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Researching a better life

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- From grueling fieldwork to biomedical research in a university lab, Watsonville High School graduate Abraham Corrales' life has changed dramatically since he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at age 7.
Now, the UC Davis biochemistry and molecular biology major has earned the prestigious National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship, which will pay his way through school up
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Third McDonald's, second AutoZone on city's agenda

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Planning Commission will look at plans Tuesday to add a third McDonald's restaurant and a second AutoZone in the city.
The location on 174, 186 and 190 Main St., currently houses two vacant buildings and an abandoned home, an addition to a surplus parking lot. The proposal would demolish the existing buildings and add
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Suspect attacks WPD sergeant

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville Police sergeant was injured Friday when an alleged gang member reportedly struggled with him during a routine stop and threw a hard punch.
The incident stemmed from a possible attempted car burglary when two men approached Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano's unmarked car on Roache Road about 12:30 p.m.
"It actually looked like they
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Men arrested after failed robbery

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of armed robbery after they flubbed robbing a 7-Eleven store.
At 9:33 p.m. Watsonville Police were dispatched to 455 Airport Blvd. for a report of a male suspect with a gun inside of the 7-Eleven, said Sgt. Henry Robles. A few moments later, the call was upgraded to an
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Armitage Wines opens tasting room

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
APTOS -- At first glance, Aptos Village seems to have it all.
Nestled at the southern border of verdant Nisene Marks State Park, the area boasts unique restaurants and shops, and has long been a draw for locals and tourists seeking a cozy, out-of-the-way place to while away a few hours.
It even has Lucy's hot dog stand
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A place to call home

Modified: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
APTOS -- Within Aptos Blue is a sense of community, where residents are neighborly not only with themselves but with the managers and staff.
"We connected with the manager from the start," said Carla Diaz, who lives in the affordable rental apartment complex with her family. "I feel like everyone is a community."
Laura Contreras lives with
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China, India documented in photo exhibit

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The cultures of China and India are now closer to home thanks to a new exhibit.
Six local photographers with more than 80 years of combined experience of photographing India and China are showing their works in "Through Our Lenses, China and India: Home to Over One-Third of the World's People," which opened Wednesday at the
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City imposes water limits

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council agreed to implement temporary outdoor watering restrictions Tuesday after the state approved emergency regulations in July.
All residents and business within the city's service area will be limited to watering their landscape twice a week for a maximum of 15 minutes. Addresses with odd numbers may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and
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County trustee candidate: youth is a strength

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Lifelong Watsonville resident Abel Sanchez is a relative newcomer to the political scene, and if elected to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Board of Trustees area 7 seat on Nov. 4, he would be the youngest member by more than a decade.
But Sanchez, 25, is unapologetic about his youth, and in fact sees it as
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Teachers demand action on pesticide use

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
SALINAS -- A handful of teachers, labor advocates and concerned citizens rallied outside the courthouse in Salinas Tuesday to decry pesticide use near Monterey County schools.
In a written statement, organizers said: "What did the Governor, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and Monterey County Ag Commissioner do this summer to address the threat of pesticides to schoolchildren? Nothing.
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Woman owes thousands to worker in labor dispute

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman who hired a day laborer three years ago has found herself in serious financial trouble, and has a warning for anyone considering looking for cheap, quick workers.
Kellie Allyn said the worker, Steven Mora, filed a claim with the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, saying that their agreement was for seven days, while
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Knife-wielding man holds police off

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was arrested Monday for staging a two-hour standoff with police while waving a large hunting knife around as he sat on his front porch.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on the 100 block of San Simeon Drive at 4:51 p.m. The first arriving deputies contacted 69-year-old Elmer Saunier on
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Pedestrian killed on Riverside Dr. still not ID’d

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a car on Riverside Drive Monday night as he was walking across the highway.
Bradley Sadek of the California Highway Patrol said the victim, who authorities have not named, was walking south on Riverside Drive just a few minutes past 11 p.m. near Lakeside Road. As
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The art of the bloom

