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Central Coast organizations and families honor the dead in the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos

Cover Story

Central Coast organizations and families honor the dead in the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos

BY JOE PAYNE

A skull is always smiling. While people all over the world recognize the skull as a sign of death (when else do you see one?), not everyone shrinks away from the sight. A celebration known as Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—actually looks to the human skeleton as a symbol of the people who came before us. These deathly depictions aren’t clad in... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Central Coast organizations and families honor the dead in the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos
Art: Knott's Scary Farm offers nighttime frights and fun
News: Hobnobbing with Helen
News: Officers arrest 37 people in SLO County prostitution sting
News: BIA finds no significant impact with Chumash Indians' Camp 4 plans
 

News

BIA finds no significant impact with Chumash Indians' Camp 4 plans

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is one step closer to realizing its goal for Camp 4: putting the land into trust with the federal government so the tribe can move forwa...

The county opens a new children's health center in Lompoc

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Children and adults in Lompoc should see improved access to quality mental health services with the recent opening of a new children’s Behavioral Health Center. The ded...

Officers arrest 37 people in SLO County prostitution sting

BY TREVER DIAS

In a three-night sting operation conducted by the San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande police departments, officers arrested 37 people, booking them on suspicion of...

Sheriff's deputies report arresting a Lompoc officer

BY RYAN MILLER

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that they had arrested 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill, a Lompoc Police officer, on suspicion of assault. A...

Guadalupe homicide hearing continued to Oct. 31

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Javier Alcantar Limon of Santa Maria are being charged with murder with several special allegations tacked...

Weigh your ballot options before you vote

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Maybe by now, you’re sick of the election talk, especially the commercials that have taken over radio and television air-time--you know the ones: those commercials that ...

Community Corner: County gets grant to monitor repeat DUI offenders

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A nearly $130,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will give the Santa Barbara County Probation Department the resources to make sure that the worst-of-the-w...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Hard work and passion can pay off. Take the case of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, the pending demise (to quote or paraphrase Mark Twain) of which has been greatly exa...

Community Notebook 10/30/14-11/6/14

MONDAY, NOV. 3 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.   TUESDAY, NOV. 4 • T...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Taino Sweets

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Delicate round cookies with a topping of baby-blue colored white chocolate and clear sugar crystals are bagged in groups of five on the Kurokawas’ kitchen table. The fam...

Commentary

Proposition 47 could be devastating

BY BILL BROWN AND JOYCE E. DUDLEY

As our county’s chief law enforcement officials, we urge the people of Santa Barbara County to vote no on Proposition 47. Despite being referred to as the “Safe...

Letters

Let Capps' signs stay

M. Nemec-Ivorra - Orcutt

Who is taking down Lois Capps For Congress signs? My husband put up 20 signs around the Orcutt/Santa Maria area and within a few days, many of them were gone. In a recent week...

I do not approve Capps' message

Robert Scott - Santa Maria

I am very upset that the local media have not done journalistic inquiries into our local races in light of the revelations that were exposed on the Andy Caldwell show as of Mo...

I've got one word for the propositions

August Salemi - Atascadero

Once again Californians are being inundated with a plethora of “propositions” on which we are admonished to vote. The basic premise of these propositions is increa...

We need new faces in office

C. Marie Hoffman - Nipomo

I once believed government officials represented U.S. citizens; they were “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Yet Gov. Jerry Brown signed la...

Yes or no on Measure P?

Ron Faas - Santa Maria

Stating there is no need for Measure P, many letters have repeated the tired refrain by the energy producers' coalition that "there is no fracking in Santa Barbara County...

Fracking fears are unfounded

Jared Allegranza - Santa Maria

Measure P first drew attention through the petition process as an “anti-fracking” measure. Fast forward months later, it’s been confirmed for a while now tha...

Huckfest was no great benefit

Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

This year, Huckfest was better, because last year it was a real disaster. Yet, Matt Fountain didn’t speak out on The Tribune last year to sympathize with Oceano resident...

Sports

Happy Birthday, Death!

BY THE SPORTSMAN

Halloween’s a scary time, which is no surprise, as the morbid side of life can be seen all around us. It’s creepy because the holiday is decorated with death&mdash...

