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Lighting the way

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
LAS LOMAS -- Thanks to the concentrated efforts of a grassroots community group, the town of Las Lomas is well on its way to becoming a safer place. For decades residents of Las Lomas have complained about the lack of lighting along their streets during night hours. But now, a crew from Pacific Gas & Electric are busy installing 112
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Watsonville Hospital lays off 15

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Fifteen employees at Watsonville Community Hospital were recently notified that their positions will be eliminated in the fall as the hospital moves its business office functions out of state.
Some business office functions will move to a centralized office shared with other hospitals, said Cindy Weigelt, hospital spokeswoman.
Sharing resources between hospitals has recently been
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Celebrating the king of crops

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Representing a third of the county's crop value, strawberries play a large role in the area's agricultural makeup.
It is only fitting that the king crop has its own festival.
The 20th annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Watsonville.
"It's an opportunity for us
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Fired shotgun, domestic violence leads to manhunt

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
AROMAS -- Dozens of Monterey County Sheriff's deputies descended on a rural home on Corey Road in Aromas Wednesday following a report of a man threatening his girlfriend with a handgun.
Sgt. Ron Willis said the incident was initially reported around 4:50 a.m. in Prunedale on Crazy Horse Canyon Road. Witnesses reported seeing Jeffery Howard, 51, struggling with his
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Man sentenced for attempted murder

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A man who reportedly stabbed his wife on Christmas was sentenced to 15 years, District Attorney Bob Lee announced Tuesday.
Carlos Rolando Sanchez of Watsonville, 38, was sentenced to 15 years in the California Department of Corrections for attempted murder, inflicting great bodily injury upon his wife and the use of a knife.
In
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Grape expectations for Berries & Bottles

Modified: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- For the wine lovers in South County, the area is notoriously lacking wine events.
Last year, the Watsonville Winemakers Studios sought to change that, and now it is preparing its second annual Berries & Bottles Boutique Winery Showcase on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the studios, 18 Hangar Way, Suite C.
The showcase
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Rio del Mar readies for improvements

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
APTOS -- The Whaley Sculpture, located on a traffic island at Rio del Mar Boulevard across from the Deer Park Center, has been overtaken by trees, nearly hiding it from view.
Trimming the magnolia trees around the sculpture, which was installed in 1978, had no effect on visibility. Removing the trees altogether was not an option as well,
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Suspect caught with illegal shotgun

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Salinas man was arrested Saturday for reportedly possessing a shotgun that had been illegally altered in the parking lot of Factory 2-U.
Watsonville Police officers were dispatched to a report of a subject with a gun at 3:30 p.m. at 1404 Freedom Blvd. As officers responded multiple callers made similar reports. Witnesses described a subject
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Stand Down event aims to help homeless veterans

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
SEASIDE -- A Stand Down event will be held Friday through Sunday for homeless veterans at Fort Ord in Seaside where individuals can receive health and dental services, clothing, meals, event housing counseling, legal services and VA claims.
In additional the event will help individuals with getting and reviewing their military records and documents, requesting discharge upgrades, offering and
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Man stabbed multiple times

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Police are investigating an assault that left a man with life-threatening wounds early Sunday.
Sgt. Henry Robles said police were dispatched to a home on the 400 block of East Beach Street at 12:30 a.m. to a report of a victim of a stabbing. Officers contacted a 23-year-old male victim inside a residence suffering from multiple stab
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World War II veteran Myers dies at 92

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Joe Myers, a longtime Watsonville resident and World War II veteran who was involved with many military organizations, died Thursday after complications from a stroke. He was 92.
Helen Myers, who was married to Joe Myers for almost 52 years, said he suffered from a stroke in May. After returning to Watsonville Post Acute Center from
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The Monterey Bay's largest visitor

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The USS Nimitz, a supercarrier of the U.S. Navy, headed out to sea Friday after a brief stopover in Santa Cruz.
The nuclear-powered, multi-mission aircraft carrier is 1,092-feet long. The ship's company is 3,200 and it can carry about 60 aircraft. The $8.5 billion ship was first deployed to the Mediterranean July 7, 1976.
One
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Heat is on at Gilroy Garlic Festival

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
GILROY -- Among the tens of thousands of people who attend the GIlroy Garlic Festival are a series of close-knit communities.
That is so for this year's Garlic Queen Brittney Souza, who has been volunteering with the festival since she was 7. She often finds herself working alongside one of her high school coaches, a classmate, and family
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Around the world through art

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- A group of students have just finished up a week-long tour of the world, all from a room at the Corralitos Cultural Center.
"Around the World" was the theme of the art camp at the center this year, said teacher Roberta Dallimonti, who heads up the camp.
The 23 students, from kindergarten to eighth grade,
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Food brings whales close

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
MOSS LANDING -- Scores of humpback whales have traveled thousands of miles to dine on the delectable cuisine in the Monterey Bay.
A tasty meal for the cetaceans, possibly, but probably not as much for humans: The whales have traveled from Central America to the Monterey Bay for the anchovies that are swimming close to shore, said Jim
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Café plans weekly beer event downtown

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Second Street Café is looking to bring more foot traffic downtown when it launches its weekly "Local Brewer's Night" Friday.
The event, from 5-9 p.m. Fridays, will feature samples from a different local brewery each week, said café owner Mackenzie Fullmer, while also providing appetizers that are not normally served during regular business hours.
"We
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Gilroy Garlic Festival returns for 36th year

