Jail reports second inmate death in a week

A man was found dead in his cell at Santa Cruz County Main Jail Monday morning, marking the second death at the jail in less than a week.

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Remembering Loma Prieta: Quake left Watsonville in ruin, united residents

A look back at how the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake shook Watsonville and its residents.

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Slough connector trail at Ramsay Park in the works

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday approved a $303,116 contract with Verde Design, Inc. to complete the Watsonville Slough Connector Trail Project at Ramsay Park.

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What's going on? | Oct. 12-18

Weekly calendar of events, Oct. 12-18.

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Burglary suspect caught in the act

Santa Cruz Police on Thursday arrested a man after a woman found him burglarizing her home.

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Community briefs, Oct. 11, 2019

Community briefs, Oct. 11, 2019.

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PVUSD busses to go electric

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a plan to purchase a fleet of electric busses, and build the infrastructure necessary to charge them.

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PG&E starts to restore power to customers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) turned off power for many Santa Cruz County residents Thursday, although not the legions predicted by the utility in advance of forecasted heavy winds.

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Aptos murder suspect pleads not guilty

Amanda Owens, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder charges during a brief hearing, when Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge John Salazar partially lifted a protective order and allowed her to return home.

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Updated public safety sales tax going to Watsonville voters in 2020

Watsonville’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an updated version of the public safety tax approved by voters in 2014 — then called Measure G — but clashed deep into the night while trying to determine in which election the city should put forth the measure.

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About Town, Week of Oct. 7

About Town, Week of Oct. 7.

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Watsonville bans flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes 

Starting in late November, the sale of flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes will be outlawed, and pharmacies operating in city limits will no longer be able to sell tobacco products.

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PG&E shutoffs begin

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it has implemented the first phase of a Public Safety Power Shutoff, a program implemented after forecasts of heavy winds.

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PG&E plans massive power outages

Pacific Gas and Electric company has announced plans to shut down parts of its power grid in advance of heavy winds predicted to start Wednesday.

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Parks Commission nixes public art fee

The Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday recommended Watsonville City Council turn down a $200 processing fee for murals and other public art.

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Sheriff: Pleasure Point kidnapping victim was shot to death

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said the man kidnapped from his Pleasure Point home on Oct. 1 was shot to death, and confirmed he was murdered.

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$3 million grant to help Cabrillo students transfer to CSUMB

The $3 Million, five-year U.S. Department of Education Title V - Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant will be for Cabrillo students planning on transferring to Cal State Monterey Bay.

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Rolling Hills garden comes to life

A long-neglected garden at Rolling Hills Middle School was brought back to life Thursday thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Watsonville company K&D Landscaping.

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Seniors graduate from A Matter of Balance class

Watsonville City Councilwoman Rebecca Garcia recently awarded certificates to 10 senior citizens at the Watsonville Senior Center who graduated from the A Matter of Balance program.

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PHOTO: SACO awards scholarships

The Slavic American Cultural Organization (SACO) introduced its 2019 High School Scholarship Recipients at the club's annual July picnic.

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Community briefs, Oct. 4, 2019

Community brief | Oct. 4, 2019.

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Program invests in Watsonville’s young people

The program will launch with newborn babies from Salud Para la Gente in Watsonville and the East Cliff Family Health Center in Live Oak. Organizers hope the program will evolve to include children born countywide.

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What's going on? | Oct. 5-11

Weekly events calendar for Oct. 5-11.

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At 75, Watsonville artist Aranda keeps it fresh

With more than 80 murals splashed across walls in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, and in Southern California, Aranda, 75, — who goes by Yermo — is a household name around the Pajaro Valley.

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Watsonville police seeking armed robbery suspect

The Watsonville Police Department is asking for help in finding a man suspected of robbing a hotel at knifepoint.

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City manager: Watsonville becoming safer, attracting businesses

Along with total crime being down, person crime and property crime were down 17.8 percent and 29.5 percent, respectively.

