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Artwork embraces Evening of Wine and Roses

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville artist, who has painted in the Monterey Bay area for 40 years, is the creative force behind the 2014 Evening of Wine and Roses poster.
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Local hospitals plan Ebola drills

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Community Hospital and Dominican Hospital will each be conducting an Ebola drill. The plans to perform Ebola drills were in place before to the Centers for Disease Control announcement on Tuesday of an Ebola infection in Texas.
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Controversy in Corralitos

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
CORRALITOS -- In the 18 years since Corralitos Community Library was created, the little library has become a central part of the town, despite having just 940 cardholders and an estimated 5,000 books.
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La Selva rail trestle disappearing

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
LA SELVA BEACH -- About half of the dilapidated and rusting 1927 rail trestle at La Selva Beach has been cut to pieces and hauled away. Workers from Bigge Crane & Rigging, with the aid of a 140-foot, 360-ton crane have been picking away at the hulk that runs parallel to the sands of Manresa State Beach.
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Former Marine to be honored

Modified: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- William Murphy, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, will be honored on Veterans Day as a Veterans of Foreign War Hero.
He received the honor by the Watsonville Veterans Association. He joins Bobby Osborn who was named this year's American Legion Hero. Both will be honored on Nov. 11 during the city's
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Aerial dance production set for debut

Modified: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A new hour-long show will feature a number of artists performing a series of acrobatic acts on silks, ropes, hoops and more.
And for the most part, these acts will be done without even touching the ground.
"Aurora," a production of Aerial Arts Santa Cruz, will make its debut on Friday at 11
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City council replacement bill now law

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill that will allow city council members in nearly every California city to have a say in appointing their replacement when they leave office before their term has expired.
But the new law, called Assembly Bill 1795, authored by Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, will not apply in Watsonville, where voters
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Apartment blaze displaces 14

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
LIVE OAK -- Fourteen people were displaced by an early, two-alarm blaze that ripped through an apartment in Live Oak Saturday.
The fire, first reported just after 4 a.m. at the corner of 38th Avenue at Brommer Street, roared through a second floor apartment and caused damage to surrounding apartments.
Capt. Richard MacDonald of Central Fire said
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Elkhorn Slough open house coincides with plant sale

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
ELKHORN -- Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Research Reserve held its first open house Saturday, an event reserve folks say will become an annual one coinciding with a yearly native plant sale started three years ago.
Dave Feliz, who manages the reserve just inland from Moss Landing, said they have also started opening the teaching lab on weekends, letting visitors
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Watsonville Fire Department names interim chief

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The City of Watsonville has named an interim chief, three weeks after Watsonville Fire Chief Mark Bisbee announced he was stepping down from the position.
Pablo Barreto has been with Watsonville Fire Department since 1997. He was promoted to captain in 2003 and to Division Fire Chief - Operations in January 2013. In July of that
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Rose Ann Woolpert’s second children’s book continues Graniterock story

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In a way, the sprawling network of roads, sidewalks, highways and buildings that crisscross Santa Cruz County and much of the state can be read like a history text.
They tell the story of the people and companies who have built up the county over the past century, and much of this work can be credited to
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PVWMA receives $10 million grant

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In a move that will help Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency grapple with the ongoing drought and help preserve its overdrawn aquifers, the agency announced Thursday that it has received a $12.3 million grant from the California Department of Water Resources Emergency Drought Funding Program.
"We could not be more ecstatic," said PVWMA General Manager Mary
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WPD hoping to add bite to its ranks

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When police officers go out on patrol, they must often rely on their fellow officers to keep them safe.
In the event they need to call for assistance, the additional presence of uniformed colleagues with guns, batons and other accouterments of police work can help calm tense situations and end conflicts before they begin.
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PAL gets new mural

Posted: Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A new outdoor mural is going up at the Watsonville Police Activities League on Rodriguez Street. The 24-by-8-foot work is being painted on the side of a metal storage container that stands just outside the PAL headquarters. Mural artist Paul DeWorken said he held three meetings with youths at PAL over the past few weeks to drum
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City approves downtown changes

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council approved plans Tuesday that would reduce a section of Main Street to two lanes while adding a number of accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Described as the first phase of the downtown revitalization plan, the changes, which are expected to begin in the spring, will occur on the city-controlled section of Main
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Veterans to share experiences at library program

