PHOTO: Share Your Holiday

Morgan Maitoza of Cal Giant helps stack up donated gifts under the tree at the 32nd annual Share Your Holiday put on by TV channel KSBW at the Cal Giant facility in Watsonville. ... more

Man caught with illegal weapons, ammunition

A Watsonville man was arrested Thursday after he was found to be in possession of illegal guns, ammunition and high-capacity magazines.... more

‘Weird’ compilation arrives at Kelly’s Books

A new compilation of short stories by 17 local authors, “Santa Cruz Weird,” focuses on the strange, the unexplained and the just plain goofy from the Pajaro Valley to Bonny Doon.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 7

Community briefs, Dec. 7, 2018... more

First all-female mariachi in U.S. returns to Santa Cruz

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the first all-female mariachi in the United States, will perform in Santa Cruz on Sunday.... more

Unique woodburning art on exhibit

Artist Kendra Morrison currently has an exhibit showing of her unique tinted woodburning with collage art pieces at the Santa Cruz County Building.... more


Man arrested for fatal DUI crash

A 25-year-old Pacific Grove man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly causing a fatal car crash on Highway 1 near Marina.... more

Two crashes, power outage on Riverside Road

Two separate car crashes triggered a huge response from emergency crews, Caltrans and Pacific Gas and Electric on Riverside Road Monday evening and into Tuesday.... more

Watsonville prepares for 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census slightly more than a year away, Watsonville got an early start Tuesday by forming a committee meant to ensure the city's residents are accurately counted.... more

Andy Vargas to hold holiday benefit concert this weekend

Watsonville native and Santana lead singer Andy Vargas will bring his band to the Henry J. Mello Center Saturday for a holiday benefit concert.... more

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education celebrates 90 years

A contingent of politicians, educators and residents gathered in Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education’s Rodriguez Street location Monday to help ring in the institution’s 90th anniversary.... more

PHOTO: Tea for history

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association's annual Holiday Tea took place Sunday at the Bockius-Orr House and Borina Archive. ... more

Santa Cruz Chorale to hold annual holiday concert

The Santa Cruz Chorale will open its 2018-2019 season with “Christmas With the Chorale” on Dec. 8 and 9.... more


Community members invited to adopt a family

Community members are invited to share the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family in need.... more


Community briefs, Nov. 30

Community briefs, Nov. 30, 2018... more

Council approves $594K contract for wastewater plan

The Watsonville City Council approved a contract with a consultant Tuesday to plan for wastewater and sewer improvements over the next 20 years.... more


E. coli outbreak linked to Central Coast romaine lettuce

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that based on new information, it is now narrowing its warning to North American consumers not to eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce to crops harvested in the Central Coastal growing regions of California.... more

Man arrested in stolen vehicle after chase

A Watsonville man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a brief chase in a stolen car, which ended when he collided with a tree.... more

WPD: Two DUI drivers crash into police cars on same night

Two men were arrested within a 30-minute period on Friday for two separate incidents during which they allegedly got behind the wheel while drunk and crashed into Watsonville patrol vehicles, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said Monday.... more

CHP: Man fled after striking, killing dog

An Aptos man is facing hit and run charges after he allegedly fled after striking a dog being walked along Spreckels Drive on Saturday afternoon.... more

Small Business Saturday returns to East Lake Village

Nationwide event aims to encourage shopping at small, local stores.... more

Fatal crash shuts down Highway 1 early Saturday

Man was walking on highway near Emeline Avenue.... more

Tickets for Agape Dance Academy’s ‘The Nutcracker’ on sale now

Performances to be held the weekend before Christmas.... more

PHOTO: Ag History Project celebrates harvest

The 33rd annual Harvest Dinner, which is one of the Agricultural History Project's main fundraisers, featured a dinner prepared by Monterey Bay Caterers and a live and silent auction. ... more

Scholarship fund created in honor of Dr. Stan Hajduk

Dr. Stan Hajduk was known for his humanitarian deeds as a life-long Rotary member and advocate for health programs and social justice.... more

