Water Infrastructure Local News Water 

Big Basin Water Crisis | Receivership Hearing Scheduled 

By Christopher Bradford The ongoing issues with Big Basin Water have reached a tipping point for Boulder Creek residents, and we’re now in an emergency situation. Recently many residents went without water for weeks, and some have lost water again. The most recent outage, one of many which are increasing in frequency, was caused by a large main line leak. This… Read More
Felton Covered Bridge Park Community Local News Parks 

Felton Pump Track Proposal Raises Concerns

By Mary Andersen  Debate is in full swing over a proposed pump track in Felton Covered Bridge Park. The proposal, shepherded by Santa Cruz Mountains Trails Stewardship (SCMTS), Santa Cruz County Parks Department, and County Park Friends, calls for a 13,871 s.f. footprint with an asphalt track 6 to 8 feet wide and several feet tall.  SCMTS describes the pump… Read More
Rick Rogers SLV Water District Local News Water 

SLV Water District Manager Rick Rogers to Retire

Search Begins for Successor The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) has announced that District Manager Rick Rogers will retire in November. Rogers began his career with SLVWD nearly five decades ago, securing a position right after high school in 1975 to install fences. This temporary role evolved into a full-time position within the water treatment division. Throughout his career,… Read More
King Tides by Shanna Kuempel Art Fire Recovery Local News 

Light on Water: Veteran Firefighter Shanna Kuempel Celebrates Fine Art Exhibit

By Julie Horner Artist Shanna Kuempel loves to play with color and luminescence in her landscapes. “My career as a firefighter, I’m drawn to light on water,” she said. The flush of a Santa Cruz sunrise; the fiery sky, pure oranges and blues….color and smoke. Opalescent, unobstructed views of the ocean at Pleasure Point. The way the kelp wraps around… Read More
Pump Track Local News Recreation 

Community Meeting: Proposed Pump Track for Felton Covered Bridge Park

Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship (SCMTS) and Santa Cruz County Parks are proposing a new multi-use pump track for Felton Covered Bridge Park. They’re hosting a public meeting and are looking for community input.  SCMTS describes the pump track as a paved surface with a series of rollers, jumps, and banked turns that connect in a closed loop. The track… Read More
Alba Road Ben Lomond San Lorenzo Valley Santa Cruz Mountains Local News Road Conditions 

Alba, Empire Grade, and Jamison Creek Roads Resurfacing Schedules

Emergency route road resurfacing has been scheduled for Alba, Jamison Creek, and Empire Grade Roads throughout August and September. Schedule Alba Road from Empire Grade to Highway 9Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 18, 2023 Empire Grade from McGivern Way to Quarry Bend RoadFriday, August 18 to Thursday, August 24, 2023 Jamison Creek Road from Empire Grade to Highway 236Thursday,… Read More
county invoice Fire Recovery Local News 

Fire Victims Receive Debris Removal Invoices from the County

By Mary Andersen This month marks the 3rd anniversary of the fire that burned 86,500 acres and destroyed 911 homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains. To date, only 36 homes have been rebuilt, the majority in Bonny Doon, along with 230 permits “in process.”  While the fire victims’ struggles with insurance, permitting, geology, water, septic, construction costs, and property damage… Read More
Nicole Sallak Anderson Books Local News 

Wildfire: Losing Everything, Gaining the World | New Book by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Compelling CZU Fire Memoir a Gift of Resolve and Remembrance By Julie Horner Nicole Sallak Anderson lived for thirteen years in her hamlet in the woods, under the “Big Trees” in Bonny Doon. Out from the burbs of Chicago to follow California jobs, Nicole and her husband Walt and their two youngsters found their dream. The main house with its… Read More