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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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