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Bike route signs in the pipeline

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA >> Santa Cruz County is gearing up to install bicycle route signs aimed at boosting biking. The Regional Transportation Commission gave the green light Thursday to pursue implementation of a sign program, which has been in the pipeline since 2009. The signs work on two tracks: telling riders […]

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Coast Lines, May 7, 2015: Capitola Beach closed due to bacteria counts

By Santa Cruz Sentinel Staff Capitola Beach east and west of the jetty has been posted with swimming advisory signs due to high bacteria counts. The most recent water quality results for Capitola Beach west and east of the jetty, sampled on Monday, indicate bacteria levels above the safe body contact standards. Water testing will […]

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Quirky, popular Santa Cruz surfer Shawn “Barney” Barron dies

Shawn “Barney” Barron surfs the Westside of Santa Cruz in September 2000. (David Royal – Monterey Herald) By Steven Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> Shawn “Barney” Barron, a colorful and widely known surfer from Santa Cruz, collapsed and died Tuesday afternoon at his home on the Westside. He was 44. About 4:30 p.m., […]

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After 27 years, Capitola mural gets a face-lift

Muralist Laurel Bushman is restoring the 1988 mural behind the Kings Plaza shopping center along 38th Avenue. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA >> A mural created in 1988 at the Kings Plaza shopping center, 1601 41st Ave., is getting a face-lift for spring. The project began April […]

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Judge expects 30-day jail sentence for UC Santa Cruz highway protesters

UC Santa Cruz students, chained together in concrete-filled trash cans, block Highway 1 at the entrance to Santa Cruz. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel file) By Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> A judge Thursday said she planned to sentence six UC Santa Cruz students to 30 days in jail, fines and […]

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Ocean Speedway: Capitola PD’s Sloma rides BMW to win

David Spencer – TDS Shots San Jose Police Department’s Tori Dellicarpini (99), Scotts Valley PD’s Michael Birley (02), CHP’s Jesse Mueller (720) and SVPD’s John Hohmann (01) compete at the Police-N-Pursuit event at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Friday, Aprils 25, 2015. By Tony Karis, sports@santacruzsentinel.com WATSONVILLE >> Cliff Sloma, a 23-year veteran with the […]

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TEDxSantaCruz speakers present radical ideas

Ben Doerr performs at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Friday during the TedX Radical Collaboration. Doerr’s music is based on his grandfather’s experience fighting for the Free French Forces. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel) By Kara Guzman, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> Charles Gonzalez was one of hundreds in the sold-out […]

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Feds say humpback whale rebound largely complete, propose removal from endangered species list

A female humpback whale dives as her calf swims nearby in Monterey Bay in 2005. (Vern Fisher — Monterey Herald) By Jason Hoppin, Santa Cruz Sentinel Monterey >> Forty-five years after humpback whales were placed on a list of endangered species, the U.S. has moved to lift federal protections for the popular cetaceans. With humpbacks […]

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Capitola to kick off zoning code update April 30

Ron Graves By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel CAPITOLA >> The task of updating a zoning code adopted in 1975 will kick off with a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission at 6 p.m. April 30 in City Hall. The Planning Commission will hold special meetings at 6 p.m. on the […]

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Ocean fishing opens up for salmon and rockfish

Photo: Alex is all smiles with his prized catch of Monterey Bay salmon Rockfish and lingcod season started out slow April 1st and is rapidly building momentum. Salmon season launched days later with hit and miss results. A few anglers started the season with rockfish and a new limit of 3 lingcod per angler. The […]

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