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June 2, 2023

Residents refresh during shelter-in-place | About Town

Residents in Santa Cruz County now enter the third week of the shelter-in-place order from health officials launched on March 16 in response to the COVID-19 spread. Now those officials are shifting the initial two-week plan to remain in place until at least May 1.

Sheriff deputies are investigating a suspicious death at a home on the 800 block of Graham Hill Road near Felton. They responded to a report of a woman down just before 12 noon Tuesday.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

A new rapid coronavirus testing kit is about to roll out that could give results as quickly as 15 minutes, federal officials have said. They say it could be a game changer.

Santa Cruz Police have recently arrested five people for suspected burglary. Since the crimes occurred during the shelter-in-place order, they are now facing charges of looting, which Chief Andy Mills said could result in 180 days in jail.

High pressure is holding on around central California, which means warmer weather through Thursday, with highs in the mid-60s along the coast and mid 70s inland. Wet weather appears to be on the horizon that could dampen our region on and off through the weekend.

Pinnacles National Park, in response to guidance from California State, Monterey County and San Benito County public health authorities, is announcing additional modifications to operations at the park in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The park will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. The new rules are:

  • The Park will close to all day-use visitors and vehicular traffic.
  • The campground will remain open for campers with reservations.
  • The previous trail, facility, and operational closures remain in effect.
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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