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September 23, 2022

Scotts Valley Starts Nonprofit Grant Program

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Nonprofits monitoring the rollout of Scotts Valley’s community grant program had positive words for the City as it put $50,000 up for grabs. Speaking during public comment at the Aug. 3 council meeting, Clay Kempf, the executive director of the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz...

Focus on the Valley: Steve Kuehl

Steve Kuehl
In 1989, Northern California was rocked by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which was centered in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Santa Cruz. The 6.9 quake was responsible for $6 billion in damages (close to $40 billion in today’s dollars), 63 deaths...

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 Felton, co-founder Iryna Kulchytska explained. “We had a death in the family in Ukraine related to war,” she said Wednesday. “My...

SVUSD Supe Unveils Fresh Approach for Year Ahead

Scotts Valley Unified School District
Here in the Scotts Valley Unified School District nerve center, the no-nonsense rural appeal of the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountain environment is evident, as is the laid-back ambiance of Santa Cruz County. A block in Superintendent Tanya Krause’s office reads “it is/WHAT IT IS.” Beside...

Scotts Valley Library Reopens Saturday

Scotts Valley Library
It’s happening a few months later than originally hoped, but now, literacy fans and community boosters can rejoice—the Scotts Valley Branch Library is coming back to life. The Grand Reopening is to go from 10am-2pm on Saturday, at its previous 251 Kings Village Road location....

SLV Residents Face Another Power Struggle With PG&E

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For people living in Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond and Felton, power outages have become a prominent aspect of daily life rather than an occasional annoyance.  During the last week of July, San Lorenzo Valley communities experienced a sustained loss of power every day for...

New Nonprofit Aims to Spread Joy Through Horsemanship

Horse Sense Education and Advocacy
A woman who owns a holistic horse-riding business in Felton has launched a nonprofit to spread the joy of horsemanship to people who don’t normally have access to equines. Kristin Praly established Horse Sense Education and Advocacy as a 501(c)3 charity earlier this year and...

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

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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...

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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...