Forum aims to increase food aid participation

According to Second Harvest Food Bank, California has one of the lowest enrollment rates in the nation in the SNAP program, leaving more than two million Californians with inadequate access to food.

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What's going on? | May 18-24

Weekly events calendar for May 18-24.

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Seven homes on deck from Habitat for Humanity

With five of the homes completed and occupied, the work moves ahead to complete the project that provides homeownership for qualified low-income families who have the ability to pay an affordable mortgage.

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Pacific Coast Charter School celebrates 20 years

Pacific Coast Charter School celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday, and the milestone had the school looking to its past and its future.

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Celebrating founders day

Beta Sigma Phi on April 27 celebrated Founders Day at Severinos in Aptos.

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Community briefs, May 17, 2019

Community Briefs for the week of May 17, 2019.

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May storms line up

A series of wet weather systems are passing through Northern Californian and are expected to bring as much as an inch of rain in higher elevations and up to two feet of snow in the high Sierra. The storms, drifting south from the Gulf of Alaska, could also bring snowfall into some lower elevations, the National Weather Service said.

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Elkhorn Slough boosted by $1 million grant

In 2015, USFWS granted $1 million to support Phase I of restoration at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (ESNERR) Hester Marsh, which raised 61 acres of drowning marsh to an elevation that supports healthy marsh habitat and will withstand projected changes in sea level.

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Measure X funds reshaping Del Rey Oaks

The Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) announced the City of Del Rey Oaks is undertaking the largest public works project in the history of the city thanks to Measure X funding.

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Santa Cruz County Jail inmates holding hunger strike

According to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin, about 90 inmates began refusing their jail-provided meals on May 5 to protest a handful of issues, including housing, clothing options, television programming and prices in the commissary.

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Wine, Beer and Art Walk sells out for second year

The event, which gives attendees a taste of what the Pajaro Valley has to offer in the way of wineries, craft breweries and local shops, sold out for the second consecutive year. This year the city and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce packed the downtown corridor with 450 event-goers — up from 300 last year.

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Farm days of the past

The family-centered occasion included antique farm equipment, draft horses, crafts, hands on exercises, a petting zoo, a rocket launch, cow-milking other farm-related events.

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Castroville celebrates 60th Annual Artichoke Fest in June

Soon festival goers will gather again, this time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of what is now known as the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, set for June 1-2 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey.

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Council to weigh changes to downtown’s structure

The Complete Streets Plan would restructure Main, Rodriguez and Union/Brennan streets to promote business as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety.

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Unregulated cannabis sites dismantled

Santa Cruz County staff and law enforcement officials have dismantled two unlicensed cannabis operations in Boulder Creek, part of ongoing enforcement to dismantle illegal grows while supporting the burgeoning legal market, county spokesman Jason Hoppin announced Monday.

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Suspected jewelry store burglar arrested

Richard Bustichi, 42, is suspected of taking thousands of dollars worth of gems from Philip Zane Designs on the 10000 block of Soquel Drive on April 30.

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House and Garden of the Month | May, 2019

House and Garden of the Month for May of 2019.

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West Marine volunteers help Watsonville Wetlands

Struve Slough is getting closer and closer to its own native habitat, thanks to the ongoing efforts by a volunteer crew from nearby West Marine. The quarterly visits by more than two dozen staff, under the guidance of Restoration Specialist Daniel Casella of Watsonville Wetlands Watch, have been routine for the past two years.

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Mustangs gallop to Wharf

Corvin said Mustang owners came to the wharf from around California, including the Bay Area Mustang Association, for the one-day event that drew thousands of visitors. Corvin said she owns a 2005 Coupe Legend, which is lime green and a 2004 convertible, both with V6 engines.

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What's going on? | May 11-17

Weekly events calendar for May 11-17.

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Stories from the streets

Now that officials from scads of agencies have teamed up to officially close Camp Ross, a homeless camp in Santa Cruz along Highway 1, the issue of homelessness has garnered headlines across the news spectrum both locally and into the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Speaking up for her beliefs

When she was 13, Rosario Mendez Torres immigrated to the U.S. with her father and two siblings. Her mother stayed behind in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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A countywide issue

While the numbers in Watsonville are smaller than those in North County, the City of Watsonville is far from immune to many of the same problems.

