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History on two wheels

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Pick up any nondescript motorcycle part in Doug Feinsod's workshop, and chances are he can tell you what it is, what motorcycle it is for, and what year it was manufactured.
Take a small gear, for instance, that is stacked high on a shelf full of other parts, stuffed away between countless drawers and packages.
"That's
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Sheriff’s Office celebrates new home

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
LIVE OAK -- After being in their "temporary" headquarters in the Santa Cruz County building since 1975, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office celebrated the opening of their new home Thursday. Their new location, all 80,000 square feet of it, is now situated on Chanticleer Avenue at the heart of Santa Cruz County.
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Locals celebrate same-sex marriage decision

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz held a celebration Friday night following the Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide.
The event featured speeches and performances.
"It is an historic moment," said Watsonville City Councilman Jimmy Dutra. "It's been a long journey. We're grateful that the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality
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Elias Alonzo and the final chapter

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Friday was officially declared Elias Alonzo Day by Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput. Barely able respond, stretched out in his hospital bed at his West Phillips Road home, Alonzo, a long-time advocate for low income farm workers, the Latino community and dozens of community enhancing projects and organizations, is in the final chapter of his life.
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Report: Work needed on organic waste recycling

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the City of Watsonville's landfill is expected to close in three years, further diminishing Santa Cruz County's landfill space, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury is recommending the county step up its organic waste composting system.
The grand jury released its report Thursday.
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Man dies in Hwy 1 rollover

Modified: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A 46-year-old man from Coarsegold died early Friday when his car careened off of Highway 1 near the Green Valley Road exit.
California Highway Patrol officer Trista Sharp said the man was traveling northbound on Highway 1 in a 1997 Toyota Camry at 7:50 a.m. For unknown reasons the man lost control of the car in
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Monsbey College celebrates Annual Day and Graduation Ceremony

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Monsbey College in Watsonville celebrated its Annual Day Celebrations and Graduation Ceremony on June 20. The event was held at Ramsay Park Family Center.
The college's graduates and students took Hippocratic Oath in the presence of dignitaries, families and friends at the event.
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Volunteers needed for graffiti cleanup day

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In a slightly hidden corner of Melwood Court lies Hazelwood Park, a stretch of trail that provides access to Herman Avenue and is frequented by Rolling Hills Middle School students.
Despite a mural that was recently painted on one of the fences lining the trail, the fences, trees and other surfaces along the park are littered with
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Council approves skatepark construction

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- More than 20 skaters filled the City Council Chambers Tuesday as the council approved a bid to construct a new skatepark at Ramsay Park.
The $568,000 bid was awarded to Ramona-based GeoCon Engineering. Parks and Community Services Director Ana Espinoza said the total project will cost $738,000, with construction expected to start in late July or early
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Watsonville ending Friday furloughs

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Starting Jan. 1, the City of Watsonville will be open five days a week, seven years after budget cuts forced city staff to take Friday furloughs.
Mayor Nancy Bilicich announced Tuesday during the City Council meeting that agreements have been reached with labor groups. The furloughs had been in place since 2009 as the city looked for
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City looking at raising utility rates

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With aging infrastructure in need of replacement and new, stricter state regulations in the pipeline, the city is looking to increase utility rates for its water, wastewater and solid waste divisions.
On July 1, 2014, the state reduced the permitted limit for chromium-6, a naturally occurring mineral, from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion
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Community bike ride set for Saturday

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When City Councilman Felipe Hernandez attended the first Open Streets event in Watsonville on May 17, he noticed many people riding bikes, young and old.
The scene encouraged him to buy his own bike, and also sparked an idea: Why not have an event dedicated to bike riding?
"Anybody can enjoy a bike," he said. "If
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Suspect arrested in Aptos hit and run

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
APTOS -- The California Highway Patrol has arrested 17-year-old Trevor Maddy of Rio Del Mar in the June 13 hit and run crash that left a 25-year-old Aptos woman seriously hurt.
CHP officer Trista Sharp announced Maddy as the suspect Tuesday afternoon, adding that he was not cooperating with the law and vanished. Maddy was spotted late Tuesday
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Police make arrest in shooting death

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police on Friday arrested the suspect thought to be responsible for the June 12 shooting death of a transient man that occurred in an abandoned, trash-strewn lot along Watsonville Slough on the 1000 block of Main Street.
Luciano Acevedo Jr., 32, was arrested after a two-hour standoff with the Salinas SWAT team, Salinas Police and Watsonville Police
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What’s in that greenhouse?

