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August 11, 2022

Local Student Shares Love of Vegan Baking Thanks to SVUSD IB Program

Scotts Valley High School
The sweet pink frosting on the lemon cookie beckons, reflecting the midday Scotts Valley sunlight. Adina Licht, 51, takes a bite of the lemon cookie and smiles in approval. Because, as a vegan treat, made with olive oil not butter by 17-year-old Emily Leishman, it’s...

Candidate nomination period for Nov. 8 election opens

The candidate nomination period for the upcoming Nov. 8 election opened on July 18, and several potential political candidates have pulled papers to run for various offices. The Scotts Valley City Council will have two seats—those currently held by Vice-Mayor Jim Reed and City Councilman...

Report: Community ‘Polarized’ About SVUSD’s Push for Diversity

An educational consultant’s report has found diversity efforts at Scotts Valley Unified School District have been hampered by a “pervasive fear” of how parents would react to changes and the belief such initiatives would be “obstructed by vocal community disapproval and retaliation.” Key findings of...

Environmentalists get $1M to defend Santa Cruz Mountains from wildfires

Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
One of California’s oldest environmental groups has been tapped by California’s state fire agency to help protect Felton and Scotts Valley from wildfires. The $970,000 Cal Fire grant to the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County will fund a vegetation management project called the...

Boulder Creek Could Get $3.5M In Upgrades

boulder creek
Boulder Creek is now in line for $3.5 million that could be coming from more than 2,800 miles away—Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.—for a couple key improvements to the historic lumber town’s infrastructure. On July 7, Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo announced $2 million for a...

County’s New Public Defender Office Begins Operations

Santa Cruz County Public Defender
SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz County’s new Public Defender office began operations on July 1, and the department’s roughly 60 employees celebrated the occasion with a barbecue in the backyard of its May Avenue headquarters.  The new office includes an increased number of attorneys, in addition to...

Big Basin reopening next week

Driving into Big Basin
After nearly two years out of commission, Big Basin Redwoods State Park—the oldest State Park in California—is about to open to the public, once again. It was closed after being ravaged by the CZU Lightning Complex fire, (97% destroyed), but on July 22, the proverbial...

New Film Honors CZU Survivors Two Years Post Blaze

jimmy panetta federal firefighters
In honor of the second anniversary of the CZU Lightning Complex, Mountain Community Theater (MCT) Director Peter Gelblum did something extraordinary to commemorate the event: he wrote a film about it.  Of the movie, entitled, “The CZU Fire In Their Own Words: Fighting Fires, Losing...

Ben Lomond FD Pancake Breakfast Raises $9,000

They have specially-designed new ones now, but the original red-and-white-striped shirts worn by the Ben Lomond Fire Protection District firefighters are actually authentic Australian rugby sweaters. It’s what 21-year-old volunteer Mateo Corona was sporting behind the grill at their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser July 3. “I’m...

Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek Deliver Classic Spectacles for Fourth

Scotts Valley’s fireworks
Last year, Scotts Valley was the envy of Santa Cruz County and South Bay regions, holding a Fourth of July parade when almost no other locale was able to pull one off. This year, as communities like Boulder Creek brought theirs back, now that...



Ukrainian Festival Supports Refugees Through Cultural Education

On Tuesday, Morgan Hill-based woodworking business California Craft House had to pull out of Sunday’s fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees set to be held in...