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Brookdale Bluegrass Festival March 24, 25, 26

Santa Cruz Mountains Music Festival Returns to its Roots By Julie Horner Reeling in at the Santa Cruz Wharf, nothing in the creel, Eric Burman sighed and said, “You can’t catch fish after a full moon.” Burman and fellow KBCZ programmer and brother in bluegrass, Bruce Bellochio turned the conversation to the upcoming Brookdale Bluegrass Festival. Burman and Bellochio, along… Read More
fire recovery czu boulder creek Fire Recovery Local News 

Fire Families Respond to McPherson Comments

Agenda item 38 of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) January 31, 2023 meeting, addressed an amendment of the County’s contract with 4Leaf, the Pleasanton, CA construction management firm which had been hired after the CZU fire to streamline and manage the permitting process for fire victims hoping to rebuild. The program for fire victims was called the Legacy Older Structures… Read More
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Open Letters to Bruce McPherson and County Leadership

“It’s not the fire that breaks you, it’s the County” By Antonia Bradford On February 1, 2023 Supervisor Bruce McPherson was quoted in a Sentinel article titled “Supervisors Bruce McPherson, Justin Cummings Seek CZU Rebuild Details” saying, “roughly one-third of impacted residents have not sought a rebuild permit after the CZU fires.” He goes on to say, “The county isn’t… Read More
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Eyes Skyward: Hobbyist Chuck Winser Manages His Backyard Weather Station

By Julie Horner with Chuck Winser  Chuck Winser has been living in Boulder Creek since December of 1989, a refugee from the Loma Prieta Quake. Because he was working with manufacturing data collection at Seagate Technology at the time and had an interest in weather, the two interests combined, and he purchased his first weather station from Fry’s Electronics. It… Read More
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Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency and Upcoming Water District Plans

By Bob Fultz It’s important that we all stay current with the activities of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGA), since their actions could have a significant impact on local control and cost of water in San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD).   A bit of background. The Santa Margarita Aquifer has been designated by the State of California as being… Read More
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County Secures $500,000 Grant to Develop Broadband

The California Public Utilities Commission’s Local Area Technical Assistance program has awarded the County of Santa Cruz a $500,000 grant to develop a countywide broadband master plan. The goal of the plan would be to ensure that all residents have access to high-speed internet. The public is asked to complete an online survey as part of the public outreach process.… Read More
Bear Creek Road Boulder Creek San Lorenzo Valley Local News Road Conditions 

Bear Creek Road is Open

Intermittent rain showers Sunday and a breathtaking view from Bear Creek Road overlooking the San Lorenzo Valley between Boulder Creek and Los Gatos. Bear Creek Road is passable between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Silicon Valley with numerous small slipouts to dodge. Observe temporary lights and stop signs in place for one-way traffic control at several major roadbed failures. View… Read More
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Harmon Gulch Neighborhood in Need of Assistance

Rebekah Uccellini, advocate and coordinator for Santa Cruz Relief reports that Boulder Creek’s Harmon Gulch neighborhood remains in dire condition with the road out and residents unable to receive assistance. Harmon Gulch is northeast of town and just north of Bear Creek Road, “We live on Harmon Gulch Road and the road was washed out in the storms and has… Read More
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Highlands Park Senior and Community Center: The Heart of the Valley

By Julie Horner The Highlands Park Senior Center has served as a hub for San Lorenzo Valley residents for more than 40 years. It was built for and dedicated to the nonprofit Senior Citizens Organization of San Lorenzo Valley in 1978 with the intent that the community would have the building in perpetuity. Tucked unassumingly among the maples, oaks, and… Read More