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When Oscar Hernandez, a Marine Corps veteran, returned home from the Gulf War in 1992, he realized he had a problem.
Not a physical ailment, he said, but he noticed that he had become a sort of recluse. Hernandez found himself avoiding talking about his experience in the war; when someone asked him about it, he
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Man arrested in sex sting

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- An Olivehurst man was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving more than an hour to meet a girl he believed was 13 for a sexual encounter, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.
The "girl" was an undercover agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, police said.
Joseph Mantz, 54, was charged
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Event benefits Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Watsonville musician Michael Gaither loves dogs.
He and his wife own three dogs, and Gaither has also written numerous songs about his canine friends.
But through working with a number of animal rescue organizations and helping dogs find foster homes, Gaither realized that there are too many dogs that do not find a
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Grey Bears celebrates with Harvest Picnic

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The 41st Annual Grey Bears Harvest Picnic unfolded under warm, sunny skies Tuesday in Harvey West Park. About 1,450 people attended the barbecue lunch.
Live music, dancing and a 70-item raffle featuring getaways, lodging, gift baskets and certificates, a laptop computer, wine tastings, meals and more punctuated the two-hour event.
"I really appreciate what Grey
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Two Watsonville veterans honored

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- It was never a question that Bobby Osborn would join the U.S. Army.
Out of seven brothers, six were in the military and three served during World War II. One was a career military man who served in Korea and Vietnam.
"It was something I grew up to do," he said. "My brothers were my heroes."
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Plant sale promotes wetlands restoration

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Irene Higa has been a docent with Watsonville Wetlands Watch for a year. But her love of the wetlands goes back much farther than that -- 30 years, in fact.
Higa is part of the "Prolific Propagators," a group of volunteers who meet Fridays at the Fitz Wetlands Environmental Resource Center on the Pajaro Valley High
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Three men shot on Lincoln St.

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three men suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday on the 600 block of Lincoln Street, said Watsonville Police Sgt. David Rodriguez.
Police initially got a report of shots fired around 9:45 p.m. Officers quickly arrived on the scene and found three adult men, each suffering from various non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The victims were treated
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A resource for the local tech industry

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- For years, Santa Cruz's tech workers have gone over Highway 17 into Silicon Valley for work, a brain drain that a local organization aims to reverse.
An estimated 20,000 workers from the Monterey Bay area are looking for jobs "over the hill."
That organization is Santa Cruz Works, which offers a website that is billed as
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Man dies in Green Valley rollover

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A man died Sunday when his pickup rolled over as he exited Highway 1 at the Green Valley Road exit.
The solo-vehicle crash occurred at 4 p.m. when a 35-year-old man, who has not been named pending notification of next of kin, was traveling north on Highway 1 in a 2002 Ford F150 pickup with a
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Buena Vista Landfill completing final portion

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- For approximately five decades, the Buena Vista Landfill has been the final resting place for most of Santa Cruz County's refuse. Currently, the landfill accepts some 400 tons per day of trash, about half of which is recyclable.
The Ben Lomond Transfer Station, meanwhile, accepts 100 tons, most of which is trucked to the Marina Landfill in northern
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Downtown plans seek approval

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will look to approve plans Tuesday that are meant to improve visitors' experience downtown.
If approved, the $545,000 project would reduce the number of lanes on Main Street between Riverside Drive and Beach Street from four lanes to two, with one lane going in each direction, according to a report by Community
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Three arrested in baseball bat attack

Modified: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 7 robbery in which they allegedly threatened and beat a clerk with a baseball bat and stole cash from a register.
Crecencio Ramirez 20, of Castroville, and two 17-year-old men from Coachella and Hollister were charged with robbery, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
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Global protest will have Watsonville venue

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- An estimated 100,000 people are planning to descend on New York City Sunday to bring attention to climate issues, making the city the leader of an international day of action to draw attention to global warming.
Watsonville, meanwhile, will recognize the day with its own event in Ramsay Park, and organizers hope that anyone interested in
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Video of arrest prompts investigation

Modified: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A video taken of an interaction between a Watsonville Police officer and a trespassing suspect that was posted to Facebook Wednesday has generated ire from a handful of people and prompted the city's police department to outline the incident for media and the public.
The video, which had gotten 91 "likes" and 182 "shares" as of 12:45 p.m.
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