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June 30, 2022

Covid-19 restrictions loosen as Santa Cruz County sees fewer cases

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—California health officials on Tuesday moved Santa Cruz County into the less restrictive “Moderate” or Orange tier, meaning that several businesses can reopen and welcome in more customers. The move means that the county is seeing 1-3.9 new cases per 100,00 in population....

Scotts Valley Welcomes Found Art Collective

Found Art Collective
Scotts Valley is a glimpse of Americana right here in Santa Cruz County. From hotels and restaurants to Fourth of July parades and banners of high school graduates adorning Scotts Valley Drive, the city seems to bend and flex with the times. Visitors can...

Business Owners to Get Info on Scotts Valley’s Grant Program

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When former mayor Derek Timm announced that Scotts Valley would be giving out cash to needy local businesses during his State of the City address at the beginning of October, it was welcome news for business owners who have faced seemingly endless trials during...

City Gives $250K In Pandemic Aid To Local Small Businesses

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Scotts Valley Administrative Services Director Casey Estorga described the awarding of a quarter-million-dollars in pandemic aid to several local businesses as “the ending point of a very long journey.” In introducing the item during the April 20 Scotts Valley City Council meeting, he took a...

Local author publishes second book, Journey to Heal

UC Santa Cruz librarian and local author Wei Wei published her second book, Journey to Heal, this Jan. The work features 24 nature photos accompanied by poetry reflecting on her healing process after the loss of her father. “It was very hard for me when...

Ben Lomond youth theater returns to in-person shows

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Each year, Ben Lomond’s Little People’s Repertory Theater (LPRT) for children 8-14 hosts its annual summer theater program, culminating in a public performance that’s part campy, part sci-fi, part Marvel-ous and 100% original. In 2020, LPRT Executive Director Jannine Chadwick held her breath as she...

The Mat Brings Fresh Tech to Boulder Creek

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These days, everything is “smart.” Smartphones. Smartwatches. How about a smart laundromat? Behold The Mat in Boulder Creek, formerly the Village Wash. Run by third-generation laundromat owner Brandon Parker and his fiancé Erin Hexem, it’s the first smart laundromat in Boulder Creek, and one of...

Scotts Valley, SLV housing markets skyrocket as Bay Area prices climb

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Realtor Robert Aldana of Keller Williams Realty recalls with clarity the moment the tide changed for Scotts Valley’s real estate market.  Earlier this year, Aldana finalized the sale of a home near Skypark for about $1.4 million—signaling a major shift in the industry for the...

The Penny Ice Creamery joins The Hangar project in Scotts Valley

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Local ice cream chain The Penny Ice Creamery has announced it will be joining mixed-use development The Hangar at Skypark in Scotts Valley. They hope to win over the taste buds of local residents through the 262 Mount Hermon Rd. site, as they have...

Scotts Valley Kiwanis help local cafe

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The Scotts Valley Kiwanis Club on Feb. 12 presented Norma Garcia, the owner of Auntie Mame’s, with a $950 check to replace outdoor canopies destroyed by a windstorm. According to Kiwanis President Ray Gorski a member reached out to Garcia after the Jan. 18 storm....

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Real-World Scare Briefly Halts ‘Active Shooter’ Drill

Officers and firefighters running through “active shooter” drills at Scotts Valley High School had to make a quick shift into a real-world situation on...