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The Monterey Bay Dahlia Society hosted their annual Dahlia Show Saturday and Sunday in downtown Santa Cruz. More than 1,500 blooms were on display at the Museum of Art and History by more than 40 members, said MBDS vice president Kevin Larkin.
"This is new for us -- to show at the museum," Larkin said. "There
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Technology center launches in Watsonville

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In Jacob Martinez' vision of the future, young people will come to technology education centers to learn the skills necessary for careers in a world increasingly dependent on computers.
From here, these tech-savvy people will be able to plug themselves into a variety of jobs that require a wide array of technological skills.
Better still, with Internet
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Hundreds gather for annual Aromas Day

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
AROMAS -- Hundreds of Aromas residents and those from out of the area gathered Sunday to check out what the small town has to offer.
A section of Carpenteria Road and neighboring streets were shut down to make room for vendors, live music, art, carnival rides and more for the annual Aromas Day. Many residents also took advantage
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Two arrested in alleged armed robbery

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Two people were taken into custody Friday night following an alleged armed robbery, a pursuit and a man being taken down by a K-9.
At 8:40 p.m. Watsonville Police were dispatched to the area of 79 Arista Lane for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred, said Sgt. Henry Robles. Witnesses described the suspect
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First-ever Tequila-Taco Festival a booming success

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Thousands of people poured into the inaugural Tequila and Taco Music Festival in San Lorenzo Park Saturday. Put on by the producers of the California Beer Festival in Aptos, the one-day, six-and-a-half-hour sold-out event unfolded under partly cloudy skies alongside the tranquil San Lorenzo River.
The $10 admission included entry into the festival and
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Man found shot in Aromas identified

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
AROMAS -- The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has named the man who was found dead along Carpenteria Road early Friday morning.
Francisco Macario Diaz, 45, was found lying in the weeds in a slight depression on the southbound shoulder of the road approximately 7:45 a.m.
He had been shot numerous times.
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Guests learn about health at open-air Wellness Fair

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The College of Botanical Healing Arts put on its Wellness Fair Saturday in downtown Santa Cruz. The free event brought together traditional and alternative practitioners, businesses and educational institutions. The chief goal was to promote personal and community wellness and sustainability through networking and education.
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Programs help with inmate rehabilitation, reintegration

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Michael Hague was just two weeks from graduating high school in 2004 when he dropped out.
Now 28, the Aptos resident is now completing a 6-month sentence at the Santa Cruz County Rountree Detention Facility, a minimum- and medium-security jail on the outskirts of Watsonville.
When asked what he has been doing in the ensuing
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Dead body found along Carpenteria Road

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
AROMAS -- The Monterey County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide after two people walking along Carpenteria Road Friday morning found a dead body.
The body was lying in the weeds in a slight depression on the southbound shoulder of the road.
According to Monterey County Sheriff's Cmdr. John Thornburg, the body was discovered approximately 7:45 a.m. Detectives discovered
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Salinas Police need help in botched robbery

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
SALINAS -- Police in Salinas have released a surveillance video of two armed men brutally beating three people inside a convenience store during a botched robbery.
Salinas Police said they hope the video will aid the public in narrowing down who the attackers are to expedite their arrests.
On Aug. 16 at 9:40 p.m. police
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Dodge seeking to hold onto seat

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville City Councilman Daniel Dodge was involved in city politics for years before he was elected to the District 5 seat in 2010.
Now, he is seeking a second term in the Nov. 4 election, hoping to continue work he says includes the Highway 152 reclamation process and bolstering the economy by expanding the downtown area.
"I've
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Business appeals decision to revoke license

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- El Miramar Sports Bar and Restaurant is looking for the Watsonville City Council to save its alcohol license Tuesday after it was revoked for the second time in two years in May.
On May 20, the Planning Commission revoked the business' alcohol license after it was reportedly found to be serving alcohol to minors while also
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Arson suspect makes court appearance

