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September 23, 2022

Horse Painting Event Highlights Work of Rescue Center

Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
When art enthusiasts assemble at Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Scotts Valley for a Plein Air Painting Workshop, alongside instructor Elvira Rascov on the evening of Oct. 1, organizers predict it will generate more than a few dabs of creativity. Julia Hyde,...

Judge Presses State to Intensify Housing Search for Predator

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In a Sept. 12 hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Judge Syda Cogliati ordered the Department of State Hospitals and its contractor Liberty Healthcare to work harder to find a new home for a sexual predator who was previously cleared for release. Over the...

Former Columnist, Beloved Physician Remembered For Humor, Integrity

Celebrations of life are filled with good stories, laughter and tears, and the celebration for Dr. Terry Hollenbeck was no exception.  On Aug. 31, friends and family, including Hollenbeck’s wife, Beth, their children and grandson, gathered to share their memories of Hollenbeck, who died on...

Court Upholds Termination of SVPD Officer

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Earlier this summer the City of Scotts Valley notched a major victory in its legal battle against a cop that got kicked off its police force after the City said—among other things—he sexually harassed a junior female officer he supervised. Former Scotts Valley Police Department...

Boulder Creek Residents Weigh Parks District Parcel Tax

Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District
San Lorenzo Valley residents in Boulder Creek are gearing up to vote in a referendum on whether to pay $36 annually per parcel to support the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District. The capital improvement measure that will show up on the Nov. 8 ballot...

Boulder Creek-Based Waste Hauler Kicked Out of County

Kunz Valley Trash
A Boulder Creek trash and recycling collector that hadn’t been paying the money it owed the County of Santa Cruz—or keeping up with regulations—has lost the right to work in Santa Cruz County. The owner of Kunz Valley Trash, 66-year-old Jack Kunz, says he’ll now...

Author Wants CZU Book to Provide ‘Hope And Healing’

The People Not the Fire
It was just two years ago that the CZU Lightning Complex fires erupted, leaving 86,500 acres charred between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Mateo County. More than 1,490 structures were lost, and 911 homes in Santa Cruz County burned. In Big Basin, 97% of...

Ukrainian Refugees Find Acceptance In County’s Mountain Communities

Natalia Ziniak
Classically-trained artist Natalia Ziniak, 26, had been living in Los Angeles, but was visiting her family in western Ukraine when Russia invaded the country in February. “Unfortunately, after the first day of the war our city was bombed too,” she said. “It’s terrifying. You can’t...

Cannabis Grow Proposal Heads Back to Planning Commission

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In a business matter that’s highlighted a tussle between Planning Commissioners and County of Santa Cruz staff, the Commission has been handed a second chance to properly deny a cannabis cultivation operation proposal in Upper Zayante. Local residents are trying to stop it, arguing it...

Local Couple Celebrates 70 Years of Marriage

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According to U.S. Census data, just half of the marriages occurring from 1970 to 1984 for both men and women reached their 25th anniversary. Scotts Valley residents Darrell and Sue Yeaney have overcome those unfavorable odds—easily. They met at Westminster College in Pennsylvania in the fall...


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Timm-Timms Slate Attempts to Unseat Vice Mayor Reed In Nov. 8...

Councilmember Derek Timm has teamed up with recording plug-in company executive Allan Timms in a bid to unseat Vice Mayor Jim Reed, who Timm...