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Officials urge changes to pesticide rules

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In a much darker time in California history, migrant farmworkers eked out their livings in bleak conditions, working under a system that exposed them to dangerous agricultural chemicals and cared little for their welfare.
With many workers still exposed to tons of carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides, which also affect the people living around the farm fields,
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Local company buys agricultural, industrial properties

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville agricultural company that purchased the 14-acre Redman-Hirahara property last year plans to grow organic strawberries there.
Jagjit "Juggy" Tut, who owns Elite Agriculture with his brother Hajit, will plant artichokes and broccoli as the company waits for next year's strawberry planting season.
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Commission dismisses power line project

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The California Public Utilities Commission dismissed PG&E's application to construct the Santa Cruz 115 Kilovolt Reinforcement Project, a proposal that would have added larger power poles through portions of Watsonville, Corralitos and Aptos.
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Santa Cruz Civic celebrates 75 years

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Seventy-five years of service at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium were celebrated Saturday with an open house that included live music and dance performances, exhibits and beer and wine tasting.
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New nonprofit gives pregnant women support

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A new nonprofit has opened in Watsonville to support and encourage pregnant women. And although Guadalupe Pregnancy Outreach is run by Catholics, all are welcome, founders say.
It is the only group of its kind in Watsonville, though there are pregnancy centers, and even maternity homes, in Santa Cruz and in surrounding areas.
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Aptos man dies in head-on crash

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- An Aptos man died in a two-vehicle collision Saturday on Empire Grade Road that also left a woman with life-threatening injuries.
The Santa Cruz County Coroner's Office identified the deceased man as Thurston Erickson, 44.
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Engineering an education

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Turning a sketch of a wind turbine into a workable model Thursday afternoon was nothing new for a group of Alianza Charter School students, whose after-school Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program has allowed them to try their hands at several projects.
These have included egg drops, computer programming and robotics.
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Warm winter causes early strawberry harvest

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The lack of rain and unseasonably warm weather throughout the winter has goaded California's strawberry crops into early production.
"We're picking right now, and they're huge, sweet and absolutely beautiful," said Nita Gizdich, whose eponymous ranch grows approximately 10 acres of strawberries. "This is the first time we are picking this early."
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Hundreds attend university food service seminar at fairgrounds

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Just a few years ago, culinary student Dan Stephenson was making macaroni and cheese for his girlfriend in their Nashville, Tenn. apartment. He mastered the skill as a boy, making the ubiquitous comfort food in competitions against his brother.
As an adult with college marketing classes under his belt, he and his girlfriend realized they had a marketable
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Burrito Bash to make return Oct. 3

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- After wrapping up its run nearly 20 years ago, the Burrito Bash is making its return to Watsonville on Oct. 3.
The Freedom Rotary Club and Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture are teaming up to bring the event back, which will be held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
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New clues in cold homicide case

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is hoping to identify a man whose decomposed body was found buried in a berry field on Casserly Road on Sept. 9, 2010.
Investigators believe the victim was an Hispanic male adult, possibly of Oaxacan origin. He was approximately 20 to 30 years old, and stood 4-feet 11-inches to 5-feet 4-inches
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Council modifies alcohol ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- American Fuels is one step closer to obtaining its long-sought alcohol license after a decision made by the City Council Tuesday night.
With a 4-3 vote, the Council approved an exception to the city's alcohol ordinance separation requirements. American Fuels owner Ron Ince can now apply for an alcohol permit, which will be considered by the Planning
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Supervisors move to ban commercial marijuana grows

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set the stage to prohibit medical marijuana grow operations after acknowledging that current regulations have caused environmental degradation and unsafe neighborhoods.
In a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors John Leopold and Ryan Coonerty dissenting, the supervisors approved a draft ordinance that would ban all medical marijuana cultivation other than
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Man gets 88 years to life for murder of SC businesswoman

