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A ‘genuine’ love for horses

Modified: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Annie the quarter horse knickers and shuffles, tossing her head and swishing her tail as the farrier walks around and carefully lifts her hoof. Without much fuss, he cleans, trims, and files all while checking for bruising, infections and other problematic changes.
"No hoof, no horse," said Charley Bunyea, 35, a farrier who works throughout Santa Cruz County.
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Big top circus in town

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As part of their annual appearance in Watsonville, Circo Caballero of Jalisco, Mexico, are now up and running at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
Their shows, which include one of the world's top clowns, Tutti Frutti of Chile, run Friday through Monday.
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Downtown designs move forward

Modified: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Before the City Council considers the final designs for the downtown streetscape plan July 7, city officials looked to the public to provide input during a meeting Wednesday.
The City Council approved conceptual designs for downtown in September. Now, it will look to approve the final designs drawn up by BFS Landscape Architects, said Acting Community Development
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O’Brien to lead Aptos Fourth of July parade

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
APTOS -- Aptos High School principal Casey O'Brien was recently chosen as the Grand Marshal for the "World's Shortest Parade."
"I feel very honored," O'Brien said. "I want my students to see that I am proud to represent Aptos High and the Aptos community."
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Woman robbed of cell phone at ATM

Modified: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman had her cell phone stolen at gunpoint Tuesday on Main Street.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Ridgway said that just after 1 p.m. three suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts approached a 47-year-old woman near the ATM machine at Bay Federal Credit Union, 1481 Main St.
The victim told officers that one of the suspects produced
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Fireworks sales begin

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the Fourth of July approaches and Watsonville residents prepare to light off all manner of sparking and showering fireworks, so too are 24 nonprofit organizations gearing up to sell them.
Groups from the American Legion to Victory Outreach to the Watsonville Buddhist Temple started selling "safe and sane" fireworks Wednesday, hoping that passersby will shell out the
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Commission OKs alcohol license for gas station

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- After 15 years of trying to obtain a license, American Fuels will now be able to sell alcohol.
The Watsonville Planning Commission approved owner Ron Ince's application Tuesday on a 5-2 vote, with commissioners Aurelio Gonzalez and Jenny Sarmiento dissenting.
When the City Council approved an exception to the city's alcohol ordinance for separation requirements on March 24,
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PV Health Trust announces 2015 grants

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust recently announced the recipients of $175,000 in grants addressing health-related issues in the Pajaro Valley. Twenty-one organizations were awarded between $3,000 and $15,000 for projects that address the Health Trust's four strategic program areas: Diabetes and its Contributing Factors, Oral Health, Health Professions, and Access to Care.
The following organizations received grants
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Are you ready to barbecue?

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
CORRALITOS -- Saturday is July 4th and for many that means rolling out the barbecue. Bracing for the surge in sales the folks at Corralitos Market & Sausage Company and Freedom Meat Lockers have been trumping up their production, especially with their top sellers.
Originally founded in the late 1800s, the Corralitos Market & Sausage Company produces ready-to-go sausages that
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Fireworks sales begin Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the Fourth of July approaches and Watsonville residents prepare to light off all manner of sparking and showering fireworks, so too are 24 nonprofit organizations gearing up to sell them.
Groups from the American Legion to Victory Outreach to the Watsonville Buddhist Temple will start selling "safe and sane" fireworks on July 1, hoping that passersby
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Health Trust announces 2015 grants

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust recently announced the recipients of $175,000 in grants addressing health-related issues in the Pajaro Valley. Twenty-one organizations were awarded between $3,000 and $15,000 for projects that address the Health Trust's four strategic program areas: Diabetes and its Contributing Factors, Oral Health, Health Professions, and Access to Care.
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Elias Alonzo quietly closes the book

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- One of the major pillars of the Latino community in the Pajaro Valley, Elias Alonzo, died Sunday at his Watsonville home at 1:24 a.m., his wife of 27 years, Heidi, said. He was 86.
His passing comes just two days after June 26 was officially declared Elias Alonzo Day by Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput.
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FedEx eyes Manabe-Ow property

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A decade after the City of Watsonville annexed a 95-acre parcel near Highway 1 near Ohlone Parkway, and five years after the Manabe-Ow Business Park Specific Plan was approved, the weed-choked lot that once held strawberry fields could soon see its first industrial development.
Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx corporation has submitted a proposal to build a regional distribution center
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Learning through the summer

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- For the past 15 years, the Extended Learning Department of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District has brought in approximately $10 million in state and federal funding targeted exclusively for summer learning, which served more than 45,000 elementary and middle school students.
The Extended Learning Department summer program expands the learning year for more than 3,000 students
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Riding for community

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- From the largest cruiser to the smallest tricycle, the inaugural community bike ride in Watsonville Saturday drew more than 40 bikers, all eager to put their feet to the pedals and roll through the city.
Watsonville City Councilman Felipe Hernandez, who headed up the event, said he hoped at least 15 people would show up. That number
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Meeting to discuss downtown project

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- City officials will hold a meeting Wednesday discussing design concepts for downtown Watsonville's streetscape project.
The purpose of the meeting, to be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza, 275 Main St., fourth floor, is to discuss several issues around the downtown streetscape project proposed for Lower Main.
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Ceiba celebrates first graduation

