Linking students through their good deeds

The students at Mintie White Elementary School spent the past two weeks performing acts of kindness for their friends and family. They then wrote each of these acts upon a strip of paper, which became the link in a chain in their classrooms.

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Report of possible gun puts school on lockdown

Watsonville Police shut down Blackburn Street Friday after they got a call about a man with a gun.

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Feds raid Santa Cruz residence

Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a raid on a Santa Cruz residence early Friday morning as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation,” DHS spokesman Richard Rocha said.

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Man killed by falling tree on Hwy. 17, 10 vehicles involved

One man was killed on Highway 17 Thursday when a falling tree struck his vehicle, California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said.

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County launches intervention team

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard a report on a new program created to help some of the county’s most recalcitrant criminals.

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Art, stitch by stitch: PV Quilt Show returns to fairgrounds

The annual Pajaro Valley Quilt Show returns to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Feb. 23 and 24, showcasing more than 300 quilts as well as clothing, purses, dolls, pincushions and more.

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Nearly 50 children receive free dental care

Dientes Community Dental Care celebrated Give Kids A Smile Day on Feb. 9 by partnering with six volunteer hygienists from the Monterey Bay Dental Hygienists’ Association to provide 48 uninsured children with free dental care.

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Supervisors approve two homeless plans

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to use a state grant totaling nearly $9.7 million to fund homeless services countywide over the next two years.

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PHOTO: Flooding occurs across Santa Cruz County

Big rains batter region

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Man suspected of stealing vehicle arrested

A Watsonville man was arrested Tuesday morning after investigators linked him to a vehicle that was stolen over the weekend.

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Hundreds march in peace rally

The 25th annual Peace and Unity March filed through Watsonville Sunday during a break in stormy weather to mark the gang-related deaths of more than 90 people both in Watsonville and Salinas.

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Two injured in La Selva plane crash

Two people were transported by air ambulance Saturday after the plane they were flying crashed on the runway near Monterey Bay Academy.

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Felon arrested with gun after restaurant lockdown

Watsonville Police arrested a man Sunday afternoon after a witness saw him with a gun outside of a popular family restaurant.

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Carrie’s Dream fundraiser to be held Sunday

The Fifth Annual Carrie’s Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction will take place this Sunday at Aptos High School.

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Monte Vista middle schoolers present projects

Sixth-graders at Monte Vista Christian School participated in the annual Make A Change Project Showcase on Wednesday.

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Knights of Columbus makes annual donation

The Knights of Columbus Council 11804 is known for its annual Tootsie Roll Drive, a six-week effort at five local Catholic churches.

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Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

The man accused of gunning down a woman and stabbing her ex-husband at their residence in the Aptos hills on Jan. 30 pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday during his second court appearance since his arrest.

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Commission approves drive-thru Starbucks

The Watsonville Planning Commission approved a drive-thru Starbucks in the Watsonville Square Shopping Center Tuesday, one of two such coffee shops in the works for the city.

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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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PHOTO: Second Harvest unveils food drive totals

A total of 4,817,235 meals were donated during the 2018 Holiday Food and Fund Drive, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County announced Tuesday during an unveiling event at Dominican Hospital.

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Man arrested after damaging city elevator

A man was arrested Feb. 1 after surveillance footage caught him using a torch lighter to damage a city elevator.

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PHOTO: Snowy morning

A fence is draped with snow early Tuesday morning on Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains as the freezing level dropped to about 2,000 feet overnight.

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Community celebrates annual awardees

Alex Solano was recognized alongside Woman of the Year Lori Butterworth, Man of the Year Brad Hubbard, Business of the Year Alladin Nursery, Organization of the Year Dientes Community Dental Care and Event of the Year Aldina Real Estate Charity Chili Cook-off during the chamber's annual awards dinner.

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Rain doesn’t halt World Wetlands Day

With torrent rains pummeling the region in the early morning, volunteers slipped in the drenching vegetation and shoveled heavy clumps of mud at Ramsay Park as they planted 20 oak trees and smaller plants along Watsonville Slough for World Wetlands Day.

