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Gilroy Garlic Festival kicks off strong

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
GILROY -- The 38th annual Garlic Festival brought with it several changes and is on the cusp of several more with some of their most senior participants preparing to step down.
A familiar sight on the cook-off stage is Sam Bozzo, who will be turning in his apron and retiring from the Garlic Festival after 25 years. Bozzo, according
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Slough trail system expands

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A new leg of Watsonville's slough trail system has been completed between the new FedEx Ground facility and Highway 1 on the former Manabe Ow land.
The nearly mile-long Wetlands Connector Trail runs between the northwest shoulder of the Sea View Ranch homes (near Tar Plant Hill) with the trailhead at Loma Vista and Paseo
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Man grazed by bullet

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was slightly injured Thursday when he was grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in downtown Watsonville.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said the victim was the right front passenger in a vehicle stopped in traffic on northbound Lincoln Street near Center Street. The victim noticed the suspect vehicle pull
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Loaves and Fishes director moving on

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- After two years at the helm, Kristal Caballero is stepping down from her post as executive director of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.
Caballero announced Wednesday that she will be beginning a master's program in public health at UC Berkeley, and has accepted the position of senior development analyst at Community Bridges.
In a letter
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Locals mull chosen presidential nominees

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- With the National Democratic and Republican Conventions having selected their nominees for president, people have already begun to decide how they are going to cast their vote in November.
Emotions ran high, following WikiLeaks' Julian Assange's purposeful release of emails from the DNC right before the convention, and the "Bernie or Bust" supporters who walked out. As the
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A fresh new look for WHS

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Parts of Watsonville High School are undergoing a major summer facelift. A painting crew and roofers have been busy with bringing five of the school's buildings up to speed with not only new fresh paint but an entirely new color scheme.
"The days of Pepto Bismol pink are over," said activities director Kris Grantz. "That color
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Soberanes Fire burns 23,568 acres

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
Man dies fighting the blaze
MONTEREY COUNTY -- A bulldozer operator died Tuesday while fighting the Soberanes Fire, north of Big Sur. Officials said a bulldozer rolled over and crushed him in steep terrain.
The blaze has now blackened 23,568 acres, or 36 square miles, and burned 20 homes and two outbuildings, said Maia
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Patient transport: An ‘in-between job’

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016


SANTA CRUZ -- In a state of transition, Jesse Sabala found a new career path through patient transport for Dignity Health.
"I had seen within the facility, job openings for transport and I have a background in home health," he said. "I am familiar with moving people, there weren't as many tools back
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Big Sur fire nears 15,000 acres

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
MONTEREY COUNTY -- The Soberanes Fire, north of Big Sur, has now blackened 14,897 acres and burned 20 homes and two outbuildings.
The blaze, in rugged and hard to access terrain, is only five percent contained, Cal Fire officials said. An additional 1,650 more homes and outbuildings are threatened. Currently there are 1,400 firefighters on scene.
By Monday,
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Realtors accept $20,000 challenge to battle hunger

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Baths and half baths, APR and MLS -- this is the world of house hunters and the realtors who help them find a home. But right now, instead of rallying interest for the big event known as the open house, local realtors are challenging each other to raise donations for a cause, and the big event at the
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Peace Award recipients announced

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Assemblyman Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) on Monday announced recipients of the 2016 California Peace Awards for the 30th Assembly District.
This is the sixth year Alejo has honored peacemakers in the district he represents with these annual awards. For 2016, his final year in the Assembly, he is honoring a record nine recipients, including three
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Hernandez seeks reelection

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- With a group of supporters behind him, Watsonville Mayor Felipe Hernandez pulled papers Friday to seek reelection to the city council in November.
Hernandez, who has served on the council since 2012, will face off against Marty Corley for the District 1 seat in the Nov. 8 election. Filing for the election ends on Aug. 12.
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The drought and lawn alternatives

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- With the four-year drought still dragging on, the alternative of ripping up the lawn and replacing it with drought resistant landscaping is catching on. From neighborhoods to businesses and city properties, many are tapping into a wealth of drought-friendly plants that can survive on a fraction of the water used to keep lawns thriving.
Jeff Rosendale,
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A call for blood

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016

Red Cross faced with low supply


WATSONVILLE -- An emergency call for blood and platelets has been issued by the American Red Cross following an extremely low summer blood supply.
"Over past few months we have had 39,000 fewer donations nationwide than what is needed," spokesperson Natividad Lewis said. "Blood products are being delivered to hospitals faster than
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Music courses on the rebound

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Area students are being treated to a refreshing introduction to playing music, thanks to the determination of the Watsonville Community Band.
The results of a six-week summer music program, headed up by members of WCB, culminated Friday at a live concert by the Summer Youth Band on the steps of the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center.
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'Pokemon Go' becomes latest phenomenon

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Following a whirlwind of downloads, players of "Pokemon Go," a virtual reality game, have filled parks and streets chasing creatures of all shapes and sizes with no signs of respite.
Since its release, the game has exceeded 10 million downloads. But with its sudden popularity, the game has brought with it not only praise and excitement but cautionary
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Two file for city council race

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

Coffman-Gomez, Corley first to pull papers


WATSONVILLE -- Two days after candidates could begin filing for the November election, two Watsonville residents submitted paperwork to run for city council Wednesday.
Incumbent Trina Coffman-Gomez will seek reelection, while longtime Planning Commissioner Marty Corley is running for the District 1 seat, which is currently held by Mayor Felipe
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Making a connection

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

Campfire talk to illustrate Castro Adobe, beach connection


WATSONVILLE -- Nearly 170 years ago, the Castro family owned a quarter-million acres of land, an area so vast that it stretched from what is now rural Watsonville some four miles to the ocean.
They grazed large herds of cattle in the coastal hills and shipped hides from a
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A show of support

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

In the wake of violence, local police thanked


WATSONVILLE -- Three days after three police officers were gunned down in Baton Rouge, La., and nearly two weeks after five were killed by gunfire in Dallas, Texas, a group of Watsonville community organizers thanked local officers for their service to the community.
The shootings were thought to be
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Neighbors battling to keep beach gated

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

Coastal Commission: Fence, fees not permitted


OPAL CLIFFS -- Residents of a Pleasure Point neighborhood are still fighting to keep a fence that restricts public access to a small park and a small stretch of beach, even as the California Coastal Commission demands they remove it.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Opal Cliffs Recreation District says the
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Short, sharp earthquake jolts central California

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO -- A short earthquake rattled central California, but there are no reports of injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.2 quake struck Monday afternoon and was centered 9 miles southeast of Ridgemark, California. It was felt in Salinas and Watsonville and other nearby towns. The quake struck on the San Andreas Fault at a depth of about
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Two suspects arrested; 12 stolen cars recovered

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Two Watsonville men have been arrested on suspicion of auto theft after the California Highway Patrol and members of the Santa Cruz Auto-Theft Reduction Enforcement recovered 11 stolen vehicles during the past 10 days.
CHP officers and task force members increased enforcement and patrol in the area of Buena Vista Drive near Tierra Alta
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A troubled life, remembered

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016

Jennie Roberts plagued by drug addiction, mental illness


Author's note: Last year, 38 homeless people died in Santa Cruz County, nearly half of them either outside or in a vehicle.
That number came Dec. 24 during the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Day ceremony in Santa Cruz, an event that often serves as the only funeral
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Putting down roots

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016

Watsonville dentist serves same community for decades



WATSONVILLE -- For almost all his life, Robin Albright DDS said he was fascinated with the medical field. Now with an expansive career behind him, he has weathered changes in his field of dentistry by finding his niche in the community of Watsonville.
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