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Spice problems: Guadalupe City Council recently outlawed the possession of synthetic cannabinoids, but how dangerous are they, exactly?

Cover Story

Spice problems: Guadalupe City Council recently outlawed the possession of synthetic cannabinoids, but how dangerous are they, exactly?

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Police officers see a juvenile in a small alleyway of a residential neighborhood in Guadalupe. Thinking he might be tagging, they stop to check for vandalism.  The young man isn’t vandalizing property, but he isn’t complying with their instructions, either. He is sweaty, agitated, and strangely aggressive with the officers. In the weirdly flat language of... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Canary: Budget roulette
Commentary: The banned wagon
Cover Story: Spice problems: Guadalupe City Council recently outlawed the possession of synthetic cannabinoids, but how dangerous are they, exactly?
News: Capps unlock: Candidates are already campaigning for Lois Capps' seat after she announced this term would be her last
News: Southern SLO County drug raid yields a dozen arrests
 

News

Grand jury report blasts Guadalupe's financial viability

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Barbara County grand jury released a report on April 10 calling Guadalupe’s financial past a “shell game” and recommending that the city disincorpo...

Lucia Mar reaches a tentative agreement with teachers

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Lucia Mar Unified School District reached a tentative agreement with the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association on April 8 in an effort to avoid a teachers strike. The agr...

Southern SLO County drug raid yields a dozen arrests

BY DAVID MINSKY

State and federal authorities arrested 12 people on April 7 following a raid on an alleged drug trafficking organization in southern San Luis Obispo County, according to FBI s...

Lompoc police and fire officials discover alleged hash oil labs

BY DAVID MINSKY

Three people were arrested in Lompoc on April 7 after police and fire fighters searched two residences where alleged cannabis honey oil labs were discovered, according to the ...

Capps unlock: Candidates are already campaigning for Lois Capps' seat after she announced this term would be her last

BY JONO KINKADE

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced her retirement plans in a gentle, short-and-sweet video address. “I’m proud of the work that we’ve done tog...

Hard sell: Lompoc talks body cameras for its police department

BY DAVID MINSKY

Police body cameras are so hot right now they made Lompoc City Manager Patrick Wiemiller’s State of the City speech on April 7. He said the cameras weren’t an easy...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Do you remember when an upscale art gallery on Clark Avenue in Old Orcutt had a wine and cheese reception once a month? It was sooo popular. Many people were saddened when th...

Community Notebook 4/16/15 - 4/23/15

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Betteravia Government Center’s Board of Supervisors Hear...

Political Watch 4/16/15

• A California bill that would take away a parent’s ability to opt out of vaccinating their children due to personal beliefs passed out of the Senate Health Committ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Stereo

BY DAVID MINSKY

An orange-colored classic car, maybe a Chevy Impala, pulls into the parking lot of Santa Maria Stereo and a tan, middle-aged man wearing sunglasses gets out. Store manager Jon...

Commentary

The banned wagon

BY RYAN MILLER

This is a bit early in the year for me to be making one of my semi-regular pushes to get people to not just read, but to read consciously and intentionally, since I usually re...

Letters

Farmers--including almond growers--don't take water for granted

Carolyn Sokol - Templeton

This letter is being written with the hope of broadening the views of Karen Juran (“A ‘nut’ case,” April 9) and those who agree with her that the gover...

Public distrust of PG&E's 'Culture of Safety'

Milton Carrigan - San Luis Obispo

On a recent Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) levied a record $1.6 billion penalty on PG&E for the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight ...

Sports

The benchwarmer: Keep baseball the way it is

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

There are a few traditions that my family diligently observes: cinnamon rolls at Christmas, family breakfast on Sundays, and baseball season. Just like Christmas, baseball sea...

Khalil Mondol

BY JAMIE GUISTA

Sometimes being declared “No. 1” is how athletes define success. Other times, it could be advancing to the next round in a competition. Most of the time, however, ...

School Scene

Orcutt Academy robotics team heads for world championships

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Orcutt Academy High School varsity robotics team is heading to the 2015 FIRST Robotics world championship for the second time in five years. The last was in 2012, two year...

Canary

Budget roulette

Red fish, blue fish, green fish. North County Jail, Main Jail, Santa Maria Jail. SB 1022, AB 109, Prop. 47. One fish, two fish, three fish. Money, staffing, numbers. All ...

Street Wise

Why do you think people use synthetic alternatives to marijuana?

Ariel Brian Frances Jimenez Jenni Razo Elizabeth Rubalcaba

Arts

Allan Hancock College features the bronze work of Joseph Castle in the show The Things We Carry

BY JOE PAYNE

View a slideshow of Joseph Castle's work. Once cooled from its molten state, bronze is an almost immovable media. Bronze sculptor and local artist Joseph Castle doesn’t...

The Discovery Museum welcomes families to the Kite Festival

BY JOE PAYNE

Santa Maria’s gusty winds usually results in bent palm trees and the occasional downed eucalyptus, but the powerful currents that sweep across the flat valley also inspi...

Help out the Orcutt Library

BY JOE PAYNE

The Friends of the Orcutt Library is holding a used book sale on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orcutt Branch Library. Funds raised will go toward new books for adu...

Lompoc Valley Arts Council holds quarterly forum

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Arts Council’s upcoming quarterly forum includes a talk by owner of Certain Sparks Music, Randall Sena, the featured presenter on the April 16 forum. T...

League of Women Voters Santa Maria holds book group

BY JOE PAYNE

The League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley Book Group welcomes current and potential members to regular, informal luncheon discussions happening the last Wednesday of the m...

Wildling Museum seeks entries for photo competition

BY JOE PAYNE

The Wildling Museum is currently accepting entries for the annual Nature Photography Competition through April 30 at 5 p.m. The theme for the competition this year is nature&r...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre closes season with 'Brooklyn Boy'

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is closing its 56th season with a production of Brooklyn Boy, opening April 24 and running on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. through May 16 and ...

Humor

If dogs had Instagram

BY SHELLY CONE

My dog Finn, as my carpets will attest, is very much an inside dog. And like we do with my kids, we have to sometimes put him outside for some fresh air and the chance to expl...

Music

Teen musicians in the spotlight for Philharmonic finale

BY JOE PAYNE

Classical music does not come easy. A single performance is the tip of an iceberg, with the hours and hours of careful practice behind it remaining unheard by audiences. Even ...

Film

'Danny Collins' is heartfelt and charming

Al Pacino is Danny Collins, an over-the-hill rock star dissatisfied with his vacuous lifestyle, rote performances, and dwindling relevance. When his best friend and manager Fr...

Eats

Q-and-A with Clark Staub, founder of Full of Life Flatbread

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Owner of one of the most popular destinations in Northern Santa Barbara County’s restaurant scene, Clark Staub, has built a thriving business centered on pizza, or as he...

Hot Stuff

Support the book fund

The Friends of the Orcutt Branch Library is holding a used book sale on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale go toward new books for the children’s ...

Fish to win

The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is holding the 20th annual Trout Derby event on April 18 and 19 at the lake. The competition includes first and second place awar...

Meet the author

Elizabeth Fields is an author, actress, and screenwriter whose newest book, Still the Shadows, offers four short horror stories. Fields will talk and sign books on April 16 fr...