Couple caught with nearly four pounds of illegal drugs

Paul Garcia, 30, and Allison Nault, 22, face numerous drug and weapon-related charges.

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‘These are our kids’: Hundreds gather to call for the end of detention centers

A who’s who of officials from the local, county and state level spoke to the hundreds circled around a makeshift altar in the Plaza’s front lawn — an acknowledgment of the indigenous people of Watsonville, according to organizers.

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BirchBark Foundation celebrates 6th year, 300th saved pet

As costs for pet care continue to rise, the BirchBark Foundation is celebrating its sixth year, aiming to support owners who have pets with a life-threatening, catastrophic medical crisis and can’t afford the emergency medical care required.

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Food, What?! named Nonprofit of the Year

Local youth empowerment and food justice organization Food, What?! has been honored as the California Nonprofit of the Year.

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Community briefs, July 12, 2019

Community briefs, July 12, 2019.

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Relay For Life returns to Watsonville this weekend

Relay For Life of Watsonville last year raised $115,207, and has totaled roughly $1.4 million over its 17-year run.

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PVUSD strengthens ties with Latino Film Institute

For the past two years, PVUSD has worked with the institute, trying out some of its programs in local schools. Starlight Elementary and Cesar E. Chavez Middle School each created three original short films last year through YCP.

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City sets guidelines for public art

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved guidelines for murals and other public art, but rejected the idea of a $200 application processing fee.

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What's going on? | July 13-19

Events calendar for July 13-19.

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Stolen plane reportedly plunged into sea

Watsonville Police announced Thursday that the man who allegedly stole a small airplane out of Watsonville Municipal Airport (WMA) on June 26 appears to have flown the Cessna 172 SP Skyhawk into the sea.

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City’s Vision Zero plan takes shape

The plan, approved by the council in January 2018 and in the works since then, looks to boost Watsonville’s ongoing fight to make its streets safer for pedestrians in a multitude of ways. Along with education and enforcement, the plan also hopes to improve the safety of the city’s streets by prioritizing the development of safe roadways in areas identified most “at-risk.”

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Arson suspected in park fire | Photo

The Watsonville Police Department has launched an arson investigation regarding the incident.

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City Council OKs City Plaza plans

City staff will now finalize the plan and prepare an application that will be submitted to state officials in hopes of qualifying for Prop 68 funds. The deadline for the first round of funding from the voter-approved $4.1 billion bond measure, according to Watsonville Director of Parks and Community Services Nick Calubaquib, is Aug. 3.

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Watsonville to join Lights for Liberty vigil Friday

Community activists, city officials and members of law enforcement are expected to speak to the crowd gathered at the City Plaza on Friday around 7 p.m. and a silent candle light vigil will follow.

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Watsonville Criterium holds first-ever kids race

Saturday’s criterium (a closed-circuit cycling event) featured eight categories of adult races between noon and 5 p.m., racing for 45-60 minutes. Presented by Velo Promo and Golden Chain Cyclists, the USA Cycling race attracts cyclists from across California.

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About Town, Week of July 1

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville attempted murder suspect pleads not guilty

Manuel Adrian Perez, 22, remains in Santa Cruz County Jail on attempted murder charges after Judge Rodney Stafford kept his bail at $375,000.

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Spirit of Watsonville parade photos

Photos from the 2019 Spirit of Watsonville parade.

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Thousands flock to World’s Shortest Parade

The Fourth of July parade unfolded along a section of Soquel Drive Thursday, with 103 entries in what has been branded as the World’s Shortest Parade.

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Community briefs, July 5, 2019

Community briefs, July 5, 2019.

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Round ‘em up! | Photo

A rider helps out in the Summertime Fun Outback Cutting competition at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Thursday. The event, which runs through Sunday, is free and open to the public. Ashley Thomas, show secretary, said the competition offers “great fun” for everyone.

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Business of the Month | July, 2019

Business of the Month for July 2019.

