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

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

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

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

Government Rolls Out 2 Trillion Dollar Relief Package

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Writer) Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, many businesses are shutting down either temporarily or for good, which has caused many people to lose their jobs. The Senate in an effort to combat the economic crisis passed the CARES Act, with President Trump’s signature of approval. This act has been … More Government Rolls Out 2 Trillion Dollar Relief Package

Local Economy Comes Together in Support During Coronavirus Shutdown

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) “We truly feel like a valued member of this strong community and we are feeling the love.” The owner of Mission Hill Creamery said talking about a local fundraiser run by the local non-profit Santa Cruz Works called Ride Out The Wave, during this crisis, the local economy in … More Local Economy Comes Together in Support During Coronavirus Shutdown

Measure S Information

Written by Michelle Hunter (News Writer) School districts use bonds to borrow money to pay for expensive short-term projects. Bonds are usually used to fund capital improvement projects like updating the heating system in a high school or building a new gymnasium. Under the California Constitution, school districts may issue bonds if approved by at … More Measure S Information

Corona Lockdown Sweeps Santa Cruz County, SLV Campuses

Written by Tasia Lundberg (News Writer) The pandemic has spread. Schools are being shut down, and classes have become digital. “Social Distancing” is the new norm. Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus has completely taken over people’s lives.   The county decided the best way to prevent the spread of the outbreak was to shut down … More Corona Lockdown Sweeps Santa Cruz County, SLV Campuses

Measure S Passes with 55.12%; SLVUSD to Use $75 Million Dollars for Repairs and Improvements

Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer) Measure S passed with 55.12%, and SLVUSD will now receive $75,000,000 dollars in bonds. The bonds will be used for infrastructure upgrades, including: Parking Lot expansion and installation of solar panels for energy efficiency and air conditioning in every school (SLVUSD).  Sophomore Jack McCork commented about Measure S: “I … More Measure S Passes with 55.12%; SLVUSD to Use $75 Million Dollars for Repairs and Improvements

Newsom Orders that California Residents must Shelter in Place

Written by Michelle Hunter (News Writer) As of March 18th, 2020, Santa Cruz County has been ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of the known COVID-19 virus. The shelter in place requires citizens to stay at home and only go out if they really need to. The order is a  legal order issued … More Newsom Orders that California Residents must Shelter in Place

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Bruton and the Board of Trustees Denies Integrative Leadership Academy Charter School Petition

On May 30, 2018, an Integrative Leadership Academy charter school petition was submitted to the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in an attempt to start a new charter school in Boulder Creek. Due to numerous deficiencies found by district staff, the petition was denied. The Integrative Leadership Academy ( I.L.A.) was … More Superintendent Dr. Laurie Bruton and the Board of Trustees Denies Integrative Leadership Academy Charter School Petition

Sexual Assault Victims Share their #WhyIdidn’tReport Stories on Twitter

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, 1 out of every 6 women have been a victim of an attempted or committed rape in the United States. 1 in 10 rape victims will be men and while those numbers don’t seem very high, since 1998, 2.78 million men have been victims of attempted or … More Sexual Assault Victims Share their #WhyIdidn’tReport Stories on Twitter

Jeff Sessions Cracks Down on Chill Sessions

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy which has helped pave a road towards states legalizing marijuana. Sessions revoked the Cole Memo only days after a recreational marijuana market opened up in California, throwing the state for a loop. Sessions has been the 84th Attorney General of the … More Jeff Sessions Cracks Down on Chill Sessions

Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

The San Lorenzo Valley is no stranger to extreme heat, but during Labor Day weekend the temperature reached numbers that can not be ignored. An extreme heat wave arrived to the Bay Area Thursday afternoon and persisted in its scorching temperatures until late Monday evening. The height of the temperature this weekend was a blistering … More Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

The San Lorenzo Valley is no stranger to extreme heat, but during Labor Day weekend the temperature reached numbers that can not be ignored. An extreme heat wave arrived in the Bay Area Thursday afternoon and persisted in its scorching temperatures until late Monday evening. The height of the temperature this weekend was a blistering … More Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures

