Vaccine Program for SLVHS – All Students Over 16 are Eligible

Written by Beckett Glass (News Editor) COVID-19 has put us out of classrooms since March 13. On Tuesday the 20th of April, Freshmen and Sixth graders returned to campus with the new hybrid schedule. This last Tuesday, the rest of the students have returned to campus for the first time in over a year. Both … More Vaccine Program for SLVHS – All Students Over 16 are Eligible

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts After the Murder of George Floyd

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all counts regarding his involvement in the murder of George Floyd. The guilty conviction has sparked celebration and relief across the nation, particularly in the federal government who feared another uprising if a not guilty verdict had been found. Derek Chauvin has … More Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts After the Murder of George Floyd

A Hybrid Version of In-Person Schooling has Finally Returned, After Over a Year

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) With the school’s new hybrid model that follows COVID guidelines in place, students are finally able to attend classes in person two days a week for the remaining six weeks of the school year. With students separated into two groups, Group A and Group B, dependent on their … More A Hybrid Version of In-Person Schooling has Finally Returned, After Over a Year

85% Of California Is Now In A Severe Drought

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) This past year we have only 50% of our normal rainfall in California. With summer around the corner, that leaves us with the possibility of a drought, along with water restrictions, and wildfire danger. According to the National Weather Service, this rainy season is the fourth driest on record.  … More 85% Of California Is Now In A Severe Drought

Federal Judge Allows Camp Sweep & Set-Up of a City-Sanctioned Camp

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) In the conclusion of a long court battle, the city of Santa Cruz has been given permission to evict the residents of San Lorenzo Park and to set up a managed camp nearby. Ever since November 2020, dozens of protesters have physically prevented police from evicting 200+ residents of … More Federal Judge Allows Camp Sweep & Set-Up of a City-Sanctioned Camp

A Look into California’s Senate Bill 93

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of many. Since March of 2020, our lives have been put on hold, and a lot of people have lost their jobs. The hospitality business has been especially hard hit by the pandemic, with California’s leisure and hospitality industry losing 576,600 jobs … More A Look into California’s Senate Bill 93

The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is Back for Use

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) Recently, the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine has had reported cases of rare blood clots relating to the vaccine, occurring almost entirely in women under the age of 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Because of this, the United States recommended a ‘pause’ on the use of … More The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is Back for Use

The U.S. Officially Begins Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Written by Quinn Bourret (News Writer) The United States has begun the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Earlier this month, President Biden announced the US would be leaving Afghanistan by September 11, exactly two decades after 9/11. If completed, the US’s longest war will come to a close. Afghanistan has been engulfed in a civil war since … More The U.S. Officially Begins Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Former Duke of Edinburgh and the Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip Dies

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) On April 17th, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, former Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in his sleep that day. In the midst of a national lockdown, the palace disclosed that Philip had been hospitalized several times. Philip had long maintained his … More Former Duke of Edinburgh and the Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip Dies

An Easy Recipe to Enjoy a Cup of Matcha Tea, Either hot or cold!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) With spring coming up, we are beginning to find ourselves with beautiful weather; however, some days may be too hot or maybe too cold. Whether or not you prefer hot or cold drinks, this recipe serves well in both categories.  Matcha is a kind of finely ground tea that … More An Easy Recipe to Enjoy a Cup of Matcha Tea, Either hot or cold!

The History of Mother’s Day and how to Celebrate!

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) As the wonderful holiday of Mothers Day approaches, there are plenty of things that you can do for your mom. Simple acts of kindness or sentimental gifts or just quality time, in general, can really make a day like this a thousand times better. There are plenty of things … More The History of Mother’s Day and how to Celebrate!

A Tasty Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe to try!

Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Macaroni and cheese is a food that everyone in the family can enjoy and what’s best it is super easy to make. Everyone loves boxed macaroni and cheese but homemade macaroni and cheese takes it to another level, but be careful because once you try it you won’t want … More A Tasty Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe to try!

