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Stowaway: San Jose airport security scrutinized after boy’s flight to Maui in plane’s wheel well

By Mark Gomez and Robert Salonga Mercury News SAN JOSE — Authorities say a 16-year-old Santa Clara boy is “lucky to be alive” after he ran away from home, clandestinely scaled a fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and hid inside the wheel well of a plane flying from California to Hawaii in a […]

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Santa Cruz surfer Young ousted in Round 3 at Bells Beach

By Sentinel staff Santa Cruz’s Nat Young fell short in his bid to return to the final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Torquay, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. Young, the 2013 Bells Beach finalist and ’13 World Championship Tour Rookie of the Year, lost to Hawaii’s Freddy Patacchia Jr. 13.26 to 12.46 […]

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3rd Friday at the MAH: Fashion and Body Art

Fashion went forward with colorful fashion and body art displays plus activities at The Museum of Art and History‘s 3rd Friday Fashion and Body Art Festival. Fashion Art Santa Cruz brought you “FashionART: Paint to Wear,” a fashion art paint-a-thon with local artists and fashion designers Rose Sellery, Tina Brown, and Angelo Grova: 6 artists. […]

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Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Stories from ancient rocks

By Gary Griggs Our Ocean Backyard Photo: Bary Keagy Traveling nearly around the world on a ship that averages about 15 mph has made me acutely aware of how big the oceans are — really big. Although the continents are huge, we could squeeze them all into the Pacific Ocean and have a little room […]

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Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at Costa Noa

James Beard Foundation Hosts Fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change Culinary Leaders Gather and Grow a Cohort of Chef Advocates New York, NY (April 18, 2014) – More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation (JBF)’s fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at Costanoa […]

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Opal Cliffs

Located on the corner of Portola and 41st avenue is Opal Cliffs Auto Center. The owner of the auto shop, Kimm, is a long time mechanic and photography enthusiast.   Convieniently located blocks from the Pleasure Point; I was able to get some surfing in while Kimm serviced my vehicle. He does great work on cars […]

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Residents tackle water rationing in Santa Cruz; Penalties for overuse start May 1 in Santa Cruz

By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter Santa Cruz >> If the region’s drought seemed abstract, it’s about to hit home for Santa Cruz residents. As part of city leaders’ response to two years of meager rain, water rationing will start May 1 and fines will be levied monthly against households that use more than […]

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Aptos teen shows courage in water rescue

Tenaya Greeninger was given the youth hero award by the Red Cross By Calvin Men calvinmen@santacruzsentinel.com @calvinmenatwork on Twitter Aptos >> At just 12 years old, Tenaya Greeninger didn’t think much of paddling out into the ocean to rescue two boys stuck in the water. Greeninger, now 14, was awarded the youth hero award by […]

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Breeding birds crowd Elkhorn Slough rookery

Dozens of cormorants, egrets and herons nest high in the trees By Donna Jones djones@santacruzsentinel.com @DonnaJonesSCS on Twitter ELKHORN SLOUGH >> The double-crested cormorant signaled his arrival at the nest perched near the tip of a eucalyptus branch with a low croaking sound. His mate lifted her head, pointing her beak skyward. Dave Feliz, peering […]

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Santa Cruz harbor turns 50

Year-long celebrations planned for half-century mark By Jessica A. York jyork@santacruzsentinel.com @ReporterJess on Twitter Santa Cruz >> The construction more than 50 years ago of the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor turned the tides of local fishing and boating history. As if to usher in that point, just weeks before the harbor’s dedication ceremony on […]

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Allen Bushnell, Fish Rap: Salmon seem to be flocking to Moss Landing; Halibut season also underway

The eagerly awaited opener for ocean salmon last Saturday lived up to most of our expectations. While a few “skunks” were reported, most boats landed fish and many caught limits. Location was the key, with the canyon edges out of Moss Landing providing the most fertile fishing on Monterey Bay. Salmon season opened along the […]

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Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Celebrate Santa Cruz Harbor’s 50th Anniversary

By Dan Haifley Our Ocean Backyard Photo: Matt Snow On April 19, 1964 the Santa Cruz Harbor was dedicated with 360 boat slips carved from Woods Lagoon, south of the railroad trestle which runs parallel with the Glenn Coolidge Memorial Bridge, also known as the Murray Street Bridge. Driven by the need to get their […]

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Point Break LIVE!

Point Break Live! is a spoof of the 1991 blockbuster classic starring Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-surfing leader of a gang of bank robbing adrenaline junkies called the Ex-Presidents, and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover FBI Agent. But the best part? YOU CAN BE KEANU!!! That’s right — […]

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California bill that would end orca shows stalls

By: Fenit Nirappil Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction. The bill’s author, Democrat Richard Bloom of […]

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Nat Young advances to fourth round at Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Santa Cruz surfer Nat Young advanced to the fourth round of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia on Sunday. The event is the second stop on the World Championship Tour. Young beat Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz 12.29 to 11.03 in Round 3, producing scoring waves of 6.33 and 5.93. Zietz […]

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Model of the Month Gaby

SCW:  Hello Gaby how ya doing?   Gaby: Doing pretty good except dealing with a little bit of a cold right now.  Things could be worse!   SCW: Ahh sorry to hear that!   Been doing too much dancing in the rain and got yourself sick huh?;)   Gaby: Hahah you can say that.   SCW: […]

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Expert: Chile’s 8.2 quake not ‘the big one’

By Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile’s long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation’s northern coast. Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust. […]

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Local Roundup: Santa Cruz’s Nat Young surfs to second in opener of ASP’s Margaret River Pro

By: Sentinel Staff Nat Young had cause to slap the water after his opening heat of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Tuesday in Western Australia. Needing just a 4.77 out of 10 to catch Felipe Toledo of Brazil in the opening heat of the second event of the ASP World Championship Tour, Young […]

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Hetch Hetchy Valley Before the Dam

As a hiker in California, I always heard that Hetch Hetchy Valley was just as spectacular as Yosemite Valley before it was dammed in 1923 to provide water for San Francisco. But I always wondered exactly what it looked like. Compared with Yosemite Valley, the walls of Hetch Hetchy are smoother and rounder. Yosemite Valley, […]

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Its Beach: From Shipwrecks to Serious Dog Politics!

Part of Lighthouse Field State Beach, this beach just west of Lighthouse Point, is a favorite for locals. The west end of the beach contains a beautiful sea arch eroded into the Purisima Formation. If the tide is really low you might also see the base of the Old Shoe sea stack, the vertical remnants […]

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River Cafe

Early in the morning I love to check out River Café for their incredibly fresh food. The meals include seasonally fresh vegetables and delicious food purchased from local farms. The café has a welcoming feel to it and is a wonderful place to relax while enjoying your meal. It’s simply is a place where you […]

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Brandt’s babies coming to the iconic Santa Cruz arch!

The Brandt’s cormorants have been nesting on top of the remaining arch at Natural Bridges State Beach since late February. The Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatusis) is one of the most common birds seen along the Santa Cruz coast. They are named after the 19th century German naturalist, Johan Frederich von Brandt, who first described them […]

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Homeless Garden Project permanent store Down Town

In May of 1990, the Citizens Committee for the Homeless, a Santa Cruz County non-profit, began a new project by opening the gates of an organic garden on Pelton Avenue. Since then the farm has moved to Shaffer Road at Delaware Ave. The Homeless Garden Project would provide job-training and meaningful work in a therapeutic […]

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