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'Buddy bench' brought to Bradley

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

Bradley Elementary honors deceased student with friend-making idea

CORRALITOS -- Parts of the community came together Friday to recognize a "buddy bench" that was installed at Bradley Elementary School in honor of Adrian Bocanegra, who died in a car collision last year.
The entire school participated in the ribbon cutting, with Adrian's family and others coming together

Bill Manov killed in traffic collision

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

Led county drug and alcohol program

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SANTA CRUZ -- Dr. Bill Manov, who led drug and alcohol programs in Santa Cruz County since he started nearly three decades ago, died Tuesday in a traffic collision near Lemoore, Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin announced.
In a prepared statement, County Administrative Officer Susan Mauriello praised

Downtown art moving forward

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

Artist seeks input on design

WATSONVILLE -- While Kathleen Crocetti has completed 13 public art projects in Santa Cruz, the Watsonville artist has never organized one in the city she calls home.
So, when city officials put out a call to artists to create a public art project as part of the downtown revitalization project more

SC police, feds at odds in account of gang raid

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Soon after Santa Cruz Police on Thursday accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of lying repeatedly about the scope of a recent gang raid, the federal agency fired back.
According to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Deputy Chief Dan Flippo, the department assisted DHS in the raid that resulted in the arrests of

Quilt show returns for 39th year

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- For 39 years, the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association's annual show has been a paradise for quilters.
This year is no exception. More than 350 quilts will fill three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.
Not only will there be quilts on display, but a variety of smaller handmade items by PVQA members will be

Back to school, in three locations

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

Valencia Elementary School in class after school closes

APTOS -- Classes resumed Wednesday for Valencia Elementary School students, who have been out of school since storm damage on Valencia Road forced Pajaro Valley Unified School District to close the school indefinitely.
In a mishmash collection of classrooms at Cabrillo College Tuesday, a team of Valencia teachers

State Parks slammed by storms

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

Few closures, but plenty of damage

WATSONVILLE -- A spate of recent storms has lashed the Central Coast, with flooding, toppled trees and fallen power lines across much of the region.
Visitors to Santa Cruz County's state parks can expect to find evidence of this, with blocked trails and a closed campground at Seacliff State beach, said

Brenda Buttner dies

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

From WHS to Fox News, business journalist described as 'amazing'

WATSONVILLE -- Brenda Buttner graduated from Watsonville High School in 1979, attended two prestigious universities and led a career in journalism that culminated with an anchor spot of her own financial show on Fox News Channel.
Buttner died Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 55.

Rains pummel region

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The heavy rain that pounded Watsonville and surrounding areas Monday is expected to continue Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, rain and a chance of thunderstorms is expected to continue throughout most of Tuesday, with gusts as high as 25 mph, bringing in close to a quarter of an inch of rain. Tuesday night, the

Mental Health Advisory Board gets a makeover

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Following a slew of harsh criticism in two consecutive Grand Jury reports, the Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) has reported massive internal reorganization and improvement.
Calling the report a catalyst and a scare, MHAB Chairperson Kate Avraham said they were hindered by a lack of training and support. Now she said the board has made a

PV High auditorium project slated to move forward

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

Possible benefit cap concerns teachers

WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council on Feb. 28 will consider a proposal that would move forward with construction of an auditorium at Pajaro Valley High School.
The approval of an amendment to the coastal permit for the PVHS Auditorium Project is another step in a project that will include playing

A 'Day Without Immigrants'

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Hundreds throughout county participate in national movement
WATSONVILLE -- Joining a national effort and display of solidarity, hundreds in Watsonville and around the county refrained from shopping, refused to work and kept their children from school Thursday for a "Day Without Immigrants."
The call to action was shared mainly through social media and nationally picked up steam as

Powerful weather 'bombing out' over Central Coast

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
CENTRAL COAST -- Powerful winds and heavy rains lashed the Central Coast Friday, the latest in a series of storms that have wreaked havoc across Santa Cruz County since December and made this the second wettest winter in county history.
Friday's winds toppled trees and knocked down power lines, leaving some 11,600 county residents without power.
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Valencia Elementary School closes

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017

Classes relocated to Aptos High, Cabrillo College, Rolling Hills Middle School

APTOS -- Since storm damage forced the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works to close Valencia Road on Jan. 22, residents have been scrambling to lead normal lives.
That struggle became more difficult for many on Friday, when Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials indefinitely

Rancho Del Mar remodel to be unveiled in public meeting

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
APTOS -- The Aptos community has waited to hear about the future plans for Rancho Del Mar since a meeting in October. On Thursday, they will have the opportunity to learn what it will entail.
Considered a central gathering place for locals, the shopping center is owned by Carlsbad-based Terramar Retail Centers (TRC) and has been slated for refurbishment. The public

More rain on the way

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

County deals with storm destruction

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The crumpling and caving in of several county roads has put a clamp on people commuting over the Santa Cruz Mountains over the past few weeks. With Highway 152 between Watsonville and Gilroy and Soquel-San Jose Road shut off indefinitely because of mudslides caused by recent storms,

Man arrested in Trafton Road homicide

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
MONTEREY COUNTY -- The Monterey County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect in a homicide that occurred on the 1100 block of Trafton Road Wednesday morning.
Jesus Jose Quesada, who is reportedly in his 20s, was arrested after a brief standoff with police.
According to Monterey County Sheriff's Commander John Thornberg, deputies responded to a call of

Homeland Security releases names in gang raid

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

Residents speak out to Watsonville City Council

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Department of Homeland Security released the name of 10 alleged gang members Tuesday who were arrested throughout Santa Cruz County and Daly City during early-morning raids Monday.
A federal grand jury indicted the men for conspiring to commit extortion by force and conspiring to

A time to remember

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

Candlelight vigil to commemorate Japanese incarceration during WWII

WATSONVILLE -- It has been three quarters of a century since the United States military forcibly removed thousands of Japanese-Americans from their homes, and held them without cause in incarceration camps throughout the country.
To mark the occasion, the City of Watsonville is holding a candlelight vigil on Sunday

Police investigating homicide on Trafton Road

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
PAJARO -- Police are investigating a homicide on Trafton Road in Pajaro Wednesday morning.
A suspect is armed in a house, and a SWAT team has been called in.
An armed California Highway Patrol officer is currently guarding Trafton Road on the 1100 block.
Police believe the victim was hit over the head with a ceramic tile. The suspect may

A first EP; A huge night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2016

Local band Pan Dulce to play at Appleton Saturday

WATSONVILLE -- Right after hitting their one-year anniversary together, local music group Pan Dulce is preparing to drop their first EP as part of their performance at the Appleton Grill Saturday.
The group, which has six members, hails from all

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