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

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”

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

Will Several Republican States Begin Restricting Voting Rights?

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) Due to the incredibly large voter turnout in the recent election that resulted in Joe Biden becoming president and winning over several normally red states, Georgia has started to try and restrict voting rights. They’re attempting to increase the difficulty of voting by mail, and if they succeed … More Will Several Republican States Begin Restricting Voting Rights?

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage for this St. Patrick’s Day!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) A common underlying theme of holidays is food. Whether or not it’s candy or a full-blown feast, food has been used as a tradition of celebration for centuries and the month of March is known for Saint Patrick’s Day. This holiday consists of tons of green-themed foods, alcoholic beverages, … More How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage for this St. Patrick’s Day!

Marinis, a Great Local Business to Visit for Taffy!

Written by Azella LaFever (Features Writer) Marinis candy store is a locally owned business handed down from generation to generation and has something for everyone in the family. It opened in 1980 and has rows of homemade chocolate, taffy, and caramel. Marini’s has many different locations in Santa Cruz; they have one on the wharf, … More Marinis, a Great Local Business to Visit for Taffy!

A Review a of the Playstation 5 Along With Games to Go With it

Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer) The state of play for the Playstation 5 came out a bit ago and left quite a lot to be desired. After waiting months people were excited to see what new stuff Sony had come up with for the PlayStation. Sony had said before it was going to focus … More A Review a of the Playstation 5 Along With Games to Go With it

What is Coming and What is Leaving Netflix This March?

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) Netflix has become a savior for many people during this time as we are all at home with nothing much to do. The streaming service has been known to bring new movies and tv shows but unfortunately gets rid of some of their precious media. So in the article, … More What is Coming and What is Leaving Netflix This March?

Cross Country Competitions to be Held Every Thursday at 3pm at SLVHS

Written by Kayla Lammers (Sports Writer) Cross country competitions are held every Thursday at 3 PM. There are many meets this season and a lot of them are hosted by SLVHS. The first game of the football season is on Saturday, March 13 at 2:30 PM, at SLVHS. Santa Cruz county has moved into the … More Cross Country Competitions to be Held Every Thursday at 3pm at SLVHS

SLVUSD Rolls out a Plan to Bring Students Back on Campus Starting in Spring

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) Strictly online learning is coming to an end as SLVUSD releases its plan to safely bring students back on campus. With an abundance of caution, a hybrid model will begin to be phased in starting with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and K-5 Special Education on March 16, 2021. The rollout, which … More SLVUSD Rolls out a Plan to Bring Students Back on Campus Starting in Spring

SLVUSD Begins Efforts to Vaccinate all School Staff

Written by Beckett Glass (News Editor) The San Lorenzo Valley School District (SLVUSD), as well as the other school districts in Santa Cruz County, have been undertaking efforts to vaccinate all staff including teachers, administrators, and support staff. In the past few months, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE has been … More SLVUSD Begins Efforts to Vaccinate all School Staff

Mask-less Group Storms Local Trader Joe’s in Santa Cruz

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) On February 17th, a video went viral which showed a group of mask-less shoppers collectively entering a Santa Cruz Trader Joe’s against the will of employees and other shoppers. The events gained particular notoriety after a video was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by one of the participants of … More Mask-less Group Storms Local Trader Joe’s in Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz Prepares to Expand Highway 1 – Planning to Evict Unhoused Residents

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) The intersection of Highway 1 and River St. has been a historic area of city response to the housing crisis for many years now. In the past, the famous Ross Camp (which sheltered approximately 300 people) at a time was swept and bulldozed after complaints from businesses and other … More The City of Santa Cruz Prepares to Expand Highway 1 – Planning to Evict Unhoused Residents

An Update on Third Stimulus Check From the United States Government During the Pandemic

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) With an upcoming $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill going to the main floor of the Senate soon, many people are wondering what is in this bill, and how much they may be getting for their stimulus check. Well firstly, the checks going out to the public will be $1,400, … More An Update on Third Stimulus Check From the United States Government During the Pandemic

Former President Donald Trump Acquitted of Criminal Charges After Impeachment

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) On February 13th, 2021, Donald Trump was acquitted of criminal charges but was still found guilty of inciting the act of domestic terrorism on the Capitol Building. There were two hundred and thirty-two votes for him being guilty and one hundred and ninety-seven votes for his innocence with … More Former President Donald Trump Acquitted of Criminal Charges After Impeachment

Major Winter Storm Sweeps Across the Country and Devastates Texas

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) As multiple winter storms slam the eastern United States, Texas has been by far hit the hardest, with power outages, well below freezing temperatures, unhealthy water, and very difficult travel conditions. In the past week, Texas has had more than 4 million power outages and over 13 million boil … More Major Winter Storm Sweeps Across the Country and Devastates Texas

Afghanistan Peace Talks Are Underway, but may not Continue Under the new Presidency

Written by Quinn Bourret (News Writer) The future of Afghanistan is currently being determined in meetings between Afghanistan, the US, and the Islamic terrorist group, the Taliban. According to a previous agreement, the U.S. is to leave the country. But with a new president, that agreement may not be upheld, and the future of the … More Afghanistan Peace Talks Are Underway, but may not Continue Under the new Presidency

A Covid-19 Update in Santa Cruz County

Written by Makoa Ho’opai (News Writer) Recently the Santa Cruz County officials announced that access to the COVID-19 vaccine will be expanded to workers in the education and childcare, agriculture, and food industries. The eligibility was said to be based on occupation definitions from the California Department of Public Health and also required proof of … More A Covid-19 Update in Santa Cruz County

February is Black History Month – Here’s a Deeper Dive Into What it is all About

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) Black History Month was started in 1926 by President Gerald Ford. This was created because Gerald Ford wanted to honor all of the hard work that was neglected over the years. Black History Month starts on February second of every year to celebrate and honor African American history and … More February is Black History Month – Here’s a Deeper Dive Into What it is all About

“WandaVison” and Other Upcoming Marvel TV Shows

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer)   Marvel has become one of the most iconic pop culture franchises ever since their first live-action movie in 2008. Since then the franchise has grossed over 22 billion dollars from all of its films and been bought by Disney. If you are one of the many fans of … More “WandaVison” and Other Upcoming Marvel TV Shows

How to Make a Crunchwrap from Taco Bell at Home!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) When it comes to fast-food chains, Taco Bell is a well-known favorite amongst the public. Their menu presents lots of unique items like nacho cheese fries and icy drinks called “freezes” that can come in flavors like Baja Blast. However, a common menu item that cannot be found anywhere … More How to Make a Crunchwrap from Taco Bell at Home!

A Review of Boulder Creek Pizza Pub in the Local San Lorenzo Valley Area

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) The Boulder Creek Pizza Pub is a centerpiece of our little town. Opened in 2012, it feels like they’ve been a part of our town forever. Originally opened by Justin Acton, this Pizza Pub is special, they are proud supporters and donors to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Boulder … More A Review of Boulder Creek Pizza Pub in the Local San Lorenzo Valley Area