Former R-P editor’s fifth mystery a wrongful conviction story

For years, former Register-Pajaronian editor Mike Wallace has been fascinated by wrongful conviction cases and has been compiling news stories on them. Now he’s put that interest to work in his fifth mystery novel, a wrongful-conviction story titled “I Scarce Can Die.”... more


County’s largest school fundraiser underway

Drive for Schools, billed as Santa Cruz County’s largest school fundraiser, kicked off its 13th year. ... more


Community briefs, Sept. 21: Buddhist Temple holding annual dinner

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Builders to pay $125K for mishandling Aptos Village storage tank

The Santa Cruz County Superior Court ordered Barry Swenson Builders, Inc., to pay $125,000 recently as part of a settlement of a civil-environmental prosecution.... more


Public invited to weigh in on water projects

The PV Water Board of Directors is inviting the public to hear the latest on the Basin Management Plan Update at its Wednesday meeting. ... more


Community briefs, Sept. 19: Kaiser grants nearly $1 million to local nonprofits

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Pajaro basketball tournament returns

The Together in Pajaro Classic will return for its second year on Saturday.... more

PHOTO: Oktoberfest Santa Cruz returns

Watsonville-based German polka band The Thirsty Nine will once again perform at Oktoberfest Santa Cruz on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High St. in Santa Cruz. ... more


PHOTO: Possible grenade shuts down Center Street

Watsonville Police shut down Center Street near Lincoln Street Friday afternoon after they reportedly found what appeeared to be a hand grenade in a residence.... more


Community briefs, Sept. 16: PVUSD challenging community to read 2 million words

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Community briefs, Sept. 14: Residents invited to help clean up sloughs, streets

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Tire thieves strike neighborhoods

Residents of the Martinelli Street area of Watsonville have reported a rash of tire thefts over the past few weeks.... more

Two arrested in attempted homicide

Two Watsonville men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in a shooting event on Sept. 2 on the 100 block of Roosevelt Street.... more


Community briefs, Sept. 12: Local jurisdictions recognized for energy efficiency

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‘Freedom Weekend’ takes aim at human trafficking

A full slate of events is planned for Sept. 15-17 as part of “Freedom Weekend” at Corralitos Community Church, an annual look at the global problem of human trafficking.... more

PHOTO: Mole and mariachi

The fifth annual Mole and Mariachi Festival took place Saturday at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.... more

Two arrested for guns, two pounds of meth

Two Watsonville men were arrested during a traffic stop Thursday after police found a “substantial” amount of methamphetamine and guns in their vehicle, Watsonville Police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said Friday. ... more


Community briefs, Sept. 9: Bilingual courses beginning Monday for business owners

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Police nab arson suspect

Watsonville Police are crediting social media with helping them nab a 16-year-old arson suspect who allegedly started a fire at Starlight Elementary School on Aug. 27.... more

PHOTO: Fire breaks out at former rail station

Particle board now covers a burned out section of a wall at the former Watsonville Station on Walker Street at West Lake Avenue where a fire broke out late Tuesday. ... more


Trump rescinding DACA program protecting young immigrants

President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority" that must be revoked.... more

Monarch Services celebrates 40 years

Monarch Services held its 40th anniversary celebration with a luncheon at Seascape Golf Club in Rio del Mar recently.... more

PHOTO: Monstrous heat moves on; smoke layer to pass as well

An eerie pall of drift smoke has enveloped the Central Coast over the past few days.... more


Trump set to decide on fate of DACA

Thousands of young immigrants across the U.S. are girding themselves for a decision by President Donald Trump about the fate of a program that allows them to legally work and attend college in the United States.... more


Community briefs, Sept. 5: Fundraising event benefits BirchBark Foundation

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Man shot through dining room window

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after he was shot through the window of his home Saturday night.... more

Man struck by hit-and-run driver

Watsonville Police are looking for a suspect who fled after striking a man with his vehicle early Friday morning near Auto Center Drive.... more

Guns drawn shut Hangar Way

Police were forced to shut down Hangar Way in Watsonville Thursday just after noon after they received a report of two men in a standoff with handguns.... more

Escalante named Janus CEO

Retired Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante has been named Janus of Santa Cruz’s new chief executive officer.... more


Loaves and Fishes to host annual Empty Bowls

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes will host its 14th annual Empty Bowls dinner and auction Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5-9 p.m. at the Lagoon House at Pajaro Dunes.... more

PHOTO: Wild land fire breaks out in Aptos

Smoke rises up from a wild land fire Monday in Aptos along Cox Road.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 31: Workshop helps parents deal with homework time

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Deputies rescue 22 suspected fighting roosters

A Watsonville man was arrested Friday after he was found to be in possession of several roosters used for fighting, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office said.... more


New cannabis licensing manager named

County Administrative Officer Carlos J. Palacios announced that Robin Bolster-Grant is the county’s new cannabis licensing manager.... more

PHOTO: Chili for charity

Aldina Real Estate's fourth annual Business Expo Charity Chili Cook-Off Contest was held Saturday.... more

Temps to dip, then bump up

A typical weather pattern of a mix of clouds and sun in the mornings, followed by sunny afternoons, has settled in the Monterey Bay for the next week.... more

Crews clean up Pajaro River

Save Our Shores’ staff and volunteers removed more than 250 pounds of waste from the Pajaro River on Friday via kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 29: CASA of Santa Cruz County receives grants

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PHOTO: Moreland Notre Dame launches Transitional Kindergarten

Moreland Notre Dame School launched its first Transitional Kindergarten when school opened on Aug. 23.... more

Radio station celebrating two years

It’s been two years since KDUB 99.9 FM went live on the airwaves.... more


Program helps locals buy homes

The HOME - First Time Home Buyer Program helps locals buy their first home by distributing loan down payments of up to $150,000 and grants to qualifying residents of Santa Cruz County.... more

Massive bike ride brings community together

Around 400 bicyclists filled Capitola and Santa Cruz Saturday as part of a nationwide cycling event to bring bicyclists together to show off their skills and simply bring the community together.... more

PHOTO: In memory

Elvia Cabrera sings a tune Monday at Pinto Lake City Park at a memorial for Tom Gugale, 47, who died in a car crash recently.... more


Nominations sought for volunteer awards

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County kicked off a call for nominations Monday for the 11th Annual Be the Difference Awards.... more


Citations issued for highway death

On Feb. 9, Los Banos resident Bobby Gill was killed when a dump truck hit him as he cleared a mudslide on Highway 17.... more

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum hosts large-scale art exhibit

Bizarre and beautiful plants, bulleting hummingbirds and more often inspire visitors to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. And now, through Nov. 17, a large-scale art exhibit on the picturesque hillside takes that inspiration to some intriguing places.... more