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July 18, 2024

Moving upward with Adult school

Editor’s note: this story is a preview for the graduation section that will come out on Friday. We will do our best to highlight all the schools that held ceremonies. Over 90 students crossed the stage in front of a full house at the Henry...

Beach death being investigated

A man died at Moran Beach along East Cliff Drive in Live Oak Friday. Ashley Keehn of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff'’s Office identified the victim as Hans Materne, 45, of Atlanta, Ga.   The Sheriff’s Office said deputies, Harbor Patrol, State Parks, and fire personnel were...

Women campers find happy trails together

What started out as two friends who enjoyed fly fishing and camping eight years ago has now ballooned into an international club with over 24,000 members over the years. On Tuesday, about 70 of those women in the group called Sisters on the Fly, rolled...

Kim De Serpa kicks off her campaign at the Shadowbrook

On June 5, Kim De Serpa kicked off her campaign for 2nd District Supervisor while celebrating her birthday at The Shadowbrook restaurant.  De Serpa will face off against Kristen Brown in the November election. She hosted the event with more than 100 attendees, after attending several...

County Supervisors approve budget, financial troubles on horizon

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the 2024-25 proposed budget, a $1.12 billion plan that, while balanced, forecasts future financial troubles amplified by a projected $45 state billion budget deficit, and by more than $100 million in disaster costs that...

Fire Capt. Laurel Walters move on

Central Fire Capt. Laurel Walters, the first female firefighter to be hired by Central Fire Protection District, hung up her helmet Thursday after 28 years of service. As a farewell ceremony, fellow firefighters joined her and her family, including her husband, two teen boys and...

Briefs

Mental Health Advisory Board The Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board will meet June 20 from 3-5pm at 1400 Emeline Ave., Rooms 206-207 in Santa Cruz. The nonprofit commission reports to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Youth in Action Summit Santa Cruz County Friday Night...

Bringing their education home

After 18 months of work by 200 students, Pajaro Valley Unified School District unveiled a small house that will soon be home to someone who needs it. At just 20 by 8 feet, the tinyhome is ready for occupation, and comes equipped with living quarters...

Community shows its pride

Elaine Johnson was 15 before she realized that the “aunt” who lived with her grandmother was actually her grandmother’s partner of four decades. In those days, LGBTQ largely had to live in the shadows, lest they draw scorn from a society not yet evolved enough...

PVUSD music students Europe-bound

El Sistema Santa Cruz/Pajaro Valley, a music education program at Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Expanded Learning Opportunities program, has been selected from a competitive pool of 550 submissions to present a workshop at the 2024 International Society of Music Education (ISME) Conference in...
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Scotts Valley High alum Robert Hipwell drafted by the SF Giants

Scotts Valley alum Robert Hipwell selected in sixth round by SF...

Scotts Valley High alum Robert Hipwell took one step closer to getting into the “Big Leagues” after his name was called during the second...