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Toxic Canyon: A quarter-century later, Casmalia is still waiting for Superfund cleanup

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Toxic Canyon: A quarter-century later, Casmalia is still waiting for Superfund cleanup

BY DAVID MINSKY

It’s 3:30 p.m., and in one hour the Hitching Post begins serving its “world famous” barbecue. That familiar, drifting smell of burning red oak sweetens the breeze. Thirty-one years ago, a vastly different smell penetrated the air. “The way I remember it smelling was this weird blueberry smell,” said Louis Meza, a chef at the Hitching Post. I... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Commentary: Where there once was water
Canary: So not cool
Cover Story: Toxic Canyon: A quarter-century later, Casmalia is still waiting for Superfund cleanup
News: Santa Maria is attempting to take over a house on North Thornburg Street after it catches fire
News: local bus company allegedly fires an employee for trying to disclose an unsatisfactory CHP inspection
 

News

Santa Maria is attempting to take over a house on North Thornburg Street after it catches fire

BY DAVID MINSKY

Santa Maria fire fighters successfully snuffed out a house fire on North Thornburg on April 20, and city officials are attempting to take ownership of the property due to a sp...

Lompoc spars with the county over proposed housing development annexation

BY DAVID MINSKY

The proposed annexation of a housing complex near Lompoc is a point of contention between city and Santa Barbara County officials because of the potential tax revenues it coul...

Lucia Mar teachers ratify the new contract, averting a strike

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Lucia Mar Unified School District’s teachers union ended a year of contentious negotiations and averted a potential strike by finally approving a two-year contract w...

HAZMAT team called after suspicious package found in Santa Maria

BY DAVID MINSKY

On April 17, a county HAZMAT team was called to the scene of a building at 1318 S. Broadway in Santa Maria after a suspicious package was reported to police, according to FBI ...

Olive Grove submits appeal to the state Board of Education

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Olive Grove Charter School submitted an appeal to the California Board of Education in a bid to keep four of its campuses open. The Olive Grove team will travel to Sacramento ...

Santa Barbara County-based coalition pushes for higher infant vaccination rates

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Just before the April 17 California Department of Public Health announcement that the measles outbreak is officially over, a Santa Barbara County-based coalition announced its...

local bus company allegedly fires an employee for trying to disclose an unsatisfactory CHP inspection

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On an early afternoon in November 2013, a passenger bus was about 40 miles along its approximately 330-mile route from Goleta to Oakland when it ran into trouble. That troubl...

Community Notebook 4/23/15 - 4/30/15

MONDAY, APRIL 27 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipo...

Political Watch 4/23/15

• A bill to modernize language in California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry passed off the Senate floor, 35-2, on April 16. Sen. Hannah-Beth ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Passion Parties

BY DAVID MINSKY

What is a Passion Party? Before we answer this question, do a Google search. The first result says “sex toys parties for women.” Whoa—that’s provocati...

Commentary

Where there once was water

BY BRITTANY APP

I know this may sound strange, but, to be perfectly honest, I think your lawn is rude. It’s screaming at me from the top of its thirsty little lungs: “California i...

Sports

Hancock pushes toward comprehensive aquatics program, adds women's water polo

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Allan Hancock College will introduce a women’s water polo program come fall. The team will replace Hancock’s ailing women’s cross country team. Practices are...

Blake Jaekels

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Blake Jaekels, a junior at St. Joseph High School, runs track to cross-train for the football season, where he starts as quarterback for the Knights. His goals for the upcomin...

School Scene

Hancock STEM Center holds open house for incoming students

BY JAMIE GUISTA

Allan Hancock College STEM Center staff played host an open house for high school students and their families on April 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event gave students consid...

Santa Maria-Bonita picks new school's name

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The newest school on the Santa Maria-Bonita School District block will no longer be known as “School No. 20.” The district’s school board voted on April 14 t...

Plans for Pioneer Valley High School's Performing Arts Center move forward

BY SUN STAFF

Pioneer Valley High School is getting closer to the reality of having a new spot to practice and perform the arts. During its April 15 meeting, the Santa Maria Joint Union H...

Canary

So not cool

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver—that’s the official definition, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, and so are the definit...

Street Wise

Should businesses that have contributed to the creation of Superfund sites--through dumping hazardous materials--be held liable?

Mauricio Herrera Antonio Ibarra Alicia Morales Adrian Novoa

Arts

The Lompoc Civic explores relationships with 'I Do! I Do!'

BY JOE PAYNE

If the audience’s reaction to the first performance of the Lompoc Civic Theatre’s (LCT) current production is any indication, there’s something special about...

Hancock College hosts first-ever poetry slam

BY JAMIE GUISTA

Poetry is word music: It’s a language composed of rhythm and melody, and its multiple layers of meaning can help readers see and express things in fresh and unique ways....

Ag pen pals explore local vineyard

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau’s GAATE Foundation Ag Pen Pals Program includes Los Olivos Elementary School’s third-grade class led by Mrs. Branquinho. The c...

Art of Recovery show seeks submissions

BY JOE PAYNE

The Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is preparing for the 2015 Art of Recovery exhibition, a collection of media created by locals recovering from substance abuse ...

Leadership Lompoc Valley holds fundraiser for Lompoc Theatre Project

BY JOE PAYNE

Leadership Lompoc Valley’s class of 2015 and board of directors named the Lompoc Theatre Project as its fundraising beneficiary this year. The public and Leadership alum...

Humor

'What' is the problem

BY ROB KRIDER

The University of California system has decided that my son is some sort of academic genius. He was accepted into both UCLA and UC Berkeley. Yes, I am a proud father, but sinc...

Music

WonHeart gives Battles students musical tools to abate bullying

BY JOE PAYNE

WonHeart facilitators Joelyn Lutz and Patrick Mahan improvised a rhythmic minor jam as Battles Elementary School third and fourth graders filed into the school’s cafeter...

Film

'What We Do in the Shadows' is amusing but not quite laugh out loud funny

Housemates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doi...

Eats

ManRock Brewing in Grover Beach offers up craft beer, wood-fired pizza, and a lesson in California history

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Deshia Hiebner loves to watch the expressions on customers’ faces when she tells them the origin of the name “ManRock Brewing Company.” Eyes usually widen fr...

Hot Stuff

All that glimmers

The Santa Maria Coin and Collectibles Show on April 25 will include more than just coins from countries the world over, but also collectibles like casino chips, beanies, and s...

Live at Lucia’s

Lucia’s Wine Co. features regular live entertainment on the weekends, including a performance by local Grammy winner Louie Ortega on April 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Lucia&r...

Sound of legacy

Salvador Santana, son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana, will perform live with opener Calo on April 26 at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nipomo BBQ, 108 Cuyama Lane, N...