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Fire fills sky at Airport

Thousands poured into the Watsonville Municipal Airport to kick off Fourth of July festivities with the third annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show on Wednesday night.

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Nurses to hold town hall for sale of Hospital

Speaking at Watsonville City Council’s June 25 meeting, Quiche Rubalcava, a registered nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital, said the public was invited to the 2-4 p.m. meeting to discuss how the community can work together to “safeguard the vital services of our community here in Watsonville.”

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PVUSD can cover expenses for next 3 years

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on June 26 approved the district’s budget for the year, a $262.2 million plan that puts the district in a good financial picture over the next three years.

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What's going on? | July 6-12

Events calendar for July 6-12.

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Protest delays Spirit of Watsonville Parade

A group of protesters calling for the closure of detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border delayed the start of the annual Spirit of Watsonville parade by roughly 25 minutes on Thursday.

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Regeneración honored by Mayor in Fourth parade

Regeneración was selected by Watsonville Mayor Francisco Estrada as the community-serving organization highlighted in the Spirit of Watsonville Fourth of July Parade — a new tradition that took the place of the grand marshal designation of the past.

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Giant in environmental advocacy dies

Nancy Lockwood, former solid waste division manager for the City of Watsonville, who helped create the 6.5-mile slough-wetland trail system and shape the bulk of the city’s progressive environmental direction, died Saturday in her Watsonville home. She was 62.

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USDA Secretary visits Watsonville

Hosted by Congressman Jimmy Panetta and joined by Congressman Doug LaMalfa, the trio fielded questions from farmers, farmworkers and other agriculture industry personnel from across the Central Coast to discuss policies and federal programs in hopes of improving and investing in agriculture innovation.

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Aptos High robotics team wins international competition

Hundreds of aspiring engineers from around the globe traveled to The Volunteer State in late June with robots designed to accomplish complex tasks underwater in tow, but Team Scalyr bested them all to return to the top of the mountain two years after its first victory.

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The heart of learning

Kokoro no Gako—or “School with a Heart”—is a two-week program held every summer at the temple. Students from Kindergarten to 6th grade learn about traditional Japanese customs and practices.

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Three shot in neighborhood dispute

Michelle Pulido of the Watsonville Police Department said the first police to arrive at the older style, two-story home found three people who were suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Parks Commission gives input on Plaza, Ramsay Master Plans

The City Plaza’s historic elements are not going anywhere, not if Watsonville’s City Council follows the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commission from Monday night’s meeting.

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Ready to celebrate

Fireworks booths across the city opened today, and will remain open through the Fourth of July.

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Man arrested on suspicion of drug sales

Agents recovered scales, packaging material and 1,115 grams of heroin, with a street value of about $120,000. Agents also seized more than $22,000 in cash, which officers determined to be proceeds of the illegal sales of narcotics.

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Good Times purchases Watsonville Register-Pajaronian

Founded as The Pajaronian on Mar. 5, 1868, the newspaper has an illustrious history. It became the nation’s smallest daily paper to earn a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1956 after its photographer caught the county’s district attorney participating in illegal gambling.

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Downed power lines snag motorcyclist

A motorcyclist was dragged off his motorcycle on Highway 1 Friday after a giant oak tree crashed to the pavement, ripped down power lines and draped them across the freeway.

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Community briefs, June 28, 2019

Community briefs, June 28, 2019.

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A twist on a tradition

The third annual Fire in the Sky firework show and Watsonville Municipal Airport Open House this year will run on July 3 instead of its typical July 4 date.

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Grand jury looks at library patron privacy

The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury took a look at the Santa Cruz Public Library system in its latest investigation, focusing on the use of software that may have violated patron privacy policies.

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Grand Jury: probation department understaffed, at risk

In addition, personnel interviewed for the report told grand jury members that they feel unsupported by their supervisors, and fear retaliation if they report their concerns.

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County passes first two-year budget plan

With the lease on the scanner ringing in at $50,000 annually, and the K9 costing about $10,000, the purchases are expected to have a “significant impact” on the amount of illegal drugs that come into the Main jail, SCCSO Sgt. Dee Baldwin said.