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New mural adorns County’s new Behavioral Health facility

A new mural against an exterior wall of the new Adult and Children’s Behavioral Health facility in the County complex on Freedom Boulevard is nearing completion.

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Officials pushing for farmworker housing

A study spearheaded by the City of Salinas released last year painted a concerning picture of the poor housing conditions farmworkers in the Pajaro and Salinas valleys deal with. The study found that a large number of farmworkers lived in homes or apartments littered with mold, insects and rodents, as well as broken down bathrooms, kitchens, roofs and plumbing.

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WPD participates in national Coffee with a Cop event

The event at Coffeeville in the East Lake Village shopping center drew dozens of people who came to chat, sip coffee and take photos.

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Second man nabbed in jewelry store burglary

Watsonville Police have arrested two men who allegedly burglarized a jewelry store, minutes after the same store was burglarized by a different suspect.

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Victim in Pleasure Point kidnapping incident found dead

The man found dead late Tuesday morning in a vehicle in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been identified as Tushar Atre, who was kidnapped from his Pleasure Point home about seven hours earlier.

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Watsonville Hospital sale finalized

Halsen was holding a celebratory afternoon barbecue for its day-shift employees and planned to hold additional ones for the later and early shifts.

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Investigators find body in Pleasure Point kidnapping case

Tushar Atre, 50, was kidnapped from his upscale oceanfront home about 3 a.m., and driven away in his girlfriend’s white 2007 BMW, according to SCCSO spokeswoman Ashley Keehn.

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50-year-old man kidnapped from Pleasure Point home

Around 3 a.m. Tushar Atre, 50, was kidnapped from his Pleasure Point home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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DNA links man to January sexual assault

Elias Monroy, 29, has been charged with assault with intent to rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object and sexual penetration by force or fear. He was being held in Santa Cruz County Jail Monday morning in lieu of $100,000 bail, jail records showed.

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Owner of Nick’s TV leaves behind legacy

For more than 30 years Nicholas Diaz spent long workdays buried in the back of televisions and other broken appliances. He was living his dream of being a neighborhood repairman.

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More high-density housing could be in Watsonville's future

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why Watsonville struggles to keep up with its growing housing demands is the city’s size constraints and lack of easily developable land.

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LibraryLink brings Watsonville Library home

LibraryLink is a long-standing outreach service designed to bring the trove of library materials to the homes of those who cannot easily leave their homes.

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County approves building rules around Watsonville airport

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday updated the county’s rules for development around Watsonville Municipal Airport, a set of regulations that now align with those of the state.

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PHOTO: Wildcatz say aloha!

Watsonville High students take part in their annual homecoming parade in downtown Watsonville Thursday, as they drum up spirit for their game Friday against North Monterey County High.

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Community briefs, Sept. 27, 2019

Community briefs, Sept. 27, 2019

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PHOTO: REACH air ambulances operating in Watsonville airport

Since REACH and CALSTAR merged about three years ago the two air ambulances, now and again, will alternate operating out of the Watsonville location, based on airship availability.

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Strawberries still county’s top crop

Strawberries remain the county’s biggest crop, with an estimated value of $220,653,000 on approximately 2,578 planted acres.

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What's going on? | Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Weekly events calendar Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

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Watsonville invests nearly $200K into Senior Center

Watsonville will pump $176,000 from its 2019-20 general fund into the Senior Center, and also hire an Older Adult Services Supervisor that will be in charge of sustaining and expanding the services already provided at the center on East 5th Street.

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Plan to revitalize Watsonville’s downtown in the works

The plan, called the Downtown Specific Plan, will serve as a blueprint for the future of downtown by setting guidelines for housing, parking, economic development and the look and layout of streets and public spaces, among other things.

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Man arrested in Watsonville following Wednesday night standoff

Jordan Ramirez, 29, has been charged with robbery, assault with a firearm and vehicle theft. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail without bail, jail records showed.

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Consent agenda: WPD awarded two grants to boost traffic safety

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday accepted $112,000 in grants from the California Office Traffic Safety that will boost Watsonville Police Department’s efforts in traffic enforcement and safety.