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About Town, Week of May 6

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley.

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California moves to ban chlorpyrifos

The decision follows mounting evidence that chlorpyrifos causes serious health effects in children and other sensitive populations. These effects include impaired brain and neurological development. It has been linked to permanent brain damage in young children.

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Hazelwood Park Project completed

Rolling Hills Middle School students and staff, City of Watsonville staff and officials, Watsonville Wetlands Watch and neighbors on May 3 celebrated the opening of the new trail and neighborhood greening project within Hazelwood Park, a neighborhood pocket park next to Rolling Hills.

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Pajaro Valley Pride extends scholarship deadline

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in any college in the Fall of 2019 and have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher. PV Pride asks for each applicant to include a letter of recommendation and high school transcripts along with their application.

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Planning Commission recommends changes to alcohol ordinance

By a 4-2 vote, the commission — with Vice-Chair Matthew H. Jones absent — recommended the City Council make drastic changes to the city’s current laws around alcohol-related businesses. Chief among those changes: creating an overlay district in downtown that stretches from 2nd Street to 5th Street which would allow up to 15 percent of all businesses in the area to be alcohol-related, defined by the city as any business that sells alcohol.

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Rewarding healthy choices

The 16th annual Fitness 4 Life took place on May 3 at the Watsonville High athletic field. About 1,000 students from 19 schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Extended Learning Program, grades 2-8, joined the fun.

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Police seeking robbery suspect

Watsonville police are looking for a suspect who robbed an elderly man as he left the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen chicken restaurant late last month.

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Day on the Farm returns Saturday

John Kegebein, CEO of the AHP, said the family-centered event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include antique farm equipment, draft horses, crafts and fun that give visitors a window into early life on the farm.

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Three arrested in early-morning raid

UC Santa Cruz Police on Tuesday arrested three people on drug charges during an early-morning operation in Soquel involving six other law enforcement agencies.

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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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Fire damages abandoned taqueria

The building had been boarded up, but was frequently used by transients who likely pried the boards to get inside. Several homeless people camp illegally behind the former taqueria, Schaefer said.

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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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Homeless camp evictions underway

Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke refuted claims by some people at the camp Friday morning that the city was giving campers extra time vacate.

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What's going on? | May 4-10

Weekly events calendar for April 27-May 3.

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Watsonville’s Wine, Beer & Art Walk returns

The Wine, Beer & Art Walk, which was created last year as a celebration for the City’s 150th birthday, will return on May 11.

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On a high note

She was also named as one of four Educators of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, a fact she learned when County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Faris Sabbah came to the school.

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Attorney: Gonzalez should be treated as juvenile

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell argued that law – SB 1391 – is unconstitutional, and asked Superior Court Judge Steven Siegel instead to base his ruling on a state proposition that gives judges discretion when trying juveniles.

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Rail Trail work underway

The Santa Cruz County Rail and Trail will provide a safe, level, continuous, off-street route to numerous locations between Watsonville and Davenport, the LTSCC said.

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About Town, Week of April 29

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Airport to close runways for resurfacing work

The closure is expected to begin on May 9 and last through May 15 at 8 a.m.

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Commercial salmon season opens

The commercial salmon season opened early Wednesday from Pigeon Point (Half Moon Bay) to the U.S./Mexican border. Officials at the Santa Cruz Harbor reported that 26 boats headed out to sea in search of King Salmon Wednesday.

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Gateway Camp ordered closed

Standing in the camp late Tuesday afternoon, Shannon Vudmaska said she will likely go back to living in the wooded area around Pogonip, where she was before she came to Gateway Camp, which is also known as Ross Camp.

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Watsonville's Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Sunday

The 30th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place on Main Street and the Plaza in downtown Watsonville Sunday. Hosted as usual by Fiestas Patrias de Watsonville, the free event includes live music, food stands, information booths, Folklorico dance performances, mariachi music, community services tables and more.

