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Sharing memories

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- The group of veterans who came Monday morning to Evergreen Cemetery were a mismatched lot indeed, some in street clothes and others in their military finery. Still others wore hats and jackets festooned with medals and patches denoting the branches, places and dates they served.
But although some were stooped and walked with the aid of canes,
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PVWMA raising water rates

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board of Directors adopted new water rates at its May 20 meeting, and rural residents and many farmers can expect to see their water rates increase annually over the next four years.
The increases came after a majority protest hearing failed to garner enough support to block them.
Starting July 1,
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Salsa by the Sea a popular gathering

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- For the past 13 years a free, outdoor salsa dance gathering has been offered to the public at the base of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.
Salsa by the Sea, held on a wide deck beside the Ideal Bar & Grill restaurant, a stone's throw from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, offers Latin American music and a
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Family raising awareness of rare disease

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Her soft brown eyes fill with tears and her voice trembles as she talks about her daughter. Her husband silently fetches a tissue and presses it tenderly into her hand. She is only 27, but she knows what it feels like to lose a child.
Lladira Reyna, a Watsonville resident, was at the hospital with her then two-year-old
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Cabrillo launches graduation season

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
APTOS -- Gray, blistery weather did not dampen the festive spirit at Cabrillo College's Carl Connelly Stadium Friday, as 1,168 people received degrees and certificates at the annual commencement ceremony.
The graduates ranged in age from 17 to 74, with an average of 29. Some 62 percent were female.
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Council may declare water emergency

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- After Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water reductions on April 1, the Watsonville City Council will consider declaring a water supply emergency Tuesday.
According to a report by Steve Palmisano, director of Public Works and Utilities, and Nancy Lockwood, environmental projects manager, Watsonville received a water conservation target of 20 percent from the State Water Resources Control
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A way to remember

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The somber words "In loving memory Christopher Ryan Helmer 1992-2008" are read while children run and play only feet away, screaming in youthful delight. Here couples steal hidden kisses while music is playing from the many businesses that line the walkway in the Esplanade, the faint sounds of waves rolling in on Capitola Beach accentuating the
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PV Health Trust announces Phil Rather Award winners

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust honored two winners of the 2015 Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare during a reception on Wednesday.
The honorees were Dr. Stan Hajduk, Emergency Medicine Physician at Watsonville Community Hospital (retired) and a founding and current member of the Health Trust Board of Directors.
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A summer of activities

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As summer approaches and young people gird themselves for days of nothing to do, Santa Cruz County's Regional Occupational Program organizers are hoping that they will come back to school.
The classes on tap, however, are far from the rigorous academic bonds from which the students will soon be released.
Instead, the free, weeklong construction technology and
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Watsonville could lose $4.4 million repayment

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- If a budget proposal released Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown is approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor when it returns to his desk in June, it would mean Watsonville is once again on the hook for a $4.4 million loan.
That would be another chapter in a story that began in 2006 when the
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Jail to Jobs fair first of its kind

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When inmates are released from custody, they often find themselves at odds with a society that is wary of their past.
Consequently, finding employment and housing become becomes a difficult proposition, and as a result many find life after their release difficult.
Enter the Santa Cruz County Jail to Jobs program, which brings employers to
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An army of volunteers honored

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Every day, beginning long before the sun comes up, a legion of volunteers arrives at the Grey Bears' Santa Cruz location prepared to work.
And that is just what they do.
Every year, 500 volunteers donate approximately 80,000 hours, which includes preparing meals, working in the recycling center, the electronics store and sorting and bagging
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Suspect in Google exec’s death pleads guilty

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Alix Tichelman, the alleged prostitute who was facing seven charges, including involuntary manslaughter, for the death of Google Glass executive Forrest Hayes, surprised the court Tuesday by pleading guilty to all seven charges.
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Watsonville hosts first-ever Open Streets event

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Sporadic canopies and broken laughter filled the streets of Watsonville Sunday as people came together for the city's first Open Streets event. Focusing on physical activity and alternative modes of transportation, Open Streets put on several activities and there was steady pedestrian traffic as a reward for their efforts.
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Addressing the issue of homelessness

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- City and county leaders teamed up with law officials, the District Attorney's Office, health services, and the courts Monday to review a year's worth of the Downtown Accountability Program that deals with homelessness and its tax on the system.
Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell also announced that DAP will be renamed the Bob Lee
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American Hat Makers to hold open house at new location

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- More than four decades after Gary Watrous began selling handmade leather goods out of his Chevrolet station wagon, his business has evolved into a hat company of international renown.
Head'n Home Hats, now known as American Hat Makers, operated for years from Watrous' seven-acre property on Buena Vista Drive, where workers created six brands and hundreds of
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Celebrating the roots of Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- The people and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, took the center stage Sunday at the tenth annual Guelaguetza Festival on the athletic field of Harbor High School. More than 5,000 people poured onto the field for the daylong celebration that included authentic music and garb, Oaxacan food and colorful lineup of traditional dance.
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Women get down to earth

Modified: Friday, May 15th, 2015
CORRALITOS -- For eight years, Watsonville's most elegant women have donned their fanciest outfits and hats to attend the annual Down to Earth Women Luncheon, a kaleidoscope of colors and a convocation of lace, satin and multifarious materials.
Created for women who work in or support Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz County agriculture, the event was designed to raise
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Aptos Village construction slated for fall

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
APTOS -- The Aptos Village project, a years-in-the-making plan that will add new commercial space and nearly 70 homes, is slated to begin construction in the fall.
Representatives from Barry Swenson Builder, who is developing the project, gave an update on the plan during the Aptos Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast meeting Thursday.
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Ceramic ‘farmers market’ on display

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
APTOS -- At the recent California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, held annually in Davis, Cabrillo College students set up a farmers market, complete with bell peppers, mushrooms, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables.
But when patrons walked up to the market and picked up produce they wanted to buy, they found them to be solid and
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Deeply involved in community, Aptos High senior thanks friends

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Brandon Gruber was a sophomore when he came to Aptos High School, and soon thereafter he met his first bully.
It would also turn out to be one of his last, thanks to his friend Saul Miramontes who stood up to the tormentor.
The bully was possibly drawn to the fact that Gruber has Down syndrome.
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Local band taking off

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A local five-piece rock and pop band has been making waves around the Pajaro Valley with their original tunes and earnest stage presence. The Valerias, made up of students from Pajaro Valley and Watsonville high schools and a Cabrillo College student, are a no-nonsense, straight ahead band that delivers bold and original tunes.
The Valerias began three
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