PV trustees approve evaluation tool, superintendent contract

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a plan to use a specialized assessment tool to help teachers better focus their math lessons where students need it.

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Wetstein, Goodman named Aptos Chamber Man, Woman of the Year

The Aptos Chamber of Commerce recently named Cabrillo College President Matt Wetstein and Lifespan Founder Pam Goodman its Man and Woman of the Year.

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House and Garden of the Month | August, 2019

House and Garden of the Month for August 2019.

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What's going on? | Aug. 24-30

Weekly calendar of events.

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Clean up crew

Heavy equipment rolled into action Wednesday morning to tear down a large portion of the former Val TV Radio VCR Service and Tamara’s Hair Salon at 8 Porter Drive.

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Suspects nabbed in brazen burglary

Two men are in custody and a cache of expensive stolen bikes are back in the owner’s hands following a dramatic smash-and-grab burglary early Thursday.

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Man arrested for ‘substantial’ child sex crimes

Juan Manuel Corona, 60, has been charged with lewd and lascivious acts against a child, false imprisonment, and rape by force or fear. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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Police warn of virtual kidnapping scam

The Watsonville Police Department is warning the public to beware of so-called virtual kidnappings, where suspects threaten victims without laying a hand on them.

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Missing teen found in Imperial County

Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies have located a teen who ran away from a Watsonville group home in mid-July.

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Sheriff’s office seeking man who grabbed girl

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to be on the lookout after a man tried to grab a 13-year-old girl as she walked on the 7000 block of Highway 9 Monday afternoon.

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CHP celebrates 90 years

A celebration 90 years in the making is underway at the California Highway Patrol.

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Fourth annual Pajaro Valley Pride held at YWCA

Pajaro Valley Pride’s annual celebration returned in a different capacity this year—with a brand new location and more activities. The Watsonville YWCA invited the non-profit to use its facility on East Beach Street, prompting the organization to move the event from downtown.

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Family, including infant, injured in Hwy. 152 crash

Three people – one of them an infant – suffered serious injuries Friday night in a head-on collision near Hecker Pass.

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Northern Monterey County Foundation awards $34,000 in grants

The Northern Monterey County Foundation (NMCF) for the third year awarded $34,000 over a dozen grants to nonprofits serving North Monterey County residents.

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About Town, Week of Aug. 12

News from About Town for the week of Aug. 12.

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Two arrested in connection with Santa Cruz shootings

Michael Trabue Day, 19, of San Jose, and Enrique Rocha, 20, of Watsonville, were charged with attempted homicide, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and participation in a criminal street gang. They were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $900,000 bail, jail records showed.

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Arbor and patio enhances casa

Workers from Prime Landscaping of Santa Cruz install flagstones for a new patio at the front of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) facility on Freedom Boulevard Thursday.

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A day of remembrance

About 50 people gathered for the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day of Remembrance.

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A day for the Aromas community

Aromas Day is celebrating its 30th year on Aug. 25., bringing the community together for family fun in the heart of the small rural town.

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Pajaro Valley Pride returns Sunday

For the past four years, local non-profit organization Pajaro Valley Pride has held its very own celebration and march in downtown Watsonville, aiming to bring awareness to and support the LGBT+ community of South County.

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Dahlias up close

The annual Dahlia Show by the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society will run Aug. 24-25 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

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What's going on? | Aug. 17-23

Events calendar for Aug. 17-23.

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A new path

Watsonville Prep School, which is run by Navigator Schools, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, an event attended by parents, students, teachers and administrators.

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Street racing: an enthusiast’s perspective

A look at street racing in Watsonville.

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School year rolling with new admins, new program

Ivan Alcaraz spent the entirety of his childhood education in Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

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Santa Cruz Police investigating 4th shooting in 3 weeks

According to SCPD Sgt. Gregg Crofts, officers responded to a report of shots fired about 11:20 p.m. Everyone involved had fled, but officers located evidence and interviewed witnesses.

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Police: drunk woman smashed into police vehicle

Yesenia Pavez, 27, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail. She was not in custody Wednesday morning, jail records showed.

