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101 awarded Solari scholarships

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
APTOS -- A philanthropist whose three children attended Cabrillo College has made it easier for 101 more to attend that college in the fall.
Mary Solari, a longtime supporter, has donated $255,000 to the Cabrillo College Foundation, which means 101 recent high school graduates will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend.
Of the recipients, 13 attended Pajaro Valley
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Officials: Have a blast, don’t let holiday be a bust

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
'Safe and Sane' fireworks go on sale as police increase patrols
WATSONVILLE -- A group of Watsonville High School football players, one of them dressed as school mascot Willie the Wildcat, stood in front of their Freedom Boulevard fireworks booth Friday afternoon, trying to entice customers.
The football program is one of 26 nonprofit organizations hoping that fireworks sales
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Capitola Police Chief to step down

Posted: Friday, Jul 1st, 2016
CAPITOLA -- Come the end of September, Capitola will be searching for a new police chief. After taking up the post in 2012, Rudy Escalante announced Thursday that he will end his career Sept. 30.
Escalante, who was named man of year in 2014 by the Capitola/Soquel Chamber of Commerce, said he felt it was time to spend
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Butterworth, Solano chosen as parade Grand Marshals

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Three years ago, Lori Butterworth and Manny Solano teamed up to raise awareness of pediatric cancer in the community.
Solano, who was fighting cancer himself during that time, joined Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services' board, supporting Butterworth and her team with its mission.
Now, the two will join forces once again and lead the
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With budget passed, Board of Supervisors breaks for summer

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Board of Supervisors closed their day Tuesday with a finalized budget and a packed schedule awaiting their return in the fall.
Approving the first reading of the ordinance regulating the licensing of medical cannabis while rejecting the request to take jurisdiction of an appeal over a Verizon cell tower, the comments were many and
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Council sets cap on marijuana facilities

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
Limit of six meant to be placeholder
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council agreed Tuesday to cap the number of medical marijuana cultivation facilities in the city at six.
The council voted 5-2, with Councilwomen Karina Cervantez Alejo and Rebecca Garcia dissenting.
On June 14, the council rejected a proposal to place a 45-day moratorium on cultivation
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Vaudeville, burlesque reappear on Cabrillo Stage

Modified: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016

Celebrates 35-year anniversary



APTOS -- Cabrillo Stage returns with its first productions in celebration of its 35th anniversary.
"Chicago" and "Fiddler on the Roof" have been slated for the summer season with "Chicago" having opened on June 23. The traditional Broadway style entertainment is meant to "dazzle" audiences, with tricks and surprises
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Watsonville Police forms new crisis team

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- After more than four years of planning and weeks of training, the Watsonville Police Department will be rolling out a new team that aims to defuse high-risk situations.
Called the Special Response Unit, the nearly 20 members are divided into two teams: tactical and crisis negotiation. The unit will be tasked with responding to situations that
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JACL picnic highlights shared history, culture

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
APTOS -- The Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League -- one of the largest JACL chapters in the country -- held its annual community picnic Saturday at Aptos Village Park in a tradition started more than 100 years ago.
The first picnics in the early 1900s were held at Palm Beach and were an expression of gratitude for a good
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Registration opening for Birding Festival

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The 12th annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival is fast approaching. Organizers this year have announced the opening of online registration starting July 4 at 7 a.m. at www.montereybaybirding.org.
This year's festival takes place Sept. 23 through Sept. 25, with scores of field trips, workshops, speakers and multiple new offerings, said organizer Debbie Diersch.
Strategically
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Young Historians honored at picnic

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Two graduating seniors were presented with the Eighth Annual Young Historian Awards Saturday during the Pajaro Valley Historical Association's annual Vintage Picnic in the Bockius-Orr House gardens. 
This year's winners of the $500 First Prize were graduating seniors of Watsonville's Ceiba College Preparatory Academy, Christian Sanchez and Anakareli Gonzalez. Their winning project was a video concerning
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Car fire races into forest; Hwy. 17 shut

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
SUMMIT -- A car fire spread into a wild land fire on Highway 17 one mile north of Summit Road Monday and led to the closure of all lanes of Highway 17 at the peak of the evening rush hour.
No injuries were reported in the fire that was reported just after 3 p.m. The fire spread into
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Making a splash

