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Register-Pajaronian earns accolades

Modified: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Register-Pajaronian received several awards Saturday in a statewide competition attended by journalists from throughout the state.
The R-P was competing with hundreds of newspapers and against those with similar circulation in the 2015 Better Newspapers Contest, put on by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
The Pajaronian received second place for General Excellence, first
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Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Watsonville

Modified: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE --One of Mexico's most historically important days was recognized Sunday in downtown Watsonville at the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Live music, plenty of freshly prepared authentic Mexican food and other eats, dancing in the street and arts and crafts filled the five-and-a-half-hour event.
"It's a beautiful day and so many people showed
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Aiming to inspire

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

In alignment with changing standards, teacher tries to create positive learning environment




WATSONVILLE -- Ohlone Elementary Teacher Melissa Dennis is no stranger to standardized teaching in public schools.
A teacher for the last eight years, Dennis found her passion for teaching through being an advocate for preschool children in Head
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The career of a lifetime

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Aptos Junior High office manager retires after 36 years
APTOS -- Nearly four decades ago, Carol Roe started working at Aptos Junior High School as an office assistant.
She retired Monday as office manager after a lifetime at the school she has come to call home.
Before she bids farewell to the coworkers and students she calls
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A stealthy mission

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

Watsonville man designed F-117A fighter plane


WATSONVILLE -- Decades ago, high above the burning sands of Area 51 in Nevada, a prototype of what would become the United States' first stealth fighter soared over the heads of several U.S. Air Force officials and other people who came to see the plane's qualifying flight.
Although a spotter with
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Out of the dark

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Chalk art project caps off Sexual Assault Awareness Month
WATSONVILLE -- A group of Cabrillo College students and other community members gathered on the steps of the Watsonville Campus Thursday, where they created vibrant, colorful murals to commemorate a rather dark subject.
But the chalk art was more than a way to culminate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, said Dianne
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PV trustees hear music plan, support bond measure

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Also approve extended closure for Lincoln Street
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees Wednesday heard an update to an ongoing plan to rebuild its music program.
The plan includes hiring three instrumental teachers next year and training teachers to bring art lessons into their classrooms.
It also includes bringing instructors from
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Man arrested on child porn charges

Modified: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
SOQUEL -- A Soquel man was arrested Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.
Jonathan Wells, 43, was charged with possession of child pornography. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, but was not in custody Friday, jail records showed.
Wells works at a San Jose metal shop.
Wells'
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Dorma Baker announces retirement

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly eight years after she took the helm of Santa Cruz County's largest school district, Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dorma Baker is retiring.
Baker made the announcement early Thursday afternoon.
She said she plans to spend time with her family and friends, and "begin some new adventures."
Baker's announcement caps a 40-year career in
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County dumps portable restrooms; give park goers somewhere to go

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
New bathrooms at Polo Grounds to be completed in summer
APTOS -- After years of putting a new bathroom project on hold, Santa Cruz County on Wednesday broke ground on a project that should be a relief to people who use Polo Grounds County Park.
One of the most heavily used among the county's park system, the 62-acre Polo
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Easier said than drawn

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
Boy's work chosen for art calendar
LAS LOMAS -- Nine-year-old Josue Davis is no stranger to competition, he has already won multiple awards for his art at the fair, but most recently he drew his way into Monterey Bay Air Resources District's art calendar.
The annual contest celebrates May as Clean Air Month, offering school-age children in Santa Cruz,
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2016 historic Blue Plaques announced

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
WATSONVILLE --The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has announced nine buildings in the county, including two in Watsonville, that will be awarded Blue Plaques May 7.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, starts at 1 p.m. at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St.
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A growing need

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
Second Harvest Food Bank thanks agricultural community
WATSONVILLE -- Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday held its annual Agriculture Appreciation Luncheon, an event created to thank the farming community for donating the food that helps keep its larders filled with produce.
Every year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes more than five million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Hotel, restaurant development moves forward

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016

Farm Bureau withdraws opposition


WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday that will add two hotels and a series of restaurants on West Beach Street.
The site, located on 1715 West Beach St., formerly housed the Indalex aluminum plant, which was demolished last year. The Watsonville Planning Commission recommended the development on
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Earth, children feted at annual festival

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Tips on caring for the Earth and for the Earth's children drew an estimated 4,000 people to Ramsay Park Sunday for the city's 14th annual Earth Day/Day of the Child festival.
The popular event included booths with activities and information from more than 50 nonprofits, dispensing information from parenting and healthy living to river restoration, solar power, water
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Master pilot dies

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
Dan Chauvet was instructor, flew for Granite Construction
WATSONVILLE -- Master pilot Dan Chauvet, whose first flight in 1958 preceded a career in the sky that spanned nearly six decades, died Thursday in his Watsonville home. He was 80.
Chauvet was a forestry major at Oregon State University when he joined the school's flight club. He took his first
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A pathway to his future

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
Watsonville High student earns prestigious scholarship
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville High School senior Marcos Arguello-Gonzalez knows he wants to study microbiology after he graduates in June, eventually working in medical research.
A first-generation college student, he is deciding this week whether he will attend UC San Diego or UC Davis.
And after Friday, he knows how he
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Mission success

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Cabrillo College Robotics Club wins national competition
APTOS -- The Cabrillo College Robotics Club took the top prize Thursday in the NASA Swarmathon, a competition designed to prepare aspiring young engineers for the future of extra-planetary exploration.
That future, it seems, will come in swarms.
Swarms of small robots, that is, all tasked with finding and analyzing resources on
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Grand jury goes after Mental Health Advisory Board

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
SANTA CRUZ -- In its most recent report, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury slammed the county's Mental Health Advisory Board, the second time the jury has focused on that group.
The Mental Health Advisory Board is a 12-member panel made up one Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and 11 other members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
The
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Shooting for the stars

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Under blue skies and against a brisk breeze at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Wednesday, a group of students launched a rocket with a payload of scientific equipment and two egg "passengers" more than 800 feet into the air.
Actually, if their calculations and physical adjustments were correct, the rocket would reach no more or less than
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Making Connections

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016

More than 1,000 attend business expo


Caterers ran out of food, mascots danced, derby girls rolled and attendees ran around gathering signatures for blackout bingo during the Pajaro Valley Chamber's Business Expo Thursday.
Over the last five years, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture CEO Shaz Roth said the expo has more than doubled in size
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Pajaro Valley Business Expo tonight

Posted: Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Every year, dozens of local businesses and nonprofit organizations gather at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for the Pajaro Valley Business Expo, a networking event designed to connect customers with companies, and nonprofit organizations with their communities.
This year's Pajaro Valley Business Expo, presented by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, is tonight from 4 p.m.
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