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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.

Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

A gray wolf made a brief appearance in Monterey County this week on a historic journey south from Oregon. His presence is also noteworthy for the agricultural community. Experts say spreading awareness about this protected wolf is essential in minimizing wolf-livestock conflicts.

Michelle Loxton.

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 4/02/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Michelle Loxton

Not far from the UC Santa Cruz campus is a 40 acre forest plot. Students have been counting seeds and measuring trees on this plot for more than a decade. That data has been used in a new study that aims to understand what our forests will look like in generations to come. And the findings suggest that change is on the horizon.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

With the arrival of spring, California is showing some green shoots of normal in its yearlong battle with the COVID-19 virus. The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced it will reopen in May. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, also closed for much of the year, opens April 1.

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On Wednesday, March 24, KAZU’s News Director, Erika Mahoney, spoke about the absolutely heartbreaking loss of her father Kevin Mahoney on NPR’s Morning Edition. 

 

Douglas McKnight

After what feels like a year-long slumber, the Monterey Bay area is beginning to reawaken. COVID-19 infections are falling, vaccinations are increasing and businesses are reopening.

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This Friday (March 19) marks one year since the first statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order went into effect. To mark this anniversary, KAZU News spoke with five Monterey Bay residents to ask them what this past year has been like. They shared their highs and lows with us.

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 3/12/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Amy Red Feather, wildlife technician

Local wildlife rescue centers are asking community members to temporarily take down their bird seed feeders and bird baths. These bird magnets are spreading a deadly disease among a native songbird called Pine Siskins.

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 3/5/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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