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PHOTO: Murphy Road temporarily closed

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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...

KSQD flooded

KSQD treasurer Mathilde Rand
Sometime during the late-night hours Sunday, as hours-long rainfall pounded the Central Coast, water gushed through a telecommunications conduit leading into KSQD radio station, flooding the studio floors and sending the few staffers that were working scrambling to get sensitive electronic equipment off the...

Caroline’s Thrift holds gifting ceremony

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Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Store opened in 2010 with a single goal: raise funds to help the nonprofit organizations that work with children with special needs and their families. Founder Christine Licker says her inspiration was her daughter Caroline, who died at 16 after receiving...

Watsonville council declines to place ceasefire resolution on agenda

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The Watsonville City Council on Jan. 16 declined to place a resolution on the Feb. 13 meeting agenda to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The motion by Mayor Vanessa Quiroz-Carter failed 6-1, capping off a meeting that began when she called for...

New program offers dental care, hygiene kits to seniors

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Dozens of volunteers at Grey Bears were busy Thursday morning around two long tables loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables—along with other pantry staples—making packages to be delivered to seniors throughout Santa Cruz County. The large warehouse was filled with laughter and lively chatter more...

Members’ exhibit hits the walls at PV Arts

Pajaro Valley Arts 40 Years of Inspired Expression Klay Schott
Artwork by more than 130 local artists has filled the walls of the Pajaro Valley Gallery in Watsonville with Pajaro Valley Arts’ first show of the year. “2024, Pajaro Valley Arts: 40 Years of Inspired Expression,” which runs Jan. 17–Feb. 25, spans a wealth of...

Art meets nature in latest exhibit in downtown Watsonville

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A new art exhibit, which includes workshops and a public tree planting, is set to open at Studio Judy G on Main Street in Watsonville on Jan. 21. “Trees to Be” features works by more than 50 artists and local organizations who deal with the...

Briefs: Meetings to discuss proposed fire district assessment; healthcare program deadline nears

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Meetings to discuss proposed fire district assessment Property owners in the Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District are being asked to vote on a new assessment to maintain the Fire District’s current services and operations. According to the district, this measure will help to ensure adequate staffing...

PHOTO: Stolen car recovered following chase in Watsonville

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Watsonville Police collect evidence Wednesday morning on Riverside Drive where a man crashed a stolen Honda sedan into a building following a pursuit that started in Aromas. According to police radio traffic, San Benito County Sheriff's deputies called for assistance from Watsonville Police as...

Kelly-Moore Paints shuts down all stores

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Kelly-Moore Paints, a household word for the past 78 years in residential and commercial paint, has abruptly closed. With a Watsonville, Aptos and Santa Cruz location, and 61 stores sprinkled around the San Francisco Bay Area, the paint giant officially announced last week that it...
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Mariners eliminated from D-III playoffs following loss to Mills | CCS...

Aptos High School won a bid to host a Central Coast Section Division III girls basketball semifinals game no matter which teams were going...

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