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Giving music stores a chance

Posted: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

Jansen Music reopens in Aptos, aims to be more than a store

APTOS -- For almost a century, Jansen Music has been a staple in the music community, offering instruments, equipment, lessons and repair services.
In July, its existence was threatened when the business was displaced from the Crossroads Shopping

Stories of peace

Posted: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

'Mi Casa es Tu Casa' exhibit opens Wednesday

WATSONVILLE -- In 2014, a group of 43 students from a college in Ayotzinapa, Mexico were taken into custody by police in the town of Iguala as they traveled to a political protest in a nearby city.
They were never heard from again.
In response, large-scale protests

Series of storms lining up

Posted: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A series of wet weather systems are ambling south from the Pacific Northwest and will bring badly needed rain to the Monterey Bay Area.
Mark Strudley of the National Weather Service of Monterey said the first rain could arrive early today where there is a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. It will be mostly

Rivas vying for second PVUSD trustee term

Posted: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Incumbent Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trustee Dr. Lupe Rivas is running for her second term.
She will face Georgia Acosta in the Nov. 8 election.
Rivas has been a board member since 2012, when she was appointed to the uncontested Trustee Area 2 seat.
Rivas retired from PVUSD with more than 35 years

Demonstrators stage vigil outside Planned Parenthood

Posted: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- 40 Days for Life, a national campaign dedicated to fasting, prayer and outreach in order to end abortion, held a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood on South Green Valley Road Monday as part of its month-long tour. 
All but two individuals were local and gathered to hold signs, pray and pass out informational cards meant to offer

PV Chamber announces annual honorees

Posted: Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2016
Editor's note: The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture provided the background information on the honorees.
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture announced the recipients of its annual awards, a broad range of people and organizations that work to benefit the community.
Man of the Year Dick Peixoto and Woman of the

Horses and huge gains

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
LA SELVA BEACH -- Diagnosed with autism, Anne Pearson's son spent his early years unable to walk, with professionals expressing reservations that he would ever become capable, when Pearson had the idea to put him on a horse.
His gains were remarkable and a year-and-a-half later, he was able to ditch the wheelchair completely.
"This is what grew out

Voters to consider Measure D

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- People on both sides of Santa Cruz County's controversial Measure D agree that roads need to be repaired, the bus system needs help and bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths need to be upgraded.
They split, however, on the portion of the measure that allocates $125 million for auxiliary lanes on Highway 1 from Soquel Drive

Bid for modified Main Street project up for approval

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will look to move forward with a modified Main Street project by awarding a bid to a contractor Tuesday.
According to a report by Steve Palmisano, director of Public Works and Utilities, the project will include landscaped medians at First Street and Peck Street, as well as sidewalk extensions at those two

Teaching a love of reading

Modified: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016
Starlight Elementary joins worldwide reading day
WATSONVILLE -- Hundreds of Starlight Elementary School students took time out of their day Wednesday to go outside, sit in the sun and listen as someone read to them.
The reading event was part of Read Across the Globe, a 24-hour attempt to break a Guinness World Record by placing thousands

Family of man slain by cops releases statement

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The family of a Santa Cruz man that was shot and killed by police early Sunday morning has released a statement about the incident.
Sean Smith Arlt, 32, was shot multiple times as he rushed at officers with a metal bow rake at 3:30 a.m. during a driving rain. A resident had phoned police saying that

Dueling propositions

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016

One would repeal death penalty, the other would speed it up

SACRAMENTO -- Among the 17 state propositions on the November ballot are two that appear to contradict each other on an issue many people take extremely seriously.
Proposition 62 would repeal the death penalty for first-degree murder convictions, and replace with life in prison without parole. Proposition

All fake, all real life

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016

Lucha Libre pro wrestling held in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE -- A wild man in the ring, professional wrestler and promoter Michael Gordon has brought Lucha Libre pro wrestling back to Watsonville.
"It's a fun interactive show we put on here," Gordon said. "It's a professional wrestling that is family friendly with a

'Life would be flat'

Modified: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016

Musician Vinny Johnson talks about the role of music in community

APTOS -- In the fourth grade, Vinny Johnson began his musical education on the trumpet.
More of a rock and roller, when he found guitar two years later, he said it just felt "more me." And thus his lifelong journey

Santa Cruz Police officer shoots, kills suspect

Modified: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz Police shot and killed a man early Sunday morning after he allegedly threatened them with a garden rake, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Sunday.
Police identified the man late Monday as Santa Cruz resident Sean Arlt, 32.
The incident started around 3:30 a.m. when Santa Cruz Police responded to a call

