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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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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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