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December 7, 2021

4.7 quake rocks Gonzales

A 4.7 earthquake rocked the region east of Gonzales, south of the Pajaro Valley, Monday.

Murals honoring people with disabilities will be unveiled Saturday | News Briefs

Shared Adventures
New murals that celebrate people with disabilities will be unveiled to the public Saturday at Ramsay Park. The murals will feature images of people with disabilities participating in athletic activities. The celebration comes as part of Disability Awareness Month. Shared Adventures, a nonprofit dedicated to making outdoor...

Local water agency works toward long-term drought solutions

  In 1983, a group of local farmers looking for ways to manage the Pajaro Valley’s groundwater basin formed the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA). A year later, the agency was officially recognized by the state legislature, who tasked them to stop groundwater overdraft...

Gov. Newsom beats recall bid in landslide

Newsom recall
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—About 80% of the roughly 75,000 Santa Cruz County voters who cast their ballots in Tuesday’s Gubernatorial Recall Election voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, joining a loud statewide rebuke of what the governor called a “Republican power grab.” Though results...

County briefs, Jan. 11, 2019

County briefs, Jan. 11, 2019

Improvements underway at Lincoln Street near Watsonville High

Watsonville High
WATSONVILLE—A long-awaited major street and sidewalk improvement project on a block of Lincoln Street that bisects Watsonville High School is moving forward. The state-funded Lincoln Street Safety Improvement Project will shorten crosswalks, make the sidewalks ADA compliant, and add a mid-block crosswalk, additional lighting, new...

Open Farm Tours to return this weekend

Open Farm Tours
PAJARO VALLEY—Open Farm Tours returns this Saturday and Sunday to the greater Pajaro Valley, with eight local farms participating in two days of events.  Originally started in 2014 as the Corralitos Open Farm Tour, the event has continued to grow and add more farms from...

Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance readies to open Watsonville dispensary

Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance
APTOS—A long line of U.S. military veterans was outside an Aptos cannabis dispensary Monday, waiting their turn for a free monthly package of marijuana. Called the Veterans’ Compassion Program, the service is the overarching mission of the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance (SCVA). Through it, people...

Quilt donation program for fire victims wrapping up

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—On June 29 firefighters from fire departments throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains were blanketed in surprise when three women showed up with a number of free, handmade quilts. Almost 80 firefighters from the Boulder Creek, Felton, Zayante and Ben Lomond fire protection districts...

Community briefs, Aug. 24

Community briefs, Aug. 24, 2018
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Watsonville Hospital begins bankruptcy procedures

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Community Hospital (WCH) has begun Chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures, which officials say will provide the funding necessary to continue operating as the case...