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June 30, 2022

Felton Music Hall Continues Pandemic Rebound

Felton Music Hall
Thomas Cussins, president of Ineffable Music, wants to thank the community of San Lorenzo Valley for keeping Felton Music Hall’s doors open. As other entertainment venues have struggled—and faltered—during the crush of the pandemic, Felton Music Hall has stood strong.  Cussins, who is the managing...

Leaders Encourage Businesses to Apply for Covid-Relief Cash

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Though a Jan. 12 webinar about federal Covid-relief funding for local businesses was short and to the point, Scotts Valley City Councilman Randy Johnson still found time to look back on the early days of the pandemic. “Does anyone remember spraying the mail that came...

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...

Fitness Studio Announced for Scotts Valley Hangar Location

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Joining the gift boutique and taproom slated for the Hangar development—and the ice cream parlor that just opened—in Scotts Valley is a new fitness studio from Santa Cruz resident Peter Malek. The 40-year-old engineer and workout enthusiast says he’s thrilled to be able to bring...

Brookdale Lodge Deemed Historical Location

Santa Cruz County is replete with points of interest and historical locations. From the Mystery Spot to Wilder Ranch to Felton Covered Bridge, the area is rich in cultural experiences that blend the past with the present, like the Brookdale Lodge. Built in 1890, with...

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...

Utility Regulator Turns Up Heat On PG&E After Recent Outages

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A California energy regulator has become so vexed with troubled power provider PG&E following months of planned and unplanned outages it’s started to crackdown. In a Nov. 1 letter to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chair Bruce McPherson, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President...

Empowering Healing Hands

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Massage therapy dates back as far as 3000 BCE in India, where this ancient sacred healing system migrated to China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Then, Japan did its twist, known as Shiatsu; the Greeks and Romans added herbs and oils. Hippocrates, the Father of...

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...

Scotts Valley Housing Project Advances

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The Scotts Valley Planning Commission voted unanimously to allow a 16-unit condominium project “The Encore at 4104” to move forward at its Aug. 12 meeting. In an interview with the Press Banner, Commissioner Steve Horlock said he was pleased with the look of the 35-foot,...

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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...