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Four die in alcohol-related crash in Aptos

Modified: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
APTOS -- Four people died and four others were seriously injured Sunday night in a head-on collision on Freedom Boulevard in Aptos.
The crash occurred just west of Valencia Road around 8 p.m., California Highway Patrol officer Bradley Sadek said.
The incident occurred when a black Mercedes C320 sedan with seven people aboard was traveling west on
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Photographic experimentation

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As photography processes have evolved through time, ease of use and the ability to capture details are two of the constants that bind them all together.
But when computer technology came into prominence, it opened up a whole new level of photographic experimentation that was never before imagined.
Combining old and new processes, as well
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Tournament supports Pajaro Valley Shelter

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Armed with only a rock, paper and scissors, a group of warriors battled it out Sunday.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
The Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, the first-of-its-kind in Santa Cruz County, was held Sunday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to support Pajaro Valley Shelter Services.
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Man found shot to death in Pajaro

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
PAJARO -- A man was shot and killed in Pajaro sometime early Monday or late Sunday.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said that at approximately 1:40 a.m. Monday deputies were flagged down by a motorist in Pajaro who advised that there was a male lying in the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Salinas Road
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Learning adds up to fun

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When they walk into class every day, E.A. Hall Middle School math teacher Jeff DeMarco's sixth-grade students each get a welcoming handshake, his way of showing them respect, building a sense of community and getting them excited about learning.
"I'm always positive about math," he said as the students sat down and began to work on their Google
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Watsonville man arrested in Santa Rosa kidnapping

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
SANTA ROSA -- A Watsonville man was arrested in Santa Rosa Wednesday with two other suspects, all believed to be responsible for the kidnapping, sexual assault and months-long imprisonment of a 22-year-old woman.
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La Selva rail trestle complete

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
LA SELVA BEACH -- After the Regional Transportation Commission purchased the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line in 2012, it contracted Stacy & Witbeck to rehabilitate four bridges along the line.
Three of them, along Harkins Slough in Watsonville, Hidden Beach in Aptos, and Wilder State Park in Santa Cruz, were timber trestle bridges which required replacing rotting
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Documenting Pajaro Valley’s agriculture

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Through the years, Register-Pajaronian photographer Tarmo Hannula has captured the scenes of Pajaro Valley agriculture, documenting the workers and the crops they harvest.
A selection of those photos that have graced the R-P's pages for years will be displayed at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St., Suite 100. Titled "Tarmo Hannula: Photographs of the Pajaro
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Showing the sunny side of engineering

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Aubreyana Terra, 9, and her friend Dakota Legions, 7, hoped a 60-foot drop Thursday afternoon from the Civic Plaza parking garage wouldn't cause too much damage.
They came prepared with plenty of cushions, a paper towel roll and, of course, a parachute.
The girls -- students at Moreland Notre Dame School -- were part of Watsonville's
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Project continues to grow

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It took a crew of volunteers a little less than four hours Tuesday to transform a barren field into a community gathering space, where families will grow their own food and witness the seed-to-table evolution of their fruits and vegetables.
What now stands in the spot at 100 East Front St. is River Park Community Garden, which is
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Utility rate increase a possibility

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Faced with aging infrastructure and $65 million in capital improvements over the next five to 10 years, the city is looking at a utility rate increase that would help fund these projects.
Although the City Council approved a five-year rate increase in 2012, water conservation efforts by residents have caused revenues to fall short of expectations, said
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City adopts greenhouse gas emission plan

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council approved a plan Tuesday that would reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions while also increasing the use of renewable energy.
Called the Climate Action Plan, the plan sets goals to provide pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods, increased transportation options, improved energy efficiency, reduced waste, increased recycling and protection of open space.
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Witnesses help police bag four taggers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police are lauding vigilant community members for helping them make four graffiti arrests over the past week.
Two juveniles were caught tagging, as were Juan Romero and Javier Alvarado, both 24.
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Job Fair a huge draw

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- From engineering and cooking to tech or temporary work at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Tuesday had a lot to offer to more than 300 job seekers.
With a line out the door for much of the three-hour fair, representatives from 16 workplaces, including the Seaside Company, Plantronics, Fox Racing Shox,
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Fueled by love, peace and veggie grease

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Traveling in an RV fueled by waste vegetable oil, Angela Malson, her husband and four children rolled into Watsonville a month ago on a mission to educate people about sustainable living, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Their four-year journey has taken them to 35 states and they are currently staying at Pinto Lake City Park.
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Bill would allow police to freeze gangs’ assets

