Monday, July 23, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 20
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55 Fiction: Keep it short, keep it sweet, and if it's good enough, you'll read it this week

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55 Fiction: Keep it short, keep it sweet, and if it's good enough, you'll read it this week

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  55 Fiction Keep it short, keep it sweet, and if it's good enough, you'll read it this week You can say a lot in 55 words. You can kill someone, love someone, or save someone. Tell stories about torture, divorce, or family drama. Make political statements. Riff on societal issues. But there are only a select few who can do it well enough to get published! For th... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Art: Bright lights, small town: A group of independent filmmakers bring Hollywood to Santa Maria
School Scene: County works to detain fewer youths
News: Exxon tanker truck proposal met by protesters before meeting
News: Strips that save: Pacific Pride Foundation distributed thousands of fentanyl test strips in past year
News: Lompoc City Council provides exemption buffer zone for dance studio
 

News

Exxon tanker truck proposal met by protesters before meeting

By Spencer Cole

They came by the dozen and filed in front of the county Engineering Building in Santa Barbara just as the sun began to set on July 11. Armed with signs and shouting slogans de...

Guadalupe awarded $4.5 million for LeRoy Park renovations

By Kasey Bubnash

Long-awaited repairs are coming to Guadalupe's LeRoy Park and its community center, according to Guadalupe Mayor John Lizalde, who announced on July 10 that the city was award...

Lompoc City Council provides exemption buffer zone for dance studio

By Spencer Cole

Lompoc's Classical School of Ballet will have a buffer zone protecting it from encroaching marijuana businesses after all, following an agreement struck between the school's o...

Laurus College now offering four bachelor's degree programs

By Kasey Bubnash

Santa Maria residents hoping to get a bachelor's degree at home are in luck.  Laurus College, a family-owned private college established in 2006, is now offering four ba...

Strips that save: Pacific Pride Foundation distributed thousands of fentanyl test strips in past year

By Kasey Bubnash

It's been a little over a year since several organizations throughout the state started giving out free fentanyl test strips in an effort to curb opioid overdoses.  Sinc...

Political Watch 7/19/18

• President Donald Trump appeared with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the two held a one-on-one summit in Helsinki, Finland, on July 17, when the two leaders an...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Pashion Footwear, Haley Pavone, CEO

By Spencer Cole

It took a freak dance floor accident for Haley Pavone, 22, to look down at her high-heeled shoes and wonder if there was a better way. Working her way through college at Cal ...

Commentary

Cave rescue in Thailand was no 'miracle'

By Scott Fina

The rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep in a cave in Mae Sai, Thailand, by flooding from monsoon rains in late June captured worldwide attention. &n...

Letters

The cost of oil

By Seth Steiner - Los Alamos

Oil brings in revenue for Santa Barbara County. This has been a selling point when new drilling permits are sought. But oil operations cost us more than they generate. Some di...

GI Forum supports Aera expansion

By Willie Galvan - commander, American GI Forum, Santa Maria chapter

Every community faces the challenges of unmet needs–not enough money to go around for basic public services, let alone taking care of underserved residents in virtually ...

We knew about Trump

By Libby Breen - Orcutt

So many of us knew what a dangerous, corrupt, and unintelligent resident landed in the White House, a puppet of Russia and Putin. The facts around the 2016 election have dribb...

Lompoc High School Unified Basketball

By Kasey Bubnash

After beating out teams from across the nation in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the Lompoc High School Unified Basketball team took home bronze medals on July 6.  ...

School Scene

County works to detain fewer youths

By Kasey Bubnash

Fewer kids are being detained in local juvenile detention facilities because of several newly implemented policies that county officials say could better aid at-risk youth and...

Canary

Of course

Sometimes, you just see things coming. At least, those of us who've reported on Santa Barbara County, its cities, towns, industries, and activists for any period of time can. ...

Arts

Arts Briefs

Sphinx and Drinks gala featured in Guadalupe The Dunes Center in Guadalupe is hosting its Sphinx and Drinks gala event on July 21 to benefit the center's educational programs...

Bright lights, small town: A group of independent filmmakers bring Hollywood to Santa Maria

By Rebecca Rose

Santa Maria is going a little bit Hollywood, thanks to some local filmmakers. Cindy Kitagawa was born and raised in Santa Maria and worked in Los Angeles as an aspiring write...

Fly me to the moon: Santa Maria Public Airport's latest art display is filled with bold visions

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Maria Public Airport is filled with quiet spaces–people reading books, waiting in line for car rentals, or sharing a meal at the restaurant. Hovering over all ...

Humor

Garbage disposal disposition: Krider isn't allowed in the kitchen, unless it's to fix something

By ROB KRIDER

I'm not allowed to be inside the confines of the kitchen area of my own house. Yes, the same house that I send most of my paycheck to the bank each month so we can live in. ...

Music

Building a band: Certain Sparks Music offers summer program so kids can join a band in Lompoc

By Joe Payne

Studying the art of music can often feel like an isolating, solitary affair, with hours spent alone practicing the necessary scales and chords to one day become a "real&q...

Film

Stranger than …

In this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary directed by Tim Wardle, in 1980, three 19-year-old strangers discover they’re identical triplets separated at birth. T...

Eats

Debonair affair: Urbane Cafe brings a diverse menu to Santa Maria

By Rebecca Rose

When the Urbane Cafe first opened, we beelined it straight for the new venue. Journalists like two things in life: fast, affordable food and funny videos of cats (but we're no...

Hot Stuff

Mission Statement

Children’s Mission Life Day takes place July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, located at 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc. Kids can experi...

Purrfect

Yoga 4 Mankind hosts Cat Yoga, a benefit for Santa Barbara County Animal Services, on July 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cats will be present during the class and available to adopt. Ad...

Tinker Time

Mini Makers, a summer camp for ages 6 to 10 at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, takes place July 30 through Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will have VIP acce...

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