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The future of farming

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In a classroom on the outskirts of the Watsonville High School campus Thursday, a 3-D printer was making a plastic case for an electronic unit that will one day serve as a robot's "brains."
Nearby, a student was learning how to make computer parts with a laser cutter, while students in another classroom were creating the circuitry
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Young pilot earns his wings

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Corralitos resident Jacob Boracca is not yet a legal adult, but he has accomplished something many adults take years to do.
Boracca, 17, earned his pilot's certificate on March 18 in less than eight months.
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Meeting to discuss proposed hotel

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A meeting Wednesday aims to educate the public on a proposed hotel after residents alleged they were not notified of the project.
The meeting, to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Moreland Notre Dame School cafeteria, 133 Brennan St. in Watsonville, will discuss the 75-room, four-story La Quinta Hotel planned for 1 Western Drive, near the
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One dead in Aromas crash

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
AROMAS -- A Salinas man died and three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on San Juan Road.
California Highway Patrol Jaime Rios said two men and a woman were traveling eastbound on San Juan Road west of Summerland Road in a 1997 Subaru Outback. At 1:20 p.m. an Aromas woman was attempting to turn from eastbound
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Volunteers collect 3,300 pounds of trash

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Save Our Shores hosted 10 cleanups around the Monterey Bay Saturday and, with the help of 408 volunteers, removed more than 3,300 pounds of garbage in recognition of Earth Day.
The clean up sites include 4 Mile Beach, Cowell Beach, the San Lorenzo River, Twin Lakes State Beach, Soquel Creek, Beer Can Beach, Elkhorn Slough
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Fighting for social justice

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The fifth-grade students in Janet Jeffries' reading class at Freedom Elementary School could have had a movie day late last year as a reward for their academic performance.
Instead, outraged by a social justice issue they read about in a news website for kids, they decided to have a classroom discussion and to write a letter of
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PV trustees move to repair budget

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Facing ongoing deficit spending and the threat of entering into receivership in three years, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved several steps to repair the district's moribund budget.
The recommendations from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the state Fiscal Crisis Management Assessment Team include holding off on non-essential
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Cervantez announces bid for Assembly seat

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Karina Cervantez Alejo, a member of the Watsonville City Council and former mayor, announced Thursday she will be seeking the 30th Assembly District seat in the June 2016 election.
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Students, staff honor former after-school coordinator

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A colorful assemblage of notes, ribbons, signs and handmade cards hung from a fence and a tree in front of Ann Soldo Elementary School Friday, all fluttering in the cool spring breeze.
These were a tribute to after-school coordinator Renee Gregory, who died unexpectedly on April 10.
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Business Expo returns Thursday

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- This year, the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's annual Business Expo is moving into a larger building at the fairgrounds, filling it with about 85 exhibitors showcasing everything from food to vehicles and even a chiropractic.
What about a dance-off between mascots? Check.
With the theme of "Sowing Seeds for Success," the event will
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Red Cross announces annual honorees

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville residents Lynn Hummer and Felicia Davidson are among the 12 who will be honored by the American Red Cross of the Central Coast during the 2015 Central Coast Heroes Breakfast on May 13 at 8 a.m. at the Cocoanut Grove.
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Building a foundation

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The concrete slab for 7,500 square feet of new medical space for Salud Para La Gente was poured Tuesday. The expansion will add more space for the existing primary care medical clinic, which includes dental, behavioral health, women's health services, and vision.
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Burglars hit Calabasas Elementary

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at Calabasas Elementary School, either sometime over the weekend or early Monday morning.
"Most schools are struggling financially," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Lt. Kelly Kent. "It's horrendous that people have so much disregard for young people."
According to Pajaro Valley Unified School District Chief
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Local educator a roller derby girl

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville resident Jenni Veitch-Olson didn't even know how to skate when she decided to be a roller derby girl.
Five years later she is a member of the team Organic Panic, which will square off Saturday against the Steamer Janes.
Those teams, along with the Redwood Rebels, are part of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls.
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Man missing since March 30 found

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Ivan Goich is in safe hands. After not being seen or heard from since March 30, a witness aided deputies Monday in their search for Goich, 66, by providing a description of him. The witness spotted Goich near a creek off of the 100 block of Holohan Road around 5 p.m.
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A walk in the park

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When Watsonville Mayor Pro-Tem Felipe Hernandez organized the city's first "Tails on Trails" Community Dog Walk, he expected no more than 20 people to show up.
Instead, nearly 100 people came for the Saturday morning event at the City of Watsonville Nature Center, bringing with them a tail-wagging mob ranging from mongrels and mutts to purebred and pedigreed.
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Ag History Project founder feted at 80th birthday

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Dozens of people gathered at the fairgrounds Saturday to celebrate the 80th birthday of John Kegebein.
It was a fitting setting for a man who has worked and volunteered there for more than 50 years and is one of a trio who started the Agricultural History Project 30 years ago.
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Walk to Stop the Silence celebrates ninth year