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A day for kids, earth

Hundreds flooded the Watsonville Plaza on Sunday for the 17th annual Earth Day-Day of the Child celebration.

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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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Water main break floods Santa Cruz street

A water main ruptured early this morning on 7th Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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Inspired to solve problems

Scarlet Gleitsman-Miller is one of four students from Pajaro Valley Unified School District going to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. in May.

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About Town, Week of April 22

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Community Bridges’ Lift Line program reaches milestone

Two new electric vehicle (EV) shuttles and two new public charging stations were introduced for the Lift Line Paratransit Dial-A-Ride Program, which is operated by local non-profit organization Community Bridges. The service provides up to 80,000 door-to-door rides for seniors and people with disabilities annually.

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What's going on? | April 27-May 3

The weekly events calendar for April 27-May 3.

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple named Historical Landmark

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple is one of six organizations whose buildings have been awarded the 2019 Blue Plaque, denoting them as historical landmarks.

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New Capitola Library edges skyward

Construction work is marching ahead on the new Capitola Branch Library at the corner of Clares Street and Wharf Road. After the previous library was demolished at the start of the year, the new structure is moving skyward.

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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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Health officials battling measles outbreak

In the midst of a statewide measles outbreak that has seen more than twice the cases reported a year ago, the California Department of Public Health has a message: vaccines are a safe, effective and important way of preventing a dangerous disease.

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Watsonville bans Roundup

The ban on glyphosate, an herbicide better known as Roundup, is effective July 1. The council made a temporary exception for the Watsonville Municipal Airport, where weed control on and near the runways is considered essential for pilot safety.

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Four arrests in guns, drugs cases

Four people were arrested in Watsonville starting Thursday and spilling into the weekend following a two-week investigation. Watsonville Police said the majority of the guns were recovered following an investigation into the manufacturing of automatic weapons.

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Federal judge temporarily stops Camp Ross closure

Judge Paul Burdick declared the camp a public nuisance on Monday, clearing the way for officials to close the site, and force campers to voluntarily relocate to an alternative site at the benchlands of San Lorenzo Park — close to downtown Santa Cruz — by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. But Judge Edward Davila, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, granted homeless rights activists a temporary restraining order and a hearing in San Jose on Friday.

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Cabrillo first college in state to offer homebuyer assistance

Landed is a down payment assistance and homebuyer education program that provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per family.

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Work moves ahead on new PV Prevention center

PVPSA broke ground and kicked off the $3.1 million project in September 2018. The building on the property formerly held medical offices and current plans call to keep parts of the original structure while expanding the footprint, CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez said.

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Survivors Healing Center to host annual rhythm event

The event is part of the Day of the Child and Earth Day celebrations at Watsonville Plaza. It will include a booth, where visitors can get free ice cream as well as information on ways to communicate with young people.

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CCC clears access to New Brighton State Beach

Corps members fortified retaining walls, constructed new railings and cleared piles of mud. The crew camped on-site, just a short distance away from the work site. It gave the group of 18- to 25-year-olds the opportunity to work longer hours and finish the trail work in time for spring beach season.

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About Town, week of April 15

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Jewish congregation to host Seder meal in Santa Cruz

This Saturday, Chadeish Yameinu of Santa Cruz will be hosting a special Seder meal in celebration of Passover.

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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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Fire officials prep for season, dish safety tips

Fire officials are gearing up for the new fire season with heightened awareness aimed at tall grasses and undergrowth strengthened by recent heavy rains.

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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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‘Last private beach’ nears sale

A popular North County beach once known for its clothing optional rules is under contract to be sold to an unknown buyer, leaving many fretting about what will become of the property.

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About Town, Week of April 8

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville High’s spring musical opens Wednesday

The Watsonville High School drama department has been hard at work for the past few months rehearsing for its upcoming spring musical production.

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City shows off Pippin Orchards

When the Pippin Orchard Apartment complex at 56 Atkinson Lane was ready for occupancy in the fall, nearly 2,500 families applied, hoping to snag one of the 46 units.

