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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 […]






How to Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs

How to Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs

By Greg Dill Driving near Monterey, Calif., recently, I stopped at a roadside stand to buy some freshly picked strawberries. May is high season for California strawberries, and the fields were exploding with beautiful, ripe fruit. The gentleman working the stand, Jack, asked what I do for a living. When I told him I work […]






2016 Consumer Water Report Available Now

2016 Consumer Water Report Available Now

By Melanie Schumacher, Associate Manager Soquel Creek Water District The Soquel Creek Water District is pleased to announce we have completed our 2016 Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report and it is available on our website at www.soquelcreekwater.org/sites/default/files/documents/Reports/2016wqr.pdf The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) are tasked with establishing drinking […]






Playroom / Toys

Playroom / Toys

Please simplify me, Pam! My kids have so many different toys they play with each day, and the mess is hard to manage. ••• It’s never too early to instill the joy of sorting and organizing in kids! They sort blocks, so keep the “fun” going. It can start small with keeping their shoes matched […]






Hillis Williams, Master of Material Designs

Hillis Williams, Master of Material Designs

By C J Many of us grew up thinking education was about the 3 R’s and that meant Reading, Riting and ‘Rithmatic. Add to that Reusing, Repurposing and Recycling you have the experience of Hillis Williams, an environmentally friendly artist in Soquel, California. He’s been a popular stop on our local Open Studios Tours for […]






Patrick Wants to be YOUR Long-Term Companion

Patrick Wants to be YOUR Long-Term Companion

A Good Samaritan brought Patrick (A234193) to the shelter because they were worried about him living on the streets. He was previously neutered and has a “tipped” right ear (to signify that he is fixed), but whoever neutered him failed to implant a microchip. No one came looking for him therefore he is trying to […]






Community Energy On Its Way

Community Energy On Its Way

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District Tri-County CCE Coalition May 3 was a momentous day for our region when representatives of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) met as the first tri-county Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency in California. MBCP will oversee the most impactful environmental strategy local governments can take to meet established state […]






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