Sunday, July 5, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 18
PRIDE 2020

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PRIDE 2020


June was Pride Month, but the usual parades and events that commemorate the occasion were waylaid by the COVID-19 pandemic. The month also coincided with the Trump administration and the Supreme Court of the United States respectively taking steps backward and forward for the LGBTQ-plus movement. There’s still a long way to go, and despite the pandemic’s hold o... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Spotlight: Orcutt couple takes over Oak Knolls Hardware
News: Santa Maria investigates tree deaths related to apparent poisoning
News: Golden State Killer pleads guilty to four murders in Santa Barbara County
News: Class action lawsuit against county jail close to a settlement
News: County eyes two parcels in Orcutt for open space


Slow The Virus

Golden State Killer pleads guilty to four murders in Santa Barbara County

By Malea Martin

On June 29, Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder, with special circumstances in a number of them—such as murder committed in the comm...

County grand jury examines increase in gang violence

By Zac Ezzone

Recent changes in state laws aimed at reducing California’s prison population and preventing kids from being incarcerated has local agencies at odds with how to best add...

Santa Maria investigates tree deaths related to apparent poisoning

By Malea Martin

On June 22, the city of Santa Maria’s park and urban forest supervisor discovered two trees on West Main Street that appeared to have suspiciously died, prompting the ci...

County eyes two parcels in Orcutt for open space

By Zac Ezzone

Residents in the Santa Maria Valley may have more local places to hike if Santa Barbara County moves forward with purchasing two pieces of property in Orcutt. During a coun...

Class action lawsuit against county jail close to a settlement

By Malea Martin

More than two years after being granted class action certification, Murray v. County of Santa Barbara is one step closer to reaching a settlement.  The parties have been...

Political Watch: July 2, 2020

• On June 22, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) Senate Bill 1207 passed off the Senate floor on a 36-0 vote. The bill would require California nurs...


Orcutt couple takes over Oak Knolls Hardware

By Zac Ezzone

For more than 40 years, in a building that used to hold a movie theater, Oak Knolls Hardware has served as Orcutt’s local hardware shop, and the new owners of the establ...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...


Is there a problem with the Lompoc Police Department's use of force? No!


There has been a lot of conversation, many demonstrations, and some riots across the nation in the past few weeks because of the use of deadly force by police. On June 16, Lom...


Not for Solvang City Council

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

I grew up around policemen who were friends and colleagues of my dad. He was “on the job” for 33 years, a superior officer, in every sense, with the NYPD. I think ...


CANARY: Freedom to breathe


Good job, guys! Way to keep the pandemic at bay! Oh wait, actually, we haven’t done that. Santa Barbara County, which blamed its high numbers on the Lompoc federal pris...


PCPA seeks applicants for stage technician training program

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) is now accepting applications for its two-year Technical Theatre Training Program. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, and classes will ...

Dana Adobe and Cultural Center updates health-related procedures for 2020 Summer Day Camp

Registration to join the Dana Adobe and Cultural Center’s (DACC) 2020 Summer Day Camp closes on Monday, July 13, or earlier if the camp reaches its capped limit of 30 ch...

Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department partners with Leadership SMV on new mobile observatory


It was as if the stars aligned when Leadership Santa Maria Valley (SMV) first pitched its community observatory concept to the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, whi...

Yosimar Reyes headlined HOPE's virtual Poetry Night, one of several Santa Maria Pride events online this year


COVID-19 couldn’t keep the House of Pride and Equality (HOPE) from hosting its annual Santa Maria Pride festivities—albeit online through Facebook Live and Twitch ...


I Know This Much Is True is a sprawling, multi-generational look at family interconnectedness

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Light Between Oceans) helms this miniseries based on Wally Lamb’s book of the same name...


Solvang's newest restaurant opened during the pandemic and is serving up locally sourced deliciousness to-go or for the patio


The first time in three years that chef Michael Cherney saw someone eat the food he prepared was on the patio of his new restaurant in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Hot Stuff


Wine and Design in Orcutt hosts its timely Patriotic Gnome painting session on Sunday, July 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to this celebratory workshop, intended for ages...


Glasshead Studio in Atascadero hosts its Stained Glass Terrarium workshop on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommenda...


Drawing Wacky Animal Toons, a virtual children’s workshop series hosted by Raytoons Comics and Games, begins on Monday, July 6, and will run through Thursday, July 9, wi...


The Templeton Firefighters Association hosts its annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the Templeton Fire Department on Saturday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to noon. ...

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