Friday, August 28, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 25
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A hero's life after Katrina: Ten years later, an Air Force pararescueman recalls the people he helped during the hurricane's aftermath

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A hero's life after Katrina: Ten years later, an Air Force pararescueman recalls the people he helped during the hurricane's aftermath

BY DAVID MINSKY

View a slideshow of scenes from Katrina's aftermath. Mike Maroney isn’t the type of guy that seeks attention. As a seasoned Air Force pararescueman, his job entails secrecy. And as a member of the U.S. military, most of his jobs don’t happen in the States.  But 10 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, creating a swath... [ Read More ]

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Commentary: New rhythm
Cover Story: A hero's life after Katrina: Ten years later, an Air Force pararescueman recalls the people he helped during the hurricane's aftermath
News: Issues of immigration, domestic violence surface in Oceano death
News: Which Wich chain eyes Santa Maria
News: Most of the Ashley Madison users in Santa Barbara County are men, according to website
 

News

State judge decides Central Coast wastewater rules are insufficient

BY SEAN MCNULTY

A state Superior Court judge has ruled that the Central Coast’s Regional Water Quality Control Board is dragging its feet on curbing pollution in agricultural runoff. Ju...

Clean Air Express introduces Saturday and festival service

BY SHELLY CONE

Getting to festivals and shopping within Santa Barbara County just got a bit more relaxing with the addition of the Clean Air Express Saturday Services and its “Ride Me ...

Which Wich chain eyes Santa Maria

BY SHELLY CONE

A national sandwich chain best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bags, has its sights set on opening stores in Santa M...

Hannah-Beth Jackson drone bill passes Assembly

BY DAVID MINSKY

Last March, the Sun wrote about the ubiquity of drones ("Drone republic," Mar. 19) in California and a bill written by a state senator from Santa Barbara County who ...

Pressure cooker box causes bomb scare at Allan Hancock College

BY DAVID MINSKY

Students and faculty at Allan Hancock College had a bit of a scare on Aug. 21 when the campus was evacuated due to an apparent bomb threat, according to the Santa Maria Police...

Most of the Ashley Madison users in Santa Barbara County are men, according to website

BY DAVID MINSKY

Many things became apparent after hackers from a group calling itself “The Impact Team” unloaded a massive leak of 37 million users from adultery website AshleyMad...

After a long fight, Olive Grove Charter School is almost ready to reopen its doors

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Olive Grove Charter School, the small charter that’s fought tooth and nail to stay open over the course of the year, has new digs—a sunlit suite of offices in Orcu...

Issues of immigration, domestic violence surface in Oceano death

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Last year in Santa Barbara County, the nonprofit Domestic Violence Solutions received 4,080 calls in the one-year period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, according to ...

Community Notebook 8/27/15 - 9/3/15

TUESDAY, Sept. 1 • The Santa Maria City Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria. Agendas are a...

Political Watch 8/27/15

• On Aug. 25, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) was set to host her annual breakfast for veterans at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building. The breakfast is an oppor...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Fast Pitch SB

BY SHELLY CONE

As the entrepreneur movement increases, so have resources and training to help would-be business owners excel and thrive, but in Santa Barbara County there isn’t a lot o...

Commentary

New rhythm

BY BILL CIRONE

August can be marked by a number of things: one last family vacation, perhaps; close-out deals on patio furniture; and Major League Baseball playoff races that are just beginn...

Letters

Fireworks need to be done

Betty Jean Mollenkopf Moore - Santa Maria

I am a lifetime resident of this area and must comment strongly herein against the outrageous fireworks that plague the city of Santa Maria. I believe the nightmare has to sto...

Support the End of Life Option Act

Tim Rochte - Los Osos

I am very pleased to provide readers with an important legislative update regarding the subject of the recent Sun opinion piece written by Dr. Zaf Iqbal, “The Dignified ...

