high-capacity magazine and additional ammunition.

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County sues pharmaceutical companies

The County of Santa Cruz has filed a complaint against several pharmaceutical corporations, alleging that they are complicit in fueling the national opioid crisis.

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Truck tears out power lines and pole

A utility truck is buried beneath power lines and a shattered utility pole after the driver lost control and plowed into the pole Monday on Mar Monte Avenue.

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Woman’s Club raises funds for scholarships

The Corralitos Woman’s Club announced the three recipients of its annual scholarship program during a luncheon Tuesday.

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PHOTO: Our Lady of Fatima celebration

The Portuguese community gathered at St. Patrick's Church Sunday afternoon for the annual Our Lady of Fatima procession and Mass in Watsonville.

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Suspect shoots at man in parked vehicle

A man was injured Saturday night after an unknown suspect shot at him while he was in his vehicle.

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No suspect found in home break in

Police prepare to rush into a home on the 100 block of Arista Lane Friday where a man reportedly broke into the occupied home.

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Elkhorn Slough researcher to receive national award

On Wednesday, Kerstin Wasson, Ph.D., Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, will receive the 2018 National Wetlands Award for Science Research, to be presented by the Environmental Law Institute in a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C.

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Project increases recycled water supply

Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency celebrated the completion of a project Thursday that significantly increases the amount of recycled water used on crops throughout the area.

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The flight of a lifetime

Watsonville resident Don Spence, a Korean War veteran, added another chapter to his own story in April, when he went on an Honor Flight with 25 other veterans.

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Popular muralist dies

Santa Cruz muralist James Aschbacher died on April 25.

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State parks’ advocates to fund school field trips

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks on Tuesday announced the launch of Kids2Parks (K2P), a new program created to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Park field trips.

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PHOTO: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Glen Fitch of Watsonville hands out free poems Thursday along with his dog, Abercrombie, in front of the main branch of the Watsonville Public Library.

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Dance raises funds for autism

More than 100 people take part in a highly energized dance Saturday evening at the Seascape Golf Course during the annual Memory of Hank deDiego Zumba for Autism.

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Climate change survey results to be unveiled

The results of a two-month survey designed to gain insight on how climate change is affecting local residents will be unveiled during an event on Thursday.

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Cooking Club features Croatian food

A wide array of prepared dishes from Croatia fill a table at the monthly Cooking Club on the second floor of the Watsonville Public Library Thursday evening.

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Woman fights off sexual assault in Santa Cruz

A man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to sexually assault a woman as she walked in downtown Santa Cruz, and fighting a police officer who came to arrest him, Santa Cruz Police Lt. Warren Barry said.

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CHP conducts crosswalk sting

California Highway Patrol officers stationed at three locations in mid-county Wednesday wrote out 34 citations to motorists who did not stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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Supervisor candidates to speak on issues

The five candidates for the Fourth District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will talk about their vision for the county during a forum on Tuesday.

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Group seeks to name WHS auto shop

Efforts are underway to help get the auto shop at Watsonville High School named after one of its long time instructors, Bill Sunderland. Following a 47-year career under the hood at the shop, Sunderland retired in 2017.

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Six injured in head-on collision

Five people were injured after a collision on Maher Road in Royal Oaks on Wednesday.

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Airport Boulevard work begins

A work crew from Graniterock takes measurement on Airport Boulevard between Freedom Boulevard and Pajaro Lane Monday at the start of major improvement project.

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County unveils mobile hospital

A team of workers was at Watsonville Community Hospital Monday, practicing setting up a series of giant tents that someday could serve as a multifaceted mobile hospital.

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School bus takes out power pole, ends up in ravine

A school bus veered off of Casserly Road and tore out a power pole after attempting to avoid an SUV that drifted into its path Monday morning.

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Dance Week kicks off in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Dance Week unfolds on three open air stages on Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street through April 28.

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Watsonville author releases second novel

Author Jesse J. Elliot, also known as Julie Hanks of Watsonville, will be signing copies of her new book, “Lost in Time.”

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NAMI of Santa Cruz to hold benefit concert

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Santa Cruz will be holding a special benefit concert at Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall on Sunday.

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‘Ponytail’ creator killed in plane crash

Gordon Leroy Holley, better known as Lee Holley, whose comic strip “Ponytail” ran in 300 newspapers across the U.S. including the Register-Pajaronian, died March 26 when his small plane crashed at Marina Municipal Airport. He was 85.

