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April 19, 2024
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Plain Talk About Food: My Brown Betty teapot

It was in July of 1946 when Dorothy came into my life. Dorothy had arrived just weeks before on board the RMS Queen Mary, along with 455 other war brides, from London, England.

Rainfall tops 100 inches

Rainfall tops 100 inchesThough the water year is not officially over until Sept. 30, the area’s rainy months ended in April. And what a delightfully wet year it was.Indeed, the entire state climbed its way out of the five-year drought, with rainfall rivaling the torrential rains of 1982-83.In north Scotts Valley, where Ferd Bergholz maintains a private weather station, the bucket tipped at 100.89 inches. That’s far above 43.09, which is normal for this time of year.Felton received 92.28 inches for the year. Average for this period is 48.39 inches, according to a Cal Fire report.At Cresta Vista in Boulder Creek 82.31 inches of rainfall has fallen this season.Meanwhile, climate experts are monitoring strong signs that El Nino may be making a comeback in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.“There is significant multi-model agreement that a significant event may unfold in the coming months,” Daniel Swain, climate scientist at UCLA. “That would be pretty eyebrow-raising, since it has only been a year since the last big El Nino.”Swain added that it is still too early to predict what kind of effect this event would have on California.During the 2015-2016 El Nino, the northern tier of the state received above-average rainfall, Central California measured average rain, and the southern part of the state had below-average rainfall.

Letters

Dear Editor,I would like to thank and commend the Sheriffs Department for their enforcement in our community parks, particularly with respect to the drunk and disorderly behavior. (It's a community affair, Aug. 14th) I would also like to request that the Sheriff's enforce the "No Smoking" ordinance that exists for all of our county parks as well.Although a common occurrence, I am always stunned when people choose to light up in our parks and playgrounds and around children in particular. For kids, secondhand smoke causes ear infections, bronchitis and other respiratory infections. It also exacerbates asthma and increases chances of SIDS. In adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.According to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure and even brief exposure can be harmful to our health.Our parks should be a safe and healthy environment. Smoking should not be tolerated anymore than drunk and disorderly conduct.Jennifer Gomez,Lompico

New Faces

• Anthony Montoya was born at 6:41 a.m. Oct. 23, 2009, to Carmen Lucia Rojas and Rogelio Montoya of Mount Hermon. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces at Santa Cruz Dominican Hospital.

Off hours: All is Fair

If you weren’t already hip to it, this is indeed late notice. But whatever your plan for the weekend is, if it doesn’t include a trip to the Santa Cruz County Fair — change it!

Nature Friendly: Walk on the wild side with pumas

It was a few minutes before midnight when I pulled onto my property in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There, captured in the bright car lights, was an adult, un-collared mountain lion looking up into a madrone tree. As I stopped, the cat turned and walked deliberatively back into the thick forest.

Comedy Corner: Michael’s pet peeves

When someone asks me how my life is going, I say, “I can’t complain.”

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Emergency guardrail repairs result in daytime lane closures for Highway 17...

Maintenance crews will be performing emergency repairs to the guardrail in the median on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley on Monday, April 22. Travelers...