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May 25, 2022

Awardee Found Perspective with Counselor’s Help

By their own admission, 18-year-old Marina Ruiz felt pretty “lost” during freshman and junior years. “I didn’t really have an idea of who I was as a person,” Ruiz said. “I wasn’t really confident as a student. I kind of sold myself short.” But now, as...

Ground Broken on SLVHS’ Technical Ed Buildings

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
Over the years, the keys to a successful entry into the world of work have changed significantly. Henry T. Holmes, from New York, quit school and worked as a store clerk, before heading to San Francisco aboard a ship in 1849, helping start California’s first...

Vets Village Gets $6.4M Grant From Homekey

Ben Lomond Veterans Village
Two years ago the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established Project Roomkey in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea behind the program was simple but important: protect people experiencing homelessness from coronavirus. The success of that program led to the development of...

North County Community Responds to Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion

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Anna Paganelli, now 54, was house-sitting for a friend at a cabin in Boulder Creek—where she also used to live—as she struggled with one of the most traumatic situations of her life. The umbilical cord of one of the twin girls growing inside her...

School District’s Multicultural Fair Draws Hundreds, Rave Reviews

Multicultural Fair
Students and their parents got a blast of culture from around the globe Sunday at Vine Hill Elementary School. Organizers estimated more than 500 people turned out for the inaugural Scotts Valley Unified Multicultural Fair. Attendees passed food trucks serving an array of dishes, before arriving...

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...

County’s Top Librarian Thrilled About Possibilities for Local Libraries

Yolande Wilburn
When the Boulder Creek library reopens May 7, it will feature a completely revamped children’s area, community room updates and a new teen section. The stained-glass window will remain a showpiece, and there will be an art gallery as well as a pleasant reading...

Scotts Valley’s New City Clerk Excited For Civic Duties

city of scotts valley
Following months of struggling to find a new city clerk, after the previous occupant of the role, Tracy Ferrara, announced her retirement, Scotts Valley appointed a veteran school board official to the post. And in an interview with the Press Banner during her second day...

SLVWD Appoints Jeffrey Hill to Fill Board Vacancy

San Lorenzo Valley Water District
The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors appointed Jeffrey Hill to fill a vacant seat on the board at the April 21 board meeting. Hill, a Scotts Valley resident and District customer since 1998, has served two years on the District’s Budget and...

Felton Springing Into Season With Sidewalk Sale This Saturday

Downtown Felton
The Downtown Felton Association is welcoming people from around the region to the 2nd Annual Downtown Felton Spring Sidewalk Sale & Open House Saturday. Christy Shults, the director of the organization, said the event, which runs from noon to 6pm, is a continuation of programming...


Redwood Faire

Redwood Mountain Faire returns to Roaring Camp

Hallie Greene knows what it takes to bring a community together. From her work as the district manager of the Boulder Creek Recreation and...