Graniterock ordered to pay fine

Graniterock must pay more than $100,000 for violating pollution rules at two of its Redwood City facilities and one in Aromas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.... more

Guitarist returns to Watsonville

Guitarist Chris Cain will be bringing his style of jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and vocals to the ballroom of the Appleton Grill, 410 Rodriguez St. in Watsonville, on Friday.... more

Man arrested on weapon, gang charges

A Watsonville man on probation was arrested Tuesday after he was found with a loaded gun, which was accessible to children, Watsonville Police Sgt. Juan Trujillo said.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 14: Friends of the Aptos Library offering free gift wrapping

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Supporting families through dance

Agape Dance Academy is giving a boost to two organizations that support families during difficult times.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 12: Library accepting food for fines

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PV Trustees pass year’s first budget report

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the district’s first interim budget report, which is a required review of how the three-year budget adopted in June is playing out through Oct. 31.... more


Transportation commission narrows corridor study

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission narrowed down a list of projects to study that are meant to improve traffic on three major routes in the county.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 9: Library holding teen book sale

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Mount Madonna School presents ‘Lion King, Jr.’

Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., middle school students will take the stage for matinee performances of “The Lion King, Jr.” at Mount Madonna School’s Hawks’ Nest Theater, 445 Summit Road in Watsonville.... more


Man convicted in 2011 shooting

A man was convicted of first degree murder Friday in a drive-by shooting that killed a man in Watsonville in 2011.... more

Suspects flee after carjacking U-Haul truck

Two suspects are at large after they stabbed the driver of a U-Haul truck and fled in the vehicle Friday.... more


Supervisors create rules for hosted rentals

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a framework of rules for people who offer rooms in their homes to short-term rentals.... more


Public invited to meeting on pump track

The public is invited to a meeting Saturday to learn about a proposed bicycle pump track at Pinto Lake County Park.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 7: Free bike repair, ride scheduled

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Youth bands to perform in scholarship fundraiser

Be Natural Music is holding a live performance and fundraiser on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz.... more

Watsonville Police investigating shooting

Watsonville Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly shot a man and left him with life-threatening injuries on Monday, Watsonville Police Sgt. Jarrod Pisturino said.... more

A festive event

On Saturday, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association hosted its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Tea, when ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finery and nosh on petit fours and sip tea, all served on fine china and silver.... more

PHOTO: Aptos community celebrates tree lighting

Santa Claus greets Tricia and Oliver Potts of Watsonville (center) and others Saturday during the Aptos Holiday Craft Fair and Tree Lighting in Aptos Village.... more

Factory Sale draws holiday shoppers

Everywhere else has Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, but only Watsonville has the Holiday Factory Sale.... more

86-year-old woman dies in hit-and-run

An 86-year-old woman died as a result of a hit-and-run crash Saturday night in Soquel Village.... more

Stolen decorations found in Watsonville

Christmas came early for an Aptos couple, as they were reunited this weekend with their decorations that had been stolen on Nov. 25 at their house.... more

Woman’s Club benefit raises funds for fire victims

The recent wine tasting benefit for Sonoma County fire victims held by the Corralitos Woman’s Club raised more than $4,000.... more

A celebration of dance

The 15th annual ¡Cultura Caliente! scholarship fundraiser is scheduled for Friday in the Henry J. Mello Center.... more

Teen arrested with loaded handgun

A Watsonville teen was arrested Thursday after fleeing from a traffic stop and tossing a loaded handgun, Watsonville Police Sgt. Juan Trujillo said.... more

Kelly’s Books: one year in new location

Kelly's Books owner Kelly Pleskunas said she has slowly been rebuilding her customer base since she reopened one year ago in the Watsonville Square Shopping Center, just doors away from Nob Hill grocery store.... more

Hernandez honored by bicycle group

Santa Cruz-based Bike Santa Cruz County has awarded Watsonville City Councilman Felipe Hernandez its annual Wheelie Award, which honors recipients for advocacy in biking efforts.... more


Community briefs, Dec. 2: Multicultural Celebration lineup set

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Couple asks for decorations to be returned

In the wake of last year’s rains that battered the Santa Cruz Mountains, Stephanie and Dave Casper of Aptos were eager to bring a bit of light to their community this holiday season. Unfortunately, someone chose to intervene.... more


Community briefs, Nov. 30: Author to sign copies of new book

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Watsonville forms tie with Mexican city

While the majority of Watsonville's population is either from Mexico or has ties to it, the city did not, until Tuesday, have a sister city relationship within the country.... more

Culture through creativity

Local cultural organization Senderos of Santa Cruz will be holding its annual “December in Mexico” performance at the Harbor High School Theater, 300 La Fonda Ave., on Friday and Saturday.... more

PHOTO: Tree crashes through power lines on Paradise Road

A crew from Pacific Gas and Electric work on replacing power lines where a toppling tree wiped out three power poles and power lines Monday morning at 1:40 a.m. on Paradise Road in Prunedale during heavy rains and winds.... more


Digital NEST celebrates anniversary

Every weekday, scores of young people throughout South County get out of school and come to Digital NEST, where they set out to master the varied technology that increasingly drives their world.... more