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January 24, 2022

BCFPD readies for debris flows

CZU August Lightning Complex
Editor’s note: This is the first entry in a multi-part series about debris flows and what local first responders are doing to prepare for a possible event. Boulder Creek Fire Protection District Chief Mark Bingham has seen fire. For the better part of this fall,...

New Mayor Timm, Vice-Mayor Reed hone in on 2021

Mayor Derek Timm
On Dec. 16 the Scotts Valley City Council appointed its new mayor, Derek Timm, and vice-mayor, Jim Reed. Both men look forward to tackling daunting challenges that 2021 presents, such as facilitating economic recovery, expanding affordable housing and addressing racism alongside the community. Timm hopes...

City officials view budget with cautious optimism, feel pressure from SVPOA

Scotts Valley Police budget
SCOTTS VALLEY—After declaring a fiscal emergency in January and facing unanticipated difficulties due to the pandemic, City of Scotts Valley officials made several budgetary decisions seeking momentary relief. They implemented a hiring freeze, reduced supplies and services and trimmed community services funding, among other...

Reindeer Run continues sprint toward success

Reindeer run 5k
If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pandemic has proven to be the father of reinvention. The Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District (BCRPD) has long provided education, exercise, entertainment and support for local families. Since the addition of Hallie Greene as general...

Law enforcement prioritizing education over pricey citations

Santa Cruz county sheriff's office
By Todd Guild Most counties throughout California have now imposed some version of stay-at-home orders, which consist of a series of requests and requirements by local leaders and are designed to slow the spread of Covid-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Dec. 3 said that new orders...

Covid-19 Closes Santa Cruz County Businesses, ICUs Ready for Surge

Watsonville coronavirus
By Jacob Pierce, Good Times Editor Businesses all over Santa Cruz County are getting ready to close down or reduce their operations, as a new stay-at-home order takes effect. The order goes live at 11:59pm Thursday, now that the Bay Area region hit a threshold wherein...

Bay Area region hits ICU capacity ‘trigger,’ more restrictions loom

Watsonville coronavirus
Growing strain on the health care system has triggered a stricter stay-at-home order for Santa Cruz County and the rest of the Bay Area region identified in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently issued regional order. Intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in the Bay Area region, which...

Woman dies in early morning fire at former Sobering Center

Sobering center Santa Cruz fire
SANTA CRUZ—A woman died early Wednesday in a two-alarm fire that broke out in the former Sobering Center in Santa Cruz. Around 2:30am 9-1-1 dispatchers received numerous calls about a fire spreading through the two-story Victorian wood structure that had been boarded up since the...

SLVHS student honored for years of fundraising for cancer awareness

Audrey Parmenter Peter R. Marsh Student Silent Service Award
Audrey Parmenter is the embodiment of a good kid. A tenacious, inquisitive student with good grades and a fierce serve on the volleyball court, the San Lorenzo Valley High School senior has quietly been making a difference in the lives of those affected by...

VCU FUNdraiser a big success

valley churches united
At a time when residents of the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley are struggling with losses experienced in multiple crises, gifts of food or financial support can make all the difference to a local family. Enter Valley Churches United (VCU), a highly-regarded and essential...

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As Build Back Better Plan Stalls, Scotts Valley Digs Into Piggy...

It was like music to the ears of Scotts Valley politicians, last summer, when Democrats announced they’d be setting $1.4 million aside to replace...