Santa Cruz County Office of Education Education Local News 

County Board of Education Addresses Governor Newsom’s Safe Schools for All Plan

The county's collective district superintendents released a press statement this week providing an update on their alignment with Governor Gavin Newsom's Safe Schools for All Plan. Takeaways include support for financial incentives for elementary schools to open in hybrid format and a stance that Newsom's requirement for weekly testing would be neither feasible nor necessary in Santa Cruz County. Read More
New Years Day hike at Moore Creek Preserve Santa Cruz 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
2014 Oso, Washington, landslide killed 43 people Debris Flow Local News 

At Home When Debris Flow Strikes: There Is Hope

01By Jennie Dusheck After an intense heat wave, weeks of fire and smoke, hundreds displaced, and the worst pandemic in a hundred years, all of us are more than ready for recovery and healing. But many in the CZU fire zone are facing debris flows capable of carrying away or crushing buildings, vehicles, and people.  Early evacuation is the safest… Read More
Last Chance Community Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Fire Fire Recovery Local News 

Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Takes Action

By Beth Prentiss with Rebekah Uccellini Kuby and Tiffany Worthington While cooler weather and rains may spell relief for some people worried about wildfires, for others they mean a race against the clock to protect our waterways from toxic ash runoff before heavy rains begin. The Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition has been working non-stop since the wildfires to contain the… Read More
COVID California Santa Cruz County Coronavirus Local News 

County Stay-at-Home Order in Effect 12/17

REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IN EFFECT TOMORROW County of Santa Cruz Press Release: To preserve critical ICU capacity and protect the health and safety of residents, the remaining Bay Area Region counties, including Santa Cruz County, will implement the Regional Stay-at- Home Order based on data released by the state showing ICU capacity has fallen below the threshold for implementation. The… Read More
Debris flow hazards santa cruz mountains san lorenzo valley Debris Flow Fire Local News 

Debris Flow Hazards in the Santa Cruz Mountains

A GEOLOGIST “TRANSLATES” HAZARD MAPS By Gail Mahood Introduction Anyone driving up Hwy 9 has spotted the new electronic signs warning “Debris Flow Hazards Ahead” and urging citizens to sign up for the Code Red alert system. This is part of the Santa Cruz County response to the debris flow hazards the San Lorenzo Valley is facing this coming winter… Read More