Thursday, April 17, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 6
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Dry flow: The steelhead recovery effort starts below Bradbury Dam, but the water isn't always on

Cover Story

Dry flow: The steelhead recovery effort starts below Bradbury Dam, but the water isn't always on

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A low-hanging mist is strung out between the summits directly above the gray-blue expanse of Lake Cachuma. From the Bradbury Dam overlook, you can only see the side of the lake that butts up against a 2,976-foot-long, 206-foot-high, rock-covered slope of a wall with a road running along its top and a gigantic cement structure of gates on one end. Remnants of last night&r... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Dry flow: The steelhead recovery effort starts below Bradbury Dam, but the water isn't always on
News: Champion Center will provide treatment for emergency and military personnel
News: Hobnobbing with Helen
News: A state grant boosts the county's mental health services
News: Latino Outreach Council presents an inaugural Fiesta Latina
 

News

The community gets tuberculosis information

BY RYAN MILLER

About 100 locals showed up at the Santa Maria High School cafeteria on the evening of April 11—not for a science fair or other extracurricular activity, but to learn a...

The Bureau of Reclamation stops state water flow into Cachuma

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Read about another issue caused by the Bureau of Reclamation’s pumps in this week’s cover story. With Lake Cachuma’s water level sitting at 38 percent capac...

A state grant boosts the county's mental health services

BY AMY ASMAN

Lompoc is expected to soon have a mobile crisis support team unit of its own, thanks to a $2.6 million grant from the California Health and Facilities Financing Authority. Pe...

Former Sheriff's Department employees are indicted for alleged use of excessive force

BY SUN STAFF

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted two former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department custody deputies on April 10 for allegedly using excessive force agains...

Nipomo continues talking water

BY SUN STAFF

The Nipomo Community Services District Board of Directors approved a resolution adopting a Water Shortage Response Plan at its April 9 meeting. According to district staff, t...

Champion Center will provide treatment for emergency and military personnel

BY DORA SALTZMAN

For more than a year, the site of the old Lompoc District Hospital on Hickory Avenue has been a construction zone complete with cranes, bulldozers, and dumpsters. Although ...

Latino Outreach Council presents an inaugural Fiesta Latina

BY DORA SALTZMAN

On May 2, the Latino Outreach Council of San Luis Obispo County will be holding Fiesta Latina, its first-ever Cinco de Mayo festival. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a si...

Community Notebook 4/17-4/24

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 • The Guadalupe City Council has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe. • The Lompoc...

Political Watch 4/17/14

• The Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley is holding its monthly meeting on Thursay, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 202 Nicholson Ave., in ...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Wow! Can you imagine raising more than $15,000 in less than 30 minutes? CALM—a local organization that deals with child abuse—did just that on April 3 at the Sa...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Ozzie's Premium Yogurt and Gelato

BY EMMA FUHS

It’s no wonder that within two weeks of opening its doors, Ozzie’s Premium Yogurt and Gelato is already set to be a sweet staple within the community. With a wid...

Commentary

Farmers fear oil and water do mix

BY HELMUT KLAUER

Recently, applications to drill thousands of new oil wells in Santa Barbara County are being turned in at record rates (7,700 by just one company). These wells plan to go afte...

Letters

Shouldn't we focus on real crime?

Robert McCone - Santa Maria

The new Union Valley Parkway on/off ramp has quickly become a favorite, especially for those of us who live right next to it. However, immediately after opening, it also becam...

Out-of-control parties require a new sheriff

Alan Eft - Orcutt

The recent street party in Isla Vista once again turned into a riot. How could this not be predicted by the team led by Sheriff Brown? This is an event that happens every year...

Sports

Paragon of Santa Maria makes a name for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

Two men are lying on a smooth, yellow mat; their breathing is heavy, their arms and legs are impossibly tangled together, and their skin shines with sweat. They remain locke...

Leanna Bramble

BY EMMA FUHS

Making a splash is exactly what some women athletes are doing at Allan Hancock College this spring. With a brand-new swimming team in its first year, these girls are setting...

School Scene

Righetti High folklorico took the stage at Ethel Pope

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Ernest Righetti High School marimba band and ballet folklorico hit the stage on April 11 and 12 for their annual “Big Show” at the Ethel Pope Auditorium. St...

Library's Night of a Thousand Stars celebrates 24 years

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

In celebration of National Library Week, the Santa Maria Public Library is once again hosting storyteller Jim Cogan. His creativity and outside-of-the-box antics are something...

Discovery Corner: Hunt for Easter eggs at the museum

BY CHRIS SLAUGHTER

The winds of spring were blowing strong in Santa Maria on Sunday, April 13, just in time for our fifth annual Discovery Museum Family Kite Festival. The skies of Rotary Centen...

Canary

Feathers and scales

What’s one fish? I mean, what’s one measly, floppy, scaly, individual fish? That thought’s been on my mind ever since I first learned about what’s ...

Street Wise

What is your favorite type of endangered animal and why?

Nick Zimkowski Ruby Delacruz Christine Wood Sophie Couture

Arts

Local businesses, parents, and community members are clamoring to support the Lompoc Youth Theater

BY JOE PAYNE

Lompoc Youth Theater leaders have strived to ramp up the quality of their summer theater program ever since their first production of High School Musical five years ago. Stu...

Canine capers in the Five Cities

BY JOE PAYNE

On a recent sunny day, my fiancée, our two chihuahuas, and I embarked on an afternoon out. Lucy and Pepper (yes, both named after songs by The Beatles) were best frie...

AHC Youth Dancers present Magical Moments

BY JOE PAYNE

The Allan Hancock College Youth Dancers are performing the annual Magic Moments dance recital featuring a production of A Mermaid’s Tale on April 26 at 7 p.m. andApril 2...

Art for kids

BY JOE PAYNE

Wine and Design Orcutt presents “Art Buzz Kids,” a special studio for creative youngsters. The program runs from April 21 through 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day...

Storyteller Jim Cogan performs at Santa Maria Public Library

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library presents a performance by Jim Cogan, storyteller extraordinaire. Cogan will perform “The Night of a Thousand Stars” on April 17 at 6...

Local libraries celebrate National Poetry Month

BY JOE PAYNE

The Orcutt branch of the Santa Maria Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with an event for kids, including live readings using props. The reading events will inclu...

The Dunes Center receives funding for further Ten Commandments excavation

BY JOE PAYNE

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center has received funding from the Santa Barbara County Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce for a con...

Music

The Drive-In Romeos make what's old new again

BY JOE PAYNE

Dip your comb into some pomade, shine your wing tips, and don’t forget the Ray-Bans when you come out to a Drive-In Romeos show. The Santa Maria-based four-piece R&...

Film

'Oculus': Doing a (dis)service to haunted furniture everywhere

Siblings engage in a deadly staring contest with a haunted mirror in Oculus, a horror story that distorts reality and interweaves the family’s dark past with their curre...

Eats

The innovative Moxie Cafe serves healthful options in an unexpected location

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Six years after becoming the first Central Coast company to be certified as a “Fit Friendly Worksite” by the American Heart Association, Hardy Diagnostics has up...

Hot Stuff

Sip and learn

“VINTAGE 2014: The Stories Behind the Vines” is a fascinating multimedia installation currently showing at Flying Goat Cellars. The exhibit invites locals to taste...

Embrace the chaos

A comedy troupe spins itself into a frenzy in the PCPA Theaterfest’s production of Noises Off. A play about a play, the story relates the hapless and hopeless production...

Get to know Guad

Guadalupe is a small town with a rich history of arts, sports, and multicultural expression. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center—when not educating locals about the wonder...