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Class of 1970 - WHS/Aptos/Mora 50th Class Reunion - Summer 2020

February 25, 2019 by Darlene Stracener Amark (Register to contact)

We're starting to work on our 50th high school reunion. Stay tuned to this site, to Facebook groups mentioning Watsonville for more info!

Multi-Class Reunion for WHS hosted by Class of 1967

April 16, 2012 by Louita Berry (Register to contact)

To protect privacy, contact info has been removed from this post. Register to see the original with contact info.

Multi-Class Reunion happening September 29, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. Class of 1967 invites WHS and Mora HS Classes 1963 thru 1969. Contact Louita (Clemons)Berry for further information. *****@aol.com

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Letters to the Editor, March 8, 2019  Register Pajaronian

The Register-Pajaronian welcomes letters. Letters and columns may be dropped off or mailed to the Register-Pajaronian, 100 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA ...



Rosalie Marie (Lievanos)Young  Register Pajaronian

Mrs. Rosalie Marie (Lievanos)Young passed away on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. She was born on October 18, 1938, in Iowa, daughter of John and Nellie ...



Watsonville High students celebrate homecoming in annual downtown parade  Register Pajaronian

Students in the Advanced Via Individual Determination group enjoy their run in the downtown parade. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian.



Santana lead singer visits WHS, launches fundraiser  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — After Andy Vargas graduated from Watsonville High School in 1995, he immediately began to pursue his passion for singing. Four years later ...



Pajaro Valley Unified investigates two Watsonville High teachers’ alleged conduct  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Pajaro Valley Unified School District authorities are investigating complaints made against at least two Watsonville High School teachers, ...



Longtime teacher celebrates 100th birthday  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Jean Pogue, who taught thousands of Watsonville High School students math from 1944 to 1982, turns 100 Friday. Friends and family ...



Barbara E. Brand  Register Pajaronian

December 30, 1934 — February 16, 2019. Barbara Elaine Brand was born in Bakersfield, CA, on December 30, 1934 to Spence and Adene (Dolly) Rhody.



Coach Accused Of Soliciting Provocative Photos From Student  Watsonville, CA Patch

Coach Accused Of Soliciting 'Provocative' Photos - Watsonville, CA - Police said Pajaro Valley High School employee Matthew Davis, 36, was arrested ...



PVUSD a step closer to purchasing The Towers  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — If a plan approved Wednesday by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees comes to fruition, the district could soon own its ...



PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators  Patch.com

PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators - Watsonville, CA - The Mission of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is to educate and to support learners ...



Students cry: 'Enough!'  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The walkout at Watsonville High School Wednesday began at 10 a.m., when a small group of students walked through campus, shouting ...



PVUSD Area 4: Two newcomers challenge board veteran  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a series of interviews with candidates running for seats on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.



Watsonville High students sign up to vote after walkout  KSBW The Central Coast

While other school districts hesitated about student walkouts and slapped students with unexcused absences, there was none of that from the Pajaro Valley ...



Dodge beats Yahiro in PVUSD race  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Daniel Dodge Jr. has clinched the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, ending the 28-year run ...



District sets groundbreaking date for PV High sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Nearly 15 years after students first walked onto its campus, with generations of athletes forced to practice at other schools, Pajaro Valley High ...



PVUSD election season kicks off: A look at Trustee Area 7  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — With three seats up for reelection, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees could see its biggest shakeup in years. Several ...



Annual literacy event held at Starlight Elementary  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Groups of elementary students, many in their Halloween costumes, gathered in Starlight Elementary School's quad Wednesday for the ...



HS Football, Week 3: Aptos' Reyes could make history against M.V.C.  Register Pajaronian

(Aptos High School senior running back Marcos Reyes is set to break his school's record for career rushing yards tonight against Monte Vista Christian School.



Andy Vargas to hold holiday benefit concert this weekend  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville native and Santana lead singer Andy Vargas will bring his band to the Henry J. Mello Center Saturday for a holiday benefit ...



PVUSD announces new admins  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new ...



PVUSD bids farewell to longtime board members  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE ‑ The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday said farewell to members Willie Yahiro, Leslie De Rose and Jeff ...



Relay For Life raises $100K for cancer research  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — More than 1.7 million people across the United States are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer ...



Watsonville City Council, District 5: Incumbent faces challenger  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of interviews with candidates running for the Watsonville City Council. WATSONVILLE — Incumbent Rebecca Garcia ...



City, school district launch summer internship program  Register Pajaronian

(Andrea Curtis (left), executive assistant for the City of Watsonville, gives Watsonville High School seniors Juan Vargas and Yannely Collazo a run-through of the ...