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'A complete school'

The 15,000-square-foot, 450-seat state-of-the-art auditorium would be constructed adjacent to the cafeteria just to the right of the school’s front entrance.

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PVUSD repairing multiple schools throughout summer

In all, the district is spending an estimated $28.5 million on a wide array of projects this summer, most of which are funded through Measure L, which was approved by voters in 2012.

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State parks in full swing, often full

A park employee said the 90-site campground is nearly always full until Labor Day. He said he was seeing visitors from around the state and from other countries, including several folks from Germany.

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Shortest Parade honors long career

This year’s grand marshal is Aptos/La Selva Fire Captain, Greg Hansen, who has been with the department for more than three decades.

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What's going on? | June 29-July 5

Events calendar for June 29-July 5.

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Supreme Court blocks citizenship question from 2020 Census

The Supreme Court came to a decision Thursday to block the Trump Administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census.

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About Town, Week of June 24

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Summer Aquatics Program opens

The Parks and Community Services Department’s Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is now underway.

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Watsonville passes bans on plastics

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a pair of plastic reduction ordinances that will put the city at the forefront of a growing effort to dump single-use plastic products.

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Dominican Hospital set for renovation, expansion

The Dominican Hospital Pavilion expansion and improvement project, slated to begin later this year, will add 84,000 square feet to the existing hospital — without increasing the hospital’s current footprint — and will include construction of a three-level parking garage with 410 parking spaces.

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WPD Chief responds to immigration threats

About one week after President Donald Trump announced upcoming raids by immigration authorities – a plan he delayed a day later as he told congress to fix the nation’s asylum laws – Watsonville Police Chief David Honda sent out his own message to the community.

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Police investigating Watsonville's first homicide of 2019

Watsonville Police detectives are investigating after a 27-year-old man was stabbed multiple times shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

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County gearing up for Fireworks sales

In Watsonville, each violation could bring a $1,000 fine.

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Santa Cruz County to revamp its voting system

When Santa Cruz County voters come to the polls for the March 2020 Primary Election, they will find a completely new electronic voting system.

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Crash kills 12-year-old boy

A 12-year-old male died early Friday morning when the car he was traveling in plunged over a cliff in the foothills above Soquel Village.

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About Town, Week of June 17

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man arrested in stabbing case

Adan Valerio, 28, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. He also faces gang enhancements.

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Cabrillo College Robotics Club earns national honor

For the latest Swarmathon, the virtual and physical competitions were combined, making it the hardest yet. In the final round, the second-place team collected five resources, while Cabrillo’s team collected 20.

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Local landscaper boosts PVHA

Recently a crew spent the better part of a day updating the outdated landscaping at the front of the home. They also provided fresh, new plants for numerous planters around the property on East Beach Street in addition to infusing mulch around parts of the of the historic Bockius-Orr House.

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House and garden of the Month | June, 2019

House and garden of the Month for June, 2019.

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Census of homelessness shows 3.6 percent decline from ‘17

The total of 2,167 homeless persons represents a slight decline from 2017. Chronic and veteran homelessness in particular showed positive trends, with the former decreasing by nearly one-third. However, youth and family homelessness showed slight increases.

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Community briefs, June 21, 2019

Community briefs, June 21, 2019.

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What's going on? | June 22-28

Events calendar for June 22-28.

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Ambitious changes proposed for Capitola Mall 

More than 600 housing units, open public spaces, “world class” retail brands, distinguished local and national restaurants and a luxury cinema have all been part of the plan during Merlone Geier’s presentations to City of Capitola officials and members of the public.

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Moreno, Watsonville PAL restart youth boxing program

Teaming up with Noble Boxing and famed female boxer Carina Moreno, Watsonville PAL is once again molding youths brave enough to grind through the strenuous conditioning, slide on the gloves and throw some punches.

