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December 8, 2023

Scotts Valley High School presents ‘Rumors’ with dual casts

When it comes to prolific and popular playwrights, Neil Simon is in a league of his own. His witty writing paired with excellent character development and timeless themes makes him a stand-out in his genre. Scotts Valley High School’s theater matriarch Kendra Kannegaard has a...

At Lockheed Martin protest, Jewish and Palestinian voices oppose the Israeli strikes in Gaza

Pro-Palestinian activists assembled outside the secretive Lockheed Martin compound in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Nov. 10, the day after a similar demonstration had blocked the entrance to the University of California Santa Cruz campus. The contingent was much smaller than the massive mobilizations in support...

Scotts Valley City Council likes what it sees in new design code

As the City of Scotts Valley works on its housing plan, it’s also been developing a set of design standards that it hopes will help foster a unique and interesting community feel. On Nov. 1, Scotts Valley City Council members seemed largely pleased with the...

City of Scotts Valley fills 2 key vacancies

A couple years back, Scotts Valley was reeling from a series of departures, while struggling to attract new staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. But now, with two key hires—Building Official Nelson Alfaro and Public Works Director Bret Swain—the City has filled 93% of its roster. “Scotts...

Boulder Creek family loses second house to fire

On Sunday, Boulder Creek resident Eric McFarland was unloading some items from the family vehicle when he heard some strange noises. The CZU Lightning Complex Fire survivor was distressed to see flames behind the house, climbing one of the trees and devouring the winter woodpile. “It...

TEDxSantaCruz announces call for speakers and volunteers for Spring 2024 event

TEDxSantaCruz organizers have launched a call for speakers, volunteers and sponsors for the next TEDxSantaCruz: RISING TOGETHER, slated for Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the Crocker Theater on the Cabrillo College campus. The call is open to everyone who lives or works in Santa...

Open Studios Art Tour ends strong despite rainy conditions

On Sunday, residents and visitors from further afield fanned out across Santa Cruz County for the final day of Open Studios Art Tour 2023, where people get to peek inside spaces integral to creation. For Gina Firpo, a 31-year resident of the San Lorenzo Valley...

Santa Cruz County offers free safety inspection to reduce fire dangers

Whether it’s the 2017 Thomas Fire in Ventura, the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County or the 2020 CZU Fire in Santa Cruz County, hundreds of thousands of Californians have been impacted by the ravages of wildfires, resulting in the destruction and loss of...

Valley Churches United celebrates angels and community heroes of 2023

Valley Churches United awarded four recipients of the 2023 Angel of the Year Award at its recent 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala. Each Angel Award recipient has been either volunteering or supporting Valley Churches in a variety of ways over the years. “They have been huge champions...

Scotts Valley selects Urban Field Studio for $160,000 Town Center design update

Scotts Valley City Council voted Oct. 4 to hand a $160,000 contract to Urban Field Studio for the plan refresh of the previously mothballed Town Center project it's counting on to reinvigorate the community and help it achieve its housing goals. City Manager Mali LaGoe...

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News Briefs | Published Dec. 8, 2023

Highway 35 near Bear Creek Road reopens to through traffic Highway 35 near Bear Creek Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains has reopened under one-way...