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Santa Cruz County Flag: Rainbow Vision

  Did you know that Santa Cruz County has an official flag? And not surprisingly, our flag is strikingly different from all the rest. It is clearly not a requirement for counties to have an official flag; of California’s 58 counties, only 20 have them. Nineteen of them look very official and “governmenty.” They have […]

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6.0 earthquake jolts Bay Area early Sunday, Napa damage reported

By Mike Rosenberg and Robert Salonga Staff writers The biggest Bay Area earthquake in a quarter-century rattled the region early Sunday morning, with a 6.0 shaker destroying buildings in Napa County, causing dozens of injuries, knocking out power to tens of thousands of buildings and tossing items from shelves in homes and stores. The quake […]

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Ben Coffey represents Santa Cruz for Youth National Team at “Rescue 2014″ the World Lifesaving Championships in France

On August 19th in Huntington Beach, United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers, announced the participation of its Youth National Team in Rescue 2014 – Life Saving World Championships, held in Montpellier and La Grande Motte, France from September 16-21. Ben Coffey is one of 12 youths […]

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Cats: The Statues not the Town

Living in Santa Cruz and driving back and forth over Highway 17, I always thought the Cats Restaurant and the two cat statues just a few hundred feet south of it derived their inspiration from the nearby town of Los Gatos (the cats in Spanish). But this is apparently not true. The eight feet tall […]

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SC surfer Nat Young cruises in opening heat in Tahiti

By: Sential Staff Santa Cruz’s Nat Young dominated his opening heat Monday to jump to Round 3 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti — stop No. 7 of 11 on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Championship Tour. Young — the WCT’s Rookie of the Year in 2013 — posted scores of 6.83 and 9.87 for […]

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Santa Cruz paddle-out honors skateboarding and surf icon Jay Adams

Crowd gathers at Live Oak beach to share memories of Jay Adams By Jessica A. York jyork@santacruzsentinel.com @ReporterJess on Twitter LIVE OAK >> The cheering and smiling surfers forming a ring around Seven Adams out on the water at the 26th Avenue Beach on Sunday were as easily celebrating a life as saying goodbye to […]

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The Salton Sea: A Natural Lake? Sort of.

  The Salton Sink was a dry lakebed in 1904. In 1905 it accidentally began a new life as one of the modern world’s largest inland seas and California’s largest lake. In 1900, projects were begun to divert water from the Colorado River into the Salton Sink to allow for irrigation and promote farming. At […]

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Goodbye mountains: Over two decades, 20,000 rural residents disappeared — Why?

Over two decades, 20,000 rural residents disappeared — Why? By Jason Hoppin jhoppin@santacruz sentinel.com @scnewsdude on Twitter LOMA PRIETA >> Defying trends around the booming Bay Area, the number of people living in rural areas of Santa Cruz County is in steep decline, and has been for many years. The unmistakable drop has seen nearly […]

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