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Seacliff resident opens fire on uninvited guest

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s officials were releasing few details about why the man was at the residence on the 500 block of Cedar Street, and what led to the shooting. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin said he was an “uninvited guest” not associated with the home.

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Grand Jury: jail overcrowding, staff shortages should be addressed

The 19-member Grand Jury’s first report of the year also praised the Rountree Detention Facility for the educational and training programs offered to inmates, and the Ben Lomond Conservation Camp #45 for providing life skills for the inmates who qualify for placement there.

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Highway 1 improvements under way

The project, which began June 3, includes upgrades to Americans With Disabilities (ADA) ramps, bridge rail replacement at the Fish Hook and Ocean Street bridges, improvements to electrical systems, bridge deck treatments and the replacement of concrete barriers.

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Music in the Plaza series kicks off tomorrow

A diverse lineup of artists are scheduled to play every other Thursday at 6 p.m., featuring genres ranging from jazz and banda to rock and classical. Things kick off tomorrow with Banda Sirys and Fiera Norteña, and end with a special concert from the Santa Cruz Symphony on September 19.

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State awards $7M to local justice programs

A $6 million grant will fund the Coordinated Access for Empowering Success (CAFES) project and the remainder will go toward the Community Reclaiming Youth Justice program in South County.

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Immigration attorney: Trump ICE tweet likely ‘empty threat’

A threat by President Trump to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants next week was likely an “empty threat,” but people living in the U.S. illegally should still do their best to stay on the right side of the law.

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Demolition begins at Hideout restaurant

The Hideout “family” started a GoFundMe account to help defray rebuilding costs and raised more than $44,000 of their $50,000 goal.

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Deputies investigating Aptos murder-suicide

Investigators believe that Robert Mann, 56, shot his wife Janell Lund-Mann, 45, and then committed suicide, but what led up to the shootings is still unclear, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin.

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Man arrested for fatal hit-and-run

Ricardo Javier Manzo, 26, was charged with DUI causing injury, felony hit and run and gross vehicular manslaughter. He was booked into Monterey County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, jail records showed.

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Runaway golf cart injures five at U.S. Open

A runaway golf cart injured five people Friday during the U.S. Open Championship after a box fell onto the accelerator.

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WPD increases outreach for unpermitted street vendors

Since Watsonville Police Department announced its efforts to reach out to the city’s unpermitted street vendors, five of them have come in to apply for their necessary paperwork.

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Illegal marijuana grow dismantled

When Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant in the 200 block of Hill House Road, they found 3,321 cannabis plants under cultivation in the residence, as well as nine non-permitted greenhouses.

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New School gives students another option

Watsonville’s New School brought 11 graduates to the stage for their commencement ceremony at the Mello Center June 5.

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Cabrillo College sets record: 1,476 graduates

During the event at the Carl Conelly Stadium, the college awarded 1,150 Associate of Art degrees, 588 Associate of Science degrees, 232 certificates of achievement and 246 skills certificates.

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A celebration of resilience

Renaissance High School (RHS) is the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s only continuation high school, established in 1971. Students are given one-on-one attention, focusing on helping the students meet their credit requirements and offering counseling.

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Aptos grads represent school’s variety, success

Aptos High graduates Hunter Matys, Nico Vinuela, Bailey Ellis and Bella Stephens accomplished plenty during their four years at the school.

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What's going on? | June 15-21

Events calendar for June 15-21.

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Artist looking for input on ambitious city mural project

For information, visit and to give feedback on the proposed images visit

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Man attempts escape from custody

A 30-year-old Watsonville man who was wanted for robbery was arrested Monday evening on Green Valley Road.

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Two arrested after thwarted drug robbery

Two men from Texas were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tied up two people, beat one of them and stole 30 pounds of marijuana during an illegal drug transaction.

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Rape, murder suspect in court

Miguel Loza, the man suspected of raping two 17-year-old girls and killing one of them in 2003, has made his first appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

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County expanding services for homeless in partnership

Under the plan, shelter services at the Salvation Army Community Corps Center on Laurel Street would remain open year-round, and the shelter at 1220 River Street would be extended through March 15, 2020.