Road Damage plagues winter in The Valley

“Our roadways have been pounded this winter by the severe weather conditions,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said, putting into quick words a summary of the drastic events that have taken a toll on San Lorenzo Valley this past winter. After a harrowing season, multiple mudslides, road closures, and power outages the citizens of San Lorenzo … More Road Damage plagues winter in The Valley

Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

As this long winter begins to subside, it appears the forested mountains surrounding San Lorenzo Valley High School are beginning to awaken. On February 21, 2017, a parent living in the area behind SLV called into the middle school office and reported seeing a fairly large mountain lion in the woods behind the middle school. … More Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

Storms wreck havoc on once drought-ridden Northern California

After years of a sustained drought, some of California’s strongest storms in years have moved into the state this winter. The Bay Area has experienced a particularly wet winter, but the Santa Cruz Mountains have likely been hit the hardest by all of the storms. Crews hired by Santa Cruz County on Friday scrambled to … More Storms wreck havoc on once drought-ridden Northern California

SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

On Monday, January 6th, 2017, SLVHS students were surprised to find out that they could no longer access the school-wide wifi on their cell phones. Many students found that their phones could connect to the server, but would not open most apps, or found that their phones did not connect at all. Students then received … More SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

Women’s March takes place across nation

“Not our president” signs wave proudly and determinedly in the stark breeze on January 21, 2017, as more than three million men and women from around the globe participate in this impactful movement against America’s current leader. It all started out with a facebook post, created just after Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in … More Women’s March takes place across nation

Silicon Valley businesses boycott “Muslim Registry”

Donald Trump made many shocking promises during his campaign for the presidency, by far one of the most noteworthy and baleful being his threat to impose obligatory registration for Muslims in the United States. In the US, demographics create a very obvious relation between Muslim Americans and employment in the tech industry, due to the … More Silicon Valley businesses boycott “Muslim Registry”

2016: A look-back

The year 2016 has left the world beaten and battered. It has definity not been the best what with so many tragedies leaving everyone feeling pretty down in the dumps. There have been natural disasters, the loss of David Bowie and other important celebrities, and a controversial election. The year started out with North Korea … More 2016: A look-back

Santa Cruz Metro introduces new schedule, cuts routes to balance budget

This year, the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District announced a series of changes regarding the metro routes. Santa Cruz Metro is spending more money every year to run its bus operations than it receives from passenger fares and federal, state, and local funding. To help balance its $6.3 million structural loss, Metro is reducing its … More Santa Cruz Metro introduces new schedule, cuts routes to balance budget

Principal Calden and Vice Principal Hearn take the reigns at SLVHS

In June, after the departure of former principal Karen Van Putten from San Lorenzo Valley High School, superintendent Laurie Bruton searched for a new principal, ultimately asking San Lorenzo Valley Middle School’s principal, Jeff Calden, to step up to the plate. Calden has already served as a principal for a number of years, and has … More Principal Calden and Vice Principal Hearn take the reigns at SLVHS

Two UCSC students lose their lives after being swept into the sea

Tragedy has yet again struck in Santa Cruz county when two UCSC students were fatally swept out to sea in late January when a rogue wave knocked the two and their three other friends off of the rock they were standing on at Bonny Doon beach. The victims were a twenty-five-year-old man and a nineteen-year-old … More Two UCSC students lose their lives after being swept into the sea

January storm surge costs money, lives along the coast

The recent storms up and down the coast have caused almost one million dollars in damage to crops and resulted in multiple road closures. This caused a traffic jam near West Cliff drive. There was also a multitude of small landslides, and a cliff fall that claimed multiple lives. Scientists have been predicting massive storms … More January storm surge costs money, lives along the coast

SLV junior Abbey Meck rescues drowning woman at beach in Davenport

Abbey Meck, a junior at SLVHS, recently made headlines due to her heroic rescue of  a woman, Sofia Benbahmed, in Davenport. While studying with friends she noticed chaos down on the shore. A woman was being pulled out to sea by a strong rip current. Noticing the friends of the woman panicking, quick-thinking Meck ran … More SLV junior Abbey Meck rescues drowning woman at beach in Davenport