Longtime teacher celebrates 100th birthday

Jean Pogue, who taught thousands of Watsonville High School students math from 1944 to 1982, turns 100 Friday.... more

Watsonville Connect offers services for homeless

Hundreds of people came to the Veterans Memorial Building Wednesday, where they could get a California ID card, visit a dentist, talk about their legal troubles, get a haircut and grab a hot meal, among dozens of other services.... more

Air quality in Santa Cruz County deemed unhealthy

All schools, county parks and facilities remain open. ... more


Men arrested after vandalizing Ramsay Park

Two young men have been booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for felony vandalism.... more


WHS drama offering two well-known plays

Watsonville High School’s drama program is presenting two plays written to illustrate the migrant experience.... more

Truck flips, catches fire in Felton

Incident occurred just north of Rincon Fire.... more

Fox to move headquarters to Georgia

Fox Factory Holding Corp announced Wednesday that it will move some of its operations from Watsonville to Reno, Nev. next spring, while relocating its corporate headquarters in Scotts Valley to its existing offices in Georgia by the end of the year.... more


Series of earthquakes hit San Benito County

Largest measured at 4.1 magnitude.... more


Dependency attorneys grappling with funding cuts

Every day in Santa Cruz County Superior Court Family Law Division in Watsonville, a small team of attorneys who specialize in family law advocate for children and their parents as they move through the often impersonal machinations of the legal system.... more

Day of the Dead celebration planned

Event will offer live entertainment, traditional altars, activities and screening of Disney-Pixar's ‘Coco’.... more

Día de los Muertos exhibit returns to PV Gallery

Exhibit will feature altars and installations created by local schools, community groups and families.... more

Structural frameworks explored in new art exhibition

Show will run at Cabrillo Gallery until Oct. 26... more

Open Farm Tours returns

15 farms and plant nurseries participate in annual event.... more

Food, What?! holds annual benefit dinner

Event is the nonprofit organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.... more

Chadeish Yameinu finds a permanent home

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


Watsonville receives $567K to combat minor tobacco use

The City of Watsonville was awarded $567,880 in state grant funding from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to combat the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors.... more

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.... more

A time to eat, and play

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

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.... more


Whooping cough on the rise, county health officials warn

The number of cases of whooping cough in Santa Cruz County has more than doubled during the first four months of 2018, county officials announced Monday.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


County releases proposed strategic plan

County officials have released the proposed six-year strategic plan.... more


RTC to consider rail line agreement

The Regional Transportation Commission will consider approving an agreement Thursday with Lakeville, Minn.-based Progressive Rail to run the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, June 8

Community briefs, June 8, 2018... more


Report: Number of sickened by pesticides increases

Illnesses caused by agricultural pesticide exposure in California rose nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to data released May 31 by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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. ... more

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.... more

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. ... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

A dance around the world

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


Community briefs, June 1

Community briefs, June 1, 2018... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Applications due soon for youth volunteer program

Several slots are still available for teens who would like to participate in the YouthServe Summer Institute.... more

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.... more

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.... more

Two arrested for attempted murder

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

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.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, May 25

Community briefs, May 25, 2018... more

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.... more

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.... more

PHOTO: Traffic control heightened on Airport Blvd.

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

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.... more

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.... more

Motorcyclist dies in solo crash

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

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.... more

A celebration of Oaxacan culture

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

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.... more


Grants to help battle opioid epidemic

Money from grants obtained by local drug treatment center Janus has started to flow to medical providers throughout Santa Cruz County as the effort to treat opioid addiction expands. As the funding impacts, there will be more treatment available as well as treatment that is more effective.... more

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.... more

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... more

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.... more


Grand jury investigates mental crisis response

The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury on Thursday released a report of how law enforcement officials and mental health workers respond to mental health crises, and made a handful of recommended changes.... more

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.... more

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.... more

Man arrested with sniper rifle

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

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Man arrested for sexual assault

A Watsonville man was arrested Monday morning, suspected of a sexual assault that occurred Sunday on the 300 block of Corralitos Road, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Cleveland said.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Killer denied parole

