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Video of arrest prompts investigation

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†A video taken of an interaction between a Watsonville Police officer and a trespassing suspect that was posted to Facebook Wednesday has generated ire from a handful of people and prompted the city's police department to outline the incident for media and the public.
The video, which had gotten 91 "likes" and 182 "shares" as of 12:45 p.m.
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Three arrested in baseball bat attack

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 7 robbery in which they allegedly threatened and beat a clerk with a baseball bat and stole cash from a register.
Crecencio Ramirez 20, of Castroville, and two 17-year-old men from Coachella and Hollister were charged with robbery, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
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Watsonville teacher to be honored in Washington

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†Watsonville native Patricia Hidalgo has been a teacher at Alianza Charter School for more than 18 years, the entirety of her education career.
She currently teaches first-grade, and has taught every grade through fifth. Until recently she was the school's academic learning facilitator, helping the grade-level teacher teams develop curriculum.
On Sept. 22, she will take
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Lawsuit could force moratorium, email states

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
APTOS -- A Soquel Creek Water Board member suggested in an email that a lawsuit could sway the vote of another board member to impose a moratorium on new water hookups.
In the email dated June 4, board member Rick Meyer described to Maria Marsilio, who is running for the board, how "citizens can force a moratorium" through
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Watsonville Police hire four new recruits

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
SALINAS --†Watsonville Police Department added four new officers to its ranks Tuesday, as they graduated from the Monterey Peninsula College Police Academy.
The new officers joined 31 other graduates in the ceremony, which was held in Cypress Church in a far-flung corner of Monterey County.
Santa Cruz Police Department snapped up four recruits, while Gonzales got one and
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La Selva rail trestle coming down

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
LA SELVA BEACH -- Work is well under way to replace the battered rail trestle at La Selva Beach. A crew of workers assembled a massive 140-foot, 360-ton crane this week in order to dismantle the 1927 rusting and dilapidated structure.
"The new bridge has already been fabricated," said Luis Mendez, deputy director of the Santa Cruz County Regional
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Levee restoration work wrapping up

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†Two years after the City of Watsonville and Santa Cruz County began a project to increase water flow along the Pajaro River, and one year after the Bench Excavation Project wrapped up, the project's final stage is drawing to a close.
During the Pajaro Levee Restoration Project, workers are using some 25,000 cubic yards of soil to build
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Watsonville High attacked by vandals

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†The Watsonville Police Department is looking for suspects in a vandalism that occurred at Watsonville High School Monday night, in which more than 90 doors and 90 windows were damaged.
Workers were at the school Wednesday, washing off graffiti in some places and painting over it in others. Some of the graffiti appeared to be gang-related, district
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Art and wine by the sea

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- Fine wine and fine art were the chief topic over the weekend at the 32nd annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival. With the main streets of the village shut off to motor traffic the hugely popular event hauled in thousands of visitors.
"I've set up here at least 12 times and it's always a good event; it's
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Louise Bilicich dies

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Louise Bilicich, who taught physical education at Watsonville High School for nearly four decades and remained deeply active in the community after her retirement, died in her Watsonville home Sunday after suffering from congestive heart failure. She was 91.
Bilicich graduated from Santa Cruz High School, but would go on to live most of her life in Watsonville.
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Fair attendance, revenues up this year

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†Attendance was up this year at the Santa Cruz County Fair, with an estimated 5 percent more people coming to this year's event.
With the final numbers not yet available Monday, the event also saw an increase in revenue.
The increases are a relief to fair organizers, who in past years have battled a moribund budget
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Air Force band to perform free concert

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- From the big band tunes of Glenn Miller to the jazz of Duke Ellington and beyond, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble will take over the Henry J. Mello Center with a free concert on Friday.
The 18-member ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, will perform in
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PV school district eliminates fee for reduced-cost meals

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†After years of charging nominal fees to students who met the qualifications for reduced-cost lunches, Pajaro Valley Unified School District has further reduced the costs.
On Sept. 2, the district began waiving the fees, and will allow all low-income students who meet certain requirements to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
Families still need to
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Cardboard kayaks race at harbor

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The inaugural Cardboard Kayak Race got off to a soggy start Saturday and, for that matter, it ended even soggier.
With about 35 entrants in two categories the slapstick event drew a huge crowd and loads of laughs as competitors tried their hardest to paddle out into the Santa Cruz Harbor from the
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Two shark attacks prompt warnings, beach closure

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY --†Surfers and swimmers are on edge after a surfer said a shark bit his board off Manresa State Beach Saturday, and a seal was attacked near Seabright State Beach on Sunday.
The two incidents prompted California State Parks officials to post warnings at the North County beach, but because a "predatory attack" on a person occurred
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Farrier uses Old-World knowledge

