Thursday, October 27, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 34

Weekly Poll
How do you celebrate Halloween?

I take the kiddos trick-or-treating in the safety of our neighborhood.
I hand out healthy snacks--and my business card.
Full haunted house mode!
I put on my best lingerie, throw on a pair of wings, and I'm ready to party!

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Nefarious crimes, cold cases: Santa Barbara County is linked to some of the country's notorious, and unsolved, murders

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Nefarious crimes, cold cases: Santa Barbara County is linked to some of the country's notorious, and unsolved, murders


Senior Skip Day is an event not officially sanctioned by local schools, but it's a day anticipated by many high school seniors. Many from Lompoc High School went off to a beach on this day, June 4, 1963. While some students basked together on the beach, Bobby Domingos and Linda Edwards instead went to a different beach by themselves. It was the last time they were seen ali... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Matter of jurisdiction: Alleged MS-13 gang members from Operation Matador received a state indictment instead a federal one
News: Cuyama to host groundwater sustainability agency formation workshop Oct. 27
News: Undocumented immigrants in custody granted due process in California
News: Oil and water: Venoco Inc. pursuing adjusted lease to extract more oil offshore of Goleta
News: Hobnobbing with Helen


Chumash and Santa Barbara County push forward toward Camp 4 agreement


The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians met with the Santa Barbara County Ad Hoc Subcommittee for the ninth time on Oct. 21 to negotiate the terms for Camp 4, a 1,400-acre parc...

Federal judge dismisses Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office excessive force lawsuit


On Oct. 18, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a Santa Barbara man alleging excessive force by a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a search.  ...

Undocumented immigrants in custody granted due process in California


Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sept. 28 the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act, which aims to provide transparency on immigration law enforcemen...

Cuyama to host groundwater sustainability agency formation workshop Oct. 27


On Oct. 27, the Cuyama Community Services District will host a public workshop regarding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the formation of the Cuyama Basi...


• In the news brief published Sept. 20, “State aims to restrict pesticide use near schools,” the Sun inaccurately attributed data from the California Environm...

Matter of jurisdiction: Alleged MS-13 gang members from Operation Matador received a state indictment instead a federal one


In July, a Santa Barbara County criminal grand jury indicted 17 suspected members of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang on more than 50 felony counts, including murder, witnes...

Oil and water: Venoco Inc. pursuing adjusted lease to extract more oil offshore of Goleta


Venoco Inc. is attempting to adjust the lease boundary for its oil drilling operations in the South Ellwood Oil Field, about 2 miles offshore of Goleta. The proposed project i...

Hobnobbing with Helen


Remember the days when the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum featured a big tank with a small shark and other marine life? Remember the snake (not my favorite) and some li...

Community Notebook 10/27/16 - 11/3/16

TUESDAY, NOV. 1 • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Bar...

Political Watch 10/27/16

• Gov. Jerry Brown recently welcomed France, host of the United Nations’ 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), as the latest jurisdiction to join the Under 2 Coali...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Premier Auto Body


If you take a look around Northern Santa Barbara and Southern San Luis Obispo counties in the coming weeks, you might notice that the Sun’s newspaper boxes are repainted...


Supervisor Adam and Pacific Coast Energy should look ahead


My residence is located near County Supervisor Peter Adam’s residence in Orcutt. We live close enough to hear the same coyotes howling at night. I also share some backgr...


Porter has demonstrated leadership

By Kenneth P. Day - Solvang

I support Bruce Porter for Santa Barbara County 3rd District supervisor. As part of making my choice I reviewed Bruce’s website and found an extraordinary record of lead...

Gary Johnson for president

By Bill Kleinbauer - Orcutt

I strongly endorse Gary Johnson for president! Many newspapers have already done so. My vote goes for him based on all his honest, practical, effective positions and achieveme...

Shame on you, Mr. Porter

By Judi Stauffer - Buellton

Shame on you, Bruce Porter, for spreading lies about your opponent for 3rd District supervisor. Do you really believe this type of behavior demonstrates leadership? I don&rsqu...

Porter struck a chord at UCSB debate

By Tami Bollay - Santa Ynez

I attended the recent debate in Isla Vista, hosted by university radio station KCSB, between the candidates for county supervisor, and after making my way through the hecklers...

