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Waves prompt road closures, damage in Santa Cruz County

Photo: Salty Breeze Surf Art and Photography By Steven Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel Originally posted on santacruzsentinel.com CAPITOLA >> Some of the largest waves of the winter crashed on Santa Cruz County beaches Thursday, prompting the closure of East Cliff Drive at Corcoran Lagoon and Twin Lakes State Beach. In Capitola, the wharf was closed […]

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Haunted Santa Cruz County mansion setting for ghost stories, mysterious man

By Samantha Clark Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA — The Rispin Mansion in Capitola has been a rite of passage for daredevils wanting a peek into the supernatural world for generations. There’s even a Facebook group called “I snuck into Rispin Mansion when I was a kid” with 1,100 likes and trespassers telling stories about getting […]

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Titans of Mavericks granted 5-year permit

Hawaiian surfer John John Florence, 17, gets a hello pat by fan Pepe Gonzalez of San Francisco at the Maverick’s big wave surfing contest in Princeton-by-the-Sea in 2010. The San Mateo County Harbor District commission granted new organizer Cartel Management a five-year permit to produce the Titans of Mavericks contest. (Josie Lepe/Mercury News file) By […]

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Capitola OKs Rispin park design concepts

Photo by Pinterest user Pamela Waddell By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel Landscape architect Michael Arnone was showered with compliments Thursday night for his design of the Rispin Mansion Park for the city. There were four yes votes on the City Council for his proposal to take down part of the masonry wall along Wharf […]

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Local Roundup: Coffey, Partridge win shortboard titles at SCLU contest

Vince Felix competes in the Masters Men event at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Sunday during the 2015 Santa Cruz Longboard Union Club Invitational. Felix, competing for the Malibu Surfing Association, won his heat. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Sentinel staff It wasn’t longboarding but it’s a good bet the Santa Cruz […]

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Santa Cruz Stories: Former newspaperman James Irwin Kruger turns to fiction in his second career

James Irwin Kruger has written eight novels since 2001, and is working on his ninth. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel Pete McCauley entered James Irwin Kruger’s life when he, James, really needed a friend. So did Theodora Cullen, Valerie Stearns, Stephen Shevley, Jack Pennington and many more. The […]

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Capitola water tour showcases best practices

Laurie Egan, forefront, of the Coastal Watershed Council begins tour of best water practices in Capitola on Friday at a city-installed rain barrel. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA >> Local residents interested in water conservation got insights Friday into why the city’s temporary parking lot by City […]

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Capitola’s Ording to be inducted into US Rugby Hall of Fame

Mickey Ording, middle, holds back opponents while playing prop for the Olympic Rugby Club against a team from Vancouver at Golden Gate Park in the early 1970s. Mickey Ording/contributed By Julie Jag, Santa Cruz Sentinel Mickey Ording didn’t get to enjoy much of the scenery between Eugene and Canada during his first road trip with […]

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Royalty returns: While it’s not cheap, locally caught king salmon is back in area markets

Shadowbrook Sous Chef Will Poolman cuts salmon filets from a large fish at the restaurant’s kitchen in Capitola on Saturday. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel Slowly but surely, wild salmon are popping back up on area menus. To local foodies, May means the arrival of wild salmon to […]

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Probe continues in Capitola school threats case

A New Brighton Middle School student arrives on campus Monday to find a police presence after several students made a shooting threat on social media over the weekend. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Steven Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel As rumors swirled among New Brighton Middle School students and parents about the weekend online […]

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