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Joe Quigg owns the Pacific Blue Inn south of Laurel Street in downtown Santa Cruz and was horrified to see a model of...

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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s iconic whale skeleton, known as Ms. Blue, is set to be dismantled after suffering years of damage from the elements. The center’s executive director, Jonathan Hicken, shares with Lookout’s Alix Soliman what’s next for Ms. Blue’s remains.

For years, Peggy Townsend has been at the center of the Santa Cruz literary community as both a journalist and a novelist. Wallace Baine has the latest on her new novel, “The Beautiful and the Wild,” which draws on her personal and professional experiences to explore themes of isolation and secrets in the wilds of Alaska. Catch her at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Tuesday.

And in Lookout’s Community Voices opinion section, Joe Quigg, owner of the downtown Pacific Blue Inn, was shocked to find that a city proposal for a new Warriors arena includes a vision of demolishing his hotel south of Laurel Street. Quigg voices his concerns, shares frustrations and proposes alternative solutions.

Now, to the headlines …

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Ms. Blue is coming down — what happened to Seymour Center’s iconic whale skeleton and what’s next

The blue whale skeleton exhibit at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, affectionately known as
Credit: Alix Soliman / Lookout Santa Cruz

After taking a beating from the elements at UC Santa Cruz’s coastal campus, the structure supporting the blue whale skeleton affectionately known as Ms. Blue has been deemed unsafe. But fear not, says Seymour Marine Discovery Center director Jonathan Hicken — the bones are staying, and the center wants input on the next chapter of the whale’s legacy. Read the full story from Alix Soliman.

MORE: Imagining a new Seymour Center as climate change, and time, drive new realities

Five UC Santa Cruz projects awarded grant funding to tackle climate change challenges

After a career as a high-profile journalist, Santa Cruz’s Peggy Townsend living the novelist’s life

Santa Cruz author Peggy Townsend
Santa Cruz author Peggy Townsend at work. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Since her retirement from journalism, long-time Sentinel writer Peggy Townsend has shifted her storytelling skills to the realm of fiction. In her latest novel, “The Beautiful and the Wild,” Townsend explores the depths of isolation and the power of secrets, drawing from her personal experiences as a journalist and a seven-week van trip across Alaska. She appears at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Tuesday. Wallace Baine catches up with Townsend.

ANOTHER LOCAL AUTHOR: Nina Simon’s new path: A daughter’s story of love, told in the form of a murder mystery

Unlocking hope: Elderday Adult Day Health Care’s grand opening marks a milestone in Santa Cruz County

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Enjoy what’s looking to be a gorgeous Thursday — see you back here Friday morning!

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Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

Apple-Palooza @Farm Discovery at Live Earth
Cloe Hubbard @Steel Bonnet Brewing Company
James Durbin: Unplugged @Veterans Village
Noah Gundersen @Felton Music Hall
Lowdown Brass Band @Moe’s Alley

SUNDAY 11/12
Sip & Stroll @Capitola Village
Fall Wine Walk @Downtown Santa Cruz
Grateful Sundays with Matt Hartle & Friends @Felton Music Hall
The Lacs @The Catalyst
Gene Luen Yang | “The Books Of Clash Volume 2″ @Bookshop Santa Cruz

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