Morning Lookout: Dixie fire blazes as new UN report declares ‘code red,’ saying goodbye to Fred Reiss
Good Morning! I’m finally back, feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back to work after a nice, long break. Many thanks to my awesome co-worker Mark, who filled in for me, and the rest of Team Lookout who’ve been hard at work during my absence.
Today, after some patchy fog clears up by about 9 a.m., you should expect partly cloudy conditions with a high of 71.
Over the weekend, the Dixie fire became the second-largest fire in California history, destroying more than 400 structures and blazing across four counties. This, as a stark new report released by the United Nations today declares climate change has reached an ‘unprecedented’ and dangerous level, the Associated Press reports.
Meanwhile, the Delta variant continues to surge across the country and state, leaving many vaccinated people asking if they need to get yet another shot. Meanwhile, a bill making the rounds in the state legislature would limit protests at vaccination sites — a possible law one expert called “unconstitutional.”
There’s a lot to get through so let’s get to it:
Santa Cruz’s outdoor wedding boom: After the pandemic pause, demand for that special place, day is surging
While some couples held tiny backyard and Zoom ceremonies in 2020, many postponed their big days, resulting now in a bottleneck effect. And all the while, couples are still grappling with ongoing safety precautions, though many are finding creative ways to feel safe without sacrificing their dream. Lookout turned to the experts to see what was going on.
Since May 21, the Midtown Fridays Block Party has brought fresh life into the parking lot located at 1111 Soquel Ave.,...
The man who laughed through loss, wasted no time & found himself in literature: A eulogy for Fred Reiss
Last week, Fred Reiss ran out of time. The long-time Santa Cruz-based writer, comedian, and radio personality finally died of cancer, with which he was involved in a ferocious years-long battle. Our Wallace Baine wrote a moving tribute, sharing his fond memories of Fred. Read the whole thing here.
From the street to the museum: MAH returns to the art of skateboard artist Jim Phillips in new exhibition
Jim Phillips and his eye-popping work for NHS on skateboard wheels is the focus of new show set to tour the world. But he will first bring his iconic work — much of it deep from the NHS archives — to his hometown at the Museum of Art & History. Read more about how you can go see it and what you can expect.
Wary of ‘breakthrough’ infections, some vaccinated people eye another shot. Is it needed? With the highly contagious Delta variant raging across California and the country, some who are already vaccinated are asking whether another shot might better armor them against potential infection. Read more here.
OPINION: How Simone Biles’ bravery on mental health can help California heal from COVID-19: A majority of Black Americans believe having a mental health condition is a sign of weakness. Erika D. Smith believes that Simone Biles may inspire other Black people to be more proactive about addressing their mental health at a time when the need has never been greater. Read her full opinion piece here.
A California bill would limit protests at vaccination sites. Does it violate the First Amendment? A proposal sailing through the state legislature would make it illegal to obstruct someone from getting a covid-19 shot, or any other vaccine, but some free speech experts say it goes too far. Read more here.
Dixie fire, now the second-largest in California history, has burned more than 400 structures: With more than 463,000 acres burned through a large swath of Northern California and destroying over 400 homes and commercial buildings, firefighters struggled to get the upper hand on the Dixie fire Sunday. The wildfire is burning in Plumas, Butte, Lassen and Tehama counties. Read more here.
Can California reduce dairy methane emissions equitably? State officials say dairy digesters can reduce greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions from large dairies. Our partners at Inside Climate News look into why community activists don’t believe them.
Around the county...
One person killed in stabbing on Marin Street (The Pajaronian)
Stuff The Bus gives new school supplies to thousands in Santa Cruz County (KSBW-TV)
Human remains discovered at archaeological site at Santa Cruz High (Good Times)
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