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Former Watsonville High teacher Norman Haney dies

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Years ago, former Watsonville High School teacher Norm Haney was on his way to a gathering in Tres Pinos when he was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation, and given a written warning.
Haney, who served as the school's driving instructor, recognized the irony in receiving the ticket. He showed the warning to his friends,

A clear solution

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017

Treatment on Pinto Lake to begin in April

WATSONVILLE -- Within three months, the City of Watsonville will begin a treatment of Pinto Lake that experts say will clear the water and make it safer for recreational use.
The ailing lake has been listed as one of the most polluted in the U.S. because of high concentrations

Officials tour levee repairs

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017

More rain on the way

WATSONVILLE -- City, county and state officials gathered in Watsonville Tuesday to discuss the impact the recent storm had on the Pajaro River watershed.
Due to heavy rains early last week, the water level in the Pajaro River came within two feet of brimming over the levee, said Watsonville Public Works

The 'people's tradition'

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

Decades-old chocolate shop begins preparations for Valentine's Day

SANTA CRUZ -- With just enough time to replenish the depleted-from-Christmas inventory, the owners of Mackenzies Chocolates have already begun thinking ahead to Valentine's Day.
The chocolate company, opened by Colin and Thelma Mackenzie in 1984, is now managed by their son Ian and his wife Mary Rose. It is

Hundreds honor King

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
SEASIDE -- Khalil Williams has been a community activist and organizer for most of his life, and so his participation in the annual Martin Luther King march in Seaside Monday was never in question.
"I'm here because I'm always here," he said just before the parade got underway. "It's a time to remember the great Dr. King and

Kaiser Permanente opens its doors

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
New medical office arrives in Watsonville
WATSONVILLE -- Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health care providers, celebrated the grand opening of its new medical center in Watsonville on Thursday.
"It's been a long time coming," said Senior Vice President and Area Manager Irene Chavez.
In March 2016, a large section of Crossroads Shopping Center in

Awards dinner nearly sold out

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

PV Chamber to honor individuals on Jan. 28

WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley may just be a "little bit" country, but it has a lot of people devoted to community service.
The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will honor those individuals and organizations during its annual awards dinner, themed "The Pajaro Valley: We're a Little

The march of history

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

Santa Cruz event one of hundreds across globe on Jan. 21

SANTA CRUZ -- Later this month, political organizers across the world are planning to meet the changing political landscape with demonstrations across the world.
The epicenter of these will be the Women's March on Washington, which is expected to draw thousands to the nation's capitol.

Driver escapes in police pursuit

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- A man is at large after he reportedly fled from police in a car and then on foot late Saturday.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said that around 10:40 p.m., Officer Bryan Fuentez attempted to contact two people in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn at 1620 West Beach St. As Fuentez approached the car, the

FedEx shows off new facility

Modified: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly 100 people gathered in the new FedEx facility Thursday to celebrate the company's vast 194,000-square-foot facility, a project more than 10 years in the making.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew city and county officials, along with business people and county residents.
The ground shipment facility is a warren of overhead conveyor belts and chutes, all

Dry spell erases flood warning

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Next rain possible Wednesday

PAJARO -- A flood warning was lifted by the National Weather Service Thursday evening for the community of Pajaro.
Due to recent heavy rains, the water level in the Pajaro River came up as high as four feet from brimming over the levee. That level has since started to recede, officials said.

National monument named in north SC County

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- President Barack Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument by adding the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property, north of Santa Cruz, on Thursday.
  "The national monument designation is a smart, effective way to ensure the Cotoni-Coast Dairies land is protected in perpetuity and gets the resources and attention it deserves," said Sara Barth, executive director of

Fire destroys prominent Pajaro building

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
PAJARO -- An early-morning fire in Pajaro that destroyed two businesses, damaged two others and displaced the residents of two apartments was caused by faulty wiring, North Monterey County Fire Division Chief Joe Pastore said Thursday.
The building at 8 Porter Drive just over the Pajaro Bridge housed Val TV Radio VCR Service and Tamara's Hair Salon, and was

State of emergency declared

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Supervisors throw support behind undocumented immigrants

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Board of Supervisors addressed two late additions to their agenda Tuesday to declare a local emergency and establish their position on immigration enforcement.
The first step in order to receive potential State and Federal assistance for the county, the declaration is in response to flooding, road closures

Emergency levee repairs underway

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Construction crews labored through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday to strengthen a section of the Pajaro River levee. With bulging water levels, and more rain in the works, the county enlisted the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Water Resources and Graniterock and commenced emergency repairs to address the river "boils."

Begonia Festival to end after 65 years

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Last event set for Sept. 1-4

CAPITOLA -- The Capitola Begonia Festival will return for its 65th annual event from Sept. 1-4, but it will also be its last.
The festival's committee made the announcement Tuesday.
Golden State Bulb Growers, which grows the begonia blossoms in Marina, is retiring from the business of growing begonias,

Council delays marijuana manufacturing decision

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council shelved its decision Tuesday to allow the manufacturing of medical marijuana in the city, with some members citing issues with the drafted ordinance.
The council voted 5-2 to bring the ordinance back at a future date with modifications, with Councilmen Felipe Hernandez and Lowell Hurst voting no.
According to Acting Community

Flash flood warnings in effect in Watsonville

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- With heavy rains battering the region, the City of Watsonville issued flash flood warnings Tuesday night for residents living near the Pajaro River, as well as Salsipuedes and Corralitos creeks.
City Manager Charles Montoya announced during Tuesday night's City Council meeting that the city has activated its emergency operations center. No evacuations are currently in effect.
The warnings

A gift that keeps growing

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Organizations benefit from nonprofit thrift store

APTOS -- A tiny Aptos thrift shop has surpassed its charitable giving record this year, donating $275,000 to 26 nonprofit agencies throughout Santa Cruz County.
Nestled in the heart of Aptos Village at 402 Trout Gulch Road, Caroline's Non-Profit Thrift Shop contains a colorful mélange of clothes, household goods, books and

A close call

Modified: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Boy rescued from storm waters

WATSONVILLE -- An 11-year-old Watsonville boy was yanked from dangerous waters Sunday in a rescue that surprised by the emergency personnel that responded.
Around 1:30 p.m. emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a boy that had plunged into a drainage culvert off of Holohan Road near Laken Drive.

Wetlands Watch seeks volunteers

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017

Annual docent training set to begin

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Wetlands Watch docent Sharon Clark has always relished the moment when a child focuses their pair of binoculars for the first time.
"They can suddenly see from a different perspective," she said. "A new world opens up."
On Jan. 18, Watsonville Wetlands Watch will begin its annual Docent Training

Storm hammers county

Posted: Monday, Jan 9th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Santa Cruz County took a lashing from heavy rains and strong winds over the weekend. Numerous roads were shut off to traffic due to mud and rockslides, power lines and trees down, and flooding.
California Highway Patrol officer Elizabeth Addy said Highway 152 on the Gilroy side of the mountains from Watsonville has been shut down

A first EP; A huge night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2016

Local band Pan Dulce to play at Appleton Saturday

WATSONVILLE -- Right after hitting their one-year anniversary together, local music group Pan Dulce is preparing to drop their first EP as part of their performance at the Appleton Grill Saturday.
The group, which has six members, hails from all

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