Tuesday, October 19, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 33
Veterinarians, animal services remain strained across Santa Barbara County amid pandemic's impact

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Veterinarians, animal services remain strained across Santa Barbara County amid pandemic's impact


Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp portrays two dogs from different worlds who find each other and fall in love. But after crossing paths with the villainous animal control officer, they’re separated and thrown in prison-like cells.  Such depictions by Disney and other movie producers have been “awful” for Animal Services’ reputation, said... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Veterinarians, animal services remain strained across Santa Barbara County amid pandemic's impact
News: People's Self-Help sees housing potential in Santa Maria's drive-in theater
News: Hancock College extends Promise program to two years
News: New dollars to fund more career services in underserved communities
News: Political Watch: October 14, 2021


Slow The Virus

People's Self-Help sees housing potential in Santa Maria's drive-in theater

By Caleb Wiseblood

The owner of the Hi-Way Drive-In is in talks to sell the Santa Maria property to a nonprofit housing developer.  Representatives of both the theater and the prospective ...

New dollars to fund more career services in underserved communities

By Taylor O'Connor

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board $2.5 million to help COVID-19 impacted workers get jobs.  The funds will enable...

Hancock College extends Promise program to two years

By Taylor O'Connor

As spring semester registration opens in early November, Allan Hancock College wants its students to take advantage of the new Promise Plus Program and get the college to cove...

Political Watch: October 14, 2021

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) visited the Santa Ynez Valley Charter School on Oct. 8, when the school celebrated 21 years of serving students in kindergart...


The American Association of University Women, Santa Maria Public Library, and LGBTQ-plus nonprofits partner on panel

By Taylor O'Connor

After a family member faced a lack of understanding of their gender identity from the community, Lata Murti decided to create an LGBTQ-plus educational opportunity for Santa M...

Cannabis Corner

Child care, cannabis regulation amendments to be prioritized by county

By Malea Martin

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors chose to focus some of the county’s zoning ordinance amendment efforts on cannabis permitting and child care facilities for...


In many cases, the real problem is addiction, and homelessness is just one of the symptoms


There has been a lot of handwringing and gnashing of teeth recently about the homeless problem. Who are they and what should we do about them? The most visible and problemati...


Time for sensible decisions

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

County Planning and Development staff reports supported the drilling of more than 750 new oil wells in Cat Canyon. They proved to be poorly drafted and replete with error. The...


Transparent conspiracies


As firefighters battled the Alisal fire in southern Santa Barbara County, dry vegetation and blustery wind (up to 70 miles per hour) enabled it to spread rapidly, growing 8,00...


NatureTrack Film Festival hosts in-person screenings, virtual programming

By Caleb Wiseblood

Thirty films will be screened at two venues in Los Olivos, as part of the fourth annual NatureTrack Film Festival. Most of the in-person portion of the festival will be held a...

Gallery Los Olivos presents new duo exhibition, Artistic Perceptions

By Caleb Wiseblood

A new duo show at Gallery Los Olivos highlights both paintings and handcrafted jewelry from two local artists. Artistic Perceptions, which features art by Cheryl Ambrecht an...

Scared Scriptless tour brings comedy legends Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood to the Central Coast


Over a span of 40 years working in live improv, only one audience member ever came close to rubbing comedian Colin Mochrie the wrong way. “I can’t remember wher...


‘No Time to Die’ effectively ends Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond

Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation) directs the fifth and final James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. Now retired from active service, Bond is pul...


Zaca Mesa Winery debuts new label, Tread, crafted with fruit sourced from vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County


You don’t need an airplane, helicopter, or Google Earth to get a bird’s-eye view of Zaca Mesa Winery. Just grab a bottle of Tread, the Los Olivos venue’s n...

Hot Stuff


In conjunction with their new exhibit, Widening Circles: Landscape Portraits of Solvang at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, artists John Iwerks and Chris Chapman are ho...


The 10th annual Painted Chair Raffle at the Santa Maria Town Center starts on Saturday, Oct. 16, and runs through Friday, Oct. 29. Participating artists were asked to submit c...


The San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library hosts its multi-day book sale at the SLO Library Community Room, Monday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 23. Books from various genr...


Creative Me Times presents its next Mosaics for Beginners workshop at Art Center Morro Bay on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn basic technique...


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