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December 8, 2022

How California stands to benefit from the $2.2 trillion infrastructure proposal

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“This is a game changer,” Gov. Gavin Newsom exulted last week during a news conference. “We are very, very enthusiastic.” Was he talking about his recent coronavirus vaccination? The latest poll in the recall campaign? No, he was reveling in news from what has long been California’s sweet...

Cougars’ boys’ hoops win first SCCAL title since ’07

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There are words that will define this generation of children who were raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, impacted by Covid and chased from their homes by fire: Strong. Resilient. Tested. Driven. Those words also fit the 2021 San Lorenzo Valley High School boys’ basketball...

County animal shelter reinstates free pop-up clinics

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—When the pandemic hit one year ago, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) was forced to shut down its Healthy Pets For All (HPFA) program, which offered residents free pop-up veterinary clinics. During the first months of the crisis, SCCAS found ways...

Focus on the Valley: Steve Kuehl

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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...

One Year Removed, Residents Remember CZU Fires

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San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley neighbors, think back to where you were a year ago today. If you lived in Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Felton, Zayante, Lompico, Bonny Doon or Scotts Valley, you had been evacuated from your home, courtesy of the...

Resident, SVWD Come to Terms on Back Pay

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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...

Torched Trees Given New Life as Fencing For Landmark

Those familiar with the popular Vancouver Island lumberjack show “Big Timber” on Netflix, know the riveting storylines that emerge from working with giant trees—and the care it takes to do historic preservation right. Down here in California, in the state’s oldest state park, officials experienced...

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...

Scotts Valley city projects inch toward completion | Council Briefs

In her first Scotts Valley City Council meeting since announcing she was moving on to a job in Coronado, city manager Tina Friend on Aug. 4 brought good news about a couple of local projects. “First, if you’ve been coming into town on Mt. Hermon...

Santa Cruz County not yet joining other Bay Area counties in closures

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County officials on Friday said they will not yet join five other Bay Area counties in preemptively adhering to the regional stay-at-home order announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday. Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin and Santa Clara counties will adopt...

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Giving Tuesday

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...