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Letter carrier hangs up bag after 35 years

Letter carrier Leo Teixeira recently hung up his mailbag and parked his delivery truck for the final time in Watsonville following 35 years and one month of being on the beat.

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Reel Work Labor Film Festival stopping in Watsonville

The 18th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival begins on Sunday and will run through May 4.

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Local florist a staple of Watsonville’s Certified Farmer’s Market

For a blast of bright colors, dazzling blooms and a cheerful smile look no further than the Ruvalcaba Nursery flower stand at the Watsonville Certified Farmer’s Market.

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‘We win together’: 13 in training at Fire Academy

Thirteen firefighters in training are currently in the eighth week of an 18-week program to become new firefighters through the Santa Cruz County Regional Firefighters Training Academy 19-01.

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Bill would streamline farmworker housing

A group of California lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bill they say will make it easier for farmers to build safe, family-friendly housing for their workers.

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Felon arrested for possessing assault rifle

A Watsonville gang member armed with an assault rifle is back in jail after officers served a high-risk search warrant Wednesday morning.

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Watsonville native Andy Vargas releases debut solo single

Santana lead vocalist and Watsonville native Andy Vargas struck world-wide fame over a decade ago when he became the lead singer for the iconic rock band, led by 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist Carlos Santana.

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PVA exhibit highlights civil and voting rights movements

In 1988, the case of Dolores Cruz Gomez v. City of Watsonville made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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PHOTO: Aptos home burns to the ground

No injuries reported.

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County leaders proclaim April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Teaming up with local leaders, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz County on March 29 proclaimed April as the county’s Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Spay and neuter clinic serves South County pets

Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter expanded its reach last year further into South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County when it relinquished spay and neuter operations to the new Spay and Neuter Clinic of the Pajaro Valley.

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New foundation formed to support county animal shelter

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has taken a new step in its mission to support the county’s neediest animals.

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Big-rig flips on Hwy 101 in Aromas

A big rig ended up on its side on the northbound entrance to Highway 101 at Highway 129 Thursday in Aromas around 10:30 a.m.

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Crews replace damaged Highway 1 guardrail

A crew from Caltrans replaces a guardrail Thursday morning on northbound Highway 1 near the South Green Valley Road exit.

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4 juveniles arrested in Aptos hammer attack

Four Watsonville minors, between the ages of 15 and 16, were arrested on charges of attempted murder and robbery following a brazen early morning attack at an Aptos home on May 28.

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Latina author visits Cabrillo class for migrant students

Author Viola Canales stood in front of a group of local high school migrant students Tuesday morning and told them to follow their dreams, embrace their Latino heritage and hold onto their family ties even as they graduate and venture out into the world.

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Cabrillo offering free tuition for first-time students

Known as the "Cabrillo College Promise," the college is offering, for the first time, a free year of tuition for any graduating senior from a Santa Cruz County high school.

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Boy arrested for firing gun in air

A 14-year-old boy caught on camera shooting a gun in the air on the Fourth of July was arrested Friday.

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Car shatters utility pole on Highway 1

Emergency officials prepare to take a man to the emergency room Monday after his Toyota Camry drifted off of Highway 1 south of Watsonville at Jensen Road.

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Hospice promotes growing palliative care program

Hospice of Santa Cruz County's palliative care program moved from a pilot in 2016 to an ongoing service last year.

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Watsonville native celebrates Bay Area premiere of play

On July 11, "Hold These Truths" will have its Bay Area premier at TheatreWorks Sillicon Valley.

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Flocking for a cause

For a man as accustomed to unusual calls as Watsonville’s Fire Chief, Pablo Barreto started his day on Wednesday with an unusual one.

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Abandoned structure catches fire on Freedom Blvd.

Watsonville firefighter Aaron Netzel sprays water on a fire in an abandoned structure on the 1900 block of Freedom Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Further evaluation needed in assault on deputy case

Jessica May Lowe made her second appearance in Superior Court Tuesday where a new date of Sept. 7 was set for further arraignment following psychological evaluation.

