A very good morning to you, friends! It’s Friday, June 17, and a cloudy morning is forecast to give way to sunny skies later around Santa Cruz County, with highs ranging from the 60s into the low 70s.

It’s a great day to be a Warriors fan after the Dubs won their fourth NBA title in eight years — and our little beach town got some love from erstwhile Santa Cruz Warrior Klay Thompson on the national stage:

Meanwhile, today is the 30th anniversary of an event that turned a sleepy county park into a pilgrimage site for thousands, and Wallace Baine revisits the story of the Virgin Mary’s visit to Watsonville.

And with COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest among us gaining federal approval, Hillary Ojeda runs down what parents and guardians should know about the local rollout, expected next week.

If you’ve been hungry for Lily Belli’s take on Santa Cruz County’s food and drink scene, I’ve got good news: Eaters Digest is back from hiatus, with updates on a Capitola Village taphouse, a lunch suggestion in Seabright and a splurge-worthy development downtown.

Headlines aplenty, including coverage of yesterday’s first post-Measure D meeting of the county transportation commission, so let’s get rolling.

Ask Lookout: Did the Virgin Mary actually once visit a lake in Watsonville?

The shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe at Pinto Lake County Park

Thirty years ago today, an apparition of La Virgen de Guadalupe visited Anita Mendoza Contreras at Pinto Lake, turning a sleepy county park into a pilgrimage site. The timing was impeccable, Wallace Baine writes. Read his full story here.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Ask Lookout tackles the Fishhook, the SeaBreeze Tavern and more

Officials expect COVID vaccines to be available to children under 5 early next week. Here’s what you need to know

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine ready to be administered at a vaccine clinic in Santa Cruz County. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

With the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on the brink of approval for children ages 6 months to 5 and 6 years, respectively, Santa Cruz County health officials are gearing up to make sure everyone has access. Pediatricians and primary care providers will be relied on more heavily in this round of vaccines because most pharmacies aren’t licensed to provide vaccines to the younger cohort. Hillary Ojeda has the details.

LOCAL COVID PICTURE: Cases jump, but positivity rate lower than that of our neighbors (Lookout)

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Seabright Deli delights, Alderwood expands chef’s counter and Capitola Tap House opens

Capitola Tap House opened in the village in early June
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Suggestions for a delicious Father’s Day, a new taphouse opens in Capitola Village, Alderwood expands its chef’s counter tasting menu, a fish sandwich that ticks all the boxes at Seabright Deli and more as Eaters Digest returns from hiatus. Get the dish from Lily Belli.

MORE FROM LILY: Find all of Lookout’s food and drink coverage in one spot

The ‘No’s had it on Measure D. Now the big question for RTC: What can it say yes to, and when?

The rail line on the trestle above Capitola Village.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Thursday’s first meeting of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission board after the drubbing of Measure D showed signs of reconciliation while the public commenters illustrated much of the same politically charged rhetoric. The rail and trail question remains: Where do we go from here? Mark Conley rounds it up.

ALL ABOUT MEASURE D: Find Lookout’s coverage of the divisive ballot measure here

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Weekender: Here’s to dads and grads, Juneteenth celebrations and a new state song

Santa Cruz hip-hop artist Mesha L performs during 2021 Juneteenth festivities on London Nelson Community Center.
Santa Cruz hip-hop artist Mesha L performs during 2021 Juneteenth festivities on London Nelson Community Center. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Much going on around Santa Cruz as we head toward the summer solstice, and Wallace Baine delivers the goods in his latest newsletter on our arts and entertainment scene. Rendezvous with Weekender here.

MORE ON JUNETEENTH: ‘It’s a momentous event’: Santa Cruz Juneteenth celebrates 30 years — and a new national holiday (Lookout)

Second ‘Life’: Lanting’s symphonic photography show returns for first time in 16 years

Marin Alsop conducting a performance of Frans Lanting's multimedia symphony

The Santa Cruz Symphony presents the Frans Lanting/Philip Glass collaboration “Life: A Journey Through Time” at the same venue where it debuted in 2006. Wallace previews Saturday’s event.

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Mike Pence ‘resisted the pressure,’ and other takeaways from the Jan. 6 hearing

A video of then-Vice President Mike Pence plays during Thursday's House investigation hearing.

Vice President Mike Pence was a hero on Jan. 6, 2021, members of the House committee investigating the attack and witnesses said in the strongest terms at Thursday’s hearing. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times break it down.

CENTRAL COAST VIEW: One year later, Jimmy Panetta wants people to know that Jan. 6 was no fluke (Lookout)

Around the county …

Trial delayed in 2013 Santa Cruz child molestation case (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Watsonville City Council to mull new sales tax (The Pajaronian)
Levi’s Stadium to host 2026 World Cup games (SFGate)

That’s a newsy Friday morning for sure. Since you never know what else Lookout might have cooking, I’d suggest you bookmark our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep tabs throughout the day and into the weekend. And if you’re enjoying our coverage, please tell your family and friends about our Lookout Newsletter & Text Center, where they can sign up for all the newsletters and alerts we offer.

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Enjoy your Friday, have a safe, relaxing weekend, and I’ll see you on the other side!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

A veteran jack-of-all-trades journalist who is Lookout’s copy editor, writes and compiles Morning Lookout newsletter and produces Lookout’s other editorial newsletters and helps run Lookout’s social...