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WHS alumni golf tournament continues growth

The tournament is one of many fundraisers for the school’s athletics program. The money raised from this year’s tournament, Hubbard said, will likely go toward making improvements on the school’s athletic fields, primarily the softball and baseball diamonds.

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About Town, Week of June 10

Observations from across Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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St. Francis grads found balance

Kelly was named co-Valedictorian of St. Francis’ graduating class of 65 students, which all together earned $5.5 million in academic and athletic scholarships, according to principal Pat Lee.

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City to start making reductions across board

Staff at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting presented a somewhat gloomy outlook for the next five years. Growing pension costs, the possible loss of Measure G funds and a “flattening” in tax revenues will all create a deficit between the city’s expenditures and revenues.

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It’s official: Lopez named Fire Chief

Lopez, whose son Rudy Lopez Jr. is a Watsonville Police detective, has been a firefighter since 1990, a career that began when he went to a recruiting event when he was 29. He called it his life’s calling.

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Community Bridges named Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Robert Rivas has named Community Bridges the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year for the 30th Assembly District.

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Pacific Coast Charter School graduates reflect, look forward

Each with 13 years at Pacific Coast Charter School under their belts, Sam Vazquez and Marcus Sporleder are preparing for the next phase of their lives.

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Woman seriously injured in hit and run

A woman was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit and run crash on Maple Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Rape, murder suspect captured in Mexico

Miguel Ramirez Loza, 43, is facing numerous charges including murder, sexual assault, sodomy, forced oral copulation and torture. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail without bail.

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About Town, Week of June 3

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Events planned to celebrate World Oceans Week

Non-profit environmental organization Save Our Shores is hosting three events this weekend aiming to raise awareness during World Oceans Week.

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45 years of Santa Cruz Pride

The 45th annual Santa Cruz Pride Parade unfolded in downtown Santa Cruz Sunday.

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‘Feel the energy’

More than 2,200 bicyclists, most wearing spandex and many festooned in feathers and other flamboyant finery, made their way through Santa Cruz County Monday as part of the annual AIDS/LifeCycle.

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About Town, Week of May 28

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of May 20

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville High School students protest climate change inaction

The walk out, which is part of the international movement known as Fridays For Future, was held to protest the inaction of the government on the global climate crisis.

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About Town, Week of May 13

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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About Town, Week of May 6

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley.

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Man ID'd in fatal crash

Baudelio Perez, 75, was identified Tuesday by Sgt. Dee Baldwin of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

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Watsonville Portuguese Community hosts annual parade

Crowds gathered at the Portuguese Community Hall on Sunday morning to prepare for the annual trek to St. Patrick’s Church to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima.

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by truck

A 75 year old man was fatally struck by a vehicle late Sunday morning on Rodriguez Street near West Beach Street in Watsonville.

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About Town, Week of April 29

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Fire breaks out at hotel

A fire broke out early this morning at a Santa Cruz hotel.

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About Town, Week of April 22

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man arrested for vehicle theft, illegal firearm

A man was arrested in the Manresa State Beach area of Watsonville this morning for possession of a stolen vehicle and an illegal firearm.

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Student Exhibition returns to Cabrillo Gallery

The annual student exhibition returns to the Cabrillo Gallery on Monday, bringing with it a diverse range of pieces submitted by current Cabrillo College students.

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Man arrested for sex crimes with minors

A Watsonville man was arrested Wednesday for multiple sex crimes involving two minors.

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Watsonville gets a new perspective

With a celebration that included a Mexican dance, music and an open house, New Perspectives, Inc. officially opened its doors Wednesday in the space adjacent to the Register-Pajaronian.

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Council sets hours for brewpubs

The Watsonville City Council agreed Tuesday to allow up to five brewpubs in commercial areas, paving the way for what some are calling a new type of social gathering space in the city.

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Watsonville artist’s design is Monterey County’s first flag

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday chose the county’s first official flag, which features a design created by Watsonville artist Priscilla Martinez.

