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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City: Firework waste an issue for Watsonville’s beaches

A cleanup at Watsonville’s Palm Beach was held Thursday morning in an effort to dispose of waste from the Fourth of July holiday.

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A world of fiber art

Fifteen art quilts by Santa Cruz artist Ann Baldwin May are currently on exhibit at the Santa Cruz County Building in Santa Cruz and will run through July 27.

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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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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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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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Man severely burned in explosion at Hangar Way

A 30-year-old-man is currently being treated at a Bay Area trauma burn center after an explosion burned half of his body late Tuesday night in Watsonville.

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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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Thousands attend Pride Parade

Annual event held in Santa Cruz

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Serious injuries in Highway 1 rollover

APTOS -- Emergency officials responded to a solo-vehicle crash on Highway 1 at Freedom Boulevard on Saturday.

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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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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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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.

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PHOTO: Woman injured in downtown rollover

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

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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.

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Cabrillo Ethics Bowl finishes strong

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Boardwalk to remove classic Ferris wheel

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Learning to live aloha

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WPD donation benefits cancer support programs

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

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Man stabbed in suspected gang attack

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arrest made in October stabbing

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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