Monday, September 16, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 28
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Local business interests and government entities are eyeing Vandenberg Air Force Base for future development and increased satellite launches

Cover Story

Local business interests and government entities are eyeing Vandenberg Air Force Base for future development and increased satellite launches

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Rocket engines and old stories of spaceflight take up vast stretches of undulating terrain just above sea level.  Northwest of Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) encompasses 110,000 acres, more than 15 times the size of the town right next to it. The base is rich in aerospace expertise and extra land, and broad coalition of state, county, and local leaders ar... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: The county is studying possible trail routes connecting Gaviota to Guadalupe
Cover Story: Local business interests and government entities are eyeing Vandenberg Air Force Base for future development and increased satellite launches
Spotlight: Fischer's Fine Jewelry continues to thrive after 40 years in business
News: Santa Maria gas station owner settles lawsuit with county DA
News: Fire north of Buellton burns 200 acres; thousands lose power
 

News

Fire north of Buellton burns 200 acres; thousands lose power

By Zac Ezzone

About 20,000 residents near Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley lost power on Sept. 9 after a fire broke out east of Highway 101. At the Santa Barbara County Board of Superv...

Solvang makes multiple management changes

By William D'Urso

After the recent divorce with its tourism nonprofit, the city of Solvang announced another separation and a new partnership. Solvang parted ways with City Manager David Gassa...

Santa Maria gas station owner settles lawsuit with county DA

By Zac Ezzone

The owner of two gas stations in Santa Maria and Lompoc is required to pay more than $15,000 in civil penalties to Santa Barbara County following a settlement agreement he rea...

Advisory Council opposes cannabis grow near Nipomo school

By Kasey Bubnash

A local agricultural company wants to grow cannabis on a 29-acre lot in Nipomo, but the project is facing scrutiny because of its proximity to an elementary school. At its ...

The county is studying possible trail routes connecting Gaviota to Guadalupe

By Zac Ezzone

State and local officials are attempting to overcome the remaining roadblocks to finish the 1,200-mile trail connecting the California coast. It’s been 40 years in the m...

Spotlight

Fischer's Fine Jewelry continues to thrive after 40 years in business

By Zac Ezzone

Business is still booming for Katherine Fischer and her husband, Neil, who have operated a jewelry store in downtown Santa Maria for 40 years.  When Fischer’s Fi...

Commentary

Solving the 'homeless problem' is elusive

By RON FINK

The homeless are everywhere. Just take a walk down any street with commercial frontage in Lompoc and almost any other city, and you will see them with their signs and sleeping...

Letters

Citizenship doesn't come easy

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

What a shame. Adelita (“I am undocumented,“ Sept. 5) has been living in this country 33 years and could never figure out how to apply for citizenship. For at least...

Canary

CANARY: One hot mess

By THE CANARY

Is it just me, or is it pretty ironic that after the weekend when Southern California Edison carried out one of its first public safety power shutoffs in Santa Barbara County,...

Arts

Old Town Orcutt holds eighth annual Chalk Festival

The eighth annual Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation (OCAF) Chalk Festival will take place in Old Town Orcutt on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public i...

PCPA holds play reading series

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents InterPlay, a play reading series featuring readings of three contemporary plays over the course of four days, at Severson Thea...

Local museums team up for Fall Excursions

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art and Wildling Museum of Art and Nature are collaborating with the Solvang and Buellton recreation departments to co-host Fall Excursions, a s...

Local artist Shamrock Acosta repurposes discarded objects into fine art sculptures

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Like any worthwhile tale, the origin story behind Metal Fusion—Valley Art Gallery’s latest exhibition—begins with a yard sale, but more specifically, a &ldqu...

Santa Barbara-based author Robert Eringer discusses new Twilight Zone-esque novel, Last Flight Out

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Drained by the stresses of everyday life, the protagonist of Last Flight Out—the latest book from novelist and journalist Robert Eringer—takes an impromptu night d...

Music

Eclectic ensemble Ozomatli to perform at Presqu'ile Winery in Santa Maria

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Salsa, hip-hop, rock, reggae, rap, funk. Is there anything Ozomatli doesn’t play? Members have come and gone throughout the three-time Grammy Award-winning group’s...

Film

It Chapter 2 is a fun horror romp

Andy Muscietti (Mama, It) directs this two-part film based on Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about an evil subterranean-dwelling clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsg&ari...

Eats

Chela Deli's seasoned cooks offer every imaginable dish served south of the border

By NICK POWELL

I know this contractor dude, Ivan Casavantes, who I see at remodel jobs all over the county. He always seems to have some secret spot, right around the corner, with the best q...

Hot Stuff

READY TO RUMBLE

Planet Lucha Shares the Love, a benefit event for Chelsee Fuerch, takes place at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds of this fam...

OVER TROUBLED WATERS

Author Hans Berger will be appearing at Gavin’s Books in Santa Maria on Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. Berger will be signing copies of New Bridges to Cross, th...

HOLD MY BEER

The Naughty Oak Brewing Company in Orcutt hosts its next Beer Yoga event on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All experiences are welcome to this relaxing yoga sessio...

SADDLE UP

Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery hosts a champagne reception and painting demonstration with artist Keith Batcheller on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. Batcheller&rsquo...

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

La Purisima Mission hosts its annual Candlelight Tour on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests will be guided through the Mission’s historic grounds and enjo...

MARIACHI MADNESS

Viva el Arte Santa Barbara presents two performances from Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. at Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. ...

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Do you want to see the California Coastal Trail completed in northern Santa Barbara County?

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It's impossible with Vandenberg and other private land occupying the coastline.
Yes, there's a lack of coastal access in North County.
The trail would help preserve natural resources.

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