Christmas trees can be dropped off at various locations in the area until Jan. 15. Locations include Ben Lomond Transfer Station on Newell Creek Road, Boulder Creek Fire Station at 13230 Highway 9, Felton Fire Station at 131 Kirby St. and Scotts Valley Fire Station on Erba Lane. Today, Jan. 6, is the last day for curbside pickup in the north county.
CHP widow honored
Michelle Walker, the widow of California Highway Patrol Lt. Michael Walker, rode a bicycle in last year’s Police Unity Tour in Washington, D.C. Her ride was sponsored by private donations from officers at the Santa Cruz CHP Office. The tour is an annual memorial bicycle ride honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
Michael Walker was killed Dec. 31, 2005, by a driver who lost control of his vehicle on Highway 17 southbound near Glenwood Drive. The lieutenant had stopped to help a stranded motorist. The portion of Highway 17 was named for him in 2008.
Since its inception in 1929, the CHP has lost 221 uniformed members in the line of duty.
Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert
Fire danger has increased across the state as a recent survey by the California Department of Water Resources found that rainfall is at 19 percent of normal throughout California.
Cal Fire has reinstated a ban on burning in many areas, including Santa Cruz County. Officials ask the public to be extra cautious because of the dry conditions, especially on dry, windy days.