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CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz
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Wildfires have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate across the Central Coast. Law enforcement officers are working overtime to protect the homes and businesses they left behind. In hard hit Santa Cruz County, looting has led multiple arrests.

Carmel Fire—In Carmel Valley

Aug 22, 2020
SPCA Monterey County

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The Carmel Fire broke out on August 18, 2020 and burned 6,905 acres. It was fully contained on September 4, 2020. 

CZU Lightning Complex Fire—Santa Cruz County

Aug 22, 2020
CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz
Cal Fire

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The CZU Lightning Complex fire broke out on August 16, 2020 and burned over 86,500 acres. Firefighters fully contained the blaze on September 22, 2020.

The fire destroyed over 900 homes in Santa Cruz County and over a dozen in San Mateo County.

River Fire—Near Salinas

Aug 22, 2020
River Fire Salinas California
Dave Beck

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The River Fire broke out on August 16, 2020 and burned 48,088 acres. Firefighters fully contained the fire on September 4, 2020.

Hannah Hagemann

More than 77,000 people have been displaced by the Lightning Complex Fire In Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. In Santa Cruz County, that’s put a strain on shelter capacity. 

Michelle Loxton.

 

Over the past few days, the smoke from the River Fire burning southeast of Salinas has evolved. First, it was a huge mushroom-shaped cloud ascending high into the sky. And now, that smoke has descended into the valleys and is blanketing much of the Monterey Bay region. 

Erika Mahoney

The River Fire, south of Salinas, is 10 percent contained and has burned 2,800 acres. Around 1,500 structures are threatened and five have been damaged. Not only are people evacuating, so are their animals.

Doug McKnight

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

Erika Mahoney

Over the past few months, we’ve been inundated with data about COVID-19, from maps to graphs to data dashboards. Add to that a glitch in the state’s reporting system, which led to a backlog in test results. It’s all a lot to process.

Erika Mahoney

 

At the beginning of the year, hundreds of UC Santa Cruz students gathered and marched at the base of campus demanding higher pay for graduate student workers. Over 40 of the striking students were fired for their involvement in the wildcat strike, but now, they’re eligible to get their jobs back.

Salud Para La Gente


When you study COVID-19 data for the Monterey Bay Area, you'll notice a trend that is also present nationwide - people of color are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Locally, it's the Latino and Hispanic communities. 

 

Doug McKnight

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories.

A technical glitch in California's COVID-19 reporting system skewed data on new coronavirus cases. On Friday, the state corrected the problem. However, it will take a couple of days before the numbers are updated. Until then, local COVID dashboards likely display an undercount in cases.

County of Santa Cruz

Before the pandemic, county health officers mainly worked behind-the-scenes. Now, they are center stage. In a one-on-one conversation, KAZU’s Erika Mahoney interviewed Dr. Gail Newel, the Health Officer for Santa Cruz County. They discuss a variety of topics, from new evidence on the effectiveness of masks to how the pandemic has affected her daily life. 

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Anastacio Cruz spent three months in hospital battling COVID-19. At one stage, the Salinas resident was given a slim chance of survival. But he did survive. He and his family shared their story with KAZU's Michelle Loxton.

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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories.

Michelle Loxton

 


The CEOs of four hospitals in Monterey County held a joint news conference Wednesday to announce a COVID-19 call to action. As the number of hospitalized patients increases locally, the hospitals have put aside competition to emphasize the need for public assistance to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

Stock Photo by Giorgio Trovato Via Unsplash

 


Most schools in Santa Cruz and Monterey County start in August. Classes will begin online as districts grapple with how to teach in a pandemic. The decision to open with distance learning favors student and teacher safety, but comes with challenges and sacrifice. 

California Suffers Two Tragic Pandemic Milestones

Jul 24, 2020
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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and some of NPR's national stories. 

California reached some troubling and somber milestones this week. On Tuesday, the state reported 12,807 confirmed COVID-19 cases, a record daily high, and on Thursday, a record number of deaths in a single day - 159.

Carmel High School Rethinks The Legacy Of Its Mascot

Jul 23, 2020
Caitlin Thompson

 


Carmel High School is reconsidering its mascot in this current reckoning over racial justice. A group of current and former students at Carmel High School wants to change the mascot, a cartoon Catholic friar called Padre. This week, Carmel’s school board announced it intends to establish a committee to discuss the issue.  

Richard Green

As COVID-19 boomerangs in California, local hospitals are treating a record number of patients. KAZU News checked in with Dr. Allen Radner, Chief Medical Officer of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

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