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New Pump Track for Capitola

by Maya Desai In November, Capitola will join Santa Cruz, Aptos and Scotts Valley in the ranks of local towns with their own pump tracks. The track is being built on a vacant lot on McGregor Drive near New Brighton State Beach and will share the space with a skate park and dog park. A […]

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Madison Bumgarner, Giants win World Series

San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval (48) celebrates with the World Series trophy the clubhouse following their 3-2 win in Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) More World Series news Giants parade Friday: […]

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Father Quintana’s Grisly Death at Mission Santa Cruz

In traditional accounts, ghosts are said to be souls of the deceased who seek vengeance, or are imprisoned in this world for their evil deeds. By this measure, Father Andrés Quintana, murdered outside the Mission Santa Cruz in 1812, fits both criteria. Like other missions in California, Mission Santa Cruz depended on the coerced labor […]

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The 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic

By Ryan Masters Santa Cruz’s collective hopes are pinned on Shaun “Burnsy” Burns—the lone local in this year’s O’Neill Coldwater Classic. Born seven years after local legend Anthony Ruffo won the Coldwater in 1985, Burnsy learned to surf on a soft top at Cowell’s not long after he learned to walk. Before long, he’d graduated […]

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Shark finds new home at Monterey Bay Aquarium

This weekend’s Shark Days expected to draw crowds By Kara Guzman kguzman@santacruzsentinel.com @karambutan on Twitter MONTEREY >> Visitors to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Shark Days this weekend will be able to see a new silvery addition prowling the depths of the local habitats exhibit: a nearly 7-foot long broadnose sevengill shark. Collected in the waters near […]

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Battling Bucks in Aptos Orchard

Two old frustrated bucks go at it. Video shot by Chuck Bella of Bella & Sons Orchards on Valencia School Road in Aptos While this might be genuine pre-rut fight for dominance, it might be a couple of siblings sparring. In an article “The Science of Hunting,” John Phillips quotes Terry Rohm, of Wellington Outdoors: […]

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Spotlight: Santa Cruz Local Dani Julien; her experience on the very popular show Naked and Afraid

By: Dani Julien If you had told me a year and a half ago that I would voluntarily spend 3 weeks of my life running around starving, exhausted and naked on an island with nothing but a machete to get me by, I might have taken your temperature and asked what types of hallucinogenics you […]

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Why There Are No Nukes on the North Coast

By Ryan Masters Back in 1969, PG&E decided it would be a good idea to build the largest nuclear power plant in California at El Jarro Point—about nine miles south of Año Nuevo (near Scott Creek). Their geologists surveyed the area and announced that it was a perfectly splendid place to construct nuclear reactors. Fortunately […]

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