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Scotts Valley continues to grapple with state housing challenges

City of Scotts Valley
As Scotts Valley tried to convince the State Department of Housing and Community Development that it’s up to the task of planning for more than 1,220 homes for people across the income spectrum in less than a decade, the report card on its last...

Sempervirens Fund permanently protects 120 acres in Santa Cruz Mountains’ Upper Zayante watershed

Upper Zayante watershed
With the donation of a conservation easement from private landowners to Sempervirens Fund, California’s first land trust, 120 acres in the Upper Zayante watershed will be protected in perpetuity. The land includes more than 67 acres of redwood forest, mostly second-growth trees with some residual...

High-stakes drama plays out at Superior Court during mock trial competition

Mock trial
Their client was found guilty of first-degree murder, but they did such a good job of putting up a defense that they’re now headed to state. Santa Cruz High School’s mock trial team hugged one another, after Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Syda...

Car strikes 4 bicyclists on Highway 9

CHP vehicle
An 85-year-old woman from Boulder Creek plowed into four bicyclists Tuesday on Highway 9 in the San Lorenzo Valley. Israel Murillo of the California Highway Patrol said CHP responded to a report of a crash at 6:21pm, south of Glengarry Road.  The woman was driving a...

Community rallies to save beloved Felton Mercantile

Felton Mercantile
Hundreds more people signed their names this week to a petition to save a woman-owned storefront in downtown Felton that showcases the wares of more than 50 local artists. After surviving through the most difficult pandemic days, and during a wildfire that destroyed hundreds...

What’s the best way to grow a forest?

Trees
Felton resident Karen Holl’s talk at her hometown library Feb. 3 occurred just as a storm rolled in underscoring just how intrinsically linked our lives are with those of Plantae kingdom—as tree litter would soon carpet the landscape and one person would be killed...

Bay Federal Credit Union workplace campaign raises $12,600 for United Way

Bay Federal Credit Union
Bay Federal Credit Union announced that its January workplace campaign raised over $12,600 for United Way. Employees of the Credit Union made both one-time donations and payroll deductions in support of United Way of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. As part of their award-winning volunteer program,...

News Briefs | Published Feb. 16, 2024

News Briefs
Supervisor candidate forum set for Friday Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties will be hosting a forum for District 5 supervisor candidates on Friday, Feb. 16, from 1-2:30pm, at the Scotts Valley Senior Center, 370 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley. The event...

Santa Cruz County supervisor candidates make their pitch for 5th District seat

Fifth District candidates forum
The most powerful moment during the Fifth District candidates forum Feb. 7 at the Highlands Park Senior Center in Ben Lomond had nothing to do with the four people on stage vying to replace outgoing Supervisor Bruce McPherson. At 7:11pm, after over an hour in...

News Briefs | Published Feb. 9, 2024

News Briefs
Hospice of Santa Cruz County awards first nursing scholarship In a significant step toward nurturing and enhancing nursing expertise in the community, Hospice of Santa Cruz County has announced Zach Pobre, LVN, as the inaugural recipient of the Emmi Schambeck Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship, named in...

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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...