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February 8, 2023

PV Pride welcomes new leaders

June is Pride Month, a time dedicated to honoring and achieving equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. It is an observance of the Stonewall riots in 1969, but also a celebration, with cities across the country hosting marches, parades and other events. Santa Cruz...

Officials launch affordable housing project

WATSONVILLE—A large crowd of nonprofit, city and county officials gathered Wednesday to break ground on a development on Freedom Boulevard that will house 53 low-income families. “I’m pleased we’re able to offer affordable housing here to fulfill Watsonville’s downtown specific plan, to provide a range...

Nonprofit kicks off First Friday in Seascape Village

A series of First Friday art shows will kick off in Seascape Village this summer thanks to Stable Life Services (SLS), a nonprofit aiming to support individuals with special needs and their caregivers. First Friday is a monthly art tour featuring local artists in venues...

Dutra leading District 4 supervisor race

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Early returns late Tuesday night show Jimmy Dutra ahead of his two opponents, with 47% of the vote, while Felipe Hernandez trails with 34% in the race for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat. Ed Acosta, meanwhile, is in third with...

Photo: Japanese culture in focus

A dance group, Ohtori Kinsen-Kai, prepare to perform a traditional dance from Okinawa Saturday at the 33rd annual Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz. The free event showcased live music, dance, martial arts, crafts, food and more.

CHP searching for 1,000 recruits

SACRAMENTO—The California Highway Patrol is embarking on a multiyear recruiting campaign to fill 1,000 vacant officer positions.  The “Join the CHP 1,000” campaign is an attempt to appeal to a wide array  of applicants “who may not be aware of the life-changing opportunity that awaits...

AIDS/LifeCycle passes through Watsonville

WATSONVILLE—Through bustling cities, along coastal roads and past vast agricultural fields, thousands of bicyclists are riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles, an annual 545-mile ride started in 1994 to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention  and care programs. It is the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS...

Kaiser grants $100K to Jacob’s Heart

WATSONVILLE—Kaiser Permanente has awarded a $100,000 grant to Watsonville-based organization Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. The grant aims to provide bilingual and bicultural grief support to families in Monterey County who are coping with the loss of a child or struggling with a child...

Update: Hours-long standoff ends on Kilburn Street

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WATSONVILLE—A four-and-a-half-hour standoff between police and a man that was possibly armed with guns ended peacefully Tuesday afternoon on Kilburn Street. According to Watsonville Police spokesperson Michelle Pulido, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Kilburn Street for a report of a man yelling...

Watsonville High sends off 470 grads

Both Watsonville High seniors, Angel Lopez and Lucia Umeki-Martinez, said they prospered greatly from their teachers during their four years at WHS. “All of them (teachers) had their own personalities and their own way of teaching and I feel I came out ahead because of...
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PVUSD Board set to appoint new member

WATSONVILLE—Four people have applied to fill the seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees left vacant when Maria Orozco was...