A man who was 16 when he stabbed his landlord to death in May 1995 — and has been in Valley State Prison in Chowchilla since his conviction one year later — was denied parole during a hearing on Thursday.... more


'No Más Bebés' to make Watsonville premiere

The Emmy Award-nominated "No Más Bebés," is set to be screened Thursday at the Appleton Grill & Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St. in Watsonville, at 7 p.m.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, May 4: Forum addresses equity and gender

Community briefs, May 4, 2018... more

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.... more

Popular muralist dies

Santa Cruz muralist James Aschbacher died on April 25.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Presentation to outline affordable housing in South County

"No Place Like Home," a presentation about affordable housing in South County, will be held Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor.... more

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. ... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, April 27

Community briefs, April 27, 2018... more

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.... more

Six injured in head-on collision

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


Alleged shooter seeks new doctor

The man who allegedly participated in a gang-related shooting nearly three years ago that killed a man and a 4-year-old girl appeared briefly in court Tuesday, where he asked a judge to give him more time to find a neuropsychologist.... more


Riverside Drive homicide suspect appears in court

Miguel A. Castaneda, the man accused of shooting and killing another man on Riverside Drive Friday in Watsonville, made his first appearance in the court of Judge Richard Curtis on Tuesday.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.”... more

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.... more


Community briefs, April 20: Steampunk zombie western novel Kickstarter launched

Community briefs, April 20, 2018... more

‘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.... more


Teen arrested in April 8 homicide

A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested Thursday afternoon for the murder of a 26-year-old man on April 8.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Grand jury praises school threat plan

The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury on Thursday released a report commending education and law enforcement officials for creating a plan governing how schools handle violent incidents.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more


Film to cover new approach to climate change

A new take on climate change is the topic of a documentary film made by two local videographers.... more


Community briefs, April 10: Rose Society schedules potluck

Community briefs, April 10, 2018... more

PHOTO: SUV careens into drainage ditch

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

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.... more

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.... more

Man arrested in January shooting case

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

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.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, April 5: Author to host talk at Kelly’s Books

Community briefs, April 5, 2018... more

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.... more


On 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, late photographer’s work remembered

On the evening of April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while preparing for a protest march at a Memphis, Tenn. hotel. Wednesday marks 50 years since the tragedy.... more


Community briefs, April 3: Restaurants support robotics program

Community briefs, April 3, 2018... more

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.... more

PHOTO: Watsonville’s sesquicentennial celebrated

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

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.... more


Community briefs, March 31: JACL accepting scholarship applications

Community briefs, March 31, 2018... more

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.... more


Community briefs, March 29: Workshop to discuss Green Business certification

Community briefs, March 29, 2018... more


Gun buyback deemed a success

More than 600 guns were turned in during the Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement Chief’s Association’s gun buyback event on Saturday.... more

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.... more


One killed in small plane crash

One person was killed Monday morning when the plane they were flying crashed on the runway at Marina Municipal Airport, Marina Fire Chief Doug McCoun said.... more


Woman who killed two in crash sentenced to six years

Almost exactly two years after a UC Santa Cruz student caused a collision that killed two people, she was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison in Monterey County Superior Court.... more

Volunteers thanked for efforts

Volunteers who devote their time to the benefit of the community were honored Thursday evening during the 16th annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards ceremony.... more

PHOTO: Woman injured in downtown rollover

Watsonville Police Sgt. Henry Robles collects information at a three-car crash on Main Street Thursday.... more


Community briefs, March 24: Buddhist Temple to celebrate Hanamatsuri

Community briefs, March 24, 2018... more

CASA welcomes newest advocates for children in foster care

Twenty-six new volunteers were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates on March 6 by Judge Rebecca Connolly.... more

Cabrillo Ethics Bowl finishes strong

The Cabrillo College Ethics Bowl Team competed against 37 teams at the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago... more

Logo shows off local talent

As part of the City of Watsonville’s celebration of its 150th anniversary, a Sesquicentennial Commemorative Logo was recently introduced. The logo has appeared in various spots around the city, including the Civic Plaza, marketing materials and in the form of a lapel pin.... more

