Tuesday, December 12, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 40
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Deck the paws: This year's Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide is for the pets and animal lovers on your list

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Deck the paws: This year's Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide is for the pets and animal lovers on your list

By SUN STAFF

You might have everyone crossed off your holiday shopping list, but what about the four-legged friends and family in your life? For this year’s Last-Minute Gift Guide, the Sun focused on gifts for pets and pet owners, like holiday-themed dog clothes, adoption deals at the Santa Maria Animal Shelter, training for dogs who always tip the Christmas tree over, and loca... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Greater number of valley fever cases reported on the Central Coast
Art: Mollie Dobbs turns childhood acting bug into blossoming career
News: Attorney adds context to detainment lawsuit against Marian Medical, county
News: Political Watch 12/07/17
Letter To The Editor: Support Lompoc's cannabis ordinance
 

News

County status report shows Greka responsible for majority of petroleum violations

By SPENCER COLE

Santa Barbara County Planning and Development staff found that Greka Energy led the pack in terms of violations and fines compared to other oil and gas producers in the county...

Santa Maria park improvement projects underway

By KASEY BUBNASH

Big changes are coming, or already have come, to Santa Maria’s Grogan, Armstrong, and Buena Vista parks. Each park is somewhere in the renovation process as the Santa M...

Attorney adds context to detainment lawsuit against Marian Medical, county

By SPENCER COLE

The attorney for a San Luis Obispo couple who attempted to sue Marian Regional Medical Center for wrongful detainment added clarity to the complex case while responding to an ...

Broken pipe causes damage and closures to East Battles Road

By KASEY BUBNASH

A fire hydrant pipe broke near the intersection of East Battles Road and South Broadway on Dec. 4, causing the pavement to buckle, which led to a lengthy lane closure on Battl...

Greater number of valley fever cases reported on the Central Coast

By KASEY BUBNASH

It was 2006 when the Perkins wildfire devastated parts of the Cuyuma Valley. As captain of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s hand crew, Rob Hazard spent more th...

Political Watch 12/07/17

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) appeared on Meet the Press on Dec. 2, and discussed President Donald Trump’s actions following the guilty plea of his former ...

Hobnobbing with Helen: The Philharmonic put on a masquerade

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Masquerade Ball. Doesn’t that sound like fun? There were masks galore at the Philharmonic Society’s annual fundraiser, held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Radisso...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Hans Duus Blacksmith

By SPENCER COLE

Hans Duus, 66, has been working with metals for more than 50 years. “I like being around a forge,” he told the Sun. “I grew up in it.” Duus first san...

Commentary

The Central Coast can't afford the GOP tax plan

By REP. SALUD CARBAJAL

On Monday, the House and Senate met to negotiate the final version of their tax plan behind closed doors, but there are a few things about the plan we know to expect. Every i...

Letters

Guadalupe City Council doing Planning Commission's job

By Manny Estorga - Guadalupe

I went to the Guadalupe City Council meeting about four or five weeks ago where a resident of Guadalupe discussed that he wants to build a simple driveway at his new home. He ...

Support Lompoc's cannabis ordinance

By ANGELA BACCA

Dear Sun, you need more balanced cannabis coverage. You recently published an editorial by Lompoc resident Ron Fink about his irrational concerns over legalized cannabis in ...

Sports

Proud Saints: Santa Maria football shines in historic CIF championship game, despite loss to Big Bear

By PETER JOHNSON

No moment better captured the vibe at Santa Maria High School on Dec. 2 than the scene at Ralph Baldiviez Stadium just minutes after the final buzzer of the CIF Southern Secti...

Corby Burress

By PETER JOHNSON

St. Joseph High School girls’ soccer forward Corby Burress got off to just about as great a start as she could hope for to her 2017-18 season. The junior standout found...

School Scene

City officials work to rally community support for recently adopted youth safety plan

By KASEY BUBNASH

Community members and city officials have spent months arguing over ways to best reduce youth violence in Santa Maria, and an end to the battle is not in sight. City official...

Canary

A hot mess

It’s been more difficult getting my usual bird’s-eye view of Santa Barbara County what with all this wind. But I can still see plenty that’s going on, espe...

Street Wise

Do you have all of your holiday shopping done?

Allie Shea Henry Schroff Marnia Lambardi Stephanie Robb

Arts

Central Coast holiday shows to kick off the season

By RYAH COOLEY AND REBECCA ROSE

We’re a week into December, and it is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But forget decorating the tree just so or purchasing the perfect gift—the real...

Mollie Dobbs turns childhood acting bug into blossoming career

By REBECCA ROSE

Actress Molly Dobbs, an Arroyo Grande High School graduate, is currently performing the role of Ellie in the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) production of Freaky F...

Women's Guild hosts Christmas luncheon

By REBECCA ROSE

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church’s Women’s Guild is hosting the annual Christmas luncheon on Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Women over the age of 12 are encou...

Santa Maria introduces 'Talking in the Library'

By REBECCA ROSE

A series of 17 short videos—in English and Spanish, featuring patrons of the Santa Maria Public Library discussing their experiences using the modern library system&mdas...

Humor

Humor: Ariel doesn't break holiday tradition

By ARIEL WATERMAN

Is it already December? I feel like I just finished boxing up the holiday decorations. Now I have to put them out again. That’s because I am big on traditions, especia...

Music

LOCAL NOTES: The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale prepare program of holiday favorites

By JOE PAYNE

Tradition is the red thread that ties centuries of Christmastimes together, and music is the bow that fastens it all up. The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale’s upcoming...

Film

‘Novitiate’ is fascinating and heartrending

Writer-director Margaret Betts helms this story spanning the early-’50s through the mid-’60s about Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), who thanks to a scholarship finds h...

Eats

Black Bear Diner in Santa Maria brings country kitsch front and center

By REBECCA ROSE

I’ve never really been one for a lot of fake corporate kitsch in restaurants. That cute rusty license plate from 1956 Montana hanging on the wall over your table was pro...

Hot Stuff

Rumor has it

The Nipomo High School Theatre Company presents 'Rumors' showing Dec. 7 through 16. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8...

Going solo

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins performs Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lompoc Wine Factory, located at 321 N. D St., Lompoc. Watkins is best known...

Timely tradition

Allan Hancock College Youth Dance presents The Nutcracker Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Ethel Pope Stadium, located at 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. See more than...




Weekly Poll
What do you think of the Republican tax plan?

I agree with Salud Carbajal, it's no good!
Love it, making the tax code great again!
It's not perfect, but we need tax reform.
Taxes are theft, I don't pay 'em!

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