Friday, July 29, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 21

Weekly Poll
How do you feel about the Chumash tribe expanding their casino without county oversight?

They shouldn't be allowed to expand their casino without proper permits.
They can do whatever they want on their ancestral land.
I feel sorry for the residents of Santa Ynez.
I can't wait to try the new buffet.

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A festival of joy


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A sense for story


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