Sweet Treats and Savory Meals to Make for Valentine’s Day This Year

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) It’s a tradition to always find a tasty Valentine’s Day treat for yourself, or a loved one. Cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, you name it. Anything can be Valentine’s Day treat. There are countless ideas out there from chocolate-covered pretzels to a three-layered cake. It doesn’t have to be the … More Sweet Treats and Savory Meals to Make for Valentine’s Day This Year

Ideas for how to Celebrate This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) Valentine’s day is around the corner, and many people feel discouraged. Unable to celebrate with their significant other because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s striking and sad. However, something we often fail to remember is that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. It’s true! You can celebrate love and … More Ideas for how to Celebrate This Year’s Valentine’s Day

Check In With Your Mental Health During These Hard Times

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 Check In With Your Mental Health During These Hard Times

Safe Ways to Stay Entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) During this pandemic, it has left us quarantined at home, with not much to do. People have found many ways to keep busy during this time. For example, picking up new hobbies and finding ways to stay busy such as cooking, staying organized and being productive, improving your mental … More Safe Ways to Stay Entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

SLV Sports Practices Slowly Begins to Start Back Up

Written by Carter Cox (Sports Editor) After almost a year of having to wait for sports in California to start back up again, they finally have started back up. Very recently the cross country season was combined with a track season and players have the opportunity to choose one or the other at SLVHS. Cross … More SLV Sports Practices Slowly Begins to Start Back Up

College Football Starts Up Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer) An exciting time for fans, parents, and students all over the country as Covid-19 starts to get more under control in the United States sports between schools are starting back up and getting back into the rivalry spirit among each other. One sport, in particular, that is getting the … More College Football Starts Up Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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

New Year’s Resolutions at San Lorenzo Valley High School

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) New Year’s has always been a time of the year where we look to start over or renew ourselves. People urge themselves to look forward to what the upcoming year has to offer to them and how they can better themself. 2020 was an extremely difficult year for all … More New Year’s Resolutions at San Lorenzo Valley High School

Local Santa Cruz County Restaurants to Get Food From (Safely)

Written by Natasha Gunion (Features Writer) During this pandemic, people have picked up many new hobbies, including baking and cooking. Although that can be very fun, it is always nice to eat out and try different restaurants and or food places. Now that we are asked to stay inside as much as possible, some personal … More Local Santa Cruz County Restaurants to Get Food From (Safely)

Local Businesses to Support in Santa Cruz County During the Pandemic

Written by James Carlos It is no secret that people our age love shopping, but due to global events, some of our favorite stores have been shut down or are on the brink of closing down. Santa Cruz is known for its unique and fun local businesses, so if you are looking for a small … More Local Businesses to Support in Santa Cruz County During the Pandemic

Bringing in 2021 With the New York Times Square Ball Drop – COVID Edition

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) The annual New York Times Square in-person ball drop was canceled for the first time in the last 77 years. Due to Covid-19, the New Years’ tradition of the ball drop was held online and Times Square remained almost completely empty. This would be the first time of an … More Bringing in 2021 With the New York Times Square Ball Drop – COVID Edition

Looking for a Cartoon to Watch? Try “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”

Written by Ashli Trageser (Features Writer) “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” may sound like the name of a wholesome cartoon primarily for kids, (which it is, for the most part) but it also touches on themes of racism and bigotry, along with the premature stress of a teenager inheriting an entire kingdom. The show … More Looking for a Cartoon to Watch? Try “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”

A Review of Wild-Card Weekend in the NFL

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer) Fans from all over are becoming outrageously excited for the outcome of this year’s NFL season. With wild-card weekend being complete over last Sunday ( Jan 10th) we move closer to the championships and are anxiously being gripped closer to the Super Bowl. During wild-card weekend The first round … More A Review of Wild-Card Weekend in the NFL

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

Safe Activities to do for the Holidays Amidst the Pandemic

Written by James Carlos (Features Writer) The year 2020 has been one of the strangest and most uncertain years in recent history with a global pandemic plaguing the United States and with the holidays right around the corner, many wonder what Christmas is going to look like this year. The state of California recently mandated … More Safe Activities to do for the Holidays Amidst the Pandemic

Keeping up Christmas Traditions During Hard Times

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) With Christmas coming into the picture, common yearly traditions such as Christmas trees, ornaments, stockings, food, and movies should not be forgotten about, no matter our circumstances involving Coronavirus and the lockdown. Christmas trees are one of the best parts of Christmas; the smell of the leaves filling the … More Keeping up Christmas Traditions During Hard Times

A Tasty Cookie Recipe to Try This Holiday Season!

Written by Kayla Hoffman (Features Writer) Something festive that a lot of families tend to do around the holidays is decorating cookies. Whether or not the cookies are left for Santa or eaten for dessert, we can all agree that the process of decorating them can be super fun as well as baking the cookies … More A Tasty Cookie Recipe to Try This Holiday Season!

Who is Behind the Works of Classic Christmas Entertainment?

Written by Konnor Long (Features Writer)  As we enter the holiday season, we find ourselves surrounded by the timeless entertainment that is holiday media. The public eye is once again flooded with the cheery lighting, hot chocolate, and classic holiday songs and movies that we’ve come to know and love (or grow quickly tired of). … More Who is Behind the Works of Classic Christmas Entertainment?

Some D.I.Y Decorations That are Perfect for the Holiday Season

Written by Lio Rowan (Features Writer) It’s finally December, which means for some of us, a rush to decorate for the holidays. However, it’s not exactly safe to be shopping for decorations right now, and some of us have even lost our decorations or ornaments. All hope is not lost, there is a plethora of … More Some D.I.Y Decorations That are Perfect for the Holiday Season

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

Some Movies to Check Out Over the Upcoming Holiday Season

Written by Caitlynn Woods (Features Writer) During this holiday season, with Thanksgiving coming around the corner and Christmas shortly after, here are some movies to watch on the nights of celebration on these fun next few holidays. Starting with our up and coming holiday Thanksgiving, two movies to sit down and watch after celebrating the … More Some Movies to Check Out Over the Upcoming Holiday Season