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Charles Anthony Edwards III was sentenced to 88 years to life Wednesday for stabbing a Santa Cruz businesswoman to death in 2012.
In early February, after deliberating about seven hours, a jury found Edwards, 46 of San Francisco, guilty of first-degree murder in the Superior Courtroom of Judge Timothy Volkmann. Later that month the
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Police: Juvenile arrested for auto theft lied about age

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
The Register-Pajaronian on Tuesday ran a page-one story titled "Man arrested for stealing pickup, DUI" which incorrectly listed the age of the suspect as 20.
In fact, the suspect was 17.
According to Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Lt. Kelly Kent, the juvenile told arresting officers that he was 20, and gave a fake birthday of Sept. 9,
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City Council to honor 75-year-old Watsonville business

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville family business born from economic hardship evolved into a successful enterprise that has lasted for 75 years and supported three generations.
That business -- Berman Enterprises & Statewide Properties -- will be honored for its time in the community Tuesday by the Watsonville City Council.
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New mural in works for library

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As a new mural was announced for the Watsonville Library's main branch entrance, longtime library supporters were also honored Saturday.
Library Director Carol Heitzig described the latest happenings during the Friends of the Watsonville Public Library's annual meeting.
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High Tea benefits scholarship program

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With tea cups in hand and saucers on decorated tables, the Watsonville Woman's Club Foundation held its annual High Tea Saturday to benefit music students throughout the county.
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Pajaro gets a brighter look

Posted: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
PAJARO -- In an effort to make their community a better place, 64 volunteers helped remove 22.39 tons of unwanted tires, mattresses, appliances, furniture, electronic and yard waste March 14.
The event, organized by Pajaro Citizens Advisory Committee and sponsored by Together in Pajaro, was staged at the Berry Bowl and allowed for a queue of vehicles to
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Demolition begins for ‘upscale’ apartment complex

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A new apartment complex planned for a vacant lot in Watsonville will breathe new life into the downtown corridor.
The complex -- called The Terrace -- is at 445 Main St. It will be located in what is now Hansen Park.
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Two admins leaving PVUSD

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When Pajaro Valley Unified School District Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden started in 2010, he decided he would reevaluate the position in five years.
He knew the position comes with a great deal of pressure, and indeed, McFadden often found himself staying at work as late as 10 p.m. and in the midst of often contentious negotiations
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Volunteers recognized for service

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The founders of a group whose mission is to provide a safe space for youth were among the seven individuals honored Thursday during the annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards.
MUEVELO, the brainchild of brothers Aniceto and Gabriel Gonzalez, is a program of Youth N.O.W. that gives youth an opportunity to hang out, be active in
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Residents not thankful for these turkeys

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Anyone who has noticed large flocks of wild turkeys making a nuisance of themselves lately in the rural areas of the Central Coast is not alone.
The birds are in the midst of mating season and as such are particularly visible as they seek out open spaces such as roadways and driveways to display their feathers, puff
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Aptos High stages ‘The Music Man’

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
APTOS -- The Aptos High School theater arts department is presenting the legendary play, "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson.
Staged in two acts the play will feature a full live orchestra with long-time music instructor Terrel Eaton as director.
"The orchestra is all volunteer made up of students, alumni and community members," said drama instructor Stacy
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Freedom Meat Lockers claims 12 awards

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Freedom Meat Lockers is running out of space to display all their awards. In February they claimed another dozen awards at the annual California Association of Meat Processor's Cured Meats Championship and Convention in Davis.
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Program shows support for LGBTQ individuals

Posted: Friday, Mar 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A project of Temple Beth El is holding a series of events beginning Sunday to show support for LGBTQ individuals.
Called Out in Our Faith, the coalition consists of 22 faith communities including Jewish, Christian, Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian and Buddhist. 
Founded in 2004, the program is extending to South County for the first time this year,
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One truck rolls over, another knocks down utility pole in separate incidents

Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015
MONTEREY COUNTY -- California Highway Patrol officers were busy Thursday afternoon dealing with two traffic incidents involving big-rigs.
The first occurred approximately 12 p.m., when an 18-wheeler flat bed hauling 3 tons of soil in several large bags was turning from Hall Road onto southbound San Miguel Canyon Road.
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