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Swift and Ingalls Streets: Then and Now on the Westside of Santa Cruz

Today, the Swift Street Courtyard area, in combination with the adjoining businesses off of Ingalls Street, has become a nexus for locals who like fresh local products, cool shops, and hand crafted wine and beer. But these buildings, hark back to a past when larger-scale agriculture was a mightier force on the north coast of […]

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Short term salmon prospects look promising

PHOTO: Jerry Seagreaves (left) and the author happy to have a Monterey Bay salmon. The returning numbers from last fall for Chinook salmon are promising while future years may be of concern. The counts have come in from the Sacramento River and its tributaries and they were higher than expected. The Klamath and Trinity River […]

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Chilly waters make for fun day at annual Santa Cruz Polar Plunge event

Chilly waters didn’t stop dozens from sprinting into the Monterey Bay at Main Beach in Santa Cruz on Saturday morning during the annual Polar Plunge. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Calvin Men, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> Colder temperatures made for a better day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the […]

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Toilet removal at Four Mile Beach creates ‘poo lagoon,’ visitors say

A surfer transports his board past where portable toilets used to stand on the way down to session in the waves at Four Mile beach on Friday. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel NORTH COAST >> Trotting down the trail to Four Mile Beach in the past few weeks, […]

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La Selva Beach rail trestle completion celebrated

By Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel LA SELVA Beach >> A celebratory crowd burst into applause as a vintage train crossed the newly rebuilt trestle at La Selva Beach for the first time Thursday morning. The passage celebrated the completion of the massive steel span and the rehabilitation of […]

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Aptos Academy of Performing Arts

  Aptos Academy of Performing Arts, houses a full recreational dance program and pre-professional dance program for ages three and up. The Academy’s “No Limits Dance Company” is a competitive team of individual and group award winning pre-professional dancers that fulfills the dance education commitment of AAPA allowing personal growth through the arts in a […]

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The Court of Mysteries: Keeping Santa Cruz Weird with the Kitchen Brothers

The Kitchen Brothers epitomized the popular saying “Keep Santa Cruz Weird” through their strange architectural designs and mystical leanings more than 50 years before the slogan caught on. Kenneth Kitchen was a bricklayer and Raymond Kitchen was a stonemason each with their quirky specialties: Kenneth’s was submarine interference and Raymond’s was the construction of large […]

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The Healing Power of Horses

  by Lindsay Overton My horse Miller seems to consider himself an ambassador for horse-kind, and during our trail rides he uses his repertoire of tricks (bowing, kissing, nodding, waving and smiling) to entertain any unsuspecting hiker along the way. Most often they are charmed by his antics; I think he is one of the […]

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