Republicans Race to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice Less Than a Month Before the Presidential Election

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative Christian, who is on the record as being extremely anti-abortion, as the next justice. Her confirmation would be a massive win in the eyes of conservatives and anti-abortion activists … More Republicans Race to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice Less Than a Month Before the Presidential Election

The New York Times Publishes Details of President Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

Written by Jill Miller (Editor-In-Chief) During the last week of September 2020, The New York Times released information that had been asked about since President Donald Trump began his presidential race in 2016 – a detailed report on his tax returns. Trump has been the only President in recent history (since Watergate) to not have … More The New York Times Publishes Details of President Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

Money Approved by Congress for Coronavirus Aid, Used for Military Equipment Instead

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) When Congress gave a billion dollars to the Department of Defense to help with COVID-19 aid, they decided to use over half of those funds to prop up the defense industry. Now a joint investigation by three House subcommittees is investigating the possible mishandling of funds. Regardless of the … More Money Approved by Congress for Coronavirus Aid, Used for Military Equipment Instead

ICE Detention Facilities Accused of Medical Neglect and Abuse of Women

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) After a whistleblower accused ICE detention facilities of medical neglect, news outlets sensationalized the claim of forced hysterectomies on unwitting migrant women, relating it to the United States history of ethnic cleansing. The equating to genocide created a flurry of outrage that led to the speaker of the House … More ICE Detention Facilities Accused of Medical Neglect and Abuse of Women

A Review of the First Presidential Debate of 2020

Written by Beckett Glass (News Editor) On Tuesday, September 29, a debate was not televised, but instead, a brawl. There was no civility present, Donald Trump (R) interrupted Joe Biden (D) 71 times, and Biden interrupted Trump 22 times, charging to hammer their points home. They made personal attacks on each other, sticking insults among their … More A Review of the First Presidential Debate of 2020

SCPD Sweeps Homeless Camp, Putting Dozens at Higher Risk of Contracting Covid-19

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) On Friday, October 2nd, a multi-day-long standoff between local activists and police ended with the eviction of dozens of residents from their home near the Food not Bombs operation in Santa Cruz. The standoff began earlier that Tuesday when local housing activists and police abolitionists had gotten word that … More SCPD Sweeps Homeless Camp, Putting Dozens at Higher Risk of Contracting Covid-19

An Insight Into Some of the Propositions on the Local 2020 Election Ballot

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) With wildfires ravaging over four million acres and a pandemic threatening many lives as well as the economy, our state is grappling with many issues. This year’s propositions seek to address some of the most pressing issues facing our state, including soaring rent, voting rights for those on parole, … More An Insight Into Some of the Propositions on the Local 2020 Election Ballot

California Governor Gavin Newsom Bans the Production of Gas Cars by 2035

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) California Governor Gavin Newson signed an executive order banning production of any gas and diesel cars by 2035.  “This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Governor Newsom in his speech,  “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the … More California Governor Gavin Newsom Bans the Production of Gas Cars by 2035

UCSC’s Plan for Handling COVID-19

Written by Natasha Gunion (News Writer)  Since the amount of Coronavirus cases have been reducing in Santa Cruz county, local college campus UCSC, has been considering bringing students back onto campus. Right as the COVID-19 cases had started to rise in Santa Cruz, and some students tested positive, students and staff were suggested to continue … More UCSC’s Plan for Handling COVID-19

A Look Into the Dark History of the Brookdale Lodge

Written by Konnor Long (Features Writer) The Brookdale Lodge has been a staple of the San Lorenzo Valley for decades, hosting the likes of Marylin Monroe, President Herbert Hoover, and James Dean. It was first cemented as a mainstay in local history when Judge James Harvey Logan, perhaps known more famously as the creator of … More A Look Into the Dark History of the Brookdale Lodge

Get Cozy with a Warm Drink at The White Raven

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Fall is now here which means we get to wear cozy sweaters and enjoy hot drinks. A particular popular drink during this time of year is the typical Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Starbucks is many people’s go-to place for a quick coffee drink, however, we cannot forget about … More Get Cozy with a Warm Drink at The White Raven

‘The Social Dilemma’ – A Documentary on Social Media Use and How it Affects Us

Written by Kayla Lammers (Features Writer) With the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma growing in popularity, there are many disputes about social media and the problems we face. The big claim of this documentary is the brainwashing and control social media platforms have over us. The Social Dilemma shows a boy being controlled by real … More ‘The Social Dilemma’ – A Documentary on Social Media Use and How it Affects Us

