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County dumps portable restrooms; give park goers somewhere to go

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
New bathrooms at Polo Grounds to be completed in summer
APTOS --After years of putting a new bathroom project on hold, Santa Cruz County on Wednesday broke ground on a project that should be a relief to people who use Polo Grounds County Park.
One of the most heavily used among the county's park system, the 62-acre Polo
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Easier said than drawn

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
Boy's work chosen for art calendar
LAS LOMAS -- Nine-year-old Josue Davis is no stranger to competition, he has already won multiple awards for his art at the fair, but most recently he drew his way into Monterey Bay Air Resources District's art calendar.
The annual contest celebrates May as Clean Air Month, offering school-age children in Santa Cruz,
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2016 historic Blue Plaques announced

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE --The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has announced nine buildings in the county, including two in Watsonville, that will be awarded Blue Plaques May 7.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, starts at 1 p.m. at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St.
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A growing need

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
Second Harvest Food Bank thanks agricultural community
WATSONVILLE --Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday held its annual Agriculture Appreciation Luncheon, an event created to thank the farming community for donating the food that helps keep its larders filled with produce.
Every year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes more than five million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Hotel, restaurant development moves forward

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016

Farm Bureau withdraws opposition


WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday that will add two hotels and a series of restaurants on West Beach Street.
The site, located on 1715 West Beach St., formerly housed the Indalex aluminum plant, which was demolished last year. The Watsonville Planning Commission recommended the development on
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A student, teacher, practitioner

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016

Cabrillo student comes full circle



APTOS -- From student to teacher, adjunct psychology instructor Kim Cardilla has a long history with Cabrillo College dating back more than 10 years.
This fall will mark her exit as she prepares to leave campus for full-time clinical work.
"The first time that I realized
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Earth, children feted at annual festival

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Tips on caring for the Earth and for the Earth's children drew an estimated 4,000 people to Ramsay Park Sunday for the city's 14th annual Earth Day/Day of the Child festival.
The popular event included booths with activities and information from more than 50 nonprofits, dispensing information from parenting and healthy living to river restoration, solar power, water
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Master pilot dies

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
Dan Chauvet was instructor, flew for Granite Construction
WATSONVILLE --Master pilot Dan Chauvet, whose first flight in 1958 preceded a career in the sky that spanned nearly six decades, died Thursday in his Watsonville home. He was 80.
Chauvet was a forestry major at Oregon State University when he joined the school's flight club. He took his first
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A pathway to his future

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
Watsonville High student earns prestigious scholarship
WATSONVILLE --Watsonville High School senior Marcos Arguello-Gonzalez knows he wants to study microbiology after he graduates in June, eventually working in medical research.
A first-generation college student, he is deciding this week whether he will attend UC San Diego or UC Davis.
And after Friday, he knows how he
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Mission success

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Cabrillo College Robotics Club wins national competition
APTOS --The Cabrillo College Robotics Club took the top prize Thursday in the NASA Swarmathon, a competition designed to prepare aspiring young engineers for the future of extra-planetary exploration.
That future, it seems, will come in swarms.
Swarms of small robots, that is, all tasked with finding and analyzing resources on
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Grand jury goes after Mental Health Advisory Board

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
SANTA CRUZ --In its most recent report, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury slammed the county's Mental Health Advisory Board, the second time the jury has focused on that group.
The Mental Health Advisory Board is a 12-member panel made up one Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and 11 other members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
The
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Shooting for the stars

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE --Under blue skies and against a brisk breeze at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Wednesday, a group of students launched a rocket with a payload of scientific equipment and two egg "passengers" more than 800 feet into the air.
Actually, if their calculations and physical adjustments were correct, the rocket would reach no more or less than
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Making Connections

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016

More than 1,000 attend business expo


Caterers ran out of food, mascots danced, derby girls rolled and attendees ran around gathering signatures for blackout bingo during the Pajaro Valley Chamber's Business Expo Thursday.
Over the last five years, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture CEO Shaz Roth said the expo has more than doubled in size
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Pajaro Valley Business Expo tonight

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
WATSONVILLE --Every year, dozens of local businesses and nonprofit organizations gather at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for the Pajaro Valley Business Expo, a networking event designed to connect customers with companies, and nonprofit organizations with their communities.
This year's Pajaro Valley Business Expo, presented by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, is tonight from 4 p.m.
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Sunshine Garden Project breaks ground

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Ground was broken Wednesday for 87 new homes, the largest such project in Watsonville such 2007.
Sunshine Garden, which will be built in three phases, is sandwiched between the end of Ford Street and Ohlone Parkway and rests on the shoulder of Watsonville Slough. The project is the first overseas venture by the China- based Pacific
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Changing the landscape

Posted: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A 15,000-square-foot expanse of lawn that once guzzled 450,000 gallons of water annually in front of the Watsonville Health Center on Freedom Boulevard is gone.
In its place are 200 drought-tolerant plants, which experts say are much better suited to withstand California's climate. More importantly, they help the city weather the ongoing drought.
Somewhat scrawny-looking now,
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Former R-P photographer inducted to WHS Hall of Fame

Posted: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of the Hall of Fame inductees.
WATSONVILLE -- Sam Vestal was just 24 when his iconic photograph of Santa Cruz County District Attorney Charles Moore leaving an illegal gambling parlor netted a Pulitzer Prize for the Register-Pajaronian.
He was posthumously inducted into this year's Watsonville High School Hall of
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Outage affects hundreds, including Register-Pajaronian

Posted: Monday, Apr 18th, 2016
WATSONVILLE --An underground equipment failure near Harkins Slough and Green Valley roads Sunday night was responsible for a power outage that affected hundreds of people in Watsonville, PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said.
The outage affected 435 customers, including the Register-Pajaronian newspaper and Gold's Gym.
According to Tostado, it was unclear what caused the outage, which occurred approximately 7
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A life-changing experience

Modified: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Fundraiser to help kids go to science camp
CORRALITOS --A local nonprofit group that has helped young people afford science camp for nearly a decade is turning to the community for assistance in expanding its services.
The Every Child Outdoors Foundation is a nonprofit group run by Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School to help defray
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An inadvertent historian

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Photographer's work on display at Capitola Historical Museum
CAPITOLA -- The Capitola Historical Museum has opened its newest exhibit, a display of photographs taken by Ole Ravnos, whose images help tell the story of the up-and-coming beach resort village.
"Photos by Ravnos" is a gathering of images taken during the early 1900s.
In the days when
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New car show rolling in

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Municipal Airport is holding its inaugural car show after the decision was made to cut it out of Wings Over Watsonville.
The inception of the idea came when Elgin Cawaling and Armando Rodriguez received feedback bemoaning the lack of cars at the air show in September. Because of a shift in focus, the car show had been
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8-year-old crash victim IDd

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
LAS LOMAS -- The 8-year-old boy that died in a head-on collision on Hall Road near Las Lomas Drive Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Adrian Bocanegra, the California Highway Patrol said.
Adrian's brother, Christopher, 6, was seriously injured in the crash as well.
CHP officer Oscar Loza said George Curach, 79, of Watsonville was traveling
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