San Lorenzo Valley Water District surface water Commentary Letters 

Letter: Scotts Valley / SLV Water District Proposal

To the Editor: The proposed consolidation of the Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley Water Districts (SLVWD) has generated a lot of excellent comments and questions from our community, particularly at the SLVWD Board meeting held on Feb. 4th and attended by almost 100 SLVWD residents.    As a current SLVWD Director, I’m speaking for myself in this letter—I’m not speaking… Read More
Pint of joe coffee beer Food & Drink 

A Pint of Joe: Best of All Worlds – Coffee in Beer

By Mike De Smidt and Greg Roe  One of the reasons we enjoy beer and the process of designing and brewing it are the endless possibilities. Fruit, spices, alternative grains (everything other than the traditional barley), you name it; there’s probably somebody somewhere who has experimented with putting it in a beer. One such experiment that has yielded some truly… Read More
Emily Pomeroy Photography oyster mushroom Columns Food & Drink 

Foraged Wild Mushrooms: A Conversation with Bob Wynn

By Julie Horner Lompico’s beloved mushroom gastronomist, Bob Wynn said, “Typically right now I would be knee deep in mushrooms getting ready for the Fungus Faire.” If not for the pandemic, the 47th annual Fungus Fair would have taken place the second weekend in January at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. Wynn presented cooking demonstrations and sold… Read More
Phase II cleanup Boulder Creek CZU Fire Fire Recovery Local News 

Phase II Debris Removal After the CZU Fire

By Mary Andersen The CZU Lightning Complex Fire in August 2020 burned over 86,000 acres and destroyed 1,490 buildings leaving several hundred families struggling to find housing while contending with their properties. Many fire survivors have spoken out online, recounting struggles with their insurance companies and contending with Santa Cruz County’s notoriously obstructive planning department. While property owners have found… Read More
Mary Andersen Photography San Lorenzo River Local News Water 

Water District Consolidation Process

What the public can anticipate as officials begin discussions and take actions toward a potential San Lorenzo Valley/Scotts Valley water district consolidation By Mary Andersen The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) Board of Directors will meet today, Thursday, February 4, 2021. After opening the meeting at 5:30 pm, the board will enter a closed session period for one hour.… Read More
February Gardeing Columns Gardening 

February in the Garden

By Marielle Martin Gardening in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains means contending with a variety of microclimates and conditions. We have forested mountainous terrain offering sunlight challenges, a marine influence, and a range of soil types. Fortunately, our temperate climate makes for a longer gardening season and a variety of plants thrive here. In general, our frost-free season begins the… Read More