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July 24, 2024

Residents face uncertainty as home insurance options dwindle amid fire risks

wildfire meeting
There was a moment, about an hour and a half into City of Scotts Valley’s wildfire preparedness meeting May 14, when the stark reality of the current home insurance landscape in California came into focus. Vice Mayor Derek Timm, at the podium, asked for a...

‘Becky’s New Car’ takes audiences on joyride of love and laughter

Take one married woman, a sweet-talking (and ridiculously handsome) widower, an innocent miscommunication and the intrinsic giddiness of attraction, and you’ve got a delightful misadventure that’s an absolute joyride. “Becky’s New Car” is Mountain Community Theater’s latest comedic endeavor, and the production is a ramble...

Scotts Valley makes progress on parks plan

Scotts Valley City Hall
Scotts Valley City Council held a special joint study session with the Parks and Recreation Commission on May 1 to envision the full scope of recreation options for the city. Recreation Manager Allison Pfefferkorn noted that there hasn’t been a new Parks Master Plan since...

Community spirit soars at inaugural Ben Lomond Village Alliance meeting

Ben Lomond Village Alliance
Last month the fledgling Ben Lomond Village Alliance (BLVA) was introduced to the community and businesses of Ben Lomond. The April 20 event was held at the historic Park Hall, a community building owned by all residents of Ben Lomond residing within 1-1/2 miles. The steering...

City of Scotts Valley hosts wildfire preparedness, homeowners insurance workshop Tuesday

City of Scotts Valley
City of Scotts Valley is hosting a free community Wildfire Preparedness and Homeowners Insurance Workshop on Tuesday, May 14, from 6-8pm at the Scotts Valley Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 251 Kings Village Road. This event is dedicated to educating the public on crucial measures...

Photos | Santa Cruz Mountains’ Makers Market showcases local talent

Makers Market
Though a few clouds seemed to stand almost static in the afternoon sunshine in Felton, a pleasant breeze coursed through the wild grasses at Hallcrest Vineyards during the 11th annual Makers Market on Sunday. The community event celebrates art and music in the Santa...

SLV Elementary hosts Gatsby Auction Gala next Friday for school fundraising efforts

In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “The Great Gatsby,” a novel about wealth, decadence and privilege set in the Jazz Age on New York’s Long Island. That setting of speakeasies, hedonistic virtues and flappers will come to life on May 17 at Roaring Camp...

‘Let’s Talk About It’ event fosters understanding and connection across differences

Have you ever felt uncomfortable around someone or didn’t like someone, but you had never met them? You had an adverse reaction based on their appearance or a snippet of information about them in the media? On Saturday, May 18, from 1-4pm at the Scotts...

Volunteers shine at ‘Be The Difference’ Awards

On May 8, the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz is throwing a fête to honor the contributions of those who give their time, talent and treasure to local agencies. Hosted at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, the Be The Difference Awards 2024 event...

Vine Hill 3rd graders take field trip to Scott house

Scott house field trip
Arjun Thevar, 9, was beaming brighter than the high-noon sunshine. The Vine Hill Elementary School student had been transported back in time, to the 1800s, as part of a field trip to the Hiram D. Scott house just down the hill from City Hall on...



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...