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42 min ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Shark attack on seal reported near Santa Cruz beach

SANTA CRUZ >> State Parks officials issued a public warning after a shark attack on a harbor seal was reported at Seabright State Beach on Sunday. The attack reportedly occurred about 50 yards off shore at about 4:45 p.m. by a shark with a white neck, seen flipping the seal up into the air, said California State Parks Supervising Ranger Joe Connors.

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Related Topix: Marine Biology, Biology, Science, Twin Lakes, CA, Santa Cruz, CA

2 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Street Smarts: Education, courtesy key to 'Three Feet for Safety Act'

Editor's note: Today's Street Smarts comes from Amelia Conlen, director of People Power of Santa Cruz County, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling in Santa Cruz County through advocacy, education and community building. As of Tuesday, a new California law will be in place that aims to give cyclists three feet of space when vehicles pass.

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6 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Kevin Larkin, Santa Cruz County Stories: Lifelong local specializes in dahlias

CORRALITOS >> Kevin Larkin knows a thing or two about dahlias. Vice president of the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society and longtime dahlia enthusiast, Larkin and his wife Karen own Corralitos Gardens, a mail-order nursery that specializes in the versatile flower.

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Related Topix: Corralitos, CA, Watsonville, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

9 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Karen Skole: Scouts benefit girls, adults alike

For many, a sit-upon, a round of Make New Friends, or fly-up wings may not carry any meaning, but to thousands of girls who are now adults throughout the Central Coast, these prompts bring back warm, fun memories more valuable than silver and gold as the song goes. And, so it goes ... another school year begins and with it brings another need or opportunity for a mom, a dad, a guardian, a grandma, or those with special skills to raise their hand to become a Girl Scout volunteer.

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Related Topix: Ventura County, CA, Opinion

13 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Justine DaCosta, Name Dropping: Gearing up for Oktoberfest

In attendance were Ginny Solari-Mazry, Cristina Mazry-Popek, Marty Dunn, Lorraine Margon, Danene Forman, Ginny Clark, Libby Alexander, Jan Freed, Rebekah Leekley, Cecilia Sunden, Esther Wilson, Debbie Wilson, Merrilyn Marker, Marilyn Noto, Shirley Pickle, Carol DiPietro, Sue Punches, Alice Ford, Jane Melford, Lorna Shearer, Florence Perry, Mila Herman, Josie Cowden, Ann Stark, Nancy Wameling, Lois Wolf, Lori Green, Shirley Fink, Chris Zemny, Marge Kiff, Eleanor Drake, Elaine Kamian, and Jackie Kamian. Not pictured: Lenore Doler, Joan Mertz, Cathy Conway, Kathleen Hughes, Adrienne Meier, and Michael Milward.

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Related Topix: Santa Cruz, CA, Scotts Valley, CA, Felton, CA, US Military, US Air Force

18 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Coast Lines, Sept. 14, 2014:

Santa Cruz Port District and Santa Cruz Yacht Club Corinthians will host the inaugural Cardboard Kayak Race from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the launch ramp by the Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz. Awards will be given for first in class, best in show, ugliest boat and team spirit award.

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Related Topix: Santa Cruz, CA, Davenport, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Gilroy, CA

22 hrs ago | Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bugs, birds and fried foods at Santa Cruz County Fair

Susanna Rose grabs a chicken from its cage at the Santa Cruz County Fair in Watsonville on Saturday. The 18-year-old Renaissance High School senior was one of several students inside the bug barn at the Santa Cruz County Fair on Saturday, helping to introduce visitors to the world of insects.

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Related Topix: Watsonville, CA, Entomology, Hamsters, Pets, Santa Cruz, CA

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cabrillo Children's Center hires director

APTOS >> After years of reducing schedules, class sizes and staff, Cabrillo College's Children's Center, an early childhood care and teacher training facility, has hired a director. After a series of interim appointments, Tricia Pastor Cross was hired in August, after directing the child development programs in Live Oak School District for 20 years.

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Related Topix: Aptos, CA, Education Etc.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

More Santa Cruz County Jail inmates pointed to health insurance

SANTA CRUZ >> More county jail inmates in California are getting signed up for health insurance, and Santa Cruz County Jail and county probation leaders are in step with the rest of the state in facilitating more mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, a new state survey shows. A survey released Monday by Oakland-based Californians for Safety and Justice showed that 70 percent of county jail leaders and 70 percent of probation departments that responded are providing assistance for health insurance enrollment.

