Morning Lookout: Newel talks about his son’s death from fentanyl; Boardwalk Music Programming

Top of the morning, Lookout friends! It’s Wednesday, April 27, and Santa Cruz County is heading for a partly cloudy day, with winds picking up in the afternoon hours and temperatures in the 60s.

We start the morning with part 3 of “Poisoned”, our series on the fentanyl epidemic and its impact on our community, featuring Dr. Gail Newel, Santa Cruz County’s top doctor, to open up for the first time about the pain of losing his son Nyeland to fentanyl. A powerful read by Lookout’s Mark Conley, and well worth your time.

Other stories you should have on your radar today:

We also have updates on the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Phil’s Fish Market, so let’s dive into all of that by browsing through today’s headlines.

Repressing the “stigma of shame”

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

If it can happen to Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer Gail Newel and his wife, Kelli, both longtime doctors, it can happen to any family. If it can happen to the top performers in our society, like doctors, dentists, and lawyers, it can happen to anyone. Nyeland Newel was a 38-year-old dentist who experienced an opioid craving while at UC Santa Cruz. His addictive genes collided with America’s opioid crisis in tragic ways. Mark Conley has the story.

“POISONED” PART 1: As painful fentanyl death toll rises in Santa Cruz, taking young lives, it’s time for meaningful solutions

“POISONED” PART 2: Hungry for answers: Fentanyl town hall confirms community scourge and crying need for better response

Santa Cruz City Council offers unanimous “no” to Division D measure; Unfazed green lane supporters

A Santa Cruz resident enjoys his ride on the new rail trail.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

The Santa Cruz City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Measure D at Tuesday’s meeting. It was a small surprise for the collective YES Greenway, which says it is happy that the subject is finally decided by the voters. Get the details from Max Chun and Nik Altenberg.

LAST WEEK: YES Greenway files police report for defaced campaign signs; the opposition call it a movement of desperation (Attention)

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Boardwalk’s free summer music and movies return in a new format – is it good or bad?

A band performs at the Colonnade Stage on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Post-pandemic live music will feature local artists on the smaller Colonnade stage on Thursday nights. Free beach movies will now air on Fridays, including “The Lost Boys,” which will screen on Halloween weekend. Wallace Baine has the details.

MORE FROM WALLACE: MAH’s ‘Strange Weather’ Contemplates Humanity’s Struggles Through Art

Gilroy Garlic Festival canceled, Phil’s Fish House moves and mountain markets reopen

The 2022 Gilroy Garlic Festival is canceled and future events are postponed indefinitely.

In her weekly On Food newsletter, Lily Belli has the latest on two beloved institutions, welcomes back to Felton and Scotts Valley Farmers’ Markets and more. Dig here.

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

Masks are off, COVID rates are on the rise, and musicians are nervous about touring again

Fans during the first weekend of the 2022 Coachella Music Festival.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A slew of acts have canceled tour dates as COVID cases rise again, casting a shadow over what was shaping up to be a record-breaking concert season. Learn more here from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.

AFTER: Kamala Harris testing positive for coronavirus points to rising cases in California (Los Angeles Times)

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Around the county…

Home, SUV, trailers destroyed in two separate Santa Cruz County fires (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Santa Cruz council adopts new public gathering rules (Santa Cruz Local)
Farm, a biotech company gets more grants for education programs (The Pajaronian)
Kidnapped San Jose baby found safe, three suspects in custody (San Jose Mercury News)
Monterey Bay FC’s new football stadium will be ready for the home opener on May 7 (KSBW-TV)

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Happy Wednesday, I’ll see you here tomorrow morning.

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout

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