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June 30, 2022

Santa Cruz County likely moving to orange tier March 31

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Continued decreases in case and positivity rates have Santa Cruz County on track to enter a less restrictive tier of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan on March 31, County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said at Thursday’s weekly virtual press conference. According to data released...

CZU Complex could expand unit’s ‘fuel’ reductions

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The Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit (CZU) had a plan of how to handle the lightning strikes that eventually set off one of the most destructive fires in the history of the state: the now-infamous CZU August Lightning Complex. “We followed the plan to...

Rate increase on horizon as Scotts Valley works to implement SB 1383

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SCOTTS VALLEY—The Scotts Valley City Council at its Wednesday night virtual meeting got its first look at a slew of upcoming changes to its waste disposal standards mandated by state lawmakers. Thanks to Senate Bill 1383, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Jerry Brown...

Kaiser Permanente Arena ‘vaccination hub’ opens tomorrow

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Kaiser Permanente is opening a Covid-19 vaccination hub Thursday at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz for eligible members and others in the community, the health care provider announced in a press release Wednesday. Dependent upon vaccine supply, the site is expected to operate seven...

Game on: Scotts Valley blanks St. Francis in first county football game of pandemic

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By Juan Reyes, Staff Reporter The Scotts Valley High football team on March 11 shut out St. Francis High, 12-0, at Santa Cruz High School in the county’s first football game of the 2021 pandemic-impacted season. Scotts Valley coach Louie Walters, who had previously retired at...

Stimulus bill transforms options for state and local governments

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Richard F. Cortez, the top elected official in Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of Texas, is so full of anticipation for the federal stimulus money that is about to flow into his county that he has memorized the precise amount and happily recites...

Scotts Valley Chamber gala goes virtual

Scotts Valley Chamber
The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce will host “Stayin’ Alive,” its virtual awards gala, on Mar. 13 from 6-8pm on their Facebook page and the My Scotts Valley Facebook page. The event will feature music and dance, celebrate the 2020 Community Award winners and raise...

KBCZ expands under new channel, 89.3FM

KBCZ radio expands
For all of the industries that have experienced contraction since the dawn of Covid-19 in 2020, one local business is seeing expansion in its very near future: KBCZ radio. Centered in Boulder Creek, the station is growing into new territory. Within the next few weeks,...

County could have ‘some level’ of herd immunity by late spring, officials say

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Just hours before President Joe Biden said that every adult in the United States should have access to a Covid-19 vaccine by May 1, Santa Cruz County health officials said they expect the county will march along into the orange tier of...

High-powered rifles, unlicensed cannabis seized in Bonny Doon

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BONNY DOON—The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office confiscated an unusually large amount of cannabis and 16 rifles Wednesday at home in Bonny Doon. Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin said Sheriff’s Office personnel assigned to the Cannabis Licensing Office served a criminal search warrant at...


Scotts Valley active shooter drill

Real-World Scare Briefly Halts ‘Active Shooter’ Drill

Officers and firefighters running through “active shooter” drills at Scotts Valley High School had to make a quick shift into a real-world situation on...