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April 3, 2020

Sheriff investigating death of Santa Cruz woman as a homicide

SCOTTS VALLEY—A 55-year-old Santa Cruz woman was found dead Tuesday inside a home on the 800 block of Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ashley Kheen said.  Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide and are searching for...

April showers on the way | About Town

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Today is April Fool’s Day and yes, living up to the adage: April showers bring May flowers; there are showers in the forecast. First, however, are a string of warm, sunny days predicted by meteorologists at the National Weather Service of Monterey....

Santa Cruz County campuses close for remainder of 2019-20 school year

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WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District is closing its schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 year, Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez announced Wednesday.  “Being a healthy community is key to thriving in it,” Rodriguez said. “Having students in the classroom is...

Unemployment offices overflowing with claims as COVID-19 halts economy

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WATSONVILLE—Brian Orozco prides himself in putting his clients at Functional Fitness Training Center through a vigorous workout that challenges them both physically and mentally. Weaving his way through the Employment Development Board’s system to file an unemployment claim put...

Salvation Army, County officials look to help homeless in time of COVID-19

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WATSONVILLE—The Salvation Army in Watsonville is continuing most of its services for homeless people, even as the COVID-19 pandemic forces many businesses and services to temporarily shut their doors.  “We’re planning to help where we can,” said Lt. Raymundo...

Santa Cruz County extends shelter-in-place through May 3

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County residents will have to stay home for at least another month. County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel on Tuesday night extended the county’s shelter-in-place order through May 3. The order, first...

COVID-19 Daily Update: Santa Cruz County cases nearly double in a week

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Santa Cruz County had 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, nearly twice the amount it had (25) just six days ago. County officials tomorrow will release an updated infographic that will provide further details on the cases...

Residents refresh during shelter-in-place | About Town

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Residents in Santa Cruz County now enter the third week of the shelter-in-place order from health officials launched on March 16 in response to the COVID-19 spread. Now those officials are shifting the initial two-week plan to remain in place until at...

Pajaro Valley Pride now accepting scholarship applications

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WATSONVILLE—Despite canceled fundraisers and an uncertain future for its annual Pride event, Pajaro Valley Pride is still accepting applications for its yearly college scholarship. The Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship is open to any LGBTQ+ or ally student enrolled full-time...

Realtors turn to the web to keep sales strong during COVID-19 crisis

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WATSONVILLE—While Santa Cruz County’s shelter-in-place order has kept residents in their homes, real estate agents have had to rely on their technical prowess to move their customers into new ones. Some realtors have turned to Facebook Live, a video...
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Small business lifeline | About Town

A painting crew has been busy adding a fresh coat of paint and a new look Thursday and Friday to the long-standing...