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- On Saturday the public got a rare chance to a glimpse behind the scenes of five area farms thanks to the annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House.
For six years in a row the free event has introduced the public to how crops, flowers and decorative plants are grown, harvested and shipped. Visitors were also
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Two farmers earn annual honor

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- For the first time in its history, the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau on Friday named two people as Farmer of the Year.
The award is presented annually, normally to a single farmer who has made an impact on the community beyond normal farming duties.
This year's recipients are Marguerite Remde of Belle Farms and Chris Banthien
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Seminar series guides inventors on patent process

Posted: Monday, Jun 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With 25 years of experience in helping people apply for patents, Donald Boys knows there is no shortage of ideas out there.
But he also knows the number of people applying for patents is too low, mainly because the patent process itself is a daunting challenge for some inventors.
Recognizing the need to help people protect
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Youth Advocate comes full circle

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
As a young girl, Gina Castañeda variously found herself living in an abusive home, navigating life with relatives who were gang members and, as a homeless child, living in a car and in a playground structure.
She had had a front seat to adversity, and knows first-hand how difficult it is to come out on the winning end of a
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Whiskey, gin, blue agave spirits now made in SC

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
The first distillery in the county, that, by the end of the year, will produce nine different spirits in three separate families, has opened on the west side of Santa Cruz.
Venus Spirits, the brainchild of Sean Venus, is currently producing organic small-batch whiskey, gin and blue agave spirits, which is similar to tequila.
"We build bold flavors that start
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Drive-by shooters plead guilty

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Friday that three defendants plead guilty to their involvement in the August 10, 2013 shooting of a 15-year-old on Murray Street in Santa Cruz.
The pleas stem from a drive-by shooting which was committed by four documented Landis Street Norteño gang members from Watsonville who drove to Santa Cruz with the intent
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PVUSD hires new chief business officer

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on June 10 approved the contract for new Chief Business Officer Melody Canady.
Canady replaces Brett McFadden, who resigned in May. She comes from Greenfield Union School District, where she was assistant superintendent of business services.
The trustees approved the contract with a 6-0 vote, with trustee Jeff Ursino absent.
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Event rolls into Watsonville

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
With the resonant clacking and clicking of wheels on pavement and the raucous shouts of young people at play, the Ramsay Skate Park draws dozens of people every day.
They are part of a legion of people across the U.S. and the world taking board in hand and participating in an activity once perceived as counter-culture but now recognized in
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Report: many skilled agriculture jobs, not enough workers

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
In a six-acre celery field on the outskirts of Watsonville Tuesday, Lakeside Organic Gardens Operations Manager Juan Gonzalez was checking rows of plants. The celery will be ready for harvest no later than Monday, he said.
But as farmers across the U.S. ramp up for harvest season, they are also desperately looking for college graduates to join the industry.
That's
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Vehicle ID’d in Rio Del Mar hit and run

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015
The California Highway Patrol has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle that was involved in the hit and run collision that seriously injured pedestrian Nicole Brown early Saturday.
Based on the broken headlight pieces, CHP investigators were able to determine the type of vehicle involved as a 2003 or newer VOLVO XC90, said officer Trista Sharp. The
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Report: too many agriculture jobs, not enough workers

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
In a six-acre celery field on the outskirts of Watsonville Tuesday, Lakeside Organic Gardens Operations Manager Juan Gonzalez was checking the rows of plants. The celery will be ready for harvest no later than Monday, he said.
But as farmers across the U.S. ramp up for harvest season, they will be doing the work with a drastically reduced workforce.
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