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February 5, 2023

Scarborough Lumber owner proud of community’s response to storms

Ben Lomond resident Krista Scarborough, whose family owns Scarborough Lumber, spent the first few weeks of 2023 questioning whether the ever-intensifying weather systems could fairly be compared with the historic storms 41 years ago that killed 33 people.  “When it first started, I was downplaying...

Glass repair and kitten rescue couple reflect on natural disaster life ahead of personal milestone

Jeannette Kornher, owner of Kitten Kornher Rescue in Boulder Creek, carted her cats from home—like Hootenanny—to shelter at her storefront along Highway 9 with the others—such as Grayson the shop cat.  “I just brought them up here to keep them safe,” Kornher said Jan. 12,...

Neighbors helping neighbors through restaurant alliance

As torrential rain, unsteady trees and sagging power lines came down, the line of customers snaked out the door of Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub (BCPP). Families with young children and folks eager for a little warmth and human connection gathered at the restaurant Jan....

A Fresh Start for Longtime Radio Host

After nearly 31 years behind the microphone at KSCO, Ben Lomond resident and local celebrity Rosemary Chalmers is reinventing herself. As the long-time host of “Good Morning Monterey Bay,” the UK-born Chalmers found her home at 1080 AM in the 1990s—first as the station receptionist,...

SLV Museum Board President looks toward future

For nearly 15 years, Lisa Robinson has had her hand in the development and trajectory of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum.  With two locations—one in Boulder Creek and the other in Felton—Robinson oversees both venues and works closely with her staff to arrange exhibits, write...

Ukrainian family, reunited, spends first Christmas together in Scotts Valley

Last Christmas, the Ziniak family left their home in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, and headed on a fun trip across the Carpathian Mountains. When the Russian invasion of their country began in February, Vasyl stayed behind while his wife fled to Poland—and then to the San Lorenzo...

Shopping Spree Benefits Local Families

In the spirit of the holidays, Scotts Valley Target and San Lorenzo Valley (SLV) Rotarians partnered for their Annual Christmas Shop to benefit 15 local families.  With the support of the San Lorenzo Valley School District, PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations) from San Lorenzo Valley High...

SLVUSD faces decline in funding

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District used to teach just under 2,300 students a year, but that’s dropped to around 2,100. And, unlike in such districts as Los Gatos-Saratoga, where residents pitch in directly through property taxes, SLVUSD gets government education funding based on how...

As Energy Bills Soar, Companies Suggest Ways to Save

Just as Bay Area gasoline prices have finally dipped below the $4 a gallon line at select stations, after rising above $7 a gallon at some pumps this summer, home-heating costs are rising. However, as the icy breath of winter nips at the necks of...

Scotts Valley Approves Retirement-Fund Strategy

With high hopes of taming growing retirement costs, Scotts Valley City Council adopted a new pension-funding policy, during its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 7. After months of review, elected officials agreed to select a so-called Section 115 Trust, which is designed to generate returns without...

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San Lorenzo Valley Water assesses storm damage at $4M

Now that January’s series of atmospheric rivers has finally let up, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District has come up with a calculation of...