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What You Need to Know to vote in the November 8, 2022 General Election

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is located at 701 Ocean St, Room 310, Santa Cruz. The office is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 831-454-2060 for more information.  Register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov by …


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November 8 Election: SLV Fire District Candidates

Boulder Creek Fire Protection District The Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department is led by a five-person Board of Directors. The District encompasses 21 square miles of mountainous terrain and serves over 7,000 citizens. 40 volunteers respond to approximately 1,300 calls …


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November 8 Election: Cabrillo College Trustee Candidates

Cabrillo Community College Governing Board Member, Trustee The Governing Board’s focus for the 2022-2023 school year includes increasing diverse enrollment, addressing equity gaps, offering various training programs related to the regional labor market, developing student housing, and increasing funding. The …


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November 8 Election: San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Candidates

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Governing Board is responsible for overseeing the district's finances, setting policy, and hiring the superintendent. Currently, one of the district’s pressing challenges is academic recovery after two years of pandemic protocols. Trustees are …


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November 8 Election: SLV Water District Candidates

California’s General Election is Tuesday, November 8 with mail-in ballots arriving around October 10.  Here are the candidates running for San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors.   The SLVWD Board of Directors is responsible for setting the district's …


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A Perspective on the SLV Water District and the SLV

By Mark Dolson When our family moved to Ben Lomond in 1995, I learned to write monthly checks to PG&E for energy and to San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) for water. In the years ahead, I became painfully aware …


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Measure T: Boulder Creek Rec Parcel Tax Measure

Boulder Creek and Brookdale residents served by the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District will be voting on a parcel tax measure on the November ballot. The synopsis of the measure reads: To improve and build large capital and infrastructure …


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Downtown Boulder Creek Launches Bench Adoption Program

By Julie Horner Members of the Boulder Creek Business Association and representatives from the County of Santa Cruz, 5th District Supervisor Bruce McPherson’s office, and community advocates met in front of Scarborough Lumber at Boulder Creek Hardware on Wednesday morning, …


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Peach Elderberry Syrup with California Poppy

By Alison Steele American Black Elderberry is hands down my favorite plant growing in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It wasn’t enough for me to tag and forage these native berries. I had to cultivate them in the back corners of …


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Boulder Creek Community: A United Voice

By Taylor Kimble As the world struggled with COVID-19 and its various complications, the Santa Cruz Mountains faced yet another life-threatening obstacle in August 2020: the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. The fire forced mountain residents to evacuate their homes and …


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San Lorenzo Valley Home Prices Hold Steady

By M.C. Dwyer Did you know the unemployment rate is down to just 3.5% — tied for the lowest rate since 1969? This helped push wages about 5% higher than this time last year and may reduce chances of recession. …


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September Garden: Digging and Dividing

By Josh Reilly Time seems to slow down slightly in August. It’s too hot to do anything but water. But then September arrives, and suddenly there is almost too much to do. Time to plant your Fall garden — broccoli, …


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Astrology: September’s Windows of Opportunity

By Catie Cadge, PhD September starts off with a focus upon Jupiter in Aries moving retrograde. In July and August, I stressed Jupiter’s slowdown in early Aries. Check your natal chart to see where the first few degrees of Aries …


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Yuji Tojo: Ben Lomond Musician Rooted Through Music and Friends

By Julie Horner “It seems like everybody is busy these days,” legendary guitar player and songwriter Yuji Tojo said. Lately, the soft spoken and introspective musician is more about trying to keep things as simple as he can.  Tojo was …


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Albert’s Ashes: A Peacock’s Tail

Local Children’s Book Teaches Resilience  By Julie Horner Jackie Hendricks remembers leaving early in the afternoon of August 18, 2020 when it started raining ash. “The news said the wind will blow it away,” so Hendricks went to her mother’s …


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Summer Cocktails

By Kirstin Martin Gardens and farmers markets are bursting with the best of the growing season. Here are two late summer cocktails that take tasty advantage of the bounty.  Watermelon Mint CoolerThe key to a flavorful cocktail is selecting the …


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Ethel & Sabel, Downtown Felton

By Jennifer Mount I had the pleasure of meeting Christy Shults, the owner of Felton’s newest retail store, Ethel & Sabel. If you have not strolled by and visited this charming establishment, I cannot recommend it enough. As you walk …


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Dr. Terry Hollenbeck 1945-2022

Terry Albert Hollenbeck Dr. Terry Hollenbeck went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 2, 2022, at the age of 76. Born to Dr. Stanley Hollenbeck and Dorothy Franke Hollenbeck, he had an idyllic childhood growing up in …


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Fire and Steel: Local Blacksmith Womans the Forge at Roaring Camp

By Julie Horner Anna Bobisuthi is a blacksmith and fabricator who creates art from steel, her hammer ringing clear and strong beneath the redwoods at Roaring Camp Railroads. The Boulder Creek native said, “I first started blacksmithing when I was …


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CZU Fire Rebuilding by the Numbers

By M.C. Dwyer As we approach the two year anniversary of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, I submitted questions to Santa Cruz County’s Recovery Permit Center at the Planning Department regarding the pace of rebuilding in the CZU zone. The …