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November 24, 2021

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...

FBI investigates Scotts Valley businessman with ties to Giuliani

George Dickson III
The FBI on June 22 visited the Aptos home of a man with ties to New York attorney Rudy Giuliani for a “court-authorized law enforcement activity,” the FBI confirmed Monday. An FBI spokesperson declined to comment further on the investigation into Scotts Valley businessman George...

Felton Community Hall reopens, looks for new members

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From birthday parties to weddings to Jazzercise and Zumba, the Felton Community Hall has been a local place to host events and make memories. After 100 years as a neighborhood hub, members of its board of directors are looking for the community to help keep...

Cruise Coffee Company, The Hot Pink Box Dessert Co. team up for new bakery

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Erin Buchla, owner of Cruise Coffee Company, and Branddi Palmer, owner of The Hot Pink Box Dessert Co., plan to open a new bakery in the Cavallaro Transit Center at 246 Kings Village Road some time in May. The new shop, dubbed Cruise Coffee Company...

Locals express optimism, confusion on big Californian ‘opening day’

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While June 15 marked the day California was to return to “business as usual,” according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, local residents were all over the map as far as how they said they’d react to “opening up.” On Tuesday, California ditched its system of...

Sutter officials cite need for more family docs in Q&A with community

Urgent Care Meeting
Maybe the “sense of abandonment” felt by locals due to Sutter Health’s move to nix its Scotts Valley urgent care site wouldn’t be so profound had officials included the community in its decision-making? It was one of many questions and pointed suggestions shared during a...

Ben Lomond youth theater returns to in-person shows

Little People’s Repertory Theater
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...

Disposable cups fees won’t start until 2022

Santa Cruz County
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on May 11 voted unanimously to delay a 25-cent fee for disposable cups at businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county until January 2022. County officials crafted the ordinance to reduce the amount of disposable cups that...

Couple opening ballroom studio as dance community emerges from lockdown

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Scotts Valley is signed up to a new future of dance, with a ballroom franchise set to open a location within weeks. From salsa to cumbia, swing, Viennese waltz and tango, the owners of the new Arthur Murray location are thrilled to teach local residents...

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...


Mickey Phelps

Cancer Victim Remembered for Culinary Artistry, Community Involvement

She was a hacker turned military operative, a surfer, a sailing instructor and a culinary artist who studied under Julia Child. Now locals are grieving...