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Are you for or against Measure P, the ballot initiative aiming to ban high-intensity oil extraction?

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The Sun trains some cub reporters at the Discovery Museum

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The Sun trains some cub reporters at the Discovery Museum

BY THE SUN KIDS

For five days at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, Staff Writer Kristina Sewell, former Assistant Art Director Heather Walter, and I taught 10 children between the ages of 8 and 13 how to be reporters as part of a special summer camp partnership between the Sun and the museum. The kids learned how to identify the components of a news story (the five W’s, pl... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: County to draft special amendments for Measure P
News: Dignity Health teams up with other hospitals through telemedicine
Commentary: An environmentalist says no on P
Cover Story: The Sun trains some cub reporters at the Discovery Museum
News: UC Davis and the Strawberry Commission wrestle over strawberry breeding program's future
 

News

Santa Maria P.D. Officers reveal in arbitration hearing more details about Covarrubias shooting

BY AMY ASMAN

The arbitration hearing for former Santa Maria Police Lt. Dan Ast started up again on July 28 after a month-long hiatus. Ast and his defense attorney, Jonathan Miller, are ...

County to draft special amendments for Measure P

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

There are two sides to the Measure P debate—the ordinance scheduled for November’s ballot will either save the world or destroy it. The ordinance would ban enhanc...

Chumash to hold public meeting on casino expansion plans

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Another round of future plans will inevitably lead to another round of controversy for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. This time, it’ll be surrounding the tribe&...

Lingl challenges Linn for mayor of Lompoc

BY AMY ASMAN

Two-term Lompoc City Councilman Bob Lingl filed papers on July 25 to run against Mayor John Linn in the November election. In an interview with the Sun on July 28, Lingl said...

Dignity Health teams up with other hospitals through telemedicine

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Telemedicine robots are now roaming the halls of Dignity Health’s three Central Coast hospitals: Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center in Sa...

UC Davis and the Strawberry Commission wrestle over strawberry breeding program's future

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Those tangy, sweet, red berries that yielded $464 million for Santa Barbara County in 2013 are way more complicated than the average consumer could ever fathom. Sure, there...

Community Corner: Help Santa Maria Babe Ruth make it to nationals

BY AMY ASMAN

Robert Lopez graced the pages of the Sun about five years ago as an Athlete of the Week. “Second baseman Robert ‘Speedy’ Lopez may be a Little Leaguer in st...

Community Notebook 7/31/14-8/7/14

MONDAY, AUGUST 4 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.   TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 &bu...

Political Watch 7/31/14

• With the planning phase for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program coming up, California politicians decided to try ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Oaktoberfest

BY CHARLETTE DAIGNEAULT

Paso Robles and Buellton are famous for their golden hills, oak trees, warm summer nights, and wineries. On the outskirts of both of these small cities are Firestone Walker ...

Commentary

An environmentalist says no on P

BY KEN McCALIP

After participation in a six-year battle to successfully close a toxic waste dump site next to Casmalia in Santa Barbara County, it would be a gross understatement to say that...

Letters

There are lots of places to legally pray

Pearl Munak - Paso Robles

I am a regular churchgoer and a strong believer in the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or ...

Good Goddess!

L. Paul Carpenter - Arroyo Grande

Heidi Flanagan wants to “draw a line in the sand” and fight for legislative prayer. (“It’s time to fight,” July 17.) She says this isn’t ju...

Sports

The final Benchwarmer: Change brings new opportunity

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

I have been in this position too many times to count now—the 90-degree angle of my body molds to the chair as if by second nature. And as with each time before, I sit he...

Brandon Hettenhouser

BY CHARLETTE DAIGNEAULT

Bright stadium lights shine down on the players. Football coaches watch the team’s every move; cheerleaders bring their spirit; and those who came to watch their team ...

School Scene

Santa Barbara County residents graduate from sheriff's academy

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown presented 16 county residents with certificates after they completed 10 weeks of classes as part of the Sheriff’s Citizen&rsquo...

United Way to launch North County community literacy initiative

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Lompoc Unified School District, Reading Plus, and the United Way are kicking off what the United Way is terming the first Community Literacy Initiative in the country on Aug. ...

Law enforcement explorers graduate from countywide programs

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Six law enforcement agencies from across the Central Coast held two weeks of physical and mental challenges for 23 young people between the ages of 14 and 20 years old as part...

Discovery Corner: Exhibits within exhibits

BY ERIN KINIRY

People ask us all the time, “How many exhibits do you have?” This seems like a relatively easy question, especially for those of us who actually work and play he...

Canary

Let it P, let it P?

If Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meetings were brought to you by letters and numbers, the way episodes of Sesame Street work, the predominate portion of the alph...

Street Wise

What would you like to see local media reporting on more?

Mary Miller William Washington Felicia Kincaid Eric Bouza

Arts

PCPA blends history with drama and music in the world premiere of 'The San Patricios'

BY JOE PAYNE

The Mexican-American War is an oft-overlooked period of American history, partly overshadowed by the turmoil of the Civil War, which followed less than two decades later. Th...

Y/BEES? features a collaborative assemblage that focuses on honeybees

BY JOE PAYNE

All day, every day, honeybees are buzzing all around us, doing what they do best: the thankless job of pollinating most plants we enjoy by sight or taste as well as ones we&...

Los Padres Artist Guild to hold Robert Burridge demonstration

BY JOE PAYNE

The Los Padres Artist Guild is holding a meeting at the Luis Oasis Senior Center in Orcutt on Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. that will include a special artistic program with guest artis...

Summertime magic

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library offers the program Magic of Christopher Lopez on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Lopez is a nationally recognized magician who has performed at iconic venues ...

Cachuma Lake offers fireside programs in the evening

BY JOE PAYNE

The Cachuma Lake Nature Center is offering a series of fireside programs during the month of August on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. in the Cachuma Lake Fireside Amphitheate...

Lompoc Valley Art Association is host to 
a talk with Nancy Yaki

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association is holding its monthly meeting on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Lompoc’s Stone Pine Hall. The event will include a social time starting at 6:30 p...

Humor

The airhead

BY ROB KRIDER

It was supposed to be a simple vacation. The plan was to load up the family, drive to the beach, and surf, relax, and drink irresponsible amounts of rum for a week straight....

Music

The Lompoc Library Foundation offers free Concerts on the Library Lawn

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Library Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, is responsible for more than $50,000 worth of book endowments to the Lompoc, Buellton, and Vandenberg Village ...

Film

'Lucy' starts with a bang and ends with an eye roll

Writer-director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) helms this story about a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) implanted with a bag of drugs and forced to smuggle ...

Eats

Sundae splurge: Creamy ice cream desserts are for any day of the week

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Growing up in Wisconsin, in an extended family full of dairy farmers, I fondly recall devouring a big bowl of ice cream just about every night for my bedtime snack. If we wer...

Hot Stuff

Meet Naji

The Bookworm in Santa Maria is holding a meet-and-greet event with Vahid Imani, author of the middle-grade novel Naji and the mystery of the dig. The story is about a little P...

All that glitters

The great forge that is the planet Earth is responsible for some splendiferous geological features. The Orcutt Mineral Society is a group of amateurs and professionals who enj...

Join the occasion

Local Californicana country rock group Occasional Mustache will be performing at the Maverick Saloon songs from their new album, Hard to Keep a Good Man Down, which include...