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February 22, 2024

A blaze of glory: longtime fire reservist dies

John R. Walker Jr., a major fixture in Watsonville’s landscape of firefighting, parades and labor task force, died Jan. 27 of pancreatic cancer. He was 84. Walker  served as a Watsonville Reserve Firefighter for three decades, and left that post as Reserve Lt. Co. No....

One dead, houses damaged in windstorm

A man was killed in Boulder Creek after a tree crashed into his home, as winds pounded Santa Cruz County after several heavy rainstorms on Sunday. Santa Cruz County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ashley Keehn identified the man as as 45-year-old Robert Brainard III. Deputies and firefighters responded...

PHOTO: Watsonville Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspect

ARMED ROBBERY: Watsonville Police search a shopping center on the 1800 block of Freedom Blvd. Sunday after a man reportedly robbed the pharmacy at the Walgreens store. Police got an emergency call from the store around 12:15pm about a man wearing a ski...

Rain, Winds Pound County, Topple Trees

Rain and wind swept across Santa Cruz County on Sunday, with storm damage reported in several places. Paige Gordon stood near her Live Oak home, hours after a towering eucalyptus tree—felled by heavy winds— smashed through the top floor and rendered the entire structure uninhabitable. High...

New art exhibit highlights students

Art students at Watsonville High School have pooled their talents into a new exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts Porter Building. “Wildcatz Art Show,” with the theme of “Who Are the Students of Watsonville High,” showcases more than 100 artworks, including painting, drawing, photography, print-making...

Bus driver shortages challenging districts nationwide

During its Jan. 24 meeting, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a financial reward for anyone who recommends qualified bus drivers. The $1,000 incentive was the district’s attempt to fill its dwindling ranks of drivers to take students to and...

Road upgrades move forward

A new traffic signal is nearing completion at the corner of Sydney Avenue at Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville. 

County unveils new Sobering Center

Santa Cruz County re-opened its new sobering center, where people under the influence of drugs and who are drunk in public—as well as first-time DUI offenders—can sober up, avoid jail and connect with services.

Keeping quilting tradition alive, new

This year’s quilt show—titled “A Galaxy of Quilts”—is set for Feb. 24 and 25 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

Aptos library begins new chapter

The newly rebuilt Aptos Library will open to the pubic on Sunday, Feb. 4

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...