Zayante Fire Chief Dan Walters Fire Recovery Local News 

Meet Dan Walters, Zayante’s New Fire Chief

By Mary Andersen After 33 years serving Santa Cruz and Felton fire districts, longtime local Dan Walters is overseeing the Zayante Fire Protection District. He succeeded outgoing chief John Stipes at the end of July this year. “My main goal going forward is to educate the community on the fire risks that continue today and then to improve opportunities for… Read More
Laura Testa Reyes Local News People Radio 

Radio Active: Resounding Women’s Voices

By Julie Horner Pure dedication. Nearly every Sunday since the winter of 1989, Boulder Creek’s Laura Testa-Reyes makes the trek over the hill to run the Wimmin’s Music Program on KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino. “Laura Testa,” as she is called on-air, is a passionate feminist radio programmer whose inspiration comes from music written and performed by women. She hosts… Read More
Last Chance Road by Julie Horner Fire Recovery Local News 

Fire Recovery Lags

By Jayme Ackemann When a 4Leaf, Inc. consulting geologist made three trips to Last Chance resident Ali McCargo’s Davenport property and couldn’t find it – Ali became concerned. Santa Cruz County promised a “streamlined process” when San Lorenzo Valley residents began returning to their fire-devastated communities. But fire survivors are asking what that really meant as we reflect on the… Read More
Boulder Creek California Fallen Leaf Column: Antonia Bradford Fire Recovery Local News 

Rebuilding Challenges Continue

By Antonia Bradford In the year since the CZU Fire of 2020, fire families have been grieving and processing our losses all while trying to work, raise children, and rebuild our homes. For many of us, rebuilding efforts have been stalled by Santa Cruz County’s Planning Department. Before the smoke cleared last year, we were assured by County officials that… Read More
San Lorenzo Valley High School Education Local News 

SLVUSD Back in Session

By Nancy Martinez New SLVUSD superintendent Christopher Schiermeyer provided an update on the start of the 2021/22 school year. The district’s 2,412 students have returned to in-person learning. The district is following California Department of Public Health (CDHP) guidelines which you can view at In a statement, Schiermeyer said, “Visiting the campuses and being inside the classrooms this week,… Read More
CZU Fire remembrance Cheyanne Valera Editorial Local News 

Editorial: Coming Together One Year Later for a CZU Community Remembrance

By Julie Horner After days of unnaturally scorching heat, mountain residents found themselves awakened pre-dawn by a ferocious wind. Suddenly the sky was alight, and the sound of thunder heralded an odd stillness. Some rushed outside with their children to watch the lightning. Others slept through the display. The National Weather Service estimated there were some 2,500 lightning strikes in… Read More
Christopher Bradford Fallen Leaf Boulder Creek Column: Antonia Bradford Fire Recovery Local News 

CZU Fire Families: Rebuilding Stalled

By Antonia Bradford On August 16th, 2020 the Santa Cruz Mountains experienced an intense dry lightning storm that sparked the CZU fire. The fire burned for 38 days, destroying 1,490 buildings including the homes of 911 families. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the fire this month, it’s a good time to check in with the status of recovery… Read More