Monday, October 15, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 32
Culture counts: Local schools are working, slowly, to increase representation in the teaching force

Cover Story

Culture counts: Local schools are working, slowly, to increase representation in the teaching force

By Kasey Bubnash

After 25 years in the U.S. Navy, Peter Flores had heard all the meritocratic mantras in existence, and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” was by far his favorite. Hard work was the constant focus of his life as a command master chief, and as a new naval sciences teacher in the early 2000s, he pushed that work-for-what-you-got mentality onto his students at a... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Commentary: Future of the Central Coast depends on immigration reform
Cover Story: Culture counts: Local schools are working, slowly, to increase representation in the teaching force
Art: Iliad-ict: PCPA delivers a haunting rendition of Homer's epic poem
News: Vandenberg site of historic booster landing
Music: Places to play: Local blue-collar acoustic groups see more chances to perform in the Santa Maria Valley


Vandenberg site of historic booster landing

By Spencer Cole

It was a night for the history books. And it definitely wasn't aliens. First, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted out of Earth's atmosphere from Vandenberg Air Fo...

Santa Maria high school district and Faculty Association declare impasse

By Kasey Bubnash

After more than a year of negotiations, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and its Faculty Association declared an official impasse on Oct. 3.  The main st...

Solvang shores up smoking ordinance

By Spencer Cole

City administrators and council members tried to clear the air permanently in Solvang by tightening its smoking regulations.  On Oct. 9, the Solvang City Council gave ta...

Kermit McKenzie placed on lockdown due to threat

By Kasey Bubnash

Students and staff at Kermit McKenzie Intermediate School in Guadalupe were placed on lockdown for an hour Oct. 9 after law enforcement discovered a social media post threate...

Measuring up: Local groups back county and city ballot measures

By Joe Payne

While internet ads, mailers, and radio commercials inundate voters with information about state propositions and national candidates, there's still a number of local ballot me...

Political Watch 10/11/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement after the Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as next ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Space VR

A new company in Solvang is offering potential customers a chance to step into an alternate reality. Jamie Baker, the owner and operator of Space VR, a virtual reality video ...


Future of the Central Coast depends on immigration reform


One of the greatest moments of my life was the day I took my oath of allegiance and became a citizen of this great nation. When I was elected to serve the Central Coast in Con...


Lowering the bar

By Libby Breen - Orcutt

Congressional Republicans, by not considering attempted rape a deterrent for elevating a man to the Supreme Court, made their daughters, sisters, and granddaughters marks for...

Irresponsible reporting

By Colleen Kuykendall - Santa Maria

My respect for your paper has quickly diminished based on your article about Father Timothy Lane published Oct. 4, 2018 ("Local priests named in California sexual abuse r...

Help the animals

By Lee Heller - Summerland

When you see the long list of initiatives on your ballot, don't overlook Proposition 12 at the end. A yes vote levels the playing field for California's farmers and improves t...

Vote yes on Measure U

By Ed Carcarey - Santa Maria

This is the first time in my life that I am willing to promote a tax. I like Measure U for four reasons: This is local money that stays here for local programs–Sacrament...

Commentary 2: John Linn endorses the Lompoc City Council triad

By Ron Fink - Lompoc

John Linn, who was the object of two historic Lompoc election losses to his opponent, is endorsing a triad of Lompoc City Council members who have consistently supported his a...

Trevor Cole

By Kasey Bubnash

No matter what happens on the football field, St. Joseph High School head coach Pepe Villasenor always has his secret weapon, his Swiss Army knife: Trevor Cole.  Cole,...

School Scene

Hancock partners with private university to offer bachelor's degrees

By Kasey Bubnash

In a little more than three months, Santa Marians will be able to get four-year degrees at Allan Hancock College. Representatives of Hancock and the University of La Verne me...


Truth hurts

"Why is everyone so sensitive?"  We hear it so often in the Opinion section, often from those mad at letters they disagree with or at reporting they'd have r...


Lompoc hosts Art Hunt event

By Rebecca Rose

The Lompoc Valley Art Association is hosting Art Hunt, a free local art-themed event from Oct. 18 through 21.  The event offers participants a chance to find free art wo...

CORE hosts poetry reading with David Dominguez and Raina J. León

By Rebecca Rose

CORE Winery in Orcutt will feature two poets, David Dominguez and Raina J. León at its monthly poetry reading series on Oct. 13. León, Ph.D, has written three c...

Lasting impressions: Irina Malkmus' surrealist metal embossings pay tribute to her homeland

By Rebecca Rose

Irina Malkmus vividly recalls the details of spending part of her youth in Crimea, at her grandparents' home, picking wild mushrooms. "I spent lots of time with my grand...

Iliad-ict: PCPA delivers a haunting rendition of Homer's epic poem

By Rebecca Rose

If the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the Iliad by Homer is the 2004 movie Troy starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom–well, for crying out loud, re...


Places to play: Local blue-collar acoustic groups see more chances to perform in the Santa Maria Valley

By Joe Payne

For the musician who makes the leap from studying their instrument and playing in jam circles to actually starting a group and getting paid to perform, that milestone can be a...


Barrelworks Terroir Project invites brewers from all over the world to create beer wine hybrids

By Rebecca Rose

Here on the Central Coast, every sip of wine or beer bears a hint of the region that produced it. So what happens when you combine them both? Don't go dumping your beer int...

Hot Stuff


The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and Solvang Library co-host Birds of the Channel Islands, a free lecture with local zoologist Paul Collins, on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. ...


In celebration of its seventh anniversary, Treetop Yoga hosts free classes on Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These classes include gentle y...


The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang hosts an opening reception for Nature Abstracted, a collaboration between the museum and the Abstract Art Collective, on Oct. ...

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