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Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian SUIT UP Central firefighters secure their gear as they prepare to enter the burning home.


A group of educators, union officials and pesticide reform advocates have sued the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner, alleging they have repeatedly allowed dangerous pesticides to be used near schools.


After months of work promoting Measure N—efforts that included going door to door in the vast Pajaro Valley Health Care District (PVHCD)—officials can now begin to envision how they will use the $116 million to improve Watsonville Community Hospital.


After working as a manager at Freedom Meat Lockers for nearly three decades, William Panis was ready to set off on his own.


In the coming years, as the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors oversees more than 30 departments under their jurisdiction, they will have to grapple with increasing numbers of natural disasters spurred by climate change, as well as homelessness and …


The Circus has come to town, this time at Ramsay Park on Main Street in Watsonville. 


It’s been 27 days since the Cabrillo College softball team suffered a defeat at the hands of San Jose City College. 


This week’s edition of the Pajaronian Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of April 1-7 and March 30.   


Thousands of people across Santa Cruz County—and millions more throughout the U.S.—took a pause late Monday morning to look to the skies for a phenomenon that will not happen again for two decades.


The California Highway Patrol closed north and southbound lanes of Highway 1 in Soquel Saturday at 7pm to make way for Granite Construction crews to demolish the 1948 Capitola Avenue bridge above the highway.


These are a collection of images from our photojournalist Tarmo Hannula that did not make it into stories, but we think should be enjoyed. Do you have a photo you’d like to be considered for our gallery? Send it to


Art instructors from 16 schools in Pajaro Valley Unified School District hung more than 400 pieces of student artwork in the Civic Plaza Building March 28 as part of the Annual PVUSD Student Art Exhibit.


Several dozen protesters descended on the Santa Cruz County Government Center on Wednesday to speak out against a decision by the Board of Supervisors a week earlier not to move forward on a key portion of the Coastal Rail Trail …


A special joint council meeting Saturday brought together Watsonville City Council, City Manager Rene Mendez, other city and county leaders and the public for a discussion of the swelling homeless problem.  


On March 28, local artist Judy Stabile was among seven people who were honored for community service during the annual Cesar Chavez Awards ceremony.


On Saturday, 48-year-old Gerardo Gutierrez was one of about a dozen men sitting in the day room at Salvation Army’s Watsonville location on Saturday morning, quietly watching an old Vicente Fernández film playing silently on a television mounted to the …


In January, baseball coaches within the Pacific Coast Athletic League have a meeting before the first set of practices begin at the end of the month. 


The Santa Cruz Warriors shined in the opening round of the NBA G League playoffs with a 113-111 win over the No. 5 seed Salt Lake City Stars at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Tuesday evening.


Water surges through the asphalt along the 300-block of Ford Street Monday afternoon where a man reportedly ran into a fire hydrant with his Chevy Silverado pickup.


This week’s edition of the Central Coast Preps Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of March 25-31.   

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