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Car fire melts storage shelter

Watsonville firefighter Nate Tapiz douses hot spots in a car fire that erupted on the 100 block of Wagner Avenue Wednesday.

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Business, nonprofit team up to build playhouse

Morning recess at Mintie White Elementary School took a different turn on Aug. 17, as hundreds of students gathered to celebrate their colorful new playhouse.

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Watsonville Municipal Airport receives $1.2M in federal grants

The Watsonville Municipal Airport will receive $1.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday.

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple to host benefit concert

On Saturday afternoon, a special musical performance, “Otonowa,” featuring jazz drummer Akira Tana and pianist Art Hirahara, will be held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, with all proceeds benefiting survivors of the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

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Abandoned building catches fire

Firefighters from several agencies tackle a fire that broke out in an abandoned building at 29 Rancho Road in Watsonville Monday morning.

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Thousands fill Aromas for annual festival

Thousands of people poured into Aromas Sunday for the annual Aromas Day, a festival filled with music, food, yard sales, carnival rides and more.

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Growing chili cook-off benefits charities

Now in its fifth year, the Aldina Real Estate Charity Chili Cook-off had its largest turnout yet Saturday, with 19 teams competing for the best chili.

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PHOTO: Dahlia Show returns

The public enjoys viewing hundreds of blooms at the annual Dahlia Show in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday put on by the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society.

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Elkhorn Slough receives $685K grant

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve received a $685,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

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Robbery spree results in crash

Two men remain at large following a string of robberies Wednesday evening in Santa Cruz and Aptos.

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Library seeks input on murals

The Watsonville Public Library is seeking input from the public on the final designs for a series of murals.

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Music, food and more lined up for Aromas Day

Described as the largest, and only, festival in Aromas, the annual Aromas Day returns Sunday.

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Cabrillo College builds up Mentor Program

Cabrillo College’s fall semester begins Monday, and the school is currently preparing its new faculty and staff to participate in its newly-formed Mentor Program.

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Orchard Supply Hardware closing all stores

A little more than two years after closing several Orchard Supply Hardware stores, including the Watsonville location, owner Lowe’s Companies, Inc., announced it will close the remaining 99 stores.

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4 arrested following chase in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police arrested two adults and two juveniles Monday following a brief car chase and a foot pursuit.

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Local filmmaker launches crowdfunding campaign

Local independent filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibañez and her team have recently launched an online crowdfunding campaign in order to garner support for their latest documentary film “Ashley’s Story.”

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PV Community Health Trust CEO to resign

Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Caitlin Brune announced Thursday that she will be resigning her position at the end of the calendar year after two years at the helm.

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Tequila, taco festival returns for fifth year

The fifth annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival, a two-day celebration of tequilas, tacos, margaritas and music, returns to San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St. in Santa Cruz, Aug. 25-26.

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PHOTO: Health centers in focus

A large group of health, county and city officials boarded a bus and toured health centers across the county Thursday as part of National Health Center Week.

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Fire sparks from home's attic

A house fire on the corner of Lincoln Street and Palm Avenue prompted response from multiple fire agencies Wednesday afternoon, a road closure and use of a nearby fire hydrant.

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Man badly hurt in car fire

A man suffered serious burns early Tuesday morning when the car he was in caught fire while parked between 17 Gardner Ave. and Auto Zone on Freedom Boulevard.

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PHOTO: Water main ruptures in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police deal with closing down Laurel Street Saturday after an underground water main ruptured around 2 p.m.

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PHOTO: Breastfeeding education

The 12th Annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk included family activities, a live DJ, community resource booths, healthy snacks, free T-shirts, raffles and more.

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Wild land blaze quickly knocked down

Firefighters quickly knocked down a wild land blaze on the 900 block of Main Street Friday.

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Woman injured in rest stop crash

A Watsonville woman who reportedly blacked out at the wheel of her SUV tore through the Vista Point exit late Friday morning before side-swiping two vehicles and careening down an embankment.