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
In a faraway corner at the Santa Cruz County Fair's Agriculture History Project display one sunny September day, a 16-year-old paint horse named Toni was getting new shoes.
It was a simple procedure, and a common one. As anyone in the equine world knows, horses must have their hooves trimmed and shod about every six weeks.
Slightly less
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Last days of fair

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- With the weeklong Santa Cruz County Fair waning, thousands have wandered among the displays, food vendors and other attractions.
Hundreds of children from Freedom Elementary School were trying their hand at wheel throwing their own small clay pots, a one-day event geared toward kids whose art programs may have been cut. The one-day event allowed the
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Retiring Aptos/La Selva Fire Chief reflects on career

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
APTOS -- When Jeff Terpstra joined the Aptos/La Selva Fire District in 1984, Aptos looked a lot different than it is now.
Aptos was considering becoming a city, Seascape Beach Resort was an empty lot, and Aegis was an agricultural field. Also, the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center was "in need of an upgrade," he said.
Well,
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On sad anniversary, kids bake cookies for emergency workers

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ --†Gabriella Welch was born just one month before a group of men hijacked three airliners and plunged them into the earth, killing nearly 3,000 people. These were passengers, people in the buildings that were hit and the emergency workers who rushed in to save them.
The act rent asunder the already tenuous sense of security enjoyed by
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Couple reaches out in dog attack

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville couple is reaching out for public help in dealing with a recent tragedy involving their dog being attacked.
Fred Mindlin and Sefla Joseph said they recently attended a relative's wedding in Los Angeles in the company of their 12-pound, 7-year-old cockapoo, Nellie.
"While waiting for the ceremony to begin, Nellie was attacked by
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Opening day draws crowds

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†When Peggy Beckman was growing up, she and her family faithfully attended the San Joaquin County Fair every year, near the property where they raised animals and crops on their farm.
Her grandfather sat on that fair's board of directors, and her father was a member of Future Farmers of America, further bonding her family to the event.
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Group concerned over committee selection

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Claiming transparency issues, a group of residents expressed concern Tuesday when the Watsonville City Council agreed to appoint members to a revenue oversight committee for Measure G.
The Council voted 5-2 to appoint 13 people to the committee, with Councilmembers Nancy Bilicich and Trina Coffman-Gomez dissenting.
Measure G, the half-cent sales tax meant to fund
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Loaves and Fishes celebrates 25 years

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- During the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the newly-formed Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes served more than 20,000 meals to thousands of residents whose lives were turned upside down by the incident.
Now, the organization is celebrating its 25th year, and last year alone served more than 25,000 hot lunches and had more than
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Poll names Boardwalk best seaside park

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- For the eighth straight year, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been named the world's best seaside park.
The award was announced during the 2014 Golden Ticket Awards in San Diego on Saturday. The Boardwalk has won the Golden Ticket Award for best seaside park every year since 2007.
† Boardwalk president Charles Canfield accepted
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The play of light and glass

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Fifteen glass works by Scotts Valley artist Don Golden are currently on display at the Santa Cruz County Building. From vases to abstracts, the works, shown on the fifth floor, will be exhibited through October.
"For many of my works, I look at a sheet of glass and wonder what I can do to make
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Fair opens Tuesday

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- While the continuing drought has proved devastating for flower growers showing at the Santa Cruz County Fair, it has actually been beneficial for those who raise pumpkins.
Gina Locatelli, who heads the fair's agriculture/horticulture department, said the amount of pumpkin entries has been "large" this year, with about 25 percent more entries compared to last year.
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Grey Bears hit with major blaze

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
LIVE OAK -- Fire tore through the Thrift Store at the California Grey Bears Sunday, leaving behind a heap of rubble of what once served as the senior citizen-assisting agency's chief source of income.
The 9-1-1 Center received multiple calls Sunday at 1:30 p.m. regarding towering flames and heavy black smoke at 2710 Chanticleer Ave., said Mike DeMars of
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Birdsí eye view: Now 10 years old, Monterey Bay Birding Festival begins Sept. 25

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE --†From the sinuous arms of the sloughs to the craggy cliffs of Big Sur to the open ocean, the Monterey Bay Birding Festival has for a decade given bird enthusiasts from around the world a chance to see the abundance of feathered life in the area.
Every year, hundreds of people flock to the Pajaro Valley from all
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Tractor rollover kills driver

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A man died Saturday afternoon when the tractor he was driving crashed and rolled onto him on Green Valley Road. Kelly Kent of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Joshua Price, 35.
The incident occurred in a rural setting on the 1700 block of Green Valley at 3:12 p.m. near Apple Valley
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