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Teaching a love of reading

Modified: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016
Starlight Elementary joins worldwide reading day
WATSONVILLE -- Hundreds of Starlight Elementary School students took time out of their day Wednesday to go outside, sit in the sun and listen as someone read to them.
The reading event was part of Read Across the Globe, a 24-hour attempt to break a Guinness World Record by placing thousands

Family of man slain by cops releases statement

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The family of a Santa Cruz man that was shot and killed by police early Sunday morning has released a statement about the incident.
Sean Smith Arlt, 32, was shot multiple times as he rushed at officers with a metal bow rake at 3:30 a.m. during a driving rain. A resident had phoned police saying that

Dueling propositions

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016

One would repeal death penalty, the other would speed it up

SACRAMENTO -- Among the 17 state propositions on the November ballot are two that appear to contradict each other on an issue many people take extremely seriously.
Proposition 62 would repeal the death penalty for first-degree murder convictions, and replace with life in prison without parole. Proposition

All fake, all real life

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2016

Lucha Libre pro wrestling held in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE -- A wild man in the ring, professional wrestler and promoter Michael Gordon has brought Lucha Libre pro wrestling back to Watsonville.
"It's a fun interactive show we put on here," Gordon said. "It's a professional wrestling that is family friendly with a

'Life would be flat'

Modified: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016

Musician Vinny Johnson talks about the role of music in community

APTOS -- In the fourth grade, Vinny Johnson began his musical education on the trumpet.
More of a rock and roller, when he found guitar two years later, he said it just felt "more me." And thus his lifelong journey

Santa Cruz Police officer shoots, kills suspect

Modified: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz Police shot and killed a man early Sunday morning after he allegedly threatened them with a garden rake, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Sunday.
Police identified the man late Monday as Santa Cruz resident Sean Arlt, 32.
The incident started around 3:30 a.m. when Santa Cruz Police responded to a call

County gets soaked

Posted: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A pair of weather systems from the Pacific Northwest ushered in a first blast of rain this season to much of Central California.
While the first storm slipped into the area quietly and barely delivered rain to some areas, the second system came Sunday with an ample supply of badly needed precipitation.
Slickened roads

Burrito Bash wraps up

Posted: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Beers in hand, a panel of nine judges faced a daunting task Saturday, limited only by their appetites.
Each of the judges, from city officials to business and nonprofit representatives, were tasked with eating one burrito from five different vendors, determining which as a whole was the tastiest of the bunch. Did the salsa overpower the

Dr. Stan Hajduk dies

Modified: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
LA SELVA BEACH -- When Dr. Stan Hajduk finished medical school, he approached the person who gave him financial and moral support throughout, asking how he could repay her.
That person told him that all one can do in life is give to others.
According to the people who knew him, Hajduk did just that.

Boardwalk seeks approval for two new rides

Modified: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, currently in the midst of a $12 million main entrance renovation, will seek the city's approval Thursday to add two new rides in the area.
The Santa Cruz Planning Commission will consider allowing the Boardwalk to exceed zoning height limits in order to construct the new rides, called Shockwave and

Major rain a no show; but still expected later

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Regardless of reports by meteorologists about the first major rain of the season that was supposed to drench the region early Friday only a few sprinkles dotted the Watsonville area. Though a dense cloud cover hung low over Watsonville the entire day, serious rain never materialized.
However, there were numerous reports of heavy rain in the

Volunteers to read to more than 600 students

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Volunteers will read to 600 students from Starlight Elementary School in Watsonville during the annual Read Across the Globe event on Wednesday.
YouthServe, a program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and Watsonville Echo Academy will once again host the event. YouthServe hosted the inaugural event in 2015 as part of a global effort spearheaded by

A difficult proposition

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

Voters must delve through 17 propositions for Nov. 8 election

of the Register-Pajaronian
Editor's note: The Register-Pajaronian will examine a handful of the upcoming state propositions in coming issues.
CALIFORNIA -- Voters in November will face a baffling array of 17 state propositions that variously fund schools and Medi-Cal health care, ban single-use

Comedian to film TV special in hometown

Posted: Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Ian Harris finds comedy in conspiracy theorists, those that deny the findings of science and instead follow a popular opinion.
With that, Harris says he will "rail against" Presidential candidate Donald Trump and those that deny such things as climate change and evolution when he returns to his hometown Sunday to film an hour-long television

Coming out strong

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016

Watsonville High School celebrates National Coming Out Day

WATSONVILLE -- In an otherwise empty Henry J. Mello Center late Tuesday morning, seven Watsonville High School students sat in a row on the stage, watching as the auditorium slowly filled with their peers.
The students were part of a "coming out panel," and were steeling themselves to share

Cool summer leads to late grapes

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- An unusually cool summer has led to a late harvest for local vintner John Basor.
While Basor and his wife, Jelka, and family members have harvested some of the 4.5 acres of Basor Terrace Vineyards on Whiting Road, there is still some Gewürztraminer and Viognier grapes awaiting late harvest.
"We started harvesting some of the

Oscar Cabrera murder trial in motion

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- Day two of a jury trial unfolded Wednesday in Superior Court for the high profile homicide case of Oscar "Baby Joker" Amezcua Cabrera.
In the courtroom of Judge Timothy Volkmann, Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schonfield painted a picture for the jury of 12 women and two men, through questioning of a male witness, of the

Retail project moving forward

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
Council approves Aviation Way development
WATSONVILLE -- A retail project on Aviation Way is moving forward after the Watsonville City Council gave its approval Tuesday.
In a unanimous vote, the council agreed to enter into a 20-year lease with EKB Partners to turn an 8,000-square-foot World War II hangar on 45 Aviation Way into an aviation-themed

Suspicious device closes Metro Center, was battery tester

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Metro main terminal in downtown Santa Cruz was closed Wednesday morning after Metro officials found a suspicious device there.
Police now believe that the device is a battery tester, and said it had a Batteries Plus logo on it.
Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Rick Martinez said the device appeared to be cylindrical

Fun to share

Posted: Monday, Oct 10th, 2016

Owners present new take on coffee, business at new shop Cat & Cloud

LIVE OAK -- When two decade-long friends met Charles Jack three years ago, they did not realize they were that much closer to realizing their dream of creating their own kind of coffee shop.
Chris Baca and Jared Truby both came from a

Armory renovation begins

Posted: Monday, Oct 10th, 2016

California Conservation Corps to move into building

WATSONVILLE -- During the aftermath of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, an emergency shelter was set up in the National Guard Armory located on 30 Aviation Way, a place where displaced residents could find food and a place to sleep.
California Conservation Corps member Janet Wohlgemuth was stationed

Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust to get new leadership

Posted: Monday, Oct 10th, 2016

Kathleen King to retire

WATSONVILLE -- Nearly two decades after founding Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, CEO Kathleen King will retire at the end of the year.
She made the announcement Monday alongside her successor Caitlin Brune, who will take over in January.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this work," King said. "The work itself has

A glimpse into the artist’s studio

Modified: Monday, Oct 10th, 2016
Open Studios continues this weekend
SANTA CRUZ -- The second weekend of the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour wrapped up Sunday. The event, which is designed to let artists showcase their work and demonstrate their processes in their own studios, will continue Saturday and Sunday for the finale, which features artists from around the county.

From scratch, with love

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 6th, 2016

Frozen cookie dough hits Watsonville shelves

WATSONVILLE -- Six years ago, Carolyn and Gary Walter went after Carolyn's dream of creating a business in the kitchen.
From their home in Salinas, sales took off; and now Carolyn's Cookies are sold in several local markets -- including Watsonville.

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