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March 30, 2023

Woman arrested for felony vandalism

SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly slashing 25 tires on vehicles parked on the 2800 block of Soquel Avenue on Feb. 16.

Shakespeare adaptation celebrates Hispanic culture

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APTOS—When tasked with choosing a production for Cabrillo College Theater Arts Department’s Fall 2022 season, Abel Cornejo knew he wanted to find something that celebrated Hispanic culture. After a long search, however, Cornejo still hadn't found just the right play. That’s when he had the...

Officers balancing enforcement, education of COVID-19 orders

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Additional reporting by Todd Guild SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—With the onset of warmer, sunny days, droves of people have been showing up at area beaches and parks, especially on weekends, even as the shelter-in-place order has hit day 41.  And beginning April 25, Santa Cruz County also...

Watsonville Covid-19 testing site now open to all area residents

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WATSONVILLE—The Covid-19 community testing site at Ramsay Park in Watsonville is now open to all residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. First opened to frontline healthcare workers, first responders and employees working in essential services and roles, the site will now test everyone, including...

Second Harvest Food Bank facing financial strain

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WATSONVILLE—Gov. Gavin Newsom announced increased funding for the Farm to Family Program on April 29. The program directly connects farmers and ranchers to food banks to feed Californians around the state. The state intends to seed a $15 million campaign with $3.64 million to...

Michael Watkins, longtime county superintendent, to retire

“At the end of my term, I will have led the organization for 12 years,” he said. “I believe in giving others a chance to bring new ideas and leadership to any organization.”

Santa Cruz Police looking for stabbing suspect

Santa Cruz Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people Friday night in the downtown area.

Local organizations rally for awareness of human trafficking

APTOS—Ten years ago, former President Barack Obama made a Presidential Proclamation deeming January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, intending to raise awareness and equip people with the tools to recognize and combat the problem. It was only 10 years prior to that, that...

Memorial brick program benefits museum, chamber

Anyone looking to commemorate an anniversary, death or any other important moment in their lives can now announce it right in the heart of the Aptos Village Project.

PVUSD repairing multiple schools throughout summer

In all, the district is spending an estimated $28.5 million on a wide array of projects this summer, most of which are funded through Measure L, which was approved by voters in 2012.