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News Briefs | Published April 5, 2024

News Briefs
Valley Churches United kicks off 2024 Bucks For Hunger drive Valley Churches United is kicking off its 34th annual spring Bucks For Hunger fundraising drive with a mailing that community residents have recently received. Its year-round food pantry is looking forward to the community support that...

Downtown Streets Team joins efforts for cleaner roads in Boulder Creek

Downtown Streets Team
Twice each year, in spring and fall, residents of Boulder Creek head downtown to participate in the Town Sweep. Weeds are pulled, sidewalks are swept and the stretch of Highway 9 that turns into Central Avenue is perfectly polished by the end of the...

Inaugural Santa Cruz County Youth Poet Laureate celebration set for April 10

Youth poetry writing
Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate (SCCPL), in partnership with Urban Word, are celebrating the inaugural cohort of five finalists for Santa Cruz County Youth Poet Laureate (2024-25). This free celebration will take place at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2...

Ben Lomond dog grooming salon opens next month

Hwy 9 Pet Store and Grooming
When Ben Lomond-bred Erica Costella noticed the marijuana shopkeepers vacating their space next to Henry’s Automotive and Masood’s Liquor & Deli recently, she sprang into action. “They just closed down and got their stuff out one day,” she said. “I saw they were moving all...

Irish Eyes Beauty marks 40th anniversary with party

Irish Eyes Beauty
As Deborah Parcel flipped through scrapbooks of Press Banner clippings—from before the Valley Press and Scotts Valley Banner joined forces—she beamed with joy. And that gratitude emanated from her cheery face as she took to the microphone March 21 to thank that evening crowd for...

Students find fossil sloth bone in Santa Cruz Mountains

Fossil sloth bone
Local students from Tara Redwood School playing in the Santa Cruz Mountains last spring found a strange object that they suspected was a bone from a large animal. This bone was brought to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, where its Paleontology Collections Adviser...

24th Brookdale Bluegrass Festival delivers a jam-tastic weekend

Brookdale Bluegrass and American Roots Festival
The Brookdale Bluegrass and American Roots Festival held its 24th incarnation at the Brookdale Lodge over the weekend and was blessed with lovely weather—a stark contrast with the no-power edition of 2023. Doreen Heath, a woman walking around with fiddle in hand, said she’d made...

News Briefs | Published March 22, 2024

News Briefs
SLVHS Interact Club hosts first Community Egg Hunt San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Interact Club will be hosting their first Community Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary’s Field of Dreams (7155 Highway 9 in Felton) from 9am-12pm. The free event is...

Officials unveil park memorial in honor of fallen sheriff’s deputy

Willowbrook County Park
An unveiling was held last week at the completion of Willowbrook County Park in Aptos for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who was gunned down in June 2020 while on duty. “Our sincerest heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the dedication...

Hitchcock Festival delivers an unforgettable experience for second year

Hitchcock Festival
One day, during journalism school up in Canada, I headed down from my dorm to catch a glimpse of rising star Orlando Bloom on his way into a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. I encountered a gruff tabloid photographer with a mustache...



Santa Cruz Mountains wildfire quelled quickly

A fire that grew to a half-acre in the Santa Cruz Mountains was extinguished quickly Friday morning before it could threaten the nearby communities...