Thursday, April 24, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 7
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The living laboratory: Santa Cruz island offers educators and researchers a living model

BY JOE PAYNE

The North America of the Pleistocene Epoch—a geological time period that spanned from about 2.5 million years ago to 11,000 years ago—was a continent of tumultuous change. During that time, several glacier-heavy cycles shaped the landscape and even lowered sea levels hundreds of feet, exposing the continental shelf that lies under water again today. Also dur... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Phillips 66 health and safety specialists allege they were punished for unionizing
Athlete of the Week: Daniel White
News: Santa Maria's local food bank faces a fresh produce shortage
News: Political Watch 4/24/14
News: SLO County offers free bus rides to celebrate Earth Day
 

News

An old military ordnance spurs the evacuation of downtown Solvang

BY AMY ASMAN

The discovery of an old military ordnance in an alleyway behind several Solvang businesses on April 16 prompted members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Departmen...

County supes took no action on the Los Olivos farmhouse dispute

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

It takes a zoning laws genius to follow any sort of battle over land-use regulations, but the fight that came before Santa Barbara County Supervisors in March was especially c...

CAUSE seeks a judge's ruling on the city's decision to deny an election petition

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

More than 5,000 signatures of support didn’t get the job done for a petition submitted by community groups trying to get an initiative placed on November’s ballot ...

Santa Maria's local food bank faces a fresh produce shortage

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The walk-in cooler at the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria facility is filling up slower and moving produce out faster than it has in the past. This is p...

Clarifications

• Brian Trautwein wanted to clarify some of his statements regarding the failing pumps at Hilton Creek in the April 17 cover story “Dry flow.” He wrote to the...

Orcutt Academy's K-8 school is looking for a bigger home and shopping in Los Alamos

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Palomino horses gallop and rear along the barbed-wire fence adjacent to the lot that Orcutt Academy’s kindergarten-through-eight-grade-school occupies in Casmalia. Ap...

Phillips 66 health and safety specialists allege they were punished for unionizing

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On a late Monday afternoon in January 2012, a group of five health and safety shift specialists were called to meet with four managers of the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refiner...

Community Notebook 4/24-5/1

MONDAY, APRIL 28 • 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., Nipo...

Political Watch 4/24/14

• Californians account for nearly one fifth of the number of people who signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act nationwide. Covered California—the sta...

SLO County offers free bus rides to celebrate Earth Day

BY DORA SALTZMAN

In observance of Earth Day and to encourage environmentally friendly transportation, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and South County Transit (SC...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: At Your Service Legal

BY AMY ASMAN

After moving to Santa Maria in 2005, Tennessean Tyler Gross studied music business at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. With that experience under his belt—and one...

Commentary

I'll take Andy Caldwell's challenge

BY GARY PAUDLER

On April 6, in the Santa Barbara News-Press, Andy Caldwell challenged the proponents of the Safe Air and Water Initiative to Ban Fracking to a debate. As one of the initiative...

Letters

Liberals actually seek a better world for all of us

Michael Clear - Solvang

In response to Larry Bargenquast’s comments (“Trash the liberal-created culture”) on your opinion page of April 10: Mr. Bargenquast’s stereotypical an...

Let's pull for a win-win

Anne Cridler - Guadalupe

The article about the transformation of Little L.A. is so accurate (“Little L.A.,” April 3). When working in Oxnard and living in Guadalupe, I drove through town F...

Sports

The Benchwarmer: Are students athlete or employee?

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

Student-athlete—not so long ago, I once defined myself as such. It is a title that demands being able to successfully operate in two worlds, one that requires just as mu...

Daniel White

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

The tall oak trees blocked the sky above me as my black Ford Focus cruised along the bumpy dirt road in the remote hills of Nipomo. For a while, all I could think about was ...

School Scene

Righetti pulls together to help a student in need

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Ernest Righetti High School students and staff recently organized a fundraiser to help ease the burden of medical costs for a student with cancer. Joshua Amador, 19, who wi...

Easter celebration takes center stage at St. Mary's

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

St. Mary’s of the Assumption students re-enacted the Passion of the Christ and performed Living Stations of the Cross on April 18. More than 15 middle school students pa...

Discovery Corner: Celebrate trees at the museum

BY CHRIS SLAUGHTER

The Discovery Museum is offering free admission on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate Arbor Day with lots of fun educational activities inspiring kids to he...

Canary

Know when to hold 'em

I’m all about speaking my opinion. Obviously I am. I wouldn’t have this column if I didn’t. But. I’m also not voting on issues that impact the coun...

Street Wise

What do you know about the Channel Islands?

Josh Ducusin Richard Mathis George Herrera Phillip Herrera

Arts

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre caps it's 55th season with 'Confusions' by Ayckbourn

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre was buzzing with commotion. It wasn’t opening night of the all-volunteer theater company’s latest show, but rather a rehearsal for ...

The Santa Maria Arts Council awards $13,000 in grants to local artists and performers

BY JOE PAYNE

Allan Hancock College student Kaden Howard has been using the same tablet, a Wacom Intuos 3, to draw cartoons and character sketches for the past nine years. “It's a ...

AHC extends annual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit

BY JOE PAYNE

The annual Allan Hancock College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit has been extended through May 21 at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on the campus at 800 S. College Drive in Santa Maria. ...

Lompoc Valley Art Association holds meeting

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association’s general meeting is scheduled for May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stone Pine Hall, 200 South H St., Lompoc. Members will be able to vote at ...

Town Center Gallery lives again at the Radisson

BY JOE PAYNE

The Town Center Gallery invites the public to a free art exhibition on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Maria Radisson Hotel, 3455 Airpark Drive, Santa Maria. The ...

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center needs volunteers

BY JOE PAYNE

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes center is in need of volunteers to help give tours of the Dunes Center museum. Applicants should be interested in history, local ecology, and willin...

Humor

Driving Under the Influence (of parents)

BY ROB KRIDER

I like to consider myself a high roller. When I cruise up to the scene of an event, I have my lady at my side, my personal driver, and a wad of bills in my pocket. You might...

Music

Parents and community members support Santa Maria High School bands

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria High School concert band and jazz ensembles keep dozens of students involved in music on a daily basis. The program has grown much and earned many accolades ...

Film

Finding Vivian Maier is an engrossing portrait of a posthumously discovered artist

Writers-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel tell the story of Vivian Maier, a nanny whose cache of 150,000 photo negatives was made famous after she died, proving her to ...

Eats

Uptown dining at The Market in the Santa Maria Town Center mall

BY WENDY THIES SELL

The Market, a fine dining restaurant at the Santa Maria Town Center mall, is dramatically different than its predecessor, Central City Market. The stylish new restaurant and...

Hot Stuff

For the love of music

The Lompoc Pops Orchestra is ready to present its spring concert, “Love Is In The Air,” on April 28 in Lompoc. The 45 musicians who make up the Lompoc Pops Orchest...

Dances of the countryside

The Allan Hancock College-sponsored dance event ¡Folklorico! will feature dancers from a wide range of local programs of various ages, skills, and specialties. The three...

Howlin' to the Sun

The Standing Sun Concert Series continues with a live set by The Howlin’ Brothers, a three-piece Americana-style string band. The Brothers will perform songs from their ...