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Public health officials warn: don’t vape

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Tuesday issued a health advisory urging everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete.

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Farm Discovery hosts annual benefit dinner at Live Earth Farm

A sweeping view of the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains greeted guests to Farm Discovery’s benefit dinner Saturday evening at Live Earth Farm.

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Local youth participate in Global Climate Strike

This week young people around the world have participated in the Global Climate Strike, protesting government inaction in addressing climate change.

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The other kind of tweet

The 15th annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival launched early Friday with its three-day run of lectures, field trips, pelagic journeys, bird counts and samples of local foods and wines.

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About Town, Week of Sept. 16

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Community briefs, Sept. 20, 2019

Community briefs for the week of Sept. 20.

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Coastal Cleanup Day returns this Saturday

The 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, and organizers are asking the community for help in cleaning four inland sites around Watsonville.

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Fair numbers drop

While grueling hot weather scorched the grounds the first few days, temperatures backed off into the weekend and by Sunday pleasant conditions made way for huge crowds.

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Community ‘crisis’

Since the housing market rebounded in 2013, median home prices and rents have risen exponentially at the state and local levels, outpacing wage increases and housing production by a wide margin. The state identified an annual housing need of 180,000 units between 2015 and 2025, yet California has produced less than half of that number each year.

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Enforcement drives food distribution underground

The families braved sweltering late-summer heat and waited in line for about an hour to get their much-needed items. But many of them live their lives facing far more insidious threats: poverty, coupled with arrest and deportation by immigration officials.

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Birds up close

The public is invited to join professional photographer and local bird enthusiast, John Hickok, tonight when he presents recent photos of birds from Texas, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada.

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Second Harvest hosts annual benefit dinner

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County hosted it’s annual Chefs’ Dinner on Sept. 12, raising enough money for more than 800,000 meals for its Food For Children program.

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Police: father, son ran illegal dispensary

A Watsonville man already facing murder charges – and who has twice been charged with operating an illegal marijuana dispensary out of his Watsonville home – appeared in court Monday, where a judge refused a prosecutor’s request to increase his $100,000 bail.

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Learning for all

Board members voted unanimously to reclassify longtime PVUSD employee Alejandra Rocha’s position within the VI Program as Alternative Media Specialist.

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About Town, Week of Sept. 9

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of Sept. 2

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of Aug. 26

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of Aug. 19

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Rhea DeHart, “The lion of Pajaro,” dies

Rhea Wood DeHart was a longtime teacher, union member, mentor and activist who helped lead the drive to unionize South County teachers, reshaped Watsonville politics and remained deeply active in the community she loved until the end of her life.

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Building their numbers at Graniterock’s Algebra Academy

One hundred and forty eighth graders are ratcheting up their math skills this week thanks to Graniterock’s Algebra Academy, which is celebrating its tenth year.

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Killings stun city

A gunman at the Gilroy Garlic Festival killed a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man as the three-day food festival wrapped up for the weekend Sunday evening, July 28, according to police.

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About Town, Week of June 3

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of May 20

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville High School students protest climate change inaction

The walk out, which is part of the international movement known as Fridays For Future, was held to protest the inaction of the government on the global climate crisis.

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About Town, Week of May 13

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man ID'd in fatal crash

Baudelio Perez, 75, was identified Tuesday by Sgt. Dee Baldwin of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

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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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Watsonville gets a new perspective

With a celebration that included a Mexican dance, music and an open house, New Perspectives, Inc. officially opened its doors Wednesday in the space adjacent to the Register-Pajaronian.

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Council sets hours for brewpubs

The Watsonville City Council agreed Tuesday to allow up to five brewpubs in commercial areas, paving the way for what some are calling a new type of social gathering space in the city.

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Watsonville artist’s design is Monterey County’s first flag

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday chose the county’s first official flag, which features a design created by Watsonville artist Priscilla Martinez.

