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

Amusement Parks may be Able to Reopen Soon Depending on Surrounding COVID Cases

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) On Tuesday, October 20th, the state of California issued new theme park reopening guidelines. This was part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. According to the regulations, larger theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood won’t be able to reopen until their respective counties … More Amusement Parks may be Able to Reopen Soon Depending on Surrounding COVID Cases

Checking in With Ourselves and our Mental Health

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) Skills like decision making, acting on events, and social interactions are impaired by unhealthy mental health states. In a world with so many problems, issues, and imperfections, the ability to make good healthy decisions is very much so needed. Without a healthy mental state, it could potentially bring impulsive, … More Checking in With Ourselves and our Mental Health

How do SLVHS Students Cope During the Power Outages?

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Here in The Valley, we are headed into winter which usually means very cold and stormy weather. Stormy weather which directly leads to power outages amongst the families of students at San Lorenzo Valley High School. When the wifi goes out, so do a lot of things we do … More How do SLVHS Students Cope During the Power Outages?

“The Owl House” – A new Cartoon full of Minority Representation

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “The Owl House” is a relatively new show created by Dana Terrace, and has been making the rounds as one of the most popular new cartoons out there. Only one season is public so far, but it’s already well-known for its well-animated action scenes, minority representation, and intriguing cast. … More “The Owl House” – A new Cartoon full of Minority Representation

How the NBA Draft Took Place This Year With Covid Precautions

Written By Jackson Leija (Sports Writer) What will the NBA draft look like? The 2020 NBA draft takes place on Wednesday, November 18th, almost half a year after the usual draft pick for the NBA. In 2019, It took place on June 20th, and in 2018, June 21st. What does this mean for the season … More How the NBA Draft Took Place This Year With Covid Precautions

How the Stanley Cup Playoffs Came to an End in 2020

Written By Lucas Sherrick (Sports Writer) “Andddd Lighting wins the Stanley Cup playoffs,” said the announcer. In the final game Lightning takes the win at 2 to 0 against the Dallas stars. It was a great fight from every team doing their best to get as far in the standings as they could. The Dallas … More How the Stanley Cup Playoffs Came to an End in 2020

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

The Creepiest Halloween Movies to Binge This Season

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) It’s finally October! The month of screams, scares, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Among Us cosplays. The perfect time for a horror movie binge! Start a video call with friends and get ready to jump. Here are the top five creepiest and crawliest horror movies that will leave you checking … More The Creepiest Halloween Movies to Binge This Season

Beautiful and Educational Books to Read to Learn About the Black Lives Matter Movement

Written by Kayla Lammers (Features Writer)The BLM movement has been around since 2013, when Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old boy, was shot and killed in Florida. Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi formed the Black Lives Matter Network. Their mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence … More Beautiful and Educational Books to Read to Learn About the Black Lives Matter Movement

What SLVHS Students Are Planning on Doing This COVID Ridden Halloween

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) When COVID-19 first hit, we as a nation did not expect it to last as long as it has. But now, we are approaching Halloween, a time of year many people favor out of the holiday season. This year, there is much debate on whether or not children should … More What SLVHS Students Are Planning on Doing This COVID Ridden Halloween

SLVHS Students Share on Their Halloween Costume Ideas This Year

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc on our country, traditional Halloween festivities such as trick-or-treating are very much up in the air. Participating in such activities is strongly advised against this year due to the current circumstances, however there is one Halloween tradition that seems to … More SLVHS Students Share on Their Halloween Costume Ideas This Year

Where to Eat in San Lorenzo Valley During COVID-19

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) While some resturaunts offer only curbside pickup, some takeout, some delivery, it’s always nice to know what’s open. These are some of the many restaurants available in local areas like Ben Lomond, Felton, and Scotts Valley. To begin, here are some restaurants that offer ordinary takeout in our local … More Where to Eat in San Lorenzo Valley During COVID-19

SLVHS Sports Postponed – But Hopefully Will Start Up Soon

Written by Carter Cox (Sports Editor)High Schools in Santa Cruz county have started in-person sports again. To prepare for a sports season that might not happen. On October 19th, SLV sports were initially planned to start for the athletes at SLV. There has been a delay though and it is unknown when the new start … More SLVHS Sports Postponed – But Hopefully Will Start Up Soon

A Recap of Week Six and a Look at Week Seven of the NFL Season

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer)We are getting into the seventh week of the NFL season. With week six completed and fourteen teams coming out with a victory and moving closer to playoffs, the intensity rises. The season has changed this year from dealing with the coronavirus. Many rules and laws had to be created … More A Recap of Week Six and a Look at Week Seven of the NFL Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICE Detention Facilities Accused of Medical Neglect and Abuse of Women

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

A Review of the First Presidential Debate of 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UCSC’s Plan for Handling COVID-19

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

A Look Into the Dark History of the Brookdale Lodge

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

Get Cozy with a Warm Drink at The White Raven

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

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

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

“CLUE” – The Online Student Directed SLVHS Play

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

SLV School Sports Practices To Start With Plenty of COVID Precautions

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

An Overlook at the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Students Volunteered After the Destruction of the CZU Fires

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

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

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

Movie Updates You May Have Missed During Quarantine

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

Potential Plans for a Return to School Next Fall

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

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

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