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Aptos Responds to RDM Closings

Aptos Responds to RDM Closings

By Doug Deaver (Editor’s Note: Supervisor Zach Friend and Business Counselor Doug Deaver have been working diligently to help the businesses of Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center that were given just 30 days to close. Here is an update submitted by Deaver.) As you are aware, most Rancho Del Mar business tenants are on month-to-month […]



Aptos Small Businesses Being Forced to Move

Aptos Small Businesses Being Forced to Move

Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center Is Giving Only 4-6 Weeks To Vacate By Noel Smith Several of the few remaining small businesses left in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center are being forced to move out or close by the center’s owner, Terramar Retail Centers (TRC) headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. These businesses include Erik’s […]



Love, Loss and Golf

Love, Loss and Golf

By Lori Butterworth, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services There are some things in life that seem beyond our human capacity to endure. Hearing the words, “Your child has cancer,” is certainly one. But, when those words are followed by, “There’s nothing more we can do,” human endurance is tested beyond imagination. When Rob Stuart […]



Grant to Build a Makerspace Community

Grant to Build a Makerspace Community

Cabrillo College was one of 24 colleges to receive a CCC Maker Implementation Grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to build an inclusive Makerspace community, provide internships, embed making into curriculum and prepare students with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills to succeed in the innovation economy. At its Board of […]



Valencia Road Reopens!

Valencia Road Reopens!

By Noel Smith On Monday, August 7, a full 176 days after it was closed because of the failure of the culvert that took Trout Creek under Valencia road between Trout Gulch Road and Aptos School Road, County officials opened the 2-lane temporary bridge after a very upbeat ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by at least 50 […]



Aptos Las Selva Fire District Fires Chief

Aptos Las Selva Fire District Fires Chief

At its meeting Thursday, August 10 the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors denied Chief Jon Jones his request to extend his contract for another two years. They then appointed Division Chief Todd Skrabak as interim chief until their next board meeting. After more than an hour in closed session, the board’s announcement […]



Oasis High School Distinguished Students

Oasis High School Distinguished Students

By Jeanne Milnes, Teacher, Oasis High School The following Oasis High School Distinguished Students were recognized at the June 22 Santa Cruz County Office of Education Board meeting. Oasis High School, located at Cabrillo College, is the early college high school program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Oasis High School serves Santa […]



Mural of Aptos Polo Matches

Mural of Aptos Polo Matches

By John Hibble A new mural in Aptos is being created along Soquel Drive between Freedom Blvd and Rio Del Mar Blvd that will be just yards from where the Spreckels mansion once stood and where the offices of Times Publishing Group, Inc. exist today. Muralist Art Thomae will be recreating the polo grounds as […]



Aptos ROV Team Wins International Competition

Aptos ROV Team Wins International Competition

On Sunday June 25 in Long Beach, the Watsonville Firefighters Seal Team 1272 / Aptos High Robotics team won the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV (remotely operated vehicle) competition. They took first place overall, beating more than 60 teams from all over the world including Russia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Canada, the United […]



Aptos La Selva Fire Board Meeting

Aptos La Selva Fire Board Meeting

Will Chief Jones be Re-hired by the Board? Aptos La Selva Fire Chief Jon Jones has applied for a two-year contract extension and the board will be voting on this matter Thursday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. Earlier this year the Aptos La Selva Firefighters had a 100% No-Confidence vote regarding the Chief and have […]



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