Samantha Clark, NPR's Latino USA

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Past articles by Samantha:

The Trump Piñata Business

Jennifer De Benito could have had any piñata she wanted for her 14th birthday party. She chose a piñata of... → Read More

The mysterious love lives of mountain lions

Like we humans, mountain lions are looking for love in the month of February. But while winter is the peak of their year-round search for a mate, scientists hardly know anything about the courtship customs of these concupiscent cougars due to their elusiveness. → Read More

Stripped Santa Cruz beach memorial wall upsets community

At Seacliff State Beach, there is a shaded stone wall where people created a mosaic of memorials to remember loved ones who have died. They put up plaques, wrote words on the rocks and left flowers, pictures and other mementos. → Read More

Santa Cruz County officials warn pet owners of rise in raccoons with distemper

Santa Cruz County officials are again asking residents to have their pets vaccinated after a sharp increase in the number of cases of raccoons infected with distemper. → Read More

Owner of Santa Cruz gas station where police found suspected fencing ring tells her side

The owner of the 76 gas station in Santa Cruz where police discovered a suspected fencing ring met with residents and members of the City Council on Tuesday in hopes of gaining back community tru → Read More

Santa Cruz volleyball coach sentenced to prison for attempted sex with 16-year-old girl

A popular volleyball coach in Santa Cruz accused of trying to have sex with an underage player was sentenced on Thursday to serve 16 months at San Quentin State Prison.Kjell Nilssen coached teenaged girls at Club Shoreline Volleyball, which his wife founded and used to own. → Read More

Santa Cruz County medical marijuana dispensaries ring up more than $32.3M in sales

14 outlets contributed over $2M to county, city in taxes in past year, chiefly to fund enforcement → Read More

Santa Cruz County medical marijuana dispensaries ring up more than $32.3M in sales

SANTA CRUZ -- While the medical marijuana industry is budding, business is booming in Santa Cruz County. → Read More

Monterey Bay Aquarium allows you to explore the deep sea with a mouse click

Now, you can explore the deep sea without leaving your chair. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently made public its wealth of research about deep-sea animals, geology and other scientific observations. Previously only available for internal use, the Deep-Sea Guide is a free online database that scientists and everyone else can explore. → Read More

Northern California's fog bringing mercury onshore

Northern California's famous fog carries a surprising amount of mercury, according to new research. The levels aren't high enough to harm humans, but mercury accumulates in wildlife and can climb up the food chain, so it could be bad news for coastal ecosystems. → Read More

From California to Alaska, algae toxin spreads through food web

The algae bloom that flourished off the West Coast, from California to Alaska, had record levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid. It poisoned marine life up and down the food chain, from shellfish to sea lions.At the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco on Friday, UC Santa Cruz scientists said this is one of the worst toxic algae blooms they've seen. → Read More

Santa Cruz County Supervisors set annual growth goal for 2016

SANTA CRUZ >> The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set a new annual growth goal of 0.5 percent for 2016, which is in line with recent years.The county, however, grew at an annual rate of 0.86 percent in 2014 to 271,464 pe → Read More

Soquel Village Antiques to close

SOQUEL >> Looking for mid-century modern chairs, glitzy costume jewelry or old cameras? Soquel Village Antiques, in a former bank with nearly 30 dealers, overflows with furniture, art, pottery and historical curios within 6,100 square feet of in → Read More

Santa Cruz County, water districts explore groundwater sustainability agency

LIVE OAK >> Santa Cruz County and some local water districts are forming a new agency tasked with bringing the basin stretching from Santa Cruz to Aptos into balance.First-time state regulations signed in 2014 amid the historic drought re → Read More

Santa Cruz County completes Seacliff Village Park

SEACLIFF >> Instead of a strip mall, Seacliff now has park.Thursday was the ribbon cutting ceremony for Seacliff Village Park, at Searidge Road and McGregor Drive, which is the celebrated culmination of neighborhood efforts that began in → Read More

Appeals court finds light brown apple moth program lacked proper review

SANTA CRUZ >> An appeals court threw out California’s light brown apple moth pesticide program because its environmental impact review failed to evaluate met → Read More

Santa Cruz County Supervisors vote to license commercial cannabis cultivation

SANTA CRUZ >> The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary licensing system for commercial medical marijuana farmers on Tuesday after trying to find a balance that protected neighborhoods, the environment and the supply of med → Read More

Santa Cruz County property taxes due Thursday

SANTA CRUZ >> The first installment of Santa Cruz County property taxes is due Thursday. If the payment is not made by 5 p.m. or postmarked by that date, a 10 percent delinquent penalty will be added. The second installment is due April 1 → Read More

Santa Cruz County transportation officials move forward with sales tax, passenger rail plans

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County voters could see a half-cent sales tax on the 2016 ballot that would fund needed transportation projects.The Regional Transportation Commission on Thursday voted on how to divide the estimated $450 million → Read More

County’s cannabis committee readies recommendations for supervisors

LIVE OAK >> The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors spent the last year trying to come up with new rules to govern the commercial growing of medical marijuana. Unable to please residents and the cannabis industry, the supervisors created a co → Read More