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

The United States and Afghanistan Governments Attempt to Negotiate Peace with the Taliban

Written by Quinlan Bourret (News Writer) The United States and the Afghanistan government have been in a process of difficult peace talks with the Afgan terrorist organization, the Taliban. Beginning in January, there has been discussion between the two groups in hopes for peace in Afghanistan. If successful, it would result in peace in Afghanistan … More The United States and Afghanistan Governments Attempt to Negotiate Peace with the Taliban

COVID-19 Vaccine Begins to be Distributed

Written by Azella Lafever (News Writer) Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started healthcare workers and scientists  have been working tirelessly to find either a cure or a vaccine for COVID-19. Usually it requires years of research and testing before a vaccine reaches hospitals. But since COVID-19 has killed around 1.5 million people worldwide scientists are … More COVID-19 Vaccine Begins to be Distributed

President-Elect Joe Biden Begins Selecting Nominees for his Cabinet

Written by Nolan Alisago (News Writer) As Biden begins his transition by selecting nominations for his cabinet, he struggles to appease both allies and opposition in what is sure to be a grueling confirmation process. Although the Senate is still in the air with the Georgia runoff elections, it’s clear regardless of who has control … More President-Elect Joe Biden Begins Selecting Nominees for his Cabinet

Supreme Court Rules on COVID-19 Restrictions Regarding Religious Gatherings

Written by Skyler Shipp (News Writer) On November 25th, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that could change how COVID-19 restrictions apply throughout the country. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America sued New York over COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. While these restrictions were lifted before the … More Supreme Court Rules on COVID-19 Restrictions Regarding Religious Gatherings

COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 44 People in Santa Cruz County

Written by Makoa Ho’opai (News Writer) Recently going into December the number of deaths from covid has spiked rapidly according to  the county health officials. There was a report by Santa Cruz health officials saying that there have been three more deaths due to COVID-19 in just a week bringing the total up to 44 … More COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 44 People in Santa Cruz County

Lawsuit Filed Against the State of California for Distanced Learning Inequities

Written by Angela Landes (News Writer) Seven families filed lawsuits this September against the state of California, the state board of education, the state department of education, and Tony Thurmond (The State Superintendent of Public Instruction) alleging the State´s failure ¨ to ensure basic educational equality,¨ as the Constitution of California requires. Among other things, … More Lawsuit Filed Against the State of California for Distanced Learning Inequities

The United States to Withdraw Thousands of Military Personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan

Written by Kahredin Clohan Bonnet (News Writer) Recently, two major events have happened in the spaceflight world.  The first of these is the Chang’e 5 Lunar Mission, a Chinese lunar lander, and orbiter made to return samples of the Moon’s surface to Earth.  The mission will be the first to return moon samples to Earth … More The United States to Withdraw Thousands of Military Personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan

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