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
GILROY -- It may be one of the only places in the world where garlic ice cream and garlic watermelon is available to try.
The 36th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival returns to Christmas Hill Park Friday and runs through Sunday.
The self-described "heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival," Gourmet Alley, features an outdoor kitchen where "Pyro Chefs"
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Police chase down kidnapping suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man, who is a suspect in a recent kidnapping, is in custody following a dramatic vehicle and foot chase Tuesday.
While searching for Rudy Corpus, 26, members of the Santa Cruz Auto Theft Reduction and Enforcement Team set up surveillance on a stolen 1999 Mercedes Benz 230 that was parked on East Beach Street
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Relay for Life a big boost for American Cancer Society

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- One hundred and twenty cancer survivors and their supporting teams helped raise $115,000 over the weekend at the annual Relay for Life.
The event, which ran from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Watsonville High School's athletic field, serves as the main fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, a nationwide community-based volunteer health organization dedicated
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Author to sign copies of first book

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When he was 21 years old, Nick Adams flew from Watsonville Municipal Airport to Cabo San Lucas.
The 2,000-mile trip, which Adams took with priest Mike Cross in 1980, proved to be more difficult than they previously imagined: Crash landings, hurricanes, black fog and more were some of the obstacles they faced.
"We almost died
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CHP sergeant remembered

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
APTOS -- A massive motorcade filed through Aptos Monday to begin the memorial service for CHP Sgt. Kevin Enox who died July 12. The motorcade, made up of hundreds of patrol cars, motorcycles and such from Santa Cruz County law agencies and other agencies, crept along Highway 1 from the CHP office in Aptos to Twin Lakes Church where the
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Hand grenade prompts neighborhood evacuation

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Emergency personnel had their hands full Saturday just before noon when they received a call about a hand grenade that was found in a garage.
Watsonville Police Ed Delfin said the call came in at 11:56 a.m. regarding the grenade in a home on the 300 block of Palm Avenue.
"I was at
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Shots fired into vehicles

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Police are investigating two shooting incidents Saturday that left two vehicles with bullet holes but no injuries.
The first incident occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday in the area of Sixth Street. When officers arrived on scene witnesses indicated gunfire had occurred near 145 Sixth St. Witnesses also pointed out a possible victim, said Sgt. Mike
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Gilroy Gardens opens Water Oasis

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
GILROY -- In a drought-stricken state, an oasis of water that has appeared in Gilroy is not a mirage.
Water Oasis, a new water play area at Gilroy Gardens, opened Saturday, with the goal of educating children on the importance of conserving water.
The nonprofit theme park showcased the area during a preview event Thursday.
The
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City receives grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The City of Watsonville has received $225,500 in grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects.
This funding comes from the California Strategic Growth Council's Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program.
In partnership with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the city will be improving pedestrian trails and landscaping at Hazelwood Park, and restoring
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Renowned musician hosting first-ever Arabic Music Week

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- World-renowned Arabic accordionist and singer Elias Lammam has gathered students from all over the state for the first-ever Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week.
The week-long workshop in Arabic music, beginning today and held at a studio on 41st Avenue in Capitola, will culminate on Saturday with a performance at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Lammam, who is originally
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A second life

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Seven years ago, doctors told Watsonville resident Johnny Valoroso he had less than a year to live.
He has since recovered from a double-lung transplant, and last week took home two silver medals and a bronze medal from the Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas for his performance in a 5K run, a 100-meter run and a
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Dead fish wash ashore

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
MANRESA STATE BEACH -- Thousands of dead fish washed ashore at Manresa State Beach Thursday night, coming in on the high tide after likely being dumped by a fishing boat.
The small fish, called white croaker, were strewn at the high tide line in a thick swath several thousand feet long just north of the main entrance to the
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California Rodeo Salinas returns

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SALINAS -- When the women competing in the barrel-racing portion of the California Rodeo Salinas prepare for their run, there are an enormous amount of things on their mind.
Racing at speeds and performing turns one official described as "barely out of control," the racers must look ahead and perform hairpin turns around three barrels as the animals tear
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Gaining appreciation for ocean, staying fit

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- Chip Bockman started as a Junior Guard when he was a young boy, and after enduring the daily workout sessions for years, he said he came away with a lifelong love for the sea.
"It taught me to love the ocean," he said. "From then on I stayed involved in swimming."
Once a summer activity for him,
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Nine decades and counting

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- Anita Haduca has called Watsonville home since she moved here from Los Lunas, New Mexico in 1950.
Here, she raised six children, all of whom graduated from Watsonville High School. She has lived in her home on Phillips Road since 1964, for which she paid $20,000.
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Festival del Nopal set for July 27

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The fifth annual Festival del Nopal (cactus) is coming next week to downtown Santa Cruz. The free event includes live music, plenty of freshly prepared food, dancing, traditional folkloric performances, and a recipe contest.
"For hundreds of years, the cactus, particularly the prickly pear cactus, has long been a staple in the diet of many Mexican
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Homeless housing program surpasses goal

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The 180/180 initiative in Santa Cruz County celebrated surpassing their goal of housing 180 chronically homeless people and announced their new goal of ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County by 2020. The celebration, held at the Simpkins Swim Center in Santa Cruz, included city and county elected officials, law enforcement and judicial representatives, local business leaders,
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