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01/31/2023

By Julie Horner The all-women vocal ensemble Zambra has released their third album, “Gathering In,” which highlights the glory of blended female voices and celebrates a sisterhood that has lasted nearly three decades.  Zambra is composed of a tight knit …

01/27/2023

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 …

01/26/2023

Mark Dolson In November, I wrote about the challenges facing the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) as it strives to ensure a reliable water supply for future customers.  This month, I want to focus on the larger context: the …

01/22/2023

By Julie Horner A new book is available at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum: "When the Mission Bells Rang" by Dr. Judith Scott, illustrated by Lydia Gibson and in consultation with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Written for children as …

01/21/2023

By Alison Steele We find ourselves in our dark cozy homes even as the sun slowly returns. Garden greens thrive in the morning frost and root vegetables are protected below ground. The pantry is stocked with pickled vegetables and fruits …

01/19/2023

By Josh Reilly We had a strange Fall season in my little “holler” in Ben Lomond in 2022. Routine heavy frosts started in late October, a little ahead of schedule, along with other autumnal anomalies. Maybe it’s the 50 F …

01/18/2023

Here’s to Authentic Recovery and Representation in the New Year By Mary Andersen As we ring in the New Year, do we have enthusiastic anticipation for new beginnings? Here’s hoping so; it’s been a rough couple of years. In March …

01/13/2023

Cari Wade took this photo of her husband Dave taking a photo of Douglas firs that came down in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (January 10) on Lakeview Drive in Forest Lakes, Felton. The trees caused 3 power poles …

01/13/2023

Weather From the National Weather Service: The forecast calls for light rainfall on Friday with another storm approaching Saturday, January 14. We can expect periods of rain as a cold front passes over the region. Pre-existing saturated soils will not …

01/12/2023

By M.C. Dwyer Reflecting back on all the people I helped last year, helping one person was essential, and the effort was one of the most challenging projects of my career: my client was living in an unsafe home on …

01/11/2023

WEATHER The forecast calls for widespread precipitation through January 19 with a break tomorrow January 12. The strongest weather will likely occur this Friday and Saturday with heavy rain and wind. Follow the National Weather Service Monterey Bay Area at …

01/09/2023

By Mary Andersen and Julie Horner WEATHER The weather timeline for January 9 through 10 calls for moderate to heavy rain and wind. Monday, anticipate heavy rain and wind gusts. Moderate rain on Tuesday morning with wind gusts calming by …

01/08/2023

By Mary Andersen and Julie Horner Weather The weather timeline for January 8 through 10 calls for calm today, then moderate to heavy rain and wind arrives after 10:00 pm. Monday, anticipate heavy rain and wind gusts. Moderate rain on …

01/07/2023

By Julie Horner Professional pâtissière Emily Allis has been creating delectables since she was 18. “I’ve been baking my entire life,” she said. Little Forest Bakery, her fully licensed home kitchen in Boulder Creek celebrates nearly two years in business …

01/05/2023

By Catie Cadge Happy New Year, stargazers! This month I will briefly cover January’s astrological events and then share a quick look into the year ahead. We see some big shifts in the cosmic weather in 2023. Several major planetary …

01/04/2023

Multiple areas around the county have been issued Evacuation Warnings by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office due to the current storm and rising water levels. Look up your zone at aware.zonehaven.com. BOU-E040 Boulder CreekSCO-E002 East of ZayanteFEL-E008 Felton GroveFEL-E011 …

12/27/2022

North Santa Cruz County CAL FIRE Big Creek Station:  240 Swanton Rd, Davenport, 831-426-1664 Boulder Creek Fire:  831-338-7222 CAL FIRE Fall Creek Station:  7272 Empire Grade, Bonny Doon, 831-335-5353 Felton Fire Department:  131 Kirby St, 831-335-4422 Ben Lomond Fire 831-336-5495/Valley …

12/26/2022

By Julie Horner Kellen and Jamie Coffis are coming home for the holidays. Born and raised in Ben Lomond, the brothers have recently scattered to the local winds, one to Aptos and one to Santa Cruz. Not so far, but …

12/23/2022

By Alison Steele Barter is big amongst the gardeners, foragers, beekeepers, artisans, and musicians here. We’ve already embraced the fact that we need each other, especially in the wintertime when pockets of sunlight are few and far between. In order …

12/14/2022

By Josh Reilly December is upon us and with it, the hot-colored Holiday blooms of Amaryllis. These bulbs are often stashed in a cool, dark spot and potted in October or November. Those from in the Southern Hemisphere will flower …