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Fire season in California is now year round. That was very apparent locally when multiple fires ignited in Santa Cruz County late Monday, prompting evacuations. KAZU News reports on the weather conditions that precipitate wildfire.

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Firefighters responded to multiple fires in Santa Cruz County Tuesday after high winds amid dry conditions. Two of the fires prompted evacuations. Those orders were lifted Wednesday.

Doug McKnight


A Pacific Grove police officer placed on administrative leave for allegedly posting racist comments on social media is no longer employed at the department. It marked the second time he was investigated and put on administrative leave within the past eight months. 

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 1/15/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 1/8/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Erika Mahoney

On a chilly December morning, Bree Machuca walks into the entrance of Pacific Grove’s Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. With binoculars in hand, she’s searching for the orange and black symbol of the coastal city. Pacific Grove is nicknamed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A.” because thousands of western monarchs usually spend the winter there. But this year, its sanctuary is empty.

Congressman Panetta's office.

When rioters breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, setting off a day of disturbing chaos, the Central Coast’s Congressman, Jimmy Panetta, was in his office on Capitol grounds on a Zoom call about the COVID-19 vaccine. KAZU News’ Erika Mahoney spoke with him about the moments that followed and what’s next. 

Michelle Loxton.

Locally, staying at home has become the norm. But this forced constriction has brought to life the idea of flourishing within the boundaries of a smaller world. And one of the ways to do that is through backyard exploration -- going on an adventure in a familiar place. 

Richard Green

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 12/18/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Erika Mahoney

 

The Monterey Peninsula is getting its first shelter specifically for single homeless women and families with children, including single fathers. According to the most recent homeless census, 35 percent of those without a place to call home are women and 25 percent are families in Monterey County. But that census was a year ago. After months of COVID-19, that number is expected to grow. 

Erika Mahoney

A stay-at-home order will go into effect for the Bay Area after the region’s intensive care unit (ICU) capacity fell below 13% Wednesday, according to state data. The order is triggered when a region falls below 15% ICU capacity. Santa Cruz County officials said the new regulations will take effect Thursday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 12/11/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Kevin Cooper

The rainy season is upon us here in the Monterey Bay area and because of this summer’s major wildfires, the season will be accompanied with a significant risk of debris flows. KAZU News reports on the many local communities at risk.

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

With Monterey County hospitals full of COVID-19 patients, the county’s health officer has decided to voluntarily opt into the state’s new “Regional Stay Home Order.” This move follows five other counties in the Bay Area who also opted in early. 

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 12/4/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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UPDATED Dec. 22, 1:30 p.m. Governor Gavin Newsom selected California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate seat on December 22, 2020, after the following story aired. It’s a historic choice as Padilla will be the first Latino senator to represent California.


Del Monte Assisted Living

Since the beginning of the pandemic, facilities that care for the elderly have been hot spots for the spread of COVID-19. And a new report says nationwide new cases in nursing homes have reached record numbers this month. Locally, some have been able to stop the virus from entering their facilities, but others have not.

Michelle Loxton

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 11/20/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Richard Green

With over 1 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases and surging, California is pumping the brakes on reopening. We checked in with Dr. Allen Radner for the fourth time since the beginning of the pandemic. He’s Chief Medical Officer of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and an infectious disease specialist. Last weekend (November 14-15, 2020), Monterey County hospitals had 51 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, an all time high.

Michelle Loxton

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 11/13/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

 

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