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Midwesterner Falls For Santa Cruz

by Maciek Otto-Smuga Coming to Santa Cruz from the Midwest, I quickly discovered that I had brought along the wrong bike. My trusty Surly Long Haul Trucker is perfect for long rides through rolling hills along the empty backroads of Wisconsin, but I’ve only taken it out a handful of times since moving here: Coastal […]

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Santa Cruz water demand flat even after healthy rainfall

By JM Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel  SANTA CRUZ >> Nature gave, and nature hath taken away. After receiving nearly 160 percent of normal rainfall in November and December — thus causing Santa Cruz to suspend mandatory water rationing for residential customers — the driest January on record stands as a stark reminder of how vulnerable the […]

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The Santa Cruz Wharf is Honored for Being Green: What Does That Mean?

Last Wednesday evening, the Santa Cruz GreenWharf Project received the state’s most prestigious environmental honor for 2014: The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). Twelve organizations from around the state received the award for “protecting and enhancing the environment while at the same time promoting economic growth.” Mobile Ranger was part of the GreenWharf Project via […]

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A Hike Through Coast Dairies

Coast Dairies consists of 5800 acres of rolling coastal prairie and redwood forest that starts north of Wilder Ranch and extends north of Davenport. Its sweeping views, sense of vastness and towering trees could one day become the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument. We jumped in on one of BLM’s monthly guided hikes at the […]

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Annieglass Wins Green Award for Eco-Sustainability at 26th Annual ARTS Awards

Annieglass has just been announced the Green Award winner for eco-sustainability at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards, held at the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market, Annieglass founder Annie Morhauser has been transforming her interpretations of nature into luxury glass tableware and gifts for over three decades right here on California’s Central Coast. Handcrafted by […]

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Santa Cruz increases water supply planning deadline, budget

By JM Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> A year after forming a special panel to evaluate future water supply options, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday agreed to extend the group’s timeline for making recommendations and increase spending for a facilitator to guide the work. The 14-member committee now expects to issue […]

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The Legend of “New Almaden”

Almaden Quicksilver County Park is the scene of an eerie story told in a mural at Los Gatos High School. Hilltromper columnist Ryan Masters recalls the WPA-era mural and explores the storied acres of the park that inspired it, which lies just south of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This […]

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UC Santa Cruz scientists drill through ice into a new Antarctic world

By Nala Rogers, newsroom@santacruzsentinel.com, @Nala_Rogers on Twitter SANTA CRUZ >> Early in January, a jet of hot water broke through the last meter of ice in Antarctica’s largest ice shelf, opening a passageway into an unknown world. The jet was from a specially designed hot water drill, controlled by scientists half a mile above. Thus […]

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