Election 2018, City Council: Parker receives majority of votes in three-person District 7 race; Garcia, Estrada pull ahead  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Ari Parker garnered more than 52 percent of the vote in the three-person race for the District 7 seat on the Watsonville City Council.



Watsonville, Seaside students join National School Walkout Day  KSBW The Central Coast

Thousands of students walked out of their classrooms across the country Wednesday to demand stronger gun control laws and to honor the 17 students and ...



Nathan Jay Sorensen  Register Pajaronian

October 28, 1937 – November 3, 2018. Nathan Jay Sorensen, 81, was born to Nick and Helen Sorensen in Salinas, and moved with his family to Watsonville, ...



PVUSD honors college-bound students  Register Pajaronian

(Pajaro Valley Unified School District seniors line up to announce the name of the school they will be attending during the first-ever districtwide Signing Day on ...



Julie Hernandez (Ibarra)  Register Pajaronian

Julie Ann Hernandez (Ibarra) died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at home surrounded by her beloved husband, children and grandchildren by her side after bravely ...



Election 2018, County Supervisor 4th District: Caput leads Dutra in early results  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Early results show Greg Caput headed to his third term as the Fourth District Santa Cruz County Supervisor, but “thousands” of ballots are still ...



City approves PV High's long-awaited sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley High School is the closest it's ever been to building its long-awaited athletic field. And after Tuesday night, it just needs to wait a ...



James Patrick Hayes  Register Pajaronian

Jim Hayes passed away on Dec. 9, 2018. Son of the late Howard and Patricia Hayes, he was born on Sept. 18, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Minn. He graduated from ...



Nora V. Uribe  Register Pajaronian

Nora V. Uribe died peacefully surrounded by her family in Watsonville on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. She was born in Sinton, Texas and came to California.



Watsonville High stages musical ‘In the Heights’ with cast from five schools  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Watsonville High School and Pajaro Valley High School will present the modern musical “In the Heights” starting Friday this weekend and ...



Teacher earns Ph.D. in front of school audience  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When Watsonville High School government and economics teacher Sara Roe received her Ph.D. on Oct. 2, she defended her dissertation in ...



Seniors CAP their year  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — At the end of the school year, Watsonville High School's seniors unveil the projects that cap their final year and serve as a legacy to their ...



Janet Daley Thompson  Register Pajaronian

Janet Daley Thompson died Monday, December 17, 2018 in Seattle, WA. She had been taking treatment for lung cancer and died of a sudden heart attack.



James Edward Asai  Santa Maria Times

James Edward Asai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 18, 1955 passed away peacefully at his residence November 28, 2018. His early years were ...



WPD officer awarded for recovering 12 stolen vehicles in five months  Register Pajaronian

(Watsonville Police Chief David Honda (left) and California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Monohan (right) are present Thursday to congratulate Watsonville Police ...



About Town, Week of Feb. 4  Register Pajaronian

Friday, Feb. 8: Tarmo Hannula: On the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf a crew from Coastline Environmental Demolition of Watsonville was busy Friday morning ...



Robert Jaime  Register Pajaronian

Watsonville native Robert F. Jaime died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, of kidney complications, in his home surrounded by his children. He was 80. Mr. Jaime ...



Man extradited, accused of murdering Watsonville student  KSBW The Central Coast

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Thursday that a suspected Watsonville killer who was on the run for 14 years has been extradited ...



Kiyoko Nancy Iwami  Register Pajaronian

A bright soul departed our presence as Kiyoko Nancy Iwami entered the Pure land of Amida Buddha on June 22, 2018, at the age of 104. Born to Kumakichi and ...



Woman's Club raises funds for scholarships  Register Pajaronian

(The Corralitos Woman's Club's production of "The Murder of the Earl of Grey at Hound Manor" on April 28 was a deemed a success, with nearly 200 attendees.



UC Santa Cruz students study social justice in Watsonville  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Commercial Kitchen Incubator is normally a busy place, bustling with workers preparing their culinary creations. The space was even ...



Gonzalez looking to fill vacant council seat  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Aurelio Gonzalez is vying for the District 2 seat on the Watsonville City Council. He will face off against Jenni Veitch-Olson in the June 5 ...



Take the plunge  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Parks and Community Services Department Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is up and running.



The power of words  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Around 10:30 in the morning Friday, the students of Starlight Elementary School gathered together on the school's blacktop to begin ...



Watsonville man asks woman for lewd acts with her children, police say  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> A 63-year-old Watsonville man accused of asking for sexual acts from a woman's children was arrested Wednesday, Watsonville police said.