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Forty-five students were presented with diplomas Friday at the commencement ceremony for Ceiba College Preparatory Academy.
Held at the Mello Center, the event was charged with an energy all its own since it was the first-ever commencement in its seven-year history.
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History on two wheels

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Pick up any nondescript motorcycle part in Doug Feinsod's workshop, and chances are he can tell you what it is, what motorcycle it is for, and what year it was manufactured.
Take a small gear, for instance, that is stacked high on a shelf full of other parts, stuffed away between countless drawers and packages.
"That's
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Sheriff’s Office celebrates new home

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
LIVE OAK -- After being in their "temporary" headquarters in the Santa Cruz County building since 1975, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office celebrated the opening of their new home Thursday. Their new location, all 80,000 square feet of it, is now situated on Chanticleer Avenue at the heart of Santa Cruz County.
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Locals celebrate same-sex marriage decision

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz held a celebration Friday night following the Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide.
The event featured speeches and performances.
"It is an historic moment," said Watsonville City Councilman Jimmy Dutra. "It's been a long journey. We're grateful that the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality
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Elias Alonzo and the final chapter

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Friday was officially declared Elias Alonzo Day by Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput. Barely able respond, stretched out in his hospital bed at his West Phillips Road home, Alonzo, a long-time advocate for low income farm workers, the Latino community and dozens of community enhancing projects and organizations, is in the final chapter of his life.
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Report: Work needed on organic waste recycling

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the City of Watsonville's landfill is expected to close in three years, further diminishing Santa Cruz County's landfill space, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury is recommending the county step up its organic waste composting system.
The grand jury released its report Thursday.
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Man dies in Hwy 1 rollover

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A 46-year-old man from Coarsegold died early Friday when his car careened off of Highway 1 near the Green Valley Road exit.
California Highway Patrol officer Trista Sharp said the man was traveling northbound on Highway 1 in a 1997 Toyota Camry at 7:50 a.m. For unknown reasons the man lost control of the car in
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Monsbey College celebrates Annual Day and Graduation Ceremony

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Monsbey College in Watsonville celebrated its Annual Day Celebrations and Graduation Ceremony on June 20. The event was held at Ramsay Park Family Center.
The college's graduates and students took Hippocratic Oath in the presence of dignitaries, families and friends at the event.
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Volunteers needed for graffiti cleanup day

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In a slightly hidden corner of Melwood Court lies Hazelwood Park, a stretch of trail that provides access to Herman Avenue and is frequented by Rolling Hills Middle School students.
Despite a mural that was recently painted on one of the fences lining the trail, the fences, trees and other surfaces along the park are littered with
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Council approves skatepark construction

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- More than 20 skaters filled the City Council Chambers Tuesday as the council approved a bid to construct a new skatepark at Ramsay Park.
The $568,000 bid was awarded to Ramona-based GeoCon Engineering. Parks and Community Services Director Ana Espinoza said the total project will cost $738,000, with construction expected to start in late July or early
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Watsonville ending Friday furloughs

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Starting Jan. 1, the City of Watsonville will be open five days a week, seven years after budget cuts forced city staff to take Friday furloughs.
Mayor Nancy Bilicich announced Tuesday during the City Council meeting that agreements have been reached with labor groups. The furloughs had been in place since 2009 as the city looked for
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City looking at raising utility rates

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With aging infrastructure in need of replacement and new, stricter state regulations in the pipeline, the city is looking to increase utility rates for its water, wastewater and solid waste divisions.
On July 1, 2014, the state reduced the permitted limit for chromium-6, a naturally occurring mineral, from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion
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Community bike ride set for Saturday

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When City Councilman Felipe Hernandez attended the first Open Streets event in Watsonville on May 17, he noticed many people riding bikes, young and old.
The scene encouraged him to buy his own bike, and also sparked an idea: Why not have an event dedicated to bike riding?
"Anybody can enjoy a bike," he said. "If
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Suspect arrested in Aptos hit and run

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
APTOS -- The California Highway Patrol has arrested 17-year-old Trevor Maddy of Rio Del Mar in the June 13 hit and run crash that left a 25-year-old Aptos woman seriously hurt.
CHP officer Trista Sharp announced Maddy as the suspect Tuesday afternoon, adding that he was not cooperating with the law and vanished. Maddy was spotted late Tuesday
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Police make arrest in shooting death

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police on Friday arrested the suspect thought to be responsible for the June 12 shooting death of a transient man that occurred in an abandoned, trash-strewn lot along Watsonville Slough on the 1000 block of Main Street.
Luciano Acevedo Jr., 32, was arrested after a two-hour standoff with the Salinas SWAT team, Salinas Police and Watsonville Police
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What’s in that greenhouse?

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- On Saturday the public got a rare chance to a glimpse behind the scenes of five area farms thanks to the annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House.
For six years in a row the free event has introduced the public to how crops, flowers and decorative plants are grown, harvested and shipped. Visitors were also
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Two farmers earn annual honor

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- For the first time in its history, the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau on Friday named two people as Farmer of the Year.
The award is presented annually, normally to a single farmer who has made an impact on the community beyond normal farming duties.
This year's recipients are Marguerite Remde of Belle Farms and Chris Banthien
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Seminar series guides inventors on patent process

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With 25 years of experience in helping people apply for patents, Donald Boys knows there is no shortage of ideas out there.
But he also knows the number of people applying for patents is too low, mainly because the patent process itself is a daunting challenge for some inventors.
Recognizing the need to help people protect
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