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reCOUNTY — In SANTA CRUZ conditions that have sponse to the dry ia this winter, the plagued Californnty Board of SuperSanta Cruz Cou28 officially declared a A flow trail is s mountain bikes to ty, and visors on Jan. ght in the coun essentially, allow and they’re a state of drou to reduce their water at high speeds s, rollers ride downhill asked residents with jump le gned Hibb desi n John ent. dow By specially use by 20 perc ment came at a press rides to “flow” It’s allow to s 1467 . 688-berm Call:and , 11 The announce without stoppingy uses County Building the mountain conference at theJerry Brown made the that effectivel ian . us onlin gnede:in a way Visitdesi la/Register-Pajaron momentum to Tarmo Hannu days after Gov statewide. rg the rider’s braking. Flow on ory.orols shistcont investigating a aptoand same declarati t water manling and and killed while eigh peda t has mos mize ty the mini Wednesday. Baker were shot The coun of which are gned to make and Sgt. Butch memorial garden r all desi um: t new a Butle are cies, at muse inten s y beth agen the the trail t conn ceremon ctive Eliza t closure Visit agement in, with the permanen some of the dries of when Santa Cruz Police dete Watch badges during a dedicatio the natural terra integrated into the -B Old , is preparing for Soquel grappling with 7605of ry. versary new End of tola Book Café year anni ing tola/ one-histo t it seem therded of mak its former badges for Cour sed. wner of the Capi nula/Life Capi ughtheir ditions inOnreco throout Dominion ringtrade chtefeld, co-o rs o by Tarmo Han rather than impo ise,suffe LHOUB officers crim sex ty ipitaThe coun Wendy Mayer-Lo the end of the month. Phot s, CAin organization Mountain Bike By ERIK CHA Aptoterra w-normal prec its el by l belo with Soqu ness of Loca ing busi tola/ year the work Capi at of is third Of Life has been Lorenzo River a trail of Santa Cruz ary. tion. The San truction of such recorded in Janu It may be hard CalFire on the consa 2,681-acre working lowest level ever at 65 percent of its CAPITOLA — anade without st, is Espl at Demo Fore d in 1990 and managed Loch Lomond groundwater basins to imagine the exactly what is down version. of almosts,” Mayer-Lochtefeld with is st establishe and lar fore that ty lot city look popu a but to is coun , capa had n st had the cars fore “We just LD h most of on May 4 whe by CalFire. The and contains both certain point we By TODD GUI el — upon whic already being over going to happen nty Open Streets rs, said. “But at a long-term solution didn’t seem Soqu of Teeth mountain bike advanced trails. a Of Life Capitola/ relies — were drought. Santa Cruz Cou lar program into tesy of Roomful at the fact that before the ’s intermediate andbe a really great addition on Jan. 26. Cour of Book Café to be in the cards.” rd ted rd store awa draf itola Boa the my expands its popu g Cap nty st Cou The her almo its first Gram going to tried shortenin and allwon why there wonins, TeethPerk Drew CAPITOLA — s at the end of this month, The Santa Cruz Santa Cruz City ful of technician told Capitola. s ever butdered “It’s st,” said The owners also ng sche dule e you the e Deero ForeRoom City Council Hav inDem veteran sound hillthe staffi Bikers of to the to Supervisors and ated the call for is closing its door d in a story that began mor The Capitola to close down top of thetion hours, changing own salar i- for Mountain -orie barninataddi perio officer is aies, 23 never happens. r, former PVUSD teacher Thes orig LDnted l.ter? trail ncil have repe s, while water ofbike GUI avai a D ng their Cou putting a final no Cen be to agreed on Jan. from Stockton to inati TOD all ping will fathe By elim rts, “It n ago. effo Shop ction des of Cruz. Gomez’ Park a jami Ben re you built bySant water use redu Valley, San Lorenzo than three deca beyond words that we couldn’t several other fundraising you Life e to lots befo was San accesssibl the Esplanade barn hay go ed that’Ofs Apto . He ts 5 rienc ues, as well as 1871 so long nal can for all levels “We’re sorry for generations ficials in Scot Soquel Creek Water Nich,”ols inexpe