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Wharf Walks.

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 2/26/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Brandt Bates

Highway 1 is scheduled to reopen early this summer. A section of the road on Big Sur’s south coast is closed after a debris flow washed out both lanes. The work to repair the damage will begin Monday, March 1.

Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic many businesses have had to cope with closing and reopening as the state goes in and out of various types of lockdowns. But there are some businesses that have never reopened, either because they weren’t allowed to or because financial strain forced permanent closure. 

Pinkie Weesner


Wednesday, February 24 is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day when people around the country are asked to wear something pink in an effort to raise awareness about bullying. In Monterey County, bullying affects one out of 5 students in some schools.

Monterey Jazz Festival

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 2/19/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR

Peter Mounteer, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 2/12/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. For one local couple, who is very much in love, Valentine’s Day should be carefree. Instead, it’s a painful reminder of a national policy they say prevents them from tying the knot.

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Monterey County is asking Governor Newsom for more coronavirus vaccine. Essentially, county supervisors are saying the current allocation process is unfair. KAZU News spoke with the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Wendy Root Askew.

 

Heath Johnston

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 2/5/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office

 


 

The Big Sur community finds itself in yet another hardship now that a southern coast section of Highway 1 is closed. This hardship comes after a major wildfire last summer, the storm and debris flows last week and the ongoing pandemic. 

@sccounty on Twitter.

 


With last week’s winter storm behind us, damage assessments are underway. KAZU News spoke with some of the people who predicted what could happen with a rain storm of this kind to see if their fears came to fruition. 

Heath Johnston

The powerful storm that caused outages, flooding and mudflows also washed out part of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast. Caltrans crews and emergency contractors are now assessing the damage.

Brandt Bates

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 1/29/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

 

  

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors tried to clear up any misunderstandings about the timing and rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations this week.  At its regular meeting, the Board heard from various groups involved in the rollout who said they’re ready, they just need more doses of vaccine. KAZU’S Doug McKnight attended the meeting and spoke with KAZU's Erika Mahoney about the county’s plans.

UPDATES: Flooding And Mudflows in Monterey County

Jan 25, 2021
@mcrfd on Twitter (Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District).

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Monterey County lifted evacuation orders for the areas surrounding the Carmel and River fire burn scars on Friday afternoon. Evaucation orders remain in place for are surrounding the Dolan fire burn scar. On Tuesday, an evacuation order was annouced for those living within and two miles down slope of the Dolan Fire burn scar. Late Tuesday, an evacuation order was issued for those living within and two miles down slope of the Carmel and River fire burn scars. Monterey County issued an evacuation order Thursday morning for the Carmel River Lagoon area. That order was lifted later in the day.

Jessica deGrassi

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On Friday morning, Santa Cruz County downgraded all of its current evacuation warnings to advisories. Areas around the CZU Lightning Complex fire burn scar were ordered to evacuate Monday morning because of an approaching rainstorm that could have resulted in dangerous debris flows. Evaucations orders were downgraded to warnings on Thursday meaning residents could go home.

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 1/22/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

UC Santa Cruz.

A group of linguists at UC Santa Cruz are on a mission to save a rarely studied endangered language. Through investigation and collaboration, they hope to preserve an indigenous language spoken by communities from Mexico now living in the Monterey Bay area.

PG&E

This week’s high winds caused a large number of power outages in Santa Cruz County. 

Richard Green

There’s been a lot of confusion about COVID-19 and the distribution of the vaccine. That's because it’s complicated. There’s confusion over how and when the vaccine will be distributed and confusion over a batch that caused some allergic reactions. KAZU’s Erika Mahoney has been following the developments.

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