After Joe Biden’s Recent Presidential Win, Here’s a Look at Some of his Promises Regarding Climate & the Economy

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) With Joe Biden’s recent win in the presidential election, he has put out what his plans are regarding climate change and the economy, with big promises such as ensuring the United States reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to bring back around 11 million jobs. Doing this may … More After Joe Biden’s Recent Presidential Win, Here’s a Look at Some of his Promises Regarding Climate & the Economy

U.S. House and Senate Races Come to an End – With the Exception of Georgia

Written by Quinn Bourret (News Writer) Alongside the recent presidential election, seats in the House and Senate were also voted upon, and the results will potentially give Democrats legislation with relative ease. With term limits of 6 years, 33 Senate seats are up for election every 2 years. Before the election, the Senate was made … More U.S. House and Senate Races Come to an End – With the Exception of Georgia

Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Could Bring Major Change to the Future of the Pandemic

Written by Natasha Gunion (News Writer) The Pfizer vaccine, a vaccine for the Corona Virus was recently created by Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, a billionaire scientist couple, who are founders based in the German city of Mainz. They have a lot of lab work history from the past, such as developing cancer therapies. Their … More Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Could Bring Major Change to the Future of the Pandemic

Walter Wallace Jr. Murdered in Philadelphia by Police During a Mental Health Crisis

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) The Philadelphia police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. during a mental health crisis has melted into election protests in the swing state of Pennsylvania, as demonstrations continue through the election. Although the city made changes to policing policy after being exposed for using violent and dangerous tactics against non-violent … More Walter Wallace Jr. Murdered in Philadelphia by Police During a Mental Health Crisis

The Supreme Court Hears the Arguments on a Major Case for the Affordable Care Act

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) The Affordable Care Act has been a polarizing piece of legislation. On November 10th, the majority conservative Supreme Court heard arguments in the case California v. Texas, in which they could decide to repeal the act. If the ACA is repealed, over 20 million Americans could lose their health … More The Supreme Court Hears the Arguments on a Major Case for the Affordable Care Act

Will SLVHS Return to School in January? A Soft Opening may be Possible

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) Depending on who you are, you’ve either been waiting for this news for months or more likely, dreading it. With a somewhat low number of COVID cases, the San Lorenzo Valley School District has decided to follow in the footsteps of many other Schools in central California and … More Will SLVHS Return to School in January? A Soft Opening may be Possible

What Were the Results for California’s 2020 Election Propositions?

Written by Azella LaFever (News Writer) This election has been very different due to COVID 19 with many people using mail-in voting instead of in-person voting. Now that most of the votes have been counted the unofficial results are in for the propositions in California. The final results will be announced on December 11, 2020. … More What Were the Results for California’s 2020 Election Propositions?

Debris Flow Poses Possible Danger in The Santa Cruz Mountains

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) After a wildfire has passed the danger is not over, as 2020 has proven, it is just the beginning.  After a fire like the CZU Complex happened, it left behind a trail of loose debris and loose soil, which can turn into a mudflow, also known as a debris … More Debris Flow Poses Possible Danger in The Santa Cruz Mountains

New Community Garden Begins as Part of a Hunger Relief Network

Written by Angela Lances (News Writer) A small group of volunteers and friends from the Santa Cruz People’s Kitchen, which is an organization that prepares free meals and distributes them bi-weekly, expanded their collective efforts early this November to include a community garden. The idea was quite spontaneous, becoming a reality within a week after … More New Community Garden Begins as Part of a Hunger Relief Network

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges and Will Be Dissolved

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) The massive pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, is pleading guilty to federal criminal charges and is being dissolved.  This is due to its massive role in the start of the opioid epidemic in the United States, by aggressively marketing the drug, knowing doctors prescribed the medication “without a legitimate medical … More Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges and Will Be Dissolved

Black Lives Matter Supporters and Trump Supporters Clash at Protest In The Valley

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) In the morning of Saturday, October 17, a small group of four teenagers demonstrating with “Black Lives Matter” signs arrived at the overpass at the intersection of Highway 17 and Bear Creek. Supporters of the current Republican President Donald Trump had been demonstrating on the bridge each Saturday for … More Black Lives Matter Supporters and Trump Supporters Clash at Protest In The Valley

The 50th Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) The Nuclear Forces Treaty was first signed by President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in December of 1987, and this was the first and only nuclear arms control agreement that ever eliminated a class of nuclear weapons. Currently the chief among the campaign to abolish nuclear … More The 50th Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

How COVID-19 has Impacted Santa Cruz County’s Homeless Population

Written by Konnor Long (News Writer) The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted homeless populations across the nation. According to the National Law Center on homelessness & poverty, homeless individuals are three times more likely to be put in mortal danger by COVID-19 than the general population, with Santa Cruz’s numbers mirroring this average. Earlier this … More How COVID-19 has Impacted Santa Cruz County’s Homeless Population

The DOJ Sues Google Over Anticompetitive Practices

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) On October 20, 2020 the Department of Justice along with multiple other state attorneys, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This was to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising … More The DOJ Sues Google Over Anticompetitive Practices

Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Faces Committee Vote

Written by Daniel Maloney (News Writer) President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing is currently happening. With a committee vote expedited to the 22nd. Barrett’s testimony had little information on how should would rule on possible cases and almost no information on her views of Supreme Court precedents and if they should … More Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Faces Committee Vote

Will There be a COVID-19 Vaccine and Will it be Safe to Take?

