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March 4, 2024

Boulder Creek events merge to bring Winter Festival this year

In this season of joy, giving and community, the Boulder Creek Business Association (BCBA) embodies those elements as it collaborates with the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District (BCRPD) to present the 2023 Winter Festival. In years past, each agency would host its own events,...

SLV Middle School presents ‘Frozen JR’ this weekend

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School Theatre will present “Frozen JR.,” based on the Disney film, with performances set for this weekend, Dec. 1-3, at the SLV Performing Arts Center. This 75-minute musical is directed by Scott Kravitz, with music and vocal direction by Nicki Kerns...

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...

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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...