WHS Hall of Famers honored  Register Pajaronian

(Photo by Mas Hashimoto). WATSONVILLE — Hundreds of students filled the Henry J. Mello Center Friday morning to see four people join the ranks of their ...



A life-changing trip  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Even before he joined several of his peers on a cross-country trip to see some of the top universities in the U.S. in late September, Pajaro ...



Spelling out the drama  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a rainy Monday afternoon, just after the final bell had rung at Watsonville High School, a small group of students gathered in the school's ...



A musical homecoming  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When singer Andy Vargas heard that the City of Watsonville would be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2018, he knew he had to somehow be ...



Martha Estelle Unruh  Register Pajaronian

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Martha Estelle Unruh “Estelle” peacefully passed away at her son Larry's home in Concord, ...



Gonzalez sworn into city council  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — As Aurelio Gonzalez was sworn into the Watsonville City Council, Charles Montoya handed the reins to new City Manager Matt Huffaker ...



Susumu 'Sus' Nagai  Register Pajaronian

Susumu “Sus” Nagai of Watsonville died on Friday, July 13, 2018 after a brief illness. He was 81. Born on Jan. 24, 1937 in Los Angeles, he lived in Watsonville ...



Watsonville mayor's update, April 2018  Register Pajaronian

By LOWELL HURST, Watsonville Mayor. Wine, Beer and Art Walk: Join us for the first annual Wine, Beer and Art Walk on Saturday, May 12 in downtown ...



Blazing a path for women  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For 21 years, Maria Campos has helped women who are victims of domestic violence get through a difficult time in their lives. As a domestic ...



George Tanimasa  Register Pajaronian

George Tsutomu Tanimasa of Watsonville died peacefully of natural causes on Thursday, July 19, 2018. He was 87. Mr. Tanimasa was born in Castroville on ...



Search on for Missing Watsonville High School Student  Patch.com

Scotts Valley, CA - Dana Batalla Linares, who is also known as Dana Torres, was last sighted near the Target store in Watsonville around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.



New parks director at the helm as summer season approaches  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — A number of years ago, Nick Calubaquib was preparing to take a test that would propel him into UC Santa Cruz's teaching credential program ...



Design and drop  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Gravity was not the only force challenging participants in this year's egg drop contest. Windy conditions had been present all day leading up ...



Santa Cruz, Harbor, Watsonville, Aptos football games canceled due to wildfire smoke  KSBW The Central Coast

Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups because of several massive wildfires burning over 100 miles away, in Northern California.



Remembering the veterans  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Richard Montalvo was born and raised in Watsonville, and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1967. Robert Swinn lives in Scotts ...



PVUSD trustees approve budget  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a budget report that shows an improved ...



Early results show Caput ahead, Panetta far outpacing rivals  Register Pajaronian

(Salvador Zarate (right) gets help from Daniel Robins in casting his votes Tuesday in the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room. Photo by Tarmo ...



A shot at the top  Register Pajaronian

Claudia Torres (from left), Sergio Rosales, Adrian Vasquez, Luis Sanchez and Monique Sanchez of the Watsonville-based dance group Dynamic Street Rockerz ...



Alton "Blaine" Carpenter  Hanford Sentinel

Alton 'Blaine' Carpenter. February 17, 1937 - October 17, 2018. Alton 'Blaine' Carpenter was born on February 17, 1937 in San Jose, CA. He was the middle of ...



Full of cheer  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a cloudy Tuesday evening recently, about 40 girls, their parents and six cheerleading coaches gathered on the front lawn at Linscott ...



'Ponytail' creator killed in plane crash  Register Pajaronian

(Former Warner Brothers artist Lee Holley draws a sketch of Bugs Bunny in his Rio Del Mar studio in 2006. Register-Pajaronian file photo). WATSONVILLE ...



PV Chamber announces annual awardees  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Alex Solano has always been the man behind the scenes, helping out fellow veterans, students and any community member in need.



Lingering smoke forces school closures | News | Mountain View Online |  Mountain View Voice

Much of the Bay Area remained under a haze of smoke Friday, with unhealthy air conditions that prompted school closures across Mountain View and Los Altos.



Inspiring young students to branch into STEM  UC Santa Cruz

April 26, 2017. By Dan White. Share this story:TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedInReddit. Watsonville High.jpg The visiting Watsonville High School students ...



PV Chamber to celebrate award winners  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — This year will be one for the history books. The City of Watsonville is celebrating 150 years since the town was incorporated, and is also ...



Making waves  Register Pajaronian

(Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Swimming). WATSONVILLE — To some, the sport of competitive swimming is only recognized every few years, when the Summer ...



