Free Fishing Days

Free Fishing Days

No CDFW License Needed on July 1 and Sept. 2 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages all Californians to give fishing a try for free on July 1 and Sept. 2. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two days, […]

Soquel Demonstration State Forest Reopened

Soquel Demonstration State Forest Reopened

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) was closed on January 11, 2017 to protect the public safety. SDSF infrastructure suffered major storm damage over the winter. Since then, extensive repairs to the forest infrastructure was completed and it reopened June 3, 2017. Operations for the Meridian […]

Summer Safety

Summer Safety

Keep You and Your Family Safe and Healthy SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Summer is a great time to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. But every summer, children in our community die or are injured from drowning. For adults and children alike, additional risks include heat-related illnesses, diseases from bug bites, and injuries from falls. […]

World’s Biggest Garage Sale Successful Again

World’s Biggest Garage Sale Successful Again

The highly anticipated “World’s Biggest Garage Sale” held by Twin Lakes Church in Aptos may or may not be the world’s largest, but this year’s was the most successful ever, raising about $68,000 for two local non-profits. The May 13 event involved months of planning, scores of volunteers (ages 12 to 82), and thousands of […]

Our Yosemite Adventure

Our Yosemite Adventure

International Students, Inc.: The Further We Go, The Closer We Get By Peggy Pollard As our ISI Santa Cruz hikers struggled up their final steps to the top of Vernal Falls trail, I waited for them at the top rock, cheering and clapping each victorious arrival. The last hikers up the final narrow stretch of granite […]

Update on Valencia Road: June 15

Update on Valencia Road: June 15

By Zach Friend We have good news and some challenges — all of it is outlined below. First, the good news. As I’m sure you’ve seen, crews are continuing to drill for the shoring system, which walls off either side of the canyon to allow crews to work. The contractor conducting the drilling experienced some […]

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 […]