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A long shot: Stolen gun returned after 36 years

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- City resident Joe Myers was a full-time reserve officer with the Watsonville Police Department 36 years ago, when someone broke into the East Lake Avenue house where he still lives and filled a pillowcase with his wife's jewelry and his new Smith & Wesson .357 revolver.
Using his detective skills, Myers tracked all the jewelry to
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Crash traps man for 95 minutes

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A 77-year-old Capitola man was trapped in his caved-in pickup for 95 minutes Tuesday after he drove off of Highway 152 and slammed into a stand of redwood trees. The 1:34 p.m. collision caved in the front of the truck and shoved the engine compartment and steering wheel into the driver.
Adding to the predicament, the
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PVUSD harnesses power of the sun

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
LAS LOMAS -- Under the shade of a giant solar array Tuesday, three students at Hall District Elementary School flipped a switch and ushered in an era in which the school will cut nearly 75 percent of its energy usage.
The solar project is one of six that will eventually save Pajaro Valley Unified School District an estimated $1 million
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Restaurant treats field workers to lunch

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Close to two dozen field workers at Lakeside Organic Gardens were treated to a hot catered lunch Tuesday as a gesture of thanks for the food that they routinely harvest.
Charlie Hong Kong restaurant owners, Rudy and Carolyn Rudolph, were joined by staff to serve the meal that included chard harvested by the field workers.
"We
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Group revitalizes Madonna Grange at fairgrounds

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Just four months after closing its doors after years of declining membership, the Madonna Grange on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds was reopened Monday, and organizers hope they can revitalize the organization with an infusion of young members and new ideas.
New members hope the retooled group can do just that by joining with student groups such as
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Rose show blooms May 3

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Hundreds of locally grown roses will on display and up for judgment at the Monterey Bay Rose Society's 34th Annual Rose Show May 3. Free and open to the public the event serves as an arena to showcase rose blooms, provide information and take in the fragrance and beauty of roses.
Janey Leonardich, head rosarian and secretary
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Testing water quality on the Central Coast

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Coastal Watershed Council will host the 15th annual Snapshot Day, a water quality-monitoring event on the Central Coast on May 3. The event involves hundreds of volunteers who collect water quality samples from rivers and streams in California's coastal watersheds, including the 10 major watersheds that drain into the Monterey
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Bowling event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is inviting the public to lace up their bowling shoes, hit the lanes and "Bowl for Kids' Sake."
The 31st annual event will take place at the Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff St. in Santa Cruz, May 3 and 4.
According to Erin Estrawn of Big Brothers Big Sisters, 25
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Future Farmers gearing up for $1 plant sale at school

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In a corner of the Watsonville High School campus Wednesday, a group of students was toiling away in a greenhouse, a large garden and a small pigsty.
Their tasks were many: tending a sea of colorful flowers, taking care of a drove of pigs, cleaning up the nursery area and otherwise busying themselves with agriculture-related duties.
Perhaps
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$750,000 grant to launch Pinto Lake cleanup

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The campground at Pinto Lake City Park was full Friday, and several people were launching boats into the lake, some to drift lazily on the water, while others were trying their luck with fishing.
All of them, however, were compelled to sign a waiver before going out on the lake, an acknowledgement that they knew the toxic water
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Student spearheads mural project

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Six months ago, Carlos Meza was looking for ways to make his campus at Pajaro Valley High School a little better, a little more colorful.
The 14-year-old sophomore, who is skilled with graffiti-style writing, said he has been sketching on paper since the eighth-grade and that he practices frequently in his garage.
But Carlos was dreaming big,
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Alejo kicks off campaign

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When Assemblyman Luis Alejo sat on the Watsonville City Council, he served approximately 7,000 people.
If reelected for his third and final term in June for the 2015-2016 legislative session, he will continue to serve a half-million people in the 30th Assembly District, which includes Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, all of San Benito County and
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Arts a boon for local economy

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The arts in Santa Cruz County are a big business, and a recent study shed light on just how much it contributes to the local economy.
According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity Economic Impact Study IV, nonprofit arts and culture generated $38.38 million in economic activity in 2012. It also supports 877 full-time equivalent jobs,
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A local effort for a national issue

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- If the Santa Cruz County Elections Department validates more than 10,000 signatures turned in Tuesday by a group of Santa Cruz activists, county residents could soon vote to change the U.S. Constitution.
The non-binding efforts locally to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United Ruling -- which held that corporations have the same rights as people -- would
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Supervisors consider changes to syringe program

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- During a 10-month period from April 2013 until February 2014, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency's Syringe Services Exchange program collected 170,373 used syringes and dispensed more than 165,000.
Moreover, nearly 500 pounds of sharps waste were collected from two kiosks located at county clinics.
During that period the so-called Syringe Services Program served
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More volunteers needed to make senior wishes come true

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
The 19th annual Senior Wish Day, a grassroots event that repairs and replaces hazardous electrical work and plumbing in low-income senior homes, is looking to expand its volunteer base.
"200 volunteers would be fantastic," said founder of the one-day volunteer event Jeff Thranow. "Last year, we helped repair items in over 147 homes with a volunteer force of 48.
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Fox: Work hard, play hard

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Nearly four decades ago, Bob Fox had a vision that has since made traveling the road -- and nearly everywhere else on earth -- a much smoother experience.
It was 1974, and Fox, an off-road motorcycle enthusiast, realized that outmoded shocks were hindering racers as they pounded over rough terrain.
And so, working in a friend's garage, he started designing
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Police note decrease in overall crime rate

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The overall crime rate in Watsonville decreased by 16 percent in 2013, reflecting 295 fewer crimes than the previous year, according to statistics provided Monday by the Watsonville Police Department.
The crime statistics report shows a similar trend when focusing specifically on violent crime such as forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, which showed a 7 percent
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Watsonville police investigating drive-by shooting

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A man was seriously injured Saturday night when he was shot several times in a drive-by shooting.
Watsonville police were dispatched approximately 7:15 p.m. for a report of a shooting at 15 Roosevelt St. Arriving officers located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso.
The victim was conscious but did not cooperate with
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Business Expo returns with '80s vibe

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Bring out the parachute pants, VHS tapes and teased hair: The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce is going back to the '80s with its annual Business Expo on April 24.
The 1980s theme for the expo was chosen because the chamber is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, said Renee Mello, who is co-chairing the event
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