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February 23, 2024

One dead, houses damaged in windstorm

A man was killed in Boulder Creek after a tree crashed into his home, as winds pounded Santa Cruz County after several heavy rainstorms on Sunday. Santa Cruz County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ashley Keehn identified the man as as 45-year-old Robert Brainard III. Deputies and firefighters responded...

Rain, Winds Pound County, Topple Trees

Rain and wind swept across Santa Cruz County on Sunday, with storm damage reported in several places. Paige Gordon stood near her Live Oak home, hours after a towering eucalyptus tree—felled by heavy winds— smashed through the top floor and rendered the entire structure uninhabitable. High...

Storm expected to bring rain, wind

An atmospheric river storm bearing down on the Bay Area could bring 2-3 inches of rain, with four inches expected in the mountains.

Pajaro River levee project on track for summer start

Mark Strudley Pajaro Regional Flood Control Management Agency Manager
On Jan. 22, as heavy overnight rains drenched the region, Pajaro Regional Flood Control Management Agency (PRFMA)  Manager Mark Strudley got up in the middle of the night to make sure that the rivers and streams could handle the surge of water. They did, and...

Pajaro Middle School restoration work to begin

pajaro middle school flood
Nearly one year ago, flood waters from the Pajaro River inundated Pajaro Middle School, closing the school and forcing hundreds of students to relocate. Now, restoration work will soon begin to allow them to return in August. The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of...

Highway 1 paving project nears completion

highway 1 road work
A six-month project to improve pavement quality on five miles of Highway 1 through Watsonville, both north and southbound, is moving toward completion. “We have about three weeks of work remaining on this project,” said Caltrans spokesman Kevin Drabinski. “That timeline is weather dependent. During...

Trees planted in downtown Watsonville

downtown watsonville tree planting
Members of Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) joined forces with Watsonville Public Works, Studio Judy G and others Wednesday to plant new trees in downtown Watsonville.  The effort is part of the ongoing Watsonville Community Forest Project by the city to plant thousands of new trees...

Voters opt for smaller, streamlined system

For decades, voters on election day went to their respective polling places—roughly 160 in Santa Cruz County—where they would be handed a ballot for the candidates and races specific to their districts. It was a time-honored tradition, and—for one day—a community gathering spot, with many...

County’s plan for aging seeks community input

Santa Cruz County is presenting a Master Plan for Aging (MPA) survey residents can take that will help county leaders craft a plan to meet the needs of its rapidly growing senior population. When it is complete, the county’s MPA—called “Age Well Santa Cruz County”—will...

PHOTO: Murphy Road temporarily closed

murphy road closed pajaro river
Workers from Public Works of Monterey County have closed Murphy Road where it crosses the Pajaro River. County spokeswoman Maia Carroll said officials expect the current storm system to increase the level of the Pajaro River enough to overtop Murphy Road. The low water...
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Watsonville Public House taproom opens in Watsonville

The former Watsonville Meat Locker building — which later became Stevie G Meats — was a huge draw Thursday, but this time it was...

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