Sarah Fouratt

BY AARON SALAZAR

The Ernest Righetti High School varsity girls’ golf team finished second place this season when it was outscored by San Luis Obispo High School, 456-490, on Oct. 23 at t...

School Scene

Girl Scouts donate costumes to CASA

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

In the spirit of Halloween and the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, Girl Scout Troop 283 donated costumes to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). For most children...

Santa Maria High School gets dramatic

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Nov. 7, a variety show will settle into place on the stage at Ethel Pope Auditorium and spotlight the talents of Santa Maria High School’s drama department. Students...

Hancock gives the answers to questions about college transfers

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Allan Hancock College is holding a University Transfer Day on Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria campus Student Center. College Night—similar to Tran...

Discovery Corner: Dia de los Muertos celebrates life, death

BY AMY BLASCO

Skulls--both sugar and regular, old bone--seem to have taken over popular culture lately, showing up most noticeably in fashion, but also in the baking and toy isles of local ...

Canary

The most wonderful time of the year?

I know, I know. You’re sick of hearing about Measure P. You’ve been battered by the letter, over and over, like you were cast as a helpless Muppet in a particularl...

Street Wise

What has been your greatest victory in life?

Jason Utter with daughter Claire LeAnn Barber Nicolas Mariscal Keagan Kelly

Arts

Scarecrows take over the Santa Ynez Valley

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The scarecrows—a man and his dog—in front of Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang are made out of corks, bottle caps, and wine bottles. At least, those items are vi...

Knott's Scary Farm offers nighttime frights and fun

BY JOE PAYNE

Knott’s Scary Farm--the Halloween event that begins after the sun goes down over Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Vista--is not a theme park event to take a young child...

Buena Vista Beautifiers holding meeting

BY JOE PAYNE

The Buena Vista Beautifiers is a grassroots committee that formed to preserve the beauty of Buena Vista Park located on Morrison Street across from Santa Maria High School. Th...

Los Padres Artist Guild offers Christmas show and sale

BY JOE PAYNE

The Los Padres Artists Guild presents its annual Christmas show and sale event, The Colors of Christmas, on the weekend of Nov. 7 though 9. Proceeds from raffle drawings at th...

Celebrate Bill

BY JOE PAYNE

The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley is celebrating the retirement of longtime Executive Director Bill Libbon on Nov. 5 at the Elks Club in Santa Maria. The event beg...

Check out the Vaquero show and sale

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is hosting the annual Vaquero Show and Sale, a popular event of Western style art and objects, during the weekend of Nov. 7 through Nov...

Humor

Getting old with AARP

BY SHELLEY CONE

I wish I could say I did it for the free tote bag. I almost wish I really was part of the 50-plus club. Almost. I really wish I could say I sent out my AARP membership dues ou...

Music

Cottonwood Canyon Winery presents the Haunting Halloween Bash

BY JOE PAYNE

There’s nothing quite like a large group of zombies, werewolves, vampires, superheroes, and fantasy characters bumping and grinding on the dance floor. Halloween, a day ...

Film

'St. Vincent' delivers laughs, tears, and lots of heart!

Writer-director Theodore Melfi (in his feature-length debut) helms this story about a misanthropic war vet (Bill Murray) who befriends a young neighbor boy (Jaeden Lieberher) ...

Eats

Bite into this!: Local families are flocking to kid-friendly Chomp in Solvang

BY WENDY THIES SELL

When Aaron Petersen decided to open a restaurant in the building he owns on Solvang’s main drag, his children chimed in on the name. “I was going to call it somet...

Hot Stuff

Peoples of the mission

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is currently producing an original play by former La Purisima docent Albert Thompson and playwright Michael Callahan. Ghosts of El Camino Real takes p...

America's art

The Santa Maria Valley Historical Society is presenting a fundraiser event called the Antiques, Art, and Americana Show at the Historical Society Museum and the Historic Santa...

Creative freedom

Standing Sun Wines is offering an exhibition by two acclaimed artists through November. Impressionist paintings by Liz Bristow and sculptures by Joe Castle will show in the wi...