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October 23, 2021

SV Water District Approves Planned Rate Increase

Scotts Valley Water
No news is good news, goes the old adage. And Scotts Valley Water District officials are hoping that’s the message they should take from the amount of public comment they got before approving a 5% rate hike—virtually zilch. “We had no one,” said Piret Harmon, the...

Favorite Japanese Maples

the mountain gardener
I have two Japanese maples on my deck. They are not nearly as large as those I had up in Bonny Doon but you have to start somewhere. One is a common acer palmatum seedling and the other a ‘Sanguo Kaku.’ They have not...

Local Agencies’ Conservation Efforts Hope to Help Coho Salmon Populations Rebound

Coho Salmon
They’re an average of eight pounds, with distinct pink scales, and in this area, they’re officially endangered. Local coho salmon have declined more than 95% from their historic population level, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The main culprit is the degradation of spawning...

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County moves to oppose all sexual predator placements

Santa Cruz County predator
After a significant portion of the Bonny Doon community mobilized to try to keep a man who raped a 21-year-old woman in the 1980s from moving to town, Santa Cruz County is now seeking changes to California law, so it can have additional tools...

SV’s Jeremy Kain verbally commits to compete at Duke

The cross country season is far from over for Scotts Valley High standout runner Jeremy Kain. But his plans for the future are already set after he made a verbal commitment to compete at Duke University next year in the fall. The two-time Santa Cruz...

Falcons continue to soar midway through the season | Girls tennis

The high school girls tennis season hit the midway point last week and Scotts Valley High is starting to peak at the right time.   As of Wednesday, the Falcons were 4-2 in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play and they are 5-2 overall this season....

Recent Collision Rekindles Pedestrian Concerns

Scotts Valley streets
For months they’ve been the most vocal community voices at civic meetings, putting in their two cents about traffic safety at nearly every opportunity. And now, following a pedestrian road incident, and with new faces in key Scotts Valley administrative posts, it seems the...

SVUSD Recognizes October as LGBTQ+ History Month

Scotts Valley Schools
On Tuesday, at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Scotts Valley Unified School District lauded the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people throughout history and encouraged schools to recognize October as LGBTQ+ History Month. Resolution 22-007, which was approved unanimously, noted in...

SLVHS Drama Ready for Return to Stage

The San Lorenzo Valley High School drama department has had to reinvent itself a few times in the last 18 months. From canceling its on-stage production of “Chicago” after opening weekend due to the arrival of Covid-19, to pressing forward with live, online productions...



Police: Child Nearly Stolen From Grandfather’s Arms

A woman in her mid-30s is facing a felony child abduction charge after she tried to steal a toddler in Scotts Valley, authorities said. Several...