Thursday, August 22, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 25
Cannabis farmers argue their crop is compatible with other crops,  despite winemakers' concerns

Cover Story

Cannabis farmers argue their crop is compatible with other crops, despite winemakers' concerns


In the early morning, low-lying fog rolls into the Santa Rita Hills, obscuring the view of the vineyards and farms dotting the countryside. Quails, rabbits, and squirrels scurry to safety as the occasional car zips by on Santa Rosa Road, which cuts through the area, connecting Lompoc to Buellton. Almost 8 miles down the road, west of Highway 101, Kathy Joseph grows wine... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Cannabis farmers argue their crop is compatible with other crops, despite winemakers' concerns
News: Santa Maria high school district aims to make financial aid forms mandatory for graduating seniors
News: Political Watch: August 22, 2019
News: Land Trust announces expansion plans
News: Supervisors change directions on cannabis retail plan


Supervisors change directions on cannabis retail plan

By Zac Ezzone

Santa Barbara County scrapped its plan for rolling out cannabis retail stores throughout the county, weeks after it was supposed to be implemented. The county plans to allo...

Guadalupe is ready for some parks and rec

By William D'Urso

The city of Guadalupe plans to create a new five-person recreation commission to spend $4.5 million the city received in state grant funding. The commission was re-establishe...

West Cat Canyon oil project decision delayed indefinitely

By Zac Ezzone

Almost three months after oil company ERG requested to delay the discussion over its West Cat Canyon Revitalization Project, the company that recently purchased ERG has asked ...

Land Trust announces expansion plans

By William D'Urso

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County announced ambitious plans to broaden its conserved area to 40,000 acres by 2025. “One of the most important innovations at the...

Santa Maria high school district aims to make financial aid forms mandatory for graduating seniors


Diana Perez and her fellow members of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District board of education saw a problem: Too few students were attending college. The culprit i...

Political Watch: August 22, 2019

• On Aug. 19, Kelly Hubbard began serving as the director of Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), according to the county. The position was ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: April Sargeant, owner, Neuroboxing Santa Maria


What would become personal trainer April Sargeant’s life’s work first began as a request. It came from Lisa Murray, a fellow attendee of a women’s group w...


The beginning of the academic year provides continuity, sense of promise


Starting in Guadalupe on Aug. 8 and ending in Carpinteria on Aug. 26, schools throughout Santa Barbara County are welcoming students back into their classrooms. The beginning ...


We need some independent thinkers

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

Again, the wholesale attack against the National Rifle Association (NRA) is mounting to a fevered pitch. U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal’s (D-Santa Barbara) recent town hall wa...

Decision time for clean energy

By Larry Bishop, Buellton

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors face a choice to promote a future of clean energy development in the county or double down on our pas...


Canary: Caged bird will sing


In case you thought I had turned into a cockatiel and finally found my way into the Santa Barbara County Jail cell I deserve, I just want to clear the air. It definitely wasn&...


Gallery Los Olivos announces September show

Feathers and Fur, a new duo exhibition featuring paintings by local artists Emil Morhardt and Claudia Chapman, will debut at Gallery Los Olivos on Sunday, Sept. 1, and run thr...

Guadalupe holds ribbon cutting for sculpture project

To celebrate the Squire Foundation’s new public exhibition of sculptures, prominently displayed in various locations throughout Guadalupe, a ribbon cutting ceremony will...

Ann Foxworthy Gallery projects digital video art from Bryn Forbes


Using long exposures and intentional camera movement, digital artist Bryn Forbes strives to capture “the essence of motion” in his abstract photography and video a...

PCPA's The Importance of Being Earnest is an engagement not to be missed


The trivialities of high society get thrown on the chopping block in the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) rendition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being E...


Local sound designer Jesse Flower-Ambroch combines music and meditation in Los Olivos


The sounds of bells, chimes, and singing bowls are set to enrapture participants at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church during A Night of Meditative Sound, which t...


Forgetting Bernadette

Editor’s Note: New Times Staff Writer Karen Garcia and Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood took over Sun Screen while the Starkeys enjoyed the week off. Co-writer and director ...


'Mama' treats every customer like family at La Botte Ristorante Italiano in Lompoc


My family doesn’t usually go out for Italian food, except for the occasional Americanized junk pizza when we’re feeling lazy or hosting a sleepover or what have yo...

Hot Stuff


American Veterans United hosts its annual Family Barbecue at Ryon Park in Lompoc on Saturday, Aug. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. WWII and Korean War veterans and their spouses can e...


Santa Barbara County Parks hosts a guided nature walk at Cachuma Lake on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The hike is limited to 20 participants, who can join on ...


The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosts its R.H. Tesene Free Family Day at the Ranch on Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can create their own ranch-themed cra...


Village Days at La Purisima Mission takes place on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Demonstrators will guide visitors through various activities, including basket wea...


Piper’s Kombucha Brew holds its grand opening in Orcutt on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m., but a special sneak-peek preview tasting takes place at the Oasis Senior Center ...


Blast 825 Brewery in Orcutt presents classic rock artist Keith Cox on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. Cox is best known locally for his work with Different Strings. Admission to ...

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