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Aptos Branch Library Demolition Ready to Get Under Way

The Aptos Branch Library has been standing for more than 40 years. That’s about to change as the demolition phase of its reconsruction is set to begin. Completion of the new library is expected in the summer of 2023.

(May 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
UCSC Launches Global Health Degree Program

Starting in the fall, UC Santa Cruz students can major in a new global and community health program. Politics professor Matt Sparke, the program’s executive director, spoke to Lookout about the unprecedented challenges in the field.

(May 6, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report

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Educator of the Year award recipients announced

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Office of Education recently announced the county’s Educator of the Year awards.  The awards recognize educators and staff who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to students, education and the community. Santa …

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‘Public Interest Media' Funding Bill Advances

SB 911 would provide $50M in public funding for journalism in California. It is heading to the state Senate floor with outside support still tepid.

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PVUSD trustees extend school resource officer program

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on May 11 unanimously voted to continue a program at two high schools in which law enforcement officers are paired with mental health clinicians, and to bring the program to a …

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Citizen Science

Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.

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Digital NEST to expand into Stockton

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST announced it will open a new location in Stockton next year.  The expansion into the Central Valley kicks off plans to scale up to a total of nine communities in Northern California by the end of …

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Ground Broken on SLVHS’ Tech-Ed Buildings

The SLV Unified School District is beginning construction on a pair of buildings to teach advanced robotics and agricultural skills in an effort to give students a leg up in fast-growing fields.

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County’s Top Librarian Thrilled About Possibilities for Local Libraries

When the Boulder Creek library reopens May 7, it will feature a completely revamped children’s area, community room updates and a new teen section. The stained-glass window will remain a showpiece, and there will be an art gallery as well …

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Who’s missing from California’s community colleges?

California’s community college enrollment plummeted during the pandemic. Here are the stories of some of the students who left.

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NEST Flight returns May 4-5

WATSONVILLE—Since 2018, Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST has hosted NEST Flight, a career development conference aiming to inspire young professionals and propel their careers. The event features speakers, workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities and more for people ages 17-24. During the …

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