More corruption or real change?

By Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc

The choice of president on Nov. 8 is on the brink of history—we have a choice of continuing with the most corrupt Democratic administration since Bill Clinton by electin...

Bruce Porter supports small family wineries

By Stephen Pepe - Lompoc

Recently, after four plus years, scores of outreach meetings and four county Planning Commission meetings, the winery ordinance came up for a final vote. The Santa Barbara Vin...

Fareed is a voice for agriculture

By Kevin Gee - Santa Maria

I’m a small-business owner in the local agriculture community, and these past few years have been some of the hardest faced by farmers and ranchers on the Central Coast....

Money and the 3rd District supervisor race

By Seth Steiner - Los Alamos

In the race for 3rd District supervisor, who would best represent us in this large swath of Santa Barbara County? We’ve all read comments and exhortations in this space ...


Taking a knee: The Benchwarmer weighs in on Kaepernick's protest


It would seem that scandalous events are now part and parcel of every football season of the last few years. But this season’s current scandal has reached an all-time lo...

School Scene

AHC employee receives recognition for community contributions


Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian honored Allan Hancock College employee Terri Lee Coleman with the 2016 Community Impact Award for the 35th Assembly District, in recognition of he...

Students learn about indigenous cultures at Chumash event


A dozen Santa Maria High School Chicano/Latino Studies and Club C.E’E.N.I students expanded their textbook knowledge at the 21st annual Chumash Intertribal Pow-Wow thi...


Tricks and treats

It’s finally here! That season when little ghoulies don their masks and go door to door begging for a handout. And though it may sound familiar, I’m not talking ab...

Street Wise

What are you going to dress up as for Halloween?

Brianna Martinez William Russell Peter MacClain Jeremy McNeil


Santa Maria welcomes all to celebrate the Day of the Dead


There is an ancient celebration that still lives on today. Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a celebration of the dead, by the living, that happens each year on O...

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley to dance 'Thriller' at local events


Some songs are just destined to be iconic, but when an pop superstar releases one of those songs, it can’t be stopped. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is ...

Los Padres Artist Guild celebrates 40th Christmas show


The Los Padres Artist Guild will celebrate a great milestone in the organization’s decades-long history, its 40th annual Christmas show. The art show happens over three ...

Sarah Raines welcomes singers to join the chorus


The Sarah Raines Concert Series, headed by local classical singer Sarah Raines, is inviting singers to join the chorus for a performance of George Fredric Handel’s Messi...

Santa Maria Public Library holds reception for Shepard Hall artists


The Santa Maria Public Library will hold an artist reception on Oct. 28 for the myriad artists currently showing their work in the Shepard Hall. The current exhibit in the hal...

Picture perfect: New Times Media Group presents annual Winning Images exhibit


A photograph can capture a moment in a way that words simply can’t. And the way in which that point in time is portrayed has everything to do with the person behind the ...


Can you hear me now?


There is a truth that remains persistent in my household despite my best efforts to change it: When mom speaks, no one listens.  That’s not exactly true if you b...


The Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Concert Series opens with Schubert song cycle performed by DeAndre Simmons and Robert Cassidy


The Romantic period of Western classical music is often characterized by the expanding size of the orchestra, the lavish operas of the time, and the complex harmonies they mad...


‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ is a formulaic and flat male fantasy action flick

Edward Zwick (Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Pawn Sacrifice) directs Tom Cruise as he reprises his role as Jack Reacher, a character from Lee Child’s book series...


Chow-Ya, Lompoc's Asian fusion gem, gets two thumbs up


From the outside, Chow-Ya kind of resembles a struggling furniture store. But for the love of God, don’t let that stop you from going in. It’s an Asian fusion r...

Hot Stuff

Radioactive drama

The Nipomo High School Drama Department presents its production of the ensemble play Radium Girls Oct. 20 through 29. The play features a small cast portraying more than 30 ch...

Born to bossa nova

The master composer, producer, keyboardist, and singer Sergio Mendes is coming to the Chumash Casino Resort for a concert where he will perform his Brazilian bossa Nova music ...

Enjoy the fest

The annual Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Festival and Contest is a celebration of autumn that runs through Nov. 7. The festival includes numerous events from Santa Ynez to Los A...