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The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur is still standing after efforts to tear it down Monday didn’t work.  A crane wielded a 6000 pound wrecking ball onto the bridge, but it didn’t hit with the desired strength says CalTrans Spokesman Jim Shivers.

Samantha Clark

Under legislation recently introduced in Sacramento, driver’s licenses and other state identifications could soon have a third gender option. In addition to using the letter M for male or F for female, the letters NB may be added to stand for people who are non-binary.  Someone who doesn’t identify exclusively with either gender.

Costly Rebuild Ahead After Storms Crumble Roads

Feb 23, 2017
Brandt Bates

The recent storms have not only brought much-needed water to drought-stricken California, they have also brought massive damage to highways and roads. The California Department of Transportation estimates there has been nearly $500 million in storm damage to the state’s highway system. In unincorporated Santa Cruz County alone, the bill for damaged roads has reached over $30 million. As Santa Cruz County officials figure out how to pay for the damage, some residents are not waiting for help.

President's Day Storm Causes Flooding, Power Outages

Feb 21, 2017
Brandt Bates

Widespread rain across the Monterey Bay Area Monday downed more trees and caused more flooding and power outages. 

Stormy, Windy, Messy Day Across Monterey Bay

Feb 17, 2017
Jocelyn MacNeil

Dealing with downed trees, flooding and road closures are becoming routine for Monterey Bay Area residents. The power was out for thousands of people when they woke up Friday morning. Many were sent home from work and school.

Learning to Listen to Your Body for Your Health

Feb 17, 2017

If your body was trying to tell you something about your health would you know how to listen?  Santa Cruz Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams wants to help you with that.  She wrote the new book BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing.  I recently spoke with Dr. Carlton Abrams (RA).

Ben Carey


Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz has become the epicenter for the treatment of mushroom poisoning in North America.  A doctor there began working on a cure a decade ago after a family of six become deathly ill from eating wild mushrooms.

To find out how easily that could happen I set out with mushroom forager Phil Carpenter.  He’s been mushrooming since he was a kid.  

It's a Birdie... It's Rain... It's Crosby Weather

Feb 9, 2017
Erika Mahoney

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is off with a stormy start. On Thursday, play was suspended because of wet weather.

But rain is no stranger to this charity golf tournament. In fact, it even has a name – “Crosby Weather.” The phrase pays homage to Bing Crosby, the famous singer and actor who started the competition.

The last coastal sand mining plant in the nation remains open in Marina.  It has operated largely unregulated for decades. Then nearly a year ago, the California Coastal Commission put the CEMEX Sand Mine on notice, saying it violates the Coastal Act.   

The two have been in negotiations ever since.  In the meantime, those who want to see the mine shutdown are keeping a watchful eye on operations.

Krista Almanzan

Saturday the Women’s March hits the streets of Washington with the message women’s rights are human rights.   Organizers say they want to stand in solidarity with groups marginalized  by campaign rhetoric including immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community.  Locally marches will take place in Santa Cruz and on the campus of CSUMB (KAZU’s parent intuition). 

Santa Cruz Strikes on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2017
Erika Mahoney

President Trump’s Inauguration sent protesters into the streets in Santa Cruz.   

Throughout the Monterey Bay Area, the Inauguration of Donald Trump has become a call to action. This Saturday there will be Women’s Marches in Santa Cruz and on the campus of CSUMB to coincide with the National Women’s March.  On Inauguration Day, rallies will be held in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Salinas.   Here's a list.

For many in the Monterey Bay Area, Friday's Inauguration of President-Elect Trump has become a call to action.  Rallies, marches and community organizing events will be held throughout region.  All will take place rain or shine. 

courtesy: Sempervirens Fund

The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property north of Santa Cruz has earned National Monument status. 

City of Santa Cruz

Stormy weather continues to cause problems across the Monterey Bay, including a drinking water shortage in Santa Cruz. It has now been 24 hours since the city asked residents and businesses to cut back on water use after the storm damaged critical water infrastructure.

Erika Mahoney

After two days of heavy rain and strong winds, another round of stormy weather is on its way to the Monterey Bay area. That could mean more rockslides, downed trees and power lines and flooding. We visited went to Santa Cruz County where homeowners are cleaning up, and getting ready for round two.

The future of 5,800 acres north of Santa Cruz now rests with President Obama and his final days in office. At issue is a proposed national monument that has divided a Central Coast community. Supporters feel highly optimistic Obama will create the monument, but opponents worry if that happens, the incoming Congress will do nothing to support it.  

courtesy: Mark Cisneros

Last week we introduced you to the varsity soccer coach from Alisal High School.  It’s located in one of Salinas' toughest neighborhoods.  Coach Mark Cisneros was trying to raise money to take his team to Los Angeles to play some of the best high school soccer teams in the nation.  And the community, including many KAZU listeners, responded in a big way to his online Go Fund Me campaign

courtesy: Mark Cisneros

With gangs, poverty and overcrowding, Salinas’ Alisal neighborhood can be a tough place to grow up.  For some kids, their refuge is sports. 

Santa Cruz's Doug Abrams Crafts The Book of Joy

Dec 9, 2016
courtesy: Doug Abrams

The Dalai Lama and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who have been friends for more than two decades, recently collaborated on The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.  It’s a book they wrote with the help of Santa Cruz native Doug Abrams.

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