PV High field to move one step closer

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider approving a contractor to build the long-awaited athletic field at Pajaro Valley High School.

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Wild fire scorches outhouse, brush

Firefighters from several agencies combat a wild land fire on the shoulder of Highway 1 just south of South Green Valley Road Monday in Watsonville.

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PHOTO: Hwy. 129 work gets underway

A crew from Caltrans takes measurements along Highway 129, or Riverside Road, near Carlton Road Monday at the start of a major road reconfiguration and rebuilding of the heavily travelled corridor between Watsonville, Aromas and Highway 101.

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Community Bridges moves into new headquarters

Community Bridges has settled into its new offices in downtown Watsonville, bringing its headquarters closer to the majority of people it serves.

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PHOTO: SUV rolls over on Green Valley Road

No injuries were reported.

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Dead woman was stung multiple times

A woman who was found dead in a stand of bushes along Harkins Slough Friday morning suffered multiple stings by either bees or yellowjackets before her death, Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Ridgway said.

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Library showcases upcoming Birding Festival

A collection of books about birds, from birding and migration to backyard birding for beginners, is currently on display thanks to the staff at the Watsonville Public Library on Main Street.

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PHOTO: Watsonville man celebrates 103rd birthday

Watsonville resident Manuel Zayas Ramirez celebrated his 103rd birthday with family Sunday.

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Music, activities and more lined up for Kidrageous carnival

In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the 20th annual Jacob’s Heart Kidrageous Golden Carnival returns Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Watsonville City Plaza.

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Work begins Monday on Hwy 129/Carlton Road intersection

A project to improve the intersection of Highway 129 and Carlton Road beginning next week will result in traffic delays and a temporary closure.

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Beach Festival gears up for inaugural event

New event will take over Capitola Village Sept. 29-30.

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Farm Discovery at Live Earth to hold annual benefit dinner

Event raises funds for educational organization

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Boy injured in Hwy 1 rollover

A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday morning.

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Mexican Independence Day: Music, food and more

The group Banda S7 treats the crowd to live Banda music Sunday in downtown Watsonville during a celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

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PHOTO: Celebrating Mexican Independence

Esther Herrera and Pedro Juarez enjoy dancing Friday at the Watsonville Senior Center as part of the center's celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

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Volunteers asked to join cleanup day

The City of Watsonville and the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition is encouraging residents to participate in the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, set for Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at multiple Watsonville sites.

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PVUSD budget shows good, bad news

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District on Wednesday approved a budget report which shows the district reducing its deficit spending, and holding onto its required 3 percent reserve, even as it watches its ending fund balance drop for the next three years.

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Youths, families invited to taste outdoor sports

The eighth annual Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day, a free family-oriented outdoor activity day, will take place at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Oct. 5. and 6.

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Mexican Independence Day to be celebrated at annual festival

Fiestas Patrias will sponsor its annual community festival, Mexican Independence Day, on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Swallows’ nests a joy, headache at PV High

The annual return of the cliff swallows to the Watsonville area can be a treat for bird enthusiasts, who marvel at their ability to migrate from as far away as Argentina, and then cobble their nests from thousands of beakfuls of mud on cliffs and buildings.

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WPD officer awarded for recovering 12 stolen vehicles in five months

Watsonville Police Officer Alex Zamora received an award Thursday for recovering 12 stolen cars, three of which were occupied.

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PHOTO: No injuries in 3-vehicle crash

No injuries were reported in a three-vehicle crash just past noon Tuesday on Kearney Street in Watsonville.

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Sheriff’s office seeking missing man

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a man who has gone missing in the Watsonville area, and says his disappearance is suspicious.

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Woman and child struck by SUV

Emergency officials deal with a crash on Pajaro Circle Monday where a man driving an SUV hit a woman carrying a 1-year-old child after she reportedly stepped out from between parked cars while carrying the child.

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Man dies in Amesti Road crash

Sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, a Watsonville man died in a solo-vehicle crash on the 200 block of Amesti Road.

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Man stabbed multiple times in street fight

Watsonville Police detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred during a large street fight early Sunday morning, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said Monday.

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PHOTO: Capitola Art and Wine Festival returns

Thousands attend on first day of weekend-long event.

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Woman’s Club awards scholarships

The Watsonville Woman’s Club held its first meeting of the season Friday, when they handed out $5,000 worth of scholarships to six recent high school graduates.

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Watsonville Film Festival announces new series

The Watsonville Film Festival will present the "Healthy Community Film Series" in the fall, hosting local and international filmmakers, panels with local experts and family activities.

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Santa Cruz Follies returns for 63rd year

At 63 years, the Santa Cruz Follies is the longest-running organization that uses the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, said director Kris Wheeler.

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Corralitos Woman’s Club welcomes Honor Flight president

At a recent Loma Prieta District meeting of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Corralitos chapter hosted Carl J. Stewart, president and co-founder of the Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation.

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Man struck by SUV in crosswalk

A man suffered serious injuries early Wednesday when he was struck by an SUV in Soquel Village.

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Witnesses: Man struck by car was not in crosswalk

A man was seriously injured Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

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Child riding scooter killed by car in Ben Lomond

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that left a child dead in Ben Lomond on Sunday.

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Monte Vista Christian School begins construction on new performing arts center

Monte Vista Christian School on Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony, heralding in construction for what will be the Don Price Performing Arts Chapel.

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Man arrested for sexual abuse lasting 'several years'

A 19-year-old Watsonville man was arrested Thursday after an underage girl told police he had been sexually abusing her for several years.

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New development to impact local schools

The 150-unit housing project approved Wednesday by the Watsonville City Council will add an estimated 188 school-aged children to Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

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PHOTO: Remembering the Begonia Festival

Volunteer Willard Schwartz (left) gets help from Matt Seuss (top) and Laurie Hill in volunteering their help to hang potted begonias around Capitola Monday to honor the Capitola Begonia Festival that ended in 2017 after 65 years.

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Gas pipeline replacement work moves ahead

Work crews from Pacific Gas & Electric are continuing their efforts of replacing portions of PG&E’s underground natural gas pipelines in Watsonville.

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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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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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