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March 4, 2024

The Mountain Gardener: ‘Mr. Mulch’ on a water-saving crusade

Several years ago I was invited to tour a beautiful garden in the hills above Scott Valley High School. Robby Frank was more than eager to share his techniques for gardening in deer country. He was also in a personal battle with gophers and moles and I affectionately bestowed upon him the title, serial mole killer. I am happy to report that Robby has won the war on all fronts. His garden is more lush than ever, and with that comes the ongoing dilemma of saving water in the landscape especially in this time of drought. He solved the problem by installing a Smart Irrigation Controller and has been so pleased with the results he's on a Smart Irrigation crusade to educate fellow gardeners. Here's his story.

The Mountain Gardener: Create holiday cheer with a wreath

After a hiatus last year, I again had the pleasure to join my neighbors at their annual wreath-making party. This is the 11th year this group has gotten together “rain or shine” according to hosts Barb Kelly and Martha Radcliffe.

The Mountain Gardener: Pruning roses for blooms and vigor

In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I set out to do a little pruning around the ol’ homestead last week.

Annual Bonny Doon Art, Wine and Brew Festival

There is nothing quite as central to Bonny Doon as the elementary school. In an effort to fund essential science, music and art programs at Bonny Doon Elementary, the Bonny Doon Community School Foundation is preparing to host its annual art, wine and brew festival this weekend.

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Free tennis clinic from Boulder Creek pros

Cougars building a brotherhood | HS football

There’s no such thing as time off for San Lorenzo Valley High senior Jaden Hunter. The third-year starting quarterback, who was also on the baseball team, had a short break in between the offseason and jumped right into football conditioning in July.  On top of...

Obituary: Doretta Irene Johnson

Doretta Irene Johnson

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SLV girls polo falls in CCS

Virtual Math Warriors Assembly

We had so much fun at our Virtual Read to Achieve Assembly last Thursday, that we have decided to introduce our Virtual Math Warriors program, as well! Join us this Thursday, April 23 at 3:00PM PST on Facebook Live, as Santa Cruz Warriors In-Arena Host, Jon Root, leads us through a Virtual Math Warriors Assembly, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Jon will show his work to find the correct answers to two basketball related math problems, starting off with a question for the younger grades and working his way up to complete a question for the older grades. Math Warriors is a creative educational program that utilizes basketball to build excitement for math problems among students. Coupling hoops and numbers in the classroom provides students with a fresh and positive perspective on mathematics!


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

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...