Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Nicholas Ibarra

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Nicholas:

Santa Cruz County may apply for reopening variance Friday as special meeting called

One of just a handful of California counties yet to apply for a variance to reopen dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools, Santa Cruz County is now hurrying to make its decision. → Read More

Santa Cruz County churches, in-store retail can reopen as local order aligns with state rules

In-person retail shopping, religious services, funerals, cultural ceremonies and protests can resume — with limits — starting Wednesday, as can child care for non-essential workers, and… → Read More

Plans for further reopening solidify in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County plans to issue an updated shelter-in-place order next week to further ease restrictions on office work, child care and other low-risk activities that are permitted by the state bu… → Read More

Thursday is ‘Ben Kelly Day’ in Santa Cruz County

County supervisors issued the proclamation this week in honor of the late surfer, entrepreneur, board-shaper and husband who was killed in a shark attack while surfing an Aptos break May 9. → Read More

Coronavirus: Testing capacity remains a hurdle in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County is likely still weeks away from submitting an attestation that it is ready to meet the state’s benchmarks. → Read More

Santa Cruz County confirms plan to give businesses a voice in economic recovery

Amid mounting calls from business leaders for a seat at the table to plan how to safely reopen the local economy, Santa Cruz County is set to launch an economic recovery team that appears aimed at … → Read More

Some retailers can reopen Friday as Santa Cruz County to follow state’s latest step

A range of retailers will be able to offer curbside pickup in Santa Cruz County starting Friday under a planned update that will further ease local shelter-in-place restrictions. → Read More

A COVID-19 test lab is up and running at UCSC, may soon boost capacity

A new COVID-19 testing lab is up and running at UC Santa Cruz, with its first batch of samples expected to arrive Wednesday. Launching with an initial capacity of 30-40 tests per day, the campus la… → Read More

Santa Cruz County issues new shelter-in-place, easing some restrictions

Restrictions on outdoor activities including landscaping, construction and golf will be eased Saturday in Santa Cruz County under an updated shelter-in-place order — but socializing outside of one’… → Read More

Body found in rural Santa Cruz County identified as missing man

Police identified a body found in rural Santa Cruz County as a 36-year-old missing man. His death has been ruled a homicide. → Read More

Beach restrictions coming to Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County is moving forward with new beach restrictions in response to a hot weekend that saw beachgoers crowding the sand. → Read More

Santa Cruz County’s two largest school districts sue Juul Labs

Santa Cruz County’s largest school districts are suing electronic-cigarette maker Juul Labs, claiming the vaping giant marketed its products to youth and bears blame for the drastic rise in teen va… → Read More

Coronavirus: Santa Cruz County launches initiative, plans for ‘long haul’ ahead

Santa Cruz County may be seeing signs of success at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, but local health officials are preparing for a long road ahead. → Read More

Unidentified body found in rural Santa Cruz County in ‘suspicious circumstances’

Authorities are investigating after an unidentified body was found in suspicious circumstances Saturday in rural Santa Cruz County. → Read More

Inside nurses’ calls for more protection at Watsonville Community Hospital

Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital are calling for increased access to the N95 masks they say they need to ensure their safety as they treat patients who have — or are suspected to have — COV… → Read More

Coronavirus: Masking mandate coming to Santa Cruz County

A mandate requiring residents and workers to cover their faces at businesses and in other close-quarter settings is coming to Santa Cruz County, according to an announcement from local officials. → Read More

Parks, beaches reopen, surfing ban ends in Santa Cruz County

Parks, beaches and trails reopened Thursday across Santa Cruz County as the week of strict closures — and a countywide ban on surfing — came to an end. → Read More

Unemployment claims skyrocket in Santa Cruz County, where jobless rate projected to exceed 19% in May

In the week after Santa Cruz County first ordered residents to shelter in place, more residents filed unemployment claims than in any month during the Great Recession. → Read More

UCSC shuttle driver is Santa Cruz County’s second COVID-19 death

A UC Santa Cruz shuttle driver diagnosed with COVID-19 died Tuesday, marking the second coronavirus-related death of a Santa Cruz County resident. → Read More

Santa Cruz County plans to ease shelter-in-place restrictions May 4

SANTA CRUZ — Shelter-in-place restrictions may be eased in Santa Cruz County on May 4 as signs suggest the spread of the novel coronavirus is continuing to slow. “We’ll see how the next two w… → Read More