candidate forum Election Election 2024 Local News 

Candidate Forum Draws a Crowd

Wednesday’s Candidates Forum at Highlands Park Senior & Community Center attracted a packed house amid road closures and power outages from recent storms. The ‘standing room only’ crowd gathered in a cold community room lit only by a backup generator and flashlights to learn more about the four candidates running to fill the Santa Cruz County 5th District Supervisor seat.… Read More
nws bay area february 2023 Local News Weather 

Storm Resources for Saturday Feb 3 to Monday Feb 5

The National Weather Service is forecasting several inches of rain and powerful winds beginning late Saturday and into Monday. Expect downed trees, power outages, and possible flooding of local creeks and rivers. Below are some resources to help you prepare for the storm: Preparedness Checklist View the county’s storm preparedness checklist. Emergency Alerts Receive local emergency alerts to your phone… Read More
Big Basin Water Local News Water 

Big Basin Water Secures $850,000 Grant

Serviam by Wright LLP, the court-appointed receiver to Big Basin Water Company (BBWC) has secured an $850,000 state grant from the California Department of Water Resources’ Small Community Drought Relief Program. The funding has been awarded to help assure access to safe drinking water for the Boulder Creek community served by BBWC for the immediate future. “This funding, which my… Read More
slv water district rate increase Government Local News Water 

San Lorenzo Valley Water District Rate Increase: How the Public Process Works

Public meetings are scheduled for January 20 and February 15 By Mary Andersen  The San Lorenzo Valley Water District has announced that its Board of Directors voted on December 7, 2023 to initiate a two month Proposition 218 process for a rate increase. According to the District, the new rate hike will address impacts from the August 2020 CZU Lightning… Read More
Zayante Fire Protection District at Loch Lomond with SkyLife Fire Departments Local News 

Zayante Fire Seeks Community Support

By Robin Musitelli Zayante Fire Department is struggling. The San Lorenzo Valley’s second largest department geographically but poorest in tax revenue, is fighting to keep a financial fire from getting out of control and will soon face a new threat — consolidation. As mountain residents know, our local fire departments are much more than fire responders. They are intrinsically valuable… Read More
Felton Fire Department Fire Local News 

Felton Fire Protection District Board of Directors Notice of Vacancy

The Felton Fire Protection District Board of Directors has posted a Notice of Vacancy. Applications are due January 8, 2024. The position to be filled is for a term ending December 2024. The seat will go to election in November 2024 for a new 4-year term. Applications are available at the Felton Fire Protection District Office located at: 131 Kirby… Read More
Jobs Local News 

Loch Lomond Recreation Area Seeks Chief Ranger

Career opportunity in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Deadline to apply: Thursday, January 18, 2024. The Chief Ranger position is open at the Loch Lomond Recreation Area. The City of Santa Cruz Water Department is seeking individuals with skills in parks and natural resources management and administration to apply. Responsibilities include managing daily operations and staff, budgeting, and planning safety and… Read More
Holidays Local News Valley People 

San Lorenzo Valley Cookie Project Delivers a Little Joy

Holiday cookie baking project brings joy to those in need. Ryan Okrant and Valley Churches team up to deliver care packages in the Santa Cruz Mountains. By Ryan Okrant My mother and her friends began the original Cookie Project in the late 80s in conjunction with Valley Churches United (VCU). Volunteers baked all kinds of cookies then gathered together to… Read More
Felton covered Bridge park pump track Local News Parks 

Felton Pump Track Proposal Headed to Board of Supervisors

The Felton Pump Track proposal will be up for vote at the next Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, December 12. The board will vote on whether or not to give Santa Cruz County Parks Department leaders the go-ahead to begin the process of implementing the track. View the supervisors’ agenda packet after it posts by noon on… Read More