Local packaging company praised by global organization

Recently, Sambrailo Packaging's ReadyCycle was featured in an article by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an environmental organization that aims to combat plastic pollution worldwide.... more


Community briefs, March 22: Law enforcement hosting gun buyback

Community briefs, March 22, 2018... more

PHOTO: Car takes out tree and sign

Emergency officials help a female driver out of her Honda Accord Tuesday morning after she plowed over a speed limit sign and a tree. ... more

Boardwalk to remove classic Ferris wheel

After nearly 60 years, the Ferris wheel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will spin no more.... more

Friends and volunteers meet in library

On Saturday, two annual events were combined in the Watsonville Library’s upstairs meeting room: the annual meeting of the Friends of the Watsonville Library and Volunteer Appreciation Day.... more

Dinosaurs return to fairgrounds

While all dinosaurs went extinct millions of years before humans came onto the scene, about 50 will make an appearance this weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.... more

Gizdich to be honored as ‘Friend of Scouting’

Nita Gizdich, owner and founder of Gizdich Ranch, has been selected as the 2018 “Friend of Scouting.”... more


Community briefs, March 17: Watsonville Wednesday returns

Community briefs, March 17, 2018... more

Second Harvest hosts annual awards dinner

On March 7, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County hosted one of the organization’s most popular events of the year.... more


Community briefs, March 15: Hospice holding memorial service

Community briefs, March 15, 2018... more

Learning to live aloha

On Saturday, Te Hau Nui will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a special fundraiser performance.... more

PHOTO: Science and engineering up close

People check out the various exhibits at the 30th annual Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair at the fairgrounds Saturday. ... more

PHOTO: A special memory during Arbor Week

In celebration of Arbor Week, students from New School, the Web of Life Field School and the Environmental Science Workshop team up with workers from the City of Watsonville to plant 13 trees at Seaview Ranch Thursday. ... more

PHOTO: Gas leak closes neighborhood

Watsonville firefighters keep a close watch on a natural gas leak at a home on the 100 block of Faith Drive Friday.... more


Cold weather on the way

Forecasters are being put to the test in predicting the weather over the next several days as shifting conditions have caught them off guard.... more

Commission recommends changes to wireless ordinance

The Watsonville Planning Commission gave its recommendation Tuesday to amend a city ordinance in response to federal law on wireless facilities.... more

Family Arts Nights arrive at schools this month

This month at 11 schools across Santa Cruz County, parents, grandparents and children will spend an evening together dancing, singing, storytelling and creating visual artworks under the guidance of professional teaching artists at a Family Arts Night event.... more

Youth-inspired diversity mural completed

A crowd gathered inside the Louden Nelson Community Center on Saturday before heading outside to ceremoniously cut a rainbow ribbon in front of a completed mural.... more


Community briefs, March 6: County Clerk offers Watsonville office hours

Community briefs, March 6, 2018... more


Residents report scam calls

A Watsonville resident is warning others to be on the lookout for a scam apparently targeting undocumented immigrants.... more

Fire flattens rural home in Watsonville

A burned up car and a charred heap of rubble is shown where an early morning fire swept through a double-wide mobile home Thursday on the 100 block of Paulsen Road.... more

Fostering a love of reading

Ohlone Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day on Wednesday, an event that allowed each student to score a free book.... more

WPD donation benefits cancer support programs

The Watsonville Police Department donated $6,193 to the Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital on Tuesday.... more

Man stabbed in suspected gang attack

A man was taken to a trauma center Tuesday afternoon after being stabbed in a suspected gang attack.... more

PHOTO: Fire consumes motorboat, motorcycle

Firefighters from Pajaro Valley Fire and Watsonville Fire douse a fire that engulfed a motorboat, a motorcycle, a tent and a wood fence Wednesday afternoon on the 100 block of Lita Lane.... more

Rotary Club of Watsonville to hold job-shadowing day

Every year, a group of Watsonville High School students takes a day away from classes for a glimpse at the possibilities their futures could hold.... more

Monte Vista Christian School coach arrested

Monte Vista Christian School varsity basketball coach Hasan Houston was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic battery, police records show.... more

