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Stowaway: San Jose airport security scrutinized after boy’s flight to Maui in plane’s wheel well

By Mark Gomez and Robert Salonga Mercury News SAN JOSE — Authorities say a 16-year-old Santa Clara boy is “lucky to be alive” after he ran away from home, clandestinely scaled a fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and hid inside the wheel well of a plane flying from California to Hawaii in a […]

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Santa Cruz surfer Young ousted in Round 3 at Bells Beach

By Sentinel staff Santa Cruz’s Nat Young fell short in his bid to return to the final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Torquay, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. Young, the 2013 Bells Beach finalist and ’13 World Championship Tour Rookie of the Year, lost to Hawaii’s Freddy Patacchia Jr. 13.26 to 12.46 […]

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Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Stories from ancient rocks

By Gary Griggs Our Ocean Backyard Photo: Bary Keagy Traveling nearly around the world on a ship that averages about 15 mph has made me acutely aware of how big the oceans are — really big. Although the continents are huge, we could squeeze them all into the Pacific Ocean and have a little room […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Beer Thirty opens in Soquel!

Photos: Jake J. Thomas A place to catch up, relax, settle down or catch a quick one.   A unique and inviting taproom that serves many a palate.  With over 25 beers on tap.  You can enjoy your favorite local brew or get experiential with California’s finest barley and Hops. Beer Thirty pours the best of […]

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Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: Remember your ocean at tax time

By Dan Haifley Special to the Sentinel Photo: Molly McCorkell Yes, it’s tax time again. But this year, California’s tax form will provide at least two opportunities for you to help the ocean by either supporting research, education and conservation about the California Sea Otter, or to help expand the California Coastal Commission’s “Protect Our […]

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Exploring spirit shines through surfer Josh Mulcoy in ‘The Cradle of Storms’

By HAVEN LIVINGSTON sports@santacruzsentinel.com SANTA CRUZ — Showing the spirit of a true explorer, Josh Mulcoy was not deterred when he got fired from his job as a professional competitive surfer at age 24. “I felt like a disposable hero,” he said of the disheartening moment. “But I look back and it makes me glad […]

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Cowell Beach: History and Modern Day

The beach area just to the west of the Santa Cruz Wharf is called Cowell Beach. It is a great beach for lying in the sun close to the Boardwalk and is a famous surfing spot for beginners. Cowell Beach owes its existence to San Lorenzo Point and the harbor’s west jetty, both just east […]

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The Signal Hill Speed Run movie Fundraiser for Marcus Rietema

The Signal Hill Speed Run movie Fundraiser Marcus Rietema. One time only showing of this downhill skateboard documentary. The Signal Hill Speed Run was the world’s first downhill skateboard race. Racers competed for a prize that wouldn’t even cover their medical expenses. 2013 Documentary, narrated by Ben Harper, 87 minutes. Directed By Mike Horelick and […]

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