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Past articles by PK:

Heavy rainfall, howling winds slam Santa Cruz County

The latest atmospheric river storm flowed in from the Pacific and moved across Santa Cruz County early Tuesday, bringing with it periods of heavy downpours and howling winds that have become all to… → Read More

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors to examine CZU Fire rebuild permitting policies

The board will hold a study session at its Tuesday meeting and will specifically examine permitting progress metrics, strategies to address rebuilding barriers and a proposal to create an avenue fo… → Read More

Motorist rescued from Watsonville floodwaters

Lizbeth Hernandez, 18, was discovered standing on top of her four-wheel drive vehicle submerged at least 8 feet underwater, according to estimates from officials at the scene. → Read More

Santa Cruz County’s first medical residency program coming to Dominican Hospital

The hospital is planning to train an inaugural class of eight residents in a program lasting three years. → Read More

Santa Cruz County prepares for another atmospheric river storm

“If you were impacted by flooding in January you should be prepared for evacuation warnings and orders and be prepared for potential flooding associated with this storm,” said Dave Reid… → Read More

State Sen. John Laird launches reelection bid

“It has been an amazingly successful couple of years so far,” Laird told the Sentinel. “I’ve enjoyed just getting things done and I want to keep doing that.” → Read More

Watsonville Community Hospital moving closer to financial viability

The hospital is expecting about $11 million in additional annual revenue through recently renegotiated contracts with major insurance companies and expects to achieve $8 million in labor efficienci… → Read More

Cabrillo College receives almost $3 million for broadband expansion efforts

“This nearly $3 million federal investment in Cabrillo College will help expand broadband at this institution to further its mission of empowering students’ academic, personal, and career gro… → Read More

Santa Cruz musician honors high school friend with original song

“It just started coming out,” said Santa Cruz native Doug Leonard, who’d been dealing with a tough spat of writer’s block at the time. “At first I didn’t really … → Read More

San Lorenzo Valley Water District OKs contracts to fix aging water system

“Repairing and maintaining water system infrastructure is vital for our community,” said District Manager Rick Rogers. → Read More

Santa Cruz County submits three nominations for open Coastal Commission seat

At its Tuesday meeting, the supervisors unanimously approved self-nominations of Justin Cummings and Manu Koenig and reaffirmed a previous selection of Capitola City Council member Yvette Brooks. → Read More

Santa Cruz County supervisors reject Andy Schiffrin Planning Commission nomination

Chair Zach Friend and Supervisors Manu Koenig and Bruce McPherson sunk the nomination by voting against Schiffrin. → Read More

Cabrillo College appoints Martha Victoria Vega to Area 5 trustee seat

“This wouldn’t have been possible by myself and it took a village,” Vega told the Sentinel after the vote. → Read More

Capitola officials share wharf rebuild plans

Capitola City Manager Jamie Goldstein said during a recent City Council meeting that overall storm damage costs have grown to $3.4 million – up from $2.6 million – due to updated permitting and des… → Read More

Caltrans ordered to pay millions to parents of Highway 9 victim

A jury in Santa Cruz has determined that the State of California (Caltrans) is partly culpable for the death of Josh Howard. → Read More

Seacliff State Beach: Pier demolition date unknown

“We had initially targeted a February date because the engineers report has said it is at risk of collapse,” said Jordan Burgess, State Parks’ deputy superintendent for the Santa … → Read More

Pajaro Valley High student detained after loaded gun found in backpack

A Pajaro Valley High School student was detained by Watsonville Police on Friday morning after a loaded gun was found in the student’s backpack, police reported. → Read More

Santa Cruz Community Health hosts free Ben Lomond health fair

“The intent is to invite the community in to see not only the full scope of what we offer at Santa Cruz Community Health, but also some of our partnering agencies,” Santa Cruz Community… → Read More

1-year-old boy injured in Boulder Creek during wind storm

After gaining access to the baby, crews immediately engaged in lifesaving medical measures until the arrival of an ambulance who transported the victim to Dominican Hospital. → Read More

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, Santa Cruz RTC leaders tout multimodal funding win

The third section of the project in Aptos is currently in environmental review and design phases, with an estimated groundbreaking date sometime in 2025. → Read More