A nurse processes a COVID-19 test at the SALUD Para La Gente testing facility in Watsonville on Nov. 19, 2020.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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LOOKOUT PM: COVID cases high, but potentially plateauing; remembering Buck Noe

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Now, for Monday’s news ...

Call it a ‘swell’, not a ‘surge’: Proms, graduations and out-and-about Santa Cruzans drive increased, but flattening COVID numbers

College Ten students Cheru Robinson and Ray Diaz start the John R. Lewis dedication ceremony at the Quarry Amphitheater
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Cautious optimism: Though hospitalizations and deaths remain relatively low, the recent swell of COVID cases has health officials stressing the importance of masking and vaccinations once again — even if the official guidelines won’t change anytime soon. Get the details here.

THE NUMBERS: COVID Dashboard: County Health says cases are plateauing, but diligence still necessary


Inside Lookout: Events! Elections! ICYMI... and the NEXTies

A visiting nurse prepares a syringe to be used for the vaccine.

From the founder: Our own Ken Doctor highlights some of the best work Lookout has published over the past month, and exciting additions currently in the works. Read it all here.


‘We love you, Bucky’: Surf community mourns iconic board shaper swallowed up by addiction at 41

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

“It’s hard to get help”: Tyrone “Buck” Noe was a second-generation surfboard shaper in Santa Cruz who followed in the footsteps of his father, for both good and bad. Like his father 18 years earlier, he was memorialized at Lighthouse Field and Steamer Lane on Saturday. His sister, Meara, tells his story achingly well. Read Mark’s story here.

PREVIOUSLY: ‘We’re here for you’: In wake of tragedy, Santa Cruz surfing community doubles down on generation next

Newsom urges aggressive water conservation and warns of statewide restrictions

Heather Blume
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Low on resources: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has voiced concerns that the state’s approach toward drought conservation needs to be more aggressive.
More from the L.A. Times here.

ICYMI: Gonzo for Sheriff: MAH tells story of Hunter S. Thompson’s bid for office

Art by Ralph Steadman and photography by David Hiser - Courtesy of Freak Power Art Collection
(Via Freak Power Art Collection)

“Freak Power”: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has voiced concerns that the state’s approach toward drought conservation needs to be more aggressive. Wallace has the story.

PREVIOUSLY: Bob Dylan bringing ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ to Santa Cruz Civic in June

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More from here & elsewhere

Santa Cruz soccer star leads English club to promotion (KSBW)
Soledad high school student fentanyl death being investigated as homicide (KION)
California is beginning to bury its power lines to prevent wildfire (Sentinel)
Heat wave this week will intensify fire danger for Bay Area, Northern California (Mercury)
‘Bittersweet’: Last public pay phone in New York City removed (USA Today)

... And that closes out Monday. Have a good night, and I’ll catch you tomorrow!

Max Chun