“CLUE” – The Online Student Directed SLVHS Play

Written by Ashley Trageser (Features Writer) “CLUE” is a murder mystery/comedy, and this is the Broadway high school version, which has multiple different endings, so each show will be different from the last,” said Lennon Lilienthal Wynn, director of SLV’s very own student-directed play. “It’s a comedy, but also a murder mystery, and it engages … More “CLUE” – The Online Student Directed SLVHS Play

SLV School Sports Practices To Start With Plenty of COVID Precautions

Written by Carter Cox (Sports Editor) During these COVID-19 times for high school sports in California, it has been truly challenging for athletes to prepare for a season that might not happen. Originally practices were supposed to start-up in Santa Cruz no earlier than December 14th. But a few days ago news was released that … More SLV School Sports Practices To Start With Plenty of COVID Precautions

An Overlook at the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer) NHL Hockey had quite a surprising year with its outcome in the finals. The Conference Finals started with the four teams who won the most games including the Stars, Golden Knights, Islanders, and Lightning. These teams fought vigorously to claim a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. Only two … More An Overlook at the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

How is the NFL Dealing with COVID-19 and Injuries in 2020?

Written by Jackson Leija (Sports Writer) Around seventeen players in the National Football League tested positive for COVID-19, and several more have been lost to season-ending injuries. The new question is if the NFL is taking proper precautions for the virus and if they gave players enough time to get ready for the season. Players … More How is the NFL Dealing with COVID-19 and Injuries in 2020?

An Overviw of the CZU Fires That Struck the Valley and Changed our Lives

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Editor) Merely days before the start of school tragedy struck San Lorenzo Valley. Due to lighting, fires had been started, causing the valley to evacuate. The air was tainted with ash, as many were forced to choose items they wanted to save from the fire in a short period of … More An Overviw of the CZU Fires That Struck the Valley and Changed our Lives

Insights From the Valley’s Local Fire Chiefs About Fighting the CZU Fires

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) “It is very sobering, just the destruction and the power of it and how much worse it could have been. The flood of emotions, it left me with a rock in my stomach,” the words of a brave firefighter fighting the CZU fires. More than a thousand homes burned … More Insights From the Valley’s Local Fire Chiefs About Fighting the CZU Fires

‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted by Volunteers in Front of Santa Cruz City Hall

Written by Jill Miller (Editor-In-Chief) After months of protests and group meetings in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the city of Santa Cruz has finally been able to put out a permanent depiction of their support for Black lives and their promise to fight systematic racism. In downtown Santa Cruz a ‘Black Lives … More ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted by Volunteers in Front of Santa Cruz City Hall

Steven Carrillo Arrested for the Death of Santa Cruz Deputy Gutzwiller and Other Charges

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Editor) In only an eight-day span, Steven Carrillo, who at the time was a  current Air Force Sergeant of the Travis Air Force Base and a resident of Ben Lomond, fatally shot a federal security officer David Underwood and wounded his partner.  Within a week, Carrillo ambushed a Santa Cruz … More Steven Carrillo Arrested for the Death of Santa Cruz Deputy Gutzwiller and Other Charges

How Students Volunteered After the Destruction of the CZU Fires

Written by Beckett Glass (News Editor) In the aftermath of the fires that ravaged our valley and that almost destroyed Boulder Creek ordinary people from all over the valley and county came and aided people whether it was helping with the animals at the Watsonville shelter or giving out food and water at the evacuation … More How Students Volunteered After the Destruction of the CZU Fires

What to Eat or Do in Santa Cruz and in the Valley During Quarantine

Written by Zachary Reaves (Features Editor) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been plaguing us for the last 6 months, many places have needed to close down due to the national quarantine. However, recently several local establishments have been reopened to some effect. Specifically, there are multiple restaurants, parks, and entertainment services that are … More What to Eat or Do in Santa Cruz and in the Valley During Quarantine

Movie Updates You May Have Missed During Quarantine

Written by Zachary Reaves (Features Editor) Since the last school year, there have been several big movie releases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most if not all of the films released in this time have had to be released straight to home video or one of the many streaming services available online. Nonetheless, there has … More Movie Updates You May Have Missed During Quarantine

Potential Plans for a Return to School Next Fall

Written by Colleen Fitzpatrick (News Writer) With COVID-19 spreading from person to person like rapid-fire, many people are stuck wondering what it’s going to be like next school year. Many options have been thrown into the hat and there still aren’t any clear answers. One possible option is that freshmen and sophomores will go to … More Potential Plans for a Return to School Next Fall

White Supremacist Attack Leaves Country Shaken, 25-Year-Old Ahmaud Arbery Murdered

