Morning Lookout: Cooking some treats 4/20; the nettle number of a local singer

Hello, Santa Cruz County! It’s Wednesday, April 20, and here is Will, back from my brief stay up north. I managed for some rain to follow me, and after a mix of sun and cloud and highs in the low to mid 60s, the much needed precipitation should arrive in the afternoon hours. and continue tomorrow and Friday.

Before that, however, we’d be remiss if we didn’t notice that today is 4/20 Cannabis Day, and Lookout’s Max Chun checks in with Big Pete’s Treatsa company that has grown from a small Westside operation to a giant in the California edibles market.

Meanwhile, Wallace Baine has the scoop on Dead Nettlethe stage name under which Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Lindsey Wall is set to release her debut album, which she will celebrate with an upcoming show at Felton.

And our already heated debate over local railroads has kicked things up a notch with accusations of vandalism and dirty tricks, so let’s jump into those headlines and more.

A passion for pastry

(via Big Pete’s Treats)

Santa Cruz-based company Big Pete’s Treats has come a long way from Pete Feurtado’s Westside kitchen. With the help of son Pete Jr. and daughter Katie, the family business succeeded in producing the #1 edible cookie in California. Read Pete Jr.’s Q&A with Max Chun here.

MORE LOCAL COMPANY: ‘Nature is like a slow cooker’: Regenerative agriculture brings cannabis and food crops into soil harmony (Lookout)

Meet the cutter

Lindsey Wall, singer-songwriter from Santa Cruz

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz singer-songwriter Lindsey Wall releases her debut album under a stage name that evokes her love of plants and her image of herself as a tough-minded artist capable of surprising His public. Wallace Baine tells his story.

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YES Greenway files police report for defaced campaign signs; the opposition calls it a movement of desperation

Photos of defaced signs for which YES Greenway filed a police report.

The contentious debate between the two groups – one for a pedestrian greenway, the other for rail and trail – became more heated on Tuesday, with YES Greenway accusing its opponents of vandalism. No Way Greenway says there is no evidence and this is the band’s latest “dirty trick”. Grace Stetson sorts out the latest.

EXPLANATION : What is railbanking and why are Santa Cruz transit experts talking about it? (Look for)

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Salmon Season Preview, Goodles at Target and Earth Day Bulking

Workers unload fresh salmon at the Port of Santa Cruz.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Different state regulations could create an interesting salmon season around Monterey Bay, locals tell Lily Belli — and that’s just one of the stories from Santa Cruz’s food scene you’ll find in her latest newsletter. Get it here.

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

College without debt?

Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus

(Martin do Nascimento/CalMatters)

About 360,000 UC and California State students could receive $1,000 to $3,000 to fund their education this fall as part of a $632 million California effort to eliminate college debt. Our partners at CalMatters explain.

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Around the county…

Santa Cruz METRO eases restrictions on face masks (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Mother’s Day Race moves to Lake Pinto to return to in-person format (The Pajaronian)
Santa Cruz now requires public assembly permits (Good time)
Authorities say man set San Jose Home Depot on fire as diversion for tool theft (San Jose Mercury News)

And that’s what I know this Wednesday morning. There’s more to the Lookout pipeline, so I suggest you add our website to your favorites and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram to keep an eye. You can also receive news alerts and all our other newsletters directly via our Lookout newsletter and text center.

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Have a great day, and if you’re celebrating, celebrate responsibly. I’ll see you here tomorrow.

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout