Dance Week kicks off in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Dance Week unfolds on three open air stages on Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street through April 28.

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R-P sports editor earns honors from CNPA

Nunez, a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State alumnus, finished second in the best Sports Section category, and also placed third in Special Sports Section and Sports Action Photo.

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Police ramp up traffic, pedestrian enforcement

Watsonville Police ratcheted up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Thursday with focused enforcement on motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Watsonville author releases second novel

Author Jesse J. Elliot, also known as Julie Hanks of Watsonville, will be signing copies of her new book, “Lost in Time.”

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NAMI of Santa Cruz to hold benefit concert

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Santa Cruz will be holding a special benefit concert at Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall on Sunday.

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‘Ponytail’ creator killed in plane crash

Gordon Leroy Holley, better known as Lee Holley, whose comic strip “Ponytail” ran in 300 newspapers across the U.S. including the Register-Pajaronian, died March 26 when his small plane crashed at Marina Municipal Airport. He was 85.

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Sheriff's to discuss license plate reader at meeting

In response to increased gun-related violence along the Soquel Drive corridor between Highway 1 and 41st Avenue, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is considering the temporarily deploying a stationary Automated License Plate Reader to generate investigative leads and prevent future acts of violence.

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FBI, police seek missing children

The FBI, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's help in finding three missing children.

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Volunteer Center celebrates National Volunteer Week

Local residents are invited to join the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, fellow nonprofits, and community leaders in celebrating volunteerism during National Volunteer Week, happening April 15-21.

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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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Man arrested for drug, gun possession

A Watsonville man was arrested Thursday after police found drugs and guns at two of his residences and in his vehicle.

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Soroptimists present awards to local women

The Soroptimist International of Watsonville presented four local women with the Live Your Dream award, at the annual awards dinner on April 2 at the California Grill.

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Aptos High School presents ‘Cinderella’

The Aptos High Theater Department is presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” opening Friday. The school is putting its own spin on the classic tale by re-imagining it in the 1980s.

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Urban Dance Showcase returns to Aptos

The annual En Route Urban Dance Showcase returns to Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater on Saturday for the fourth year running.

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PHOTO: SUV careens into drainage ditch

The California Highway Patrol investigates a solo-vehicle crash on Beach Road Monday.

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Council to consider wireless ordinance changes

The Watsonville City Council will consider updating a city ordinance Tuesday to comply with state and federal laws on wireless facilities.

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PHOTO: Car knocked onto sidewalk

Emergency officials check on a VW Golf that ended up on a Main Street sidewalk Friday following a two-vehicle crash.

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Man arrested in January shooting case

A man suspected in a January shooting was arrested at his home in Moss Landing Thursday morning.

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Local caterer recovering from motorcycle crash

Ken Schwan, a big name in the food industry around the Pajaro Valley, is on a long road to recovery following a major crash he survived last month on his motorcycle near Palm Springs.

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Police cracking down on distracted drivers

The Watsonville Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the state in stepping up its enforcement of distracted driving laws.

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Report of gun-wielding man draws police response

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies conduct a high-risk car stop Tuesday morning on Holohan Road after receiving reports of a man pointing a rifle at agricultural workers.

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MB Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center raising funds for vehicle

The Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center is in need of a vehicle to transport its clients to and from the ranch.

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PHOTO: Watsonville’s sesquicentennial celebrated

The Watsonville Community Band performs Friday evening during the City of Watsonville's sesquicentennial celebration.

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Trustees discuss student safety, employee retirement

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday narrowly rejected a proposal for a pilot program to place ID scanners at Hall District and Valencia elementary schools, which would determine whether visitors can legally be on campus.

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Former MVCS coach rebuilding after charges dropped

A former Monte Vista Christian School coach is trying to rebuild his career after domestic violence charges against him were dropped just five days after police filed them.

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Suspect in girl’s homicide back in court

The young man accused of killing Madyson Middleton, 8, at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz in 2015, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, made an appearance in Superior Court Monday in Santa Cruz.

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Aptos woman dies in Hwy. 17 crash

An Aptos woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 Thursday.

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PHOTO: Car ripped apart in Rodriguez St. crash

Watsonville firefighters and American Medical Response paramedics deal with a three-vehicle crash Friday on Rodriguez and West Fifth streets.

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PHOTO: A familiar face

Comedian Bill Murray (second from left) stopped by Cowboy’s Corner Cafe in Watsonville for a meal on Tuesday.