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Juvenile whale washes ashore

A 29-foot juvenile humpback whale washed up at the shoreline at Manresa State Beach.

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Two shot in Pajaro

Two people were shot Saturday night in Pajaro, according to emergency dispatchers.

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Police: No major issues on Fourth of July

Watsonville Police released its statistics Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday, which show a dip in calls for service compared to the previous year.

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Jane Borg, a huge pillar in Pajaro Valley history, dies

Jane W. Borg, a major player at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association and a virtual encyclopedia on the history of the Pajaro Valley, died earlier this week following a stroke in May.

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Man arrested for attempted murder

A Watsonville man was arrested Tuesday at his home for charges of attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun into a residence.

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The Physics Bus makes stop at Calabasas Elementary

Students were given a special treat during their first week of summer school when The Physics Bus made a stop at Calabasas Elementary School.

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Thousands in Santa Cruz join national rally

Hundreds of people march and rally in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday in the "Families Belong Together" demonstration.

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Probation search nets three arrests

A series of probation checks around Watsonville on Thursday resulted in three arrests.

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State parks open and busy

With summer in full bloom, people from throughout the world will come to California to visit its 280 state parks, which stretch from its southern border deserts to its redwood-crowned north.

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Union members vow unity after Supreme Court vote

Members of SEIU Local 521 joined elected officials across the country Wednesday to declare their resolve to stick together in their union.

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Pair arrested on host of charges

Police conduct a probation search on Silver Leaf Drive of Gustavo Ochoa, 27, of Watsonville Wednesday.

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Renewable electricity service launches in tri-county area

An upbeat ceremony was staged Thursday in Santa Cruz to commemorate the launch of Monterey Bay Community Power’s residential service in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

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Treatment aims to keep a lid on mosquitoes

Watsonville was visited by a helicopter Wednesday as it deposited mosquito control granules to 40 acres of local marshes. The project, started at 8 a.m. and included portions of Watsonville Slough, Pinto Lake County Park, Sunset State Beach pond and Atkinson pond, said Paul Binding, manager of Santa Cruz County Mosquito Abatement/Vector Control.

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Northern California fire forces 1,500 to evacuate

A massive wild fire that has scorched close to 18 square miles, or 11,500 acres, and forced 1,500 people to evacuate, continued to rage across rugged terrain and rolling hills in Lake County Tuesday.

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PV trustees to consider budget report

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider adopting this year’s budget, a detailed picture of how the district plans to allocate the $234 million in annual revenues it receives.

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Car slams into hotel

A driver rammed a vehicle into a room at the Rio Sands Hotel on Monday.

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Serving up tacos with soul

More than 1,000 people attended the first-ever Summer Soul Festival at Pinto Lake County Park on Sunday.

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Council to consider 150-unit housing project

The Watsonville City Council will consider approving a project Tuesday that would add 150 housing units off of Ohlone Parkway.

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PHOTO: Woodies on display

There was a large turnout for the annual Woodies on the Wharf Saturday in Santa Cruz where more than 200 stylish, wood-bodied cars were on display on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.

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First-ever Summer Soul Festival coming to Pinto Lake

The first-ever Summer Soul Festival will take over Pinto Lake County Park on Sunday from 1-7 p.m., with soul star Brenton Wood headlining.

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Cabrillo Stage’s 'Rent' opens June 28, with some local talent

The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning "Rent" is coming to Santa Cruz County as part of the Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival.

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Red Cross honors ‘Heroes’

Thirteen Hero awards were issued to community members on June 15 for “their acts of courage or compassion,” the American Red Cross said.

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Landis Ave. fire displaces 10

Watsonville Fire Capt. Matt Ryan (right) and other firefighters help size up a fire that broke out on the second floor of a home at 129 Landis Ave. Thursday.

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Camp immerses kids in art

The weeklong Summer Art Camp wraps up Friday in Corralitos with a student art exhibit that featured ceramics, watercolors, acrylic paintings, drawings, tie-dye shirts, sketches and other art forms.

