Tuesday, March 26, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 3
Carbon evolution: The county argues about oil development in Cat Canyon

Cover Story

Carbon evolution: The county argues about oil development in Cat Canyon


Remnants of a house that’s long since disappeared were popping up from the recently rain-soaked ground. The first signs of spring bulbs peered through neon sprigs of new grass, looking east across Foxen Canyon. To the west, a narrower canyon with gently sloping expanses touched by 100-plus years of agriculture and oil drilling seemed to sink into the lushness of fol... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Animal Kingdom faces lawsuits and accusations of sourcing puppies from unethical mass breeders
Cover Story: Carbon evolution: The county argues about oil development in Cat Canyon
News: Supervisors support Carbajal's bill to ban offshore drilling
Athlete of the Week: Saul Paz
News: Inmate health care complaints are down at Santa Barbara County Jail, but advocates say there's more work to be done


Supervisors support Carbajal's bill to ban offshore drilling


A divided Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to support a bill to ban future oil and gas drilling in the waters off the California coast. The board voted 3-1 on ...

Plan developing for improvements to Santa Ynez Valley bicycling paths


It's estimated that thousands of experienced road bicyclists pass through the Santa Ynez Valley every year, and yet the region lacks the bike paths and lanes necessary to supp...

Local nonprofits distribute hundreds of Payless gift cards before store closures


Payless ShoeSource stores across North America will only be open for a few more weeks, and March 11 was the last day stores accepted gift cards. The deadline, which was annou...

Santa Maria Rec and Parks to survey local residents


The city of Santa Maria is mailing out thousands of surveys to random households, kicking off an effort to get input on how to improve its parks and recreation offerings. T...

Inmate health care complaints are down at Santa Barbara County Jail, but advocates say there's more work to be done


"Despite allergy tests and a special food diet, patient continues to have hives and rash." "Needs antidepressants." "States they are not receiving m...

Animal Kingdom faces lawsuits and accusations of sourcing puppies from unethical mass breeders


It's been less than a year since Jen Toste paid nearly $2,000 for a goldendoodle puppy she fell in love with at an Animal Kingdom pet store on the Central Coast. Since then, s...

Political Watch 3/21/19

• As vice chair of the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) participated in an infrastr...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Pacific Pride Foundation


More than 10,000 Santa Barbara County residents use programs provided by the Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF), which operates out of only two locations, one in Santa Barbara and...


One man, one ruler?

By William Gloege - Santa Maria

Cutting through all the talk about Trump and his supporters versus the rising opposition made up of Democrats, independents, and some Republicans, what it comes down to is one...

ERG versus our community

By Larry Bishop - Buellton

A donnybrook took place on March 13 at the county Planning Commission meeting in Santa Maria over whether to approve a large expansion of ERG oil and gas drilling in Cat Canyo...

This is adult content

By Jan Lipski - Vandenberg Village

Readers under 45 years old should not continue! You would not understand the information presented here. We have seen the first worldwide demonstration of indoctrination. Stu...

Saul Paz


It’s not often that 9-year-olds set personal goals for themselves, but Orcutt fourth grader Saul Paz isn’t your typical kid—he’s a state champion wrest...

School Scene

Approved transparency bill will impact local charter schools


A newly signed bill will require all California charter schools to adhere to the same transparency laws that public schools follow, and the soon-to-be state law is expected to...


Puppy-gate 2019

Before I get into all of the drama associated with Animal Kingdom Pet Shop—yes, once again, that little shop at the Santa Maria Town Center Mall with cute little puppi...


PCPA's 'The Wolves' is a chaotic masterpiece


There is a moment at the end of Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) latest play, The Wolves, that comes from such a deeply surprising and unnerving place I almost thou...

For the Love of Painting exhibit featured at Gallery Los Olivos


Like many women artists on the Central Coast, Sheryl Knight and Linda Mutti stepped away from their art to raise their families when they were young.  But as they entere...

Elverhoj to host panel discussion on photography


The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art will host panel discussion on photography on March 23 at 4 p.m. Approaches to Black and White Photography features three local photogra...

'One Slight Hitch' featured at Santa Maria Civic Theatre


The Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s latest production is One Slight Hitch, a show written by comedian Lewis Black. Black is a stand-up comic and writer who is famous for hi...

Arts and crafts show featured in Santa Maria


The Los Padres Artist Guild is hosting a Spring Arts and Craft Show and Sale on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features original artwork from many local artists an...


Cold Spring Tavern becomes den to The Left Hand Lions on March 22


Like more than 100,000 residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, professional musician Thomas Hopkins was evacuated from his home amid the Thomas Fire at the end of 201...


'Captive State' squanders its potential by glossing over its political overtones

Co-writer and director Rupert Myatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) helms this sci-fi thriller about an alien invasion of Earth 10 years into the hostile occupation. Under th...


Glass it up: Zaca Mesa's 2016 Clydesdale pays homage to the founding family's history


Every once in a while I fall back in love with a good syrah. As much as we like to taste and experiment with wines, sipping recently released blends and getting talked into...

Hot Stuff

Big blue

The NatureTrack Film Festival presents the U.S. premiere of Our Planet, an upcoming Netflix series on March 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church in Los Oliv...

Go for the green

The American Junior Golf Association hosts its Youth Golf Tournament on March 29, 30, and 31 at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc. Nearly 80 players, from ages 12 to 19, will ...

No paint, no gain

Gala De Arte in Nipomo hosts its next acrylic pour workshop on March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will learn intermediate pouring techniques during these classes, offered every ...

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Weekly Poll
What do you think of Animal Kingdom pet stores?

It's a fine establishment that is being attacked unnecessarily.
It's shady, unethical, and should be closed down.
The animals there seem fine to me.
Regardless of Animal Kingdom's practices, people should adopt instead!

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