Wednesday, August 20, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 23
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Solvang recently celebrated Sideways' 10th anniversary. What did/do you think of the

I LOVED that movie!!!! Plus, it was really good for the economy.
Overhyped. Overrated.
Now, there's too many wineries here.
I refuse to drink f—ing Merlot.

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As you flip through the pages of this edition of the Sun’s annual Best Of issue, you may forget that you—yes, you—are the reason it all happens. Remember: Though the editorial, sales, and design teams work together (and with assorted other amazing employees at the paper) to produce this special publication, we don’t collectively choose the winners. ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: You like them! You really like them!
News: Car wash conundrum calls Santa Maria's downtown 
plan into question
News: Light Brown Apple Moth and Asian Citrus Psyllid detections step up quarantine efforts in SLO County
News: Community Notebook 8/14-8/21/14
Humor: Hot for teacher
 

News

County staff moves forward with draft ordinance for Measure P

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

News flash: Oil is a controversial topic. So, dealing with an initiative like Measure P—which, if passed in November, would ban high-intensity drilling practices such...

Light Brown Apple Moth and Asian Citrus Psyllid detections step up quarantine efforts in SLO County

BY JONO KINKADE

The discovery of two pests in San Luis Obispo County has put agricultural officials on alert and will expand ongoing quarantine efforts. On Aug. 4, the SLO County Department ...

Car wash conundrum calls Santa Maria's downtown 
plan into question

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Nobody left Santa Maria City Council’s Aug. 5 meeting with a satisfied smile on their face: At least, not if they were involved in the hearing about a downtown car wash ...

Lompoc Mayor Linn responds to his challenger's claims

BY AMY ASMAN

There will be at least two names on the ballot for mayor of Lompoc this November: current Mayor John Linn and City Councilmember Bob Lingl. Lingl announced his candidacy for ...

As reservoir supplies dwindle, chatter over groundwater levels takes the lead

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Nothing is sexier than groundwater. Actually, wait, that’s not right: Everything is sexier than groundwater, but because California’s in a drought, groundwater&rs...

Community Corner: The mechanics of rail shipping

BY RYAN MILLER

Santa Maria-area farmers can’t feed the world if their produce stays put. Since 1911, the Santa Maria Valley Railroad has served as the first leg of a journey regularly ...

Community Notebook 8/14-8/21/14

TUESDAY, AUG. 19 • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Ba...

Political Watch 8/14/14

• U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) hosted a forum in Santa Maria on Aug. 9 where people could receive an update and review from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ser...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Caitlyn Ashlea Designs

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Top off old-world classics with a twist of contemporary Hollywood glamour and you’ve got what Caitlyn Ashlea Designs is bringing to Santa Maria—Victorian-era ele...

Commentary

Support California offshore oil production

BY JUSTIN RUHGE

We strongly support continued oil development along the California coast. This must be considered a No. 1 priority for this country. There should be no limit to offshore drill...

Letters

Fracking panic

Phil Hosch - Santa Maria

I, along with many other citizens in this county, am sick and tired of the hypocrites who are leading people to believe that a problem exists where there is none. Sure, there ...

No fracking until this drought resolves

William Gloege - Orcutt

I live in Orcutt. I believe the water shortage due to the climate-change-driven drought (reference James Hansen, Michael Mann, UC Santa Cruz research team who predicted drough...

Sports

One Way Board Shop's skate team gives youth a chance at the pros

BY HENRY HOUSTON

When members of the One Way skate team aren’t skateboarding, they’re hanging out with team members, and much like old friends do, they squabble and make fun of e...

Stephanie Correa

BY HENRY HOUSTON

Move over Robin Hood, there’s a new hot shot archer in town, and her name is Stephanie Correa. Correa championed the first-ever Santa Ynez Valley Bow Club Traditional...

School Scene

High school athletic directors change it up

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Santa Maria High School has a new athletic director with plans to take competition to a new level. “Athletics here have always had a good reputation and history,&rdqu...

Santa Maria-Bonita teachers get schooled before classes start

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Santa Maria-Bonita School District teachers with Chromebooks in hand worked their way through a Google Summit on Aug. 7 at Tommy Kunst Junior High School. Summit sessions cove...

Softec wants a packed house for upcoming Robotics Expo

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Softec is putting out a call for robots galore. The sixth annual Student Robotics Expo is set for Sept. 29 at the Elks Lodge in San Luis Obispo. “Help us pack this even...

Discovery Corner: Thanks for making us the best

BY CHRIS SLAUGHTER

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum extends a huge thank you to all our fans who voted us the Best Museum/Learning Center! You are all family to us, and we hope you will v...

Canary

Racial tension

I try to keep my focus on the Sun’s coverage area. I do. That’s all of Northern Santa Barbara County, plus Nipomo. But sometimes, something happens outside of t...

Street Wise

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?

Alexus Hazzart Catarina Caneron-Pallanck Brandy Rios Alexis Terry

Arts

Photographer Donald Quintana shows off local wildlife at the Dunes Center

BY JOE PAYNE

On the first November morning of 2013, wildlife photographer Donald Quintana parked at the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area and began preparing his camera gear. While getting rea...

The Great American Melodrama awakens old Ireland in 'The Shaughraun'

BY JOE PAYNE

The immediate efficacy of a melodramatic play becomes apparent when you find yourself empathizing with characters from a wholly other time and place. The Great American Melo...

Santa Maria Philharmonic receives a large donation amid fundraising drive

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is currently holding its annual fundraising drive in preparation for its upcoming 15th anniversary season. Locals are encouraged to donate...

Lompoc Civic Theatre is holding auditions

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is holding an audition for the production Ghosts of El Camino Real happening Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. The show will feature mission era characters incl...

Chumash Casino welcomes back the Star Voice competition

BY JOE PAYNE

The Chumash Casino Resort welcomes back the Star Voice singing competition event to the casino. Formerly known as the Rising Star competition, Star Voice is a popular singing ...

Santa Maria Valley YMCA gets ready for Family Day in the Park

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA is offering its annual Family Day in the Park and Healthy Kids Day, together, on Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waller Park in Santa Maria. Admi...

Humor

Hot for teacher

BY ROB KRIDER

My wife’s name is Mrs. Krider. That may seem obvious since she’s married to me, a guy whose last name happens to be Krider, but that isn’t at all what I wa...

Music

Dulcie Taylor releases a new album, performs new songs at Willow

BY JOE PAYNE

Making new music that sounds familiar and comfortable to listeners is a difficult task, but South Carolina-born singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor meets the challenge with a ca...

Film

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles karate chops into theaters

Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) reboots the four cartoon, crime-fighting turtles of your childhood with modern CGI, big action set pieces...

Eats

No place like Presqu'ile: The wine harvest kicks off in the Santa Maria Valley where one premier vineyard is 'spicing' things up

BY WENDY THIES SELL

The Murphy Family knew they had something special when they planted the sustainably farmed 72-acre Presqu’ile Vineyard on their property off of Clark Avenue east of Or...

Hot Stuff

Ready, set, draw!

The Los Olivos Quick Draw and Arts Festival is a leisurely afternoon for attendants, but includes one fast-paced hour for a group of world-class artists who will be creating a...

Looking at nature

The Wildling Museum is currently housing several exhibits of art that take a look at the natural beauty of the world around us. Included is the exhibit Painting the Wilderness...

A unique perspective

The Cypress Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit by photographer Erica Bartnik titled Through My Eyes. The show is more than just straight photography, and includes images ...