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Preparing for the worst

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- In a yellow tent outside Dominican Hospital's emergency room Thursday, a woman came in complaining of fever and cold-like symptoms. She joined two others in the tent, both of whom had similar complaints.
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PV High faces challenges in building athletic, performing arts facilities

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- If plans to build a sports complex and performing arts center at Pajaro Valley High School move forward, the Watsonville Pilots Association will likely take legal action to stop them, WPA Secretary for Legal Affairs Dan Chauvet said Thursday.
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Family offers $10,000 in Las Lomas homicide case

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
LAS LOMAS -- A North Monterey County family is offering $10,000 for information that leads to the killer of their son in December. Martin Vazquez, 19, was shot and killed a half-mile from his Las Lomas home as he walked along Las Lomas Drive.
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Obama overhauls immigration

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A day after President Barack Obama introduced sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws, Watsonville immigration attorney Doug Keegan urged residents to wait before taking action.
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Protests decry 43 missing Mexican students

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
MEXICO CITY -- A largely peaceful march late Thursday by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.
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Five-vehicle collision involves Sheriff's deputy

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A collision between five vehicles on Highway 1 Thursday afternoon ended with a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy's truck becoming sandwiched between a guardrail and a white Nissan minivan.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Geddes, the incident occurred when two vehicles traveling south on Highway 1 approximately 4 p.m. slowed to get onto the Highway 52/Green
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New trauma center designation could bolster county’s services

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SALINAS -- On a twisting rural road just north of Salinas early Tuesday afternoon, a man driving a beat-up pickup swerved to avoid someone who pulled out in front of him, lost control and slammed head-on into a tree.
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Supervisors appoint new District Attorney

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that the Santa County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed current Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell to succeed the late Bob Lee, and to serve as the next District Attorney of Santa Cruz County.
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Mass casualty threat closes Santa Cruz High campus

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz High School was shut down for the entire school day Wednesday following an email threat of mass casualties at the campus.
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City updates definition of smoking

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- An updated definition of smoking was recently written by state legal experts to close loopholes for electronic cigarettes. That prompted the Watsonville City Council, which agreed to ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places on Oct. 28, to approve the updated definition in the Watsonville Municipal Code Tuesday.
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A test conquered, a new chapter begun

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- For some, coming into a new country can be as easy as stepping across a border, while many endure mountains of paperwork and stringent immigration laws. But for nearly anyone hoping to become a U.S. citizen, the requirements are daunting.
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Man found guilty in Freedom overcrossing murder

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Christopher Bermudez Herrera, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 21-year-old Fernando Martin Mendoza-Avila on May 30, 2012 on the Freedom overcrossing at Highway 1 in Aptos, District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Wednesday.
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Community hub turns 100

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
CASTROVILLE -- The Andy Ausonio Library is currently writing another chapter in its long history that has seen it located in stores, post offices, homes, a novelty store, a strip mall, and finally, to its current home on 11160 Speegle St., a 12,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2006. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the library will mark its centennial year with
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Cabrillo eases the way for high school kids to take classes

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
APTOS -- High school students with an eye on continuing education have always been able to take courses at Cabrillo College while they attend their schools. This "concurrent enrollment" -- taking classes at both schools -- is billed as a chance for young people to earn extra credit while getting an early view of college life.
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State officials: local pesticide exposure low

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The levels of potentially hazardous pesticides released near Ohlone Elementary School over the past two years were well below regulatory targets and are considered safe, according to a report released in October by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
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Nonprofit looks to support city's parks

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A new nonprofit aims to enhance the city's parks and recreational programs for youth. The Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services, Inc., which was founded on Jan. 7, received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service on Nov. 3 confirming its nonprofit status. The nonprofit's goal is to promote the welfare of the community through the
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Deputies working to keep camps clean

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three weeks ago, a team of Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies dismantled an encampment of homeless people in a wooded area off Airport Boulevard near Green Valley Road.
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Watsonville man dies in motorcycle crash

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
SOQUEL -- A Watsonville man died Saturday in the foothills above Soquel Village when his motorcycle collided with a car.
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Digital NEST ready to fly

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville resident Tyson George is just 13, but unlike many of his peers he has a long-term goal -- studying filmmaking.
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Still lacking promised construction, students to host town-hall meeting