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Speeding, DUI allegedly lead to crash

Watsonville firefighters and police deal with a three-vehicle crash on Main Street just south of Ohlone Parkway Tuesday afternoon.

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Watsonville Police investigating stabbing

Watsonville Police detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred Friday night on the 100 block of Rodriguez Street.

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69 displaced in motel fire

An early morning fire swept through a popular inn at the Beach Flats area of Santa Cruz Sunday sending guests scurrying into the darkness to safety, some of them in bare feet.

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County budget hearings set

The County of Santa Cruz will begin hearings on a proposed $777 million budget on Monday, concluding on June 26.

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Possible jaywalking ticket leads to felony charges

A Watsonville man was arrested Friday after he allegedly ran from a police officer during a routine contact, climbed onto the roof of a garage and threw objects at police officers, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said.

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Company fined $56K in pesticide exposure case

The Santa Cruz County Department of Agriculture announced on Friday it will be fining Watsonville-based Los Amigos Harvesting $56,000 over a June 2017 pesticide exposure incident which sickened a number of field workers.

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Panel to discuss current state of democracy

“Saving Democracy” will take place June 29 at Twin Lakes Church’s Monschke Hall, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos, from 7-9 p.m.

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WPD: Post Incident Team volunteers needed

The Watsonville Police Department is looking for volunteers to join the Post Incident Team.

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Drivers needed for senior transportation program

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is currently looking for more volunteers to support its Transportation Program, and drivers are particularly needed for the Watsonville area.

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Father’s Day event celebrates families

The 12th annual PAPÁS Father’s Day Celebration will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St. in Watsonville.

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Chadeish Yameinu finds a permanent home

After 25 years, Santa Cruz’s Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal Community has finally found a permanent home.

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Police: Man molested child at daycare facility

A Watsonville man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly molesting a child four years ago, Watsonville Police Sgt. Mish Radich said Wednesday.

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A time to eat, and play

La Manzana Community Resources offers free hot meals at 10 sites in Watsonville and two in North County.

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Woman allegedly fights officers after DUI arrest

A Soquel woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly tried to kick out the windows of a patrol car after she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, California Highway Patrol officer Trista Drake said.

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Wild land fire chars 5 acres in Scotts Valley

A wild land fire ate up five acres of trees and brush Sunday afternoon off of Conference Drive in Scotts Valley.

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Ow Family continues scholarship tradition

For the 29th consecutive year, philanthropist George Ow Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 each to local high school seniors.

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PHOTO: Hot rods in Capitola

People enjoy viewing dozens of classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars at the Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show Saturday.

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Annual exhibit opens at Sierra Azul nursery

"Sculpture Is 2018: In the Garden" is the 12th annual sculpture exhibit put on by Pajaro Valley Arts and Sierra Azul. It runs through Oct. 31 at the nursery, located at 2660 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

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PHOTO: Car tips over on Soquel Drive

California Highway Patrol officer Jesus Ruiz takes measurements at the scene of a crash on Soquel Drive Tuesday where a woman was injured.

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PHOTO: Opening up on Open Streets

Briana Zamora, 5, tries her hand at a drum circle as put on by Ikuyo Conant and Watsonville Taiko Sunday during the annual Open Streets festivities in Watsonville.

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Widespread opium fields cut down

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announced recently that they located and eradicated seven opium poppy growing operations in Monterey County.

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Deputies seeking man who hugged girl

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly hugged an 11-year-old girl in a Soquel store Saturday morning.

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Soroptimists give $32,500 to students

Eight students in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District received a total of $32,500 from Soroptimist International of Watsonville at an awards banquet at Watsonville High School on May 22.

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Man attempts to kidnap woman

A man attempted to kidnap a woman Saturday afternoon as she was attending a family party at Pinto Lake County Park.

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Thousands of cyclists to roll through Watsonville

Participating in the 25th year of riding to end AIDS, more than 3,000 cyclists and volunteer "roadies" will ride out of Cow Palace in San Francisco on Sunday to launch their seven-day, 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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Health Trust provides health screenings for local residents

The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust provided diabetes prevention education and blood glucose screenings to residents attending the Watsonville Certified Farmer's Market downtown on May 25.

