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December 8, 2022

Toys For Tots cancels public donation sites

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This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Toys For Tots will not be hosting public collection sites for toy donations for the first time in its history. Normally, the collection points at fire stations and businesses throughout the county are responsible for the lion’s share...

Quilts Drive helps CZU Fire survivors

quilt drive CZU Lightning Complex
Volunteers and families gathered, socially distant, at the end of October to disperse quilts to survivors of the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire.  The Quilt Drive, formed by members of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA), came together in a little less than a month,...

PG&E’s PSPS Leaves SLV in the Dark

In October of 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric introduced Californians to the Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS. While these preemptive electrical shutdowns had been commonplace in more rural parts of the state, the heavily populated areas of California were unfamiliar with this term....

SVHS Haunted House Adjust, Readies to Petrify Attendees

Frightened of a blank calendar this Halloween? Never fear. There are many fun and Covid-19-safe opportunities this year.  According to a 1,000-parent survey conducted by See’s Candies, a little over 50 percent of families plan to stay in this Halloween, with a movie. However, for...

Covid-19 restrictions loosen as Santa Cruz County sees fewer cases

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—California health officials on Tuesday moved Santa Cruz County into the less restrictive “Moderate” or Orange tier, meaning that several businesses can reopen and welcome in more customers. The move means that the county is seeing 1-3.9 new cases per 100,00 in population....

Remaining ‘Do Not Drink-Do Not Boil’ orders lifted for SLVWD customers

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD), in conjunction with the State Water Resources Control Board, announced on Oct. 23 the cancellation of the “Do Not Drink-Do Not Boil” notice in all of its service areas.  Customers may resume using tap water for drinking, cooking...

As election day draws near, options to cast vote aplenty

Santa Cruz County voting
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—With just one week until election day, Santa Cruz County voters still have plenty of options of what to do with their completed ballot. It’s important to know that it is not necessary to mark every section. Leaving an option blank—or even marking...

What is a Felton father’s ‘dream’? Answer: Jeopardy!

Local man appears on renowned show Longtime Jeopardy! aficionado and Felton resident Jack Mooney lived out a lifelong “dream,” appearing on the celebrated game show on Oct. 14. Mooney said he began watching Jeopardy! as a teen. “We’d sit down as a family and watch during dinner…...

Faye G. Belardi Memorial Gallery Debuts with Smithsonian’s ‘Water|Ways’

The Faye G. Belardi Memorial Gallery recently opened its doors for the first time since closing as the Felton Library.  During the past few months, volunteers and San Lorenzo Valley Museum (SLVM) staff have painted, rewired and floored the historic building for the gallery’s premiere....

Sifter Sisters

Siblings help community recover from CZU fire Mikayla Casey, 14, of Boulder Creek loves books.  Her favorite activity while in Girl Scouts was to meet with her troop at the Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond to catalog the hundreds of books housed in the historical building....

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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...