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Toys For Tots Santa Cruz County drive in high gear

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Every year, a group of volunteers works to make sure that children in need have a toy to unwrap on Christmas day. This behind-the-scenes work, which begins in late summer, is no small feat. It requires wrangling donations of cash and items to build a...

Man who reportedly shot at family on Highway 1 arrested

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Lt. Ian Patrick
A Hayward man has been arrested for taking multiple shots at a vehicle on Highway 1 in May, injuring a 3-year-old child and the male driver. Raphael Abduh-Salam, 33, is in custody in Contra Costa Jail. He will soon be transferred to Santa Cruz County...

Members’ exhibit hits the walls at PV Arts

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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...

Briefs: Two events set for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Two events set for MLK Day The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Santa Cruz County Branch will honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Youth Day on Jan. 13 and the MLK March for the Dream...

Crowds demand Santa Cruz County elected leaders issue ceasefire resolutions

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Hundreds of people packed city and county meeting chambers throughout the day on Tuesday to ask local elected leaders to pass resolutions demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The action resulted in the Santa Cruz City Council creating a special meeting to discuss...

Sergeant retires after nearly three decades with Watsonville Police

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A festive farewell lunch Dec. 21 set the tone for the final day of duty for Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway as he set his sails toward retirement. As part of the departure, a 911 dispatcher delivered a statement over the police radio: “This is...

PHOTO: Corralitos decorates tree in annual tradition

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People gather in Corralitos Tuesday to decorate a live tree. Jerry Bonnema said he has headed up the effort for about 30 years. "The first year we did this, it was off the back of a tractor," he said. "I've always enjoyed doing community...

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...

Briefs: Holiday Mercado; Homeless Memorial

Holiday Mercado honors Watsonville’s past, present and future Arte del Corazón will be hosting its Annual Holiday Mercado, “Just in Time for the Holidays,” at the VFW, 1960 Freedom Blvd., on Dec. 16 from 11am to 7pm.  Featuring more than 25 vendors with gifts, holiday treats...

County Supervisors approve plan for opioid settlement funds

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The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to use money from a recent successful lawsuit against the opioid industry to fund programs that will help people addicted to opioid-based drugs. In all, the county expects to receive $26 million over...