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December 7, 2022

Valley Churches United’s Holiday Market Returns

Valley Churches United
After a long day at the Valley Churches United storefront in downtown Ben Lomond, 70-year-old volunteer Mary Koehring is tallying up the receipts. It’s the fifth year the Boulder Creek residents assisted with the nonprofit’s Valley Christmas Project, which raises money for families in...

New SVHS Play Is ‘Coordinated Chaos’

The Sunday before Thanksgiving was a busy day at Scotts Valley High School.  Amid the whir of electric screwdrivers, handheld drills and circular saws, students from the drama department were hard at work preparing for their newest production which debuts in December. “The Play That...

63 Nonprofits Selected For Santa Cruz Gives

Santa Cruz Gives
Santa Cruz Gives, a countywide crowdfunding holiday campaign, will raise funds for 63 local nonprofits in its eighth season, which started on Nov. 16 and will run until midnight, Dec. 31.  On SantaCruzGives.org, donors may browse individual profile pages to learn about each nonprofit's mission...

Cabrillo College trustees approve name change

cabrillo college
APTOS—Cabrillo College’s governing board voted Monday to change the institution’s name after a two-hour discussion that included comments from dozens of community members. The trustees voted 6-1 in favor of renaming the college, with trustee Rachel Spencer dissenting.  The decision followed the Nov. 10 release of...

Arukah Project Aims to Help Sex Trafficking Survivors

Tucked away in a small corner of Scotts Valley, two women are working hard to make a difference in the lives of sex trafficking victims. The Arukah Project is a faith-based nonprofit that works to restore, renew and rebuild survivors’ lives in Santa Cruz...

MCT Presents ‘Now and Then’

When it comes to planning the perfect environment for a Mountain Community Theater (MCT) performance, Director Kathie Kratochvil’s got game. While the majority of the shows are staged at Park Hall in Ben Lomond, the upcoming “Now and Then” is taking place at the...

Resident, SVWD Come to Terms on Back Pay

Scotts Valley Water
A local resident who contends he’s been overcharged for water service for several years says he’s now willing to accept Scott Valley Water District’s offer of three years of back pay. Now David McNair, who took over as SVWD’s general manager Nov. 1, says while...

Investigation Underway After Discarded Ballots Found on Sugarloaf Road

discarded ballots
A rural site about four miles from the Santa Cruz Mountains summit is now the focus of a federal investigation by the agency that probes mail system misdeeds. That’s because this patch of ground along Sugarloaf Road, just north of Scotts Valley, is where one...

Timm-Timms Slate Rises Above Vice Mayor Reed In Early Results

At this time last year, Allan Timms wasn’t even an American. But by press time he had risen—if only slightly—above Scotts Valley’s Vice Mayor in his bid for a seat on Council. So, how did it feel to see some success, as the vote tallies...

Pellerin Starts Strong in Bid for Historic Assembly Seat

Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin appears poised to become the first woman from Santa Cruz County to hold a seat on the State Assembly, with early returns showing 62.67% of Santa Clara County voters supporting her run for the 28th District, and...

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Boulder Creek Nonprofit Reaps ‘Giving Tuesday’ Benefits With Fundraiser

Efforts to help homeless people in the North County got a boost this week when a Santa Cruz bar held a Giving Tuesday fundraiser...