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September 23, 2023

Suspected Watsonville shooter surrenders

The suspected shooter accused of killing a 23-year-old man Aug. 4 turned himself in Wednesday. Officers took the 17-year-old suspect into custody at Watsonville Police Department at 9pm, police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said.  On Aug. 4, officers responded to the 800 block of McKenzie Avenue, near...

Fire officials bracing for late fire season

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Wildfires in the county’s unincorporated regions have stayed relatively low for this time of year, with just 71 vegetation fires so far in 2023 in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, compared to 107 for the same time period last year. That’s according to Nate...

PHOTOS: Mosaics on the move in downtown Watsonville

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A new phase of the massive outdoor mural project, Watsonville Brillante, was unveiled recently along the Rodriguez Street side of the six-floor parking structure. Around 60 mosaic panels make up phase seven of the 10-phase project that features themes of Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Norway,...

Watsonville Veterans Memorial Building gets a boost

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A team of volunteers took on the task to bring new life to the Veterans Memorial Building on East Beach Street in Watsonville by replacing broken windows, pressure washing the front of the building, prepping, varnishing and adding a fresh coat of paint.  The effort...

‘Men in Nature/Taking Off’ exhibit opens at Studio Judy G

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A new art show has opened at Studio Judy G, 430 Main St., in downtown Watsonville. “Men in Nature/Taking Off” is a joint show of paintings by Judy Gittelsohn and photographs by her cousin, Danny Georges.  They grew up together in Portland, Ore., and spent...

Kids who were forced into therapy program return home

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In October, a Santa Cruz teen and her younger brother were violently taken from a relative’s house, driven to Los Angeles and forced into a family therapy program with their mother. They were then taken to Washington to live with her. Seven months later,...

Watsonville Film Festival to present ‘Sanson and Me’

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The Watsonville Film Festival will partner with CineLux Green Valley Cinemas to present the documentary film “Sanson and Me” Aug. 26 at 6pm. Award-winning filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes will participate in a post-screening Q&A with the audience. Watsonville-based actor Mario Velasquez, who appears in the film,...

Briefs: Skillicorn BBQ; Elks Lodge car show

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Skillicorn BBQ benefits Scouts The Skillicorn BBQ returns Aug. 23 at the Corralitos Padres Hall, 35 Browns Valley Road, beginning at 5pm. The event is a major fundraiser to support the Scouts BSA programs in the Greater Pajaro Valley of the Loma Prieta District. Since its...

Grant expands Lift Line services

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Community Bridges’ Lift Line transportation program is expanding its door-to-door services to all Santa Cruz County residents with disabilities thanks to a state grant from the California Public Utilities Commission Transportation Network Company’s Access for All program. It will be a first-of-its-kind program without...

Inmate dies in Santa Cruz County Jail

An inmate at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail died Saturday after being found in medical distress. Ashley Keehn, spokeswoman for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, said 42-year- old Trevor George died from asphyxia by hanging in a suicide, according to the Sheriff’s forensic pathologist. He...

Mariners remain determined during rebuilding year | SCCAL girls volleyball 

Aptos High girls volleyball team is making huge steps forward in the ultra-competitive Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League after finding success in what is...