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July 14, 2024

Photo story: Spirit of Watsonville approaching

Paola Fregoso (left) and Lorelai Oliveira are joined by their dog, Luna, Monday in a promotion of their fireworks for sale at the Watsonville High Junior Wildcatz stand. Their temporary fireworks stand, at 716 East Lake Ave., is one of close to two dozen...

Aptos native Nikki Hiltz punches ticket to 2024 Olympics

Aptos native Nikki Hiltz guaranteed their spot at the upcoming Summer Games following a record-setting performance at last weekend’s U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.   The 29-year old middle-distance runner won the women’s 1500-meters finals in 3 minutes, 55.33 seconds, setting both a personal-best and...

Sí Se Puede breaks ground for new facility

The new center will include a 30-bed residential treatment building, therapy rooms and a medical clinic.

Bigger fines in SC County for fireworks violations

Residents in Santa Cruz County will face steep fines for using fireworks this Fourth of July, including at area beaches. “Illegal fireworks can be a threat to public safety, spark wildfires, and be harmful to the environment, vulnerable residents, and pets,” Santa Cruz County spokesman...

Watsonville man nabbed in pot dispensary burglary

Watsonville Police on Sunday used a newly acquired drone to capture a man in the act of allegedly burglarizing a marijuana growing business. Omar Cortez Ramirez, 40, was charged with first-degree burglary and resisting arrest. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu...

Housing projects taking shape in Pajaro, Watsonville

Just across the Pajaro River from Watsonville in Monterey County, hundreds of seasonal farmworkers are now living in a recently completed housing complex created for them at the end of Susan Street. Buses take them to their job sites, and return them to the gated...

Organic farming in focus

Local organic farming and the healthy foods that come from them took center stage June 16 at the first ever Día de Esperanza Community Festival. The event, put on by 40 volunteers and drew around 300 people, was staged across the rolling slopes of Esperanza...

Mixing Bowl June 2024 – Candy made the Aztec way

There is a tiny seed that at one time was second only to corn, as a very important part in the diet of the ancient Aztecs.  The seeds come out of tiny pink flowers that grow in large clusters on the Amaranth bush; 60,000 seeds...

Cabrillo Stage takes on “In the Heights”

The Rotary Club of Watsonville helped set the stage June 12 for the upcoming musical theater production by Cabrillo Stage at their weekly lunch meeting. “In the Heights,” the Tony award-winning play by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, runs from July 11-Aug. 4.  “This theater piece speaks...

Briefs

Nerdville Comic Con in  Watsonville Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services will hold the annual Nerdville Comic Con event at the Watsonville High School gym at 250 East Beach Street Watsonville on Sunday, June 23 from 10am–5pm. The event features anime, art, cosplay, panel...
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Watsonville Police: suspect had ghost gun in stolen truck

Police on Sunday were looking for a man who escaped after leading them on a vehicle pursuit in a stolen pickup and a foot...