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  1. Crashes on Highway 17 at highest level in a decadeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | San Jose Mercury News

    With Fourth of July around the corner and Highway 17 a popular serpentine route for drivers heading to Central Coast beaches for the holiday, a warning is in order. Crashes on the stretch of from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz have reached their highest level in nearly a decade since safety officials began one of the most intensive and successful campaigns statewide to curb the carnage on the four-lane highway.


  2. County Fire's High School Explorer Expo gives young people a taste of life as a firefighterRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 17 | The Sunnyvale Sun

    Campbell, CA a June 6th, 2015: Students learn how to enter a burning building using a fog machine to simulate smoke at the Santa Clara County Fire Department High School Explorer Expo in Campbell, California. When firefighters visited his high school four years ago, joining the Fire Explorer Program wasn't first and foremost in Shaya Pourani's mind.


  3. Santa Cruz: Humpback whale entangled in crag pots spotted off coastRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 22 | Los Gatos Weekly-Times

    The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters to look out for an entangled whale that was spotted off Capitola's shore on Monday morning. It was seen outside the Santa Cruz harbor on Sunday.


  4. Santa Cruz beach named No. 1 for dirtiest water on West CoastRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jun 18 | San Jose Mercury News

    Kids in the Santa Cruz Little Guard program got to go into the water for their first day Wednesday. But not at Cowell Beach thanks to high levels of bacteria, something that earned the beach the top spot on the "Beach Bummer" list for the second consecutive year. 1 comment

  5. Dine with Adam Scott ? Charity raffles off lunch with 'Parks and Rec' star, Santa Cruz-nativeRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 16 | San Jose Mercury News

    Winning lunch with a local-born actor known for his involvement with television comedy sitcoms contracts with the starkly serious local human rights issues to which funds raised will go. Santa Cruz native and "Parks and Rec" actor Adam Scott, along with former American Idol contestant and Santa Cruz native James Durbin, Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane and many others, however, did not appear to hesitate to offer their names and their time, said Rising International Founder/Executive Director Carmel Jud.


  6. Author and pianist Sara Solovitch overcame the plight of 'Playing Scared'Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 15 | San Jose Mercury News

    The Santa Cruz author, who once dreamed of becoming a concert pianist, was struck with performance anxiety so severe she nearly gave up playing altogether. But Solovitch decided to face down the fear.


  7. Report: Santa Cruz's river bacteria comes from birds, not peopleRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jun 14 | The Sunnyvale Sun

    High levels of fecal bacteria have long plagued the San Lorenzo River, marking the river's reputation and helping keep the river from flourishing as a recreational destination. But a new report shows points to birds as the source, not people.


  8. Coroner: Heart problem, meth use caused death of Santa Cruz surfer Shawn 'Barney' BarronRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 13 | San Jose Mercury News

    Shawn "Barney" Barron, the 44-year-old Santa Cruz surfer hailed for his innovative surfing and frequent volunteer work, died from a rupture in his heart facilitated by methamphetamine use, according to the Santa Cruz County coroner. Barron collapsed and died at his home on Dufour Street on May 5, Santa Cruz police said.


  9. Police ID woman killed in Highway 1 hit-and runRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jun 13 | The Campbell Reporter

    Santa Cruz police say the woman killed in a hit-and-run on Highway 1 and River Street early Wednesday morning was Dene Diannthe Shaw, 59, of Santa Cruz. "Someone in our community knows this vehicle and the driver who would have been traveling on Highway 1 at River Street between 12:30 and 1 a.m.," Santa Cruz police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Andy Carcello said he and Shaw were fellow residents at the nearby Homeless Services Center.


  10. 50 Ironman triathlons, 50 states, 50 days: Santa Cruz is stop No. 5 for 'Iron Cowboy'Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jun 12 | The Campbell Reporter

    James Lawrence barely even paused when his bare feet met the cold ocean water lapping onto Cowell Beach early Wednesday morning. Never mind that, five days into his quest to complete 50 Ironman-distance races in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, this marked his first ocean swim.


