Aptos High parents support kids.
Aptos High parents turned out in front of campus along Freedom Boulevard on Friday morning to greet students as they returned to school three days after a student was stabbed and killed by two schoolmates.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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LOOKOUT PM: Suit filed in Aptos High stabbing death; weekend eats ideas

Happy Friday evening, folks.

Those short weeks sure do fly by, don’t they? And looky, looky ... another July weekend with splendid weather appears there before us.

But before we rest, let’s dig into the headlines du jour ...

Family of Aptos High stabbing victim files lawsuit against PVUSD, high school officials

READ THE SERIES: Complete coverage of the Aptos High School stabbing and its aftermath

Lookout Update: Almost one year after a 17-year-old student died after being stabbed at Aptos High School, the family has filed a lawsuit against the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Aptos High officials, alleging negligence and wrongful death. Hillary with the details here.

A pét-nat parade at Birichino, Hop N’ Barley beer festival returns and a new culinary cozy

Pétillant naturel wines are a specialty at Birichino winery.
(Lookout Santa Cruz)

Birichino winery is putting its own spin on fizzy, fun pét-nats, a beloved local beer festival returns to Scotts Valley and a chance to experience the as-yet-unopened Trout Farm Inn from your yoga mat — it’s all here in this week’s Eaters Digest.

MORE FROM LILY BELLI: All of Lookout’s food & drink coverage in one spot

Fire danger looking ‘grim as always’: Cal Fire CZU chief talks prevention efforts as warmer weather looms

Cal Fire Unit Chief Nate Armstrong
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Northern California and the state as a whole have so far avoided having a fire season similar to the past several years. But despite the encouraging trend, local Cal Fire chief Nate Armstrong told the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors last week that the next couple of months have above-normal fire potential. Hillary Ojeda has the details.

ANOTHER LOCAL CHIEF: People call the fire department for everything: A Q&A with new Santa Cruz fire chief Rob Oatey (Lookout)


Anti-choice advocate: ‘I lose sleep over this’

Wayne Shaffer shows off one of the sacramental shrines strewn about Shaffer Park.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz’s Wayne Shaffer doesn’t strike you as any sort of modern political activist on the front lines of the post-Roe v. Wade battlefront. He is, however, a longtime community fixture in providing services for women in need of food, shelter and assistance in bringing their babies to term. Shaffer admits this can be a hard place to convince others to agree with his religious convictions and social conservatism, but that hasn’t prevented him from trying to spread the anti-choice gospel as he knows it. Mark Conley explores what makes him tick.

MORE: Find all of Lookout’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe and local reaction, plus opinion from our Community Voices section

As monkeypox spreads in California, LGBTQ community demands urgent action

A rendering of the virus that causes monkeypox.
(Via Pixabay)

California community health and LGBTQ rights leaders are demanding a much more aggressive response to monkeypox from government and health agencies. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times report.

LOCALLY: First probable monkeypox case in Santa Cruz County diagnosed (Lookout)

Weekender: A return to Boomeria, cozying up with Nick Offerman and a Cement Ship earworm

Inside "the Chapel" at Boomeria during the 2021 baroque festival.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Another happening weekend is upon us, and Wallace Baine has all the details from Santa Cruz County’s arts and entertainment scene in his latest Weekender newsletter. Find it here.

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More from here & elsewhere

Caltrans to stabilize eroded Highway 17 slope near Scotts Valley (Sentinel)
➤ Santa Cruz police seeking ID in downtown knife-point robbery (Sentinel)
City council places competing initiative against Measure U renewal (Pajaronian)
Rene Mendez off to running start as Watsonville City Manager (Pajaronian)

That’s it for another week, everybody. Have a great weekend and let’s do this again Monday.

Mark Conley
Deputy Managing Editor