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A dance around the world

Alianza Charter School students recently took a trip around the world, all without leaving their multi-purpose room.

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Open Streets returns to Watsonville

Open Streets Watsonville returns on Sunday, on Brennan/Union Street between Callaghan Park and the City Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Corpus Christi celebrated in Watsonville

Volunteer workers place colored sawdust to create a path in the parking lot of St. Patrick's Church on Thursday.

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Council discusses city manager position

The Watsonville City Council met in closed session Wednesday evening to discuss the future of the city manager position, but took no action, according to City Attorney Alan Smith.

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Three PVUSD schools craft interactive book

Alianza Charter School, Amesti Elementary School and Cesar Chavez Middle School have produced an interactive book that will be unveiled during a literature and art show on May 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Plaza Vigil, 23 East Beach St.

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Boardwalk unveils summer lineup

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk outlined its summer offerings during a preview event for its 111th season on May 24 in the Cocoanut Grove.

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Two arrested for attempted murder

Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday on attempted murder charges following an investigation of a fight on May 17.

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After-school team changing school’s environmental culture

Calabasas Elementary School's Green Team is an after-school club dedicated to cleaning the campus and, by extension, the greater Monterey Bay area.

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Salesian students work to protect ocean

Students at Salesian Elementary and Junior High School have been busy this year working around campus and in the Life Lab with gardening efforts.

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What’s on the barbecue for the holiday?

The local meat processing businesses, Freedom Meat Lockers and Corralitos Market & Sausage Co., are ramping up their stock to handle demands for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Rising pension costs looming for Watsonville

Administrative Services Director Cynthia Czerwin gave the Watsonville City Council an update on the city’s finances Tuesday before the council considers its budget during two meetings in June.

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PHOTO: Traffic control heightened on Airport Blvd.

A new traffic barrier has been installed on Airport Boulevard at Holm Road in Watsonville.

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Input sought on Pajaro to Prunedale corridor

To help solve safety and congestion issues, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is seeking the public's input on how best to improve the Pajaro to Prunedale corridor.

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Major PG&E work underway on Walker Street

Crews from Pacific Gas and Electric have begun work to replace sections of a natural gas pipeline on Walker Street, from Front Street to Ford Street in Watsonville. The work is expected to continue through November.

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Motorcyclist dies in solo crash

A man died after he crashed his motorcycle into a utility pole on Lewis Road Monday afternoon.

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Avondale council approves Montoya's contract

The Avondale, Ariz. City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept Watsonville City Manager Charles Montoya as its next city manager.

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A celebration of Oaxacan culture

Hundreds attended the annual Guelaguetza celebration in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz on Sunday.

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4-car crash snarls morning commute

The California Highway Patrol sorts out a four-vehicle crash on Highway 1 just south of 41st Avenue in Capitola Monday morning.

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Health Trust celebrates winners of Phil Rather Awards

The Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust honored two winners of the 2018 Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare during a reception at the Health Trust on May 16.

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PV Arts set to open annual members exhibit

Pajaro Valley Arts' new exhibit, "What Nourishes Us," opens May 30 and runs through July 15, with an opening reception scheduled at the gallery, 37 Sudden St. in Watsonville

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Major wetlands advocate dies

Jim Van Houten, a major name in the preservation of area wetlands and parks, died May 10 following a long battle with prostate cancer.

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New principal starts at PV High

Matt Levy has taken the helm as principal of Pajaro Valley High School, replacing Allison Niizawa, who recently became Director of Human Resources for Certificated Staff.

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Man arrested with sniper rifle

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Tuesday after police officers found a high-powered rifle in his hotel room.

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Mother's Day Run supports PV Shelter

A total of 639 people took part in Watsonville’s Mother's Day Run/Walk for Shelter on Sunday, while hundreds more watched from the sidelines.

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Two arrested with guns in vehicle

Two men stopped for a traffic violation Saturday morning were arrested after police found a loaded gun, a high-capacity magazine and additional ammunition.

