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August 7, 2020

Art calls for action | About Town

TARMO HANNULA I saw another large temporary chalk art drawing in front of the Main Branch of the Watsonville Public Library last week. The point of the artwork is to draw attention to the ongoing 2020 Census. Several such...

Two more county residents die from Covid-19 complications

Watsonville coronavirus
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Two Santa Cruz County residents died Tuesday due to complications from the novel Coronavirus, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel announced during a Wednesday press conference. The fatalities bring the county’s death toll to six. Newel...

Pharmacy robbery suspect nabbed in Oakland

Elben Ramos
WATSONVILLE—A man suspected of robbing the Walgreens store in Watsonville was arrested in Oakland Sunday. Watsonville police said the suspect, Elben Ramos, 26, entered the pharmacy at Walgreens on Freedom Boulevard around 7am on Saturday. He jumped over the...

Supervisors approve fines for health violations, including facemasks

Santa Cruz county masks
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a temporary ordinance that will allow law enforcement officials to issue tickets to people violating county health orders, including not wearing a face covering where it is required.

Whale washes ashore | About Town

TARMO HANNULA A dead humpback whale washed ashore at Rio Del Mar State Beach Monday. California State Parks Ranger Joseph Carr Ritchie said the male humpback was about 13 years old. Researchers are looking into the cause of death...

Santa Cruz Symphony changes tune to support artists during pandemic

Santa Cruz Symphony
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—When the county’s first shelter-in-place order went into effect on March 16, the Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) immediately took action. Recognizing that it was unlikely Spring performances could be held, SCS set up the Musician Relief Fund,...

Reunión en Español espera ayudar a dueños de negocios

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WATSONVILLE—Varias organizaciones y agencias se están uniendo para organizar un ayuntamiento virtual en Español el Jueves para dueños de negocios en el Condado de Santa Cruz. La reunión comenzará a las 6pm en Zoom. Para registrarse haga clic aquí....

Watsonville community split on removal of Washington statue

Watsonville Washington bust
WATSONVILLE—More than 100 members of the community voiced their opinions on the possible removal of the George Washington bust from the Watsonville City Plaza at Monday’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The public forum lasted more than three and...

Photo: Wildland fire held to an acre

A firefighter keeps the water flowing to firefighters trying to tackle a small wildland fire that broke out Monday behind the 500 block of Ohlone Parkway. The 1:30pm blaze worked its way through dry grass, brush and a stand of eucalyptus trees...

Street level | About Town

Tarmo Hannula: A road crew was busy tidying up a rough section of Brennan Street today at the corner of East Lake Avenue. • A small wildland fire broke out today behind the 500 block...

Crispy cabbage leaf pancake | The Mixing Bowl

Humorously, each pancake is one leaf of cabbage that has been dragged through a batter and fried until crisp. Spoon on...