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April 22, 2021

PVUSD, Food Bank partner in supporting families struggling with food insecurity

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By Ford Kanzler, Special to the Pajaronian The pandemic and the business closures that have come with it have hit many Watsonville residents hard. Two local institutions have stepped up to soften the blow. After schools closed in mid-March of last year, Pajaro Valley Unified...

¿Qué incluye el proyecto de ley de estímulo? Una guía para saber a qué se destinarán los 1,9 billones de dólares

WASHINGTON—El plan de estímulo económico de 1,9 billones de dólares del presidente Joe Biden tendría efectos de largo alcance en la sociedad ahora que el país trata de superar una pandemia que ha cobrado la vida de más de medio millón de personas en...

County could have ‘some level’ of herd immunity by late spring, officials say

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Just hours before President Joe Biden said that every adult in the United States should have access to a Covid-19 vaccine by May 1, Santa Cruz County health officials said they expect the county will march along into the orange tier of...

Belgard Kup football game between Watsonville rivals postponed

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley High football team has been conditioning for several weeks, gearing up for what will be the shortest season in the program’s history.  That season is in danger of becoming a week shorter after this Saturday’s game for the illustrious Belgard Kup against...

Santa Cruz County moves to red tier

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Santa Cruz County is moving to the red tier of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan starting Wednesday, as predicted last week.  That means several indoor business operations can reopen starting Wednesday, including indoor dining, aquariums, museums, dance studios, gyms and movie theaters, all of which have...

Watsonville not included in state’s vaccine equity plan

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WATSONVILLE—No communities in Santa Cruz County qualify for the California Department of Public Health’s vaccine equity plan, which Gov. Gavin Newsom last week pitched as a way for the state to prioritize disadvantaged and Latinx communities that have seen a disproportionate impact from the...

Fully vaccinated people can have small gatherings indoors, CDC says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued long-awaited guidance to Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19, freeing them to take some liberties that the unvaccinated should not, including gathering indoors with others who are fully vaccinated without precautions while still adhering to...

Amusement parks allowed to reopen in red tier starting next month

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Outdoor amusement parks in California counties in the red tier of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan will be allowed to welcome back customers next month, the California Department of Public Health announced Friday afternoon. Live outdoor sporting events and performances will, too, be...

More vaccines heading to Watsonville, other disadvantaged communities, state says

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—California Gov. Gavin Newsom at a Thursday press conference announced that 40 percent of the state’s vaccination doses will be prioritized for disadvantaged communities, a move he said was needed to address the disproportionate impact that the novel coronavirus has had on...

METRO offers free bus fares for vaccination appointments

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) is stepping up to help battle the pandemic in offering free local transit rides to and from Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Santa Cruz County. METRO spokeswoman Danielle Glagola said riders who are interested in using METRO...
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O’Neill Sea Odyssey hosting Virtual Earth Day event Thursday

SANTA CRUZ—On Thursday, April 22, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and its partners will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day with a free virtual event...