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Target practice: How unmanaged recreational shooting affects health and safety in Los Padres National Forest

Cover Story

Target practice: How unmanaged recreational shooting affects health and safety in Los Padres National Forest

By BRENNA SWANSTON

View a slideshow of target shooting in Los Padres National Forest. Jared Herrera unzipped a gun case and lifted his Saiga semi-automatic from it, smiling. “This is my baby.” He and his buddy Mario Martinez pressed protective plugs into their ears and crouched behind their rifles, aiming toward a hanging metal target on the nearby hillside. The hill’s... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Target practice: How unmanaged recreational shooting affects health and safety in Los Padres National Forest
Art: PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents a bone-chilling 'Richard III'
News: Lompoc will consider a drone ordinance
News: Santa Barbara County Fire Department stocking up on ballistic vests
News: Amid negotiations, public high school teachers in Santa Maria are one step away from striking
 

News

Lompoc will consider a drone ordinance

By DAVID MINSKY

The city of Lompoc is considering a drone ordinance following a citizen complaint at the April 19 City Council meeting, according to Mayor Bob Lingl.  Drones are unmanne...

USDA ups standards for organic livestock, poultry

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Prefer your Santa Maria-style barbecue with certified organic beef? Well, new rules from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) might make that a little more diffi...

Santa Barbara County to provide eco-friendly disposal of large plastics

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County is giving growers a sustainable way to chuck their pesticide empties: a free, on-the-spot recycling event for agricultural plastic containers. The county...

Santa Barbara County Fire Department stocking up on ballistic vests

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will purchase ballistic vests and helmets to distribute among engines and ambulances throughout the county, according to Fire ...

Vandenberg protester Dennis Apel sentenced to four months in jail

By DAVID MINSKY

A Santa Barbara federal judge sentenced Dennis Apel to four months in jail on April 21 for a trespassing conviction he received in August 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.&nb...

Amid negotiations, public high school teachers in Santa Maria are one step away from striking

By DAVID MINSKY

Nearly 100 educators from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD) gathered on the front lawn of the district headquarters during the late afternoon of April...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Social evenings in art galleries are one of my favorite things. Sipping wine and noshing on classy appetizers while surrounded by like-minded people and art—well, it doe...

Community Notebook 4/28/16 - 5/5/16

MONDAY, MAY 2 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.  TUESDAY, MAY 3 • The S...

Political Watch 4/28/16

• On Friday, April 22, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) attended the eighth Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court graduation hosted by Judge Kay S. Kuns. The ceremony c...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Hot Dogs

By DAVID MINSKY

What do hot dogs and free enterprise have in common? America, where you can have both.  And there’s nothing that screams America more than a hot dog stand, which i...

Commentary

Traffic safety crackdown needed

By KEN MCCALIP

Recently, in Santa Maria I was stopped at a stoplight in the right-hand lane on Donovan Road with about five cars in front of me when the light changed, and before any of us c...

Letters

We are up to the challenge

By Jerry Copeland - Santa Maria

I just read the letter online, in the latest issue of the Sun, sent in by Mr. Bill Denneen (“You’ve been warned,” April 21) and as much as I can understand h...

Porter will get it done

By Richard Nagler - Solvang

I have closely followed the events of the 3rd District supervisor race and have been very impressed with the poise of Bruce Porter. While most of the other candidates have tri...

Joan Hartmann has what we need in a supervisor

By Mary Jane Edatalapour - Buellton

I met Joan Hartmann many years ago through a mutual interest in native plants before their drought tolerance made them fashionable. Since then I have worked with her on the Bu...

Sports

The Benchwarmer: An argument for equal pay

By KRISTINA SEWELL

When I hear other women say, “We have come a long way with women’s rights, we should be grateful,” I don’t quite know whether I want to cheer with them...

Jon Johnson

By PETER JOHNSON

It’s entirely possible that a Nipomo High School boys’ tennis team would not exist if not for Titan senior and No. 1 singles player Jon Johnson. Johnson vouched f...

