Sunday, July 12, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 19
55 Fiction

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55 Fiction


55 Fiction Short stories about love, life, and sandwiches It doesn’t sound like much, but writers can do a lot with 55 words. They can kill someone, love someone, and surprise someone. And this year, yes, people from around the world submitted stories about the Trump administration, discrimination, and COVID-19. Some were cheesy, some were mushy, and some were dark... [ Read More ]

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News: Buellton joins Monterey Bay Community Power
News: Grand jury criticizes county's cannabis regulations in recent report
Cover Story: 55 Fiction
News: Santa Barbara County picked for challenge to reduce youth homelessness
News: Political Watch: July 9, 2020


Slow The Virus

Grand jury criticizes county's cannabis regulations in recent report

By Zac Ezzone

Echoing many of the talking points of the local anti-cannabis crowd, the Santa Barbara County grand jury recently released a scathing report in which it criticized county offi...

Santa Barbara County picked for challenge to reduce youth homelessness

By Malea Martin

The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care and 20 local stakeholders launched a 100-Day Challenge to reduce youth homelessness in Santa Barbara County at the end o...

County begins drafting plan to reach 2030 emission reduction goal

By Zac Ezzone

Over the next two years, the county of Santa Barbara will develop a plan identifying programs and policies the jurisdiction can pursue to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goa...

Local organizations call for action over farmworker conditions during COVID-19

By Malea Martin

With about 20 percent of Santa Maria’s COVID-19 cases being among farmworkers, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and Mixteco Indigena Commu...

Buellton joins Monterey Bay Community Power

By Zac Ezzone

In June, the city of Buellton became the latest jurisdiction to opt into joining Monterey Bay Community Power, a community choice aggregation agency that has expanded along th...

After a few weeks of not quite normal operations, many businesses in the county shut down for a second time


Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently required many businesses in Santa Barbara County to fully or partially close, a few weeks after many reopened from t...

Political Watch: July 9, 2020

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement acknowledging a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on July ...


New Lompoc medical practice aims to restore the doctor-patient relationship


In his three decades of Central Coast medical experience, Dr. Dale Ekstrum noticed a shift in the patient-doctor relationship at traditional medical practices. “Patie...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...


Not everyone has access to nature, and that needs to change


In typical Latino culture, daughters are taught how to clean and cook to keep their men happy. Not me, I was raised by a single mom who worked two jobs and cleaned houses on t...


We need intellect over instinct

By Colleen Campbell Murr, Santa Maria

Regarding the catastrophe of this pandemic—the anger, insecurity, and fear of the unknown is bringing out the baser behavior in man. The difficulties of no income genera...


CANARY: Aggresive much?


Hey, you guys! It turns out that a bunch of retirees who have an extra 20 hours a week on their hands to do research and write reports don’t actually like marijuana.&nbs...


County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation launch artist awards

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission announced it will award up to 20 stipends of $500 each to local artists who have created work in response to circumstances of the COVI...

Dana Adobe and Cultural Center's new exhibit showcases paintings by the late Milford Zornes

The Dana Adobe and Cultural Center will open its upcoming paintings exhibition, All About Trees, on July 15. This group show will showcase about 20 to 25 different painting...

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art reflects on traditional Solstice Sundowner fundraiser over the years


In an alternate reality devoid of COVID-19, June 20 would have marked the eighth annual Solstice Sundowner Benefit Party—traditionally hosted by the Elverhoj Museum of H...

With the official cancellation of Solvang Danish Days, IDK Events proposes an alternative lineup of celebratory options


For Max Hanberg, owner of Solvang Shoe Store, the cancellation of this year’s Solvang Danish Days Festival (originally scheduled to take place Sept. 18 through 20) is di...


Perry Mason is a stylish origin story for the famed criminal defense attorney

Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald created this origin story about gritty LA private detective Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys). Set in late 1931 and ’32 during the Great Depressi...


Tastry takes small wineries to the next level, while making the Central Coast the epicenter of wine innovation


Katerina Axelsson was tinkering in a wine lab when she unlocked the flavor matrix for wine.  She’s always been fascinated by human biology—particularly biote...

Hot Stuff


The application period to join Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) two-year Technical Theatre Training Program runs through Tuesday, Sept. 15. Students in the program&...


Performance Athletics Gymnastics in SLO is implementing CDC and SLO Public Health Department protocols during its Summer Gymnastics Camp, which began Monday, July 6, and will ...


Marie Ramey Fine Art in Atascadero will host Exploring Abstract Art, a drawing and painting workshop, on Saturday, July 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local artist Vicky Hoffman will in...


Sunday, July 5, marked the return of Shower the People, a nonprofit dedicated to providing complimentary warm showers to homeless or critically low-income individuals, at the ...

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