Monday, May 22, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 11
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Sunset on Holly: Two years after the Refugio oil spill, 
Venoco gives up Platform Holly, a move that underscores the debate over local oil industry

Cover Story

Sunset on Holly: Two years after the Refugio oil spill, 
Venoco gives up Platform Holly, a move that underscores the debate over local oil industry

By JOE PAYNE

Platform Holly has stood alone in the South Ellwood oil field for decades as the Santa Barbara Channel’s last oil rig in California’s state waters. But it may not stay standing for much longer. The platform’s owner, Venoco, announced on April 17 that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy—which allows the company to reorganize assets—and quitclai... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Sunset on Holly: Two years after the Refugio oil spill, 
Venoco gives up Platform Holly, a move that underscores the debate over local oil industry
News: Forest Service seeks to restore parts of La Brea Creek area
News: Police respond to double stabbing on Newlove
News: Guadalupe inspection ordinance raises concerns for rental tenants and landlords
News: West Santa Ynez annexation lawful but lacked coordination
 

News

Forest Service seeks to restore parts of La Brea Creek area

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The public comment period for the proposed La Brea Restoration Project is winding down, slated to close on May 21. Until then, individuals and organizations may write in their...

Police respond to double stabbing on Newlove

By DAVID MINSKY

A Santa Maria man allegedly stabbed his parents during an incident on the 300 block of Newlove Drive on the morning of May 12, according the Santa Maria Police Department. Wh...

West Santa Ynez annexation lawful but lacked coordination

By DAVID MINSKY

The Santa Ynez Community Services District (SYCSD) and the Santa Barbara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) followed the law to annex West Santa Ynez into the di...

Laura's Law pilot program gets another year of county funding

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its May 16 meeting to fund the county’s Laura’s Law pilot program for another year. Laura’s Law, ...

Restrained: Local police explain practice of handcuffing suspects who've been shot

By DAVID MINSKY

Lompoc Police Chief Pat Wash heard the incident on his radio. According to a county District Attorney’s report, the chief rushed to the scene along the bike path next t...

Guadalupe inspection ordinance raises concerns for rental tenants and landlords

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The city of Guadalupe may face legal action for alleged violation of residents’ Fourth Amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches, according to attorney St...

Political Watch 5/18/17

• The firing of former FBI Director James Comey on May 9 came as a surprise to many Americans, but not for a handful of U.S. Senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Casmalia Corner Market

By DAVID MINSKY

What’s a Casmalia resident to do if they run out of sugar, beer, or any variety of canned goods? They’d make a trip to the convenience/grocery stores in Tanglewood...

Commentary

Trump's mental health a real concern

By KEN MCCALIP

With approval ratings for the first 100 days at times as low as 38 to 40 percent, lower than any other new president’s ratings, President Donald Trump has managed to be ...

Letters

Speak up in Buellton

By Larry R. Rankin - Buellton

The movement to overturn the Buellton RVs, boats, and trailers ordinance (which severely limits or bans the possession or these items on private property) is gaining momentum....

Responding to Mr. Kahn

By David E. Baskett - Santa Maria

If Mr. Kahn and your readers are interested in a "open letter" discussion about Islam I am willing to start with some questions for Mr. Kahn to answer, and he is wel...

Argue the facts

By Michael Smith - Santa Maria

Taking his cue from the man in the White House, Richard W. Neufeld opens his rebuttal (“Obamacare needs to go,” May 11) to my May 4 letter (“Trump’s an...

Make some sense

By Robert Jones - Santa Maria

Good letter, Mr. Scott (“Dead democracies require ill-informed electorates,” May 4). Do me a favor and tell us what it is about. The Democratic government of Venez...

Canary is a twit

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

Your anti-Trump tirade in your last column is unbelievable (“Warheads,” May 4). After eight years of that idiot, Obama, how can you complain about any president, e...

Sports

Lompoc Braves dominates track and field season with solid runners and varied team

By KEENAN DONATH

While technically a team sport, the success of a track and field squad comes down to the performances of individuals. Besides the events that involve relays, the outcome of a ...

Michael Sterling

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

After graduating from Allan Hancock College in 2016, Michael Sterling relocated to Bakersfield to continue studying kinesiology at CSUB. Sterling, 25, tries to visit his homet...

School Scene

SMHS coach arrested for alleged child molestation

By BRENNA SWANSTON

A Santa Maria High School (SMHS) assistant soccer coach was arrested on May 9 for allegedly annoying or molesting a minor and for allegedly contacting a minor to solicit lewd ...

Discovery Museum partners with Vandenberg for educational exhibit

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has joined forces with the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base to present the Discovery Space Shuttle, which museum and base o...

Hancock students head to SkillsUSA nationals

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Five students from Allan Hancock College will travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships, which aim to recognize students in trade, industri...

Kids' summer ranch camp kicks off season

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Circle V Ranch Camp in the Santa Ynez Valley has begun accepting applications and scholarship requests for its eight 2017 summer sessions, each of which features a different t...

Canary

Blood and oil

You can’t spell ideology without idiot. Well, OK, they’re not exactly the same, but you get the point. According to Merriam-Webster.com, ideology loosely means ...

Street Wise

Should Santa Barbara County allow new land-based oil drilling projects?

Jerry Cornell Weston Scott Sierra Arguijo Chris Lambert

Arts

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society presents a history of women's shoes

By REBECCA ROSE

If you’ve ever looked a pair of women’s shoes and thought, “How could anyone wear that?” you’ve likely never seen the footwear women had hundreds...

Drawing awareness: Santa Maria Utilities Department awards third-grade artists who crafted water wise posters

By EMILY HOLLAND

Although everyone had to shake the dust off of their raincoats for the recent rainfall, the drought still weighs heavy in the minds of those at the Santa Maria Utilities Depar...

Abraham Lincoln impersonator to visit Lompoc Public Library

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

John Voehl, Abraham Lincoln impersonator and historian, is visiting the Lompoc Public Library on May 23 for a free presentation. Voehl will discuss “The Gettysburg Addre...

PVHS Drama students attend Broadway workshop in New York

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Fourteen drama students from Pioneer Valley High School (PVHS) recently spent several days in New York City, attending three Broadway shows including School of Rock, a product...

Humor

Culinary rube

By REBECCA ROSE

I may be a food and wine writer now, but I wasn’t born with any kind of dignified understanding of food or even the basic understanding of how to prepare food on my ow...

Music

The Dustbowl Revival to perform cuts off new album at Standing Sun in Buelton

By JOE PAYNE

When you think old-time string band, the logical next step is not a horn section. But, it’s a winning combination for The Dustbowl Revival. The eight-piece Americana gr...

Film

‘Snatched’ is raunchy farce with a enough laughs to make it worth a matinee

Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before) directs Katie Dippold’s (The Heat; Ghostbusters, 2016) script about Em...

Eats

The Hitching Post Casmalia celebrates 65 years of tradition

By REBECCA ROSE

When Bill Ostini returned after time away from the family and asked his father for a job, the restaurateur had one request of his son. “Dad gave me a steak, said, &lsq...

Hot Stuff

Get close to nature

Join the DANA Cultural Center for the annual NatureFest event on May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Featured activities include guided nature walks, a scavenger hunt, pony rides, as w...

Choo-choo-choose this event

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad host its annual fundraising gala with presentations honoring those who have contributed to preserving both the railroad’s ...

Cars for a cause

The Solvang and Buellton Senior Centers invite the public to the Valley Senior Center Fundraiser on May 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. The fundraiser will be held at Mendenhall Collectib...