Saturday, January 18, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 46
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Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants

Cover Story

Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants

By ZAC EZZONE

A couple of goats scamper down San Miguelito Road as George Bedford slowly drives in the opposite direction. He says it’s not the first time he’s seen animals on this road, before pointing to a spot where he once passed a mountain lion. Only a few miles south of Lompoc, the area feels worlds away. Bedford and his wife, Cheryl, purchased more than 400 acres o... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants
News: Santa Barbara County has slowly been getting money to fight homelessness, and it's scheduled to get another boost
Spotlight: The Santa Maria Airport announced travel to new cities starting Jan. 11
News: Lompoc City Council moves forward public safety recommendations
Canary: CANARY: Environmental conundrum
 

News

Santa Maria files leisure assessment, declines to adopt plan

By ZAC EZZONE

For the first time since 2013, the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department has completed an assessment reviewing how the community feels about existing park services and w...

Guadalupe seeks community feedback on infrastructure improvements

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Guadalupe held a meeting on Jan. 12 to get community input about how to improve local infrastructure. “There was something like 80 people, which I was told was a pretty...

Lompoc City Council moves forward public safety recommendations

By ZAC EZZONE

Lompoc officials, residents, and nonprofits are looking for ways to make the city safer after a historically violent 2019.  A record seven homicides took place in the ci...

Allan Hancock College looks at potential on-campus housing

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Allan Hancock College is still considering the option of on-campus housing, a potential plan that’s been in the works since President Kevin Walthers joined the school in...

Santa Barbara County has slowly been getting money to fight homelessness, and it's scheduled to get another boost

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Homeless spending in California has climbed every year since 2018, with Gov. Gavin Newsom determined to make each subsequent budget another step toward aiding the state’...

Political Watch: January 16, 2020

• On Jan. 9, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and more than 200 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution that defines and limits P...

Spotlight

The Santa Maria Airport announced travel to new cities starting Jan. 11

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Flights will return to the Santa Maria Airport, served by United Airlines, spiriting travelers to Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco.  The flights, local leaders i...

Cannabis Corner

Buellton City Council asks county to tighten cannabis ordinance

By ZAC EZZONE

Geographically located between northern and southern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is also at the center of much of the area’s debate over cannabis cultiva...

Commentary

Lompoc's budget deficit is real, no matter who denies it

By RON FINK

On May 2, 2017, City Manager Patrick Wiemiller said in a briefing to the Lompoc City Council, “The biggest financial hurdle facing Lompoc, according to staff, is the cit...

Letters

What is environmental justice?

By Andrew Christie, director, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Environmental justice is one of those things most readily understood, and keenly felt, in its absence. If you’re unsure as to the meaning of “environmental justic...

Canary

CANARY: Environmental conundrum

By The Canary

Twisting and turning in the wind, giant 500-foot-tall wind turbines could find their way into George Bedford’s flawlessly idealic view across the hills and dales of San ...

Arts

Local author documents Lompoc's history of law enforcement

Peace in the Valley: History of the Lompoc Police Department 1890-2008, the first formal written history of Lompoc’s police department, is now available for purchase. Th...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents 'Ripcord'

Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s (SMCT) production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord opens on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The show is scheduled to run through ...

Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society hosts free lecture on elephant seals

Live Birth: A Year in the Life of an Elephant Seal, a special lecture presented by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society, will be held at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valle...

Bestselling author Wendelin Van Draanen releases first non-fiction book, Hope in the Mail

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The title of Central Coast local Wendelin Van Draanen’s new book alludes to the author’s persistence in sending her unpublished novels to various New York publishe...

Pinups and Pets calendar benefits SBC Animal Care Foundation

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

A tabby cat named Thomasina, nicknamed Sina for short, graces the January page of the inaugural Pinups and Pets—a locally produced 12-month calendar to benefit the Santa...

Music

Santa Barbara country band Stray Herd saddles up at Cold Spring Tavern

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

“Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” Radio announcer Fred Foy’s famous intro to The Lone Ranger serves as the tagline for a Santa Barb...

Film

1917 is a remarkable cinematic achievement and a ripping good war story

Co-writer and director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead, Spectre) helms this World War I epic about two young British soldiers—Lance Cpl. Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman...

Eats

A documentary on Prohibition reminds us that regulations from 100 years ago still vex local wine biz today

By BETH GIUFFRE

The ghosts of Prohibition still linger in the cool warehouse distribution rooms of our Central Coast wineries. Constitutional amendments of Prohibition enacted 100 years ago&m...

Hot Stuff

JUST DANCE

Boscutti Ballet Theatre and Performing Arts presents its Winter Recital, A Fairytale, at the Lompoc Civic Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. an...

SELF-TAUGHT

Flying Goat Cellars hosts a reception for its new featured artist, Elisa J, on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. A self-taught artist and writer from Chicago, Elisa’s ...

HIPS DON’T LIE

Yoga 4 Mankind in Orcutt hosts A Restorative Practice Towards Hip Preservation on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Terri Robinson leads this workshop, which costs $30 in ad...

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

A Meet and Greet with congressional candidate Andy Caldwell takes place at the DeWees Senior Center in Lompoc on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged t...

GRAND TOUR

The Fabing-McKay-Spanne House hosts its next monthly open house event on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests visiting this 1875 Victorian farmhouse can tour the m...

BRIGHT SIDE OF THE MOON

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society presents Fly Me to the Moon: From J.S. Bach to Mr. Spock, a free family concert, at the Pacific Christian Center, on Sunday, Jan. 26, from...

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How do you feel about the proposed Strauss Wind Energy Project near Lompoc?

It'll kill way too many birds.
The county needs to significantly increase its renewable energy production.
I'm concerned about the birds, but climate change will kill a lot more.
It doesn't matter. This project will fizzle out just like the last one.

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