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February 5, 2023

Boulder Creek shooting suspect arrested, 18-year-old victim identified

Updated Jan. 30 at 1:45pm. The teenager who was shot to death during a party in Boulder Creek Saturday night was identified Monday by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office as 18-year-old Rowan Parham. Deputies on Sunday arrested a juvenile suspected in the shooting death. Authorities are...

Youth shot to death at Boulder Creek party, suspect at large

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Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a suspect who fatally shot a victim in Boulder Creek Saturday night during a party. According to the Sheriff’s office, deputies headed to the 1000 block of Brimblecom Road at about 10pm, responding to multiple reports...

Hwy 9 closure squeezes Ben Lomond businesses

The fallen branches have been neatly arranged along a rock border next to the La Placa Family Bakery parking lot as the sun streams down through the redwoods to the red translucent awning, but here along Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, the storms are...

San Lorenzo Valley residents express concerns over storm recovery

Last Thursday, Jan. 19, the meeting room at Zayante Fire Department was packed to the rafters with local residents pleading for more information on storm recovery and disaster relief.  The catastrophic series of storms that pounded the region beginning in December 2022 left homes flooded,...

TherapyWorks | 4 Goals to Set to Improve Your Mental Health in 2023

Do you set personal goals as you head into the new year? Did you know that people who set goals tend to have higher self-motivation, self-esteem, independence and confidence? Having goals gives us a sense of purpose and something to strive for—all important for...

Felton photographer presents ‘Wonders of the Sea’ exhibit

A self-proclaimed renaissance man, Felton’s Marc Shargel is a name many have come to know and appreciate.  Shargel has long had a calling to and interest in all things marine-based, and his years of underwater photography have resulted in three volumes of coffee table books...

Plain Talk About Food | A Watched Pot Never Boils

Benjamin Franklin, during the late 17th century, coined the phrase, “A watched pot never boils.” I am sure each of us has uttered that phrase at least once in our lifetime. I know I have, more than once this last month during our, let’s...

Scotts Valley’s new council hands out committee appointments

During their first regularly scheduled meeting of the year on Jan. 18, Scotts Valley Council members handed out committee appointments for the upcoming year. Mayor Jack Dilles prepared the list, which was included as part of the consent calendar, and it was approved unanimously. The...

The Mountain Gardener | Get Your Bare-Root Edibles Now

The other day I visited three local nurseries to see what’s new in their bare root edible selection. In addition to the classics, I found a ton of new varieties for containers and smaller home gardens.  Now is the time to add ornamentals and edibles...

Scarborough Lumber owner proud of community’s response to storms

Ben Lomond resident Krista Scarborough, whose family owns Scarborough Lumber, spent the first few weeks of 2023 questioning whether the ever-intensifying weather systems could fairly be compared with the historic storms 41 years ago that killed 33 people.  “When it first started, I was downplaying...

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San Lorenzo Valley Water assesses storm damage at $4M

Now that January’s series of atmospheric rivers has finally let up, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District has come up with a calculation of...