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

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 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

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

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

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

$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?

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

What is Happening With California’s Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) California is facing devastation as officials shine a light on the poor vaccine roll-out plan. As of this last Tuesday, California is expected to pass New York’s death toll pertaining to COVID-19 related deaths. This projection came quickly after official counts put California at 44,494 deaths, and it is … More What is Happening With California’s Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Debris Flow Danger Causes Evacuations in Santa Cruz County

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) When wildfire tears through an area like Santa Cruz County it leaves behind the danger for debris flow, and that danger came to life when an atmospheric river was forecasted to dump upwards to 10 inches of rain on the CZU lighting complex fire burn scar, well-exceeding debris flow … More Debris Flow Danger Causes Evacuations in Santa Cruz County

The Aftermath of the Domestic Terrorism Attacks on the Capitol Building

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) It’s been over a month since the Capitol Building riots have taken place, marking it the first time in over 200 years since the Capitol building had been trespassed. Wednesday, January 6th, hundreds of pro-Trump and right-wing protesters stormed the capital in an attempt to disrupt the institutional Counting … More The Aftermath of the Domestic Terrorism Attacks on the Capitol Building

A Breakdown of President Joe Biden’s Many Executive Orders Since Taking Office

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) Joe Biden’s been making lots of executive orders, leading to plenty of positive changes. The second Biden was in office, he spent no time dilly-dallying and got right down to business, fixing and or removing Trump’s laws and legislations as well as creating some of his own. As … More A Breakdown of President Joe Biden’s Many Executive Orders Since Taking Office

Federal Judge Rules Against Santa Cruz City, Preventing Eviction of Houseless Camp

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) In a lawsuit against the City of Santa Cruz (put forward by the Santa Cruz Homeless Union and other plaintiffs), concerns about the safety of the local houseless community in the event of a sweep, if brought up. City Manager Martin Bernal had issued an executive order last November … More Federal Judge Rules Against Santa Cruz City, Preventing Eviction of Houseless Camp

Devastating Uprisings Break out in Myanmar

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) A nation-wide uprising threatens the newborn military junta of Myanmar, which is struggling to suppress the anti-coup protests across the nation. While pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons are being used presently, the nation’s past military massacres and violent tactics hang thick in the air. The fate of … More Devastating Uprisings Break out in Myanmar

Biden Administration Moves to put Harriet Tubman on the Front of the Twenty Dollar Bill

Written by Skylar Shipp (News Writer) The effort to replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill began in 2016, under the Obama administration but it was put on hold during the Trump presidency. With the new Biden administration, the effort has been restarted. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “The Treasury … More Biden Administration Moves to put Harriet Tubman on the Front of the Twenty Dollar Bill

Alexei Navalny – an Anti-Corruption Activist – Arrested in Russia

Written by Quinn Bourret (News Writer) Long time Putin critic, anti-corruption activist, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Russia, sparking protests across the country. Navalny has opposed Putin and Putin’s United Russia party for well over a decade. His unbreaking demeanor and the support from some members … More Alexei Navalny – an Anti-Corruption Activist – Arrested in Russia

SpaceX has a Successful Rocket Launch

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) One of the newest of SpaceX’s prototype rockets launched successfully on Tuesday, February 2nd, but, like its predecessor, failed to stick the landing. Starship prototype Serial Number 9, or SN9 soared to an altitude of over six miles, almost as high as commercial jets do. Everything was going as … More SpaceX has a Successful Rocket Launch

Donald Trump is Impeached for the Second Time, Making History as the Only President Impeached Twice – Faces Removal in the Senate

Written by Jillian Miller (Editor-In-Cheif) On Wednesday, January 2021, President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time and faces possible conviction during his one-term presidency. Trump has made history as the only President to have been impeached twice, as well as this only being during his first term as President.  The second impeachment for … More Donald Trump is Impeached for the Second Time, Making History as the Only President Impeached Twice – Faces Removal in the Senate

Domestic Terrorists Attack the United States Capitol Building Under the Guise of a “Trump Rally”