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Police ramp up traffic, pedestrian enforcement

Watsonville Police ratcheted up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Thursday with focused enforcement on motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Sheriff's to discuss license plate reader at meeting

In response to increased gun-related violence along the Soquel Drive corridor between Highway 1 and 41st Avenue, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is considering the temporarily deploying a stationary Automated License Plate Reader to generate investigative leads and prevent future acts of violence.

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FBI, police seek missing children

The FBI, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's help in finding three missing children.

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Volunteer Center celebrates National Volunteer Week

Local residents are invited to join the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, fellow nonprofits, and community leaders in celebrating volunteerism during National Volunteer Week, happening April 15-21.

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Soquel man arrested for illegal possession of gun

A Soquel man was arrested Saturday afternoon after police found an unregistered loaded gun and large capacity magazine at his home.

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Man arrested for drug, gun possession

A Watsonville man was arrested Thursday after police found drugs and guns at two of his residences and in his vehicle.

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Soroptimists present awards to local women

The Soroptimist International of Watsonville presented four local women with the Live Your Dream award, at the annual awards dinner on April 2 at the California Grill.

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Aptos High School presents ‘Cinderella’

The Aptos High Theater Department is presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” opening Friday. The school is putting its own spin on the classic tale by re-imagining it in the 1980s.

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PHOTO: SUV careens into drainage ditch

The California Highway Patrol investigates a solo-vehicle crash on Beach Road Monday.

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Council to consider wireless ordinance changes

The Watsonville City Council will consider updating a city ordinance Tuesday to comply with state and federal laws on wireless facilities.

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PHOTO: Car knocked onto sidewalk

Emergency officials check on a VW Golf that ended up on a Main Street sidewalk Friday following a two-vehicle crash.

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Man arrested in January shooting case

A man suspected in a January shooting was arrested at his home in Moss Landing Thursday morning.

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Local caterer recovering from motorcycle crash

Ken Schwan, a big name in the food industry around the Pajaro Valley, is on a long road to recovery following a major crash he survived last month on his motorcycle near Palm Springs.

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Police cracking down on distracted drivers

The Watsonville Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the state in stepping up its enforcement of distracted driving laws.

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Report of gun-wielding man draws police response

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies conduct a high-risk car stop Tuesday morning on Holohan Road after receiving reports of a man pointing a rifle at agricultural workers.

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MB Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center raising funds for vehicle

The Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center is in need of a vehicle to transport its clients to and from the ranch.

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PHOTO: Watsonville’s sesquicentennial celebrated

The Watsonville Community Band performs Friday evening during the City of Watsonville's sesquicentennial celebration.

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Trustees discuss student safety, employee retirement

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday narrowly rejected a proposal for a pilot program to place ID scanners at Hall District and Valencia elementary schools, which would determine whether visitors can legally be on campus.

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Former MVCS coach rebuilding after charges dropped

A former Monte Vista Christian School coach is trying to rebuild his career after domestic violence charges against him were dropped just five days after police filed them.

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Suspect in girl’s homicide back in court

The young man accused of killing Madyson Middleton, 8, at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz in 2015, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, made an appearance in Superior Court Monday in Santa Cruz.

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Volunteers thanked for efforts

Volunteers who devote their time to the benefit of the community were honored Thursday evening during the 16th annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards ceremony.

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PHOTO: Woman injured in downtown rollover

Watsonville Police Sgt. Henry Robles collects information at a three-car crash on Main Street Thursday.

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CASA welcomes newest advocates for children in foster care

Twenty-six new volunteers were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates on March 6 by Judge Rebecca Connolly.

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Cabrillo Ethics Bowl finishes strong

The Cabrillo College Ethics Bowl Team competed against 37 teams at the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago

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Logo shows off local talent

As part of the City of Watsonville’s celebration of its 150th anniversary, a Sesquicentennial Commemorative Logo was recently introduced. The logo has appeared in various spots around the city, including the Civic Plaza, marketing materials and in the form of a lapel pin.

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Local packaging company praised by global organization

Recently, Sambrailo Packaging's ReadyCycle was featured in an article by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an environmental organization that aims to combat plastic pollution worldwide.

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PHOTO: Car takes out tree and sign

Emergency officials help a female driver out of her Honda Accord Tuesday morning after she plowed over a speed limit sign and a tree.

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Boardwalk to remove classic Ferris wheel

After nearly 60 years, the Ferris wheel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will spin no more.

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Friends and volunteers meet in library

On Saturday, two annual events were combined in the Watsonville Library’s upstairs meeting room: the annual meeting of the Friends of the Watsonville Library and Volunteer Appreciation Day.

