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Sauce in the stocking: Local beer, spirits, and wine companies provide libations that make great last-minute gifts

By SUN STAFF

As the year winds down and the holidays ramp up, things can get a little stressful. And 2016 wasn’t an easy year, whether you’re recovering from election season or a favorite celebrity death (RIP Gene Wilder!). Thankfully, once Christmas and New Year’s Eve finally arrive, the time comes to relax, and most of all, celebrate. And what pairs perfectly wi... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: The locals who stood at Standing Rock: Three Central Coast residents reflect on their week protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
News: Truth or lives: Santa Maria police used fake news release to thwart murder
News: Farmworkers voice concerns at Santa Barbara County forum
News: Hobnobbing with Helen
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: iRecover
 

News

Farmworkers voice concerns at Santa Barbara County forum

By DAVID MINSKY

On Dec. 5, Santa Barbara County migrant farmworkers received a chance to directly voice their concerns to state officials at an evening forum held at the Joseph Centeno Better...

Man convicted of Nipomo gang assault sentenced to probation

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Just one week after his older brother was sentenced to serve a lengthy prison term for the gang-related assault of a community college student, 20-year-old Javier Chang was se...

Cities sign on for project aimed to extend Tajiguas Landfill lifespan

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Cities participating in the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project are getting the ball rolling on the operation, which aims to reduce the amount of trash going into the Tajiguas ...

Falcon 9 rocket scheduled for launch from Vandenberg

By BRENNA SWANSTON

SpaceX has scheduled is first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since one exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in September. The next launch is slated to take place...

The locals who stood at Standing Rock: Three Central Coast residents reflect on their week protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Hundreds of people stood on a bridge, praying. They did so in the wake of violence: The previous night, on that very bridge, demonstrators tried to dismantle a police barrica...

Truth or lives: Santa Maria police used fake news release to thwart murder

By DAVID MINSKY

The revelation that some internet users put out fake news during the election season has caused a lot of controversy, but fake news can possibly serve a beneficial function. ...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

’Tis the season for long lines at the post office and hard-to-find parking spaces at shopping centers. ’Tis also the season for beguiling shows of Christmas lig...

Community Notebook 12/8/16 - 12/15/16

MONDAY, DEC. 12 • The Santa Maria City Block Grants Advisory Committee has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Mari...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: iRecover

By DAVID MINSKY

When it comes to treating people with addiction disorders and mental illnesses, it’s good to have options, and now Santa Maria has one more.  iRecover, which opene...

Commentary

Nonprofits are excellent examples of humanity's goodness

By DOUG JENZEN

During the latter half of my 20s, our country had to yet to realize that the Great Recession had begun. Ignorance was bliss at the time. Personally, I made plans to go back to...

Letters

Put Christianity back in America

By Adrian Asencio - Redlands

The article by Don Casebolt (“Religious roots,” Nov. 17) is one by an extreme leftest and anti-Christian. His hate for religion is too obvious. He attacks them all...

A great privilege

By Lois Capps - Santa Barbara

Eighteen years ago, I was honored and humbled to be elected as your member of Congress. After spending my career as a nurse and in our public schools, I never expected to serv...

Sports

Athlete-run nonprofit hopes to reinvigorate Guadalupe's baseball program

By SHELLY CONE

Guadalupe used to have a thriving little league baseball program, longtime locals say. Now the city’s ball fields stand in various states of disrepair. That has begun to...

Delanie Wisz

By SHELLY CONE

There’s possibly nothing as rewarding as watching your hard work pay off. And that’s exactly what Delanie Wisz, 17, did recently as she signed her letter of commit...

School Scene

Santa Maria High students maintain trails at Los Flores Ranch

By SHELLY CONE

Twenty Santa Maria High School students who love the outdoors added to its beauty during the Thanksgiving break. The community service project involved members of the Alpin...

Application deadline to apply for UC schools extended

By SHELLY CONE

Students hoping to transfer to a University of California campus next fall will have more time to apply. The UC extended the deadline for transfer students to file application...

Canary

Careful where you place that trust

Who can a little birdy trust if she can’t trust the police? That’s the question that’s been knocking around in my head over the last week. In case you someho...

Street Wise

What's a good last-minute Christmas gift?

Cassie Perez Paul Gould Leslie Guerrero Rudy Ruiz

Arts

Solvang Antiques features demonstrations and small works throughout December

By JOE PAYNE

Solvang is filled with beautiful boutiques and artsy destinations, but one of its best spots for viewing fine art is in the back of an antique shop. Solvang Antiques is defini...

Home for the holidays: The Great American Melodrama celebrates the season with classics, comedy, and tunes

By JOE PAYNE

The Great American Melodrama always feels like an extra special place during its annual tradition, the Holiday Extravaganza. The halls are decked, the piano sings with familia...

Friends of Lompoc Library hold Christmas tree fundraiser

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Friends of the Lompoc Library System holds its annual Decorated Tabletop Christmas Trees Fundraiser this month. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds bene...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents 'A Christmas Carol'

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

A Christmas Carol opened last week and runs through Dec. 18 at the Santa Maria Civic Theatre (SMCT). The show starts at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinee performan...

Local musicians join touring artists for benefit concert

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Bear Erickson of Buellton and Jim Pugh of Santa Ynez will join touring musicians Owen Plant and Aireene Espiritu for a benefit concert in Los Olivos. Proceeds go to the Little...

LVAA offers holiday exhibit

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Lompoc Valley Art Association (LVAA) offers a holiday show at the Cypress Gallery, which runs through Dec. 24. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sun...

Humor

Have a jolly troll-y Christmas

By ARIEL WATERMAN

It’s December and we have come full circle again. The pumpkins on my porch have been replaced with poinsettias. My favorite Thanksgiving traditions are watching the Ma...

Music

Sarah Raines leads a community production of Handel's 'Messiah' in Lompoc

By JOE PAYNE

Musicians assemble every year to produce the same great work of classical music, with choristers singing the familiar melodies and musicians sounding their parts proudly. The ...

Film

‘Seasons’ depicts 12,000 years of human and animal interaction in Europe

Co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud helm this documentary filmed in France and Germany that takes a journey through the past 12,000 years to discover the European ...

Eats

Doughnut think twice: Sweet and savory collide at Yummy Donuts & Deli

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Have you ever caught yourself craving a doughnut instead of that boring bag of chips with your sandwich? The thought had never occurred to me, but it felt so natural once I tr...

Hot Stuff

Russian masters

The Chumash Casino Resort welcomes the Moscow Ballet’s production of the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The production is a spectacle of skill happening a...

Local perspective

The Santa Maria Valley Historical Society hosts a series of talks called Valley Speaks. The upcoming talk is by Bob Orach, who will focus on the history of how Santa Maria bec...

Sweet holiday songs

The Tri City Sound Chorus is a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International, a women’s a cappella barbershop-style singing organization, which welcomes everyone to its an...