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June 30, 2022

Camp Krem in need of help for rebuild

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When the Santa Cruz Mountains caught fire in August after a lightning storm passed through the Central Coast and greater Bay Area, almost every community was forced to evacuate the area. Many of those evacuees were left wondering whether their homes and businesses—their life’s...

CZU survivors camp out in Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell
After losing their homes in the destructive CZU August Lightning Complex fires, many survivors have camped out and found refuge in Henry Cowell State Park. “We’ve had quite a big surge due to the CZU Fire Complex,” Visitor Service Aid, Zach Lemke, said. “At least...

Vacant SLVWD seat must be filled by appointment in early 2021

The unexpected departure and removal of San Lorenzo Valley Water Board President Steve Swan has led to spirited debate and direction changes by the board regarding how unforeseen openings on its panel should be filled.  After originally voting to keep open the vacated seat until...

Glenwood Preserve construction finishes, Fall Creek partially reopens

Glenwood Bridge land trust
After almost three years, the Glenwood Open Space Preserve’s construction will come to an end next week.   The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (LTSCC) oversaw trail construction done by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) on both sides of the Preserve. The final installation,...

Company to streamline rebuilding permitting process for CZU victims

CZU August Lightning Complex
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County will hire a company to handle the permitting process for residents rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed in the CZU August Lightning Complex fires.  The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the plan to hire Pleasanton-based engineering firm 4Leaf, Inc....

County releases Thanksgiving Covid guidelines

Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Health officials from eight Bay Area counties on Monday issued a set of guidelines created to keep families safe from Covid-19 during the holidays. The recommendations cover travel and gatherings. The health officers from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco,...

State imposes more Covid restrictions as cases increase

Watsonville coronavirus
SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz County on Tuesday moved back to the more restrictive red tier of the state's Covid-19 reopening plan, meaning that many businesses and services must once again take a step back in their services, and in the customers they can allow in. According...

Supervisors approve changes to Public Defender office

Larry Biggam santa cruz county public defender office
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to move the county’s public defender services from a private law firm to one run by the County. The plan has garnered support from the current public defenders, as well as...

Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin retiring

Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—After nearly three decades running the county’s elections department, Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin will retire at the end of the year. Pellerin made the announcement Thursday, a little more than a week after what many are calling the most significant election...

Orange Tier status reopens more valley businesses

Hallcrest Vineyards Covid-19
On Oct. 27 Santa Cruz County entered the Orange Tier of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan. The lowered rate of positive tests has enabled many more businesses to open with precautions, such as indoor waxing and bookstores, and increased capacity at restaurants, movie theaters...

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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...