Tuesday, February 20, 2018     Volume: 18, Issue: 50
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Dream come true: Local brides see their dream dress become reality with tailor-made service in Santa Maria

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Dream come true: Local brides see their dream dress become reality with tailor-made service in Santa Maria

By JOE PAYNE

A low whirring accompanied the soft “chug” sound that Blanca Silva’s sewing machine made as her hands carefully guided white fabric under the pulsating needle and thread. Afternoon sunlight poured in through the big, open windows of her shop on Santa Maria’s Main Street, Blanquis Bridal, as the local seamstress made some routine touches to the sma... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Music: Santa Maria hip-hop artist Samsara shares first album, performs in Lompoc
Letter To The Editor: Support offshore oil in California
News: Wine grape production on Central Coast increases
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: The Bookworm
Cover Story: Dream come true: Local brides see their dream dress become reality with tailor-made service in Santa Maria
 

News

Wine grape production on Central Coast increases

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Central Coast saw a 6 percent increase in winegrape production from 2016 to 2017, according to the 2017 Preliminary Grape Crush Report, which was released by the Californi...

Fresno businessman shorts Lompoc, Santa Maria companies on herbs and spices

By SPENCER COLE

A Fresno businessman will pay $20,000 in penalties following the resolution of a class action lawsuit filed by the Santa Barbara and Fresno counties district attorney’s ...

Santa Maria's School district and Education Association deadlocked in benefits negotiations

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Maria Elementary Education Association and Santa Maria-Bonita School District failed to compromise on salary increases and other benefits at a negotiation session on...

DOJ arrests Montecito man for investment fraud

By SPENCER COLE

Federal agents arrested a Montecito man on Feb. 7 for defrauding investors in two multi-million dollar investment schemes. Efstratios “Elias” Argyropoulos, 71, wa...

Vandenberg primed for 2018's first West Coast SpaceX launch

By SPENCER COLE

The first SpaceX launch of the new year is set for Vandenberg Air Force base one week after the company blasted into the national spotlight with the successful launch of the F...

Journalists, scholars to discuss issues surrounding 'fake news' at Feb. 20 forum

By KASEY BUBNASH

In October 2016, just before the most recent U.S. presidential election, an online news outlet, The Baltimore Gazette, reported that leaked copies of Donald Trump’s tax ...

Political Watch 2/15/18

• Sens. Kamala Harris (D-California), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Patty Murray (D-Washington), and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) led a group of Democratic senators who...

Perfect pairing: Cottonwood Canyon Winery offers a unique Santa Maria Valley setting

By SPENCER COLE

On the eastern rim of the Santa Maria Valley, the landscape rolls into hill country and the wine flows. Cottonwood Canyon Winery is a sprawling 70-acre property just west o...

Forever engaged: How long should you wait before tying the knot?

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

So you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You went out and bought a ring. You waited until the perfect moment, took them to the perfect ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: The Bookworm

By SPENCER COLE

There aren’t a lot of bookstores in Santa Maria, let alone locally owned ones. That’s what makes a place like The Bookworm on Betteravia such a special gem. The s...

Commentary

Attack on U.S. farming interests

By KEN MCCALIP

Donald Trump’s ill-conceived bravado concerning America’s farming and industrial interest, when turned into policy, is leading America in the opposite direction of...

Letters

Support offshore oil in California

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

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

Fox and chickens

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

In the Feb. 8 article, "Off-roaders will see changes ... to Oceano Dunes," The Tribune informed us that state parks wants to work with off-roaders, and "a lot o...

Meagan Stevens

By KASEY BUBNASH

Allan Hancock College sophomore Meagan Stevens learned to surf at a young age. As a Lompoc native, the ocean was always nearby, and competitive swimming, she said, only seemed...

School Scene

Hancock takes steps to save students big money on textbooks

By KASEY BUBNASH

Allan Hancock College political science professor Jessica Scarffe has long been frustrated by the ridiculous prices of textbooks required for many college courses. The costs h...

Canary

What a mess

After weeks of rushing to clean up the catastrophic results of the Montecito mudslides, things are starting to return to normal in Santa Barbara County, and local officials ...

Arts

New documentary 'Lives Well Lived' reveals advice for a happy life

By GLEN STARKEY

For some people, growing old is a joy. For others, it’s a curse. So what’s the secret to living a good, long life? Cal Poly professor of photography and first-time...

Valley Art Gallery's new Orcutt digs features bold work from Heidi Gruetzemacher

By REBECCA ROSE

Heidi Gruetzemacher has traced out the path to the heart and nailed it to the wall. Her explorations on the topic are highlighted in Hearts Desire, an exhibit currently fea...

High school students compete in poetry competition

By REBECCA ROSE

High school students from schools across the county are set to compete in the Santa Barbara County Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition on Feb. 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Poetry ...

Local student artwork sought for public display

By REBECCA ROSE

The Santa Barbara County Alliance for Arts Education is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission to display artwork created in local schools. A countywide exh...

Historian to sign books at Los Alamos winery

By REBECCA ROSE

On Feb. 18 Historian Marc Wortman, author of three history books based in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II eras, will talk about the inspirations behind each book ...

Humor

Wedding planning is more fun when you don't do any actual planning

By REBECCA ROSE

I got engaged to the love of my life, my fiance Chris, a little over a year ago. It was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me, and I’m truly psyched ...

Music

Santa Maria hip-hop artist Samsara shares first album, performs in Lompoc

By JOE PAYNE

The term "samsara" originates from a Sanskrit word that signified a grand cycle of life, death, and rebirth, that all living things pass through a karmic cycle of re...

Film

‘Lives Well Lived’ is an inspiring look at the wisdom of old age

First-time director Sky Bergman helms this documentary that asks older people their secret to a happy and fulfilling life. Mixing one-on-one interviews, her subjects’ pe...

Eats

Bottlest's winter menu will cure you of the seasonal blues

By REBECCA ROSE

If the allure of bone-in veal short ribs on a delicate bed of celery root puree isn’t enough to pique your palate, then you should probably stop reading this column and ...

Hot Stuff

Season of the witch

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents its production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Feb. 15 through March 4 at the Marian Theatre, located at 800 S. College,...

Bear necessities

Bear Essential?: The Past, Present, and Potential Future of Grizzlies in California, a lecture with Dr. Peter Alagona (pictured), takes place Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa...

Passion for pastels

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts a pastel workshop with local artist Chris Chapman (pictured) on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Adm...




Weekly Poll
How much will you spend on your next wedding?

At least 10 grand on the venue.
Bargain-bin wedding, keep it cheap!
You can't put a price on true love.
Nothing, I'm never doing that again.

| Poll Results