The Top Ten Brutal Death Metal Albums, EPs, and Demos from the 1990s

Written by Sam Hughes (Features Writer) The 1990s spawned many new bands in the brutal death metal scene. From New York to California, new sounds and styles of death that were progressively getting heavier, faster, and more technical were coming out. Today we will be taking a look at the top 10 brutal death metal … More The Top Ten Brutal Death Metal Albums, EPs, and Demos from the 1990s

Some Places to Eat Out at or Get Takeout From in Santa Cruz County

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) Santa Cruz County consists of many phenomenal restaurants Including some that are open during the pandemic. Listed on multiple social media review sites, lay the most popular and highest-rated restaurants and dining places. Santa Cruz has a wide variety of places to eat at with a range of very … More Some Places to Eat Out at or Get Takeout From in Santa Cruz County

A Look into Valorant – a Free-To-Play Offense and Defense Game

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) Valorant is a free-to-play first-person shooter created by Riot Games. The initial release of this game in beta was huge. Twitch (a live streaming website) hosted drops for a code to unlock a game through watching people play. Valorant was getting several hundred thousand viewers on Twitch as well … More A Look into Valorant – a Free-To-Play Offense and Defense Game

Lebron James to Star in a Looney Tunes Movie – Coming Soon

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) The original 1996 Space Jam was undoubtedly an iconic movie that blended both animation and live-action. Not to mention it starred the legendary Michael Jordan, the most famous basketball player of all time and possibly one of the most famous people to ever live. The film also featured the … More Lebron James to Star in a Looney Tunes Movie – Coming Soon

A Review of the novel “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a romantic fantasy book set during the greek heroic age. We follow as the great demigod Achilles and the outcast Patroclus fall in love. After the former prince Patroclus is banished from his kingdom, he is sent to Achilles’ father’s kingdom. … More A Review of the novel “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

“Dream SMP” – A Fast Growing Minecraft Youtube Channel

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) If you’ve been on YouTube at all in the past year, chances are you’ve at least heard of Dream, which is one of the fastest-growing channels in the history of the platform. Dream is a 21-year-old American Minecraft YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, 10 million of which he … More “Dream SMP” – A Fast Growing Minecraft Youtube Channel

San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Football Team Finishes up Their Season (3-1)

Written by Carter Cox (Sports Editor) This year in the 2021 SLV football season, our San Lorenzo Valley Cougars finished the varsity season with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. The final game of the season was a blowout against the Harbor Pirates with the final score of SLV 40 and Harbor 8. … More San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Football Team Finishes up Their Season (3-1)

An Update on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) The prosecution and defense have rested their cases as the trial of Derek Chauvin begins to wind down. So before closing arguments and sentencing, what has the prosecution and defense argued? Armed with extensive, gut-wrenching video footage, the prosecution has had an emotional strategy that relies on the empathy … More An Update on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

An Update on the Recall Governor Gavin Newsom Movement

Written by Skylar Shipp (News Writer) The Newsom Recall will almost certainly be on the ballot this November. With recent polls putting Newsom’s approval rating below 50% for the first time (Forbes), it is evident that the recall effort must be taken seriously. The margins of the votes will no doubt be extremely influential in … More An Update on the Recall Governor Gavin Newsom Movement

The DOJ Attempts to Find a way to Prosecute Hate Crimes

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) The hate crimes around the world have gotten more and more deadly by the day. With all the hate crimes turning deadly the DOJ is trying to search out ways to punish those that commit a hate crime. The Department of Justice held a listening session on March 5th … More The DOJ Attempts to Find a way to Prosecute Hate Crimes

President Joe Biden Announces his Nominations for Federal Judges

Written by Daniel Maloney President Joe Biden announced his nominations for Federal Judges on Tuesday March 30. With a wide range of diversity in both background and professional experience, this is one of the most diverse pool of nominations in history, setting a new standard for what may be to come in the Biden Administration. … More President Joe Biden Announces his Nominations for Federal Judges

Myanmar Protests Against the Coup Continue and are Still Going Strong

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) Just as of recently, the number of deaths from the ongoing coup has reached and passed seven hundred. Despite this lengthy and bloody chaos continuing on, the Myanmar government and Military are showing no signs of slowing down or stopping their bloodshed and turmoil. While the military won’t … More Myanmar Protests Against the Coup Continue and are Still Going Strong

