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March 22, 2023

Flooding shuts down streets in Watsonville

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville officials issued expanded evacuation warnings late Thursday night as floodwaters have shut down numerous streets in the city. The expanded evacuation warnings include E. Front and White streets south of Riverside Drive, and near the intersection of Green Valley and Holohan roads. The City of...

Storm prompts evacuation orders in Watsonville

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The light rain that fell all day Thursday was “just the very, very top-tip of the iceberg” of a storm system expected to dump several inches of rain through Friday, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Garcia. “We still have a lot to...

PVUSD Trustees mull contracts, raises in tense meeting

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WATSONVILLE—After Pajaro Valley Unified School District Chief Business Officer Clint Rucker gave the Board of Trustees a budget update Wednesday night showing a positive certification—an indication the District can pay its bills for the next three years—the Board found itself at odds, sparring over...

Group seeks removal of Santa Cruz County Fair Board president

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WATSONVILLE—In the latest chapter in the drawn-out saga at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, a local group has created an online petition to remove Board President Don Dietrich. The petitioners say that Dietrich has shown a lack of leadership, and that he put the needs...

Briefs: County Fair seeks theme; Elks Lodge celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

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County Fair seeks theme The Santa Cruz County Fair announced the return of the annual fair theme contest. The fair invites the community to submit theme ideas that would reflect the spirit of the County Fair in a few words. The theme should reflect the spirit...

Mosaic project part of downtown Watsonville art tour

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WATSONVILLE—Around 240 people attended an art reception and walk Sunday in downtown Watsonville to view the works of San Francisco artist Juan R. Fuentes.  The tour stemmed off a reception at PV Arts in the Porter Building, where the current exhibit features more than 50...

PHOTO: Crab Feed returns in-person at fairgrounds

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Guests line up for the annual Crab Feed dinner at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. After operating as a drive-thru due to the pandemic, Saturday marked the first in-person sit-down dinner, combined with a silent and live auction, in two years. Auctioneer and former...

Latest storm prompts evacuation warnings in Watsonville, Pajaro

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WATSONVILLE—Santa Cruz County officials late Wednesday warned residents to be prepared for a high possibility of flooding, as the Watsonville Police Department issued evacuation warnings for the neighborhoods west of Corralitos Creek, the same areas that flooded during the series of storms that hit...

PHOTO: Arts Council hosts mixer in downtown Watsonville

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Mireya Gomez-Contreras (upper left, speaking), deputy director of the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, welcomes guests and dignitaries to a meet and greet mixer March 2 put on by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at the Watsonville Center for the Arts....

Forecasters: Prepare for another storm

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A rainstorm predicted to begin Thursday morning is expected to douse the Central Coast, raising new concerns for flooding in parts of Santa Cruz County. The storm is expected to last through Friday afternoon, bringing an estimated 2 to 3 inches in the...
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Watsonville Hospital gets temporary CEO

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors on Wednesday unanimously appointed Watsonville Community Hospital Chief Operations Officer Matko Vranjes to serve as interim...