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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 6/11/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few national stories from NPR.

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The first rule of the pandemic: avoid a crowded house full of strangers. But for live theatres and music venues, a full house is the sign of an entertaining — and profitable — evening.  While restaurants, retail shops and gyms have slowly reopened, indoor performance venues have kept their doors closed. As California nears June 15 — the finish-line for the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy — raising the curtains at these venues still has its challenges.

Doug McKnight / KAZU News

As the weather warms up and sunrises are greeted with chirping birds, local wildlife rescue centers say it’s safe to put bird feeders back up. They asked the community to remove feeders earlier this year after they became a salmonella super-spreader for a native songbird.

Doug McKnight


The farmer’s market in downtown Monterey is back after a 15-month closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's the longest running farmers market in Monterey County and like an old friend, when it reopened, it picked up right where it left off.

Montage Health

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 5/21/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few national stories from NPR.

Erika Mahoney

The western monarch butterfly is in trouble. This past winter, fewer than 2,000 monarchs were counted in California, which represents a 99% percent decline in their population since the 1980s. But a hopeful spring is following a winter of doom and gloom. Congress has taken up their plight through legislation and there’s something you can do now — take a hard look at your garden.

Santa Cruz Finally Climbs Into The Yellow Tier

May 19, 2021
Jerimiah Oetting

 


After weeks of anticipation, Santa Cruz County finally climbed into the Yellow Tier on Wednesday. The move marks an important step towards fully reopening the economy, but some businesses are moving forward carefully.

The MAH

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 5/14/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few national stories from NPR.

Cal Fire

New reporting by NPR’s California Newsroom has revealed just how dangerous PG&E’s power lines are heading into this year’s wildfire season. The investigation also spotlights just how vulnerable the Santa Cruz Mountains are. KAZU’s Michelle Loxton reports.

Doug McKnight


  

Demand for COVID-19 vaccinations in California has reached a turning point. Gone are the days when people repeatedly hit refresh on their computers, hoping to score a vaccination appointment. Now some clinics are accepting walk-ins and others end the day with unfilled appointments. That’s forcing health and government officials to rethink their vaccination programs.

KAZU News has won two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its work in 2020. The Radio Television Digital News Association honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism annually through these awards.

 

Michelle Loxton.

When a massive wildfire tore through the Santa Cruz mountains last year, it destroyed close to 1,500 structures. When a structure is destroyed by fire, toxic materials can leak into the environment. Cleaning up these spills often involves scraping the earth and dumping it somewhere else. But a local group is trying a different approach. They’re experimenting with fungi, which they say has an incredible ability to remove and even heal toxic burn scars.

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 4/30/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Brandt Bates


It’s been another dry year in California. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a drought emergency in two northern California counties and the Sierra snowpack is well below normal. All that does not bode well for this summer’s wildfire season. To get a sense of what to expect this year, KAZU’s Doug McKnight spoke with Cal Fire Battalion Chief Issac Sanchez. 

Michelle Loxton

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 4/23/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Caltrans

Highway 1 in Big Sur will reopen Friday, two months ahead of Caltrans’ schedule. A section of the roadway at Rat Creek has been closed since late January.

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A jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. The trial was closely watched by many all over the world including right here on the Monterey Bay. Pastor Ronald Britt has been part of Greater Victory Temple Church of God in Christ in Seaside for over 30 years. He also spent 23 years as a deputy sheriff for Santa Clara County Department of Corrections. KAZU News spoke with Pastor Britt shortly after the verdict was read on Tuesday.

Bryan Flores

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 4/16/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Morgan Rector

California’s underwater kelp forests are in trouble. A combination of climate change and hungry purple sea urchins have decimated these vital forests. But the Monterey Peninsula has a kelp forest guardian — sea otters. New research out of the University of California, Santa Cruz is highlighting their role.

Luis Alejo

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 4/9/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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