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'Twisting my wire'

Posted: Monday, May 30th, 2016

Local artist finds fulfillment in creating sculptures

CAPITOLA -- Hanging from the ceiling, established in cement, and some standing taller than the average human, in the spaces where skeletal creations cannot be found -- materials and reference books reside.
For years Capitola resident and artist Wendy Ballen has worked to

Remembering the fallen

Posted: Monday, May 30th, 2016
MOSS LANDING -- Just as the sun broke through the coastal clouds late Monday morning, a small group of veterans read a list of more than 300 military members who are buried at Castroville Public Cemetery.
But the 24th annual Avenue of the Flags Ceremony began earlier, when volunteers placed American flags atop each of the gravesites.
Dozens of

'A good team'

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016

Watsonville Police officer teams up with mental health liaison

WATSONVILLE -- On a warm day in April, as rush-hour traffic was ramping up along Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville police received a call that a young woman was walking down the middle of the street, talking to herself.
Concerned that the woman might pose a danger to herself, Watsonville

Praise for Parenting Program

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
Triple P celebrates five years
WATSONVILLE -- Five years after adopting an internationally renowned parenting program, First 5 Santa Cruz County released a report highlighting its success.
Positive Parenting Program, also known as Triple P, was developed in Australia three decades ago, and is now being used in 26 countries and 37 U.S. states.
It is

Community celebrates garden completion

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- What was once a vacant lot that attracted all manner of crime in the Carey-Davis neighborhood is now a vibrant community space.
Neighbors and city leaders celebrated the completion of a community garden located at 37 Davis Ave. on Thursday, which is also situated next to a recently-opened satellite expansion

Ag, education among priorities for candidate

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- When Georgia Acosta looks at the state's agriculture, she sees an industry that is "over-regulated," and, as a result, is being crippled.
"We constantly say that we feed the world, but if we don't support that industry that's doing that, then we're going to cease to be able to do that at some point," she said.
The Watsonville

PV Trustees approve pesticide resolution

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
Also OK teacher contract
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that could change the way hazardous agricultural chemicals are used around schools.
They also approved a new teacher contract.
The new resolution prompts the district to work with agricultural officials in Monterey County, which recently enacted

Juvenile arrested burglarizing school

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police on Tuesday arrested a 15-year-old boy after he was caught burglarizing a school, Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Ridgway said.
Police responded to a burglar alarm at Watsonville Community School at 221 Airport Blvd. approximately 10:50 p.m.
Neighbors reported hearing breaking glass.
Officers arrived and noticed a flashlight illuminating one of the rooms, and saw

ALS claims life of decorated WPD officer

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Skip Prigge: 1966 - 2016

WATSONVILLE -- After former Watsonville Police officer Skip Prigge died Tuesday in a Fremont hospital, a cadre of police officers from that city, flanked by several Watsonville police officers, stood at attention and saluting as his body was carried to a waiting hearse.
The officers then escorted the vehicle to a

Anna Caballero: back for the seat

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Former member of the California State Assembly Anna Caballero hopes to regain the seat for the 30th District in the next election.
Succeeded by Luis Alejo, Caballero held office from December 2006 to November 2010. A politician and a former lawyer, mayor and cabinet secretary, she said she is most excited about affecting affordable housing.

Clowning around

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Circus visits Watsonville

WATSONVILLE -- The circus is back in town. And it's a busy place.
Several workers at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Wednesday were busy unfurling a massive purple and white-striped tent and hoisting it aloft around a towering frame of steel girders.
The flurry of activity was in preparation for the

Approval for dispensary licensing ordinance postponed

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The Board of Supervisors postponed approving an ordinance allowing medical cannabis dispensaries to become licensed until county staff returns with an updated edition June 28.
Currently operating under limited immunity, dispensaries would be able to get licensed on an annual basis, with no appeal process for failing on-site inspections. Proposed by Supervisor John Leopold, he said the

A roll in the park: City celebrates opening of new skate park

Modified: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- More than a year ago, Mayor Felipe Hernandez witnessed a group of teens packing up their skateboards into a car, preparing to leave Ramsay Park's skate park.
He learned that the group was heading to Scotts Valley to its skate park, a park that proves to be more challenging for skateboarders young and old alike. Ramsay

Cervantez Alejo aiming for Assembly seat

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Before she was elected to Watsonville City Council in 2012, Karina Cervantez Alejo involved herself in several aspects of the Watsonville community.
Now, after serving out her first term, she is running for the seat on the 30th Assembly District, which is currently occupied by her husband, Luis Alejo.
Cervantez Alejo served on the city's

Ceremonies scheduled for Monday

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- With Memorial Day Weekend beginning this week, ocean advocacy group Save Our Shores is asking revelers to take steps toward preventing pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Save Our Shores recommends five steps beachgoers can follow:
1. Avoid bringing single-use polystyrene (styrofoam) and single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, utensils,

Cabrillo commencement kicks off graduation season

Modified: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
APTOS -- Decked out in caps and gowns, many of which were bejeweled and otherwise customized with the names of their majors, more than 1,300 Cabrillo College students graduated Friday afternoon at Carl Connelly Stadium.
According to Cabrillo spokeswoman Kristin Fabos, roughly 42 percent of local high school graduates come to Cabrillo in the year after high school.

Mexican medical student visits Watsonville

Modified: Friday, May 20th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A woman who was born in Watsonville Community Hospital, grew up in a small town east of Guadalajara and spent her summers here visiting her grandparents has returned, 23 years later, to the hospital where her life started.
She does this as a new phase in her life begins.
Kinnereth Vazquez, 23, is a fifth-year

Music to their ears

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Watsonville Community Band hosting summer music program

WATSONVILLE -- As a brisk breeze blew over music stands and scattered music papers across the blacktop Thursday, the Hall District Elementary School Band gathered in the playground for a rehearsal.
It was a hodgepodge of notes from clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones, and recorders as the fourth- and fifth-graders warmed up.

Health Trust presents 2 Phil Rather awards

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust honored two winners of the 2016 Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare during a reception held at the Health Trust in their honor on Wednesday.
The honorees were the Watsonville Family YMCA for its initiative and leadership in offering diabetes prevention

Celebrations for funds

Modified: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Nonprofit serving seniors to hold fundraiser

WATSONVILLE -- Cindy's Celebrations was created in 1990 as a partial solution for isolation in seniors and to give caregivers some respite.
For 26 years and three to four times a week, volunteers go out, pick up seniors, take them to lunch, have fellowship

Stored rail cars are empty, officials say

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Due to ailing oil industry
WATSONVILLE -- Stationed in several places along Santa Cruz County's railroad system are dozens of empty rail oil tankers, which are being stored here temporarily by an ailing petroleum industry.
According to Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission Senior Planner Karena Pushnik, the storage agreement is part of the 10-year agreement between the RTC

Dutra Farms sued for sexual harassment, inaction

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Problem for female farm workers widespread

Editor's note: The information in this story comes from an official court document filed by California Rural Legal Assistance on behalf of a woman who claims she is the victim of sexual harassment. Attorneys on both sides of the case declined to comment. Because of the nature of the allegations,

Man shot multiple times

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A man was shot twice in downtown Watsonville Tuesday.
Watsonville Police Deputy Chief David McCartney said the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot with a small caliber handgun.
Police secured a crime scene in the Discount Mall parking lot on Rodriguez Street between West Beach and Second streets.
Moments after the shooting the victim arrived at

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