  11. Heat advisoryRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 8 | Saratoga News

    Sizzling temperatures are expected Monday, a few weeks ahead of the official start of summer, with the mercury expected to reach triple digits in some parts of the Bay Area, according to a National Weather Service forecaster. A heat advisory issued by the weather service will be effective at 1 p.m. Monday for all inland locations across the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region, as well as the South Bay and into the Santa Clara Valley.


  12. 89-year-old Santa Cruz child molester sentenced to 1 year in jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 3 | San Jose Mercury News

    An 89-year-old child molester from Santa Cruz was sentenced Tuesday to one year in County Jail after a judge ruled that a harsher state prison term would be tantamount to a death sentence because of the defendant's age. Eric Frank Greene, a former vitamin shop owner in Watsonville, faced up to six years in prison after he pleaded no contest to felony lewd acts with a minor.


  13. Totally stoked: Special-needs kids ride the waves thanks to Santa Cruz surf programRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2015 | San Jose Mercury News

    Carla Miller still remembers the first time she watched her son being paddled out toward the waves to surf. She fought back a gnawing sense that this was a terrible idea because being on a surfboard is no place for a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, right? "He just looked so far away," Miller said of her son, Brandon Arthur.


  14. Woman recovering in San Jose hospital after crash near Santa Cruz killed fourRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2015 | The Campbell Reporter

    Two months after a crash that killed four people and left four others injured on Freedom Boulevard, a 19-year-old Watsonville woman remains in a San Jose hospital and is expected to be released. Charity Cook, who turned 19 last week, still suffers from a traumatic brain injury and is learning how to walk again, said her mother, Celena Warren.


  15. 18 quirky Bay Area adventures and destinationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2015 | San Jose Mercury News

    In the Bay Area, pockets of paradise surround us -- little-known venues to visit, meals to eat and sights to see that are so perfect that you forgive real estate prices, Google buses and yet another drought. These are uniquely Northern California experiences that catch your breath and remind you: "That's why I live here."


  16. South Bay wine timeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2015 | San Jose Mercury News

    Solstice on the Summit attendees enjoy wine and an art show at Silver Mountain Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. June wine time: The Summit Wineries - on Summit Road between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz - will celebrate summer's start with a "Solstice on the Summit" vintners fest June 20-21 that pairs wine and great views at Silver Mountain, Burrell School, MJA, Villa Monte and Wrights Station.


  17. Eureka, Calif.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | The Campbell Reporter

    It's easy to find your own pocket of paradise in the Bay Area. There are people whose hearts stir at the thought of another visit to Fisherman's Wharf, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and the Winchester Mystery House.


  18. Santa Cruz: Welcome to Surf MeccaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | San Jose Mercury News

    So, this is supposed to start off as a totally stoked story about searching for the soul of surfing, describing that life-changing moment of catching a first wave, making a connection with the ocean's boundless energy and being propelled into an ethereal experience where you hope to ride atop the roiling water forever. The reality goes more like this: It's about how I managed to teeter precariously on a wobbling longboard for a few precious milliseconds.


  19. Coyotes attack dogs in Santa CruzRead the original story w/Photo

    May 28, 2015 | The Campbell Reporter

    Authorities are warning Santa Cruz County residents to keep dogs and cats indoors at night after some recent coyote attacks. Lisa Carter, director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Santa Cruz, was at her home on Carbonera Drive in Santa Cruz earlier this month when a rescue dog she was caring for was attacked by a coyote.


  20. San Mateo County deputies arrest alleged drug-fueled driver following pursuitRead the original story w/Photo

    May 27, 2015 | Cupertino Courier

    A man who was allegedly high on methamphetamine and heroin led San Mateo County sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase on state Highway 1 Saturday afternoon. Deputies received reports of a vehicle pursuit involving a white Toyota Camry coming from Santa Cruz County at 12:37 p.m., according to sheriff's officials.


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