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Opening doors: Central Coast colleges work to cultivate and maintain a diverse student population

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Opening doors: Central Coast colleges work to cultivate and maintain a diverse student population

By PETER JOHNSON AND SHELLY CONE

Starting college is a big step toward adulthood. For some students the college experience offers exposure to a richer world, not only academically but socially too. Taking students from a community largely curated by their families into a society of diverse personalities, cultures, and ethnicities often shapes perspectives in a broader way. Sometimes though, depending on t... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Canary: In the political spotlight
News: The alpaca life: Lompoc couple runs one of California's few carding mills, selling yarn for a living
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: Davey's Voice
News: Forced reduction: Zodiac Seat Shells in Santa Maria is cutting some of its workforce following production issues
Commentary: Why I can't vote for Salud Carbajal for Congress
 

News

Vandenberg fire 'remains significant and unpredictable'

By BRENNA SWANSTON

A vegetation fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base, called the Canyon Fire, has escalated rapidly, causing launch delays and drawing efforts from hundreds of local firefighters. ...

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides classes for the diabetic, food-insecure

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Maria residents who struggle with both diabetes and food insecurity now have opportunities to educate themselves on their condition, through the Foodbank of Santa Barbar...

Teenager arrested in connection to murder of Luis Castaneira

By DAVID MINSKY

On Sept. 16, the Santa Maria Police Department arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with the death of Luis Alberto Castaneira, according to Sgt. Rob Morris, a detective o...

VTC Enterprises named in wrongful death lawsuit

By DAVID MINSKY

A Santa Maria vocational training service for developmentally disabled adults is being accused of failing to seek medical attention for one of its members who later died of pn...

Santa Barbara County Planning Commission approves tasting rooms for small wineries

By DAVID MINSKY

Small wineries in Santa Barbara County are allowed to have tasting rooms under a new ordinance change approved by the Planning Commission during a special meeting on Sept. 19....

The alpaca life: Lompoc couple runs one of California's few carding mills, selling yarn for a living

By BRENNA SWANSTON

View more photos from the Goehrigs' ranch. Mette and Tom Goehrig trudged across one of their pastures, parting a mob of nosey alpacas. "They're like potato chips,"...

Forced reduction: Zodiac Seat Shells in Santa Maria is cutting some of its workforce following production issues

By DAVID MINSKY

On the campaign trail, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump balks at the idea of outsourcing jobs to Mexico. But here in Santa Maria, Zodiac Seat Shells, one o...

Community Notebook 9/22/16 - 9/29/16

MONDAY, SEPT. 26 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipo...

Political Watch 9/22/16

• On Sept. 10, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) received the National Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, which honors individuals in public service who ha...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Davey's Voice

By DAVID MINSKY

In the U.S. and in many other nations, dogs are considered loyal and loving pets, not a food source even though slaughtering dogs for meat in this country is, for the most par...

Commentary

Why I can't vote for Salud Carbajal for Congress

By ANDY CALDWELL

Congressional candidate Salud Carbajal should explain in his own words why he supports the policies and politics of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Robert Rei...

Sports

The trail less traveled: Santa Maria Valley Trail Runners group strives to get locals excited about trails and open space

By SHELLY CONE

The Santa Maria Valley Trail Runners started when a group of runners and open space enthusiasts sat around having breakfast after a run and discussing why Santa Maria didn&rsq...

Leo Partida Ruiz

By SHELLY CONE

Leo Partida Ruiz’s high school football career all started with a cheesy, carb-loaded snack. The Pioneer Valley High School senior plays wide receiver and strong safety...

School Scene

Spotlight shines on Pioneer Valley High School performing arts center

By SHELLY CONE

It was part of the original plans when the school was first built in 2004, and now Pioneer Valley High School's performing arts center is finally becoming a reality. The 16,41...

Canary

In the political spotlight

I grew up in a nest full of siblings, and that probably tells you all you need to know to understand what I’m going to say next.  When you aren’t the only ...

Street Wise

Do you feel there’s enough diversity among students, staff, and faculty at Allan Hancock College?

Michael Ayala Nicole Cason Ernesto Lopez David Morales

Arts

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission hosts exhibit celebrating Californian Mixtecos

By JOE PAYNE

The recent opening reception for the Betteravia Gallery’s latest exhibit was buzzing with voices. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission welcomed the traveling exhibit...

Doctoral dedication: Allan Hancock College's Jill Thayer shares a career-spanning exhibit of her art

By JOE PAYNE

It takes quite a lot of resources, both financial and intellectual, to achieve a doctorate in any field of study. A Ph.D. in the arts, however, also calls on a tremendous amou...

Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation annual Chalk Festival happens Sept. 24

By JOE PAYNE

The Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation (OCAF) celebrates its fifth annual Chalk Festival in Old Town Orcutt on Sept. 24. The fundraising event welcomes visitors for an af...

Los Alamos to celebrate Old Days Sept. 23 - 25

By JOE PAYNE

Each year the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club sponsors the Los Alamos Days Celebration, which showcases the town’s unique and historic character with a parade, artisa...

Charter schools video competition deadline nears

By JOE PAYNE

The Center for Education Reform will close the entries for its “Hey John Oliver! Back Off My Charter School” video contest on Sept. 26. The contest was born after ...

Humor

Friday night lights

By ROB KRIDER

The day my son was born, fat and screaming as he was forced out of the safety of his mother’s body, I hoped one day he would grow up to be a football player. During the ...

Music

AnnKathleen takes you on a spiritual, musical journey

By JOE PAYNE

Watch a video of AnnKathleen performing. AnnKathleen leads a number of classes and spiritual sessions at CovenTree Books and Gifts in Santa Maria, from meditation to transfor...

Film

‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a solid Western that doesn’t quite live up to its forebears

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) directs this remake written by Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto, based on the Japanese classic Seven Samurai (1954), a film that was...

Eats

In defense of the Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte: Confessions of a 'basic white girl'

By BRENNA SWANSTON

I used to be one of them. It started with the smallest of triggers: a yellowed leaf on the tree outside, or a 15 percent chance of scattered showers in the weather forecast, ...

Hot Stuff

Fun with the Philharmonic

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society and Orchestra welcomes the community to join its season opening concert, titled Rach and Roll, with new musical director Michael Nowak (pi...

Horses for history

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum welcomes everyone interested in equines to join in the annual Valley Horse Farm Tour fundraiser event on Sept. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. The ...

Ready to jam

Johnny’s Bar and Grill in Lompoc will play host to Cold Blue Water on Sept. 22 from 9 p.m. to midnight. The group tags itself as “California’s premier blues,...