Articles by South Valley

Services for survivors

Community Solutions, the largest non-profit human services agency in southern Santa Clara County, will celebrate the program’s beginnings with its annual production. The 12th annual production of Historias de Mi Madre (My Mother’s Stories) will highlight the grassroots [...]

Fuel breaks offer false sense of security

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. There has been a lot of effort put into the creation of fuel breaks around high fire hazard communities. Fuel breaks are usually a strip of land where flammable [...]

Landscape do’s and don’ts

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. No matter where you live, the most common reason homes burn during a wildfire is because embers land on something easily ignitable around the home.  Make changes [...]

Vulnerable vents

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. Most people believe that wildfires ignite homes through direct contact with flames, but it is rare to have a home ignite this way. Flaming brands and embers can travel [...]

Reduce deck danger

By Dwight Good Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. Will your home survive when the embers arrive? Wind-driven embers ignite many of the homes destroyed by wildfire. Your home could be at risk! Be ember aware and make [...]

Move that wood pile

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of articles on wildfire preparation. By Dwight Good Will your home survive when the embers arrive? Wind-driven embers ignite many of the homes destroyed by wildfire. Your home could be at risk. Make changes now to reduce [...]

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 Garlic Queen

By Scott Forstner The third time was definitely a charm for proud Gilroy native Kylie Kuwada, who is already enjoying the special moments since being crowned the Garlic Queen of the 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in May. For the Christopher High School alumna (class of 2016) [...]

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 poster winner

Southern California resident Chloe Crossman won the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s nationwide contest to create an official poster design for the 2019 event.  Crossman won the $500 prize for her poster design, which came in first place. The design will be sold on souvenir items [...]

Unclutter the gutter

No matter where you live, the most common reason homes burn during a wildfire is because embers land on something easily ignitable around the home. Remove leaves and pine needles from your rain gutters. Make changes now to reduce the ember threat to your home.   Most [...]
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