Written by Joaquin Cruz (News Writer) In recent news of racism in America, a new case of murder had popped up due to the widespread sharing of Ahmaud Arbery’s death video. On February 23rd, he was shot and killed by two white supremacist/racist men, while another had videotaped the event rather than helping.  Ahmaud Arbery, … More White Supremacist Attack Leaves Country Shaken, 25-Year-Old Ahmaud Arbery Murdered

Trump’s Reactions and Actions Combatting Coronavirus

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) Since early-mid march when the majority of states had begun locking-down to protect their citizens, President Trump held press conferences on the White House grounds. These conferences were meant to give information to the press for dissemination to the public, but, occasionally, they take a different turn. Tensions with … More Trump’s Reactions and Actions Combatting Coronavirus

Norma Corvey Testifies to Being Paid Amidst Abortion Access Movement

Written by Michelle Hunter (News Writer) Coronavirus has had a variety of negative impacts and has affected many people’s lives; It has shut down businesses and has had us all quarantined. But out of all the negative outcomes of Coronavirus, there is a significantly good outcome. Since the Coronavirus has put factories and businesses out … More Norma Corvey Testifies to Being Paid Amidst Abortion Access Movement

Amidst Coronavirus Shutdown, Carbon Dioxide Decreases

Written by Kayla White (News Writer) Coronavirus has had a variety of negative impacts and has affected many people’s lives; It has shut down businesses and has had us all quarantined. But out of all the negative outcomes of Coronavirus, there is a significantly good outcome. Since the Coronavirus has put factories and businesses out … More Amidst Coronavirus Shutdown, Carbon Dioxide Decreases

Where the 2020 Presidential Race Stands Now

Written by Pablo Reid (News Writer) Now that both presidential primaries are effectively over, Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be the presidential candidates in the 2020 election, which will take place on November 3rd, if everything goes right. Both candidates have the majority of their party’s support, but the year has not been easy: … More Where the 2020 Presidential Race Stands Now

SLV Students Discuss Losing the Latest Sports Season due to Coronavirus

Written by Madison Reger (Sports Writer) Without the interruption of COVID-19, our varsity girls and boys basketball and soccer teams, wrestling, surfing team, were able to complete their seasons as normal. As COVID-19 played a big part in canceling softball, baseball, and other spring sports, I wanted to ask how it felt for teams to … More SLV Students Discuss Losing the Latest Sports Season due to Coronavirus

Update on NHL Season

Written by Carlton Gilbert and Rider Moore (Sports Writers) With the Coronavirus happening right now, lots of people are wondering what will happen to sports. Lots of seasons ended early this year with the hope they will return soon. People are wondering when it will come back and what changes will they make when they … More Update on NHL Season

Jobs Plummet Amidst Continued Economic Halt

Written by Michelle Hunter (News Writer) Just before the pandemic hit, we’d get 200,000 to 215,000 new unemployment claims every week, on average. Since mid-March, it’s been 20 to 30 times higher than that 16.9 million people have filed jobless claims since layoffs and shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading nationwide. Nearly one … More Jobs Plummet Amidst Continued Economic Halt

Trump Administration Grading Counties Based on Risk of Coronavirus

Written by Trinity Torgerson (News Writer) Counties all over the U.S. are following the rules given to help end the spread of the coronavirus, although some struggle more than others. The rules include taking part in social distancing, washing your hands, covering your cough, and calling if you’re sick. Trump has put up a grading … More Trump Administration Grading Counties Based on Risk of Coronavirus

ACT and SAT Exams Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Written by Tasia Lundburg (News Writer) Even though coronavirus seems to have taken everything away from the current senior classes such as prom, graduation, and overall any end of the school year event, however, just because one class is cursed with the worse of corona does not mean all classes are not affected. Because of … More ACT and SAT Exams Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Changes for Local Nursing Homes During Corona Shutdown

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) In Santa Cruz County, there have been several cases of coronavirus but being home to several senior homes there has been a lot of success in ensuring the safety of the residents. At one senior home in Aptos, there has been a good amount of success.  Across the country, … More Changes for Local Nursing Homes During Corona Shutdown

Santa Cruz Parks Re-opening After Spring Break Lockdown

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) “I have three young kids, and I have no intention of taking them to a playground during a pandemic, I certainly want to be able to take them to the forest and beach and let them run around.” This is said by Mr. Conger, an English teacher at SLVHS. … More Santa Cruz Parks Re-opening After Spring Break Lockdown

Senior Spotlights

Written by Charlotte Gunion (Features Writer) Amidst all of the CoronaVirus chaos, High School seniors worldwide are being shorted of one of their most important milestones. Senior year is what our childhoods lead up to. We all have dreamt of that final year in high school and everything that comes with it. Prom, graduation, college, … More Senior Spotlights