Written by Beckett Glass (News Editor) Wednesday the fifth of January 2020, was the closest the country has been to collapse since the Civil War. Congress was required to adjourn due to threats of violence, this was the first instance in the history of our country. They did not adjourn when the Confederate army surrounded … More Domestic Terrorists Attack the United States Capitol Building Under the Guise of a “Trump Rally”

Joe Biden’s Winning of the Presidency is Certified by Congress

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Editor) On Thursday, January 7th, Congress announced Biden’s victory after the hectic process of counting the Electoral College votes by Congress.  This event was supposed to only take place on January 6th, however, due to some unforeseen events it had to be delayed. However, despite Biden’s win and prediction of … More Joe Biden’s Winning of the Presidency is Certified by Congress

Trump Begs and Threatens Georgia Secretary of State to “Find 11,780 votes” in a Leaked Phone Call

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) During his call with Georgian Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, it is heard that Donald J. Trump was sending vague threats, pleads, and begs for the Secretary of State to blatantly and openly add thousands and thousands of ballots in favor of Trump, ballots which never existed.  “I … More Trump Begs and Threatens Georgia Secretary of State to “Find 11,780 votes” in a Leaked Phone Call

DC Mayor Calls for the National Guard For Biden’s Inauguration After Right-Wing Violence at the Capitol

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) As per the request of DC mayor Muriel Bowser, the National Guard was mobilized toward Washington in an attempt to subdue Pro-Trump demonstrators. Bowser had stated on Wednesday that this was a preventative measure toward protesters who had attempted to suppress Joe Biden’s inauguration. The National Guard was deployed … More DC Mayor Calls for the National Guard For Biden’s Inauguration After Right-Wing Violence at the Capitol

California’s Plan to Reopen Schools Safely Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) On January 8th, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed his plan for school reopening, which includes more education spending than before. Within the $89.5 billion education budget, there is $2 billion in grants for reopening primarily elementary schools and $4.6 for summer schools to address learning loss, adding up to an … More California’s Plan to Reopen Schools Safely Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

A Look at Donald Trump’s Failed Lawsuits Attempting to Flip the Election Outcome

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) Since the 2020 Presidential Election, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and others have filed dozens of lawsuits in an attempt to contest the election results. These lawsuits are in many states, including Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, almost all of which were swing states. Of these lawsuits, Trump and his allies have … More A Look at Donald Trump’s Failed Lawsuits Attempting to Flip the Election Outcome

Protesters Blockade Santa Cruz Police, Preventing Sweep of Unhoused Camp

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) Mid-December after the City Council went on vacation, Martin Bernal issued an executive order to evict those living at San Lorenzo Park and to close the park to the public. The executive order cited issues such as grass damage, voluminous garbage, and a number of other alleged issues with … More Protesters Blockade Santa Cruz Police, Preventing Sweep of Unhoused Camp

COVID Relief Package – Help for the American People or an Omnibus Spending Bill?

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) After a period of over 200 days of lower and middle-class American’s crawling their way through the pandemic, unassisted by the government, congress has finally managed to cough up a meager $600 stimulus check. Democrats passed $2000 stimulus checks in the house, but Republicans in the senate broke ranks … More COVID Relief Package – Help for the American People or an Omnibus Spending Bill?

An Update on the Covid-19 Vaccine in the United States

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) With new strains of Covid-19 popping up all over the country, and hospital capacity to the max, paramedics, and EMTs in some counties are required not to transport people to the hospital who are not likely to live. “This order that was issued by the county emergency medical services … More An Update on the Covid-19 Vaccine in the United States

Saudia Arabia Lifts Blockade on Qatar After 43 Months

Written by Duncan Howell (News Writer) After multiple years of a Saudi ban of any Qatar vehicle, land, air, and sea in their airspace and coastal territories, Saudi Arabia is now planning to lift these travel restrictions. In June of 2017, the Qatar government had come under fire. Significant evidence showed that Qatar had been … More Saudia Arabia Lifts Blockade on Qatar After 43 Months