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Pajaro Valley Health Care Board Chair John Friel Dies

Pajaro Valley Health Care District Board (PVHCD) Chair and former Watsonville Community Hospital CEO John Friel, who took the lead of the fledgling agency at its outset in 2022, died March 21 after battling an undisclosed illness.  Friel resigned from his position on March 19,...

Missing hiker’s body found

A search-and-rescue team on Friday located the body of a woman who had been missing since Monday after she went for a hike in Tassajara in the Ventana Wilderness. Caroline Meister was found about 4pm after rescuers performed a high angle search off of the...

Pain And Progress In Pajaro

Tarmo Hannula and Todd Guild contributed to this story Jerry Castro has lived in the same house on Cayetano Street in Pajaro all his life. His parents owned it before him, he then bought it off of them. His children and their children were also...

Man struck, killed on Hwy. 1 early Friday

A 20-year-old Sonora man died early Friday morning when he was struck by a car on Highway 1 in Watsonville. The California Highway Patrol said the man, who has not been named, suddenly walked out onto the slow lane of northbound Highway 1 near Main...

Highway 1 Saturday closure postponed

A previously announced 24-hour closure of Highway 1 in Capitola, scheduled to begin Saturday March 23 at 7pm and run until 7pm Sunday, has been postponed due to weather. Caltran spokesperson Kevin Drabinski said scrubbing the demolition of the Capitola Avenue Bridge was put on...

Convicted murderer sees sentence reduced by 2 years

A man who murdered a business owner in Santa Cruz in 2011 after mistakenly being released from prison made an appearance in court Tuesday for a resentencing hearing. Charles Anthony Edwards, 55, was convicted of killing Camouflage owner Shannon Collins as she walked down Broadway...

Watsonville to deactivate crosswind runway

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday voted to close the crosswind runway at the airport, a move city officials say will open up more of the city for development of housing and commercial space. Airport Director Rayvon Williams told the council that closing the shorter...

Watsonville City Council to consider options for crosswind runway

On both sides of Watsonville Municipal Airport’s two runways lay so-called airport safety zones, where development is either limited or restricted. With limited space left for the city to develop—and with mandates for new housing from the State of California—those safety zones will be at...

Watsonville City Manager Rene Mendez leaving

Watsonville City Manager Rene Mendez has been named as the new City Manager for the City of Salinas, just two years after starting his position. The Salinas City Council on March 19 approved his contract. He will begin on May 28 and receive a base salary...

PVUSD names new superintendent

Pajaro Valley Unified School District on Friday named its new superintendent. The district’s Board of Trustees appointed Heather Contreras in closed session during its March 13 board meeting.  “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Heather Contreras as our new Superintendent,” Board President Georgia Acosta stated in...
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Sharks begin to heat up at the right time | High...

St. Francis High baseball head coach Ken Nakagawa has no doubt this year’s group is talented enough to go on a Central Coast Section...