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Two years ago, student groups from Pajaro Valley High School took to the streets and neighborhoods to promote a measure designed to infuse much-needed cash into Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Since the passage, the $150 million bond has paid for repairs, upgrades and construction projects throughout the district, including numerous solar project projects at several schools, and a
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Stretch of Hwy. 129 named after Oscar Rios

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In front of a packed dining room at Jalisco's Restaurant Thursday, former Watsonville City Councilman and former mayor Oscar Rios became the first Latino to have a stretch of state highway named after him on the Central Coast.
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County grappling with Prop. 47

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- When voters approved Proposition 47 on Nov. 4, it immediately went into effect, making thousands of prison inmates statewide immediately eligible to have their charges reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.
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Craft fair continues Saturday

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Elks Lodge is hosting the 20th annual Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, which began Friday, featuring more than 40 booths offering handmade jewelry, knitted items, candles and knickknacks.
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Art supplies sought for teachers

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- While the Pajaro Valley Unified School District has hired 14 new art teachers, those teachers have found that art supplies are seriously lacking for their students, said Kim Tyler, who serves on the Pajaro Valley Arts Council's Board of Directors. Realizing this, the PVAC is now reaching out to the community to donate art supplies, as well
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Commercial crab season heads to sea

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The commercial crab season begins today and, based on early reports from sport fishing crabbers, the pickings look promising.
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Gas prices fall below $3 a gallon

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- If the gas gauge in your car is inching toward empty the timing couldn't be better: Gas prices are falling, in some cases, to below $3 a gallon.
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A day to honor the vets

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A light rain began to fall Tuesday morning, just as a group of approximately 50 veterans began their annual march from St. Patrick's Church to the Veteran's Memorial Building.
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10-year-old boy’s family speaks out

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The family for the 10-year-old boy who died after being struck by a speeding car in March in Watsonville spoke out for the first time Wednesday. Jesus "Jesse" Ventura was run down in a crosswalk as he and family members crossed Main Street downtown. He never left the hospital, due to the traumatic nature of his injuries
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Celebrating 20 years of youth programs

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In the words of the youth it serves, the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center is a "chill spot." The center, which offers free programs and services for those ages 6-22, provides a spot where youth can receive after-school homework help, attend classes, physical activities and more. But it's not all work with no play: The
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Nurses demand better protection, training

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- With recent fears over the Ebola virus as a backdrop, more than 20,000 nurses from across the U.S. staged a two-day strike Tuesday, saying that they lack the protective gear and training they need to deal with such risks.
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Moss Landing research vessel retired

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
MOSS LANDING -- After 1,100 cruises and about 350 class cruises for an estimated 10,000 students and teachers, the Moss Landing Marine Lab's Research Vessel Point Sur was retired Monday. Dozens of researchers, crewmembers and students gathered in Moss Landing for a dockside farewell bash.
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Marine researchers discover long-lost shipwreck

Posted: Monday, Nov 10th, 2014
MOSS LANDING -- A barge that has languished for more than three decades 1,700 meters below the water's surface in Monterey Bay was recently discovered by a team of researchers studying oceanic fault lines.
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Nisei veterans honored at service

Posted: Monday, Nov 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Though incarcerated during World War II, Japanese Americans were needed to translate intercepted Japanese code, finding out intelligence that would prove vital to ending the war. The unit, called the Military Intelligence Service, was awarded the congressional Gold Medal in 2011, and on Sunday, the Watsonville Buddhist Temple held a memorial service for the Nisei veterans of
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Museum finds home in Capitola Mall

Posted: Monday, Nov 10th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- Since its founding in 2012, the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery has been mobile, driving a van packed with exhibits to set up at events across the county. After two years of searching, the museum has found a permanent home: The former Abercrombie and Fitch store in the Capitola Mall, an 8,000-square-foot space that is set to
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Plane headed to Watsonville crashes, 2 dead

Posted: Monday, Nov 10th, 2014
SAN BENITO COUNTY -- The pilot and passenger of a small plane died Saturday when they crashed near Pacheco Pass. The 1950 Cessna 140-A went down north of the Pacheco Pass Highway, or Highway 152, near Canada Road while en route to Watsonville.
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The treasures of sea glass

Posted: Monday, Nov 10th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The sixth annual Sea Glass Festival unfolded over the weekend at the Coconut Grove. About 45 vendors displayed various forms of jewelry and artwork that showcased a myriad colors of glass bits and shards that have been ultimately reshaped over the years by shifting sands.
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