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VOLUNTEERS: CALM volunteer Shannon Elliott helped ensure local families in need weren't forgotten during the holidays

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VOLUNTEERS: CALM volunteer Shannon Elliott helped ensure local families in need weren't forgotten during the holidays

By Joe Payne

Last year's holiday season was extra busy for Shannon Elliott. As a volunteer for CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation), a nonprofit that serves local families with therapy regardless of financial means, Elliott was tasked with helping organize gift giving for not just her own family, but more than 100 families in Santa Maria and Lompoc through the organization's Adopt a... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: VOLUNTEERS: CALM volunteer Shannon Elliott helped ensure local families in need weren't forgotten during the holidays
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Canary: Public servants
News: Some local divisions of federal programs dodge shutdown
 

News

Carbajal calls out Trump for 'manufactured' immigration crisis on eve of televised address

By CHRIS MCGUINNES

As the nation waited to hear a Jan. 8 televised address from President Donald Trump on the issue of immigration, Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) pus...

Fire leads to evacuation at main jail, northern branch to open late summer

By KASEY BUBNASH

The outbreak of an electrical fire at the Santa Barbara County Jail on Jan. 4 led to the immediate evacuation and temporary relocation of several inmates.  The Santa Bar...

Some local divisions of federal programs dodge shutdown

By KASEY BUBNASH

The nation is nearly three weeks into a partial government shutdown, and while many local federal employees are out of work, some federally funded programs have found ways to ...

County Board of Supervisors gets a new member and a new chair

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Gregg Hart's last day on the Santa Barbara City Council was the day before his first on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Hart ran unopposed to take over 2nd Dist...

Sending a signal: Locals register concerns about fracking public lands

By PETER JOHNSON

Vandenberg Air Force Base. Tepusquet Canyon. Morro Rock. The Santa Lucia Mountains. Irish Hills Natural Reserve. What ties this short list of Central Coast places together? T...

Political Watch 1/10/19

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) authored four bills focusing on wildfire prevention and protection efforts that went into effect starting Jan. 1. Senat...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: OASIS Center

By Caleb Wiseblood

The OASIS Center's campaign to raise $4 million toward its proposed new location recently reached the halfway point after three years of fundraising.  The campaign launc...

Commentary

Where will some Measure U funds go?

By GALE MCNEELY - SANTA MARIA

Who would have thought that our Measure U tax dollars would allow the Santa Maria City Council to give tax rebates to the auto dealers waiting to create an Enos Ranch auto mal...

Letters

Stuff happens

By Seth Steiner - Los Alamos

Clean water for drinking and ag use is surely a good thing. Three oil companies want to vastly increase drilling between Santa Maria and Los Alamos. If they have their way, hu...

Trump exposed waste at national parks

By Jan Lipski - Vandenberg Village

During the recent government shutdown, the shortest on record, our national parks have become pigsties. Without government employees picking up after visitors' refuse, the pa...

The removal of Oceano Beach

By LUCIA CASALINUOVO - OCEANO

Two million visitors a year drive on Oceano Beach for a day trip or on their way to Sand City, 1,000 unmarked campsites for $10 a night, and the Sand Highway, the off-roading ...

ICE is not the enemy

By RICHARD DYDELL - SANTA MARIA

A few months ago there was a large demonstration against ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement) beginning in SLO and ending at the new ICE facility in Santa Maria, which o...

Trenton Mitchell

By Kasey Bubnash

Allan Hancock College sophomore Trenton Mitchell has been a force for his school's flourishing basketball program this season.  Towering over the competition at 6 feet...

School Scene

Residents impacted by disasters could get student loan relief

By Kasey Bubnash

College students who were impacted by Santa Barbara County's recent natural disasters could have their monthly federal student loan payments temporarily suspended or reduced. ...

Canary

Public servants

Come on U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, how could you possibly think that anything President Donald Trump says is "manufactured"? The guy is the most intelligent. The mo...

Arts

Modern love

By REBECCA ROSE

The first time artist Rosemary Pierce met with a gallery owner to discuss her work, she left in tears.     Pierce had just taken a huge leap of faith. She...

Light bright

By REBECCA ROSE

For their first big show of the year, the artists of Gallery Los Olivos present their interpretation of one of their most important tools: light. In every possible way, lig...

NatureTrack announces selections for film festival

By REBECCA ROSE

The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF), scheduled for March 22 through 24 in Los Olivos, recently announced its official entry selections.     Films selected ...

SMCT presents Streetcar Named Desire

By REBECCA ROSE

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre announced its next production, A Streetcar Named Desire, running from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10.     The play, which won the 194...

Elverhoj Museum hosts poetry reading

By REBECCA ROSE

The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art presents A Nordic Light Duet, a reading of Danish poetry by local poets, scheduled for Jan. 12 at the museum.     The ...

Humor

The weight is over

By ROB KRIDER

It is a brand-new year and that means pretty much one thing and one thing only to me: I need a new Dilbert desk calendar. Other than that, the concept that it is a “new ...

Music

A-ca-mazing

By JOE PAYNE

Ludwig van Beethoven might have had an inkling that his “Symphony No. 5 in C minor” would go down in history, but he probably didn’t foresee the piece...

Film

Abuse of power

Writer-director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers) helms this biopic dramedy about W...

Eats

The Rebeccamendies: The Best Food and Drinks of 2018

By REBECCA ROSE

I’m a sucker for awards shows (I wear an actual fancy dress to watch the Academy Awards from my house, and I treat the Emmys like a religious holiday). With the Golden G...

Hot Stuff

Lasso of Truth

The inaugural Women’s March of Santa Maria Valley starts at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19 at Buena Vista Park, located at 800 S. Pine St., Santa Maria. Join the march as it progres...

String Theory

Gala De Arte in Nipomo hosts Art and Wine: Starfish Nail and String Art on Jan. 12 and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. both evenings. Artist Wendy Thrasher will guide participants throug...

Mightier Than The Sword

CORE Winery’s ongoing Second Saturday poetry night welcomes featured poets Cal Poly professor Sarah Grieve (pictured) and former Santa Barbara poet laureate Gudrun Bortm...

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