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Weekend Warriors

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APTOS (October 14, 2012) - Athletes battle for the ball at the Santa Cruz Warriors open tryouts, which drew 68 basketball dreamers to the Aptos High gymnasium Sunday morning. Thirteen hopefuls came from Santa Cruz County, including 4 from Watsonville High, 3 from Soquel High, 2 from Santa Cruz High, and one each from Harbor and Pajaro Valley high schools, UCSC and Cabrillo. ©santacruzwire.com

 

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Solemn Sendoff

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SANTA CRUZ (May 14, 2012) - Hundreds of mourners march through Santa Cruz to complete the journey of Shannon Collins, the downtown business owner killed in a random attack as she returned to her shop following a hairdresser's appointment.

 

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Third Fatal Accident Has Local Cyclists On Edge

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by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (June 28, 2011) – A Soquel man riding his bike near Soquel High School was struck and killed Monday night by a motorist who fled the scene – the second hit-and-run collision to claim the life of a county cyclist this month, and the third fatal bike accident so far this year.

Monday’s death was a grim benchmark. The number of deadly bike accidents this year now equals the number in all of 2009, and it’s only June. And 2009 was the worst year for local bicycle deaths in at least a decade.

Noel Hamilton, 31, was declared dead at the scene of Monday's crash. Officials have not yet released the name of the hit-and-run driver, who returned to the scene 40 minutes to an hour after the collision.

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Santa Cruz Veterans Celebrate the 4th

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SANTA CRUZ (July 4, 2011) - Disabled veterans march down Pacific Avenue. ©santacruzwire.com


 

25-Cent Trolley Gets Visitors Out Of Their Cars

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by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (June 28, 2011) -  Thursday June 30th will mark the official debut of a motorized trolley service intended to lure visitors from their cars, and provide a convenient link between the city's business district and its main tourist destination.
The Santa Cruz Beach Trolley has been shuttling between downtown and the Municipal Wharf for nearly two weeks since a June 16 "soft launch" intended to work out the kinks in the system. Thursday's ribbon-cutting celebration will serve as the public kick-off, complete with free rides.
Tourism officials estimate that three million people visit the Main Beach/Boardwalk area every year. But few out-of-town visitors are aware of Santa Cruz's downtown business district, and fewer still know how to get there.
The Beach Trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Labor Day (September 5th), and on weekends through October 15. The downtown stop is in front of the Del Mar Theater at 1124 Pacific Ave., and the beach area stop is at the foot of the Municipal Wharf, in front of the Ideal Fish Co. The trolley leaves downtown on the hour and half-hour, and departs the beach at fifteen minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. The fare is 25 cents each way, exact change only. The trolley runs on natural gas, and is accessible for handicapped riders.
 

Stanford Study Aims to Clear the Water at Santa Cruz's Cowell Beach

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Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (June 2011) – Cowell Beach is one of the most popular family beaches in Santa Cruz County, but persistently high levels of bacteria in the water have been putting a damper on summer fun in recent years.

The waterline at Cowell has been posted with warning signs most days for the past two summers, and the signs are likely to be a fixture this summer as well. Adding insult to injury, Cowell was recently named the biggest “Beach Bummer” in California by the environmental group Heal the Bay.

Cleaning up the contamination at Cowell has been stymied by coastal regulations, as well as disagreement over the source of the noxious bacteria. But a scientific study by researchers from Stanford University and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) aims to help clear up the confusion and, eventually, the water at Cowell Beach.  

 

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Sergeant Derby on Duty

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Ever wonder where Derby Park got its name? You can thank this gentleman, Sergeant Charles Derby, a Santa Cruz police officer known for his work with children in the 1950s and 60s. See the story, below. Contributed photo. 
 

Santa Cruz's Derby Park Named After Local Who 'Invested His Life in Others'

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Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (May 2011) - Stop by Derby Park in Santa Cruz on a sunny afternoon and you’ll find visitors of all ages whacking tennis balls, giggling on the playground, or busting ollies in one of the country’s oldest skateboard parks. But ask one of the helmeted daredevils where the park got its name and chances are you’ll get a blank stare. Jeanne Baker is out to change that. Baker is the daughter of the late Sergeant Charles Derby (1920-1972), a local policeman known for his work with the young people of Santa Cruz. Baker is working with local officials to have a plaque honoring her father installed at the park which bears his name.
“It’s important for future generations to realize that his love for kids is what spawned the whole idea of a place where they could be safe and have fun,” Baker said. “I can’t tell you how many people in this town have told me, ‘Your father kept me from being a juvenile delinquent!’”