Please turn to Page n the) road Monterey aven May 4 to allow up singing, “There is only ing theCah dow(Ned canoon it should be fun Book Café open er-Lochtefeld leer– inlí Gomez grew what was lumb localpeop Valley and the the same. keep Capitola Jose Avenue, on ets event. Aptos native Este admit you’re kick a pioneer in the y do wner Wendy May ic songs about picnup theing of riders.” toda nearmak District plan to k Water Managenwas to come,” co-o letter to her customers. “We Mayer-Lochtefeld said. was 3 iving begi for the Open StreFounder/Director at surv will and ral are trail ry. . Natu new head s thatdust e herately Soquel Cree eral Manager Kim insidoxim stated in an open then some.” bornin1830 inThe l, appr According to the nonprofit e in g on Roomful of Trai ols,certa Many bookstore Nich spec Gen Nedializ and on aRidgegoin is aonmember of which on s, e toh Sant secti interez theGom ment Agency said that the agency gave it our all, ment came Feb. 4, but ownerst tend to be smaller and York, cambenc ree Saskia Luca p from 28, Now . New car-f grou nhill said al ges, the work dow she it s chor d Brid has Jane unce feet nize son foun l, and mystery, ers, t-per Trai -up,and 200 r raThe anno Adamson in 1854 h, anlleeigh program orga promotes health, nty walk TeetBrai genres such as usually Cruz Couin , Melinda Pow mandatory wate located Trail and e ire acqu een my award. n toRidg first Gram d betw from Roaits is considering d include daily water Mayer-Lochtefeld Richard Lange have been 26 won event which local businesses. ’s Mill They’re also tions. in a lumber mill. He bega ofinterend in HihnJan. as It’sormed a song my . gewill est at alsol. perf saidenta pit Trai tioning that coul inating irrigation. ion” loca Leimeister, and the place open for years Gram ,” she Sawband a perc community and ched on West and have erty s we Trail andThe ed “destinat of these are thing prop album at the tor ied He marr firstwill h s. Trac ation whic g butusalso budgets and elim this current drought fighting to keep a moribund economy slow The event laun a Cruz in 2012 eponymo ertie er s,oper “None its bikin . ntain Prop lumb l Ow mou 1865 see c. t and loca at y said d Sant traffi abou reall y. sales n d in efeld aime mon “We War stria County as hthe cere Internet between eque rousabet Cliff Drive andrds Mayer-Locht t Eliz gene n,” Santa Cruz agre toe-hikingAwa Margare four” she said in s studio. 2013, and has seen d an open nd ling, thril was filled ing, has been be arou as a call to actio s Director John Ricker sales. wasofjust te and returned in a total year, he negotiatethe when the store owns the build . of to be “It ercted The next people participa at an Austin, Texa s expeexpe “There was a time time, but the bookstore owners struggled to stay open Water Resource starts raining tomorCast- ro, It’sown queelcafé roughly 9,000 said. -uniRafa recording sessions of the day’ t with the build . it a then ness if to men all as long n t, such efeld s new s le rst gran ocht “Eve the fi mile 1980 Luca . t we peop , two the er-L land in secu said said of with l cho e than one ez each year Opened s Ran for mor us a taste of wha s of rent then,” May run Apto ,” getting through all so goinsg to beGom really successfu . ing to “It’sApto arrivArea row, this gives combo, it was the y Kits the Bay five nmiles up business was diffe in from “We’ve been use, Gwe land es, ard to in term lumber mill public rienc n bookstore Marcia Rider,aKath y d check, was best ts,” she said a soun to pay s onhim a greall doin to be land andtrail have to look forwr resources.” for p is still said. lated shutting dow gategs to with our even y love this. A lot des by Castro’s ritygoin k on grou h. That wate won the award Cree ovic est. Perkins. “It’s our ers also contempcampaign rekindled deca they Sten lutel rd st.” harv ning own said ing er Boa Judy abso Fore ance plan hear The o timb ple rict and orm that “Peo the Dem Marcum Water Dist tion tonew ensemble perf fundraising a roya6lty on the ols got grea up.” allred addithe out t of clea ic/sm soluect Soquel Creek hope that they mus in 2012, but a theberproj of families show different from a cham LaHue