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February 8, 2023

PV High grads overcome barriers, forge ahead

Adriana Reyes was 15 years old and alone when she moved from Oaxaca, Mexico to Watsonville and enrolled at Pajaro Valley High School (PVHS). Then, she only spoke Mixtec, an indigenous language from Mexico, and barely knew Spanish—let alone English. Reyes moved in with her...

Aptos High graduates 297

Aiden Niklaus attended Tierra Pacifica through middle school, graduating with a class of 18. He says it was therefore a substantial culture shock coming to Aptos High School, where his class alone boasts nearly 300 students and the sprawling campus seemed tantamount to a bustling...

Main Street project goes skyward

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WATSONVILLE—Work continues on a new business complex on the 900 block of Main Street at Auto Center Drive in Watsonville. Santa Cruz Seaside Company spokesperson Kris Reyes said the three-building project includes two restaurants, Chipotle Mexican Grill and The Habit Burger Grill. Reyes has also...

Watsonville events, camps and more to return this summer

Watsonville Parks
WATSONVILLE—After two summers of canceled, postponed and altered activities, the City of Watsonville will be bringing back its seasonal offerings in full force this year. From annual events such as the Watsonville Strawberry Festival and the Spirit of Watsonville Fourth of July Parade, to new...

Cabrillo College parts ways with embattled administrator

Paul De La Cerda
APTOS—The Cabrillo College Governing Board of Trustees has decided to cut ties with a high-ranking administrator who in December was placed on leave after being charged with embezzlement. The board made the decision in the closed session of its monthly meeting on Monday. The elected...

CHP holds Memorial Flag Raising

APTOS—A brief Memorial Flag Raising ceremony was held early Friday at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) office for Officer John Pedro, who died while on duty on June 3, 2002. A flag was raised to half staff at the ceremony that was headed up by...

St. Francis falls to Scotts Valley in county’s first football game during pandemic

SANTA CRUZ—The last time the St. Francis High football team stepped foot on the field it won in a blowout against Harbor High to end the 2019 season on a high note. The Sharks hoped that the momentum from that win would continue into the...

Driscoll’s donates $1.75M to help save Watsonville Community Hospital

Watsonville Hospital
WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHD) announced Thursday that Watsonville-based berry company Driscoll’s will donate $1.75 million to help save Watsonville Community Hospital.   PVHD is currently fundraising in order to meet a July 1 deadline in order to purchase the hospital. In late May,...

Weight loss underscores Hernandez’s transformation

Felipe Hernandez
WATSONVILLE—Felipe Hernandez said that something has felt different as he’s walked door to door in the weeks leading up to the June 7 primary.  People that would have quickly closed the door on him when he first ran for Fourth District County Supervisor in 2018...

Community Bridges worried about funding reductions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will consider allocating some $5.8 million to dozens of social services and programs countywide over the next three years. This includes just over $770,000 for United Way’s Cradle to Career, $436,221 for Meals on Wheels and $241,680...
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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...