Infrastructure Local News Water 

San Lorenzo Valley Water District Tank Replacement

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) announced on June 2, 2024 that it will be replacing 12 water storage tanks in several locations in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Among them, the Redwood Park Tank, Echo Tanks, Highland Tank, Felton Heights Tank, and South Tanks. The work replaces old leaky redwood construction and plastic tanks damaged by the CZU fire… Read More
Holidays Local News Weather 

Red Flag Warning Issued for the Santa Cruz Mountains

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Fire Weather Zone 512 Santa Cruz Mountains by the National Weather Service. Critical fire weather conditions are expected as we head into Tuesday morning, July 2 and until 11:00 pm Tuesday night. A combination of high temperatures (up to 99 Tuesday), Northwest wind around 15 mph, and low relative humidity (as low… Read More
Holidays Local News Weather 

Excessive Heat Warning: July 2 Through the Weekend

It’s going to be hot. Santa Cruz County has released a statement asking residents county wide to prepare for an extreme heat wave “lasting from Tuesday, July 2 and into the weekend, with the National Weather Service expecting temperatures in the San Lorenzo Valley and other upper elevations to exceed 100 degrees, with little overnight relief.” A heat advisory has… Read More
Lukas McClish rescue Fire Departments Local News Valley People 

Lukas McClish Rescued in the Santa Cruz Mountains After Multi-Agency Day Search

By Mary Andersen What started as a short three hour hike exploring a route to a worksite turned into a 10 day ordeal for Lukas McClish. A 34-year-old lifelong resident of Boulder Creek, Lukas was rescued on June 20 after being lost in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Last sighted in Boulder Creek on the 11th, the McClish family reported him… Read More
Fire Departments Local News 

Firefighters Receive State of California Governor’s Medal of Valor

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) CZU San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit firefighters among those honored. On Tuesday, June 25, 2024 ten CAL FIRE Firefighters received the State of California Governor’s Medal of Valor, the highest honor given to state employees, in a ceremony hosted by the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento. The prestigious Medal of Valor is… Read More
FIreworks prohibited Holidays Local News Public Safety 

Fireworks are Prohibited in Unincorporated County

Increased Fines in Effect for 4th of July Holiday Reminder that fireworks are prohibited in most of Santa Cruz County, including all unincorporated areas and on all beaches. Increased fines of up to $1,000 are in effect during the 4th of July holiday. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols and enforcement. Illegal fireworks can be a… Read More
Infrastructure Local News 

CPUC Rejects AT&T Landline Withdrawal Request

Santa Cruz Mountains Residents Will Stay Connected On June 20, 2024, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rejected AT&T’s request to withdraw from the state as a carrier of last resort (COLR) following extensive, sometimes heated, public input. In a statement, the CPUC said, “Following review of AT&T’s request, which received over 5,000 public comments and for which the CPUC… Read More
low impact camping ordinance Fire Local News Outdoors 

Low Impact Camping Ordinance

UPDATE: Supervisor Zach Friend’s controversial “Low-Impact Camping Ordinance” was rejected at today’s county Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors Manu Koenig, Justin Cummings, Felipe Hernandez, and Bruce McPherson instead urged waiting for the result of Senate Bill 620 – the state’s camping ordinance, guidance from the insurance commissioner on impact to insured homeowners, and input from stakeholders. The final vote was… Read More
Fire Recovery Local News 

Camp Krem on the Road to Recovery

A Bright Future in Sight: Camping Unlimited at Camp Krem Approved for FEMA Assistance By Julie Horner Many remember Camp Krem, a Santa Cruz Mountains recreational mainstay and American Camp Association accredited outdoor experience for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1957, Camp Krem occupies nearly 100 acres high above Boulder Creek just a few miles west… Read More