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October 23, 2021

Music at Siltanen Raises $15K for Local Youth Music Programs

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As Scotts Valley Kiwanis Club member Mike Rein arrived at the organization’s big fundraiser, held this year at Siltanen Park due to renovations at Skypark, he was nervous. “We were very worried because we’d never done it at Siltanen Park,” he said. “No one wants...

Interim Zayante Fire Chief Hopes to Improve Station

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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 Asks RTC to Fund Overpass Improvements

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The city of Scotts Valley took a step forward in renovating a key community corridor—a thoroughfare that runs above Highway 17. In a special meeting on Sept. 29, the Scotts Valley City Council voted unanimously to seek grant funds via the Santa Cruz County Regional...

Scotts Valley in Strong Position as Pandemic Ebbs

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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...

New dashboard details school-based Covid-19 testing results

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE) has launched a dashboard that summarizes Covid-19 testing results across schools countywide. The dashboard is a partnership with school districts, Inspire Diagnostics and the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health, COE spokesman Nick Ibarra...

Scotts Valley Mayor Declares City’s Commitment to Diversity

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After officially designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Scotts Valley Mayor Derek Timm moved on to another proclamation that was close to his heart. Referencing incidents of hatred and discrimination across Santa Cruz County, he announced the City’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,...

Scotts Valley Recognized for Good Bookkeeping

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The professional association that represents more than 21,000 government finance officers across North America has given Scotts Valley its highest accolade. On Sept. 21, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced it had awarded the Certificate of Achievement for...

PG&E Responds to Outages

The San Lorenzo Valley has been plagued with power outages for as long as the area has had electricity.  Strong winds, downed trees and mudslides have taken out power time and again, and residents of the area recognize that living beneath the redwoods has its...

SLVUSD Embarks on a Series of Exterior School Renovations

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District has begun a series of improvements to its buildings. In addition to a broader work plan that will transform its structures over the next few years, the first set of upgrades, approved in September, features painting work, protective...

Supervisors Clarify Deed Requirement Affecting CZU Fire Survivors

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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...



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...