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September 19, 2020

Rocks Ranch property sold to Land Trust

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A stretch of road alongside Highway 101 could soon be home to a tunnel complex turned wildlife crossing under the busy highway. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County announced Sept. 9 that it has agreed to purchase the...

Man stabbed to death in Santa Cruz, suspect arrested

SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating after a man was stabbed to death early Sunday morning in Santa Cruz, police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said. Officers were dispatched to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon...

Ex-Driscoll’s exec sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzlement

SAN JOSE—A former executive at an international Watsonville berry giant was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in federal prison for embezzlement, United States Attorney David Anderson announced. Marc Marier, 42, was sentenced to 29 months in prison...

Paying respects | About Town

Bagpiper Kasie Talbot set the tone for the start of an annual ceremony in Aptos Friday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.  Personnel, staff, family and friends from Aptos/La Selva Fire,...

Remembering the fallen: Firefighters commemorate 9/11

APTOS—More than 50 firefighters from agencies across Santa Cruz County gathered in Aptos Friday morning to commemorate the 19th year since the 9/11 attacks. Using two ladder trucks, the firefighters hoisted a giant flag into the air, and then...

PV Trustees approve distance learning plan

WATSONVILLE—With distance learning likely to last through the rest of 2020—and possibly extend through June—the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday tentatively approved the district’s Learning Continuity Plan, a 16-page document that seeks to standardize education for the...

PVUSD Board, A3: Newcomers square off

Editor’s note: This is the second entry in a series of interviews with candidates running for office in the upcoming local elections. Interviewees will include candidates for the Watsonville City Council, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, the Pajaro...

City’s initial pandemic budget report brings optimism

WATSONVILLE—The Covid-19 pandemic has not yet been as harsh on Watsonville’s economy as predicted, but Finance Department Director Cindy Czerwin at Tuesday’s City Council meeting said it is still too early to “feel totally confident” about the City’s financial future.

Surreal skies cover Central Coast

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CENTRAL COAST—Though the CZU August Lightning Complex fire is now more than 86% contained in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the sky and weather do not reflect that progress. An orange-brown layer of smoke blanketed the sky Wednesday and by...

City issues fourth change for Trail segment contract

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WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council approved the fourth change to a contract with Granite Rock for Phase 1 of the City’s segment of the Coastal Rail Trail, bringing the total price for changes to $501,328.94. The most recent contract change—included...
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PVUSD Board, A6: Incumbent faces challenger

Editor’s note: This is the second entry in a series of interviews with candidates running for office in the upcoming local elections....