A Student Review of the new Godzilla vs. Kong Movie

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) Movie releases as of this time have been slowed down significantly, but there was a recent release of a giant blockbuster movie called Godzilla vs. Kong. If you are unfamiliar with this movie it is the third movie in the “monster verse” trilogy following the events of  Kong Skull … More A Student Review of the new Godzilla vs. Kong Movie

A Review of the Novel “The House of the Scorpion” Written by Nancy Farmer

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The House of the Scorpion is a dystopian science fiction book written by Nancy Farmer. The book won the National book award for young people’s literature when it was released in 2002, and the John Newbery medal in 2003. Nancy Farmer started by writing children’s books, many of which … More A Review of the Novel “The House of the Scorpion” Written by Nancy Farmer

A Comparison Between the 2018 and 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T.V. Show

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a name that can be recognized throughout all generations, a franchise celebrated regardless of age. There’s the original TV show in 1990 along with the live-action adaptations, the animated kids’ show in 2012, and the newest animated adaptation, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja … More A Comparison Between the 2018 and 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T.V. Show

The History of the Metal Band “Deeds of Flesh”

Written by Sam Hughes Deeds of Flesh is an American technical brutal death metal band from Los Osos, California. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark, and Joey Heaslet. Before Deeds of Flesh, all the members were in different bands. Members said “We felt that we were being held back by our … More The History of the Metal Band “Deeds of Flesh”

SLV Unified School District Begins the Switch to a Hybrid Mix of Online and In-Person Schooling

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) SLVUSD plans on letting freshmen high school students return to classes in person on April 20th, and the sophomores, juniors, and seniors return on April 27th. However the plan is much more complicated than simply that. All students will take part Tuesday through Friday in the morning online … More SLV Unified School District Begins the Switch to a Hybrid Mix of Online and In-Person Schooling

A Look Into What’s Been Happening in the NBA and NHL

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer) The world of sports is starting to get more intense as teams are getting closer to playoffs and championship games, fans could not be more excited to see their favorite teams battle it out to become league champions. Fans are finally able to get into stadiums again and fans … More A Look Into What’s Been Happening in the NBA and NHL

Officer Derek Chauvin Faces Trial After the Murder of George Floyd

Written by Nolan Alisago The trial of the century has nearly begun, with all the jurors seated and opening arguments for State vs Derek Chauvin scheduled for Monday, March 29th. The eyes of the world fall on Minnesota once again, nearly ten months since the murder of George Floyd and the beginning of the global … More Officer Derek Chauvin Faces Trial After the Murder of George Floyd

Efforts to Recall Governor Gavin Newsom Increase

Written by Skylar Shipp (News Writer) The effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom has become more prevalent as the pandemic drags on, and has managed to garner 1,871,573 verified signatures according to the recall website. This number of signatures meets the requirements necessary to trigger the recall, meaning that Newsom will be the second governor … More Efforts to Recall Governor Gavin Newsom Increase

Homeless People in Santa Cruz County Face Relocation

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) Santa Cruz County programs currently hold 600 more homeless individuals than it was able to last March. At its surface, it seems that Santa Cruz County has greatly improved its infrastructure — but many community members fear the controversial new ordinances that would limit the freedom of homeless individuals … More Homeless People in Santa Cruz County Face Relocation

A Deeper Look into the $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) With a new $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill being signed into law by President Biden, many are wondering how much they may be getting in stimulus, and what else is in the package. One of the most important things for run-of-the-mill people is the new $1,400 stimulus check, and … More A Deeper Look into the $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill

Vatican Issues Decree Banning Catholic Priests from Blessing Gay Marriage

Written by Quinn Bourret (News Writer) The Vatican has issued a decree officially banning Catholic priests from blessing gay marriage. The decree, signed by the generally liberal Pope Francis, has brought both surprise and disagreement over the issue of homosexuality and the Catholic church. The decision, issued on the 14th early this March, has brought … More Vatican Issues Decree Banning Catholic Priests from Blessing Gay Marriage

Federal Court Decision On City’s Restraining Order Postponed

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) Last November, city manager Martin Bernal issued an executive order to evict the unhoused people living at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz, citing needles, voluminous garbage, damage of city property, and lawn damage among other things. During protests, blockades, and major public outcry during this attempted eviction, the … More Federal Court Decision On City’s Restraining Order Postponed

