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New brewery on tap

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
FREEDOM -- Just a few miles outside Watsonville city limits lies Corralitos Brewing Company, a new brewery and tasting room that the owners hope will put South County on the map for a legion of craft food-and-drink enthusiasts.
Business partners Luke Taylor and Mike Smith finished their first batch on Dec. 2, and already have an impressive dance card of
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Koch appointed as assistant city manager

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Former Watsonville Public Works Director David Koch has been named Interim Assistant City Manager, according to Interim City Manager Marcela Tavantzis.
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Cell tower on commission’s agenda

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Planning Commission will consider approving a cell tower on Ohlone Parkway Tuesday, an item that has been met with dismay from the surrounding community.
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Arrest made in Santa Cruz fatal hit-and-run

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- A Live Oak man was arrested Thursday in connection with a fatal hit and run Dec. 26 in Santa Cruz.
Luke Logan, 41, who self-surrendered to Santa Cruz Police, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, both felonies, said Lt. Bernie Escalante.
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Santa Cruz County Fair selects 2015 theme

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- "Country Nights and Carnival Lights" will be the foundation upon which the 2015 Santa Cruz County Fair is built. 
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Business showcase marks 30 years

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
CAPITOLA -- The annual Business Showcase presented by the Aptos and Capitola-Soquel chambers of commerce is a way for local businesses to promote themselves to the community they serve.
And it's been doing so for 30 years.
The 2015 Business Showcase, "Passport to Success," will be held Feb. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the Capitola Mall on 41st Avenue.
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PG&E to dismiss power pole upgrade project

Posted: Friday, Jan 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A judge ruled Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric must prepare a motion to dismiss its proposed power line upgrade.
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‘Warrior’ facing fight of a lifetime

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Alex Chavez was born with cerebral palsy, and has spent the better part of his life enduring doctor visits and physical therapy appointments, along with various and sundry treatments.
And he has done so with tenacity many could only dream about.
The 11-year-old went from relying on a walker at a young age to playing soccer and
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District, pilots at odds over playing fields

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Although facing litigation from the Watsonville Pilots Association, school district officials say building playing fields for Pajaro Valley High School is the top priority for the district.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden updated the Watsonville City Council Tuesday on efforts to complete the decade-old high school with athletic facilities, an auditorium and
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Public outreach to begin on levee project

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Currently in the design phase of the Pajaro River Flood Protection Project, the city will look to a consultant to help educate the public on the levee project.
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Concert to benefit scholarship fund

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Las Cafeteras will arrive in Watsonville Friday to perform at the Henry J. Mello Center, 250 East Beach St., in a concert that benefits the Pajaro Valley Unified School District College Bound Scholarship Fund.
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Las Cafeteras will perform at the Henry J. Mello Center, 250 East Beach St. in Watsonville, Friday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15
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Celebrating ag’s bounty

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A large crowd filled the J.J. Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Saturday to congratulate the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's annual honorees, and chamber officials say attendance might have hit a record.
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Watsonville Library gets windfall

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Librarians are rarely at a loss for words.
After all, they spend their lives surrounded by books, periodicals and other works brimming with the ideas of poets and philosophers, of scribblers and scribes.
Without hesitation they might be able to offer suggestions for patrons looking for a good bit of fiction, a way to rebuild their kitchen
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Ideas sought for soccer field renovation

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the city gears up to renovate Ramsay Park's Sotomayor Soccer Field, it will first ask the public for ideas during a series of two public workshops, the first to be held Thursday.
In addition to Thursday's workshop, the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department and SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. will hold another on Feb.
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Teen girls struck by gunfire in Santa Cruz

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Two teen girls were injured by gunfire Sunday night in downtown Santa Cruz, Police Lt. Bernie Escalante said.
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Local agencies pick up state honor

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Since its 1982 inception, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation has worked to protect nearly 4,000 acres of land and restore more than 2,000 acres of coastal habitat.
The land trust organization, which is the nonprofit partner of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, has also developed numerous education and research programs.
Now, the foundation has won the
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Watsonville prevails in redevelopment case

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Watsonville must be reimbursed for a $4.4 million payment it made to the state last year.
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Workshop to address cell towers

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With the Planning Commission scheduled to consider a new cell tower in Watsonville on Feb. 3, the city will hold a workshop Wednesday to address regulations and concerns.
The workshop, to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor, will be presented by Jonathan L. Kramer, principal attorney at
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‘Lucky’ officer recovers two stolen vehicles in two days

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman was arrested and charged with vehicle theft Thursday after a California Highway Patrol officer, who suspected the vehicle she was driving could be stolen, stopped her on Egret Lane in Watsonville.
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Food bank reports more than 4 million meals provided

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville works year-round to keep its own pantries stocked, so that it can help low-income residents do the same.
Through collecting food and funds, the organization is able to not only feed hungry families, but also teach them how to feed themselves through hundreds of nutrition classes.
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Sales becomes realtor association president

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville native Dana Sales was sworn in Tuesday as the president of the Pajaro Valley Association of Realtors.
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Consultant may take part in city manager search

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will consider seeking a consulting firm to help recruit a new city manager.
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Surf rescue victim rebounds

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- The man that was rescued from the powerful surf Saturday at Seabright State Beach is reportedly on the mend.
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Growing knowledge

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It was a sweeping view that met nearly 200 visitors at Storrs Winery & Vineyards Wednesday, with rows of grapevines stretching out under crystalline blue skies.
But these were no ordinary tourists. Instead, they were participating in the bus tour portion of the 35th annual Ecofarm Tour, which draws farmers, students, consumers and agriculture
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Monning proposes end-of-life legislation

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SACRAMENTO -- In an emotional, hour-long press conference, a group of lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with the assistance of a physician.
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Man gets four-year sentence for stabbing brother

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- A Watsonville man who stabbed his brother to death after a night of partying in 2013 was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.
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Tuesday’s quake a wake up call for some

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE --Did you feel it, the 4.4 earthquake that rumbled through Tuesday morning?
Centered near Greenfield, the 5:21 a.m. temblor shook a portion of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Emergency dispatchers received close to 1,000 calls.
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Honoring the King

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SEASIDE -- Hundreds of people came to Seaside Monday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, an event that brings out schools, churches, environmental organizations and other groups, in addition to scores of private citizens who come to celebrate the civil rights leader's birthday.
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Thrift store’s donations grow

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
APTOS -- During its first year in 2011, Caroline's Non-Profit Thrift Shop donated $40,000 to four organizations that serve children with special needs.
But it didn't stop there, and the numbers grew -- substantially.
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Swimmers help raise funds for food banks

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- An unorthodox fundraiser took place offshore in Santa Cruz Saturday. Will Swim for Food, in its fifth year, sent 83 brave swimmers around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, a mile-plus jaunt in chilly water to help the Second Harvest Food Bank and food banks worldwide.
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Citizens yank unconscious man from surf

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Good Samaritans saved the day Saturday in a dramatic rescue in high surf.
Just before 2 p.m. a male tourist from Germany plunged into the Pacific at Seabright State Beach for a recreational swim while his wife watched and took photos from the shore. That's when an eight-foot wave came crashing through and scrambled the man.
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