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Project rolling along

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

Workers start to move Hihn Apple Barn

APTOS -- The aged and unwieldy Hihn Apple barn began its move Thursday morning, a process that involved two trucks, a system of cables and a team of men crouched under the structure, helping to keep it on moving rollers placed on long steel rails.
That method of moving a large

Now showing: Fox Theater

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

Watsonville Film Festival reopens historic theater

WATSONVILLE -- The screen still needs to be cleaned and the cables have yet to be hooked up, but after staying dark for seven years, the Fox Theater is almost ready for show time.
The Watsonville Film Festival will kick off its fifth season in its new, but historic, home

PVUSD: Auditorium by 2017, playing fields by 2018

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

District releases construction schedule for long-awaited projects

WATSONVILLE -- If all goes according to plan, the class of 2019 at Pajaro Valley High School will have a home field for its graduation ceremony.
Athletes, moreover, will be able to play on that field after years of traveling to Watsonville High School or Cabrillo College in Aptos

Promoting a healthy lifestyle

Modified: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
Annual fitness day scheduled
WATSONVILLE -- On Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., the United Way of Santa Cruz County will be holding its Fourth Annual Family Fitness Fun Day. 
The event is free and is put on with Jóvenes SANOS, the County of Santa Cruz, the City of Watsonville and Kaiser Permanente.
"It is just about getting families out

Man in custody escapes

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A man in police custody at the Watsonville police station escaped Thursday afternoon. Sgt. Tony Magdayao said the Watsonville Police Department is doing a house by house search in the area of Marchant St and Bockius. Watsonville High School and Lin Scott Charter School is on lockdown and hundreds of after school kids are being kept inside. The

Planting an idea

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016

Hall District Elementary School gets fruit orchard

LAS LOMAS -- Hall District Elementary School's garden is growing.
Reestablished by a teacher two years ago after lying fallow, the garden recently yielded zucchini, peas and greens that served as a snack for students and a lesson for teachers.
After a visit from Ukiah-based Common Vision Wednesday, the

A cross-country voyage

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016

Ivy League Tour leaves Wednesday

WATSONVILLE -- Pajaro Valley High School student Alejandra Ponce-Rojas has known she wanted to attend Columbia University to study medicine since she was in the fifth grade.
Inspired by the television medical drama "House" that took place in New Jersey, Ponce-Rojas said she based her Halloween costumes on one of the

Staying with Sumano's

Posted: Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

Son follows father into bakery business as manager

WATSONVILLE -- In 2012, Edgar Sumano made the decision to come to Watsonville and begin working at his father's bakery. 
Sumano's was opened by two brothers in 2001 and has rapidly grown. While Edgar Sumano was frequently around the bakery as a boy, he

Free book program expands

Posted: Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

Hundreds of students get birthday gift

WATSONVILLE -- Clutching a new book to his chest Monday morning, Radcliff Elementary School first-grader Olajida Sewell twice returned to the school's library to make sure the book was truly his.
"I can really keep this for ever and ever?" he asked. "Are you sure I never have to bring it

Birding Festival grows

Posted: Monday, Sep 19th, 2016

Workshops, field trips and more during 12th annual event

WATSONVILLE -- From the birding enthusiasts to the backyard birders, the Monterey Bay Birding Festival's goal is to have something for everyone, regardless of their skill level.
More than 250 species of birds call the Monterey Bay Area home, such as California Condors, Townsend's Warblers, Sooty Shearwaters

Volunteers clean up area beaches

Posted: Monday, Sep 19th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Trash bags and buckets in hand, volunteers fanned out across the Monterey Bay Area on Saturday to clean up a number of beaches during the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.
In Watsonville, 191 volunteers participated, including 100 volunteers from Watsonville and Pajaro Valley high schools, according to Tami Stolzenthaler, environmental education coordinator for the City of Watsonville.

Numbers up, visitors happy

Posted: Monday, Sep 19th, 2016
Santa Cruz County Fair comes to a close
WATSONVILLE -- The gates have closed on the Santa Cruz County Fair, and while attendance numbers were not yet available Monday, organizers said revenues were up an estimated five percent.
And that was without having counted Sunday's totals or the take from the vendors, said Santa Cruz County Fair spokesman Steve

A big move

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

Work begins on relocating Hihn Apple Barn

APTOS -- Workers have begun the process of moving the Hihn Apple Barn, a key part of Aptos Village Project.
The giant building on Thursday had been lifted onto a large wooden frame. The move will take the building -- estimated to be around 120 years old -- approximately 300 feet

PVUSD to give construction update

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

Students waiting for auditorium, playing field

WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved an environmental study that shows a proposed auditorium at Pajaro Valley High School will not damage the surrounding environment.
The so-called mitigated negative declaration is one small step toward the eventual completion of the performing arts

Empowering young people to make good choices

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

'Peace Warriors' make annual visit to Watsonville High

WATSONVILLE -- Ever since he was released from state prison in 2011, Danny Contreras has worked to make sure other young people do not follow in his footsteps.
Contreras said a life of "bad choices" as a young person ended in a murder conviction. He told hundreds of students

Burglars caught in act

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
WATSONVILLE --Three men were arrested Friday after a resident caught them allegedly burglarizing a residence on the 1300 block of Amesti Road, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Clark said.
According to Clark, a woman came home with her two children approximately 12:45 p.m. and saw three men running out the front door, one of them carrying a

Opening day draws crowds

Modified: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016

Santa Cruz County Fair open through Sunday

WATSONVILLE -- Hundreds of people were waiting at the gates when the Santa Cruz County Fair opened Wednesday, lining up at the gate and quickly fanning throughout the vast grounds.
These early birds got a glimpse of a newborn calf, braved midway rides and watched musical and comedic acts. They

Watsonville Police lieutenant, city facing lawsuit

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 14th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Former Watsonville Police Lt. Saul Gonzalez is facing a lawsuit after a woman claims he harassed her and sexually assaulted her.
The City of Watsonville, also named in the lawsuit, is accused of not doing enough to help the alleged victim, Suzanne Fulton, when she reported it.
Fulton, who works as a crime analyst for the

Suicide Prevention Service looking for volunteers

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 14th, 2016
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Suicide Prevention Service, a program of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, is looking for volunteers for its crisis hotline.
At Suicide Prevention, volunteers respond day and night to callers from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. 
"I directly oversee the crisis line and without volunteers there would be no hot line," Assistant Director

‘A good cup of coffee’

Posted: Monday, Sep 12th, 2016

Local coffee bean roaster roasts beans to order

SOQUEL -- For the last 11 years, Peter Maestas has worked his way up in the Surf City Coffee Company, eventually making his way to coffee roaster.
Starting in delivery, packaging and pick-up, Maestas mostly did odd jobs and did not

Fair weather

Posted: Monday, Sep 12th, 2016

Mild temperatures expected for opening day

WATSONVILLE -- Amid the bustle of hundreds of people preparing the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for opening day of the fair, as 4-H kids tended their animals and food booths took shape, a man was polishing a giant lemon.
That man was Marty Kocher, who has brought his Sani's Ice Cream

Pinto Lake closes, again

Posted: Monday, Sep 12th, 2016

Toxin level rises, researchers studying problem

WATSONVILLE -- City officials on Friday closed Pinto Lake, citing health concerns from toxic bacteria.
Meanwhile, a UC Davis researcher is studying how the bacteria affects people who live near the lake, or who boat or fish there and use the adjacent park.
City scientists on Friday found that

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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