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Dinosaurs return to fairgrounds

While all dinosaurs went extinct millions of years before humans came onto the scene, about 50 will make an appearance this weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

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Gizdich to be honored as ‘Friend of Scouting’

Nita Gizdich, owner and founder of Gizdich Ranch, has been selected as the 2018 “Friend of Scouting.”

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PHOTO: Science and engineering up close

People check out the various exhibits at the 30th annual Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair at the fairgrounds Saturday.

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Learning to live aloha

On Saturday, Te Hau Nui will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a special fundraiser performance.

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Second Harvest hosts annual awards dinner

On March 7, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County hosted one of the organization’s most popular events of the year.

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PHOTO: A special memory during Arbor Week

In celebration of Arbor Week, students from New School, the Web of Life Field School and the Environmental Science Workshop team up with workers from the City of Watsonville to plant 13 trees at Seaview Ranch Thursday.

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PHOTO: Gas leak closes neighborhood

Watsonville firefighters keep a close watch on a natural gas leak at a home on the 100 block of Faith Drive Friday.

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Commission recommends changes to wireless ordinance

The Watsonville Planning Commission gave its recommendation Tuesday to amend a city ordinance in response to federal law on wireless facilities.

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Family Arts Nights arrive at schools this month

This month at 11 schools across Santa Cruz County, parents, grandparents and children will spend an evening together dancing, singing, storytelling and creating visual artworks under the guidance of professional teaching artists at a Family Arts Night event.

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Youth-inspired diversity mural completed

A crowd gathered inside the Louden Nelson Community Center on Saturday before heading outside to ceremoniously cut a rainbow ribbon in front of a completed mural.

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Fire flattens rural home in Watsonville

A burned up car and a charred heap of rubble is shown where an early morning fire swept through a double-wide mobile home Thursday on the 100 block of Paulsen Road.

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Fostering a love of reading

Ohlone Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day on Wednesday, an event that allowed each student to score a free book.

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WPD donation benefits cancer support programs

The Watsonville Police Department donated $6,193 to the Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital on Tuesday.

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Man stabbed in suspected gang attack

A man was taken to a trauma center Tuesday afternoon after being stabbed in a suspected gang attack.

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PHOTO: Fire consumes motorboat, motorcycle

Firefighters from Pajaro Valley Fire and Watsonville Fire douse a fire that engulfed a motorboat, a motorcycle, a tent and a wood fence Wednesday afternoon on the 100 block of Lita Lane.

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Rotary Club of Watsonville to hold job-shadowing day

Every year, a group of Watsonville High School students takes a day away from classes for a glimpse at the possibilities their futures could hold.

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Monte Vista Christian School coach arrested

Monte Vista Christian School varsity basketball coach Hasan Houston was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic battery, police records show.

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PHOTO: Know your local businesses

People pour into the Seascape Golf Club Wednesday afternoon for the 33rd annual Business Showcase put on by the Aptos and Capitola-Soquel Chambers of Commerce.

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Arrest made in October stabbing

Police arrested a Watsonville man Monday afternoon on suspicion of attempted homicide.

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Police: Boy threatened students, gun removed from home

An 11-year-old boy was removed from his Bayview Elementary School classroom after barricading himself there after an outburst, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Wednesday.

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Capturing a wild moment

A bobcat was caught on camera in broad daylight on the Green Valley Road property of Joan and Bob Culbertson of Watsonville. They said the photo, taken with their newest motion-sensor camera, was the best one of a bobcat they’ve ever captured.

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Three decades of PVUSD tales

James Baker spent 30 years in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, working his way up from a teacher to superintendent. Now, readers can learn about his experience in a new book, “From the Desk Of: An Administrator’s Pursuit of Excellence & Equity in Pajaro Valley Unified School District,” penned by his granddaughter, Alexandra Baker.

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PHOTO: La Selva Beach home hit hard by fire

Aptos/La Selva firefighters attack a fire that gushed through the upper floor of a La Selva Beach home Monday afternoon.

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Aptos woman dies in Hwy. 17 crash

An Aptos woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 Thursday.

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PHOTO: Car ripped apart in Rodriguez St. crash

Watsonville firefighters and American Medical Response paramedics deal with a three-vehicle crash Friday on Rodriguez and West Fifth streets.

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PHOTO: A familiar face

Comedian Bill Murray (second from left) stopped by Cowboy’s Corner Cafe in Watsonville for a meal on Tuesday.

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Dog training club’s donation helps sick puppy

A sick puppy was treated back to health thanks to the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club’s “Gifts from the Heart” project.