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PHOTO: Tree crashes over highway

A motorist drives south on Highway 1 early Saturday morning where a massive eucalyptus tree crashed over McGregor Drive in Aptos and into the southbound lane of Highway 1 just after 2 a.m.

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Grant will allow expanded immigrant services

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County announced Friday that it has been awarded a $731,000 grant that will allow the organization to expand its services to immigrant communities in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.

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Downtown artwork receives international recognition

Watsonville artist Kathleen Crocetti’s "Celebrating the Diversity of Labor" project was recently awarded the 2019 Best Community Project in the 18th Annual Mosaic Arts International Juried Exhibition.

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On the highway of life: Local musician releases new solo album

Keith Rayburn’s musical journey began when his older brother, Craig Rayburn, first picked up a guitar and learned to play.

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Art on the battlefield: Karate instructor aims to preserve tradition

Sensei Fred Castillo has continued practicing and teaching karate in Watsonville for decades.

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Teen cancer survivor’s challenge earns $50K for Jacob’s Heart


A 16-year-old cancer survivor has become a philanthropist.

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Dinner benefits SACO student exchange program

The Slavic American Cultural Organization’s (SACO) Student Ambassador & Exchange Program will be holding its fourth annual fundraising dinner to support the program which sent its first group of seven students to Croatia and Montenegro in June.

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Volunteers help with biennial homeless census

Several dozen people braved the rainy pre-dawn morning Thursday to seek out the hidden byways of Santa Cruz County and count the homeless people who live here.

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Suspected burglar arrested after standoff

A man suspected of breaking into his family’s home and stealing a large amount of cash was arrested after a standoff Tuesday morning.

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Assistant coach arrested for soliciting sex acts

An assistant soccer coach was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting sexual acts from underage players.

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Man arrested in Castroville homicide

A man was arrested Thursday after reportedly shooting and killing his brother in Castroville.

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New Music Works collaborates with Terry Riley

Santa Cruz ensemble will join forces with acclaimed pianist and vocalist Terry Riley for a performance on Feb. 2.

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Michael Gaither and His New Best Friends to perform at Jansen Music

Michael Gaither has been performing mostly as a solo singer-songwriter for the past 15 years.

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New art exhibit to open Monday at Cabrillo Gallery

Two artists have come together to present “Continuum & Flux,” a new art exhibit opening at the Cabrillo Gallery in Aptos on Monday.

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PHOTO: City employees raise $5K for food bank

Watsonville city employees raised $5,318.65 for Second Harvest Food Bank during the organization’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive.

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage.

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple to hold Hoonko service

On Sunday at 10 a.m. the Watsonville Buddhist Temple will hold a special service to honor Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

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Teens arrested for possessing loaded gun

Three teenagers were arrested near the Vista Point highway exit Friday for possessing a loaded, unregistered handgun.

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PHOTO: Clouds briefly step aside for eclipse

The trail of a commercial jetliner is shown, thanks to a long exposure, crossing the sky as an eclipse of the moon, known as the super blood wolf moon, takes place Sunday night as seen from Santa Cruz.

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Women’s March returns to Santa Cruz

Tens of thousands of people descended upon downtown Santa Cruz Saturday morning to march for the rights of women.

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PV Arts welcomes new executive director

Linda Martin first person to hold position in decades.

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Nonprofit veterans group receives grants


Vets 4 Vets, a Santa Cruz County nonprofit supporting local veterans, received two grants that will assist in providing services to veterans in need.

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Legendary Mexican band to play fairgrounds

Popular Mexican music group Banda el Recodo will make a stop in Watsonville this weekend.

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Santa Cruz museum installs exhibit at Watsonville’s Goodwill

A special exhibit from the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) has been installed this week at the Goodwill in downtown Watsonville.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learning to live aloha

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

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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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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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