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A Watsonville arson suspect made his first appearance in court Friday for a bail adjustment and new court date.
In the courtroom of Judge Timothy Volkmann, assistant District Attorney Ross Taylor asked to raise the bail of Jose Luis Sanchez, 52, to $175,000 from $25,000.
"Since he has seven counts of arson against
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First Baptist Church celebrates 100 years

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- First Baptist Church of Watsonville will celebrate 100 years during a celebration Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Members say they feel like they are at home when attending the church, located on 101 Madison St., which pastor Allen Barnes noted is part of its welcoming atmosphere.
"We're focused on sharing and living out the Gospel of
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Ceiba's new building taking shape

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- After seven years and five buildings, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy has a home of its own.
Workers are busy converting the former storage building for DHL Shipping and Fox Racing Shox on 260 West Riverside Drive into a school to prepare for the start of the academic year on Sept. 2.
Previously, Ceiba inhabited three
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Redman-Hirahara property sale in final stages

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The sale of the Redman-Hirahara property, which sits just off Highway One at the corner of Beach Street Lee Road, is in its final stages, realtor Chuck Allen confirmed Wednesday.
The sale could affect plans to restore the 117-year-old Redman-Hirahara house, which sits on the 14-acre property.
Allen declined to name the buyers, but said they have
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Hackers steal patient information

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information of an estimated 4.5 million people, all patients of Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, Inc.
The corporation manages Watsonville Community Hospital, along with more than 200 hospitals in 29 states.
The hacker group is known for stealing intellectual property such as medical device and equipment development data, but
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County to consider host family ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- If a proposed ordinance is approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, it would allow local families to host children who come to the U.S. from Central America.
The supervisors unanimously agreed to allow county staff to explore the issue and return with a draft ordinance on Sept. 30.
Similar plans are also
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Capturing a personal feel of nature

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A refreshing take on viewing nature is the topic of a new art show at the Santa Cruz County Building by Bonny Doon artist Kristen O'Neill.
Her 23 works, in oil on canvas, pen and pencil on paper and conte´ crayon are being exhibited on the fifth floor and run through Oct. 17.
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Farmers receive update on alternative fumigation process

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A non-chemical soil fumigation process is growing in popularity with strawberry farmers across the state since methyl bromide has been phased out.
Farm Fuel Inc. updated farmers and others on Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation, which has been available commercially since 2011, during a meeting at the Santa Cruz County UC Cooperative Extension in Watsonville Tuesday.
According
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Aromas Day returns Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
AROMAS -- Nearly the entire population of Aromas will celebrate living in the small town Sunday during the annual Aromas Day.
The day starts off with a pancake breakfast served in the Aromas Community Grange, 400 Rose Ave., from 7-11 a.m. During the breakfast, a number of items will be available in a silent auction that benefits the
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Common Core standards, new computers mark new year

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley High School campus was filled with students late Monday morning, roaming clusters of students scattered through the quad. Alternately laughing, whispering, pushing, shoving and chatting, their din of youthful activity is the cadence of schools everywhere.
It was the first day of school for thousands of students at Pajaro Valley Unified School District's more than
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Need for caregivers increases as population ages

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
APTOS -- As the population ages, the need for caregivers becomes becomes increasingly more in demand.
Looking to help fill the need, Right at Home Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, is looking to increase its number of caregivers as their client base continues to grow.
Owner/Chief Caregiver David Bullard said the
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Concours d’Elegance showcases best of the best

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
CARMEL -- The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance unfolded over the last week in Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach as part of Automotive Week
A showcase and auction of fine automobiles and motorcycles, the five-day event, which began in 1950, is one of the world's premier celebrations of the automobile. The event peaks Thursday with the Pebble Beach Concours
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Tequilas and tacos the focus of festival

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The inaugural Tequila & Taco Music Festival in downtown Santa Cruz aims to show that tequila doesn't need a lime to be enjoyed.
"With a good tequila, you should not have to use a lime and salt at all," said Vincenzo Giammanco, festival producer.
Ten micro-craft tequila companies will join forces with 10 taco
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