Saturday, August 27, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 25
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Into the wild: Armed with little more than a catchpole and a leash, animal services officers strive to maintain a balance between humans, pets, and wildlife

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Into the wild: Armed with little more than a catchpole and a leash, animal services officers strive to maintain a balance between humans, pets, and wildlife

By SHELLY CONE

In a popular cartoon, a dog catcher clumsily grabs a net from his truck and bumbles after a wily dog, his face grimacing, his teeth grinding as he chases his prey. Somehow this stereotype has made its way into our consciousness, so when we see an animal control officer (that’s their official title) approach our doorstep, that image of the mean ol' dog catcher might c... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Commentary: Violent cycle
Canary: When we don't shoot
News: Exoskeleton technology comes to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, helping injured Central Coast patients walk
News: Save the Valley still trying to shut down Chumash Casino
News: Reassessing a situation: A steep increase in taxes at Knollwood Village may force some senior residents to move
 

News

Rey Fire chars more than 29,000 acres

By DAVID MINSKY

As firefighters battle the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County, the Chimney Fire in Northern San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, and the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur, Santa Barbara ...

Juvenile mentorship program proposed for North County

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 23 to give the county Probation Department six months to evaluate the possibility of establishing a post-incarceration...

Save the Valley still trying to shut down Chumash Casino

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Ynez Valley-based land preservation group Save the Valley LLC is appealing a decision by the United States to remove a case by the group against the Santa Ynez Band of C...

Corrections

In the Sun’s Best Of issue (Aug. 10, 2016) under the category of Best Orthodontist, CEO and owner of Central Coast Orthodontics Dr. Kirk A. Specht’s name was missp...

Exoskeleton technology comes to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, helping injured Central Coast patients walk

By BRENNA SWANSTON

When Larry Bartley fell out of a 30-foot tree in his backyard in Santa Barbara, his legs were pretty much the only things he didn’t break—and yet, they were unusab...

Reassessing a situation: A steep increase in taxes at Knollwood Village may force some senior residents to move

By DAVID MINSKY

Dozens of Knollwood Village residents gathered on the second floor of the Far Western Tavern in Orcutt on the evening of Aug. 17 to hear The Towbes Group Chairman Michael Towb...

Community Notebook 8/25/16 - 9/1/16

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 • The Santa Maria Planning Commission has a study session at 10 a.m. in the Community Development Department, 110 S. Pine St., Santa Maria.  &bul...

Political Watch 8/25/16

• A bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help disabled veterans who are transitioning from military service into a new career working in California's pub...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: SHARE Program

By DAVID MINSKY

These days, hunting is done more for sport than survival. And while California has lots of open spaces for wildlife to roam, hunters often have a hard time getting access to l...

Commentary

Violent cycle

By ZAF IQBAL

Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate but unequal.” No, this is not a recent statement. One year after the 1967 riots, then Pres...

Sports

Kickin' it off: The Sun brings you a preview of Santa Maria area high school athletics for Fall 2016

By PETER JOHNSON

Rejoice! The doldrums of summer are over. A new school year is upon us. And you know what that means: sports, sports, and more sports! The fall is shaping up to be another exc...

Brooke Cuzick

By PETER JOHNSON

The Nipomo High School girls' golf team appeared to be primed for a climactic, successful 2016 fall season—until an unexpected crisis hit. "We had eight returning ...

School Scene

Tunnell Elementary dedicates library to influential teacher

By SHELLY CONE

On Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m., Tunnell Elementary School will dedicate its library to former sixth-grade teacher Jim Galvez. A plaque in his name will be unveiled, and forme...

Golfers take positive swings to improve educational opportunities for Guadalupe students

By SHELLY CONE

The Guadalupe Kids Come First Foundation will hold its third annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at Monarch Dunes Golf Course in Nipomo on Saturday, Sept. 24. The nonprofit foun...

School lunch applications due

By SHELLY CONE

Students and parents from Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley, Righetti, and Delta high schools are encouraged to fill out an online or paper application for Santa Maria Joint Union H...

Canary

When we don't shoot

Canary’s note: We’re stepping aside to allow Pat Walsh, chief of the Lompoc Police Department, fill in for the Canary. When a street sergeant asks for the SWAT an...

Street Wise

What is your favorite local wild animal?

Katie Pearson Stacey Otte-Demangate John Iwerks Kay Turbak

Arts

Wild inside: The Wildling Museum commissions new mural by John Iwerks

By JOE PAYNE

A gray-barked and green-leafed tree towers above the yellow savannah, with the distant rolling foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain range dwarfed by its sprawling limbs. The f...

Daytripper: Dinosaur Caves Park is a gorgeous gem of a park

By GLEN STARKEY

Coastal fog enshrouds Shell Beach as my wife and I—filled with chorizo and eggs from Zorro’s Café and Cantina, naturally—make our way to Dinosaur Cave...

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission features exhibit highlighting the Mixteco community

By JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission will bring the photography exhibit Campos de Ensueños to Santa Maria after a run in Santa Barbara. The exhibit shows from Aug. ...

Elverhoj Museum opens new exhibit

By JOE PAYNE

The Elverhoj Museum in Solvang opened the new exhibit Manna from Heaven in its main gallery space on Aug. 20 with an event that welcomed artists Robert Burridge, Jim McWilliam...

Humor

Pre-gaming is pre-drinking

By ROB KRIDER

I recently noticed something very interesting about my wife when the two of us are preparing to go out for a night on the town. While we are both in the bathroom brushing, com...

Music

The DANA Cultural Center closes its fundraiser summer concert series with Unfinished Business

By JOE PAYNE

The folks at the DANA Cultural Center have a lot to be excited about. They just broke ground on the organization’s biggest project to date, the DANA Cultural Center/Natu...

Film

‘Hell or High Water’ delivers well-developed characters in an intense crime drama

David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense, Hallam Foe) directs Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) crime drama about brothers Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine), ...

Eats

Mad for Mad & Vin: The Landsby hotel's Solvang restaurant hits the spot

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Mad & Vin—the phrase translates from Danish to “food and wine,” but the restaurant of the same name has much more to it than that. Located in The Landsb...

Hot Stuff

Leading with song

The Central Coast Future Leaders needs your help raising funds to enable the organization to continue mentoring promising youth in the area. A special fundraiser concert featu...

Help the furry ones

The fifth annual Animals in Need fundraiser has a Mardi Gras theme this year, including dinner, auctions, and desserts on Aug. 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Edwards Barn, 1095 Pomero...

String singer

The Solvang Festival Theater closes out its Jazz and Beyond summer concert series with a performance by returning artist Mads Tolling (pictured), this time with Colin Hogan, o...