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May 21, 2022

PVUSD schools to close for two weeks, teachers to stay home

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in an emergency meeting Saturday unanimously approved a plan to close all district schools for two weeks, and allow most employees to work from home.  Essential staff will provide services such as food, custodial and technology,...

Impromptu​ airshow in Watsonville

Being in the newsroom at the Pajaronian has been extraordinary these past few weeks with the outbreak of the global pandemic: COVID-19. We are hearing of big changes across the social spectrum, from schools cancelling classes to late night talk shows no longer having...

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. City Manager Matt Huffaker...

Santa Cruz County schools prepare for closure

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Starting Monday, thousands of students across Santa Cruz County will be out of school for at least one week after county education officials closed every school in response to the growing threat from coronavirus. But teachers and school employees will be required to...

On the Lowdown: High school sports continue despite coronavirus scare

*NOTE: This story was written prior to Thursday night’s decision to suspend school athletics.  Make no joke about it. The coronavirus is real and it’s slowly making its way into the Pajaro Valley. But the big scare hasn’t affected any of the prep sports in the...

All Santa Cruz County schools to close March 16-20

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Office of Education on Thursday evening announced that all schools in the county will be closed from March 16-20. The announcement was emailed to parents throughout the county one day after a case was confirmed in a person with...

Watsonville closes recreation programs, cancels events | COVID-19 closures

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The City of Watsonville on Thursday cancelled several local gatherings because of growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Those cancellations included its Friday farmers market and its annual Earth Day event, scheduled this year for April 26.  Watsonville City Manager Matt Huffaker said...

Watsonville officials tackle coronavirus concerns as 3 more cases announced

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Since COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December, healthcare professionals, elected leaders and everyday citizens around the world have been looking for answers and trying to unsnarl the constantly-changing situation. There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries,...

Coronavirus case found in PVUSD school

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APTOS—Pajaro Valley Unified School District announced Wednesday it is closing Rio Del Mar Elementary School for two days after a person there tested positive for coronavirus. District officials are not saying what the person’s relationship to the school is. They were last at the school...

Library celebrates Women’s History Month | About Town

The main branch of the Watsonville Public Library has a display of literature to recognize of Women's History Month, which is March. • This evening, showers will taper off to fog around 11 p.m. The National Weather Service said more rain appears to be on the...
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‘Catz earn top seed in CCS D-II field | High school...

It wasn’t whether or not the Watsonville High softball team was going to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The big question was where...