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Inflation and increased demand impacts a Santa Ynez Valley-based food service program serving seniors and families in need

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Inflation and increased demand impacts a Santa Ynez Valley-based food service program serving seniors and families in need

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

Stacy McNabb cooks 400 meals a day. Five days a week, she plans, prepares, and plates food that will get loaded into cars, and make its way to the doors of people—primarily seniors—who are in need or live below the poverty line.  “Sometimes we’re the only people seniors see. We are their lifelines,” McNabb said. “If we didn’... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Art: Orcutt Mineral Society announces August dates for annual Rainbow of Gems Show
News: Candidates announce Santa Maria City Council campaigns
Spotlight: COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available for the county's youngest population
Cover Story: Inflation and increased demand impacts a Santa Ynez Valley-based food service program serving seniors and families in need
News: 'Vote,' local pro-choice advocates say in wake of 'Roe v. Wade' decision
 

News

Slow The Virus

'Vote,' local pro-choice advocates say in wake of 'Roe v. Wade' decision

By Taylor O'Connor

It felt like a “gut punch” when Pam Gates heard that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—a 1973 ruling that said women had the constitutional right...

Lompoc reluctantly renews animal services contract with county

By Caleb Wiseblood

Without ample time to explore alternative options, most members of the Lompoc City Council felt obligated to accept a new five-year contract with the city’s current anim...

Candidates announce Santa Maria City Council campaigns

By Taylor O'Connor

After living in Santa Maria for 38 years and serving as an elected city official for eight, Etta Waterfield’s stepping down from from her seat on the Santa Maria City Co...

Political Watch: June 30, 2022

• U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California) recently introduced legislation to help the homelessness and growing substance abuse crises, according to the senator’s offi...

Spotlight

COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available for the county's youngest population

By Taylor O'Connor

The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest group thus far—children from 6 months old ...

Cannabis Corner

County cannabis ordinance changes aim to mitigate odor

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided to change permit requirements for cannabis cultivation permits, which will give decision makers like the board more say o...

Commentary

Recreational nonprescription drug use is not a victimless activity

By RON FINK

Many people, specifically social libertarians and those who advocate for the legalization of recreational drugs claim that personal drug use is a “victimless crime.&rdqu...

Letters

Is our voting system reliable?

By Justin M. Ruhge, Lompoc

I have always voted in person at my local voting precinct in Lompoc, except during the pandemic when I mistakenly thought it would have long lines. It did not. Both times, we ...

Canary

Vote.

By THE CANARY

I can’t exactly get mad at Santa Barbara County voters for not feeling motivated to make their voices heard on June 7. Most of the candidates were running unopposed, and...

Arts

Cypress Gallery showcases seaside scenes from watercolor and acrylic painter Sharon Hedman

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Buying a Sharon Hedman painting can feel more like a job application than a standard purchase. The Lompoc-based artist prefers that her prospective patrons meet at least one p...

Gallery Los Olivos holds new duo show, Summer Refresh

By Caleb Wiseblood

Paintings by local artists Carol Talley (pictured, left) and Terri Taber (right) will be on display at Gallery Los Olivos throughout the month of July. The new duo exhibition ...

PCPA postpones production of 'The Agitators' to October

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) originally planned to hold its production of The Agitators during this summer, but recently announced a postponement, “in respons...

Orcutt Mineral Society announces August dates for annual Rainbow of Gems Show

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Orcutt Mineral Society will host its 54th annual Rainbow of Gems Show at Nipomo High School on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Au...

Film

‘Elvis’ is a visual and sonic feast

Co-writer/director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia, The Great Gatsby) directs this biopic about famed rockstar Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) and his com...

Eats

New AMC series shines spotlight on Loring Wine Company's pinot noir

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Central Coast pinot noir was arguably the breakout star of 2004’s Sideways. During a road trip to explore Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Paul Giamatti’...

Hot Stuff

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

George Walker and Emily Trask star as Capt. von Trapp and Maria, respectively, in the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) production of The Sound of Music, which will ...

HOME OF THE RAVE

The Tribute to America Dance takes place at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center in Santa Maria on Sunday, July 10, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Riptide B...

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Circus Vargas presents its 2022 production, The Circus Vargas Express, at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo through Sunday, July 10. The show features acts from world-class p...

SERENE SIGHTS

Gallery at Marina Square will be showcasing photography by Gregory Siragusa, starting on Friday, July 1, and through the end of the month. A special joint reception for Siragu...





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