School Scene

Science students head to state competition

By SHELLY CONE

A family trip to the beach resulted in a science fair win for Pioneer Valley High School senior Juan Lara. Lara is one of three students from Santa Maria headed to the state ...

Canary

This city is going to the dogs

As I got my little tail feathers in gear to purchase my tickets to the third annual Pups & Purrs FUNdraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos May 21, I marveled at the e...

Street Wise

Where do you go to shoot on the Central Coast?

Matthew Park Jackson Hooper David (last name withheld) Ralph Martin

Arts

The Sun Center Stage is the place to be at the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

By JOE PAYNE

The Strawberry Festival is always a flurry of fun for visitors looking for anything from a carnival ride and some funnel cake to mechanical-bull riding and live music. The S...

Festival to host free strawberry tastings

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Fun fact: Not all strawberries are the same. Strawberry plants actually comprise 103 distinct species and subspecies, according to the United States Department of Agricultu...

Sweet origins: From lab to supermarket, the strawberries we eat go through an arduous journey of production

By DAVID MINSKY

The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival is a celebration of one of this area’s most abundant fruits, but have you ever wondered how the strawberries we eat at the e...

AHC features the work of instructor John Hood at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery

By JOE PAYNE

Inspiration is all around us, all the time, if you look for it. Part of Allan Hancock College fine arts instructor John Hood’s teaching method is helping his students re...

PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents a bone-chilling 'Richard III'

By JOE PAYNE

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) begins its current production with the haunting specters of victims already laid waste at the hand of the titular character, Richard II...

Latino Outreach Council holds Cinco De Mayo celebration

By JOE PAYNE

The Latino Outreach Council of San Luis Obispo County presents Fiesta Latinas, a colorful and festive event commemorating Mexican Independence from Spain on May 1 in Nipomo. T...

Lompoc Valley Master Chorale takes listeners around the world

By JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale, directed by Kathleen Abrams Hacker, will perform a concert titled Around the World in 80 Minutes on May 6 and 7. The program is designed to d...

Sweet Adelines provide grant to Youth in Harmony

By JOE PAYNE

The Sweet Adelines International’s local chapter, the Tri City Sound, awarded a $1,000 grant to the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Central Coast Ch...

Community Partners in Caring preparing for fundraiser

By JOE PAYNE

The Community Partners in Caring—a local nonprofit that offers volunteer assistance to seniors to help them stay active, independent, and safe in their homes—is pr...

Humor

Good night, sweet Prince

By ARIEL WATERMAN

I was writing a very different column for this week. Outside, on our roof I heard the soothing coo-hoo of a dove. We have quite a few around here on the hill where we live, bu...

Music

Bowing out: Chris A. Bowman moves on after 20 years directing the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra

By JOE PAYNE

It may have come as a surprise to fans and those involved in the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra, when longtime music director and Maestro Chris A. Bowman annou...

Film

‘Miles Ahead’ is wild glimpse into Miles Davis’ volatile personality

The life and music of iconic jazz trumpeter Miles Davis explored in this biopic co-written and directed by Don Cheadle, who also stars in the title role. (100 min.) Glen: If ...

Eats

Desserts for every mood: Your ideal sugary fix, however you feel

By BRENNA SWANSTON

There’s more than one side to every sweet tooth. Think about the different desserts your many moods require: Maybe it’s an 85-degree Wednesday and you feel like t...

Hot Stuff

An eye for detail

The Wildling Museum presents the exhibit A Curator’s Eye: A Tribute to Karen Sinsheimer showing through July 18. The show is a look at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art&rs...

Straight out of Colombia

The Colombian music group Monsieur Perinè has already made quite a splash in America, winning the Best New Artist Grammy last year, and they will be performing locally ...

Collection of color

Local painter John Card is enjoying an exhibit that displays a wide array of his talents as an artist. The show Return of Potpourri is another collection of various subjects a...