Erika Mahoney

Reporter

Erika joined KAZU in 2016. Her roots in radio began at an early age working for the independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012, Erika spent four years working as a television reporter. She’s very happy to be back in public radio and loves living in the Monterey Bay Area.

 

Erika Mahoney

Firefighters are slowly getting the upper hand on the Bear Fire burning east of Boulder Creek. At 320 acres, it's now 30-percent contained. Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but 300 homes are still threatened. KAZU got a first-hand look at the damage.

Erika Mahoney

 


 

CalFire continues fighting a wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Called the Bear Fire, it's burning in steep terrain that’s hard to access. So attacking the fire from the air has been crucial.

Krista Almanzan

UPDATE 5:15 PM Monday: CalFire determined the cause of the York Fire to be a cigarette dropped along South Boundary Road. CalFire says it's crucial that everyone stays extra diligent when it comes to fire prevention. The area is very dry. For prevention and safety tips click here

Erika Mahoney

A long-awaited ribbon cutting tomorrow will mark the opening of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur has been closed for eight months after winter storms damaged it beyond repair. This literally divided the community.  

Erika Mahoney

A historic amphitheater at UC Santa Cruz will re-open this weekend after being closed for more than ten years.  

Erika Mahoney

Drones are increasingly being used by city governments for things like land surveying and storm damage assessments. Locally, Salinas plans to be an early adopter of the technology.  But first the city wants to get the community on board.  

Erika Mahoney

The smoke plume over the Monterey Bay Thursday came from two controlled burns on the former Fort Ord. The burns are part of the ongoing cleanup of the old Army base.

Erika Mahoney

update: CalTrans says the bridge will open to the public near the end of the day on Friday, October 13th.

A new bridge is taking shape 100 feet above Pfeiffer Canyon in Big Sur. It has been seven months since winter storms damaged the old one beyond repair and left part of the community stranded.

Erika Mahoney

President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, inspired protests throughout the Monterey Bay Area Tuesday.  It also raised fears among some local DACA recipients who crossed the border illegally as children.

Erika Mahoney

You can now text 911 to reach emergency responders in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. This region is one of the first in California to get the service as it rolls out across the state.

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