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May 30, 2020

Funeral homes adjust to COVID-19

WATSONVILLE—As the world adjusts to the spread of COVID-19, big changes are underway at area mortuaries and funeral homes as well. Gone are the days—for now—of large gatherings, whether at a football game, concert, theater or at funerals and...

Watsonville shutting down all nonessential services

WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville on Friday announced it will close all nonessential services starting Monday because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, a move that will shut the Watsonville and Freedom branch libraries as well as several City offices.

New Leaf shutters Aptos branch after COVID-19 cluster emerges

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—New Leaf Community Market has closed its Aptos location after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19. The company made the announcement on its website  on Tuesday, saying the store will stay closed “until further notice.” 

Loaves and Fishes serves community | About Town

Tents and a line of chairs have been set up outside Loaves and Fishes awaiting the normal Mon-Fri lunch for needy people on Second Street in Watsonville. • Of the 200 people tested for coronavirus...

City faces financial uncertainty as COVID-19 wrecks economy

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WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville has asked all departments to trim their budgets by 10 percent to prepare for the economic slump over the next three years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Finance Department Director Cindy Czerwin at...

‘It went viral, really viral’: Local bakery quashing COVID-19 rumors

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WATSONVILLE—Jessica Martin was getting ready to go to bed Saturday night when she received a text message from a friend. Then another. And another. And another. “They just kept coming in,” she said. “It went viral, really viral.”

PVUSD schools transition to distance learning

WATSONVILLE—Days after the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to close all district schools for two weeks, allowing most employees and students to work from home, Gov. Gavin Newsom had a troubling message for educators, parents and students: expect...

Dentistry, clinics hope to bounce back after closure

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SACRAMENTO—Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 22 announced plans to allow hospitals to resume surgeries and other procedures that were delayed while the state grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic. These procedures include heart valve replacements, angioplasty and tumor removals,...

Salmon fishing season delayed

CENTRAL COAST—Precautions around the coronavirus outbreak have forced officials to restack this year’s salmon season and close launch ramps in area harbors. California’s recreational ocean salmon fishing season will be delayed statewide through the end of the month, despite...

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Just 13 days ago Santa Cruz County officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 within our tight-knit community. Since that fateful Saturday morning press conference, the Pajaronian news team has not had much time to take a moment to reflect...
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WPD Chief condemns​ ‘disgusting​’ killing of George Floyd

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda on Friday released this video condemning the May 25 killing of George Floyd.

County begins to open