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Car fire melts storage shelter

Watsonville firefighter Nate Tapiz douses hot spots in a car fire that erupted on the 100 block of Wagner Avenue Wednesday.

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Business, nonprofit team up to build playhouse

Morning recess at Mintie White Elementary School took a different turn on Aug. 17, as hundreds of students gathered to celebrate their colorful new playhouse.

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Watsonville Municipal Airport receives $1.2M in federal grants

The Watsonville Municipal Airport will receive $1.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday.

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple to host benefit concert

On Saturday afternoon, a special musical performance, “Otonowa,” featuring jazz drummer Akira Tana and pianist Art Hirahara, will be held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, with all proceeds benefiting survivors of the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

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Abandoned building catches fire

Firefighters from several agencies tackle a fire that broke out in an abandoned building at 29 Rancho Road in Watsonville Monday morning.

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Thousands fill Aromas for annual festival

Thousands of people poured into Aromas Sunday for the annual Aromas Day, a festival filled with music, food, yard sales, carnival rides and more.

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Growing chili cook-off benefits charities

Now in its fifth year, the Aldina Real Estate Charity Chili Cook-off had its largest turnout yet Saturday, with 19 teams competing for the best chili.

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PHOTO: Dahlia Show returns

The public enjoys viewing hundreds of blooms at the annual Dahlia Show in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday put on by the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society.

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Elkhorn Slough receives $685K grant

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve received a $685,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

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Robbery spree results in crash

Two men remain at large following a string of robberies Wednesday evening in Santa Cruz and Aptos.

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Library seeks input on murals

The Watsonville Public Library is seeking input from the public on the final designs for a series of murals.

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Music, food and more lined up for Aromas Day

Described as the largest, and only, festival in Aromas, the annual Aromas Day returns Sunday.

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Cabrillo College builds up Mentor Program

Cabrillo College’s fall semester begins Monday, and the school is currently preparing its new faculty and staff to participate in its newly-formed Mentor Program.

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Orchard Supply Hardware closing all stores

A little more than two years after closing several Orchard Supply Hardware stores, including the Watsonville location, owner Lowe’s Companies, Inc., announced it will close the remaining 99 stores.

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4 arrested following chase in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police arrested two adults and two juveniles Monday following a brief car chase and a foot pursuit.

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Local filmmaker launches crowdfunding campaign

Local independent filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibañez and her team have recently launched an online crowdfunding campaign in order to garner support for their latest documentary film “Ashley’s Story.”

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PV Community Health Trust CEO to resign

Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Caitlin Brune announced Thursday that she will be resigning her position at the end of the calendar year after two years at the helm.

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Tequila, taco festival returns for fifth year

The fifth annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival, a two-day celebration of tequilas, tacos, margaritas and music, returns to San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St. in Santa Cruz, Aug. 25-26.

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PHOTO: Health centers in focus

A large group of health, county and city officials boarded a bus and toured health centers across the county Thursday as part of National Health Center Week.

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Fire sparks from home's attic

A house fire on the corner of Lincoln Street and Palm Avenue prompted response from multiple fire agencies Wednesday afternoon, a road closure and use of a nearby fire hydrant.

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Man badly hurt in car fire

A man suffered serious burns early Tuesday morning when the car he was in caught fire while parked between 17 Gardner Ave. and Auto Zone on Freedom Boulevard.

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PHOTO: Water main ruptures in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police deal with closing down Laurel Street Saturday after an underground water main ruptured around 2 p.m.

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PHOTO: Breastfeeding education

The 12th Annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk included family activities, a live DJ, community resource booths, healthy snacks, free T-shirts, raffles and more.

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Wild land blaze quickly knocked down

Firefighters quickly knocked down a wild land blaze on the 900 block of Main Street Friday.

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Woman injured in rest stop crash

A Watsonville woman who reportedly blacked out at the wheel of her SUV tore through the Vista Point exit late Friday morning before side-swiping two vehicles and careening down an embankment.