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
SACRAMENTO -- A new law proposed Monday by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, would provide another tool to law enforcement officials battling criminal street gangs.
If Assembly Bill 442 passes muster with lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, it would allow prosecuting agencies to freeze the assets of transnational criminal organizations that operate in California.
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Bonsai workshops lead up to annual show

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Don White, retired Korean War veteran and practitioner of bonsai tree styling for more than 40 years, will lead two demonstration workshops Saturday and March 21 to encourage participants to stop by the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 27th Annual Bonsai Show at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz March 28-29.
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Dreaming of California

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- California has long been an artist's dream for its colorful landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes.
Five local artists look to capture the diversity of the state in "California Dreaming," a new exhibit presented by the Santa Cruz County Bank across its five branches.
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Man beaten with hammer

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was severely injured Monday when he was attacked by someone wielding a claw hammer.
Watsonville Police Sgt. David Rodriguez said Watsonville firefighters were initially dispatched to a report of a man with a head injury on the 100 block of Maple Street at 2:30 p.m.
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Quilt show begins Saturday at fairgrounds

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Quilts of all shapes, sizes, colors and fabrics crafted by men, women and children are filling three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.
It's certainly not your grandmother's quilts, said Sandy Helin, publicity co-chair for the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association's annual Quilt Show.
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City looks for solutions to new water treatment regulations

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When the state introduced new drinking water regulations in July 2014, eight of Watsonville's 12 wells would become out of compliance.
The issue at hand is chromium-6, a naturally occurring element that is found in groundwater and is known to cause adverse health effects.
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Local dog fetches high honors

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROYAL OAKS -- A Royal Oaks dog took home a best in breed award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York over the weekend, an event considered by dog enthusiasts among the most important of the year.
Bourdain -- an Australian shepherd also called Copper Hills No Reservations -- beat out the rest of
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Radio station almost ready to go live

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan in 2011 and a tsunami warning was issued in the Watsonville area, Joel Mijares Jr. noticed as he was driving that everyone was traveling in the opposite direction, trying to find higher ground.
Despite a quick Emergency Broadcast System warning playing on the radio, no DJs were talking about
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San Juan Road/Hwy 101 off-ramp opens

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
AROMAS -- Caltrans and Granite Construction Company opened the new northbound San Juan Road Interchange off-ramp on Friday.
The opening will remove the need for left turns across U.S. Highway 101 at Dunbarton Road. Access to Dunbarton Road from both directions of Highway 101 will remain open, Caltrans said.
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Custom car company cruises in capital

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A local car took home top prizes at the Sacramento Autorama over the weekend, a gleaming red 1968 SSRS Chevrolet Camaro with sinuous silver flames roiling down the sides.
The Camaro took home a first-place prize in its class and a special first-place prize for the paint job. The car also picked up first place for the interior,
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Gang conflicts have ‘evolved,’ police say

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Despite several high-profile cases in 2014, violent crime decreased slightly from 2013, which followed a decrease the year before.
That was part of a presentation Wednesday from Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano to the Watsonville Rotary Club at the organization's weekly lunch meeting.
Solano, along with Watsonville Police Lt. Saul Gonzalez, was speaking to the Rotarians
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Volleyball coach arrested for contacting minor is sex offender

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- A local volleyball coach and registered sex offender was arrested Thursday after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a minor, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office announced.
Deputies began investigating Kjell Nilssen, 49, in January after he reportedly contacted a minor through social media and in person over a year-and-a-half. The teen's parents discovered the relationship
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West Africa meets Americana

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
CORRALITOS -- Dubbed "Afromericana," Mamajowali is forging ahead with a new genre that is a blend of West African music and Americana.
Coming up with the Afromericana name helps create a concise description to brand the sound, said Joe Craven, who is joined in the three-member band by Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss.
But like any genre,
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Pianist to be joined by poet

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Ellen Bass is tasked to read her poems that will lead into the music of some of the most prominent composers of all time: Mozart, Brahms and Liszt, to name a few.
In addition, those composers' music will be performed by Inna Faliks, a world-renowned pianist from New York City.
It is certainly no
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Bike track leveled

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
APTOS -- Following a brief protest, a bulldozer operator got to work Tuesday leveling the world-famous Aptos pump track as dozens of bicyclists mournfully looked on.
Photographer Rick Puckett said he visited the track Tuesday and learned that about 40 bicyclists slept on the track the previous night as a form of a fond farewell to a spot
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