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‘Catz earn top seed in CCS D-II field | High school softball

It wasn’t whether or not the Watsonville High softball team was going to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The big question was where were they going to end up. The Wildcatz—defending CCS Division I champion—earned the top seed …

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Podcast: Breaking down CCS baseball, softball playoffs | Cover 3 Sports

In this week’s episode, sports editors Emanuel Lee and Juan Reyes will get you caught up with updates in the Central Coast Section with a new edition of News and Notes. Then, they'll jump into some CCS softball with a …

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Three local teams qualify for CCS playoffs | High school baseball

A trio of local schools qualified for the upcoming Central Coast Section baseball playoffs, giving them one more chance to extend their seasons. Aptos, Monte Vista Christian and St. Francis high schools are all postseason bound after Wednesday's seeding meeting …

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PV Water awarded $7.6 million for supplemental water resource

WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) received $7.6 million to support its College Lake Project, which will supply a supplemental source of water for the Pajaro Valley. The grant was awarded May 4 through the California Department of Water …

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Educator of the Year award recipients announced

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Office of Education recently announced the county’s Educator of the Year awards.  The awards recognize educators and staff who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to students, education and the community. Santa …

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Pesticide use discussed in community meeting

WATSONVILLE—A group of residents from Watsonville's senior neighborhoods gathered at the Pajaro Village Club House last week to hear a presentation on pesticide use, and on an upcoming pilot project to notify residents on nearby applications. Hosted by the Center …

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Community Bridges to host candidate forum

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Community Bridges and its nonprofit partners, Nonprofit Connection Santa Cruz County, Human Care Alliance, and Santa Cruz Community Ventures, will host a virtual forum on May 25 with local supervisor candidates from the 3rd and 4th Districts.  Candidates …

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Local athletes set to compete at CCS finals | High school track and field

Watsonville High sophomore David Rocha-Vargas and freshman Katelynn Ruiz were on the outside looking in after they didn’t qualify in last week’s Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships semifinals. But then they received news earlier this week that their …

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Student’s photograph garners national attention

APTOS—An Aptos High School junior inspired by her father’s hard work in local agricultural fields has won this year’s 20th Congressional Art Competition, and will see her photograph hang in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Michelle Lopez-Rubio, 17, …

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PVUSD trustees extend school resource officer program

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on May 11 unanimously voted to continue a program at two high schools in which law enforcement officers are paired with mental health clinicians, and to bring the program to a …

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District 4 candidates talk water, affordable housing at forum

WATSONVILLE—The three candidates vying for the Fourth District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors squared off in a forum Tuesday night, touching on transportation, housing and other issues affecting the county. The forum was hosted by the …

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Sergeant bids farewell to WPD

WATSONVILLE—As the aroma of sizzling meats, tortillas and salsa wafted across the parking lot of Watsonville Police Department May 11, a swarm of retired and current police officers and WPD staff gathered for a friendly send off to Sgt. Bryan …