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PHOTO: 4 displaced in house fire

This home at 20 9th St. in Watsonville is boarded up early Wednesday morning after fire tore through the living room.

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CYT Santa Cruz presents ‘Alice in Wonderland, Jr.’

“Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” will open on Friday, Feb. 23 and run through Sunday, March 4, and will be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center in downtown Santa Cruz.

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PHOTO: Unusual visitor

The Goodyear Blimp circles downtown Watsonville Friday.

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Commission approves wine tasting room

The Watsonville Planning Commission on Tuesday allowed a small winery to open a tasting room on Aviation Way.

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Dance showcase hopes to raise $100K since inception

The Fourth Annual Carrie’s Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Aptos High School Performing Arts Center, 100 Mariner Way, with two distinct shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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New exhibit features teachers’ sabbatical work

The latest exhibit to come to the Cabrillo Gallery, “Findings: Excerpts from the Sabbatical Studies of Dawn Nakanishi & Rebecca Ramos,” officially opened Jan. 29 and will run through March 2.

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Artist brings recycled work to Ceiba

To exemplify the rising problem of plastics in the ocean, Claudio Garzón uses the pollution itself as materials for his sculptures.

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Poetry program returning to library

Magdalena Montagne is bringing back the popular Poets’ Circle Poetry Reading Series, with the inaugural event slated for Thursday.

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Natural gas lines being inspected in Watsonville

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working this winter to enhance the safety and reliability of its natural gas system in Watsonville.

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CASA executive director announces retirement

After six years as the executive director of CASA of Santa Cruz County, Cynthia Druley will retire in August.

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Watsonville man celebrates 100th birthday

Robert Lyons Sr. celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday at his family home, 50 Beverly Drive in Watsonville, where he has lived for 65 years.

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Farmers Insurance agents support local teachers

Farmers Insurance agents Dwight Lynn and Jacqueline S. Barrios honored local classroom teachers in partnership with their principals, Elaine Parker of Amesti Elementary and Amy Thomas of Watsonville Charter School of the Arts (WCSA), for their contributions to the students and their families in the community of Watsonville.

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Walgreens to pay fine for overcharging, selling expired items

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell on Tuesday announced the settlement of a civil law enforcement action against Walgreens Company.

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Local authors promote ocean advocacy

Kim Steinhardt loves sea otters. For anyone who grew up on the Northern California coast, this declaration might not be that surprising — but Steinhardt is pretty certain most don’t reach his level of fixation.

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PHOTO: New potluck in town

People line up at the food table to sample one another's dishes at the first-ever Cooking Club potluck at the Watsonville Public Library on Main Street Thursday evening.

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Watsonville gets ‘B’ grade on tobacco control

Watsonville scored a “B” overall in the American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report, released Wednesday.

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Man shot twice, suspect not found

Watsonville Police are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with two gunshot wounds.

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PV school district, teachers headed to mediation

A state-appointed mediator has been assigned to help Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers work through contract negotiations.

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Winter one-act plays at Aptos High

Aptos High Drama Production presents three, one-act plays that revolve around relationships, and most importantly, the end of them.

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PV High tech club breaks barrier

A newly-formed club at Pajaro Valley High School dedicated to technology became the first high school group to attend the UC Santa Cruz Hackathon from Jan. 19-21, an event that was created for college students.

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PHOTO: Alleged stolen pickup stopped

Watsonville Police Sgt. Henry Robles (right) joins other officers to collect information about a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup that they pulled over on the 900 block of Main Street Monday.

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Banker ends 50-year career

After five decades in the banking industry, Pam Zamani is calling it a career.

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Annual fundraising exhibit returns to Pajaro Valley Gallery

The Pajaro Valley Gallery will be celebrating the opening of “Take Aways: Art to Go!” this weekend, with an opening reception on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

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Our Community Reads selects book for 2018

For the next couple of months, community members will come together for a variety of events, all centered around a single book.

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PHOTO: Van rolls over off Highway 1

Paramedics prepare to transport a person injured when a van rolled while traveling on Highway 1 Friday morning.

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Santa Cruz to host MLK celebrations

On Monday, the City of Santa Cruz will hold its Martin Luther King march, an event co-hosted by the city’s NAACP chapter and its police department.

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Violinist and pianist to perform Jan. 21 in Santa Cruz

On Jan. 21, two internationally acclaimed musicians will perform in Santa Cruz, offering a night of classical music on piano and violin.

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Pedestrian killed crossing Highway 1

A Santa Cruz man was killed Friday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

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