Rancho Del Mar project approved

The Santa Cruz County Zoning Administrator on Friday approved a series of renovations at the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, a decision that will allow the project to begin.... more

Art camp wraps up in Corralitos

The Summer Art Camp at the Corralitos Cultural Center is a place where children can be together while learning about art and culture around the world.... more


Suspect wanted for allegedly shooting man in face

Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly shot another man in the face before fleeing early Thursday morning.... more


Woman killed in Castroville shooting

A woman was killed Thursday night after being shot at a Merritt Street residence.... more


Fire season up and running

Following a wet winter, summer has now brought on bone-dry conditions and strong winds, ushering in a bold fire season. Close to two-dozen wild land fires are raging around the state.... more

PHOTO: New look for Freedom Rotary

Freedom Rotary Past President Yesenia Parra passes the gavel to new President Ron Ince during the club's meeting at the California Grill on Tuesday.... more


Man jailed for animal cruelty

A Watsonville man was arrested Monday after neighbors reported seeing him allegedly abusing a dog, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter General Manager Melanie Sobel said Wednesday.... more


Community briefs, July 20: Seminars focus on natural remedies

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Woman injured in rollover

Emergency workers struggle to free a woman trapped in an upside-down Honda Accord sedan Tuesday after it flipped over on East Lake Avenue.... more

Man suffers major injuries in car vs. bicycle crash

A 45-year-old Watsonville man was seriously injured early Tuesday when a car struck him on his bicycle. ... more

PHOTO: International Festival draws a crowd

Crowds gathered in downtown Watsonville Sunday for the 18th annual St. Patrick's International Festival.... more

Rountree project continues

The Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility project is almost complete. The project started in 2016 and county officials expect it to open in early 2018.... more


Community briefs, July 18: Soroptimist, YWCA host mixer

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PV Water kicks off next phase of basin plan

A standing-room-only crowd greeted the Board of Directors as the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency introduced its plan Monday to address the Valley’s critically overdrafted groundwater basin with local resources and become compliant before the state’s... more

Boy airlifted to hospital after being hit by car

A 10-year-old boy was taken to a trauma center after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle.... more

Morse, long-standing judge, to step down

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Heather D. Morse announced her retirement from the bench effective Nov. 2.... more


County secures grant for Chanticleer Park

The County of Santa Cruz received a $352,000 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development for Phase I construction of Chanticleer County Park, which includes the county’s first all-inclusive playground.... more


Community briefs, July 13: Neighborhood Business Expo scheduled

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Volunteer Center celebrating 50th anniversary

The public is invited to join the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County’s 50th Anniversary Birthday Celebration on July 29 at the Sesnon House, 6500 Soquel Drive in Aptos, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. ... more

Neighborhood festival encourages healthy living

More than 150 people enjoyed complimentary food, games and hands-on science activities during a bilingual environmental festival sponsored by Regeneración - Pajaro Valley Climate Action called “Healthy Children for a Healthy Planet” on Sunday at the North... more


Community briefs, July 11: Expert to speak on wetlands wildlife protection

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Ow Family hands out scholarships to students

George Ow Jr. and his family provided $500 scholarships to 106 high school seniors during a June ceremony at Cabrillo College.... more


Community briefs, July 8: Saint Patrick’s Parish holds international festival

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Racers prepare for 20th annual Mike Cecil Memorial

For 20 years, stock car racers in the area have been coming together to honor Mike Cecil, who lost his life to cancer in September 1997.... more

Brewery supports PV Shelter

Families and friends gathered at Watsonville's Elkhorn Slough Brewing on Tuesday for a Fourth of July fundraiser.... more


Community briefs, July 6: Seniors Council to distribute food vouchers

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Man arrested for unregistered guns

A Watsonville man pulled over for a traffic violation was arrested Friday after police reportedly found an unregistered gun in his vehicle.... more


Community briefs, July 3: PVUSD receives $5.6 million federal grant

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‘Rise’ to host first networking event

Local resident Karina Salgado will be hosting her first “Rise” networking event at the Watsonville Woman’s Club, 12 Brennan St., on July 29 from 4-8 p.m.... more

New competition takes over fairgrounds

The first-ever Outback Cutting western style horse competition is unfolding at the fairgrounds.... more


Meeting to discuss groundwater basin

The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board of Directors will be holding a meeting on July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor. ... more

Encouraging acts of kindness

Holding open a door, picking up litter, loaning a pencil — any of these small deeds can be seen as an act of kindness. It is this character-building that teachers are hoping to instill in summer school students at EA Hall Middle School.... more

Five hurt in ag chemical spray

Five field workers were slightly injured Thursday after being exposed to a spray agricultural treatment on a berry farm on Wagner Avenue at East Lake Avenue.... more


Community briefs, July 1: Community sought to help build mosaics

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Council approves $144M budget

The Watsonville City Council approved a $144 million budget Tuesday that includes a number of new positions but no raises for lower level workers.... more


PVUSD trustees to consider budget

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider adopting this year’s budget, a 430-page document that covers every aspect of the district’s day-to-day financial operations.... more


Community briefs, June 27: SACO holding annual summer barbecue

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Pajaro Valley Arts, others receive federal grants

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), announced Monday that five Central Coast arts programs received federal grants totaling $115,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.... more


Salud expands OBGYN team at Watsonville Hospital

Salud Para La Gente has expanded obstetrical care and services at Watsonville Community Hospital.... more


Finding a good match

The Central Coast may have an army of eager volunteers hoping to serve on a nonprofit board, and an abundance of nonprofits hoping to recruit them. The difficulty, however, comes in bringing the two together.... more

Rotary Club donates to organizations

The Rotary Club of Watsonville presented checks to a group of nonprofit organizations and two schools during its Wednesday meeting. ... more


Proposal could change county’s recycling accessibility

Vision Recycling, a local green waste recycling company, is resisting a proposal from Santa Cruz County that company officials say could lead to a loss of jobs and an increase in traffic.... more


Community briefs, June 24: Workshops focus on natural remedies

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Free sun protection

Free hats were the order of the day Thursday thanks to the folks at American Hat Makers on Aviation Way during the 10th annual Hat Day in the Sun.... more