PHOTO: Know your local businesses

People pour into the Seascape Golf Club Wednesday afternoon for the 33rd annual Business Showcase put on by the Aptos and Capitola-Soquel Chambers of Commerce.... more


Community briefs, Feb. 24: Omega Nu holding bunco event

Community briefs, Feb. 24, 2018... more

Arrest made in October stabbing

Police arrested a Watsonville man Monday afternoon on suspicion of attempted homicide.... more

Police: Boy threatened students, gun removed from home

An 11-year-old boy was removed from his Bayview Elementary School classroom after barricading himself there after an outburst, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Wednesday.... more

Capturing a wild moment

A bobcat was caught on camera in broad daylight on the Green Valley Road property of Joan and Bob Culbertson of Watsonville. They said the photo, taken with their newest motion-sensor camera, was the best one of a bobcat they’ve ever captured.... more

Three decades of PVUSD tales

James Baker spent 30 years in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, working his way up from a teacher to superintendent. Now, readers can learn about his experience in a new book, “From the Desk Of: An Administrator’s Pursuit of Excellence & Equity in Pajaro Valley Unified School District,” penned by his granddaughter, Alexandra Baker.... more


Community briefs, Feb. 20: YMCA sets fundraising goal for 120th year

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PHOTO: La Selva Beach home hit hard by fire

Aptos/La Selva firefighters attack a fire that gushed through the upper floor of a La Selva Beach home Monday afternoon.... more

Aptos woman dies in Hwy. 17 crash

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

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.... more


Morning blaze sends up column of black smoke

A fire that tore through an outbuilding and into a residence in the mountains above Corralitos sent a huge column of black smoke over Eureka Canyon Thursday morning.... more

PHOTO: A familiar face

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


Community briefs, Feb. 15: Fundraisers support robotics program

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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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

PHOTO: Unusual visitor

The Goodyear Blimp circles downtown Watsonville Friday.... more

Commission approves wine tasting room

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


Community briefs, Feb. 8: Congressional staff members hold office hours

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Teacher adds to his résumé

A local math teacher is leaving today for a trip to New York City, where he will receive a prestigious teaching award.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, Feb. 6: PV Chamber welcomes new board members

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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.... more

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.... more

Poetry program returning to library

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

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.... more


PHOTO: Car slams into utility pole

A Watsonville firefighter secures the scene of a solo vehicle crash Friday.... more


Community briefs, Feb. 3: PVUSD announces results of reading challenge

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Cop’s first shift ends in large drug bust

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Wednesday after detectives searching his vehicle found illegal drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia.... more

CASA executive director announces retirement

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

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.... more

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.... more


Community briefs, Feb. 1: Calamari Dinner benefits scholarship fund

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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.... more

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.... more


James Kohut sued by former patient

The former Santa Cruz neurosurgeon who now sits in jail accused of multiple counts of child rape now has new legal woes.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 30: Ella’s at the Airport benefiting Pajaro Valley Climate Action

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New charter school proposed for Watsonville

A Hollister-based organization is hoping to open a new charter school in Watsonville in time for the 2019 school year.... more

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.... more


Local company to offer free Wi-Fi in plaza

People who spend time in Watsonville Plaza eating their lunch, talking to friends or just relaxing in the sun can now engage in a new activity: surfing the internet.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 27: Poster and poetry contests entries being accepted

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Community briefs, Jan. 25: WhaleFest returns to Monterey

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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.... more

Man shot twice, suspect not found

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

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

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.... more

Banker ends 50-year career

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

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.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 18: Realtors to install officers

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Community briefs, Jan. 16: Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company celebrating two years

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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.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 13: Carmona’s hosting paint party

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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.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 11: UC Master Gardeners holding free classes

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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.... more

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.... more


Volunteers gearing up for MLK Day of Service

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and fellow nonprofits are gearing up for a day of service for Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15.... more


Community briefs, Jan. 9: Mystery Readers Club meets

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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.... more


PG&E to replace gas pipelines in Watsonville

Traffic delays are expected as Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be working on its natural gas system at various locations in Watsonville.... more