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
l signs, animated conversation cheering from hundreds of people who gathered Saturday morning in Watsonville Plaza belied the grim topic they had come to address.
But organizers said that, in many ways, that was precisely the point of Walk to Stop the Silence.
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Helping young men grow up ‘wild’

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In many places throughout literature, the hero's journey begins with some measure of reluctance.
So it is when young people leave home -- often for the first time -- to go to summer camp. A big step, to be sure, but one that can bring about personal growth and self-confidence.
Since 2008, a Watsonville teacher has led a program
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A new burger in town

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville family that already runs a successful restaurant in Scotts Valley has opened a new eatery on Main Street.
Main Street Burgers & Brews at 1116 Main St., which opened Monday, is a classic American burger joint in the truest sense of the word, with a simple menu, shakes, and various fried accompaniments.
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Universal experiences captured in song

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
CORRALITOS -- Audrey Auld's performance at San Quentin State Prison in 2006 led to regular songwriting workshops with the inmates.
That culminated in the release of "Hey Warden," the singer/songwriter's latest album that features songs co-written by the inmates.
"Prisons have got all kinds of people, all colors and cultures and religions, all wearing the same uniform,"
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Man missing since March 30 reportedly spotted

Posted: Monday, Apr 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- After the case went cold for a number of days, a witness aided deputies Monday in their search for 66-year-old Watsonville resident Ivan Goich, who has not been seen or heard from since March 30.
According to radio reports between the Sheriff's Office and dispatchers, a witness reportedly spotted Goich on the 100 block of Holohan Road
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An old-world craftsman

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
APTOS -- When he was a young man growing up in France and searching for his place in the world, Shamss Bennadja took a job with a saddle company as a way to put himself through engineering school.
So it was that he mastered the tools and learned to shape, sculpt and bend the leather, wood and other materials
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Sun Devils swing through Watsonville

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Arizona State University's golf team stopped at Pacific Golf Centers in Watsonville Friday, where they warmed up for the Annual Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz today and Sunday.
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Verizon requests more time for cell tower analysis

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Shortly after the Planning Commission rejected a cell tower proposed for Ohlone Parkway in February, Verizon Wireless submitted an appeal to the City Council.
But now the company is requesting the council delay its appeal hearing to conduct further analysis of the project, after which it will be brought back to the Planning Commission for its consideration
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Thieves hit community garden

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville garden designed last year as a place to teach gardening and grow fruits and vegetables for residents suffered a setback after someone cut the fence and stole equipment and trees.
Master Gardener Art Nathan said that thieves stole a donated wood chipper in February. Then in early April someone dug up two fruit trees.
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Retired Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge dies

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
APTOS -- Robert B. Yonts, who served as a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge for 13 years and spent more than two decades in private practice before that, died Thursday, Santa Cruz County Superior Court spokesman Tim Newman confirmed.
The cause of death was unknown Thursday.
Yonts, who lived in Aptos, graduated from Santa Clara University in 1963,
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Prelim under way in high profile murder

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Day two of a preliminary hearing unfolded Wednesday in Superior Court for the high profile homicide case of Oscar "Baby Joker" Amezcua Cabrera. In the courtroom of Judge Timothy Volkmann, attorneys spent time Tuesday and Thursday extracting information from a man in custody that has knowledge of the Cabrera's affiliation with the Nuestra Familia criminal street
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Police investigating donut shop robbery

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Department is looking for a man who robbed a donut shop just after midnight Thursday.
Officers were dispatched approximately 12:25 a.m. to the Ms. Donuts at 301 East Lake Ave. for a report of a strong-arm robbery. The report also said that one suspect had a firearm.
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Watsonville crime rates increase

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville last year saw a 13 percent increase in its crime rate -- the equivalent of 206 more crimes -- as compared to 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by the Watsonville Police Department.
The number of violent crime increased 9 percent, while property crimes increased 14 percent.
The eight homicides last year were a 167 percent
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Proposed hotel draws ire from residents

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Although up for consideration Tuesday night, concerns from residents over a proposed hotel on Western Drive prompted the Planning Commission to delay its decision to allow for more public input.
A community meeting will be held within 30 days, after which the hotel will be brought up again for approval at a future commission meeting.
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Groups announce plans to tackle homelessness

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
APTOS -- A new multi-layered plan to deal with homelessness in Santa Cruz County was announced Wednesday at an energized meeting to introduce the All In -- Toward a Home for Every County Resident program.
Hosted by MidPen Housing at the MidPen low-income Aptos Blue Apartments, the hour-long gathering brought together leaders from around the county, including
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Movie event focuses on environment

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Climate Action Network (WCAN) will host a free viewing of a movie aimed to increase awareness on environmental issues Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St.
The movie, titled "Living in a Changing World, Working Toward a Better Future: The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Warming," shows the beauty
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