Tuesday, December 18, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 41
Local poets find their voice in North Santa Barbara County

Cover Story

Local poets find their voice in North Santa Barbara County

By Rebecca Rose

It's a dark space that's standing-room only. The only sounds come from behind the podium, a quiet stirring from a winery tasting room worker as she slowly pours another glass for a patron at the bar. The audience is hushed, eager for the moment when it starts. "I worshiped dad's tale– the middle son seeking light with the years gone dark or just faded gra... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Local poets find their voice in North Santa Barbara County
News: Political Watch 12/13/18
News: Santa Maria police investigate second murder in two days, seventh of the year
News: Harvest Community Center to build homeless shelter in Santa Maria
Commentary: Rogue Lompoc City Council members violating policy?


Santa Maria police investigate second murder in two days, seventh of the year

By Kasey Bubnash

The sun was just beginning to set on Santa Maria's north side on Dec. 10 as a small group gathered near the corner of West Bunny Avenue and North Blosser Road, where a white c...

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approve recommendation to purchase Blackhawk helicopter

By Joe Payne

The prospect of adding a Blackhawk helicopter to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department's fleet of emergency response aircraft was met with unanimous approval from the count...

Harvest Community Center to build homeless shelter in Santa Maria

By Kasey Bubnash

At a meeting in September, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors declared a countywide "shelter crisis," a label that made the area eligible for millions of ...

Retiring county supervisor Janet Wolf receives honors

By Joe Payne

The beginning of the the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Dec. 11 meeting included a fair share of honors, thanks, and some held back tears for 2nd District Superviso...

Local farmer featured on popular podcast to discuss disconnect between food consumers and producers

By Kasey Bubnash

Farming is arguably the most vital industry in the world. One American farm feeds roughly 165 people annually in the U.S. and abroad, according to data collected by the Americ...

Political Watch 12/13/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) discussed climate change from the Senate floor on Dec. 7, heard about the impacts to s...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: IBEW 413, Angel Tree fundraiser

By Joe Payne

Chris Scott has known of the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree toy drive for years, ever since he worked at Best Buy, which would help donate toys.  But last year, the ...


Rogue Lompoc City Council members violating policy?

By Ron Fink - Lompoc

This is an excerpt from a disturbing letter I recently received from a concerned Lompoc city employee:  "To whom it may concern, I am writing this as a concerned ci...


Nothing wrong with nationalism

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

I was reading through Erik Huber's letter "The folly of nationalism" in the Nov. 15 edition of the Sun. I was wondering about the purpose of his historical review of...

Man-made disaster and unforced error

By Joe Armendariz, president - Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Assoc.

Due to the current market price of crude oil, Santa Barbara County has the capability and capacity to generate as much as $30 million per year in annual property taxes to Sant...

Does China believe in nuclear energy?

By William Gloege - Santa Maria

What's the smart money doing with nuclear power while California is abandoning it? China is looking more and more like the new world leader, taking over from America. Smart ma...

Malia Loos

By Kasey Bubnash

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School junior Malia Loos appears to be unstoppable, on and off the court. It's her third year on Santa Ynez's varsity basketball team, where sh...

School Scene

Legislators consider ways to deter e-cigarette use among teens

By Kasey Bubnash

Electronic cigarette use is rising dramatically among teens. The number of U.S. high school students who reported e-cigarette use increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 201...


Familiar feeling

So often around this time of year, a familiar feeling can wash over you like a swig of spiked eggnog. It can be a warm fuzzy feeling, like the love fest we saw at the Santa...


Arts commission seeks feedback for housing survey

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is currently seeking feedback from the arts community regarding housing.  The commission is asking for participants t...

DANA Adobe Cultural Center hosts Milford Zornes exhibit

By Rebecca Rose

Nipomo's DANA Adobe Cultural Center presents a collection of work from renowned California painter Milford Zornes through Jan. 27. Zornes, who who was born in Oklahoma in 1...

Solvang hosts Julefest Wine and Beer Walk

By Rebecca Rose

The city of Solvang will celebrate the annual Julefest with a two-day beer and wine walk.  The walk features more than 15 winery and brewery tasting rooms throughout Sol...

Joellen and Tom Chrones' featured in His and Hers art show

By Rebecca Rose

Tom and Joellen Chrones met through their artistic endeavors, setting up a lifelong mutual bond.  "We met each other at the first photo club that was in town in Lom...

Photographer Lee-Volker Cox brings Imagine to the Santa Maria Public Library

By Rebecca Rose

A dog stands on a dimly lit pier, his gaze caught by something behind him. In the milky glow of the lamplight, a tennis ball is barely visible beside him. The moment is filled...

HUMOR: Puppy love

By Rob Krider

My life is essentially a postage stamp of what some people consider the American dream. I'm married and I have two kids, a boy and a girl. I pay the bank every month for a m...


Don't let the hectic holiday season keep you from taking in some live music

By Joe Payne

Everybody's busy during the holidays, I get it, and live music isn't at the top of everyone's list of priorities. But why? For starters, we're all inundated by holiday and Ch...


Man out of time

  Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) directs this biopic chronicling Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) during his time in Ar...


Lady of Los Olivos: Theodora Stephan's Global Gardens produces organic boutique olive oil from the Central Coast

By Joe Payne

It was already dark just before 6 p.m. as we cruised down the rural Los Olivos road, but thankfully it was glowing at Global Gardens. The long, pale branches of the olive t...

Hot Stuff


The La Purisima Mission in Lompoc hosts its annual Las Posadas event on Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. This traditional procession reenacts the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph s...


The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosts its Santa’s Discovery Museum event on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa Claus and his elf Snowflake will visit with chil...


Zest it Up hosts its Holiday Charcuterie Workshop on Dec. 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at Muni Wines, located at 432 Bell St., Los Alamos. Each attendee will make their own wood and...

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