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April 13, 2024
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County park will honor late Sheriff’s deputy

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller
APTOS—Plans were announced Thursday of a major renovation of Willowbrook County Park to honor the late Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who was gunned down in the line of duty in 2020. The project of “reimagining” the park was announced in a brief...

Scotts Valley Planning Commission rubber-stamps housing plan

Scotts Valley Planning Commission
Scotts Valley Planning Commission has voted to recommend the city’s Draft Housing Element to the Scotts Valley City Council for approval. No members of the public spoke during the public comment period, and commissioners engaged in no discussion of the critical planning document before it...

Consultant: Town Center will need more homes to succeed

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SCOTTS VALLEY—Scotts Valley elected officials listened with rapt attention as influential urban planner Bob Gibbs gave them “a really short version of my Harvard class,” during a study session before the June 2 City Council meeting. As he pulled the cover back on what...

Supply Chain Issues Give Local Businesses Headaches

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Ron Clements, Jr. first came to understand the significance of the current supply chain issues at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The owner of Scotts Valley Market had heard people were fighting for toilet paper at Costco, so he figured he better get...

Former Santa Cruz County Clerk running for 28th Assembly District

Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin
Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin is running for the 28th Assembly District in the upcoming June 7 primary after receiving the nod from current representative Mark Stone, who is reportedly not seeking reelection. Over the past few months, Pellerin has encouraged women to...

Local Student Shares Love of Vegan Baking Thanks to SVUSD IB Program

Scotts Valley High School
The sweet pink frosting on the lemon cookie beckons, reflecting the midday Scotts Valley sunlight. Adina Licht, 51, takes a bite of the lemon cookie and smiles in approval. Because, as a vegan treat, made with olive oil not butter by 17-year-old Emily Leishman, it’s...

School Mask Mandates to End After March 11

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Students throughout Santa Cruz County will no longer be required to wear masks while at school after March 11. The announcement, signed by the County’s 11 school superintendents, came Monday after California Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay...

New Nonprofit Aims to Spread Joy Through Horsemanship

Horse Sense Education and Advocacy
A woman who owns a holistic horse-riding business in Felton has launched a nonprofit to spread the joy of horsemanship to people who don’t normally have access to equines. Kristin Praly established Horse Sense Education and Advocacy as a 501(c)3 charity earlier this year and...

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...

Illegal Boulder Creek butane lab dismantled

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday dismantled an illegal butane honey oil lab in Boulder Creek containing more than $2 million of cannabis concentrate. Deputies found the lab inside a specially built outbuilding on the 600 block of Hartman Creek Road, according to...


Scotts Valley City Council

State certifies Scotts Valley’s Housing Element on first try

During a report at the April 3 Council meeting, Scotts Valley City Manager Mali LaGoe announced the California Department of Housing and Community Development...