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September 28, 2022

Watsonville man dies in solo-vehicle crash

Amesti Road Watsonville
WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man died early Friday morning in a solo-vehicle crash on Amesti Road. California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said the 33-year-old victim was driving a blue 1998 Volkswagen Beetle eastbound on Amesti Road east of Cypress Lane, at an unknown speed at 12:28am....

Watsonville man arrested with loaded gun, drugs

WATSONVILLE—A 19-year-old Watsonville man, armed with a loaded handgun, was arrested Wednesday following a brief but dramatic foot chase. The incident unfolded on Dawson Street near Marchant Street and the Pajaro River Levee around 1:30pm, Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. Gabriel Villanueva was...

Evictions rise in first month without moratorium

Watsonville evictions
WATSONVILLE—Tenant advocates saw a modest increase in eviction notices in June, the month immediately following the Watsonville City Council’s decision to allow its citywide eviction moratorium to expire. The council at its May 26 meeting voted 5-2—Mayor Rebecca Garcia and councilman Francisco Estrada voted “no”—to...

Dead bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A dead bird found in Santa Cruz County tested positive for West Nile Virus, county health officials said Friday.

PVUSD trustees hire chief business officer

WATSONVILLE ‑ The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the contract for a Chief Business Officer, a position at the financial helm of the massive district, and in charge of a $230 million budget.

Renowned blues guitarist arrives in Watsonville

On Saturday, internationally renowned blues guitarist Chris Cain will be bringing his style of jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and vocals to the renovated ballroom of the Appleton Grill.

A day for the Aromas community

Aromas Day is celebrating its 30th year on Aug. 25., bringing the community together for family fun in the heart of the small rural town.

Man arrested for injury DUI, other crimes

SANTA CRUZ—A Salinas man wanted for a robbery in Salinas – and a DUI in Morgan Hill – was arrested Sunday in a new DUI case for allegedly crashing into several parked vehicles after a brief chase. Christopher Dicochea, 23, a convicted felon, was also...

Local author releases debut mystery novel

WATSONVILLE—Author Tony Di Leonardo was visiting the Watsonville Square shopping center when he first noticed Kelly’s Books. Walking into the small independent bookstore, he started chatting with owner Kelly Pleskunas about his debut novel, “Death by Drive-By,” which had just been released in December...

Head of local farmers market takes over Pinto Lake City Park

Jesus Madrigal Pinto Lake City Park
WATSONVILLE—A familiar face has stepped in as the new operator of Pinto Lake City Park. Jesus Madrigal, the president of the Watsonville Farmers Market, was recently named concessionaire for the city’s share of Pinto Lake. His company’s vision for the 78-acre park—70 of which are...

Mariners looking to make some noise in league play | Girls...

APTOS—Matt Anderson has adjusted quite well in his second stint as coach of the Aptos High girls’ golf team. He’s feeling more confident than...