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Pets and Microchipping

Pets and Microchipping

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Capitola Veterinary Hospital It is the moment that strikes fear in the heart of every pet owner…the moment that you realize that your pet is missing. It is time to swing into action with neighborhood searches, posted flyers, and shelter checks. At this moment of crisis, if there was a […]






Spring Forward and Check Those Smoke Alarms

Spring Forward and Check Those Smoke Alarms

By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District What a winter we’ve had! Water in the form of rain and snow has been falling all over California since early November. In the Sierras, there have been reports of over 680 inches of snow received this season, which is a truly remarkable figure. […]






Nugget is a Nice Guy!

Nugget is a Nice Guy!

Nugget’s (A233191) story starts with him as pup in another shelter. He was taken in by a dog rescue that placed him with a family with kids and other dogs. He grew up there and, while he loves people and enjoys the company of those dogs, he wasn’t able to share well with the other […]






Storm Damage: Valencia and More Seeing Repairs

Storm Damage: Valencia and More Seeing Repairs

By Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor 2nd District The County recently topped $70 million in storm damage to public roads and infrastructure just in the unincorporated area. This number is expected to increase as there are still a number of sites that have reported damage but full engineering and cost estimates haven’t been completed […]






WaterFlix

WaterFlix

Have You Seen These Water Films? By Melanie Mow Schumacher, PE This winter — with the relentless stormy days and flu/cold season in full swing — it may be an opportune time to stretch out on the couch, grab a blanket and some popcorn, and watch a movie. How about making your next movie binge […]






Parting With Cherished Items

Parting With Cherished Items

Simplifying Effortlessly and Without Guilt By Pam Hudson Are you hanging onto heirlooms, greeting cards, photos and children’s artwork because you plan to dust them off someday and reuse them? Unlikely. Here are some ways to rethink cherished possessions well into the future. Frequently, I hear people say they want to pare down, live minimally […]






Alfred (Alfie) — Motivated by Treats!

Alfred (Alfie) — Motivated by Treats!

Alfie (A232307) has been a foster dog for over a week now … “For our first couple of days in foster, Alfie was a little worrisome. Shelter staff told me he probably just needed some time to decompress. Sure enough, last night he came walking out of his kennel and hopped up in my lap. He […]






Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch and the Supreme Court

By Bill Winters, Attorney Those of us who practice law for a living are often frustrated with the media coverage on legal issues. It is not difficult to talk to legal experts for an opinion, yet few outlets do this and even fewer give these experts front and center stage to direct readers. The Neil […]






Interview with James “JD” De Leon

Interview with James “JD” De Leon

By Jessica Johnson Artist James “J.D.” De Leon’s Santa Cruz roots run deep. His grandfather made guitars and ran a music store on the ocean side of 41st Avenue, stoking the De Leon family’s cross-generational love of music. His father went on to work for Columbia Records and his mother once had a Billboard Top […]






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