Sunday, January 21, 2018     Volume: 18, Issue: 46
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Prepared: Learn from the locals who are ready for the next natural disaster

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Prepared: Learn from the locals who are ready for the next natural disaster

By JOE PAYNE

The first rain of the season always brings a distinct wave of scents with it, and in the yard of Renee O’Neill’s Tepusquet Canyon home, the flat smell of ash emanated from the hillside. The hilltop behind her home was stained black, the result of the Alamo Fire’s southernmost spread through Tepusquet. The fire, which started on July 6, 2017, burned more ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Music: LOCAL NOTES: Local musicologist Linda Shaver-Gleason battles cancer, blogs about music history, and raises a son
News: SMPD enforces city codes for mobile car washes following complaint
School Scene: Local Boy Scout leads fundraiser for children's library in Santa Maria
News: Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Women's Network sets some goals
Art: Filmmaker Paul Goldsmith hosts a screening of 'The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island' in Los Olivos
 

News

Montecito area reeling and recovering from major winter storm

By SPENCER COLE

Much of the coast between Santa Barbara and Ventura remained crippled one week after a winter storm triggered major flooding and debris flows that destroyed more than 100 home...

Local animal shelters receive disaster relief funding

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation to help support the care of animals impacted by the county’s rec...

Spy satellite launches from Vandenberg

By SPENCER COLE

A Delta IV rocket laden with a classified satellite from the National Reconnaissance Office successfully blasted into earth’s orbit on Jan. 12. The launch occurred just...

SMPD enforces city codes for mobile car washes following complaint

By KASEY BUBNASH

Several individuals running mobile car washing businesses while parked along West Morrison and South Western avenues were told to leave on Jan. 14 after the Santa Maria Police...

Deadline fast approaching for Los Olivos voters hoping to form a new wastewater community services district

By KASEY BUBNASH

Drinkers visiting Los Olivos’ many wine tasting rooms may finally enjoy an important feature that some county residents say has long been missing from the area—pub...

WWII veteran pilot John Ferenz Sr. celebrates 100th birthday in Santa Maria

By SPENCER COLE

Putting years of combat and war behind them can be difficult for some veterans, but John Ferenz Sr., who turned 100 on Jan. 11, is different, in part because of his undying pa...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Women's Network sets some goals

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

What better way to start a new year than to ponder the state of one’s self. After the pondering, there is the matter of, “Am I on the right path? Is this where I...

Political Watch 1/18/18

• Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) released a Thomas Fire and California storm recovery guide on Jan. 16 to help people affected or displaced by the Thomas Fire and ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Tourism Grants

By SPENCER COLE

For some local businesses, the new year is starting off on the right foot. On Jan. 8, nine nonprofits received a combined $22,000 from the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Comme...

Commentary

Lompoc should regulate drones

By RON FINK

The Lompoc City Council was scheduled to discuss a proposed city ordinance concerning unmanned aerial vehicles on Jan. 16. To some, these are toys much like model airplanes, t...

Letters

Trump's bluster gets things done

By Justin Ruhge - Concerned Taxpayers Inc., Lompoc

The publishers of the Sun tabloid show their liberal bias by constantly dragging out for comment their liberal pundit, Ken McCalip to bash President Trump. Just who appointed ...

Oceano Beach: a dream denied

By Cynthia Replogle - Oceano

The Oceano of the future has a vibrant downtown. Cars slow when passing an attractive sign that welcomes visitors to Oceano Beach. A tree-lined plaza and wide sidewalks dotted...

Californians win big with drug pricing transparency bill

By 35th District Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham - Templeton

In the last 10 years, the cost of an EpiPen, a device to inject medication to counter life-threatening allergic reactions, rose by 500 percent. The HIV and AIDS treatment, Dar...

Sports

BENCHWARMER: New year, new goals

By PETER JOHNSON

It’s a brand new year, folks, and while the rest of you are counting calories, swearing less, and otherwise changing your lives with 2018 resolutions, I’m over her...

Devin Davis

By MD LANGOWSKI

Allan Hancock College men’s basketball head coach Tyson Aye said that it was “perfect timing” for Devin Davis to be the Sun’s Athlete of the Week. The ...

School Scene

Local Boy Scout leads fundraiser for children's library in Santa Maria

By KASEY BUBNASH

It’s not every day a teenager devotes his free time to raising thousands of dollars for a community project, but 15-year-old Joseph Andrade isn’t your average teen...

Canary

Take it seriously

My heart has ached all week for the people of Montecito. The rising death toll, the massive amounts of homes lost and infrastructure damaged, and the ongoing search to find ...

Street Wise

Do you have an emergency plan in case of a natural disaster?

Max Orfield Kyle Slaght Angelica Vidaurri Mark Richards

Arts

Filmmaker Paul Goldsmith hosts a screening of 'The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island' in Los Olivos

By REBECCA ROSE

She spent 18 years alone on an island just 60 miles away from the California coast, and her life inspired a famous children's book, years of anthropological research, and now ...

Artist Jill Iversen discusses her career as a Santa Maria artist

By REBECCA ROSE

Santa Maria artist Jill Iversen is the resident artist at the Santa Maria Discovery Museum in Santa Maria. She creates fine art as well as children’s illustrations for b...

Grandeza Mexicana comes to Guadalupe

By REBECCA ROSE

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presents Los Angeles-based Grandeza Mexicana in a performance of Mexico’s regional musical and dance traditions. The group w...

Righetti High School film festival seeks submissions

By REBECCA ROSE

The 21st annual Righetti High School Film Festival is looking for high school students to submit films. The festival, planned for April, features awards given for best direct...

Humor

Humor: Krider has learned a thing or two about keeping his wife happy

By ROB KRIDER

As a married man I do everything in my power to strive for total wedded bliss because wedded misery is, well, it’s miserable. I don’t want to do misery. Instead,...

Music

LOCAL NOTES: Local musicologist Linda Shaver-Gleason battles cancer, blogs about music history, and raises a son

By JOE PAYNE

Lompoc resident and musicologist Linda Shaver-Gleason does a lot in a day. She’s raising a son with her husband, is preparing for a talk at a university conference, batt...

Film

‘The Post’ tells the stirring story of publication of the Pentagon Papers

Steven Spielberg (Jaws, The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln) directs this true story about Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female newsp...

Eats

Cream of the crop: Nite Creamery brings nitrogen-blasted sweets and nightlife to Santa Maria

By SPENCER COLE

When Nino Eng, 24, moved to Santa Maria from Long Beach to be closer to his now wife, one thing that caught him off guard was how limited his options were to grab a bite at ni...




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