Sports

Firefighters bike from the Bay Area to Santa Monica to push back against their hidden threat: Cancer

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The road from San Francisco to Santa Monica Pier threads some 500 miles of tarmac through the pastures, bluffs, and beaches of California’s Central Coast. Steve Winter, ...

Desiree Domingues

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Three coaches in three years. Can Righetti Girls’ Basketball catch a break? Last year, as the Sun reported, there was an bizarre Facebook exchange where a hig...

School Scene

Lois Capps promotes bill pushing for safety in youth sports

BY SHELLY CONE

On Thursday, Aug. 20, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) visited Pioneer Valley High School’s football practice, to highlight the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Pro...

City hosts free after-school child care

BY SHELLY CONE

Parents in need of after-school child care have a free option with the Fun Recreation Education and Enrichment (F.R.E.E.) After School Program operated by the city of Santa Ma...

High school students can get free lunch

BY SHELLY CONE

Representatives from Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley, Righetti, and Delta high schools are encouraging families to apply for the school’s free and reduced lunch program to m...

Canary

Digging deep holes

We would have almost nothing to talk about if it wasn’t for Ashley Madison. And if you don’t know what that is, you obviously live under a tree in the middle of no...

Street Wise

Why is public art important for Santa Maria’s downtown?

Cindy Hoskins Ruben Espinoza Minnie Anderson Michael Corob

Arts

What Gaia would wear: Hancock's Ann Foxworthy Gallery showcases Earth Gowns

BY JOE PAYNE

What do you get when you amass 10 female artists, all who set out to create visually stunning gowns together? The outcome is not a runway fashion show, but a showcase of brill...

Daytripper: Rolling to the Solvang skatepark

BY SHELLY CONE

Lately in our house there have been two different languages spoken. On one side of the age divide is talk about goals and touchdowns, passes and punts. But there is a lot more...

Frame Gallery hosts Evening with Larry Kappen

BY JOE PAYNE

The Frame Gallery in Orcutt is partnering with Merrill Gardens and the Gold Coast Senior Options to sponsor An Evening with Larry Kappen on Aug. 31. The event will include a t...

Growing Grounds Gallery and Gifts features work of local women

BY JOE PAYNE

Growing Grounds Gallery and Gifts presents a two-day art show in Santa Maria titled Local Women of Art on Aug. 28 and 29. The work of Sarah Reed, Kim Boydstun, and Joan E. Pow...

City announces mural plans at Santa Maria Arts Council meeting

BY JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria’s Community Development Department Director Lawrence Appel visited the Santa Maria Arts Council meeting on Aug. 19 to announce to the group of lo...

Humor

Behind door number 2

BY ROB KRIDER

The concept was very simple, elementary, in fact. The basic plan was to train the dog to not crap inside the house. Unfortunately for me, the dog had other plans. It turns out...

Music

Songs of love: How two picky musicians decide the music for their wedding

BY JOE PAYNE

As of this issue’s print date, I will have already enjoyed my wedding on Aug. 22 with my lovely wife Candice, our family, and closest friends. As musicians, one aspect o...

Film

'American Ultra' is like 'The Bourne Identity' meets 'Pineapple Express'

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike Howell, a stoner-slacker who unbeknownst to himself is actually a sleeper agent for a secret but now suspended CIA program. When his ex-handler V...

Eats

Old Orcutt gets a little sweeter with the addition of Heart & Sugar

BY SHELLY CONE

Finding a tiny specialty shop among the more common strip mall scene is a treasure. Discovering it’s a candy shop is a dream. For a chocolate lover, actually walking int...

Hot Stuff

Sharing her world

The Cypress Gallery currently features the work of Lompoc Valley Art Association member Erica Bartnik, who showcases her composite photography in the exhibit The Duality of Re...

Get funky

The Chumash Casino Resort brings the legendary funk artist George Clinton with his group Parliament Funkadelic for a groovy live show on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. The band will perfor...

Cruise on by

The Concerts in the Park series, sponsored by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and PLAY Inc., comes to a close with a live performance by the local rockabilly a...