Shooting threat at North Salinas High School scares students, parents  KSBW The Central Coast

Dozens of parents rushed to North Salinas High School Monday after a shooting threat was found scrawled in the girls restroom.



PHOTO: Revved up  Register Pajaronian

The Watsonville High School varsity football team prepares for the school's homecoming parade Thursday in downtown Watsonville. The Wildcatz were ...



Threats against Monterey supervisors Alejo, Salinas investigated  KSBW Monterey

Two members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors received death threats Monday that spurred deputies to investigate the incident as a possible hate ...



Lucile “Lou” Chapin Colendich  Register Pajaronian

Lucile “Lou” Chapin Colendich passed away February 22, 2018. With her health declining the last couple of years, she suffered a stroke shortly before her death.



New mayor to be sworn in  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville will get a new, but familiar, face as its next mayor Tuesday. Lowell Hurst will be sworn in as mayor for the third time in the city's ...



Biochemist Glenn Millhauser receives Outstanding Faculty Award  UC Santa Cruz

Glenn Millhauser, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, has received the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Award from the ...



Ow Family Continues Tradition  Aptos Times

For the 29th consecutive year, long-time philanthropist George Ow, Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 each to local, ethnic ...



One California county epitomizes positive impact of home visiting amid national trend  Education Dive

To reduce child maltreatment rates, Santa Cruz's First 5 organization has worked to spread evidence-based intervention programs — with effective results.



Louie Sabala, Sr  Register Pajaronian

Louie Sabala, Sr. passed away on the 30th of November 2017 in Madera, California. He transitioned to Heaven peacefully after a short illness. Louie lived a ...



Introducing the Class of '17  Register Pajaronian

The senior class pours onto Geiser Field Friday for the Watsonville High School commencement event. For a look at area graduations, view the special ...



Irene Mogg  Union Democrat

Irene Mogg passed away June 18, 2018, at Adventist Health Sonora. Irene was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Manteca to Joseph Valadao Pimentel and Josephine ...



Tom “Tommy” Gugale  Register Pajaronian

Tom “Tommy” Gugale was called home to our Lord on July 28, 2017. He was 47. Tom was born in Watsonville, California on November 22, 1969. His loving ...



Fox, Virginia S. 1935-2018 | Obituaries  News-Press Now

MISSION, Texas - Virginia Sue (Hopson Miller) Fox, 83, of Mission, and formerly of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Dec.19, 2018, at Comfort ...



Walter James “Jim” Rector  Register Pajaronian

Walter James “Jim” Rector, 79, of Watsonville, California, beloved husband of Marian Rector for 58 years, passed away unexpectedly on August 3, 2017.



Coffman-Gomez to run for Assembly  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville City Councilwoman Trina Coffman-Gomez on Friday announced her plans to run for the 30th District seat on the California State ...



Local people, event, business make history  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Mary Bannister led the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency for nearly a decade before her retirement in 2016, and is still deeply ...



Hernandez announces run for supervisor  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Surrounded by his supporters at Watsonville Plaza, Felipe Hernandez announced his run for county supervisor Friday. Hernandez has ...



Laurel Ruth Gephart  Gilroy Dispatch

Laurel Ruth (McDill) Gephart entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 06, 2018 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Born in Chicago IL on January ...



Football | Aztecs avenge loss to Falcons  Soledad Bee

SOLEDAD — Needing a win to snap a seven-game losing streak, the Soledad Aztec football team was up to the challenge this past week. The Aztecs used last ...



Eiskamp named Farmer of the Year  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Georgeann Cowles Eiskamp has seen her father and son receive the Farmer of the Year award over the years, but the fifth generation farmer ...



2018 MATE Regional ROV Competition  Aptos Times

2018 MATE Regional ROV Competition Watsonville Aptos High School Steve Bennett Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.com.



Rene De La Torre  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Rene J De La Torre died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in Moss Landing. He was 44. Mr. De La Torre was a resident of Watsonville.



Watsonville mayor declares self Woman Of The Year  KSBW The Central Coast

An odd proclamation happened during Watsonville City Council's last meeting. Mayor Nancy Bilicich proclaimed herself as the city's 2014 Woman of the Year.



Popular coach remembered  Register Pajaronian

(Contributed photo). WATSONVILLE — Youth baseball coach Tom Gugale was known for his passion for the game, his gregarious personality and for the ...



Carlos Ernesto “Ernie” Arellano  Register Pajaronian

Ernie Arellano, 48, a longtime resident of Watsonville, CA, passed away at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, ...



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