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Police seek help in finding missing teen

David Bordeaux, 15, ran away from a Watsonville group home and no one has heard or seen from him since mid-July.

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First image selected for ‘Watsonville Brillante’

“Strawberry Picker,” a black and white work from Watsonville native Juan Fuentes that depicts a Latinx fieldworker shadowed by an indigenous ancestor, received unanimous approval from the commission at the public meeting.

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Hospice of Santa Cruz County announces strategic partnership

Hospice of Santa Cruz County, together with Mission Hospice & Home Care in San Mateo and The Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego, have announced the formation of the California Hospice Network

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About Town, Week of Aug. 5

About Town, Week of Aug. 5

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Motorcyclist dies after striking power lines

A 64-year-old Boulder Creek man died in a bizarre motorcycle crash Thursday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into downed power lines.

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Police: Murder suspect on bail was selling, growing pot illegally

Watsonville police officers were at a residence on Lawrence Avenue Friday morning, taking out numerous marijuana plants from the backyard and going in and out of the house.

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New Santa Cruz SPCA shelter moves ahead

The new Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter is moving skyward as it goes through the framing and siding phase on Chanticleer Avenue.

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Street racing: a law enforcement perspective

Late one Sunday night in July, Watsonville Police got a call that a group of people was gathered in a parking lot, and someone was spinning their car in circles in a time-honored activity known as doing “donuts.”

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State’s largest recycling center closes

California’s largest operator of recycling redemption centers has closed all 284 of its locations statewide, further throwing into disarray an already upended industry.

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A show of unity

Across Watsonville, throughout Santa Cruz County and around the U.S., people came out Tuesday to meet their neighbors, have dinner, play games and simply enjoy the late summer evening.

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Unknown substance sickens inmate, officers at jail

Several Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to guard the Main Jail were taken to the hospital Wednesday after they were exposed to an unknown substance.

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United Way's 'Stuff the Bus' collects supplies for students

Raised funds and gathered donations for low-income and homeless children in the region.

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County Supervisors move to reduce plastics

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to ban the sale of plastic water bottles at county facilities, and told Public Works staff to create an ordinance that would require a fee for single-use cups at food service establishments.

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Update: SC Police investigate 3 shootings in less than a week

The Santa Cruz Police Department is looking into three separate shooting incidents between July31 and Tuesday night.

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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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FBI launches terrorism investigation into festival shooting

The FBI launched a domestic terrorism investigation into the July 28 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, officials announced Tuesday.

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Bay Federal raises over $21,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Bay Federal received CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match in recognition for its fundraising methods.

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Pedestrian dies on Hwy 1 near Watsonville

A 28-year-old Salinas man died late Monday night when he was struck by a car while walking on Highway 1 north of the city at this Vista Point freeway entrance.

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Thousands attend Strawberry Festival

Thousands of visitors poured into the 25th annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival over the weekend to relish the cash crop of the Pajaro Valley.

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Santa Cruz Police investigate shooting

The Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating a shooting that erupted on the 700 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday just after midnight.

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Count shows slight decline in county homeless

Santa Cruz County saw a slight decline in its numbers of homeless people after the biennial count conducted in January.

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Save Our Shores leads rally for single-use plastic reforms

Save Our Shores will host a rally in support of precedent-setting single-use plastic reforms on Tuesday on the steps of the Santa Cruz County building.

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California State Parks announces $4.1m for park projects

California State Parks announced last week the selection of 26 local park projects that will receive grants totaling $4.1 million from the California Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Grant Program, including one in Watsonville and two others in Santa Cruz County.

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Strawberry Festival kicks off

Several roads will be closed over the weekend.

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About Town, Week of July 29

About Town, Week of July 29

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What's going on? | Aug. 3-9

What's going on? | Aug. 3-9

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National Night Out returns Tuesday

On Tuesday neighborhoods throughout the City of Watsonville will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “36th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

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Coroner: Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman shot himself

The Santa Clara County Medical examiner has reported that the man who shot and killed three people and wounded 12 others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28 shot himself, contradicting earlier reports that police officers shot him.

