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Highway 17 Closed!

Highway 17 Closed!

Highway 17 is closed from Granite Creek Rd. in Scotts Valley to the Summit due to a major slide on the highway. The highway is expected to be closed through the weekend, possibly opening sometime Sunday.  






Santa Cruz Declares Water Emergency

Santa Cruz Declares Water Emergency

City Requests Further Curtailment as Shortage Intensifies The City of Santa Cruz has declared a local emergency today for damages caused to City infrastructure during recent storms, as crews work non-stop to repair the damaged water pipeline. In order to ensure the City maintains adequate water reserves while the pipe is being repaired, ALL City […]






Storm Runoff Almost Causes Tragedy

Storm Runoff Almost Causes Tragedy

The following is from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Facebook Page On Sunday, Jan. 8, at about 1:30 pm, the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 100 block of Holohan Rd. in Watsonville for a little boy who had fallen into a drainage ditch and was being pulled underwater. The 11-year-old boy had gone for […]






Seascape Park Improvements Come to Fruition

Seascape Park Improvements Come to Fruition

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District Major improvements to Seascape Park were completed recently and given the number of kids out at the park the last few weeks it’s clear they were welcomed Our office co-hosted a neighborhood meeting with the Parks Department in the spring to hear suggestions of what our community envisioned […]






2016 – A Year of Change

2016 – A Year of Change

By Noel Smith Fifty Years of Change — A significant milestone for 2016 was the celebration of the City of Scotts Valleys 50th anniversary. Mayor Donna Lind and council members Randy Johnson and Dene Bustichi led the commemorative festivities with the 4th of July Parade and a BBQ on August 2. The Scotts Valley Times […]






2017 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

2017 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

The Annual Times Competition for Santa Cruz County Residents By Noel Smith Whether it’s the memory of Love, Love that has stood the test of time, or the rush of young Love, that’s what we celebrate each February 14 on Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than to express through your own poetry about […]






2016 – Village on the Move!

2016 – Village on the Move!

By Noel Smith The biggest on-going story of 2016 for Aptos revolved around the Aptos Village Project. In January Keith Henderson of Barry Swenson Builder was named construction manager reporting to project manager Mary Gourlay. In February we reported on the planned street and parking layout for the development which includes the new streets of […]






SCCAL Football is No More!

SCCAL Football is No More!

By Noel Smith The SCCAL Board of Managers, comprised of principals from seven high schools in Santa Cruz County, voted unanimously to disband SCCAL Football after forty years — established 1976, disbanded 2016 — on December 13 2016 in the name of competition. The Aptos High football program had dominated the league for the past […]






2017 – City Ready to Bloom

2017 – City Ready to Bloom

By Noel Smith There is a whole list of projects that have, or are ready to bloom in this land of the Wharf to Wharf Race, and the Begonia and Art & Wine Festivals. Here are some of the reasons for our optimism: There is the new Capitola Library that will finally have the funding […]






Reflections on my Fourth Year

Reflections on my Fourth Year

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District As I begin each new year as your County Supervisor, I like to report back in this column on some of the things we’ve accomplished because of your partnership and communication of priorities. The beginning of 2017 marks the end of my first term in office (and the […]






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