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District manager to retire

With seven years of service on the Scotts Valley Water District board, General Manager Charles McNiesh has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 28. 

During his tenure, McNiesh received an award of $1.3 million in competitive grant funding for projects to expand recycled-water infrastructure, conserve the district’s supply and investigate additional water resources. 

In retirement, McNiesh said he will continue to work with the district as needed and will focus primarily on grants and other programs that are in progress. 


Backyard burn season begins with new rules

To mark the beginning of the five-month backyard burning season Saturday, Dec. 1, the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District issued a reminder to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties about new restrictions regarding yard-waste fires.

To burn yard debris legally, residents of the three counties are required to get a smoke management permit before burning. Permits are available online at or by phone during business hours at 647-9411.

Yard waste can be burned on a parcel of land no smaller than a half-acre. In the designated Smoke Sensitive Area in the San Lorenzo Valley, parcels must be at least a full acre to be the site of a legal waste fire.

All fires must be 100 feet or farther from any structure.

Within the San Lorenzo Valley Smoke Sensitive Area, no more than 20 legal backyard burn permits will be issued each day.

Only dry materials should be burned, as burning wet debris generates excess smoke.


Cabrillo College president to leave

Trustees of Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento Valley have selected Cabrillo College President Brian King as the district’s new chancellor, effective Feb. 1. 

During the next several months, the Cabrillo College governing board will engage in a national search to find the Soquel-based college’s next president.

Since 2004, King has been president and superintendent of Cabrillo College, where he presided over several faculty and administration changes. He also helped the school manage cuts to money it receives from the state. 

Los Rios Community College District is the second largest in the state and enrolls more than 80,000 students at its four colleges: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City.

During his tenure, King worked closely with Cabrillo College Foundation leadership to secure more than $20 million from local and national donors for instruction and student scholarships.

At the local level, King is president-elect of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, and is a board member of Santa Cruz Dominican Hospital, the Santa Cruz Business Council and Santa Cruz Rotary. 


Genealogy conference rounds up roots

Karen Clifford, a nationally-known genealogist and author, will be the keynote speaker for the 32nd annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Conference in Seaside.

Lunch and a syllabus will be provided as part of the $30 early registration available before Jan. 15. 

Co-sponsors include the Commodore Sloat Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Family History Center and classrooms at the LDS Church, 1024 Noche Buena St., in Seaside. 

For information: 889-2121 or

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