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March 28, 2023

Guest Column | Scotts Valley Tackles Challenges

Setting goals is essential for the City to be successful. The City Council discussed and approved nine strategic goals for 2023-24 to allow Scotts Valley to focus on the most important issues we face. Seven of these goals follow. Others will be described in...

Strictly Business | Supporting Women’s Power to Thrive

Post-operative bra comfort is a topic that gets little attention. But a new SLV business owner, Dr. Lisa Bunin (Lisa B.), has undertaken to change that by producing BraLisa—a super-soft, organic cotton bra, with moderate compression, for women recovering from breast surgery. After having breast...

The Mountain Gardener | Celebrate California Arbor Week

My little garden bounced back pretty quickly after our recent snow. Other than the calla lilies that are none too happy now but will recover, the rest of the plants seem just fine. The native and ornamental flowering trees are coming on like nothing...

Plain Talk About Food | My Friend, Snag

I lost a dear “friend” sometime during the storms in January, which day or night I’ll never know…I wasn’t privy to its demise. I only know the evening during which I realized my friend Snag had disappeared from the horizon. My hubby Norm and I...

The Mountain Gardener | We Are All Phenologists at Heart

The daffodils are blooming. Will spring be early this year? When will I no longer need to worry about the danger of frost? How much is climate change affecting our natural world? We can all remember years when there is little rain in January...

TherapyWorks | 5 Essential Elements of a Healthy Relationship

There’s no denying that relationships are hard. Maintaining connection and keeping the spark alive when life gets overwhelming and stressful can be hard. But with focus, attention and commitment, you can build and sustain a thriving relationship.  While no relationship is perfect, there are some...

The Mountain Gardener | Gardening Tips for the Allergy Sufferer

Several of my friends suffer from allergies nearly year round starting in January. Most of us don’t notice the amount of pollen in the air even when it’s cold, but my friends sure do.  Everybody blames the Acacia tree for their allergies, but they are...

Fitness | Live Longer with Strong Bones

We all know clean eating habits and regular training will keep you healthy. But did you also know healthy eating a weekly fitness routine will also keep your bones healthy and strong in your older years? Strong bones could lead to a better quality...

Plain Talk About Food | The Value of Pho

I would be remiss if I didn’t write about the problems we all have had since the January storms here in our valley; particularly about our food markets where I purchase almost all of the food I cook, photograph and then write about in...

The Mountain Gardener | What to Do in the February Garden

Hopefully these cold mornings will be a thing of the past by the time you read this. My plants were much happier right after the rains when nights were mild. I’m waiting patiently for the buds on my pink flowering currant to start showing...

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Cleanup ongoing after storm hits Santa Cruz Mountains

About 17,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers across the county were out of power on Wednesday as Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews worked...

Floods Ravage Region