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February 22, 2024

Panetta hoping to continue his mission

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Editor’s note: this is the final installment of our pre-election coverage, as voters mull their mail-in ballot and make their decisions. A story on Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s  Green Party opponent ran on Feb. 8. Republican challenger Jason Michael Anderson did not respond to a...

Watsonville officials, residents mull city’s General Plan

More than 100 people spent their Saturday morning in the community room of the Watsonville Civic building, where they joined the City Council and other officials in discussions about Watsonville’s General Plan. The council made no official decisions during the informal meeting, which was one...

Hundreds attend Wetland restoration event in Watsonville

More than 250 people joined city and state officials in celebrating World Wetlands Day on Feb. 3, part of the ongoing restoration of Struve Slough. Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) co-hosted the annual event with a widespread planting project, music, dance performances, arts and crafts, speeches...

Seventeen Years and Counting: New Editor Welcomes Input

When I walked into the newsroom of the Register-Pajaronian for the first time in 2007, I felt an incredible weight of responsibility. Watsonville, after all, is a community that began even before John Watson established it in the 1850s. The land was originally inhabited by...

News Briefs

This section is for items of community interest that did not make it into our print edition. To submit a news brief, email [email protected]. Celebrate Piano Ensemble annual benefit Celebrate Piano Ensemble will present their annual benefit concert at Peace United Church of Christ on...

Measure N Campaign Kicks Off

Several dozen volunteers gathered in Community Bridges’ atrium Saturday morning to begin a door-knocking campaign they hope will garner the required two-thirds majority vote for Measure N, which would raise $116 million for Watsonville Community Hospital.  The measure, on the ballot for the March 5...

Forecast calls for clearing skies on weekend, rain late next week

The Central Coast will get a temporary reprieve from the rain that has soaked the region for the past week, but it will return. Meteorologist Brian Garcia at the National Weather Service of Monterey said chilly morning temperatures will continue into Friday morning but skies...

Vehicle crashes kill 3 in 2 days

Two separate vehicle crashes claimed the lives three people over the course of two days. In the first, a 16-year-old male died on Feb. 2 in a head-on crash on Maher Road in Royal Oaks.  California Highway Patrol officer Jessica Madueño said the victim was a...

Meet the Green Party candidate challenging Panetta

Editor’s note: a story on 19th Congressional incumbent Jimmy Panneta will follow this one. Republican challenger Jason Michael Anderson did not respond to a request for an interview. ••• District Sean Doughery realized his government needed a reboot when he went to Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s office...

Quick-thinking pharmacist thwarts armed robbery

Sometimes, armed robbery does not pay off. A pharmacist was working at the CVS store on Rodriguez Street at about 11:40am on Feb. 4 when a man wearing a ski mask demanded Oxycontin. But instead of giving the man what he wanted, the pharmacist told...
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Former supervisor, tribal leader face off against incumbent congresswoman

Longtime Silicon Valley congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is locked in a contentious battle with Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader Charlene Nijmeh and former San Benito County...