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City asks for help to prevent dumping in Pajaro River

As part of National Water Quality Month, the City of Watsonville is reaching out to residents for help in curbing watershed pollution — primarily, illegal dumping.

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PVUSD announces new admins

Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new teachers, subjects and friends.

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SC bike share program rolls ahead

A new form of transportation is making sweeping changes in Santa Cruz.

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Downtown murals celebrated

Artists and city officials on Wednesday commemorated the installation of Movable Murals, a series of large-scale works of art mounted on the front of the old city hall building on 250 Main St.

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Concert benefits middle school science programs

The End of Summer Music Bash will take place Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Corralitos Grange Hall, 165 Little Corral Way in Corralitos.

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Gang member arrested on gun, drug charges

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday during a traffic stop after police found a stolen gun in his backpack, Santa Cruz County Anti-Gang Taskforce (SCCACT) Commander George Rivera said.

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CASA names new executive director

Lynne Petrovic will take the helm of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County as executive director, the organization announced.

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Volunteers fill backpacks for needy students

Stuff the Bus is geared to help in-need families to give their kids a boost in starting the school year.

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Santa Cruz man arrested for alleged sex crimes

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to have “inappropriate and unlawful” contact with a juvenile under 16, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook.

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PHOTO: Turn proves too tight for big rig

A big rig is stalled in an awkward angle at the corner of Buena Vista Drive at San Andreas Road Friday.

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Breastfeeding fair, walk returns

The 12th annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk will return Aug. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the Watsonville Plaza.

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Man injured on razor wire fence

Emergency officials deal with a man who suffered a series of cuts after he tried to climb over a razor wire topped fence Wednesday at Big Creek Lumber on West Beach Street.

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Police maintain watch on suicidal man

Watsonville Police maintain positions outside a home on Westwind Court near Pioneer Cemetery Wednesday.

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Land Trust to host public event for 40th anniversary

Local nonprofit organization Land Trust of Santa Cruz County will host its annual Bee Barn Bash on Saturday, and for the first time the event will be open to the public.

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Local film's fundraising campaign ends soon

"Service With a Smile," produced by Digital NEST, is currently in production.

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PV Arts’ latest exhibit celebrates Latinx artists

Pajaro Valley Arts is currently preparing for its upcoming exhibit, “Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak: Un Diálogo Visual/A Visual Dialogue,” opening Aug. 8.

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Strawberry Festival returns this weekend

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns this year on Aug. 4 and 5, bringing with it some old favorites and a few new additions.

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Aptos Coffee Roasting Company to close

A little more than three decades after opening in Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos Coffee Roasting Company will be closing.

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City interns complete inaugural program

Twenty local high school students graduated from the inaugural Summer in the City Internship Program on Friday.

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Watsonville resident marks 104th birthday

Clara Fletcher of Watsonville will turn 104 on Saturday.

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Volunteers garner AAA Gold Volunteer Awards

AAA team members Alfredo Torres and Yvonne Morales recently won volunteer awards signed by President Donald Trump.

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Murals on the move

To celebrate Watsonville's sesquicentennial, Pajaro Valley Arts wanted to create a public art project that recognized the city's people and agriculture.

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Riverside Drive work underway

A length of Riverside Drive in Watsonville is undergoing a major surface upgrade.

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Woman charged with murder in fatal crash

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Santa Cruz on Friday was charged with murder, police announced Saturday.

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Road work underway in La Selva Beach

A construction worker of O'Grady Paving chisels loose a section of asphalt road surface on Breve Avenue as part of a major road improvement project around La Selva Beach.

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Highway fight leads to arrest

Emergency officials try to untangle the circumstances in a crash on southbound Highway 1 Friday.

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Police: Man abused teen for three years

Watsonville Police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

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Obon Festival returns Sunday

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple will host its annual Obon Festival Sunday with an afternoon of dedication and dancing.

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Watsonville Police: Men were running 'chop shop'

Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday after detectives searching their residence found “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of stolen items, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said.

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