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November 24, 2021

Think Local First

Last year challenged us, not just globally and nationally, but, especially, locally. We know what happened here with the businesses shutting down and stay-at-home demands. Compounded by our local fires, we witnessed firsthand how small local towns band together and support their own. I...

Remember to cast your vote

I’m a member of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors but I’m speaking only for myself today. I want to thank everyone for being engaged in the surcharge issue over the past weeks. I’ve seen each of the letter responses, read...

Letters to the Editor, July 30

letters to the editor
Let’s keep our water rates affordable I think the numbers and logic regarding a proposed San Lorenzo Valley Water District surcharge simply do not add up. Water rates fund operations, reserves and long-term debt. Large infrastructure projects, including those required due to fire damages, are...

The dog days of summer are here

The Mountain Gardener
They’re called the dog days of summer. You know, those sultry days with the hottest summer temperatures. The name “dog star” comes from the ancient Egyptians who called Sirius, the Dog Star, after their god, Osiris. His head in pictograms resembles that of a...

Sutter must revisit its decision

Scotts Valley Randy Johnson
When I first read that big changes were coming to Sutter Health, I initially thought that bigger and better things were in store for Scotts Valley.  I shared in our community’s collective shock, however, when I discovered that PAMF was in fact ending its...

Everyone has a right to their opinion

In his letter published in the Press Banner on July 16, Mr. Gelblum expressed an opinion, taking me to task, that board members must always practice what he terms a “fiduciary responsibility” to form a unified front to the public. In essence, telling me...

Getting out of your comfort zone

ashley lamorte
Let’s get out of our comfort zone when training. Many of us associate training as a chore or we need motivation to workout. Many of us stay in our comfort zone because it’s where we feel safe. Living in our comfort zone helps us...

Letters to the Editor, July 16

letters to the editor
Vote against the SLVWD increase I support my San Lorenzo Valley Water District but cannot in good conscience support the proposed surcharge. It is not about funding this disaster recovery nor other infrastructure projects. It is about what direction we want our district to take...

We need fiscal restraint

I’m a member of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors, but am speaking only for myself on this topic. Today, I’m responding to letters from Jim Mosher and Elaine Fresco. I welcome this debate since this decision will determine if the...

Improving your garden in a few easy steps

the mountain gardener
By this time of the year, you probably have planted some new perennials for color in your garden. But if you look around and still feel something is missing the answer may be that your landscape needs more than color. As a landscape designer,...


Mickey Phelps

Cancer Victim Remembered for Culinary Artistry, Community Involvement

She was a hacker turned military operative, a surfer, a sailing instructor and a culinary artist who studied under Julia Child. Now locals are grieving...