Third nurse in sex case extradited to Santa Cruz

A nurse from Tuscon, Ariz. who allegedly committed several sex acts with children was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on Thursday, court records showed.... more

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum hosts large-scale art exhibit

Bizarre and beautiful plants, bulleting hummingbirds and more often inspire visitors to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. And now, through Nov. 17, a large-scale art exhibit on the picturesque hillside takes that inspiration to some intriguing places.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 17: Chefs needed for ‘It’s All in the Sauce’ contest

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Community briefs, Aug. 15: ‘Meal on Main Street’ returns

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Man shot in downtown Watsonville

Police conceal a crime scene on the 100 block of West Fifth Street after a man was shot in his vehicle just after 5 p.m. on Friday.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 12: Mystery Readers Club meets

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Motorcade honors late SC firefighter

The Santa Cruz Fire Department announced the line-of-duty death of Santa Cruz Firefighter/Paramedic Clayton Ogden recently.... more


Asian gypsy moth detected in county

An Asian gypsy moth has recently been detected at a Santa Cruz residence and is considered to be highly dangerous to crops, trees and homes, county officials warned.... more


Missing Corralitos man found safe

A Corralitos man reported missing Tuesday night was found Thursday morning.... more

Downtown mosaics completed

“Celebrating the Dignity of Labor,” a series of 16 mosaic medallions, has been recently completed and embedded in the sidewalks along three intersections on Main Street.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 10: Pajaro church hosting summer festival

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School district’s leaders to be evaluated

One year after Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez started her position, the district’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday will give her a performance evaluation.... more


Road work underway on Main Street

Parking will not be allowed on a section of Main Street Wednesday and Thursday as the road will receive microsurfacing.... more


Burglary suspect nabbed

A Watsonville man was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary Sunday on the 100 block of Eileen Street.... more

PHOTO: Protecting land

Members of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County hike around Watsonville Slough Farm at the Bee Barn Bash on Saturday.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 8: County Clerk offering Watsonville office hours

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Covered California customers to see rate increase

Thousands of people throughout California who benefit from Covered California are facing a 12.5 percent increase on their insurance premiums next year, state officials announced Tuesday.... more


Community briefs, Aug. 5: Film screening kicks off PV Pride Celebration

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Man who allegedly threatened hospital arrested

A man from Albuquerque, N.M. was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly threatening to use a gun to commit an assault at Dominican Hospital.... more


Dominican Hospital locked down after shooting threats

Dominican Hospital was locked down Tuesday morning after a man called emergency dispatchers and threatened to bring a gun and start shooting, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Clark said.... more

Keeping a tradition alive

At Lakeview Middle School, a few men stand around wrapping their hands in leather and tape. They are preparing to play Pelota Mixteca, a primarily Oaxacan ball game that has old and debated origins.... more


Man killed in Hwy 101 motorcycle crash

A man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning on Highway 101.... more


Wetland Stewards scholarship recipients announced

Watsonville Wetlands Watch announced the recipients of scholarships for the 2017 graduating Wetland Stewards interns.... more

Watsonville woman turns 103

A Watsonville woman reached a milestone on Friday, turning 103 years old.... more

Grey Bears Thrift Store reopening

After being closed for almost three years due to a fire, Grey Bears’ Thrift Store is having a grand opening on Aug. 1. ... more

Suspect nabbed in stolen PVUSD vehicle

Watsonville Police officer Gustavo Zamora leads Alura Castillo, 26, to a patrol car Tuesday after police stopped her in an alleged stolen vehicle.... more


Monterey Bay Community Power selects CEO

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional initiative among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, selected Tom Habashi as interim CEO by the MBCP Policy B... more

PV Pride to host fundraiser picnic

Pajaro Valley Pride will hold its “Empowering our Future Picnic Fundraiser” on Saturday.... more

PHOTO: Four-vehicle crash on Main Street

Watsonville Police investigate a four-vehicle crash on Main Street Monday. ... more

Rancho Del Mar project approved

The Santa Cruz County Zoning Administrator on Friday approved a series of renovations at the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, a decision that will allow the project to begin.... more

Art camp wraps up in Corralitos

The Summer Art Camp at the Corralitos Cultural Center is a place where children can be together while learning about art and culture around the world.... more


Fire season up and running

Following a wet winter, summer has now brought on bone-dry conditions and strong winds, ushering in a bold fire season. Close to two-dozen wild land fires are raging around the state.... more

PHOTO: New look for Freedom Rotary

Freedom Rotary Past President Yesenia Parra passes the gavel to new President Ron Ince during the club's meeting at the California Grill on Tuesday.... more


Man jailed for animal cruelty

A Watsonville man was arrested Monday after neighbors reported seeing him allegedly abusing a dog, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter General Manager Melanie Sobel said Wednesday.... more

Woman injured in rollover

Emergency workers struggle to free a woman trapped in an upside-down Honda Accord sedan Tuesday after it flipped over on East Lake Avenue.... more

Man suffers major injuries in car vs. bicycle crash

A 45-year-old Watsonville man was seriously injured early Tuesday when a car struck him on his bicycle. ... more

PHOTO: International Festival draws a crowd

Crowds gathered in downtown Watsonville Sunday for the 18th annual St. Patrick's International Festival.... more

Rountree project continues

The Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility project is almost complete. The project started in 2016 and county officials expect it to open in early 2018.... more


Community briefs, July 18: Soroptimist, YWCA host mixer

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Morse, long-standing judge, to step down

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Heather D. Morse announced her retirement from the bench effective Nov. 2.... more


County secures grant for Chanticleer Park

The County of Santa Cruz received a $352,000 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development for Phase I construction of Chanticleer County Park, which includes the county’s first all-inclusive playground.... more


Community briefs, July 13: Neighborhood Business Expo scheduled

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