Headlong into Spring Column: Julie Horner Editorial 

April 2021 Headlong into Spring

By Julie Horner As Santa Cruz County moves into the orange tier of California’s blueprint for reopening in the now yearlong fight against the novel coronavirus, every move we make as a community must be determined and focused. It’s been messy. Here is where continued conscientious conduct will pull us through this incredible moment in history. Pop-up gathering places, wineries,… Read More
Mane Encounters Zayante Felton Business Column: Julie Horner 

A Journey Back in Time: Felton Ranch Offers Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

By Julie Horner The spirited clip-clop of hooves on pavement and the creak and jingle of leather harnesses accompany the sweet aromas of alfalfa, horse sweat, fresh green manure, and moist earth on a mild Santa Cruz Mountains winter morning. Trotting in tandem, the pair of tow-headed horses toss their tresses in unison as homes and fields drift by. “Easy,… Read More
Emily Pomeroy Photography oyster mushroom Column: Julie Horner 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
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Column: Julie Horner Fire Recovery Local News 

Big Basin: Time to Heal

Ranger Scott Sipes Shares an Update About Big Basin State Park By Julie Horner Log trucks have been moving charred hazard trees out of Big Basin Redwoods State Park in massive convoys. According to Supervising Ranger Scott Sipes, hazard tree removal in the park has been carried out by CalTrans contractors working in collaboration with park foresters and environmental scientists… Read More
Off the Lip Creator Neil Pearlberg works at the Boardroom. Photo by George T. Zafares Column: Julie Horner Entertainment Music 

Livestream Revolution: Neil Pearlberg Hosts Music in the Streets

The name of the show rolled right off Pearlberg’s tongue: “Off the Lip.” The term is used by surfers and skateboarders alike. The skateboarding trick involves balancing the back truck of the skateboard over the edge of the ramp, or “the lip;” surfers pivot their boards off the powerful top part of a breaking wave, also called “the lip,” and... Read More
Mosaic by artists Laurie and Dan Hennig mosaic Column: Julie Horner Community Local News 

Local Treasures Preserved: Update on the Boulder Creek Library Renovation

Renovation at the Boulder Creek Library is underway. The library temporarily closed in March, 2020 for a much needed upgrade using Measure S funds, but the project was stalled by contractor bidding issues, the pandemic, and then the fire. Santa Cruz Public Libraries Regional Manager, Laura Whaley, said, “It took so long to get to this point.” Read More
New Years Day hike at Moore Creek Preserve Santa Cruz Column: Julie Horner Local News Recreation 

New Year’s Hike at Moore Creek Preserve

First hike of the new year! Moore Creek Preserve, Santa Cruz. Splendid! Moore Creek Preserve (formerly the Bombay Property) consists of 246 acres of diverse ecosystems, including coastal prairie, wildflower, open grassland, coast oak woodlands, and a riparian corridor on the west side of Santa Cruz near UCSC. Nearly 3 miles of trails guide hikers through threatened and endangered wildlife… Read More