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It was yet another beautiful Saturday in Santa Cruz. The air was filled with sunshine and smiling faces in the streets of downtown. I positioned myself on the outdoor patio of New Leaf to enjoy the weather and a coffee. To my delight, a familiar sound filled the air on the patio not long after […]

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SNUGGLE TIME: Santa Cruz toddler, napping buddy create online sensation

By J.M. Brown Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ — Toddlers equal cute photos. Snap a shot of them napping and the cuteness dial goes up a notch. Toddlers napping with puppies? Well, that qualifies as a whole new level of cuteness. That’s what Santa Cruz mom Jessica Shyba discovered after posting photos of her 23-month-old […]

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Bargetto Family Shares 80th Anniversary Celebration with Community

June Smith Santa Cruz County CVC The story of how fourth generation director of winemaking John Bargetto came to write the history of Bargetto Winery began with another story. Before even contemplating the book “Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking,” he wrote a short story set in the ‘20s about Prohibition, which turned into a […]

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Baitfish flood the Monterey Bay

Tyler Fox Santa Cruz Waves Cycles in nature prevail while anchovies make a come back. Every time I think I have figured out a pattern in nature I get served a does of reality. The past five years small shrimp “krill” had become the predominant feed source for many fish in Monterey Bay. As a […]

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Huge pod of orcas adds to spectacular show on Monterey Bay

By Jason Hoppin Santa Cruz Sentinel MOSS LANDING — More than a dozen killer whales staged a family reunion of sorts on Monterey Bay this weekend, meeting at a huge cluster of sea lions for an afternoon picnic. The extremely unusual sight — one expert counted 19 adult and juvenile orcas — adds another chapter […]

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Capitola widow discovers late husband was a war hero

CAPITOLA — It took nearly 70 years for Gertrude McHale to discover that her late husband, Clayne Heywood, had saved 45 men from a sinking ship in World War II. “I sat there with tears rolling down my face,” McHale said. “I couldn’t believe it.” The U.S. Navy awarded Heywood, Boatswain’s Mate First Class, a […]

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Coldwater Classic hopes to create an underdog story with unsponsored surfers

CAPITOLA — It can’t be often that a surfer turns down an invitation from a contest director because he has to honor his commitment to work on a shrimp boat in the south of Australia. But as Shane Skelton discovered this fall, that’s what sometimes happens when the event features unsponsored competitors trying to balance […]

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Red tide lingers, bringing allergies and fishy stench near Santa Cruz beaches

By Nsikan Akpan Santa Cruz Sentinel Photo: Matt Hoffman SANTA CRUZ — Surfers are resisting the urge to dive into the waters near Santa Cruz because of a powerful spell of red tide that has lasted longer than usual. The red tide is annual bloom of reddish-brown algae normally runs from early August to early October, […]

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A helping hand in Capitola: Community assists disabled man

By Terri Morgan Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA — The community has rallied together to provide help for a disabled man who was living alone in a dilapidated home without water or heat. Officer Chris Thompson of the Capitola Police discovered the situation late last week while conducting a welfare check at the behest of Adult […]

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Dungeness crab season looks promising despite slow start

Fishermen and officials are predicting a good Dungeness crab season based on previous years despite a slow start to the season for sport fishers Saturday. Recreational crab fishers set traps on the season’s first day and commercial fishers gauged the local productivity and continued to prepare for their season with a later opening date. “I […]

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