A fishing boat off the Santa Cruz wharf
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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LOOKOUT PM: Time recognizes Miga, District 30 candidates, and the story about all those boats

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Happy midweek, readers,

I hope that everyone had a pleasant Wednesday, wherever you are. The weekend is in sight, and a long one at that! Get out and about to enjoy what feels like the first official weekend of summer, and do your best to avoid traffic!

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Off to the news, then ...

Lookout Update: Time names UCSC professor Karen Miga one of its 100 most influential people of 2022

College Ten students Cheru Robinson and Ray Diaz start the John R. Lewis dedication ceremony at the Quarry Amphitheater
(Via UC Santa Cruz)

Local leader: Time magazine named UC Santa Cruz biomolecular engineering assistant professor Karen Miga one of its 100 most influential people of 2022. Miga co-led a team of scientists to complete the first gapless sequence of the human genome, building on the work of scientists who published the first draft of the genome in 2000. Lookout profiled her work in April. See Hillary’s update here.

PREVIOUSLY: How UC Santa Cruz scientists bridged the gap in the human genome


Why are there so many boats in the water around the wharf right now?

A visiting nurse prepares a syringe to be used for the vaccine.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

‘Tis the season: Salmon fishermen are swimming downstream from northern California, Oregon, Washington and even Alaska to take advantage of king salmon in Monterey Bay. Most work so hard they sleep and eat on their boats to extend their days.Lily has the scoop.

LILY BELLI ON FOOD: Andrea Nguyen’s local picks, Farm Discovery fundraiser, what does ‘foodie’ mean to you?

Who is best for a swath of California’s most pristine coastal geography?

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.

‘The Highway 1 District’: The newly configured State Assembly District 30 stretches right along the coast from San Luis Obispo to Monterey and into a large section of Santa Cruz County. Jon Wizard and Dawn Addis have some extensive experience in the 831, both having attended Cabrillo College, while Vicki Nohrden, Zoe Carter and John Drake know it mostly from visits. There are no Santa Cruz County residents among the five candidates. Mark has the details.

PREVIOUSLY: Spotlight on the new District 28: Assembly candidates weigh in on housing, climate, education and fentanyl

U.S. gun laws are getting looser, not stronger, despite more mass shootings

Heather Blume
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The wrong direction: Recent mass shootings have spurred new calls for gun regulations. Experts say the exact opposite is coming. More from the L.A. Times here.

Fire restrictions start a month early amid high danger in San Bernadino National Forest

A sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct

Early start: Dry brush and a lingering drought have prompted forest officials to issue restrictions earlier than normal. More from the L.A. Times here.

LOCALLY: A tale of two recoveries: Rebuilding frustrates CZU families; officials say they’re ahead of the curve

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More from here & elsewhere

‘This is on you’: Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas governor at school shooting news conference (KSBW)
Fire crews battling fire in homeless camp along Salinas River in King City area, evacuation warnings in place (KION)
11 charged in ‘massive’ underground illegal marijuana grow found in California desert (Mercury)
They’re everywhere’: California’s rattlesnake population is booming (SF Gate)
People treated with Paxlovid who get rebound COVID need to isolate, CDC says (USA Today)

... And we’re over the hump once again. Thanks for reading, and take care until tomorrow.

Max Chun