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Fully restored Castro Adobe ready for visitors

It was 17 years ago that a group of volunteers began to restore the Rancho San Andreas Castro Adobe, a structure whose endurance over its 176-year lifespan helps paint a picture of California history. Now fully restored and equipped with interpretative displays, touchable exhibits and...

Watsonville man arrested for child sex crimes

A Watsonville man was arrested Monday for alleged sex crimes involving a child, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announced. Eric Martinez-Villanueva, 21, was arrested  without incident at his residence along the 10 block of Lassen Way, Monterey County Sheriff’s Commander Andres Rosas stated in a...

Teens found with large amount of drugs

Two teenagers were arrested recently by Capitola Police after officers found them with a large amount of drugs. Capitola Police said the two juveniles were stopped  for public intoxication. During a search, police found hundreds of Xanax-style pills, 30 grams of psilocybin “magic mushrooms,” several...

Car crash cuts utility pole in half

 A driver shot off of Casserly Road Monday in Watsonville and slammed into a utility pole, splitting it in two. The California Highway Patrol said the driver, who fled the scene on foot, shot off the pavement around 1pm while traveling north on Casserly just...

Moving upward with Adult school

Editor’s note: this story is a preview for the graduation section that will come out on Friday. We will do our best to highlight all the schools that held ceremonies. Over 90 students crossed the stage in front of a full house at the Henry...

Beach death being investigated

A man died at Moran Beach along East Cliff Drive in Live Oak Friday. Ashley Keehn of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff'’s Office identified the victim as Hans Materne, 45, of Atlanta, Ga.   The Sheriff’s Office said deputies, Harbor Patrol, State Parks, and fire personnel were...

Women campers find happy trails together

What started out as two friends who enjoyed fly fishing and camping eight years ago has now ballooned into an international club with over 24,000 members over the years. On Tuesday, about 70 of those women in the group called Sisters on the Fly, rolled...

Kim De Serpa kicks off her campaign at the Shadowbrook

On June 5, Kim De Serpa kicked off her campaign for 2nd District Supervisor while celebrating her birthday at The Shadowbrook restaurant.  De Serpa will face off against Kristen Brown in the November election. She hosted the event with more than 100 attendees, after attending several...

County Supervisors approve budget, financial troubles on horizon

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the 2024-25 proposed budget, a $1.12 billion plan that, while balanced, forecasts future financial troubles amplified by a projected $45 state billion budget deficit, and by more than $100 million in disaster costs that...

Fire Capt. Laurel Walters move on

Central Fire Capt. Laurel Walters, the first female firefighter to be hired by Central Fire Protection District, hung up her helmet Thursday after 28 years of service. As a farewell ceremony, fellow firefighters joined her and her family, including her husband, two teen boys and...
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Photo story: Watsonville chase ends at levee

Watsonville Police search for two men who jumped out of this Honda sedan late Friday on the Pajaro River levee. The incident began at...