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County sues pharmaceutical companies

The County of Santa Cruz has filed a complaint against several pharmaceutical corporations, alleging that they are complicit in fueling the national opioid crisis.

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Truck tears out power lines and pole

A utility truck is buried beneath power lines and a shattered utility pole after the driver lost control and plowed into the pole Monday on Mar Monte Avenue.

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Woman’s Club raises funds for scholarships

The Corralitos Woman’s Club announced the three recipients of its annual scholarship program during a luncheon Tuesday.

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PHOTO: Our Lady of Fatima celebration

The Portuguese community gathered at St. Patrick's Church Sunday afternoon for the annual Our Lady of Fatima procession and Mass in Watsonville.

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Suspect shoots at man in parked vehicle

A man was injured Saturday night after an unknown suspect shot at him while he was in his vehicle.

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No suspect found in home break in

Police prepare to rush into a home on the 100 block of Arista Lane Friday where a man reportedly broke into the occupied home.

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Elkhorn Slough researcher to receive national award

On Wednesday, Kerstin Wasson, Ph.D., Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, will receive the 2018 National Wetlands Award for Science Research, to be presented by the Environmental Law Institute in a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C.

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Project increases recycled water supply

Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency celebrated the completion of a project Thursday that significantly increases the amount of recycled water used on crops throughout the area.

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The flight of a lifetime

Watsonville resident Don Spence, a Korean War veteran, added another chapter to his own story in April, when he went on an Honor Flight with 25 other veterans.

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Popular muralist dies

Santa Cruz muralist James Aschbacher died on April 25.

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State parks’ advocates to fund school field trips

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks on Tuesday announced the launch of Kids2Parks (K2P), a new program created to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Park field trips.

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PHOTO: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Glen Fitch of Watsonville hands out free poems Thursday along with his dog, Abercrombie, in front of the main branch of the Watsonville Public Library.

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Dance raises funds for autism

More than 100 people take part in a highly energized dance Saturday evening at the Seascape Golf Course during the annual Memory of Hank deDiego Zumba for Autism.

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Climate change survey results to be unveiled

The results of a two-month survey designed to gain insight on how climate change is affecting local residents will be unveiled during an event on Thursday.

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Cooking Club features Croatian food

A wide array of prepared dishes from Croatia fill a table at the monthly Cooking Club on the second floor of the Watsonville Public Library Thursday evening.

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Woman fights off sexual assault in Santa Cruz

A man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to sexually assault a woman as she walked in downtown Santa Cruz, and fighting a police officer who came to arrest him, Santa Cruz Police Lt. Warren Barry said.

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CHP conducts crosswalk sting

California Highway Patrol officers stationed at three locations in mid-county Wednesday wrote out 34 citations to motorists who did not stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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Supervisor candidates to speak on issues

The five candidates for the Fourth District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will talk about their vision for the county during a forum on Tuesday.

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Group seeks to name WHS auto shop

Efforts are underway to help get the auto shop at Watsonville High School named after one of its long time instructors, Bill Sunderland. Following a 47-year career under the hood at the shop, Sunderland retired in 2017.

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Six injured in head-on collision

Five people were injured after a collision on Maher Road in Royal Oaks on Wednesday.

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Airport Boulevard work begins

A work crew from Graniterock takes measurement on Airport Boulevard between Freedom Boulevard and Pajaro Lane Monday at the start of major improvement project.

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County unveils mobile hospital

A team of workers was at Watsonville Community Hospital Monday, practicing setting up a series of giant tents that someday could serve as a multifaceted mobile hospital.

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School bus takes out power pole, ends up in ravine

A school bus veered off of Casserly Road and tore out a power pole after attempting to avoid an SUV that drifted into its path Monday morning.

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Soquel man arrested for illegal possession of gun

A Soquel man was arrested Saturday afternoon after police found an unregistered loaded gun and large capacity magazine at his home.

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CYT Santa Cruz presents ‘Alice in Wonderland, Jr.’

“Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” will open on Friday, Feb. 23 and run through Sunday, March 4, and will be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center in downtown Santa Cruz.

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