What Students at SLVHS are Looking Forwards to During Spring Break – Keeping COVID Cautions in Mind

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Spring Break is coming up which means that we all get time off from school. With the Covid-19 vaccine rolling out, more people are getting vaccinated every day. However, this is the older age range, which puts a lot of worry off of sick, old, or people working as … More What Students at SLVHS are Looking Forwards to During Spring Break – Keeping COVID Cautions in Mind

The History Behind the Holiday St. Patrick’s Day

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Saint Patrick’s day is an annual, cultural holiday that is primarily celebrated by people of Irish descent but is also celebrated by people of other cultures. This holiday was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the greatest patron saint of Ireland. The celebration occurs on Saint Patrick’s death date, which was … More The History Behind the Holiday St. Patrick’s Day

How to Make a Yummy Pasta Dish Popularized by the Social Media App “Tik-Tok”

Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Since the COVID-19 lockdown officially started one year ago there is not much to do. Being at the house for so long there isn’t anything new and exciting to do but one fun thing to do is cook. There are endless possibilities with cooking. You can cook breakfast, lunch, … More How to Make a Yummy Pasta Dish Popularized by the Social Media App “Tik-Tok”

How Death Metal has Changed Throughout the Years and What it Might Look Like in the Future

Written by Sam Hughes (Features Writer) Death metal has existed for thirty-plus years, and throughout the decades we’ve been able to see how it’s progressed, changed, and evolved. I’ve always categorized the different types of death metal, and today we will be going over the different categories or waves of death metal that have occurred … More How Death Metal has Changed Throughout the Years and What it Might Look Like in the Future

A Review of the Popular Japanese Anime “My Hero Academia”

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Similar to “The Promised Neverland,” which was reviewed a few issues back, “My Hero Academia” is another Japanese anime that would be great to start with if you’re new to the genre. With the release of season five just around the corner, now is as great a time as … More A Review of the Popular Japanese Anime “My Hero Academia”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations – Insists That he Will not Resign

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) In a statement made on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo insists that he will not resign from office following his sexual harassment scandal. A team of independent investigators has been appointed to conduct the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo. This team was hired by Letitia James,  the … More New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations – Insists That he Will not Resign

Mask-less Group Continues to Protest Mask Mandates in Santa Cruz

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) On Sunday, February 28th, a group of over 20 mask-less individuals took to the streets alongside Pacific Avenue, protesting citywide mandates that require citizens to wear masks inside of and in proximity to businesses in the downtown area. This protest comes just eleven days after an unsurfaced video went viral … More Mask-less Group Continues to Protest Mask Mandates in Santa Cruz

Local “Outdoor Living Ordinance” Threatens Unhoused People With Criminalization in Santa Cruz

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) On February 23, the Santa Cruz City Council held their first reading of a new “Outdoor Living Ordinance” that is to be voted on soon, spearheaded partially by local police chief Andrew “Andy” Mills. Among other things, this ordinance would make it illegal to have an outdoor shelter such … More Local “Outdoor Living Ordinance” Threatens Unhoused People With Criminalization in Santa Cruz

Texas Reopens During Pandemic Despite Warnings

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer)      Despite warnings from both the Biden administration and public health officials, states across the country are dropping mask mandates and allowing for 100% reopening. Even though case numbers are falling and vaccinations are rising, scientists fear this type of reopening could cause another wave of cases that could spread … More Texas Reopens During Pandemic Despite Warnings

Members of Congress Move to Remove the Filibuster

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) With Biden struggling to pass many parts of his agenda, Democrats have brought up a new idea to allow their priorities to pass far more easily, ending the Senate filibuster using the “nuclear option.” The idea has been embraced by many in the progressive wing of the party but … More Members of Congress Move to Remove the Filibuster

$1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package Passed in the House and Senate

Written by Quinlan Bourret (News Writer) Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package has been passed in the Senate and has also passed in the Democrat-controlled House, Biden will be signing it within two weeks. Known as the American Rescue Plan, the package will provide $1,400 stimulus checks for all Americans that make less than $75,000 a … More $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package Passed in the House and Senate