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City asks for help to prevent dumping in Pajaro River

As part of National Water Quality Month, the City of Watsonville is reaching out to residents for help in curbing watershed pollution — primarily, illegal dumping.

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PVUSD announces new admins

Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new teachers, subjects and friends.

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SC bike share program rolls ahead

A new form of transportation is making sweeping changes in Santa Cruz.

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Downtown murals celebrated

Artists and city officials on Wednesday commemorated the installation of Movable Murals, a series of large-scale works of art mounted on the front of the old city hall building on 250 Main St.

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Concert benefits middle school science programs

The End of Summer Music Bash will take place Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Corralitos Grange Hall, 165 Little Corral Way in Corralitos.

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Gang member arrested on gun, drug charges

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday during a traffic stop after police found a stolen gun in his backpack, Santa Cruz County Anti-Gang Taskforce (SCCACT) Commander George Rivera said.

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CASA names new executive director

Lynne Petrovic will take the helm of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County as executive director, the organization announced.

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Volunteers fill backpacks for needy students

Stuff the Bus is geared to help in-need families to give their kids a boost in starting the school year.

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Santa Cruz man arrested for alleged sex crimes

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to have “inappropriate and unlawful” contact with a juvenile under 16, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook.

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PHOTO: Turn proves too tight for big rig

A big rig is stalled in an awkward angle at the corner of Buena Vista Drive at San Andreas Road Friday.

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Breastfeeding fair, walk returns

The 12th annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk will return Aug. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the Watsonville Plaza.

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Man injured on razor wire fence

Emergency officials deal with a man who suffered a series of cuts after he tried to climb over a razor wire topped fence Wednesday at Big Creek Lumber on West Beach Street.

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Police maintain watch on suicidal man

Watsonville Police maintain positions outside a home on Westwind Court near Pioneer Cemetery Wednesday.

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Land Trust to host public event for 40th anniversary

Local nonprofit organization Land Trust of Santa Cruz County will host its annual Bee Barn Bash on Saturday, and for the first time the event will be open to the public.

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Local film's fundraising campaign ends soon

"Service With a Smile," produced by Digital NEST, is currently in production.

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PV Arts’ latest exhibit celebrates Latinx artists

Pajaro Valley Arts is currently preparing for its upcoming exhibit, “Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak: Un Diálogo Visual/A Visual Dialogue,” opening Aug. 8.

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Strawberry Festival returns this weekend

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns this year on Aug. 4 and 5, bringing with it some old favorites and a few new additions.

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Aptos Coffee Roasting Company to close

A little more than three decades after opening in Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos Coffee Roasting Company will be closing.

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City interns complete inaugural program

Twenty local high school students graduated from the inaugural Summer in the City Internship Program on Friday.

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Watsonville resident marks 104th birthday

Clara Fletcher of Watsonville will turn 104 on Saturday.

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Volunteers garner AAA Gold Volunteer Awards

AAA team members Alfredo Torres and Yvonne Morales recently won volunteer awards signed by President Donald Trump.

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Murals on the move

To celebrate Watsonville's sesquicentennial, Pajaro Valley Arts wanted to create a public art project that recognized the city's people and agriculture.

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Riverside Drive work underway

A length of Riverside Drive in Watsonville is undergoing a major surface upgrade.

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Woman charged with murder in fatal crash

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Santa Cruz on Friday was charged with murder, police announced Saturday.

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Road work underway in La Selva Beach

A construction worker of O'Grady Paving chisels loose a section of asphalt road surface on Breve Avenue as part of a major road improvement project around La Selva Beach.

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Highway fight leads to arrest

Emergency officials try to untangle the circumstances in a crash on southbound Highway 1 Friday.

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Police: Man abused teen for three years

Watsonville Police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

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Obon Festival returns Sunday

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple will host its annual Obon Festival Sunday with an afternoon of dedication and dancing.

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Watsonville Police: Men were running 'chop shop'

Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday after detectives searching their residence found “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of stolen items, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said.

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