County gets soaked

Posted: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A pair of weather systems from the Pacific Northwest ushered in a first blast of rain this season to much of Central California.
While the first storm slipped into the area quietly and barely delivered rain to some areas, the second system came Sunday with an ample supply of badly needed precipitation.
Slickened roads

Burrito Bash wraps up

Posted: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Beers in hand, a panel of nine judges faced a daunting task Saturday, limited only by their appetites.
Each of the judges, from city officials to business and nonprofit representatives, were tasked with eating one burrito from five different vendors, determining which as a whole was the tastiest of the bunch. Did the salsa overpower the

Dr. Stan Hajduk dies

Modified: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
LA SELVA BEACH -- When Dr. Stan Hajduk finished medical school, he approached the person who gave him financial and moral support throughout, asking how he could repay her.
That person told him that all one can do in life is give to others.
According to the people who knew him, Hajduk did just that.

Boardwalk seeks approval for two new rides

Modified: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, currently in the midst of a $12 million main entrance renovation, will seek the city's approval Thursday to add two new rides in the area.
The Santa Cruz Planning Commission will consider allowing the Boardwalk to exceed zoning height limits in order to construct the new rides, called Shockwave and

Major rain a no show; but still expected later

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Regardless of reports by meteorologists about the first major rain of the season that was supposed to drench the region early Friday only a few sprinkles dotted the Watsonville area. Though a dense cloud cover hung low over Watsonville the entire day, serious rain never materialized.
However, there were numerous reports of heavy rain in the

Volunteers to read to more than 600 students

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Volunteers will read to 600 students from Starlight Elementary School in Watsonville during the annual Read Across the Globe event on Wednesday.
YouthServe, a program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and Watsonville Echo Academy will once again host the event. YouthServe hosted the inaugural event in 2015 as part of a global effort spearheaded by

A difficult proposition

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

Voters must delve through 17 propositions for Nov. 8 election

of the Register-Pajaronian
Editor's note: The Register-Pajaronian will examine a handful of the upcoming state propositions in coming issues.
CALIFORNIA -- Voters in November will face a baffling array of 17 state propositions that variously fund schools and Medi-Cal health care, ban single-use

Comedian to film TV special in hometown

Posted: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Ian Harris finds comedy in conspiracy theorists, those that deny the findings of science and instead follow a popular opinion.
With that, Harris says he will "rail against" Presidential candidate Donald Trump and those that deny such things as climate change and evolution when he returns to his hometown Sunday to film an hour-long television

Coming out strong

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016

Watsonville High School celebrates National Coming Out Day

WATSONVILLE -- In an otherwise empty Henry J. Mello Center late Tuesday morning, seven Watsonville High School students sat in a row on the stage, watching as the auditorium slowly filled with their peers.
The students were part of a "coming out panel," and were steeling themselves to share

Cool summer leads to late grapes

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- An unusually cool summer has led to a late harvest for local vintner John Basor.
While Basor and his wife, Jelka, and family members have harvested some of the 4.5 acres of Basor Terrace Vineyards on Whiting Road, there is still some Gewürztraminer and Viognier grapes awaiting late harvest.
"We started harvesting some of the

Oscar Cabrera murder trial in motion

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Day two of a jury trial unfolded Wednesday in Superior Court for the high profile homicide case of Oscar "Baby Joker" Amezcua Cabrera.
In the courtroom of Judge Timothy Volkmann, Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schonfield painted a picture for the jury of 12 women and two men, through questioning of a male witness, of the

Retail project moving forward

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
Council approves Aviation Way development
WATSONVILLE -- A retail project on Aviation Way is moving forward after the Watsonville City Council gave its approval Tuesday.
In a unanimous vote, the council agreed to enter into a 20-year lease with EKB Partners to turn an 8,000-square-foot World War II hangar on 45 Aviation Way into an aviation-themed

Suspicious device closes Metro Center, was battery tester

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Metro main terminal in downtown Santa Cruz was closed Wednesday morning after Metro officials found a suspicious device there.
Police now believe that the device is a battery tester, and said it had a Batteries Plus logo on it.
Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Rick Martinez said the device appeared to be cylindrical

From scratch, with love

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 6th, 2016

Frozen cookie dough hits Watsonville shelves

WATSONVILLE -- Six years ago, Carolyn and Gary Walter went after Carolyn's dream of creating a business in the kitchen.
From their home in Salinas, sales took off; and now Carolyn's Cookies are sold in several local markets -- including Watsonville.

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