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July 27, 2017

By Julie Horner SLVWD is accepting bids for replacing a pair of 20,000-gallon redwood tanks used for drinking water. The bid process is open until July 28, 2017. According to a recent press release, “The tank replacement is a key capital improvement project among many others completed or in process that, combined, total $16.85 million in


The Brookdale Inn on the Road to Resurrection

The storied landmark is poised for history in the remaking By Julie Horner Peering through a jagged window, the bare bulbs of workmen’s shop lights illuminate what seem like bones and sinew – open studs and joists – which frame little now but bareness and dust. The fireplace where the lounge used to be stands

Highway 9 Transportation Corridor Plan Reviewed

The community reviews the Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Transportation Corridor Plan By Mary Andersen The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), Caltrans, Santa Cruz METRO, and County of Santa Cruz officials hosted the Highway 9/Transportation Corridor Plan Open House on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Felton Community Hall. The public was invited to weigh

Redwood Mountain Faire Delights June 3rd & 4th

Eighth annual music festival focuses on local bands, local art, local breweries, local wineries, and local food   By Julie Horner Bare feet in the cool grass, warm breeze blowin’ down the mountain; the scent of fresh earth, cooking spices, wood smoke, and incense drift on a sweeping tide of flowing tie-dye and let-your-hair-down good

Like a Storm of Flowers

One of the Valley’s Brightest Lights Winks Out – A Tribute to Ellen Carter By Julie Horner She called herself “just a down-home, small town girl who loves her community, works hard and loves even harder!” Our beautiful, talented, full-of-life, compassionate, and generous friend left the physical unexpectedly on Monday, April 24, 2017. Eleonore Marie

Felton Public Library – A Design from the Heart

Architect Teall Messer invests his heart in a project long on the drawing board By Julie Horner Willows, oaks, and a few cottonwoods jostle and whisper along the banks of Bull Creek as it flows – controlled now by a culvert to mitigate flooding – under city streets to the San Lorenzo River in downtown Felton. On

Taking Stock of the New Cannabis Market

Some experts say now is the time to invest…others say investing in pot is a pipe dream. By Julie Horner Marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the US economy and it shows no sign of slowing down. According to a recent commentary by Chris Leavy, co-chairman and partner at MedMen, a leading cannabis firm

The Year of the Rat

  By Julie Horner According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster (or Chicken). But so far, it seems that Rat, another of the 12 Chinese signs, will also have an exceptional year. A routine visit to Mountain Mechanic a few weeks ago to get an oil change proved that. The

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Community the Do-It-Ourselves Way

Co-founders of popular local music gathering ruminate on what makes DIO Fest so awesome. By Julie Horner with Stevee Stubblefield and Jon LaBeaud Do-It-Ourselves Festival is a 3-­day grassroots live music event in benefit of Camp Krem’s Music Enrichment Program for people with special needs. Boulder Creek’s relatively unheralded annual festival seems to stay low

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Breast Cancer Prevention

By Marcey Klein BS, CNC Breast Cancer is a multifaceted disease with many areas to look at in preventative care. One negative facet we are seeing more of now is toxicity in the environment and in our bodies. Pesticides, which are sprayed on our conventional foods, in our yards, and which leach into our water,

Your Shade Garden in the Redwoods

What to Plant?   By Brandon Parker, CFII Why does your garden near the redwoods always end up looking like a dusty road in a spaghetti western? Imagine if you could make that shade spot shine – lush like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon! I will reveal 15 prime plants that thrive under redwoods! Shade


The Recipe Box    by Quail Hollow Kitchens The days are heating up at Quail Hollow Kitchens so it’s time for some hummus. This is a favorite of my recipes. Easy, vegan, light in texture and flavor perfect for carrots, crackers, or as a sandwich spread. It’s packed with hidden protein. You can top this hummus with

Water Power SLV History

by Lisa Robinson   In 1861, the California Powder Works (CPW) incorporated, and in 1863 the company purchased 222 acres of Rancho Cañada del Rincon en el Rio de San Lorenzo, which at the time was owned by lime industry manufacturers Davis and Jordon. It was the first explosives manufacturer in the West. Powder being

Astrology – June 2017 Horoscope

By Mr. Astrology The summer solstice begins at 9:24 PM (PDT) on June 20th, 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time, the Sun pauses over the Tropic of Cancer on its trek north and then continues on, heading south towards the equator. “Solstice” comes from the Latin words sol and sistere, meaning “sun” and

History- Love Creek Water Elevator

By Lisa Robinson In 1901, John Armstrong of Santa Cruz patented an automatic water-elevator. The device used a small amount of water with considerable fall, to move a portion of that water to a higher elevation. A tower would be erected in a gulch where the top of the tower would be around five feet

Ridgetop Rants

  By Stephen Carl, Morning Nightcap News The Pews Have Been Filling Up at The First Church of Carlin Lately 50% of the country makes less than $30,000 a year. Over 60% of the country is one major vehicle repair away from missing bills, rent, or food. And they don’t have a political party that represents

Healthy Tidbits

The Skinny on Cholesterol By Marcey Klein BS, CNC What is it? Cholesterol is a fat found in your brain, liver, and many cells in the body. It is converted by enzymes to steroid hormones (which consist of stress and sex hormones), vitamin D, and bile salts. Cholesterol is a component of our cell membranes,

Astrology – May 2017 Horoscope 

  By Mr. Astrology  Claudius Ptolemy was an astronomer and mathematician who practiced in Alexandria during the 2nd century. In many fields of learning his ideas represent the pinnacle of classical science. In his first major work, the Almagest (meaning “the greatest”), Ptolemy details the geocentric theory of the movements of the sun, moon, and

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