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Santa Cruz B-Ball Star Joins Sempervirens Board

Santa Cruz native and Google recruiter Austin Swift joins the board of the state’s oldest conservation organization. Sept. 19, 2014—Sempervirens Fund is bringing a dose of under-30 energy to its board in the person of Santa Cruz native and Google recruiter Austin Swift, who made a name for himself locally in 2005 when he led […]

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Science Sunday: Extreme Life of the Sea

Seventy percent of our Earth is covered by water, yet we know so little about what lies beneath! To answer some of our deep water questions, biologist Steve Palumbi and science writer Anthony Palumbi are coming to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for Science Sunday. Get the details at Hilltromper.

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Saturday is Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, Sept. 20 is Coastal Cleanup Day, a day where water-lovers join forces to pick up the waste from our beautiful California shoreline and the creeks and rivers that drain into the Pacific. Last year, 3,064 volunteers in Santa Cruz and Monterey, organized by Save Our Shores,  collected 14,517 pounds of trash and 2,630 pounds […]

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O’Neill Surf History

It was in Santa Cruz, in the 1950s and ’60s, that Jack O’Neill developed the modern surfing wetsuit, which helped open surfing in cold-water locations around the world. In 1959, Jack opened his first surfing shop in Santa Cruz at the entrance to Cowell Beach. It was the first business ever to call itself a […]

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New Law Gives Cyclists a Safety Bubble

California’s newly minted Three Foot Law means motorists must now give cyclists 36 inches of space when passing. by Diane Terry Sept. 17, 2014—City leaders and local bicyclists gathered at Santa Cruz City Hall yesterday to celebrate the new Three Feet for Safety Law, which they hope will make the streets a safe place for […]

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Why Support O’Neill Sea Odyssey Tonight?

The annual Taste of the Harbor benefit is big fun for a great cause. Hilltromper’s Traci Hukill spent a day on the O’Neill catamaran, and below reports on how O’Neill Sea Odyssey helps turn kids into passionate stewards of the sea. Follow this link to get tickets to Taste of the Harbor. by Traci Hukill […]

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Shark attack prompts temporary surfing ban at Manresa State Beach

Two reports of predators in two days in Santa Cruz County By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter LA SELVA BEACH >> State Parks lifeguards banned surfers and swimmers from Manresa State Beach until Thursday evening after a 42-year-old surfer from Freedom was attacked by a shark there Saturday. Beau Browning, who was struck while […]

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Terrifying Facts About the Great White Shark

White shark descriptions usually begin with hedging: “The white shark is more afraid of us than we are of it,” or, “White sharks only bite people out of curiosity.” Those statements may be true. But no wary description can get around the uncompromising fact: great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are voracious apex predators who have evolved into stupendous […]

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