Thursday, June 24, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 17
Winning Images 2021

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Winning Images 2021


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we’ve got 32,000 beautiful, captivating, intimate, and skillfully wrought “words” for you this week. We’re pleased to present the top photos from this year’s Winning Images annual photography contest. Despite pandemic shutdowns, these intrepid photographers of all ages got behind their lenses to cap... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: With state rental assistance slow to arrive, tenants and service groups look anxiously to the end of eviction protections
News: Solvang allows electric trolleys
News: Political Watch: June 24, 2021
Cover Story: Winning Images 2021
News: Santa Maria gives another $2 million to Police Department in budget amendments


Slow The Virus

Santa Maria gives another $2 million to Police Department in budget amendments

By Malea Martin

Tax revenues ended up being higher than anticipated for the city of Santa Maria over the past pandemic year. The City Council recently passed budget adjustments that will incr...

Solvang allows electric trolleys

By Karen Garcia

The Solvang City Council approved a license program for electric trolley services on June 14. Tracy Beard, executive director of the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, said the cha...

Santa Maria Recreation offers summer fun despite staffing challenges

By Malea Martin

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is gearing up to bring local residents a summer of fun with new programming and opportunities for everyone from youth to the el...

Political Watch: June 24, 2021

• On June 17, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced that the IRS is extending a small businesses tax credit through September. The credit covers the cost o...

With state rental assistance slow to arrive, tenants and service groups look anxiously to the end of eviction protections


Adam Schooley of Los Osos owes more than $4,000 in back rent to his landlord after he lost his job in December for the second time during the pandemic. So in March, when the ...


One woman is bringing paletas to the catering scene with her new pushcart

By Karen Garcia

Brittany Gonsalves was looking to get her creative juices flowing last year after the pandemic halted her business operations.  “I was trying to find something to ...

Cannabis Corner

Court rejects request to revisit cannabis ordinance environmental impacts

By Kasey Bubnash

A recent ruling in favor of a Santa Ynez Valley cannabis grow and Santa Barbara County rejected claims that the project is environmentally incompatible with neighboring farms,...


Is drug use a victimless crime?


On June 4, in Indianapolis, Crystal Martin admitted before a court to giving her 3-year-old son, Johnathan Johnson, two 100mg pills of Zoloft, an antidepressant drug, before l...


When it comes to mockers, COVID-19 may have the last laugh

By Bruce Badrigian, Morro Bay

Many thanks to Rita Casaverde’s Sun commentary (“Jordan Cunningham mocks COVID-19 restrictions,” April 15) calling out Jordan Cunningham’s sardonic eff...


Details, decals


What’s better than a cop with little to no mental health training responding to someone in crisis? That same cop rolling up in a random, unmarked sedan!  During a ...


Santa Maria Civic Theatre and HOPE co-host A Benefit Drag Show

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents a special one-night fundraiser event, A Benefit Drag Show, in collaboration with House of Pride and Equality (HOPE), on Saturday, June 2...

Gallery Los Olivos holds July duo show, Inside/Outside

By Caleb Wiseblood

Inside/Outside, an upcoming duo exhibition at Gallery Los Olivos, premieres on Thursday, July 1, and is scheduled to remain on display through Saturday, July 31. This exhibi...

Live, in-person theater makes a Central Coast comeback with SLO Rep's 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]'


To see, or not to see, that is the question. In the case of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]—San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre’s first live, ...


‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is a middling sequel good for a few laughs

Tom O’Connor directs this sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard, about formerly AAA-rated bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), who was tasked with pr...


Kay's Orcutt Country Kitchen reopens for indoor seating after six-month closure


Why watch the Friends reunion when you could just live it instead? While Father’s Day weekend marked the official reopening (albeit, a “soft opening”) of Kay...

Hot Stuff


The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang is hosting two live plein air painting demonstrations: One with artist Libby Smith on Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m...


The Molly Ringwald Project is performing on Saturday, June 26, starting at 6 p.m., in the Solvang Festival Theater’s Patron Garden. Guests of this outdoor concert can ex...


In celebration of its two-year anniversary, Glasshead Studio in Atascadero is hosting a pop-up art show on Sunday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured artists in this gro...


The Art with Judy Ann Studio Gallery in Cambria celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees of the event can browse alcohol-ink artworks...


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