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June 20, 2024

The Mountain Gardener | Why Mulch

Mulch is not a very exciting subject, but it sure is important to the health and productivity of your garden. It’s great that everyone has accepted the value of covering the soil with organic mulch. Organic mulches- such as bark chips, treated sawdust, straw or...

Plain Talk About Food | What Your Butcher Won’t Tell You

“Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.” —Sgt. Joe Friday, “Dragnet” series Yesterday, my friend Tina left my house with her hands over both ears yelling, “Don’t tell me, I don’t wanna know!” I had been grinding a chuck roast into hamburger meat when Tina came...

Guest Viewpoint | Easter Sunday Breakdown

Guest Column Viewpoint Letter
Easter Sunday was supposed to be spent with my visiting elderly parents. They had set out on a road trip from Arkansas to see friends along the way, spend time with other family in Clovis, Calif., and then make their way here for the...

Guest Column | Fifth District May Highlights: Community Events, Progress on Key Issues and Budget Talks

May is shaping up to be busy in the Fifth District with several great community events and notable progress on important issues. On May 11, the 27th annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards will be at Scotts Valley High School. This is a special opportunity for...

The Mountain Gardener | Garden Inspiration at the Gamble Garden Tour

Looking at your yard and thinking “This year I’m finally going to make some changes and enjoy my garden more”? Take my advice: go on a garden tour for inspiration. Even a visit to a neighbor’s beautiful garden will work to get your creative...

Strictly Business | Transformative Insights: Stephen Will Weir

Stephen Will Weir
The TEDx Santa Cruz event on April 13 showcased remarkable stories under the theme, “Rising Together.” Among the speakers, Stephen Will Weir stood out with his profound insights into the detrimental effects of fast fashion on our planet. His speech enlightened and inspired action,...

Finance | Home Insurance Crisis in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The current crisis in property insurance merely echoes the financial horrors of the CZU fires worsened by the catastrophic legal environment for rebuilding cherished homes. Leading insurers like Farmers, State Farm and USAA are cutting back on California home insurance and our area is...

Mayor’s Message | Unsung Heroes

‘Tis the season. Well, not really that one. The holiday season comes a bit later this year. But if you look around, you’ll notice this spring that organizations and people all throughout the county are being honored and celebrated for their volunteer work. The...

The Mountain Gardener | All About Fragrant Flowers

Is everything blooming now fragrant or is it just me? Does Mother Nature have a card up her sleeve to insure pollinators find nectar thereby ensuring plant propagation or is it mostly spring fever on my part? What makes flowers fragrant anyway? Fragrance in flowers...

TherapyWorks | Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress

TherapyWorks stress
Do you ever feel stressed? You are not alone. Whether it’s the pressures of work, relationships, financial worries or the constant bombardment of information from technology, stress seems to be ever-present in our lives. However, while some level of stress is normal and even beneficial...


Omega Nu scholarships

Omega Nu Santa Cruz awards nearly $100K in scholarships

Omega Nu Santa Cruz awarded college and vocational scholarships to 31 students from Santa Cruz County high schools during a Scholarship Reception for the...