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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Monterey County
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A tall and handsome love

Modified: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017

Local couple celebrates a lifetime together


WATSONVILLE -- Seventy-six years ago in Kansas, 22-year-old Walter Love and 19-year-old Marie met, beginning a love affair that would carry them through World War II, three children, retirement and now life together in a retirement home.
This year they celebrated Walter Love's 99th birthday mere weeks before sharing their 76th Valentine's
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Two major corridors closed to motor traffic

Modified: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017

Heavy rain due Thursday


SOQUEL -- Due to unsafe conditions the Public Works Department of Santa Cruz County closed Soquel-San Jose Road Monday afternoon south of Amaya Ridge Road and north of Olsen Road.
County geologists recommended closure due to a weakened roadbed at the 5.9-mile marker north of Soquel. Workers are currently assessing the issue and working
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Man dies in vehicle rollover

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- An Aptos man died Saturday when the Jeep he was driving overturned and threw him from the vehicle on Silliman Road east of Watsonville.
California Highway Patrol officer Trista Drake said the 60-year-old driver had a 55-year-old male from Watsonville and a 52-year-old Salinas man as passengers in his 1957 CJ-5 Jeep.
Around 11:20 a.m.
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Early morning raids round up alleged gang members

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Nine men were arrested in pre-dawn, broad-reaching raids around the county Monday.
Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Dan Flippo said those arrested were all members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 gang, a notoriously violent criminal street gang stemming out of Los Angeles.
The Department of Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with Santa Cruz
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Early morning raids round up alleged gang members

Modified: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Nine men were arrested in pre-dawn, broad-reaching raids around the county Monday.
Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Dan Flippo said those arrested were all members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 gang, a notoriously violent criminal street gang stemming out of Los Angeles.
The Department of Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with Santa Cruz
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Tapping into student creativity

Modified: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- One day not too long ago, Jordan Torres was waiting for a hot bowl of soup to cool off so he could eat.
That moment was his inspiration for "Quick Cool," a battery-operated, button-activated fan that clips to a spoon or fork and blows on hot food.
Jordan, a fifth-grader at Watsonville Charter School of the
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Clear skies offer time to dry out

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Following a string of winter storms, sunshine started to break through a broken curtain of clouds Friday around Watsonville, ushering in a much welcome chance to dry things out. The National Weather Service said this weekend looks to be mostly sunny, with somewhat cooler temperatures.
The sunny spell will give many residents a chance to
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Man killed by dump truck on Highway 17, another injured

Modified: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- One man was killed and another seriously injured Thursday on Highway 17 when a dump truck struck them, California Highway Patrol Officer Trista Drake said.
According to Drake, the injured man was taken by ground ambulance to a San Jose trauma center.
The men were workers from Graniterock, which has crews cleaning up a recent mudslide on the
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On the job

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017

PV superintendent delves into district departments


WATSONVILLE -- Since Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez started her job in August, she has helped a custodian clean an elementary school, served lunch at another and assisted a bus driver on her daily rounds.
On Wednesday, Rodriguez was passing out stacks of colorful construction paper and
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To keep legacies alive

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017

Local archivist focuses on the soldiers of WWII


WATSONVILLE -- A teenage soldier, in his first battle on the island of Saipan facing a Japanese Banzai charge, stood his ground so his friends could reach safety.
Another soldier organized the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's elite flying team, and set the standards for the pilots who thrill millions
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PV Arts opens annual members' show

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- With many art exhibits, there is often a delay, sometimes months, between the time a person purchases a piece of art and is able to take it home.
Not so with Pajaro Valley Arts' new show.
Like shopping at a mall, those who buy a piece of art in "Take Aways: Art To Go!" can
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Storms damage homes, close roads

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- As a chain of winter storms continue to pummel the Central Coast this week, emergency workers, Pacific Gas and Electric and road crews have been scrambling to keep up with the trail of destruction.
Toppled trees crushed into homes, over cars and onto roadways around the county including on the 100 block of Alta Drive
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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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