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February 28, 2021

Watsonville High’s athletic field, track to be renovated

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High School’s site council recently voted to use Measure L funds to renovate its stadium’s deteriorating turf field and running track. But a start date is still to be determined after current student-athletes set to compete at the facilities starting next month raised...

Elkhorn Slough restoration project receives $1.3M grant

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By Erin Malsbury, Special to the Pajaronian MOSS LANDING—The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) recently approved $1.3 million in funding for the final phase of the massive restoration project of the Elkhorn Slough wetlands, an effort that has been in the works since 2012. Wetlands improve...

County makes headway on vaccination efforts

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Covid-19 vaccine does not alter a person’s DNA, contain a microchip or cause infertility, says Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel. At Thursday’s virtual weekly press conference Newel debunked those myths about the vaccination and several others in hopes that...

PVUSD’s youngest students returning to class after spring break

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WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday paved the way for its youngest students to return to class after spring break. Under the plan, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students will continue distance learning from 8:45-11:45am every day.  First graders will continue distance...

New media company highlights Watsonville through film

Gabe Medina and Marcus Cisneros had no idea how quickly their new media company, Calavera Media, would take off during the pandemic. Having started as a loose collective of creators, working with colleagues from Digital NEST and the greater filmmaking community of Watsonville, they officially...

REI to open new store in Santa Cruz

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SANTA CRUZ—REI, an outdoor retail business with 168 stores in 39 states, plans to open a location in Santa Cruz, the company announced on Feb. 18. The 22,622-square-foot store will be located at 1660 Commercial Way, the giant warehouse that formerly held Toys “R” Us....

State Supreme Court validates juvenile justice law

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SANTA CRUZ—The California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a 2018 law prohibiting anyone 14 or 15 years old from being tried as adults is constitutional. The ruling on Senate Bill 1391 means that Adrian “AJ” Gonzalez, who is accused of kidnapping, torturing, raping and...

Cross Country: Back on track

A sense of normalcy returned to Santa Cruz County last week as the local high schools kicked off the cross country season. Watsonville High School squared off against Harbor High School on Feb. 18 in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League competition, which was the...

Sheriff’s Office seeks suspect in recent Live Oak shooting

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday identified Patrick Diaz, 29, as a suspect in a Jan. 13 shooting that occurred on the 2500 block of Soquel Drive in Live Oak. Daniel Anthony Tostado, 19, of Watsonville, was arrested on Feb. 16 in...

PV Water Board adopts Cost of Service Rate Study

WATSONVILLE—On Feb. 17 the Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) unanimously adopted the 2021 Cost of Service Rate Study and Resolution 2021-05. The move adopts procedures for public hearing, notice and protest concerning proposed revisions to charges for augmentation...
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Cross country: Weekly roundup, Feb. 27

The Aptos High boys cross country team, once again led by its trio of standout seniors, defeated Monte Vista Christian to remain unbeaten in...
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