Events at Big Basin this SATURDAY

This Saturday Big Basin is having 3 events, the Redwood Loop Walk, Snakes Alive, and The Missing Arm of William Waddell. Information is listed below, attend 1 or all 3.

BigBasin-HeadQuartersEvent: Redwood Loop Walk

When: Every Saturday & Sunday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Big Basin Headquarters / Visitor Center
21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Price: Parking is $10 per vehicle

Details: During this walk you will learn how redwoods grow to be so old, tall, and their importance to humans. It is an informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90 minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

BigBasin-NatureLodge&MuseumEvent: Snakes Alive!

When: Saturday 10/25/2014 from 12:00noon – 3:00pm

Where: Nature Lodge / Museum
across the street from Big Basin Headquarters / Visitor Center

Price: Parking is $10 per vehicle

Details: Come visit Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Diane will give a talk at 12:30pm, teaching you why snakes are important to us, how they see, smell, taste, and hear, what they feel like, and much more. There are also snake crafts for kids as well.

BigBasin-TreeRingsSpecial Event: The Missing Arm of William Waddell

When: Saturday 10/25/2014 registration begins at 6:30pm

Where: Big Basin Headquarters / Visitor Center
21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Price: Parking is $10 per vehicle

Details: Come hear the haunted tail of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! This is a half mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget your flashlight.


Voter’s Guide 2014


The general election is Tuesday, November 4th and if your like me your trying to figure out how you will vote. Navigating all of the sites, and figuring it all out is crazy making. On top of that I can’t find a site that is easy to use that has all of our ballot information on it in one place. So I made us one, below is a list of the items on our ballot with links to websites for every candidate. I have also included ballot measure information, as well as for and against. There is also a list of websites that are following some of these items and what they think. I have tried to make it as evenly balanced and non partisan as possible. All the links below are meant to allow you to inform yourself on the issues and vote as you see best. The information is in the same order as the official ballot which many of you should have already received in the mail.


Jerry Brown (Democratic) currently in office

Neel Kashkari

Lieutenant Governor

Ron Nehring (Republican)

Gavin Newsom
(Democratic) currently in office

Secretary of State

Alex Padilla (Democratic) currently in office

Pete Peterson


Ashley Swearengin (Republican)

Betty T Yee


John Chiang (Democratic) currently the California State Controller

Greg Conlon

Attorney General

Kamala D Harris (Democratic) currently in office

Ronald Gold

Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones (Democratic) currently in office

Ted Gaines

Member, State Board of Equalization 2nd District

Fiona Ma (Democratic)

James E. Theis

United States Representative 18th District

Richard B Fox (Republican)

Anna G. Eshoo
(Democratic) currently a member of Congress

Member of State Assembly 29th District

Mark Stone (Democratic) currently in office

Palmer Kain

Judicial (vote yes or no for each office)

For Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Goodwin Liu

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllaréllar

Kathryn Mickle Werdegar

For Associate Justice Court of Appeal, 6th District

Eugene Milton Premo

Adrienne M Grover

Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian

Miguel Marquez

Franklin D Elia

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson – currently in office

Marshall Tuck

San Lorenzo Valley Water District (vote for no more then 3)

Eric Hammer

Voter’s Pamphlet

Gene Elizabeth Ratcliffe

Voter’s Pamphlet

Larry Prather
– currently in office

Voter’s Pamphlet

Karen Brown

Voter’s Pamphlet

Chuck Baughman

Voter’s Pamphlet

Bob Fultz

Voter’s Pamphlet

SLV Water District information sites about the district and board SLVWD watchdogs
Grand Jury Report 6/2014

State Measures

1 – Water Bond. Funding for water quality, supply, treatment, and storage

Voter’s Pamphlet



2 – State Budget. Budget stabilization account. Legislative constitutional amendment.

Voter’s Pamphlet



45 – Healthcare insurance. Rate changes. Initiative statute.

Voter’s Pamphlet



46 – Drug and alcohol testing or doctors. Medical negligence lawsuits. Initiative statute.

Voter’s Pamphlet



47 – Criminal sentences. Misdemeanor penalties. Initiative statute.

Voter’s Pamphlet



48 – Indian gaming compacts. Referendum.

Voter’s Pamphlet




K – Cannabis Business Tax

Voter’s Pamphlet

Yes – no site found

No – no site found

Voter informative sites

Santa Cruz County Election Department

California Official Voter Information Guide PDFs for all the candidates statements and propositions

League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County

Easy Voter Guide California

Smart Voter

Open Studios THIS Weekend & NEXT

Open-Studios-2014_webOpen Studios is a way for the public to get a glimpse into the diverse world of the artists that live among us, and this year’s no exception. The San Lorenzo Valley has 22 artists participating this year Open Studios Art Tour sponsored by the Santa Cruz Art League. This year there are 10 in Boulder Creek, 8 in Felton, and 4 in Ben Lomond. Check out the artists below, get inspired, and maybe even purchase some art for your home or maybe a functional piece of art for daily life.

Saturday 10/11 & Sunday 10/12 from 11:00am – 5:00pm (all artists listed below)

Saturday 10/19 & Sunday 10/20 from 11:00am – 5:00pm (many of the artists listed below)

For all the details visit the tours website or visit individual artists websites listed below.

Boulder Creek Artists:

Felton Artists:

Ben Lomond Artists:

TOMORROW Flea Market, Concert, & Farmers Market

Logo-FleaMarket&Concert2nd Saturdays in the Park Flea Market & Concert

When:             October 11th from 8:30am – 2:30pm, music is from 12noon – 2pm

Where:           Junction Park     Map

Boulder Creek Park & Rec’s 2nd Saturday in the Park Flea Market & Concerts this Saturday. All spaces are full with new and old stuff for sale.

Check out the flea market, find new treasures, and stay for live music. This is the last one of the year and they won’t be coming back until May next year.


Logo-FarmersMarketFarmers Market

When:             Every Saturday from 12noon – 4pm

Where:           in the Oddfellows parking lot, corner of Forest & Pine Street    Map

After the Flea Market & Concert make a whole day of it and come by the Farmers Market and get some wonderful fresh produce for the week. Enjoy more live music and shop. There will be produce as always this week, farm fresh coffee, bread, knife sharpening, and much more.


TOMORROW Candidate Forum

2014-10-09 SLVWD ForumWhen: Thursday 10/9/2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Park Hall Community Center
9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Tomorrow the SLV Watchdogs will be conducting a Candidates forum with all six candidates running for the San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board. Attend and ask your questions of the candidates in person at the Park Hall Community Center in Ben Lomond.

After the forum the Watchdogs will be conducting an online Straw Poll and Voter Survey.

To keep up to date on what is going on and what the candidates are saying check out their website and Facebook page.

SLV Watchdog website:

SLV Watchdog Facebook:

You can also read the Grand Jury Report on our water district from June 2014. Which states that our current system is leaking 15% of its water, lists lots of wasted money, and so on. Not a pretty picture.

QUESTION for SLV Water District Candidates: How much Water Do You Use?

SLV Customers, please read this great article on California Water officials not following their own calls for conversation. In the article you can see how many gallons per day used by some of these folks… it’s a bit scary.

Click HERE to read the full article.

So.. this question is for the candidates. Can we see your water bills? How many gallons per day/month do you, the candidates, use?


IN The News: Boulder Creek teenager uses music and art to raise ecological awareness Read more: Press-Banner – Boulder Creek teenager uses music and art to raise ecological awareness

Great article over at the Press Banner on Paris Shewfelt, a Boulder Creek resident who uses music to raise awareness for ocean and environmental conservation. Click HERE for the full article.



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