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Related Topix: Prison

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Report: California elementary school truancy crisis persists

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Friday released the second annual report on truancy in the state's elementary schools. The report provides new research on how students of color and students from low-income families are missing a disproportionate amount of school each year.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Monterey County, CA

Examiner.com

California's exceptional drought has gone beyond extreme

We need to build the ocean desalination plants right now. Our agriculture industry has been so severely impacted that hundreds of farmers have already fled to other states in search of jobs.

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Related Topix: Sand City, CA, San Diego County, CA

The Salinas Californian

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Art News A digest of news happening in the art community. Check out this story on thecalifornian.com: http://bit.ly/1tLeCA8 Local amateur and professional photographers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are invited to submit their marine-themed photographs for a Images of Monterey Bay: A Marine Photography Fundraiser.

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Related Topix: Monterey County, CA, Photography, Arts, Monterey, CA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County AmeriCorps volunteers gather for initiation, celebration

SANTA CRUZ >> Devon Espinoza wants people to know about the good work done by AmeriCorps, a national service program dedicated to community needs. That's part of the reason why the 22-year-old committed to the program for a second year of service.

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Related Topix: San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz, CA

KION 46

Wonders of the Central Coast Wilder Ranch

Just west of Santa Cruz, an open tract of land stretches from the mountains to the sea. Preserved for its natural environment and cultural heritage in 1974, Wilder Ranch exists today as a state park.

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Related Topix: Santa Cruz, CA, Kids, Family

SiliconValley.com

Tim Draper's 'Six Californias' initiative fails to qualify for ballot

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's "Six Californias" plan to break up the Golden State failed to qualify for November 2016's ballot, falling well short of the petition signatures required, the Secretary of State's Office reported Friday. Even Draper's $5.2 million personal investment in the proposed ballot measure wasn't enough to make it happen, foiling the myth that anyone with enough money can put anything they desire before California voters.

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Related Topix: California, California Government, San Mateo County, CA, San Mateo, CA, Monterey County, CA

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Califonia Classic Coast bicycle race begins Saturday in Santa Cruz County

The California Classic Coast bicycle ride will arrive on southbound Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County on Saturday, Sept. 13. Highway 1 from Big Sur to the San Simeon State Park in San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday, Sept.

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Related Topix: California, Big Sur, CA, San Simeon, CA, San Luis Obispo County, CA, Pismo Beach, CA

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Editorial: Tragic big-rig crash must bring reforms

Last July, after the tragic crash of a dirt-laden big rig on Highway 17 that cost 25-year-old Santa Cruz resident Daniel McGuire his life we wrote: "We're stating the obvious that allowing huge trucks, weighing 80,000 pounds or more, to share a difficult highway with cars during high-traffic hours is inviting tragic outcomes. "We also understand the trucks bring food, consumer goods, gasoline and other vital products to Santa Cruz County, and that heading south to highways 156 or 129 isn't practical or even that much safer.

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Related Topix: Santa Cruz, CA, Monterey County, CA, Opinion

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Business Digest, Sept. 12, 2014: Lighthouse Bank adds director Castellanos

He is the founder and owner of CASCO Property Management, owner and operator of apartment complexes in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County, and is real estate liaison at Verifyle Inc. in San Jose. He lives in Saratoga and Capitola, and has served on the board of Disabled Sports Far West USA, the Tri-County Apartment Association and Junior Achievement.

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Related Topix: Capitola, CA

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Sempervirens, conservation groups back water vote

LOS ALTOS >> Thursday, Los Altos-based Sempervirens Fund decided to rally its organizational forces behind Proposition 1, California's $7.5 billion water bond. A significant player in local and regional conservation efforts, Sempervirens' decision can be seen as a signal to environmentally minded Central Coast voters to support the bond.

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Related Topix: Santa Clara County, CA, Los Altos, CA, California, Davenport, CA, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Scotts Valley, CA

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Thousands of Santa Cruz County's students are homeless

WATSONVILLE >> More than 4,000 Santa Cruz County children were homeless at some point during the 2012-13 school year - a number equivalent to the combined student enrollment of Live Oak and Soquel school districts. Whether crowding into the homes of relatives or friends at night, staying in shelters or transient motels or sleeping in cars, their education is imperiled, officials and advocates say.

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Related Topix: Watsonville, CA, Education Etc., Live Oak, CA, Soquel, CA

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