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November 28, 2020

Santa Cruz man arrested on suspicion of DUI after Highway 17 rollover

SCOTTS VALLEY—A Santa Cruz man was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol after a crash on Highway 17 injured him and his passenger. Jacob Rush, 25, and his 24-year-old female passenger were taken to a...

Aptos man arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run

APTOS—California Highway Patrol officers on Sunday arrested an Aptos man after he allegedly smashed into a parked vehicle and several other objects while driving drunk in Aptos. Antonio Ayala, 46, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol....

Santa Cruz County moves to most restrictive tier of Covid-19 reopening plan

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County has moved to the “Widespread,” or Purple, tier of state’s Covid-19 reopening plan, which carries with it the most serious restrictions on businesses and services, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a lunchtime press conference Monday.

Aptos man dies following crash near Freedom-Valencia intersection

APTOS—An Aptos man died on Nov. 11 from injuries he suffered in a two-car crash on Nov. 5 on Freedom Boulevard. California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said the 69-year-old victim was traveling north on Freedom Boulevard south of...

O’Neill Sea Odyssey offers free virtual event for students

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO), a local nonprofit which usually hosts hundreds of schoolchildren per year on its 65-foot catamaran on the Monterey Bay, has switched gears to bring education into people’s homes. On Nov. 19, the organization...

County Clerk: election theft very unlikely

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Just as he did with the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump is making accusations of a rigged and fraudulent election in 2020.  But how easy is it to “steal” an election? Ask Santa...

City pens official apology to Filipino community for 1930 race riots

WATSONVILLE—In a historic move at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City of Watsonville officially apologized to the local Filipino community for the 1930 anti-Filipino race riots, which ended in the death of one man and ignited unrest across California. 

Pair arrested in stolen SUV

Jesus Torres WATSONVILLE—Two men accused of stealing an SUV were arrested Monday after an off-duty Watsonville Police officer spotted the pair casing vehicles in a neighborhood off of Lighthouse Drive. Christian Torres, 18, and Jesus...

‘Tis the season: Fairgrounds offers Holiday Lights drive-thru event

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WATSONVILLE—Two local organizations are hoping to shine a brilliant holiday light during troubling times. The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project are in the midst of crafting the first-ever Holiday Lights Drive-Thru event as an...

Second Harvest’s annual Holiday Food Drive goes virtual

WATSONVILLE—Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer Paul Garcia knows the importance of giving back to his community. “I was a heroin addict for many years… I tore this town up,” he said. “So now I’m giving back.”
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Church Christmas Tree Farms open for business

ROYAL OAKS—Last year, Church Christmas Tree Farms celebrated its 60th year. The family-owned business, now run by Glenn Church and his two...

Work continues on PV field