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Levee shooting leaves man dead in SC

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- A man was shot and killed in Santa Cruz early Tuesday on the San Lorenzo River levee.
Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Rick Martinez said two homeless men were arguing on the levee on the 400 block of Front Street around 8:15 a.m. when one of the men pulled out a handgun.
"We got
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The Testicle Festival returns

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016


WATSONVILLE -- Nine years ago, young farmers looking to raise money for the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau approached the Estrada family with a controversial idea: They wanted to hold a testicle festival.
Today, the tradition continues with Loretta Estrada at the helm, cooking and preparing more than 100 pounds of "Rocky
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Riding for a cause

Modified: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016

Cancer awareness trip stops in Watsonville


WATSONVILLE -- The 540-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is not an easy feat, with steep climbs, hot sun and stretches ranging from 50 to 120 miles.
But for many of the 27 riders participating in the annual Firefighter Cancer Awareness Bicycle Ride, it pales in
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Japanese students arriving in September

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- In May, a group of Pajaro Valley Unified School District middle school students traveled to Japan, where they delved into a new culture, spoke a new language and sampled a new cuisine.
Now, with their host students on their way in early September, they are ready to return the favor.
The Kawakami-Watsonville Sister City exchange program
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Strawberries hold top spot, apples fall

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016

Agricultural Commissioner releases crop report


WATSONVILLE -- Strawberries held onto their top spot in the Pajaro Valley in the 2015 crop report, with 103,217 tons. That was a 3 percent increase from the year before.
The number comes from the Santa Cruz County 2015 Crop Report, which was released Monday by the Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioner.
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Pajaro Valley Pride hits the street

Modified: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The first Pajaro Valley Pride, which is slated to become an annual event, unfolded in downtown Watsonville Sunday. The day started with an upbeat parade with about 100 people chanting, toting banners from various organizations, and wavering colorful flags in joint celebration of the LGBT community.
After the parade, which began on Maple Avenue
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Giving a ‘hand up:’ Aromas couple runs nonprofit that feeds, clothes their neighbors

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
AROMAS -- Twice a month, hungry Aromas residents come to that town's grange hall, and come away with a box of fruits, vegetables and other pantry essentials that help to ease their monthly food bill.
The distribution comes thanks to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a nonprofit organization founded nearly two years ago after Aromas residents AR and Fred Pointer saw
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New beginning for alternative school

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- One decade after identifying a vacant lot on Green Valley Road as a possible location for a new school, and 20 months after construction began, a group of education officials on Friday formally opened Sequoia Schools, which will house alternative education programs from throughout the county.
Classes begin Wednesday at the new building, which sits on a 1.5-acre
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New orientation for WHS freshmen

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Decades ago, when Watsonville High School was in its infancy, a group of students took a pile of textbooks and planted them under a sapling redwood tree.
The idea was that the literature, mathematics, history and other subjects would become part of the soil and eventually be incorporated into the tree.
Thus, the "Knowledge Tree" was born.
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Christmas train moves to Santa Cruz

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- After three years embarking from Watsonville, the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway is shifting its annual Christmas-themed train excursion to Santa Cruz.
"Train to Christmas Town" will cease operations this year, and instead be rebranded as "Polar Express," taking off from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and traveling to Capitola.
The Santa Cruz County
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Local teacher enters national food competition

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Ceiba College Preparatory Academy teacher Jennifer Portalanza is hoping to take her culinary skills to the reality television stage and has entered the Sargento food competition for a chance to be on the Food Network show "Chopped."
A lifelong vegetarian, Portalanza was stymied briefly when she saw pork as one of the required ingredients. The list
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Emergency crews rescue woman, Highway 1 reopens in both directions

Modified: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Emergency crews have removed a woman from the overpass at 41st Avenue.
Highway 1 has reopened after being closed for more than an hour.
California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County
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Classes resume at PVUSD

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- In busses and by car, on foot and astride their bicycles, more than 19,000 students made their way to school Wednesday for the first day of the year.
At Aptos High School, some 1,500 students were navigating a newly implemented seven-period schedule, which shortens each class and adds a seventh. The plan was designed to offer students
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Sheriff introduces 21st Century Policing

