Friday, July 25, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 20
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All in the family: Raising swine is a multi-generation affair in Northern Santa Barbara County

Cover Story

All in the family: Raising swine is a multi-generation affair in Northern Santa Barbara County

BY AMY ASMAN

The sweet smell of hay mixes with the pungent, nose-wrinkling odor of manure and just a hint of old popcorn. If someone decided to bottle this scent as a perfume, it’d be called Eau de Fair. It’s just after 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The Santa Barbara County Fair doesn’t start for another three hours, but the auction barn... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Sports Lead: A football life: Former professional football player Don Willis takes over as head coach at Cabrillo
Cover Story: All in the family: Raising swine is a multi-generation affair in Northern Santa Barbara County
Music: Occasional Mustache presents a new album of contemporary country rock
News: Santa Barbara County's first solar facility is planned for the Cuyama Valley
News: A basin situation: Nipomo water issues are coming to a boil
 

News

Carbajal participates in national climate change talks

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal attended his fourth and final face-to-face meeting with President Barack Obama’s climate task force on July...

Santa Barbara County's first solar facility is planned for the Cuyama Valley

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A solar facility with the capacity to power 16,000 homes is proposed for 320 acres of agricultural land in the Cuyama Valley. This would be the first such renewable energy pro...

Body of missing man found at Cachuma Lake

BY AMY ASMAN

After 10 days of searching, local law enforcement agents recovered from Cachuma Lake the body of 22-year-old Isaiah Sanchez on July 21. Around midday, a group of people on a ...

Sgt. Sandra Brown is transferred to the Santa Barbara courthouse

BY AMY ASMAN

Sgt. Sandra Brown—Sheriff Bill Brown’s challenger in the June 2014 election and former head of the county’s coroner’s bureau—is now overseeing ba...

Correction

The Sun incorrectly reported the number of years Five Mualimmak, co-producer for the Solitary web series, spent in solitary confinement in the July 17 cover story “Trans...

A basin situation: Nipomo water issues are coming to a boil

BY RHYS HEYDEN

As water becomes scarcer every day in dried-up San Luis Obispo County, the cracks are starting to show—literally and metaphorically. As the water level steadily drops...

Community Corner: Marian hospital gives and receives

BY AMY ASMAN

The philanthropic spirit is alive and well over at Marian Regional Medical Center. Throughout the month of July, the Marian Foundation received two grants totaling $250,000...

Community Notebook 7/24-7/31/14

MONDAY, JULY 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., Nipom...

Political Watch 7/24/14

• The California Water Resources Control Board recently released a draft Ocean Plan Amendment known as the Desalination Policy, which will set statewide standards for sea...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

It’s official. It’s on the way. Several years in the planning, a Santa Maria Valley Native Plant Garden is about to be installed—not all at once—aro...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Lucky Dogg Winery

BY EMMA FUHS

Tucked amid the green of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang is a quaint destination that appeals to locals and tourists alike. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyard...

Commentary

Back fracking

BY JORDAN CUNNINGHAM

The Central Coast’s energy industry is vital to the economic health of our region, producing thousands of jobs and millions per year in tax revenue. Hydraulic fracturing...

Letters

Keep fracking out of the county and state

Richard D. Hall - Santa Maria

Andy Caldwell and other proponents of fracking ignore vital questions about the hazards of this new technology that extracts crude oil and natural gas. New York State has imp...

We need to tackle Alzheimer's

Donna Beal, MPH, MCHES - Santa Maria

Public health—the practice of preventing disease and promoting health—effectively targets environmental factors and health behaviors that contribute to chronic con...

Sports

A football life: Former professional football player Don Willis takes over as head coach at Cabrillo

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

For all Don Willis knew, his football career was over at age 8 when he was cut from his competitive youth team. He shied away from the sport until his eighth grade year when...

Riccardo Magni

BY CHARLETTE DAIGNEAULT

Many professional athletes are thought by others to live their day-to-day lives completely dedicated to training for their sport without room in their schedule for much else...

School Scene

Santa Maria police explorers attend Central Valley competition

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Police explorer teams made up of young people between the ages of 14 and 20 from California and Hawaii converged at Ripon High School in Modesto for the fourth annual Centra...

Guadalupe students wrap up summer session

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The beginning of summer didn’t mark the end of school for more than 200 Guadalupe students. Instead, those students committed to spending the first few weeks of their su...

Discovery Corner: Party on, dude!

BY ERIN KINIRY

In case you haven’t heard the totally tubular news, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are BACK, and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum wants in on the slang-driven, ...

Canary

Wrap this mess up

You’ve heard of Chipotle, right? The chain has made a lot of headlines for the quality of its food and its progressive company ethics. But still, you might not have h...

Street Wise

If you gave someone a random piece of advice, what would it be?

Jerri Buentiempo Tricia Hernandez Whitney Smith Katherine Powell

Arts

Giving the gift of theater: The Santa Maria Civic Theatre offers its 21st annual 'Summer Fairy Tales' free family production

BY JOE PAYNE

For the past two decades, the Santa Maria Civic Theatre has offered its Summer Fairy Tale program free to the community. The production is significant because it opens up pl...

The fantastic frontier: PCPA Theaterfest presents the idyllic musical Oklahoma in all its musical glory

BY JOE PAYNE

The monumental influence Rodgers and Hammerstein have had on American musical theater is staggering. So many popular tropes and styles were cemented by the duo; their influe...

See the Wildling Museum's season of natural history field classes

BY JOE PAYNE

The Wildling Museum has announced the 2014-2015 season of Natural History Field Classes with Fred and Larry, a series that takes place throughout Santa Ynez Valley and Santa B...

Lompoc Library offers concerts on the lawn

BY JOE PAYNE

The Library Foundation in Lompoc is offering its annual Concerts on the Library Lawn series during the month of August. The shows happen the first three Saturdays in August fr...

Santa Maria Arts Council calls for artists

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Arts Council is preparing its second annual Birdhouse Fundraiser event for the Autumn Arts Grapes and Grains festival and needs artists to paint donated birdho...

Summertime crafting at Michaels

BY JOE PAYNE

Michaels Arts and Crafts offers an Intro to Paper Crafting class for free on July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. An Intro to Jewelry Making class is a free event happening July 29 from 6...

Humor

Packin' up has Ariel crackin' up

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

Last month, my column was about traveling with my husband, The Brit, and our grandson, the Britween. For good measure, I wrote of the many travails of traveling with my moth...

Music

Occasional Mustache presents a new album of contemporary country rock

BY JOE PAYNE

The Grover Beach-based Americana country rock group Occasional Mustache has debuted its new album Hard to Keep a Good Man Down. This is the group’s second album, and i...

Film

'Sex Tape' goes for cheap raunch and bland jokes

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are a married couple, Jay and Annie, who, to spice up their flagging sex life, decide to make a sex tape. Unfortunately, when they wake up the nex...

Eats

Former Hollywood hotshot-turned-baker basks in the warmth of his cool new bakery in Los Alamos

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Three summers ago, while all eyes were on Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, sweating it out behind the scenes was burgeonin...

Hot Stuff

The outside theater

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and PLAY Inc. are collaborating for a series of free family movie screenings in local parks at sundown during the summer. The m...

Celebrating culture

The Obon Festival is an annual cultural celebration organized by locals of Japanese descent. The event includes traditional food, music, and dance, including the Bon Odori dan...

Welcome the world premiere

PCPA Theaterfest always enjoys presenting a piece of classic stagecraft, such as the current production of Oklahoma! But the world-class theater arts conservatory is also dedi...