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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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Clean waves captivate fans at O’Neill Coldwater Classic

SANTA CRUZ — A shorter, sweeter version of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic came to Steamer Lane on Wednesday, providing a full day of clean waves and a new chapter in one 25-year-old’s professional surfing career. Torrey Meister, from Hawaii’s big island, has not had a major sponsor in three years before his Coldwater win Wednesday. […]

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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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Buckwheat Kasha Stuffed Zucchini

Robin Horn Seasonal Eating Recipe inspired by Mom & Old House Farm At this time of year, as we approach Day of the Dead, the veil between the worlds gets thinner as we remember loved ones who have passed. Before my mom died, 10 years ago now, she reminded me of a stuffed zucchini I’d made […]

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Festival celebrates ocean’s tumbled offerings

By Chandra Hays Santa Cruz Sentinel There’s one tiny downside to people becoming environmentally conscious and not throwing their bottles into the ocean — less sea glass to be found on the beach. If you need your fill, though, here’s some good news: The Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival is set for […]

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