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The community was introduced to the next and new chapter in policing Wednesday, a plan known as 21st Century Policing designed to bring the community and police together in solving both big and small issues.
From critical use of force to dealing with an annoying dog, the plan strives to strengthen relationships between law
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Monte Vista seniors enter new year with decade-long tradition

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Monte Vista Christian School's class of 2017 spent a day recently painting their parking spots to carry on a tradition. 
MVCS has allowed the senior class for the past 10-plus years to paint their parking spots as a sign of ownership, said Charles Trementozzi, activities director.
Other schools on the Central Coast also hold
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PVUSD welcomes two new leaders

Posted: Monday, Aug 15th, 2016

New superintendent, Aptos High principal start school year


WATSONVILLE -- Before the extensive interview process that preceded Michelle Rodriguez being hired as Pajaro Valley Unified School District superintendent Wednesday, she did an "interview" of her own.
Rodriguez went to every school site in the district, getting a sense of the schools and administration, and when possible speaking
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Stolen new car recovered next day

Posted: Monday, Aug 15th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was taken into custody Monday at gunpoint after police spotted him driving a car that had been reported stolen.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Brian Ridgway said that on Sunday employees at Mid Bay Ford Lincoln, 450 Auto Center Drive in Watsonville, conducted an inventory check and discovered that a new Ford Mustang
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A new Pride

Posted: Monday, Aug 15th, 2016

First of two marches begins Sunday


WATSONVILLE -- Pajaro Valley Pride is set to hold its first-ever festival and march on Sunday in downtown Watsonville.
The march will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue, wrapping around Watsonville Plaza to end in the grassy area between El
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Soberanes Fire rages on

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016

Blaze reaches 70,615 acres


MONTEREY COUNTY -- Cal Fire officials say the Soberanes Fire has blackened 70,615 acres and is 55 percent contained. Thus far 57 homes and 11 outbuildings have burned. One death has been attributed to the blaze when a bulldozer rolled over the operator, Robert Reagan III.
The fire expanded
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Watsonville City Council race: Corley out

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- After pulling his papers in late July to run for the Watsonville City Council District 1 seat in the November election, Marty Corley has reconsidered and will not be running.
Corley said he made the decision for personal reasons, after talking with his wife.
"I don't think with my job that I would be able to
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Watsonville outlines future plans

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016

Officials highlight projects during inaugural event


WATSONVILLE -- With a number of housing and commercial developments on the horizon, Watsonville is a city on the move.
That was the message from city officials during Watsonville's inaugural State of the City address Wednesday at a full City Council Chambers.
Planned as an annual event, put on
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PVUSD trustees approve new superintendent

Modified: Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016
The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved hiring Michelle Rodriguez as district superintendent, who received glowing praise from the seven-member board.
Rodriguez is currently Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Teaching and Learning at Santa Ana Unified School District. She has a PhD in educational psychology and is certified as a Chief Business officer. She
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Dividing their time

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

Students attend Graniterock's summer Algebra Academy


WATSONVILLE -- For Aptos High School senior Virginia Ontiveros, the week she spent as a seventh-grader in Graniterock's Algebra Academy was a perfect opportunity to hone her math skills and immerse herself in a subject she loves.
"It was a week of math," she said. "It was heaven."
Now alumni
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Man arrested after two-hour standoff

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was taken into custody Wednesday following a standoff with police that dragged on for more than two hours.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Eric Montalbo said agents from the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft Task Force were conducting surveillance in Watsonville when they spotted a subject who was wanted on felony warrants. The suspect, Ruben Espinoza,
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Providing a link

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016

WHS Class of 2020 meets youth mentors


WATSONVILLE -- Entering high school for the first time can be a bewildering experience, with a new campus and class schedules to navigate, not to mention a perplexing social structure filled with hundreds of new peers.
To help freshmen weather the experience, Watsonville High School every year assigns a task
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