Local News

Erika Mahoney

For more than a century a cement plant defined the small, coastal community of Davenport. In fact, the town just north of Santa Cruz was built to house its workers. Now seven years after the plant shutdown, residents are again looking to the plant to define their town.  

CalTrans

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.

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