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Widespread pesticide use a civil rights violation, tribunal says

Tarmo Hannula contributed to this story. Over the decades, California lawmakers, district attorneys, county agricultural commissioners and others tasked with protecting residents have neglected to do so for farmworkers and their families, who are disproportionately affected by dangerous agricultural chemicals. This amounts to years of civil...

Feb. 13 2024 Edition

Watsonville officials, residents mull city’s General Plan

More than 100 people spent their Saturday morning in the community room of the Watsonville Civic building, where they joined the City Council and other officials in discussions about Watsonville’s General Plan. The council made no official decisions during the informal meeting, which was one...

A blaze of glory: longtime fire reservist dies

John R. Walker Jr., a major fixture in Watsonville’s landscape of firefighting, parades and labor task force, died Jan. 27 of pancreatic cancer. He was 84. Walker  served as a Watsonville Reserve Firefighter for three decades, and left that post as Reserve Lt. Co. No....

One dead, houses damaged in windstorm

A man was killed in Boulder Creek after a tree crashed into his home, as winds pounded Santa Cruz County after several heavy rainstorms on Sunday. Santa Cruz County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ashley Keehn identified the man as as 45-year-old Robert Brainard III. Deputies and firefighters responded...

Rain, Winds Pound County, Topple Trees

Rain and wind swept across Santa Cruz County on Sunday, with storm damage reported in several places. Paige Gordon stood near her Live Oak home, hours after a towering eucalyptus tree—felled by heavy winds— smashed through the top floor and rendered the entire structure uninhabitable. High...

Aptos library begins new chapter

The newly rebuilt Aptos Library will open to the pubic on Sunday, Feb. 4

Storm expected to bring rain, wind

An atmospheric river storm bearing down on the Bay Area could bring 2-3 inches of rain, with four inches expected in the mountains.

Pajaro River levee project on track for summer start

Mark Strudley Pajaro Regional Flood Control Management Agency Manager
On Jan. 22, as heavy overnight rains drenched the region, Pajaro Regional Flood Control Management Agency (PRFMA)  Manager Mark Strudley got up in the middle of the night to make sure that the rivers and streams could handle the surge of water. They did, and...

Pajaro Middle School restoration work to begin

pajaro middle school flood
Nearly one year ago, flood waters from the Pajaro River inundated Pajaro Middle School, closing the school and forcing hundreds of students to relocate. Now, restoration work will soon begin to allow them to return in August. The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of...

Sharks begin to heat up at the right time | High...

St. Francis High baseball head coach Ken Nakagawa has no doubt this year’s group is talented enough to go on a Central Coast Section...