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October 23, 2021

County moves to oppose all sexual predator placements

Santa Cruz County predator
After a significant portion of the Bonny Doon community mobilized to try to keep a man who raped a 21-year-old woman in the 1980s from moving to town, Santa Cruz County is now seeking changes to California law, so it can have additional tools...

Recent Collision Rekindles Pedestrian Concerns

Scotts Valley streets
For months they’ve been the most vocal community voices at civic meetings, putting in their two cents about traffic safety at nearly every opportunity. And now, following a pedestrian road incident, and with new faces in key Scotts Valley administrative posts, it seems the...

SVUSD Recognizes October as LGBTQ+ History Month

Scotts Valley Schools
On Tuesday, at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Scotts Valley Unified School District lauded the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people throughout history and encouraged schools to recognize October as LGBTQ+ History Month. Resolution 22-007, which was approved unanimously, noted in...

SLVHS Drama Ready for Return to Stage

The San Lorenzo Valley High School drama department has had to reinvent itself a few times in the last 18 months. From canceling its on-stage production of “Chicago” after opening weekend due to the arrival of Covid-19, to pressing forward with live, online productions...

Scotts Valley Increasing Access and Preservation for Glenwood Preserve

Glenwood Open Space Preserve
Scotts Valley resident Katie McBurney usually likes to run along city streets. But on Wednesday, her friend D’Anna Anderson suggested she bring her dog, Fern, along to the Glenwood Open Space Preserve, to join Anderson’s canine, Ollie, on the trails. At its most recent meeting,...

Lobster Feed Event Raises Cash to Promote Mountain Wonders

felton lobster feed
Carol Miller is 87 years old and still going strong in her work to promote the natural beauty of Santa Cruz County’s redwoods. The South Felton resident is a longtime volunteer of the Mountain Parks Foundation. This organization, with a mission to inspire the next...

Interim Zayante Fire Chief Hopes to Improve Station

Dan Walters zayante fire
Interim Zayante Fire Chief Dan Walters is a likable guy. Sitting across from him on a picnic table outside of the Zayante Fire Station, Walters is easy-going and full of pride: not for himself, but for the men and women who voluntarily serve the...

Scotts Valley in Strong Position as Pandemic Ebbs

scotts valley state of the city
In a shaded outdoor area behind the Scotts Valley Community Center, local officials gathered with the public for one of the first times since the start of the pandemic, as they outlined the community’s health in the “State of the City Address.” Hosted by the...

Supervisors Clarify Deed Requirement Affecting CZU Fire Survivors

jimmy panetta federal firefighters
Two women near the public comment podium hugged following a contentious item before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon, as it reversed course on a move that would have affected the property papers of many rebuilding after the CZU Lighting Complex...

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Police: Child Nearly Stolen From Grandfather’s Arms

A woman in her mid-30s is facing a felony child abduction charge after she tried to steal a toddler in Scotts Valley, authorities said. Several...