said the longPlease turn to Page In 1871, Nich and paidAs$3,0 Jan. 16, shock. ort and gave themsmaller, paredof 00 of ales y hhurd muc President Tom lator customer supp a any other , ’t too The event is require wasnregu its last to retool into lumber business farm land ia rent than betw of een t fair, Lucas said forndiffe any are not easy and I one Cali feel st ’t tions the hone of might be able didn of s be traditional stree outside vendors “It finalization for 120 acre theValevard, she t,said. “To ibility that no documen term planning. return underground Mar Bouwith Act day,” of the as there will be partlity e. tal Qua Driv today’s Rio Del men wiron Thed the poss thing was ire.idere cons Env 5 In order to CalF residents even and Shorevie ed’t by hadn Please turn to Page sto-shepherd normal level, lencia School ly built their twothe t important music out ess at mos a proc by 35 ed The aquifers to a ld win. y look studwou re l we back their use stop o. wheenta The Nichols fami Coast Roa nedand get our ance outli envidronm to andorm publicity phot perf will have to cut ect her our the in proj do on n to e the y of show least 20 years, todances is ry hom areeque percent for at intrusion threatening been made to 0-member audience Estelí Gomez h Apartmentscons .” a have Teet of there Lind that ful ay a nts freew Room Lom stme No ts. 8,00 the adju effecthe the seawater ezl said which a Courtesy of . el Drive. The enta said Gom ion, Soqu ue ovat ronm are LaH 9012 envi at is club r mize a standing water supplies, r mini Del t Mar watetenn Rio eigh gave the band supplemental wate 4 ty has counthe If unable to find ict will consider raThe and Please turn to Page of 4 allto Page cies, e turn LD Pleas supplies, the distr significant levels,” management agen e By TODD GUI el tty pling with som Soqu tioning at “pre which are grap conditions in Of Life Capitola/ . t LaHue said of the dries ry. Z COUNTY SANTA CRU to the dry recorded histoty is suffering of rows in both The coun wers’ legs: All — In response have plagued third year of belo other movie-go theaters have more than 50 conditions that winter, the through its ipitation. The San the ma’s than Cine er s high UB , Apto prec this LHO normal California lowest e between them By ERIK CHA County Board Lorenzo River is at its inches of spac es, Jablon said. ary. Santa Cruz Of Aptos Life on Jan. 28 level ever recorded in Janu standard 42 inchneeds to get up, you don’t even ent of Supervisors ng is notori“If somebody ared a state of Loch Lomond is at 65 percater ie theater seati officially decl APTOS — Mov ped, uncomfortable and a need to move,” he said. groundw ty, and ters even and coun city the capa in cram its g of in one of the thea most drought ous for bein Some back rows feet of legroom. to reduce their basins — upon which the actual film. s six asked residents percent. distraction from ity over quantity, Apto ty relies — were have as much as trimmed the number of seats water use by 20 ment came at a of the coun g over drafted Choosing qual cho Del Mar Shopping Aptos Cinema one theater to 240, removing bein Ran unce dy in the anno alrea ade in The in upgr ence Cinema down from 461 ce at the County. before the drought. d a $250,000 t to bring the audi press conferen Center completesaw a reduction in seats and a few rows from the fron farther-away position days after Gov 3 Building, 11 e for 3D movies, e comfortable, December that Please turn to Page made the sam g key ectors allowing marketing and to a mor screen. Jerry Brown wide. r way to brin all-digital proj from the director of ter saw a reduction efforts are unde r shortage. Photo state thea on, said on d ller Jabl and arati Frien sma Ike decl eting said r Zach the wate olloW us The second, tor of mark ty to address Supervisor Chai le navi4 Ike Jablon, direc eon The- special events. around the coun shuffling as peoping over Please turn to Page ts at Nickelod figures together /Life Capitola/Soquel made special even No more awkward nula r seats, tripp nsIde recent upgrades by Tarmo Han o gate their way to the inne Tarm atres, discusses by o @ Phot

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