Sunday, October 20, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 33
State requirements face off with federal law in a recent decision requiring more water from Lake Cachuma for steelhead

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State requirements face off with federal law in a recent decision requiring more water from Lake Cachuma for steelhead


For more than 20 years, California pondered what to do about steelhead in the Santa Ynez River.  On Sept. 17, the State Water Resources Control Board finally made a decision. It voted to pass an order that will increase water releases from Lake Cachuma.  Since at least 1998, a handful of local, state, and federal agencies and environmentalists have deliberate... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: State requirements face off with federal law in a recent decision requiring more water from Lake Cachuma for steelhead
News: County agency weighs future of commuter bus service
News: Political Watch: October 17, 2019
Spotlight: Downtown Guadalupe gets a coffee shop featuring fresh roasted beans
News: Carbajal tours Raytheon, talks defense budget


Carbajal tours Raytheon, talks defense budget

By William D'Urso

Nestled in a corner just north of the Lompoc Airport, Raytheon’s satellite sensors get assembled in cleanrooms before taking frequent trips to space on military hardware...

Supervisors discuss county redistricting process

By Zac Ezzone

During its meeting on Oct. 15, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors discussed what the county’s redistricting process will look like over the next two years. I...

Lompoc looks to grant funds to replace playground equipment

By Zac Ezzone

With budget constraints hindering its ability to fund certain projects, the city of Lompoc is looking toward state grant funds to improve its parks. In August, the city submi...

County agency weighs future of commuter bus service

By Zac Ezzone

Amid ridership declines and funding challenges, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) released a plan recommending potential changes to its Clean Air Exp...

Entrepreneur goes green with a new recycling business in an uncertain industry


Edgar Adolfo Arroyo Garcia slides up the door of his shipping container, planted in the parking lot of Roy’s Liquor and Market off Guadalupe Street in Guadalupe. His ge...

Lompoc puts off safe parking program, citing funding shortage, future court case


Cars, RVs, and vans line the streets in parts of Lompoc. They can serve as both a means of transportation and a place to sleep. As a participant in the last Point-In-Time hom...

Political Watch: October 17, 2019

• Gov. Gavin Newsom signed state Assemblymember Monique Limón’s (D-Santa Barbara) legislation, Assembly Bill 1680 into law on Oct. 9, which will open Hollist...


Downtown Guadalupe gets a coffee shop featuring fresh roasted beans


Jose Martinez and Ruben Dorado originally came to Guadalupe to add new territory to their cleaning business. They had already established themselves in Santa Barbara and wante...

Cannabis Corner

County holds preliminary hemp regulation discussion

By Zac Ezzone

While the federal government is still crafting a regulatory framework for industrial hemp, Santa Barbara County is beginning to figure out how the crop will become part of the...


The president may not be my favorite, but I just can't vote for a Democrat


One of the most amusing charges that we conservatives often have leveled against us is that we are all “unwavering supporters” of President Donald Trump and view h...


Feds push oil

By Larry Bishop, Buellton

Federal lands on the Central Coast will soon be up for lease to oil companies for dangerous drilling and extraction processes. As our counties strive to reduce the water, land...


CANARY: Up to nothing


You know what the city of Lompoc is good at? Kicking the car down the road.  No, I don’t mean can. I mean car. As in motor vehicles that people park on the stree...


Santa Maria Philharmonic Society hosts annual benefit gala

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society’s 2019 Benefit Gala, Parisian Soiree, takes place at the Radisson Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This Paris-them...

Catherine Kitcho holds California Writers Week signing

Gavin’s Books in Santa Maria hosts a book signing event with local author Catherine Kitcho on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Kitcho is the founder of the Coastal...

Applications open for Lompoc Children's Christmas Parade

The Lompoc Children’s Christmas Parade is now accepting applications from businesses, clubs, and other parties hoping to participate in the event. Participants are requi...

Luminous Landscapes showcases pastel and oil paintings at Gallery Los Olivos


When deciding on the theme for their latest duo show, local artists and self-described “painting buddies” Carol Talley and Terri Taber turned toward a mutual point...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre's production of 'Lucky Stiff' is one wild ride


It’s a Friday night and shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon (Jaime Espinoza) hasn’t sold a single shoe all day. Like Sweeney Todd singing to his razor blades, so does ...


Eclectic musical duo Pricey Diggs performs at Vino et Amicis Wine Bar


Husband-and-wife musicians Mark McMillen and Annie Boreson have embarked on several road trips up and down the coastlines of California, Oregon, and Washington, touring at v...


Joker is a disturbing origin story and comment on present-day America

Co-writer Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover, War Dogs) directs this character study and origin story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), who after being rejected by socie...


Find a whole rainbow of foods in one place at Talley Farms' winery, farm stand, and u-pick pumpkin patch


Years ago, while working at Bay Area farmers’ markets for a Watsonville-based farm, I learned that the food sold at farm stands and farmers’ markets is usually pic...

Hot Stuff


The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosts its annual Batty Ball on Sunday, Oct. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy participating in pumpkin decorating, Halloween-the...


Sta. Rita Wine Alliance hosts Sideways Fest at various Santa Ynez Valley locations, starting Oct. 18 through 20. Events of the festival, which celebrates the 15th anniversary ...


Orcutt Community Theater presents its production of The Haunting of Hill House, with performances on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at 7 p.m., through Oct. 20. Tickets ...


The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang presents Crossing Paths, a duo show featuring paintings by Eyvind Earle and sculptures by John Cody, through Sunday, Nov. 3. ...


The Book Loft hosts a book signing with local author Tony Piazza on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Piazza will be signing copies of his Central Coast-based murder mystery...


Presqu’ile Winery presents The Tepusquet Tornadoes on Friday, Oct. 25, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Solo R&B singer-songwriter Jineanne Coderre will open for the pop...

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What do you think about Guadalupe's major housing plans, which include 800 planned homes?

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