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July 18, 2024

Watsonville City Manager Rene Mendez leaving

Watsonville City Manager Rene Mendez has been named as the new City Manager for the City of Salinas, just two years after starting his position. The Salinas City Council on March 19 approved his contract. He will begin on May 28 and receive a base salary...

PVUSD names new superintendent

Pajaro Valley Unified School District on Friday named its new superintendent. The district’s Board of Trustees appointed Heather Contreras in closed session during its March 13 board meeting.  “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Heather Contreras as our new Superintendent,” Board President Georgia Acosta stated in...

24-hour Highway 1 closure coming March 23

Caltrans is scheduled to close both directions of Highway 1 for a 24-hour block on March 23/24 to make way for the demolition of the 1948 Capitola Ave. overcrossing.  Kevin Drabinski, spokesperson for Caltrans, said the work is the second phase of the three-phase project...

Election Night: Watsonville Hospital’s Measure N takes early lead

As election results continued to roll in Tuesday night, Measure N came out swinging, with 69.9% of voters approving it. That number had dipped to 68.5% early Wednesday morning just barely making the required two-thirds supermajority. Measure N would provide $116 million for Watsonville Community Hospital...

Powerful winds topple trees and power lines, prompt tornado warning

Winds were so strong Saturday night that meteorologists issued a tornado warning on the  Central Coast including for Elkhorn and Prunedale, as well as areas around Aptos and Watsonville. Just after 8pm, some residents reported seeing a “funnel cloud” touch down on the 700 block...

Photo story: Open at last

Barricades were recently taken down where Atkinson Lane meets Freedom Boulevard during construction of the new Tabasas Gardens homes (shown here). The lane had been closed to allow for construction for more than a year.

Watsonville Public House taproom opens in Watsonville

The former Watsonville Meat Locker building — which later became Stevie G Meats — was a huge draw Thursday, but this time it was for something new: a pint of homemade beer inside a sparkling new brewery and taproom on Main Street. The Watsonville Public...

E.A. Hall Middle School principal arrested for alleged sexual assault

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking additional victims. Dagoberto Garcia, 58, is listed on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District website as Principal at E.A. Hall Middle School. He has...

Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy makes first full return since pandemic

Michael Rozen said Aug. 1 he would rather be playing sports with his friends than attending the weeklong Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy offered by Graniterock.  While Michael stopped short of admitting an affinity for math, the 13-year-old admits the experience will prepare him for...
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Scotts Valley High alum Robert Hipwell drafted by the SF Giants

Scotts Valley alum Robert Hipwell selected in sixth round by SF...

Scotts Valley High alum Robert Hipwell took one step closer to getting into the “Big Leagues” after his name was called during the second...