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Watsonville air show opens Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- There is no mistaking the deep roar of the North American T-6 when it flies overhead, its brawny engine pushing the propeller to supersonic, eardrum-shattering speeds.
A stout beast without frills, the WWII plane was designed to teach pilots how to fly more complex planes.
The T-6 will join five other "war birds" Saturday at
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Supervisors consider solutions to curb illegal dumping

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors began taking steps to reduce illegal dumping at hot spots that include Buena Vista Drive in Watsonville.
In the following months, the county's Public Works Department will consider code changes and outreach efforts to address an environmental problem that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands annually.
"In order to
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Restaurants, gas station proposal approved

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Planning Commission approved a plan Tuesday night that will build a gas station and four restaurants, including a drive-through, on the former Indalux plant site on West Beach Street.
While no businesses have yet committed to three of the restaurant pads, Acting Community Development Director Keith Boyle said Starbucks is eyeing the 2,006-square-foot drive-through
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Sheriff’s Office helping schools with emergency protocol

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
APTOS -- A few times a year, various and sundry events prompt a school in Santa Cruz County to go into lockdown, in which teachers lock doors and windows and students hunker down until a school official gives an all-clear signal.
These might be a police chase that ended near a school, a bank robbery in the neighborhood or a
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Solano announces retirement

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Manny Solano, whose six-year tenure as Watsonville Police Chief capped a law enforcement career that spanned three decades, will retire in December, he announced Saturday in a letter to the Watsonville City Council.
"The City of Watsonville gave me my start as a volunteer police cadet while a senior in high school," he wrote. "With the exception
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Cabrillo classes begin

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Thousands of students walked onto Cabrillo College's Aptos and Watsonville campuses as classes began Monday, many of them for the first time since graduating high school last spring.
"I'm really excited," said Mikaela Gregory, 18, of Soquel. "This is a new chapter in my life."
Gregory said she plans to take general education courses, a plan she
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Vandals confess to damaging church

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
APTOS -- A 17-year-old boy is facing criminal charges for his role in vandalizing a building currently being constructed at Twin Lakes Church.
Twin Lakes Church Staff Pastor Valerie Webb said the new 40,500-square-foot building, which will house classes for 200 students, was vandalized three times over the course of seven days.
In the first two incidents last
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Owners start new adventure with cryotherapy business

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
CAPITOLA -- Nine months ago, when there were no cryotherapy businesses in Santa Cruz County, a CrossFit coach on a break from working as a network systems engineer tried it out for the first time.
Scott Fowler, 43, and his partner Corey Demers, 45, went together for their first cryotherapy treatment, or localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures, and
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Driver kidnapped during carjacking

Modified: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Two suspects carjacked a vehicle and forced its driver into the trunk for several hours Friday night.
According to Watsonville Police, around 6 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to a report of a carjacking. The victim reported that he was seated in his car on Union Street between East Front Street and Riverside Drive around 9:30 p.m. on
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Putting technology in students’ laps

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Standing in front of a table full of gleaming new MacBook Pro computers Friday, Digital NEST founder Jacob Martinez talked about a not-too-distant past in which local young people faced a dearth of access to technology, and subsequently to a future when careers requiring technological skills are a near certainty.
That was Martinez's impetus for creating the
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Restaurants, gas station proposed

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- If a proposal is approved by the Watsonville Planning Commission Tuesday night, the former Indalux plant site on West Beach Street will see the development of a gas station and four restaurants, including a drive-through.
According to a report by Acting Community Development Director Keith Boyle, Elite Developments is proposing to build a 6,326 square foot
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Police donate funds to Kidpower

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Police Assistance Fund donated $2,000 to Kidpower Thursday to continue holding a series of child safety workshops.
Sgt. Henry Robles, who is also chairman of the WPAF, said the first series of workshops held earlier in August at the Watsonville Family YMCA received a positive response from the public.
"Because of the positive response,
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Restoring Watsonville’s wetlands