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Dog training club’s donation helps sick puppy

A sick puppy was treated back to health thanks to the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club’s “Gifts from the Heart” project.

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PHOTO: 4 displaced in house fire

This home at 20 9th St. in Watsonville is boarded up early Wednesday morning after fire tore through the living room.

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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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PHOTO: Unusual visitor

The Goodyear Blimp circles downtown Watsonville Friday.

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Commission approves wine tasting room

The Watsonville Planning Commission on Tuesday allowed a small winery to open a tasting room on Aviation Way.

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Dance showcase hopes to raise $100K since inception

The Fourth Annual Carrie’s Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Aptos High School Performing Arts Center, 100 Mariner Way, with two distinct shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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New exhibit features teachers’ sabbatical work

The latest exhibit to come to the Cabrillo Gallery, “Findings: Excerpts from the Sabbatical Studies of Dawn Nakanishi & Rebecca Ramos,” officially opened Jan. 29 and will run through March 2.

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Artist brings recycled work to Ceiba

To exemplify the rising problem of plastics in the ocean, Claudio Garzón uses the pollution itself as materials for his sculptures.

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Poetry program returning to library

Magdalena Montagne is bringing back the popular Poets’ Circle Poetry Reading Series, with the inaugural event slated for Thursday.

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Natural gas lines being inspected in Watsonville

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working this winter to enhance the safety and reliability of its natural gas system in Watsonville.

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CASA executive director announces retirement

After six years as the executive director of CASA of Santa Cruz County, Cynthia Druley will retire in August.

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Watsonville man celebrates 100th birthday

Robert Lyons Sr. celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday at his family home, 50 Beverly Drive in Watsonville, where he has lived for 65 years.

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Farmers Insurance agents support local teachers

Farmers Insurance agents Dwight Lynn and Jacqueline S. Barrios honored local classroom teachers in partnership with their principals, Elaine Parker of Amesti Elementary and Amy Thomas of Watsonville Charter School of the Arts (WCSA), for their contributions to the students and their families in the community of Watsonville.

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Walgreens to pay fine for overcharging, selling expired items

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell on Tuesday announced the settlement of a civil law enforcement action against Walgreens Company.

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Local authors promote ocean advocacy

Kim Steinhardt loves sea otters. For anyone who grew up on the Northern California coast, this declaration might not be that surprising — but Steinhardt is pretty certain most don’t reach his level of fixation.

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PHOTO: New potluck in town

People line up at the food table to sample one another's dishes at the first-ever Cooking Club potluck at the Watsonville Public Library on Main Street Thursday evening.

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Watsonville gets ‘B’ grade on tobacco control

Watsonville scored a “B” overall in the American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report, released Wednesday.

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Man shot twice, suspect not found

Watsonville Police are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with two gunshot wounds.

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PV school district, teachers headed to mediation

A state-appointed mediator has been assigned to help Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers work through contract negotiations.

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Winter one-act plays at Aptos High

Aptos High Drama Production presents three, one-act plays that revolve around relationships, and most importantly, the end of them.

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PV High tech club breaks barrier

A newly-formed club at Pajaro Valley High School dedicated to technology became the first high school group to attend the UC Santa Cruz Hackathon from Jan. 19-21, an event that was created for college students.

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PHOTO: Alleged stolen pickup stopped

Watsonville Police Sgt. Henry Robles (right) joins other officers to collect information about a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup that they pulled over on the 900 block of Main Street Monday.

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Banker ends 50-year career

After five decades in the banking industry, Pam Zamani is calling it a career.

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Annual fundraising exhibit returns to Pajaro Valley Gallery

The Pajaro Valley Gallery will be celebrating the opening of “Take Aways: Art to Go!” this weekend, with an opening reception on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

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Our Community Reads selects book for 2018

For the next couple of months, community members will come together for a variety of events, all centered around a single book.

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PHOTO: Van rolls over off Highway 1

Paramedics prepare to transport a person injured when a van rolled while traveling on Highway 1 Friday morning.

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Santa Cruz to host MLK celebrations

On Monday, the City of Santa Cruz will hold its Martin Luther King march, an event co-hosted by the city’s NAACP chapter and its police department.

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Violinist and pianist to perform Jan. 21 in Santa Cruz

On Jan. 21, two internationally acclaimed musicians will perform in Santa Cruz, offering a night of classical music on piano and violin.

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Pedestrian killed crossing Highway 1

A Santa Cruz man was killed Friday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

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