Jack O’Neill

Jack O’Neill

March 27, 1923 ~ June 2, 2017 Credited with the invention of the Wetsuit • Founder of the O’Neill brand and O’Neill Sea Odyssey Surfer, ocean lover, boating enthusiast, wetsuit pioneer, balloonist, and founder of the iconic worldwide surf company O’Neill, Jack O’Neill has passed away in Santa Cruz, California, of natural causes at the age of 94 surrounded […]






Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Rebecca Jackson’s Festival Features Stunning Poem/String Sextet Premiere By Richard Lynde Music in May (MiM), bigger and better than ever in its 10th year, again showcased a roster of world-class musicians selected by local Juilliard-trained Rebecca Jackson, founder and former Miss Santa Cruz County. Jackson’s radiant congeniality has inspired these annual gatherings into what now […]






County Receives $21M Grant to Help Vulnerable Groups

County Receives $21M Grant to Help Vulnerable Groups

By Zach Friend Santa Cruz County’s Health Services Agency (HSA) received a nearly $21 million grant from the Whole Person Care Pilot grant program from the state. The grant program funds locally based initiatives that coordinate physical health, behavioral health, and social services for vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are high users of multiple health care […]






Choosing The Best-For-You Hybrid/Electric

Choosing The Best-For-You Hybrid/Electric

By Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: I’m finally ready to make the switch from my old gas-guzzler to an electric or plug-in hybrid car. What are the best bang-for-my-buck deals on these newfangled vehicles? — Mickey LaMonte, Boston, MA ••• With each new model year, automakers continue to expand their offerings of affordable and fun electric […]






BLM Central Coast Field Office Announces Fire Restrictions

BLM Central Coast Field Office Announces Fire Restrictions

MARINA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that precautionary fire restrictions would be in place beginning Saturday, June 10, on public lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office. The restrictions prohibit campfires or open flames on BLM-managed lands in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Benito, and Monterey counties. Additional restrictions include: No […]






Aptos Track Wraps Up Another Great Year!

Aptos Track Wraps Up Another Great Year!

Contributed by Maya Woods, Aptos High Track and Field Athlete Over the years, Aptos High has established itself as one of the strongest track programs in the county and this year was no exception. Aptos High Track and Field athletes are known for their incredible athleticism and team spirit. Combined with the dedication and support […]






Cabrillo Stage: Bringing The Addams Family To Life

Cabrillo Stage: Bringing The Addams Family To Life

Director Bobby Marchessault describes The Addams Family musical comedy as funny, light- hearted and whimsical, combined with great song and dance numbers that really allow the actors to display their talents. In the show the nuclear Addams Family is joined by their deceased ancestors who come back from the dead to help the family resolve […]






Pure Water Soquel Q & A

Pure Water Soquel Q & A

Because the State of California has mandated that groundwater basins be sustainable by 2040, the Soquel Creek Water District must find additional sources of water to use to recharge the aquifers we all depend on. ••• What is Pure Water Soquel? Pure Water Soquel is a groundwater replenishment project being explored by the Soquel Creek […]






Local Robotics Team to Compete in International Competition

Local Robotics Team to Compete in International Competition

By Katherine Walton and Amelia Lovell On Saturday May 13, the victorious Aptos High School Robotics Team known as Watsonville Firefighters Seal Team 1272 was the youngest team to compete in the Ranger Division of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) held at Aptos High School. With their win, Watsonville Firefighters Seal Team 1272 will now compete […]






Pianist Yuja Wang

Pianist Yuja Wang

Presented by the Santa Cruz Symphony Yuja Wang returns to California to perform two concerts with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Affectionately titled “Yuja II” this series features performances of Brahms’ and Beethoven’s First Piano Concerti, hosted on June 24 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and on June 25 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts. Brahms is […]






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