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Santa Cruz Pleaded With American Idol For Durbin Visit – And Won

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Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (May 2011) – Frantic preparations for James Durbin’s homecoming visit to Santa Cruz have had city and Beach Boardwalk staffers working round-the-clock since Tuesday, when American Idol first notified city officials that the Santa Cruz rocker would likely be coming home for a well-publicized visit.
Durbin was to swoop into town with a film crew and full American Idol entourage for a highly scripted hometown tour on Saturday, culminating with a nationally-broadcast concert at the Beach Boardwalk.
But preparations slammed to a halt Thursday night, when Durbin unexpectedly failed to advance to the next-to-final round of the competition. The moment of quiet didn’t last long. Within moments of Durbin’s televised loss, Boardwalk officials were on the phone with American Idol, lobbying hard to bring the singer in and carry on with the celebration.

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American Idol Relents, Allows James Durbin to Perform, Celebrate in Santa Cruz

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Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (May 2011) – The show will go on! Even though Santa Cruz rocker James Durbin failed to make the top three on last night’s American Idol, the show’s producers have agreed to let him take a break from his Idol obligations and appear in a grand homecoming celebration in Santa Cruz tomorrow.
While details of the day are still being worked out, Durbin will visit Louden Nelson Community Center, participate in a public procession to the Main Beach, and perform a concert on the Beach Boardwalk’s outdoor stage.
 “Originally, American Idol indicated that James’ return to Santa Cruz for Durbin Day depended on him making it to the final 3 because of obligations to the show,” said Kris Reyes, community relations director for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “After the results last night, we made a strong appeal to the show that he be allowed to attend his Santa Cruz homecoming as planned. Idol ultimately agreed.”

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Bye, Bye, Borders

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Workers take down the sign at Borders on Pacific Ave. in the wake of the store's closing. Potential new tenants for the site could include REI, Apple, or Anthropologie. Maria Gaura ©santacruzwire.com
 

Santa Cruz Plans Beach Party For American Idol Finalist James Durbin

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Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (May 2011) - The top three American Idol finalists have not yet been named, but the city of Santa Cruz is working overtime to prepare a rousing welcome for hometown favorite James Durbin.
If Durbin ascends to the top three tonight, he and his American Idol entourage will be greeted here on Saturday with a motorcade through downtown, a marching band and police escorts, media photo ops and autograph sessions, ending with a free concert on the Beach Boardwalk’s outdoor stage.

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Santa Cruz Wire wins Journalism Fellowship – Celebrates Three Years Online

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SANTA CRUZ (May 2011) – Here at Santa Cruz Wire we’re celebrating our third birthday with a big announcement – editors and co-founders Maria Gaura and Tara Leonard have been granted a California Endowment health journalism fellowship from the Annenberg School of Journalism, at the University of Southern California.
This generous fellowship in Online Community Building and Health will allow us to pursue an in-depth reporting project on local health issues. In addition, our colleagues and senior fellows will be helping us expand our readership through social media.
We just returned from our first get-together - a four-day retreat at the Los Angeles Biltmore. Our first step, long overdue, has been to launch a Facebook page for Santa Cruz Wire. Please check it out – we hope you “like” our new format! Additional innovations are in the works. Please let us know what you think.

 

 

Riding for a Good Cause

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Horse patrol volunteer Erica Berg and her Arabian, Jade, prepare for a ride at Wilder Ranch State Park. Tara Leonard ©santacruzwire.com
 

Volunteer Horse Patrol the Eyes and Ears of Cash-Strapped State Parks

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Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (May, 2011) - On a wind-swept coastal terrace high above Monterey Bay, Erica Berg and her 27-year-old Arabian, Jade, are gearing up for a ride in Wilder Ranch State Park. But today, along with her sturdy riding helmet and well-worn boots, Berg wears a standard-issue state park ranger’s uniform of green work pants and a beige shirt bearing a ranger’s patch. Berg recently joined more than three-dozen Horse Patrol volunteers who ride in local state parks, doing their part to support the increasingly cash-strapped park system.
“I love the park and know there are all these budget cuts,” said Berg. “This is an easy way to make a contribution and support the rangers.”

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