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A stretch of Struve Slough along Main Street is getting a makeover, part of a two-year restoration plan by Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville.
The multi-phase project will include removal of pesky invasive plants, and replanting native ones. Organizers say the work, which is funded by a grant from two state organizations, will help
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McDonald's opens third location

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Three months ago, 190 Main St. was home to an abandoned row of buildings that once housed Oda's barbershop, Caesar's Card Room and TV Repair Shop.
Now, the spot near the corner of Riverside Drive and Main Street is home to Watsonville's third McDonald's restaurant, and on Thursday, the business held a grand opening ceremony that
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Park earns national, state awards

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
PAJARO -- Monterey County's Pajaro Neighborhood Park has been named American Public Works Association's 2015 Public Works Project of the Year.
The team of winners behind the project includes the former Monterey County Redevelopment Agency as the managing agency; Graniterock, as the primary contractor; and SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. of Santa Cruz as the primary consultant; who will
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Council shows support for climate bill

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council declared its support Tuesday of Senate Bill 350, a piece of legislation that would require the state to cut its petroleum use in half by 2030.
The bill, which passed the Senate in June, would establish the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requiring not only a 50 percent reduction in
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County health, Dientes open Watsonville clinic

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Since its inception more than two decades ago, Dientes Community Dental Care has provided low-cost services to scores of Santa Cruz County residents.
The county's Health Services Agency, meanwhile, offers a wide range of medical and counseling services.
But until recently, those services were largely centered in Santa Cruz, a long trek for the low-income South County
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From the artist’s perspective

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- How Latino artists perceive themselves and their history is the subject of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council's new exhibit, "En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image."
Curator Juan R. Fuentes said he gathered a collection of works by artists from the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas, showcasing perspectives through a range of techniques, mediums and styles.
"I
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FBI offering $20,000 reward for two additional Valley Inn murder suspects

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Police Department is teaming up with the FBI in the search for two additional suspects believed to be involved in the Oct. 10, 2014 shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl and a 33-year-old man.
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for both Marcos Daniel Robles, 23, and Brandon Martinez, 21.
Robles played
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Watsonville shows its Pride

Modified: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Amidst hundreds of people who came to the Watsonville Pride celebration Sunday, and surrounded by a deluge of rainbow flags, clothes and banners, was 15-year-old Vincent Oxenhandler, who was attending his first gay pride event.
He said he came primarily to have a good time. But he also had a more important reason to be there.
"I'm
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Long lines, large turnout for tequila festival

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Attendance was booming and drinks were short lived at the Tequila and Taco Music Festival in Santa Cruz Saturday.
The second annual tequila festival, put on by California Beer Festival, hosted an estimated 3,500 people who mingled and waited in long lines for both food and drink. Tickets to the Tequila Experience were sold out
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Food truck party doubles in size, attendance

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- If there is one way to bring people together, it's to entice them with food.
And that is exactly what the Watsonville Food Truck Block Party did on Saturday. The event, held in United Presbyterian Church's parking lot, had drawn more than 1,000 RSVPs on its Facebook page, and lines had quickly formed at the 10 food
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Nordic Naturals celebrates 20 years

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SEASCAPE -- Nordic Naturals, an omega oils business and one of Watsonville's booming success stories, celebrated 20 years Friday at the Seascape Resort.
About 100 people enjoyed a Hawaiian food buffet, hula dancing, drinks and a sunset to mark the two-decade point of a business that began in a small bedroom.
Sandra Rechenmacher, research coordinator at Nordic Naturals,
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Chili for charity

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Aldina Real Estate Business Expo on Saturday was a chance for local businesses to connect with each other while promoting their services to the public.
But it also served as a way to raise money for charity through chili. Each of the 11 participating businesses hoped to impress a panel of judges in a blind taste
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Saying farewell to little Maddy

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Music, performance, art, flowers and words came together under one roof Sunday in an emotional memorial for 8-year-old Maddy Middleton who died last month after being attacked.
About 1,000 people filled one half of the Kaiser Permanente Arena for the hour-long ceremony. Following a tune plucked out on a harp by Jesse Autumn, bagpiper Jay Salter
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