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Republican push: In the age of Trump, local GOP members and candidates organize in preparation for the 2018 elections

Cover Story

Republican push: In the age of Trump, local GOP members and candidates organize in preparation for the 2018 elections

By JOE PAYNE

The crowd buzzed under a long, shady barn in Los Alamos. An old flatbed truck served as an impromptu stage where a performer strummed an acoustic guitar and sang cowboy songs. Attendees sat or stood, eating catered food and sipping drinks, chatting while they waited for the scheduled speakers on the warm August afternoon of Aug. 26. An American flag hung in one corner. A ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Republican push: In the age of Trump, local GOP members and candidates organize in preparation for the 2018 elections
News: Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies change emergency response protocol to battle opioid overdose deaths
News: Guadalupe teacher placed on administrative leave after allegations of lewd conduct surface
News: Lawsuit targeting county Housing Authority says excessive home inspections violate Fourth Amendment
News: Hobnobbing with Helen: Season of tree
 

News

Etta Waterfield announces bid for re-election

By KASEY BUBNASH

Santa Maria City Councilmember Etta Waterfield announced her bid for re-election on Nov. 20 in front of the Santa Maria Public Library, where a group of roughly 40 supporters ...

Murder suspect killed by Lompoc officers in shootout

By SPENCER COLE

Gunfire shattered a quiet Sunday morning in Lompoc on Nov. 19. In just under an hour, two men were dead, one from an officer-involved shooting. According to Sgt. Kevin Martin...

Guadalupe teacher placed on administrative leave after allegations of lewd conduct surface

By KASEY BUBNASH

A teacher with the Guadalupe Union School District was recently placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of engaging in lewd conduct in San Luis Obisp...

Tourist killed crossing street in Lompoc

By SPENCER COLE

A Hungarian tourist was killed on Nov. 17 in Lompoc after she was struck by a car while crossing North H Street. According to the Lompoc Police Department (LPD), the pedestri...

Santa Barbara Supervisor Janet Wolf won't seek re-election

By SPENCER COLE

After more than a decade of continuity, the seat for Santa Barbara County’s 2nd District supervisor is now a question mark. Supervisor Janet Wolf announced on Nov. 16 t...

Lawsuit targeting county Housing Authority says excessive home inspections violate Fourth Amendment

By SPENCER COLE

In a cramped 323-square-foot apartment off G Street in Lompoc lives the architect of a lawsuit who says her case contesting governmental warrantless home inspections is but on...

Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies change emergency response protocol to battle opioid overdose deaths

By KASEY BUBNASH

Opioid overdoses caused more than 33,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015 alone, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimat...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Season of tree

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

It’s that time again. The Christmas tree raffle season opened with the noontime Altrusa Club’s Festival of Trees sponsor reception, which was also the Chamber o...

Political Watch 11/23/17

• After the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Republican tax plan along party lines on Nov. 16, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) spoke out against the legislation in an inte...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Marian Regional Medical Center

By SPENCER COLE

Marian Regional Medical Center recently added two new state-of-the-art devices to its heart program’s resources. On Nov. 14, the hospital announced Marian’s Sue J...

Commentary

Lompoc residents concerned over cannabis referendum

By RON FINK

Following a series of one-sided hearings on a proposed cannabis use ordinance in Lompoc, many locals are very concerned at the policy that was adopted by council members Jim M...

Letters

Put your money where your mouth is

By Geno Alvino - Santa Maria

I wish to first preface: I love sports, I am a minority, and I am not a veteran. Recently, NFL player Chris Long pledged his entire 2017 salary to benefit educational inequal...

America's self-imposed financial conundrum

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

Just think about these numbers. Our federal government outlays for 2017 are $3.980 trillion, while the tax income revenues for 2017 is $3.315 trillion. That is a deficit of $6...

Oceano needs a break from vehicles

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

Forbidding driving on some areas of the Oceano Dunes will definitely benefit the lungs of Mesa residents who are breathing the dangerous PM10 being generated at the Oceano Dun...

Sports

BENCHWARMER: Health begins in the brain

By KRISTINA SEWELL

I’ve been staring at the cursor on my computer screen for the last 10 minutes, willing my brain to think of some creative and amusing sports topic for my column. But not...

Devin Diaz

By PETER JOHNSON

Of all the sports to choose from as a kid, Nipomo High School junior Devin Diaz said he was always drawn to running. His father is a former professional baseball player for t...

School Scene

Solvang Elementary students present science and technology research

By KASEY BUBNASH

Some of Solvang’s budding scientists had the opportunity to present research projects involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to their classmates and...

Solvang Elementary School District fills twice-vacated seat on board of trustees

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Solvang Elementary School District appointed a local health care provider and U.S. Army veteran to its board of trustees at a board meeting on Nov. 14, a seat that has bee...

Canary

Off to the races

Ugh, I can’t believe we have to talk about elections again already. Just when we’ve got over the nausea of the 2016 election, we’re already talking about t...

Street Wise

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Joseph Tucker Shelia Guge Anna Galindo Mick Miguel

Arts

'Freaky Friday' at PCPA is the perfect comedy romp for families

By REBECCA ROSE

It dawned on me about halfway through the first act of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) production of Freaky Friday that the company was doing something I had never rea...

DAYTRIPPER: Exploring the desolate ruins of Knapp's Castle

By MD LANGOWSKI

To quote Flynn Rider (voiced by the talented Zachary Levi) from Disney’s Tangled, “Guys, I want a castle.” Technically located in Los Padres National Forest...

Lompoc Library offers local authors collection

By REBECCA ROSE

The Lompoc Public Library debuted a new local authors collection for children and adults. The collection features both fiction and nonfiction works, all written and illustrate...

Julefest in Solvang adds new activities

By REBECCA ROSE

Solvang’s 2017 Julefest Holiday Celebration, which happens from Dec. 1 through Jan. 5, 2018, this year, will debut some new free activities including The Nisse Adventure...

Humor

HUMOR: All things begin and end with bruschetta for Krider

By ROB KRIDER

My wife loves bruschetta. I mean she really loves it. Like, if it came down to sex or bruschetta, well, I’d be a very lonely guy every time. The problem with bruschett...

Music

LOCAL NOTES: Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Allan Hancock College Singers join forces to Rejoice!

By JOE PAYNE

Maestro Michael Nowak's baton swished back and forth, leading the music with a brisk rhythm. But he wasn't directing the violins and cellos of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orc...

Film

'Lady Bird' charms while weaving a poignant coming of age story

Writer-director Greta Gerwig helms this coming-of-age story about high schooler Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) over the 2002-03 school year in Sac...

Eats

Orcutt's Old Town Mexican Cafe delivers on flavor

By REBECCA ROSE

There is good news for restaurateurs and chefs on the Central Coast. If you put soup on your menu, I guarantee you will have at least one loyal customer who will order it ever...

Hot Stuff

Scrooged

The Great American Melodrama presents its annual Holiday Extravaganza through Dec. 31. This triple bill features a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, wit...

Holiday tour

Jewel is performing Dec. 1 in the Samala Showroom at Chumash Casino Resort, located at 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Tickets start at $25. Chumash Casino is a 21 and up ven...

Once upon a dream

Eyvind Earle: Winter opened Nov. 18 at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art and runs through Jan. 28. This new exhibit showcases some of the most rare paintings by Earle, a ...




Weekly Poll
What do you like most about the holiday season?

Spending time with family and friends.
The food, and eating too much of it.
Gift giving and receiving.
The days off from work.

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