Saturday, October 25, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 33
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Canine lives: Santa Barbara County Animal Services is getting reports of dog owners taking their contagious animals home without treatment

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Canine lives: Santa Barbara County Animal Services is getting reports of dog owners taking their contagious animals home without treatment

BY RYAN MILLER

There’s one section of the Santa Maria Animal Center dedicated to sick dogs. While animals with contagious diseases are often isolated, this section of the facility has a few indications that the virus being contained is a bit more serious than most. One telltale sign? A tub of bleach and water, with which visitors must clean their shoes after setting foot in a par... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Sports Lead: Huckfest brings trucks and an economic boost to Oceano Dunes SRVA
News: Unmanned spacecraft lands at Vandenberg
Cover Story: Canine lives: Santa Barbara County Animal Services is getting reports of dog owners taking their contagious animals home without treatment
News: Local species teeter between threatened and endangered under federal act
News: Political Watch 10/23/14
 

News

Unmanned spacecraft lands at Vandenberg

Camillia Lanham

After nearly two years in orbit, the U.S. Air Force’s Boeing-built miniature--and that means it’s still big--spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct....

Nipomo pipeline construction will trigger Santa Maria road closures

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The city of Santa Maria announced on Oct. 17 that there would be a series of road closures due to construction on a supplemental water pipeline that will eventually carry much...

Mayoral candidates face off in Lompoc

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Brown Act violation allegations being investigated by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office represented a hot topic during the Oct. 16 mayoral candidate fo...

Local species teeter between threatened and endangered under federal act

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Vandenberg monkey flower is a tiny, low-to-the ground, bright yellow trumpet of color with spots of orange, and it only grows on the Burton Mesa—that’s 1,000 a...

Community Corner: Santa Barbara County Animal Services offers adoption specials

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A donation by Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services of Santa Maria to Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Inc. (CHC) will put new smiles on the faces of three local ...

Community Notebook 10/23/14-10/30/14

MONDAY • 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., Nipomo. &bull...

Political Watch 10/23/14

• On Oct. 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $7.8 million in funding for Central California tribes to invest in environmental programs, water infrastr...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: One Way Boardshop

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

Going up against the big box stores is hard to do if you run a small business in any town with a Walmart or a Target, and Santa Maria happens to have both.  “Our b...

Commentary

Measure P

Ed. note: The following are all of the letters about Measure P received between our Oct. 14 press deadline and the deadline for this, the issue of Oct. 21. This opinion sectio...

Sports

Huckfest brings trucks and an economic boost to Oceano Dunes SRVA

BY AARON SALAZAR

Salty ocean air mixed with the smell of gasoline at the Oceano Dunes on Oct. 18, as the ripping sound of engines overpowered the steady sound of the waves. Thousands of off-r...

Ben Wulfestieg

BY AARON SALAZAR

During its pre-game huddle, the Cabrillo High School varsity boys’ water polo team doesn’t shout their team name. Instead, they simply say, “work.” Th...

School Scene

Pumpkins take over Guadalupe elementary school

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A truck full of pumpkins dropped its load on the lawn outside of Mary Buren Elementary School in Guadalupe during the second full week of October. For years, Frank Almaguer...

Teachers are flipping burgers for McMoney

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Some Santa Maria-Bonita School District schools are participating in McTeacher’s Night at local McDonald’s restaurants in October. Staff members from the schools, ...

High school FFA reaches out to younger students

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Ernest Righetti High School FFA’s Kinderpatch will be open for business on Oct. 24, when more than 500 elementary school students will learn the ropes of agriculture. T...

Discovery Corner: An homage to the Master of Fright

BY AMY BLASCO

“Samantha Byrd is a klutz—an accident waiting to happen. She’s the laughingstock of the girls’ basketball team. And that mean, rotten Judith Bellwood i...

Street Wise

If you could change the ending to a movie or book, which would you choose?

Audra Gunn Jenny Franco Kyleigh Cooley Stephen Hanrey

Arts

The Lompoc Civic Theatre produces a play that pulls from local history

BY JOE PAYNE

The further back into the past we turn our attention, the more tenuous the details become. Honest research can reveal plenty about how cultures from the past lived and related...

Local groups converge to celebrate Make a Difference Day

BY JOE PAYNE

Make a Difference Day was started by the magazine USA Weekend in 1992 in order to put a spotlight on nonprofit organizations. The informal holiday is held on the fourth Satu...

Movie night gets spooky

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library is hosting a movie night in the spirit of the Halloween season on Oct. 29. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, rated PG, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. ...

Sing with the Adelines

BY JOE PAYNE

The Tri City Sound Chorus, Santa Barbara County’s chapter of the Sweet Adelines International, is gearing up for its Christmas concert, and welcomes all local ladies who...

City offers Halloween party to elders

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is inviting adults aged 50 and older to the annual Active Living Halloween Party event on Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The free ...

Gallery Los Olivos welcomes two artists for November

BY JOE PAYNE

Gallery Los Olivos is offering an art show for the month of November that showcases the works of Mirella Z. Olson and Lindy Kern. The two artists and longtime friends will d...

Santa Maria singer wins Star Voice

BY JOE PAYNE

Santa Maria resident, PCPA student, and singer Annali Fuchs took the first place spot in the Star Voice competition at the Chumash Casino Resort on Oct. 19. The event included...

Humor

How the Giants destroyed my liver and lost all my friends

BY ROB KRIDER

October is a time for falling leaves, jack-o’-lanterns, and post-season baseball. I love October baseball because it’s time for the playoffs and the World Series. ...

Music

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society offers a concert featuring a string ensemble and soprano

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is gearing up for the opening concert of its season—the first full concert season the Philharmonic has offered since it underwent re...

Film

'Fury' offers a grim look at war and its effects

In this World War II-era film, written and directed by David Ayer, Brad Pitt stars as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a tough-as-nails army sergeant commanding a Sherman t...

Eats

Comfort cuisine: Comfort Market in Arroyo Grande serves up feel good food, local wines, and cooking classes

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Five months after opening its doors, Comfort Market is filling a niche, in addition to filling stomachs with satisfying house-made soups, fresh salads, unique sandwiches, loca...

Hot Stuff

Let your skin down

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is an ancient celebration brought to us by indigenous Mexican culture. The series of days, which ends on All Souls Day, is a celebr...

Still rockin'

Though Def Leppard began rocking our ears with sizzling power chords and shredding riffs more than 30 years ago, the British band has absolutely dominated the American hard ro...

Canine education

C.A.R.E.4Paws is holding a special Dog Training and Pet Wellness Clinic event in Lompoc’s Ryon Memorial Park, the site of the annual Kennel Club competition. The clinic ...