Sunday, September 26, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 30
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Autumn Arts Annual 2021

Cover Story

Autumn Arts Annual 2021

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Summer’s over. It may not feel like it with the warmth of these late September days, but fall is here and so are those autumn events! And we’ve got all the fun festivities in Northern Santa Barbara County and SLO County compiled into one calendar for you to peruse. Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood pooled music, arts, festivals, and more into 2021’s Autumn Arts... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Commentary: The recent Firefly Alpha rocket explosion shows there must have been a faulty debris analysis before the launch
News: Communication challenges complicate process for providing resources to multilingual learners with disabilities
News: People of all ages benefit from free food programs on Central Coast
News: Santa Maria Police Department wants to enhance mental health services
News: Santa Barbara County Main Jail COVID-19 outbreak increases
 

News

Slow The Virus

Communication challenges complicate process for providing resources to multilingual learners with disabilities

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

Mariana Murillo learned about her son’s special education needs through an interpreter. For two to three years Murillo sat through Individualized Education Program (IEP)...

Santa Barbara County Main Jail COVID-19 outbreak increases

By Taylor O'Connor

As of Sept. 20, 83 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19 due to recent outbreaks in Santa Barbara County’s Main Jail.  During the COVID-19 update at the Board o...

Santa Maria Police Department wants to enhance mental health services

By Caleb Wiseblood

At some point in the future, the Santa Maria Police Department plans to implement a “mental health car,” which will respond to emergency calls related to mental he...

People of all ages benefit from free food programs on Central Coast

By Malea Martin

From Laguna Middle School SLO students to farmworkers in Santa Maria Valley, hunger impacts all walks of life on the Central Coast. U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal visited these cons...

Behavioral Wellness says there are gaps in the county's mental health services

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness told Santa Barbara County supervisors on Sept. 20 that providing more beds for lower level mental health services wi...

Political Watch: September 23, 2021

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-San Luis Obispo) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), along with a bipartisan coalition of legislators, introduced the Safe Skies Act of 20...

Spotlight

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation steps up during COVID-19 to help families of local children battling cancer

By Peter Johnson

Pediatric cancer is already one of the worst predicaments that a child and family can face. Having to contend with that illness and a global pandemic at the same time is almos...

Cannabis Corner

Child care, cannabis regulation amendments to be prioritized by county

By Malea Martin

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors chose to focus some of the county’s zoning ordinance amendment efforts on cannabis permitting and child care facilities for...

Commentary

The recent Firefly Alpha rocket explosion shows there must have been a faulty debris analysis before the launch

By RON FINK

When either commercial or government missile and space programs are being planned for launch, the team must prepare the rocket for launch, and the military or the Federal Avia...

Letters

The sinking of the Santa Maria

By Stephen Siemsen, Orcutt

Santa Maria High School, and perhaps the city of Santa Maria, will be abandoning its image of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, as a logo. Duh! Whose idea was it in t...

Canary

Wild words

By THE CANARY

Is the world too touchy-feely these days? Do we need to go back to the days of gunslingers and fights in the street?  At least one man in Santa Maria thinks so! And he t...

Arts

Los Alamos filmmaker writes, directs new thriller, 'The Fishnet Hypothesis'

By Caleb Wiseblood

Woodlands Studios presents The Fishnet Hypothesis, a new dark comedy/thriller written and directed by Los Alamos native Elizabeth Fields, which is currently available to str...

Central Coast astronomer and former NASA scientist pens new activity book for children

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Astronomy Activity Book for Kids: 100+ Fun Ways to Learn About Space and Stargazing, written by local astronomer and teacher Aurora Lipper, was released in mid-September. The ...

Gallery Los Olivos' three featured artists discuss newest artworks and pandemic-induced painting habits

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Santa Barbara artist Ellen Yeomans used to consider herself “strictly a plein air painter” for the most part, but gradually less so once March 2020 rolled around. ...

Film

‘Cry Macho’ finds director and star Clint Eastwood in a sentimental mood

Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby) directs this neo-Western about Mike Milo (Eastwood), a former rodeo star and horse trainer who takes a job to ret...

Eats

SLO vegan restaurant Ziggy's is worth the drive

By CHERISH WHYTE

Popular San Luis Obispo vegan takeout joint Ziggy’s doesn’t just have the support of SLO County residents. “People ask us all the time, ‘When are yo...

Hot Stuff

MAZE RUNNERS

The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze opens on Thursday, Sept. 30, and is scheduled to run through Sunday, Oct. 31. Guests are invited to roam through the popular 10-...

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents its Coast and Cars Art Show, featuring acrylic artworks by local artist Elizabeth Alvarez, at the Cypress Gallery through Sunday, Se...

TO DIE FOR

The Cambria Scarecrow Festival begins on Friday, Oct. 1, and will run through Sunday, Oct. 31. A variety of unique scarecrows will be on public display throughout Cambria and ...

DOWN BY THE BAY

Local author J.P. Claypool will be signing copies of his book, Finding Morro Bay: Stories from the Sea, at the Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2 to...





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