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Davenport History: Whaling, Cement and Immigrants

Settlement in the area of today’s Davenport got its start in 1868 when Captain John Davenport, a sea-based whaler by trade, built a 450 foot wharf off what became to be known as Davenport’s Landing (near El Jarro Point). The wharf was used to export local timber by boat to San Francisco. Captain Davenport also […]

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Thousands of croakers wash up on Manresa State Beach

Thousands of croakers croak By Jason Hoppin jhoppin@santacruzsentinel.com @scnewsdude on Twitter LA SELVA BEACH >> Thousands of dead fish — the appropriately named white croakers — washed up at Manresa State Beach Friday morning, with state officials saying they were likely the result of a squid hunt gone bad. The fish fouled a 700-yard stretch […]

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Storm Swell High Alert for Dungeons, South Africa

Written by: Shannon Marie The largest swell of the season is approaching South Africa putting big wave surfers on high alert for a possible call at Dungeons. Thankfully, the ASP WCT will see epic conditions for the final rounds of the J-Bay Open. Meanwhile in Cape Town, the Big Wave World Tour may also get the green light […]

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Whale show returns to the bay

By Jason Hoppin MOSS LANDING >> It’s one thing to see humpback whales feeding and frolicking just offshore. It’s quite another when they’re so close you can smell their breath. That’s what’s happening in Moss Landing this week, as a pod of about 15 of the once-endangered creatures have settled in for an anchovy feast […]

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There’s Oil in Them Thar Sea Cliffs!

If you look in the northern most cove at Bonny Doon Beach, (yes, it’s the clothing-optional section), you will see a tall skinny dike of sandstone that cuts across the cliffs-which are made of Santa Cruz Mudstone. A dike is essentially loose material, in this case, the older and deeper Santa Margarita Sandstone, that was […]

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California drought: New water restrictions carry penalty of up to $500

By Paul Rogers and Lisa M. Krieger Staff writers SACRAMENTO — As California on Tuesday imposed its first-ever statewide rules to punish water wasters, a new survey showed why state officials say the drastic measures are needed: Californians actually increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades. The new rules, approved by the […]

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The Story of Loudon (London) Nelson

  Most Santa Cruzan’s know the Louden Nelson Community Center. Do you know the story of Louden (London) Nelson? London Nelson was a black man born in 1800 on a North Carolina plantation as a slave. His master, Matthew Nelson brought him to California in 1849 to help in the search for gold. London worked […]

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Santa Cruz’s Nat Young recovers from loss, advances to Round 3 at J-Bay Open surfing event

By Jim Seimas jseimas@santacruzsentinel.com @AiringItOut on Twitter Santa Cruz’s Nat Young got off to a slow start at the tricky Supertubes break in the J-Bay Open, but he returned to form as the event progressed and advanced to Round 3 in the sixth of 11 events on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Championship Tour […]

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