Sunday, March 29, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 4
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News: Oil spill into the Cuyama River exposes the risks of trucking oil, environmentalists say
Commentary: Lompoc just might not get what it voted for
Letter To The Editor: Coronavirus is not a joke!
Art: Local filmmakers and enthusiasts discuss all things cinema on the Central Coast Film Society's new podcast, Take 18
News: Supervisors approve cannabis farm west of Buellton


Supervisors approve cannabis farm west of Buellton

By Zac Ezzone

Nearly a year after the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department approved plans for a cannabis farm on Highway 246 about a mile west of Buellton, the project h...

Filling out the census is easier than ever, but COVID-19 closures may affect completion rates

By Malea Martin

For the first time, the 2020 census can be completed online, making it easier than ever to fill out this once-a-decade demographics gauge—which, according to city offici...

Supervisors approve eviction moratorium during COVID-19 pandemic

By Zac Ezzone

Santa Barbara County residents anxious about their ability to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic have received some relief through a moratorium on evictions now in place in...

Oil spill into the Cuyama River exposes the risks of trucking oil, environmentalists say

By Malea Martin

A tanker truck containing thousands of gallons of crude oil overturned on Highway 166 March 21, resulting in an oil spill into the Cuyama River, Santa Barbara County Fire Depa...

State and local leaders are working to protect the homeless from COVID-19


As COVID-19 continues to change the daily lives of people throughout the world, local and state leaders are trying to protect the most vulnerable in our society, including tho...

Political Watch: March 26, 2020

• On March 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that President Donald Trump approved California’s request for a presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster Califo...


Local chamber of commerce aims to help businesses stay afloat amid COVID-19 closures


The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s mission to help local businesses hasn’t changed since the spread of COVID-19, but closures related to the pandemic hav...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...


Lompoc just might not get what it voted for


Sixty-eight percent of voters in Lompoc approved a 15-year, 1 percent increase in the sales tax for purchases both in and out of the city limits. Now the City Council majority...


Coronavirus is not a joke!

By Jose Luis Castellanos, Santa Maria

On March 15, 2020, the Santa Maria Times published a column by Andy Caldwell who deliberately understated the effect of COVID-19 virus on the American public. The Republican c...


CANARY: Over the rainbow


I’m feeling a little mopey these days, a little less flamboyantly yellow and a little more decidedly gray, similar the cloudy skies that seem to be following this whole ...


Central Coast local offers free art lessons, safety tips through YouTube

Virginia Peterson Elementary School teacher Stormy Capalare is currently offering free art lessons through her YouTube account. The Paso Robles resident’s series is titl...

PCPA cancels 'The Sound of Music,' formerly slated for April

Originally scheduled to run April 23 through May 10 at the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria, the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music has been ca...

Local filmmakers and enthusiasts discuss all things cinema on the Central Coast Film Society's new podcast, Take 18


With COVID-19 mitigation measures in full swing and movie theaters closed indefinitely, film buffs can either rely on streaming services or their own personal VHS, DVD, or Blu...

Elverhoj Museum extends rare Rembrandt exhibition through July in light of COVID-19 precautions


Originally scheduled to run through the end of May, the Elverhoj Museum’s Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews, and Danes exhibition will remain on display through July, a...


Hidden history

Editor’s note: Movie theaters aren’t open for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have come with it. And we know you&rsqu...


Organizations in the Cuyama Valley look for money and food donations to help the rural community stay fed through the pandemic


While the Cuyama Joint Unified School District is providing meals for students every weekday during the COVID-19 school closures, community members are working to ensure those...

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