Wednesday, May 23, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 11
Find your tribe: There's a place for everyone at the Live Oak Music Festival

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Find your tribe: There's a place for everyone at the Live Oak Music Festival


Good morning and welcome to Sociology 101, an introduction to the study of society and social behavior among homo sapiens. Humans are social animals. We naturally create and maintain social networks. Some of us have very tight and often exclusive social circles whiles others have large overlapping networks, moving between and belonging to a number of clans. Leading schola... [ Read More ]

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News: Sheriff election heats up following grand jury report
Music: Local singer/songwriter Jineanne Coderre performs originals and covers across the Central Coast
News: Santa Barbara County governments push forward despite less than expected pot tax haul
Cover Story: Find your tribe: There's a place for everyone at the Live Oak Music Festival
News: Political Watch 5/17/18


Sheriff election heats up following grand jury report


The race for Santa Barbara County sheriff-coroner reached a boiling point after the release of a 2017-18 Santa Barbara County grand jury report stating the Sheriff’s Off...

Lompoc Unified School District $79 million bond measure on June 5 ballot


It's been 16 years since residents passed a bond measure that funded infrastructure improvements to schools in the Lompoc Unified School District. Now a $79 million bond meas...

School resource deputy position reinstated at San Marcos High School


There’s a new deputy on campus at San Marcos High School. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced on May 11 that Deputy Jaycee Hunter will serve as th...

Santa Barbara County governments push forward despite less than expected pot tax haul


For the time being, Santa Barbara County and its cities are reacting with tepid optimism to the news that California will not lower its 15 percent excise tax on cannabis. &qu...

Political Watch 5/17/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said on May 14 in a statement that she would not vote to confirm Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agenc...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: E&J Gallo Winery


The reach of one of California’s most powerful wine firms extended further into the Central Coast region in early May when it purchased nearly 1,000 acres of vineyard pr...


A leadership change is needed for Sheriff's Office


As a resident who grew up in Santa Maria and has dedicated 32 years to keeping the public safe, I regret to say that our Sheriff’s Department needs a leadership change t...


Vote 'no' on Lompoc Unified School District bond


Lightning does strike twice in the same place. Yes, it does at the Lompoc Unified School District’s (LUSD) board, which has placed on the June 5 ballot a requirement for...

Bill Brown for sheriff

By Katcho Achadjian - Arroyo Grande

For more than 11 years, Sheriff Bill Brown has served the people of Santa Barbara County with integrity and dedication. His re-election is supported by elected officials and c...

Christensen for auditor/controller

By Stephen Pepe - Lompoc

Jennifer Christensen is the county's chief investment officer and an experienced financial professional. It is no secret that Santa Barbara  County is heading into some ...

Keep oil, and keep it clean

By Glenn Battles - Santa Maria

In the past several weeks there have been several letters to the editor claiming the oil companies may, might, could contaminate our aquifer and the air we breathe, or disturb...

Who can do it?

By William R. Gilbert - Goleta

It has been a tough period for the Sheriff's Office´┐Ż"murders, a dozen major wildland fires, and the recent mudslides along with the ongoing duties of protection, custod...

Dear Canary

By Robert Scott - Santa Maria

Maybe the fumes from the dark coal mine finally overcame even your ultra-biased worldview to the point of absurdity ("Strange days indeed," May 10)? I have a few tru...

Darien Langley


St. Joseph High School freshman Darien Langley may be young, but the track and field star has already broken two school sprinting records that were set in 1994. At the rece...

School Scene

UCSB workers join statewide strike


Service and patient care workers at University of California campuses across the state participated in a three-day strike from May 7 to 9, protesting what workers call "w...


Crossing party lines

Hey, last week’s wish came true (“Strange days indeed,” May 10), I did make a splash! I love when right wingers accuse me being a “triggered liberal...


Nancy Yaki's latest exhibit at Elverhoj features scenes from the artist's travels


At the moment, Nancy Yaki is at a loss for words. Standing outside the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, the acclaimed artist, usually quite chatty and effervesc...

PCPA delivers a solid production of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'


When reviewing plays (or films) from classic source material, I often find myself mulling over what its creator would make of contemporary productions. What, for example, wou...

Local student artist wins 2018 Congressional Art Competition


Madison Ly, a student at Ernest Righetti High School, was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Madison's winning piece, titled The Ameri...

Rose Compass artists to host gouache painting workshop


Artists Libby Smith and Nina Warner will demonstrate how to create gouache paintings at the Wildling Museum on June 9. Smith and Warner are both members of the Rose Compass c...


Local singer/songwriter Jineanne Coderre performs originals and covers across the Central Coast


Ever since she was a small child, Jineanne Coderre heard music, and it wasn't long before she was making her own. Now a dental hygienist and professional singer/songwriter on...


'Life of the Party' is an ok time

From writer/director Ben Falcone (Tammy, The Boss) and his co-writer/wife Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids) comes the summer comedy Life of the Party. When her husb...


Santa Maria's Paradise Juice Bar lives up to its name


Ever since my doctor side-eyed me and then lectured me for 20 minutes after I confessed how much fried food I consume on a weekly basis, I've been on a quest to stay focused o...

Hot Stuff

Born to be wild

NatureFest takes place May 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center, located at 671 S. Oakglen Ave., Nipomo. This outdoor festival features guided nature walks...

By the horns

The Bull Canyon Run takes place May 19 at Edwards Community Center, located at 809 Panther Drive, Santa Maria. This event includes a 5K and a 10K for all ages and a 1K and a ....

Beard mentality

The 59th annual Beard-A-Reno contest and dinner takes place May 19 from 5:30. The contest judging begins at 6:30 p.m. All contestants and attendees must be 21 or older. Dinner...

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