Modified: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016

YMCA participates in worldwide swim lesson


WATSONVILLE -- More than 100 children got a swim lesson Friday in the Watsonville YMCA swimming pool, but they were far from the only ones.
The brief lesson was part of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, which kicked off in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and then swept through 24 countries in
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Not only in dreams

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- As a water system operator at Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, Shinehah Bigham said she is constantly using the "rational" side of her brain when working with numbers.
But when she dives into creating her artwork, which consists of a wide range of media including painting and photography, Bigham is able to enter into a state
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Farm Bureau holds annual dinner

Modified: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- With a sweeping view of verdant Pajaro Valley farmlands in the distance, and the sun slipping behind the horizon through cloudless skies, dozens of people gathered at Live Earth Farms Thursday for the 99th annual dinner meeting of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.
The meeting has long been a way to bring the agriculture community
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Flames consume garage

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- An intense and fast-moving fire tore through a garage on the 100 block of Memorial Avenue early Friday.
About 8:15 a.m. emergency dispatchers received multiple calls about flames consuming the single story wood garage behind a home at 27 Memorial Ave. When firefighters arrived the fire had advanced throughout the garage, which had been
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Seabreeze Tavern loses liquor license

Modified: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016

Owner has one year to transfer


RIO DEL MAR -- A Rio Del Mar business owner who ran a failed campaign for Santa Cruz County supervisor in June has lost his liquor license after being slammed with an 11-count complaint.
Rich McInnis, who owns the Seabreeze Tavern, now has a year to sell his license, said California
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Two families displaced in late-night blaze

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
Man flown out with serious injuries
WATSONVILLE -- A single family home, a motor home and two vehicles were destroyed by fire late Tuesday night on the 300 block of Manfre Road. A neighboring home was also heavily damaged. Neighbors said the fire, which appears to have killed a dog, broke out just after 10 p.m.
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A risk in change

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
Local consultant calls for empathy and diversity in workplace dynamics
With a Mexican father and a Jewish-American mother with Ukrainian roots, Armando Alcaraz found himself outside most social groups as he worked his way through school and early jobs. 
Living in Mexico City for his formative years, Alcaraz remembers being lighter in skin than his fellow students. He also remembers
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Tentative agreement ends three-year conflict

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016

Nurses cancel Watsonville strike, to vote on Friday


WATSONVILLE -- After more than three years without a contract, California Nurses Association announced Wednesday a tentative three-year agreement with Community Health Systems.
The Tennessee-company runs Watsonville Community Hospital, along with 158 other hospitals in 22 states.
A two-day strike in Watsonville beginning Wednesday by more than 300
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Police: Alleged child molester attempted to steal evidence

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- An El Dorado man suspected of molesting a preschool-age girl also allegedly broke into a vehicle to retrieve video evidence of himself committing the crime, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.
Timothy Ritchison, 47, was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and booked into El Dorado County Jail. He was extradited to
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Ancient art revival

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016

Encaustic art taught, practiced in Santa Cruz County





With origins rooted in ancient Egypt and Greece, the practice of burning and turning wax into art has been long standing. 
Also known as encaustic art, Santa Cruz County is home to a school and cluster of artists that specialize in the
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Greenhouses welcome the public

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
AROMAS -- Four greenhouses in Watsonville and surrounding areas opened their doors Saturday to give the public a glimpse into their operations.
California Pajarosa, Kitayama Brothers, Four Winds Growers and Succulent Gardens welcomed guests to the one-day Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House Tour, each donating a portion of the day's sales to local organizations.
Aaron Dillon
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PV trustees to consider budget

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider approval of this year's budget Wednesday, which shows continued improvement after years of recession-era cuts.
State law requires school districts to submit a balanced budget by June 30.
Also at the meeting, the trustees will consider approving a 7 percent salary increase for classified management
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Being a better father

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
PAPÁS celebrates local families
WATSONVILLE -- In honor of Father's Day, PAPÁS of Watsonville threw their 10th annual celebration for local fathers and their families at Callaghan Park Saturday.
Games, arts and crafts, information tables, live music and plenty of food marked the four-hour event.
"We decided to hold our celebration out in the
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