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Capitola officials to consider new hotel

The Capitola Planning Commission, City Council, and the public weighed in on a proposal for an 89-room hotel in the heart of the seaside village.

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Aromas organization to host healthy soil workshop

Terra Cultura organization co-directors Rachel and Jessica Wohlander are inviting the South County community to join them tomorrow for a special workshop.

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Local detailer lands presidential project

Angel Gomez said his passion for vehicles started at a young age.

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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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Pajaronian returns to downtown Watsonville

Fifty years after it left downtown Watsonville, the Pajaronian is back.

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The Gilroy shooting: locals weigh in

Jordan Phillips of Hood River, Ore. said he was at the festival selling products for his company Columbia Black Garlic when the shooting began.

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Couple takes helm of Watsonville Salvation Army

When Thelma Jimenez was a young girl growing up in Albuquerque, N.M, her family was suffering from homelessness.

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Shots fired in downtown Santa Cruz

Shots were fired but no one was injured in some form of dispute Wednesday afternoon in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Strawberry Festival gears up

The 25th annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival is on cue for a three-day family-oriented bash starting today.

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Regeneración: Pajaro Valley Climate Action hosts resource fair

Regeneración: Pajaro Valley Climate Action hosted its “Healthy Children for a Healthy Planet” resource fair at the Nuevo Amanecer Apartments in Pajaro on Sunday.

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Nominations open for annual Be the Difference Awards

The call for nominations for the 13th Annual Be the Difference Awards went out Monday.

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PHOTO: Big rig stuck on Beach Road

Sunk into dirt after left on edge of farm

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Police respond to shooting at Garlic Festival

Police responded to a shooting with multiple casualties at the Gilroy Garlic Festival July 28, according to sources.

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About Town, Week of July 22

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Obon Festival returns to Watsonville Buddhist Temple

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple will once again host its annual Obon Festival Sunday.

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About Town, Week of July 1

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville attempted murder suspect pleads not guilty

Manuel Adrian Perez, 22, remains in Santa Cruz County Jail on attempted murder charges after Judge Rodney Stafford kept his bail at $375,000.

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About Town, Week of June 24

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of June 17

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man attempts escape from custody

A 30-year-old Watsonville man who was wanted for robbery was arrested Monday evening on Green Valley Road.

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Two arrested after thwarted drug robbery

Two men from Texas were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tied up two people, beat one of them and stole 30 pounds of marijuana during an illegal drug transaction.

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Rape, murder suspect in court

Miguel Loza, the man suspected of raping two 17-year-old girls and killing one of them in 2003, has made his first appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

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About Town, Week of June 10

Observations from across Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Community Bridges named Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Robert Rivas has named Community Bridges the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year for the 30th Assembly District.

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Pacific Coast Charter School graduates reflect, look forward

Each with 13 years at Pacific Coast Charter School under their belts, Sam Vazquez and Marcus Sporleder are preparing for the next phase of their lives.

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Woman seriously injured in hit and run

A woman was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit and run crash on Maple Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

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About Town, Week of June 3

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Events planned to celebrate World Oceans Week

Non-profit environmental organization Save Our Shores is hosting three events this weekend aiming to raise awareness during World Oceans Week.

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45 years of Santa Cruz Pride

The 45th annual Santa Cruz Pride Parade unfolded in downtown Santa Cruz Sunday.

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About Town, Week of May 28

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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Watsonville Portuguese Community hosts annual parade

Crowds gathered at the Portuguese Community Hall on Sunday morning to prepare for the annual trek to St. Patrick’s Church to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima.

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by truck

A 75 year old man was fatally struck by a vehicle late Sunday morning on Rodriguez Street near West Beach Street in Watsonville.

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About Town, Week of April 29

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Fire breaks out at hotel

A fire broke out early this morning at a Santa Cruz hotel.

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About Town, Week of April 22

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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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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Man arrested for sex crimes with minors

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

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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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