Written by Kaherdin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) The long awaited vaccine for COVID-19 might not be as much of a savior as we had originally hoped and expected, rather the sketchy uncle of the vaccine and pharmaceutical world due to rushed development. No matter where you look you’ll likely find out that a vaccine for … More Will There be a COVID-19 Vaccine and Will it be Safe to Take?

Plot to Kidnap & Murder Governors of Virginia and Michigan Thwarted by F.B.I.

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) Fourteen men, encouraged by the words of President Trump, have been arrested and charged in a plot to violently overthrow two state governments. The men had intended to kidnap and murder both the Governor of Virginia and Michigan until the plot was foiled by FBI informants.  The men involved … More Plot to Kidnap & Murder Governors of Virginia and Michigan Thwarted by F.B.I.

Fake Ballot Boxes Planted in Multiple California Counties

Written by Azella LaFerver (News Writer) As the election time gets closer we are all wondering what voting will be like this year since we are unable to do in person voting we must resort to the next best thing. For this year’s voting it is being encouraged that those who are eligible to vote … More Fake Ballot Boxes Planted in Multiple California Counties

How is Santa Cruz County Handling COVID-19?

Written by Natasha Gunion (News Writer) As of October 14, 2020, Covid-19 cases in Santa Cruz County are beginning to rise again. There have been 2,633 known Covid-19 cases in the County since the onset of the pandemic.  There are currently 207 active cases, and 23 deaths. Most businesses in SC County are still following … More How is Santa Cruz County Handling COVID-19?

A Recap of the First Vice Presidential Debate

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) You’ve probably heard about the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head during this debate, but there was so much more to the vice presidential debate that makes it especially important. After the chaos of the first debate, and with the uncertainty surrounding future debates, this debate is an … More A Recap of the First Vice Presidential Debate

IRS Sued After Excluding Prisoners from Stimulus Checks During Pandemic

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) After inmates across the country received conflicting information for months, Federal judge Phyllis J. Hamilton ruled in a class action lawsuit against the IRS that prisoners shall receive the $1,200 stimulus checks. Due to Covid-19, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are independant and make less than $99,000 per … More IRS Sued After Excluding Prisoners from Stimulus Checks During Pandemic

PG&E Shut Off and How it Could Affect The San Lorenzo Valley

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer) With higher winds and a warmer climate, PG&E power shut offs are getting more and more common.  PG&E only do these kinds of shutoffs during a severe wind event and or a severe heat wave. “We only use this in weather events so severe, that people’s safety, their lives, … More PG&E Shut Off and How it Could Affect The San Lorenzo Valley

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

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

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

Small Businesses Needing to get Bank Loans to Help During This Time

Written by Kayla White (News Writer) Due to the impact of COVID-19, small businesses are having a difficult time trying to make enough money to stay in afloat, financially. Many of these businesses are being forced to close because they’re “non-essential”, and the businesses that are still open are only making a fraction of their … More Small Businesses Needing to get Bank Loans to Help During This Time

Santa Cruz Limits the Time and What you can do on the Beaches for Locals

Written by Dean Ricigliano (News Writer) Quarantine life has been the normal for about two months now, a lot has changed yet some places are beginning to ease up on the tightness of social distancing. We were in complete lockdown during the beginning of quarantine. Now, authorities are beginning to let people out under certain … More Santa Cruz Limits the Time and What you can do on the Beaches for Locals

Canada Bans All Assault Weapons After one of the Deadliest Shootings in its History

Written by Joaquin Cruz (News Writer) Recently as of April 18th, Nova Scotia, Canada went through one of the deadliest shootings in its modern history, with a death toll of twenty-two from a fourteen-hour long rampage, and soon after all assault-style weapons were banned. Starting on Saturday, the gunman (fifty-one-year-old Gabriel Wortman), had begun the … More Canada Bans All Assault Weapons After one of the Deadliest Shootings in its History

President Trump is Called out After his “Sarcastic” Comment on how to Cure COVID-19

Written by Colleen FitzPatrick (News Writer) President Trump has been under fire recently for suggesting that scientists should test whether disinfectants, such as bleach, could be injected inside the human body to fight the coronavirus. He claimed that he had said sarcastically, however spurred doctors to state that ingesting or injecting disinfectants are highly toxic … More President Trump is Called out After his “Sarcastic” Comment on how to Cure COVID-19

Scientists Working Very Hard to try and Find Cures as Soon as Possible for COVID-19

Written by Trinity Torgerson (News Writer) Many possible vaccines, antibodies and drugs are being researched into a possible cure for the coronavirus. No specific treatment has been confirmed to cure COVID-19 but many have become possible treatments for the future. In early April when the virus was found in China, an international group of scientists … More Scientists Working Very Hard to try and Find Cures as Soon as Possible for COVID-19

How San Lorenzo Food for Families is Helping the Valley Greatly During These Times

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) “Stronger Together!” Is the battle cry of the San Lorenzo Food for Families (SLVFF). For the past weeks on Wednesday evenings at seven, Mr. Lahey has been hosting a Facebook fundraiser for SLVFFF, it is a video compilation of songs from bands who are local and from around the … More How San Lorenzo Food for Families is Helping the Valley Greatly During These Times

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