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March 28, 2023

Watsonville Hospital gets temporary CEO

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WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors on Wednesday unanimously appointed Watsonville Community Hospital Chief Operations Officer Matko Vranjes to serve as interim CEO, after Steven Salyer announced his resignation last week. Vranjes will begin on April 11, Salyer’s last day. According to Board member...

Watsonville woman dies in Highway 17 crash

SCOTTS VALLEY—A 73-year-old Watsonville woman died in a solo-vehicle crash on Highway 17 early Tuesday. She has been identified as Maria Isabel Reyes, according to Ashley Keehn of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. California Highway Patrol officer Israel Murillo said Reyes was driving a...

Latino Role Models Conference returns

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The 13th annual Latino Role Models Conference will be held in-person on March 25 from 9am to 1pm at Cabrillo College Crocker Theater. This free conference is designed to inspire students in grades 6 through college to achieve their dreams for college and career.  Presentations...

Flooding closes Pajaro Middle School, students relocate to Lakeview

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PAJARO—As Pajaro residents wait for waters to recede and for officials to lift the evacuation orders that have beset the small community since the March 11 levee breach, hundreds of Pajaro Middle School students are attending class three miles away at Lakeview Middle School. Pajaro...

Aptos beach cleanup seeks volunteers

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On March 25 from 2-4pm, the Mount Madonna School fifth grade class is organizing a community beach cleanup of Platforms Beach in Aptos. Volunteers of all ages are invited to join in the effort; the students will supply trash bags and buckets, and each...

RosaAzul set to perform in Corralitos

RosaAzul is making its debut at El Vaquero Winery in Corralitos on March 26 from 4-7pm. José Chuy Hernandez and Adam Bolaños-Scow founded RosaAzul as a performance-driven ensemble dedicated to honoring and presenting some of the very best Mexican music with their audiences. With their...

Winds, rain lash region

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The first day of spring blew its way into the Central Coast Tuesday, toppling trees and power lines across roadways and buildings across the county. Winds estimated as high as 80 miles per hour are pounding the region, causing chaos on the roadways...

Community serves up hot meals for Pajaro evacuees

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WATSONVILLE—Community members are teaming up nightly to serve hot meals to hundreds of residents who are under flood evacuation from the town of Pajaro.  Since Monday night, starting at 7pm under a tent donated by the community, scores of chefs serve up meals prepared on...

Watsonville Community Hospital CEO leaves post

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Community Hospital CEO Steven Salyer has left his post, and the board that oversees the hospital will meet on March 22 to discuss how his replacement will be chosen. In a letter to employees on Monday, Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Board President John Friel...

Pajaro floods wreak havoc on agriculture

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PAJARO—With hundreds of acres of farmland still underwater Thursday, farmers are unsure how the recent flood will affect their businesses. At the same time, employees are unable to return to work, and many who were evacuated are still unsure if they will have a...

Grizzlies continue to improve on daily basis | High school softball

WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley High senior Emily Quezada tried out for the softball team last season after deciding she wanted to play the sport for the...

Highway 1 repairs begin