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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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Fukushima radiation near Half Moon Bay? State health officials offer final verdict

By Aaron Kinney akinney@bayareanewsgroup.com Photo: William Bryant HALF MOON BAY — Japanese radioisotopes aren’t lurking in the sand at Miramar Beach, and playing there won’t turn you into Spiderman. Several months after a viral video suggested the beach contained radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the California Department of Public Health has […]

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Spring: A love story

Spring has sprung. A silly saying, I don’t much care for it. Nor do I care for the season—windy, cold water, disappearing sandbars—it has few perks. This Spring, however, has arrived with new resolve. Like it went to rehab for seasons. Waves and weather overflow the coast. It’s true, just look around. Okay, so maybe […]

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Drat! There is No Poop Fairy!

The city of Santa Cruz just launched an anti-dog poop campaign and started with West Cliff Drive where there are currently six of these lovely signs posted. They plan to put up to 30 all around Santa Cruz. They got the inspiration from a similar campaign by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. Of […]

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A chat with Ronald of Windmill Farm

  Santa Cruz is blessed to be in such a fertile farm area.  Add to that the healthy trending towards organic small farms who produce some of the most vibrant, delicious produce and it makes perfect sense to shop at the Farmers Markets.  Many people are eating seasonal and shopping local.  So I was delighted […]

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