SLV tri-campus lockdown exposes confusion over proper procedure

On Tuesday, February 2, the tri-campus of San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, and San Lorenzo Valley High School as well as the associated charter schools went into a lockdown at 9:06 a.m. until 9:38 a.m. after the elementary school received a report of a potential individual on campus with a … More SLV tri-campus lockdown exposes confusion over proper procedure

Two UCSC students lose their lives after being swept into the sea

Tragedy has yet again struck in Santa Cruz county when two UCSC students were fatally swept out to sea in late January when a rogue wave knocked the two and their three other friends off of the rock they were standing on at Bonny Doon beach. The victims were a twenty-five-year-old man and a nineteen-year-old … More Two UCSC students lose their lives after being swept into the sea

SLV Tri-Campus goes into lockdown; confusion ensues on proper procedures

On Tuesday, February 2, the tri-campus of San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, and San Lorenzo Valley High School as well as the associated charter schools went into a lockdown at 9:06 a.m. until 9:38 a.m. after the elementary school received a report of a potential individual on campus with a … More SLV Tri-Campus goes into lockdown; confusion ensues on proper procedures

Sitting down with Raneem Zaghlouleh, a local victim of the Syrian Refugee crisis

More than 4 million Syrian refugees, half of them children, have had to flee their home country amidst a civil war and find a new life in a new part of the world. Most of the refugees have been taken in by Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. More the 700,000 immigrants have risked their lives traveling … More Sitting down with Raneem Zaghlouleh, a local victim of the Syrian Refugee crisis

Occidental students protest lack of diversity on campus

Students at Occidental College have organized a list of fourteen demands to President Jonathan Veitch to address the lack of diversity on the Southern California campus. The organization, Oxy United for Black Liberation, has been formed as a result of the numerous protests in support of the discrimination against Black students at the college. Students … More Occidental students protest lack of diversity on campus

Predicted El Niño could bring relief to California’s drought crisis

California’s four year drought may come to an end if the El Niño hits the west coast of America. El Niño is a development in the Pacific Ocean every few years that causes the winds to shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean to get warmer than usual. This phenomena affects weather patterns worldwide, … More Predicted El Niño could bring relief to California’s drought crisis

What America does not understand about hookahs: the dangers of tobacco

As cigarettes and most conventional tobacco products are becoming increasingly stigmatized as the twenty-first century progresses, big tobacco companies have been urgently trying to find new ways to mass-market their products. Whereas cigarettes and chewing tobacco are slowly sinking into disgrace, flavored hookahs and vaporizer, “vape,” pens are gaining popularity. The severe health effects of … More What America does not understand about hookahs: the dangers of tobacco

Drought and intense heat lead to a dangerous fire season in California

The west coast is burning, and not in a #FeelTheBern political sense. Years of drought and high summer temperatures have led to dangerous fire conditions, and California is not the only state to take the hit. Hundreds of thousands of acres in Oregon and Washington are also ablaze; causes for these fires range from careless … More Drought and intense heat lead to a dangerous fire season in California

SLV Student witnesses double stabbing at Boulder Creek restaurant

On the evening of Sunday September 13th a stabbing occurred at upscale Boulder Creek restaurant, Scopazzi’s, in a “dine n’ dash” incident. Scopazzi’s is a workplace for multiple SLV students, including Mike La Capria and Anna Morris. La Capria happened to be working a shift when the stabbing took place. According to La Capria, “a … More SLV Student witnesses double stabbing at Boulder Creek restaurant

The newly dubbed “Boomer Building” takes the place of science building

Boomer is a name that carries a lot of weight around the San Lorenzo Valley. An influence to many and a skilled science teacher at SLVHS, Mr. Preston Boomer shaped the minds of three generations of valley students over 56 years. Until 2013 Mr. Boomer taught chemistry and physics in the science building, also known … More The newly dubbed “Boomer Building” takes the place of science building