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Falcons grounded by Knights in league opener | High school football

Scotts Valley High made the trek to Soquel High to kick off last week’s Pacific Coast Athletic League opener. The Falcons were looking to extend their seven-game win streak in league play but instead were hit with a gut check …


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When Butter Becomes Ghee

This morning, while up to my elbows in potato yeast dough, a voice calling my name came through my opened screen door. It was my neighbor Heather Boynton. We have this understanding, Heather and I, that ‘mi casa es su …


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Timm-Timms Slate Attempts to Unseat Vice Mayor Reed In Nov. 8 Election

Councilmember Derek Timm has teamed up with recording plug-in company executive Allan Timms in a bid to unseat Vice Mayor Jim Reed, who Timm has sparred with on several occasions over the past year. Timm and Timms have secured the …


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Sex Abuse Suit Against Former SLVUSD Admin Moves Slowly

Last week, a Solano County Superior Court judge raised concerns that the sexual abuse case against Ned Hearn, a former San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District employee, continues to drag on. Yet on Sept. 14 at the Old Solano Courthouse, …


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Resident, SV Water at Odds In Overpayment Refund

The Scotts Valley Water District is refusing to refund more than $1,750 in overpayments it collected from a Green Valley Road resident, over the past several years. While the drinking water provider admits it received $4,381.35 beyond what it should …


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Supervisors Signal Support For New Tenant Protections

One woman lost her job and couldn’t pay rent, and then found herself in a battle with her landlord, who didn’t believe her story and threatened eviction.  A family financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic found themselves battling a landlord …


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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 16

Kicking the Locals When They are Down  After reading “Work on Mural Starts as Target Opening Date Approaches,” I am highly disturbed by a series of decisions that Pratt Development made, which have real impacts on those of us who …


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Horse Painting Event Highlights Work of Rescue Center

When art enthusiasts assemble at Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Scotts Valley for a Plein Air Painting Workshop, alongside instructor Elvira Rascov on the evening of Oct. 1, organizers predict it will generate more than a few …


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Judge Presses State to Intensify Housing Search for Predator

In a Sept. 12 hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Judge Syda Cogliati ordered the Department of State Hospitals and its contractor Liberty Healthcare to work harder to find a new home for a sexual predator who was previously …


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Cougars motivated to have turnaround season | Girls volleyball

The San Lorenzo Valley High School girls’ volleyball team came out swinging in full effect for its season opener against Kirby Prep.  The Cougars dominated the Griffins in three sets (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) in non-league play on Sept. 2.  The …


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Falcons run wild in crushing win over ‘Catz | High school football

Scotts Valley High junior Nico Iles has been the sturdy locomotive for the Falcons’ football team since the season kicked off three weeks ago. The junior running back was clicking on all cylinders on Friday night in a crushing 35-0 …


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Falcons primed to be contenders in SCCAL | Girls volleyball

Scotts Valley senior Morgan Lipman and the Falcons girls’ volleyball team have some lofty goals this season, including at least a top-3 finish in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League standings.  But the start of league play didn’t go as …


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Thinking Strategically About Our Future

This spring, Scotts Valley City Council held public workshops to discuss the City’s long-standing strategic goals. City Manager Mali LaGoe led the Council through a series of questions and discussion topics to update and prioritize staff’s focus to achieve the …


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Homegrown Tomatoes

Alaska, where the Crows created the world And the Ravens brought the sunlight – Native quote I have been in Alaska and my hometown of Aberdeen, Washington for the past two weeks and my traveling shoes are beginning to show …


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Work on Mural Starts as Target Opening Date Approaches

Three months ago, Reddit user BTSavage commented on the r/santacruz section of the popular link and discussion website: “Scotts Valley can't decide if it's going to be (a) unique town or a rubber stamp town. It's definitely leaning towards Anytown …


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Former Columnist, Beloved Physician Remembered For Humor, Integrity

Celebrations of life are filled with good stories, laughter and tears, and the celebration for Dr. Terry Hollenbeck was no exception.  On Aug. 31, friends and family, including Hollenbeck’s wife, Beth, their children and grandson, gathered to share their memories …


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Court Upholds Termination of SVPD Officer

Earlier this summer the City of Scotts Valley notched a major victory in its legal battle against a cop that got kicked off its police force after the City said—among other things—he sexually harassed a junior female officer he supervised. …


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Boulder Creek Residents Weigh Parks District Parcel Tax

San Lorenzo Valley residents in Boulder Creek are gearing up to vote in a referendum on whether to pay $36 annually per parcel to support the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District. The capital improvement measure that will show up …


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New-look Falcons try to keep rolling

The Scotts Valley High boys’ cross country team lost numerous seniors from last year’s group including Ryder Brabo, Austin George, Drew Bryson and Jeremy Kain, a three-time Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and the 2021 Central Coast Section individual champion. …


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Boulder Creek-Based Waste Hauler Kicked Out of County

A Boulder Creek trash and recycling collector that hadn’t been paying the money it owed the County of Santa Cruz—or keeping up with regulations—has lost the right to work in Santa Cruz County. The owner of Kunz Valley Trash, 66-year-old …