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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First Wine, Beer & Art Walk sells out

The first-ever Wine, Beer & Art Walk took place in downtown Watsonville Saturday. The sold-out event drew at least 300 people to town for a taste of what the Pajaro Valley is about, from local wines, craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages to local businesses showcasing their wares and services in a casual, let’s get acquainted atmosphere.

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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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Recognizing the underdog

When he was in school, Brandon Gruber occasionally found himself in the role of the underdog, and occasionally the target of bullies.

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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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Watsonville NETworX graduates four

Watsonville NETworX celebrated the graduation of its second class on May 4 at the Watsonville First United Methodist Church.

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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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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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