Tuesday, June 25, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 16
Central Coast photographers share their views on life  in this year's Winning Images contest

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Central Coast photographers share their views on life in this year's Winning Images contest


A picture is more than just the image it portrays. It encompasses the way the photographer who captured it sees light and dark, angles and lines, animate and inanimate. Each snapshot is as unique as the person holding the camera. Since 1994, New Times Media Group has invited local photographers to show us life from their point of view in our annual Winning Images contest.... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Local organizations prepare for potential PG&E power outages
News: Political Watch June 20, 2019
News: Grand jury finds county's mental health services for children lacking
Cover Story: Central Coast photographers share their views on life in this year's Winning Images contest
News: Already difficult-to-meet rules on heavy diesel vehicles to become more stringent


Local organizations prepare for potential PG&E power outages

Utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company announced that it could shut off power in huge swaths of California for days at a time in an attempt to prevent fu...

County deferred maintenance backlog continues to grow

By Zac Ezzone

In its most recent budget, Santa Barbara County increased funding for its deferred maintenance backlog, however, it’s not enough to keep pace with the backlog’s gr...

Grand jury finds county's mental health services for children lacking

By Kasey Bubnash

A Santa Barbara County grand jury released a June 13 report on the county’s Department of Behavioral Wellness and its handling of children experiencing mental health cri...

Supervisors approve first phase of new homeless plan

By Zac Ezzone

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved the first phase of a community action plan focused on homelessness at its June 18 meeting. Deputy Director of Housing a...

While statewide pesticide use declines, chlorpyrifos use increases

By Kasey Bubnash

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released its 2017 Pesticide Use Report on June 11 and found that while pesticide use dropped across the state from 2016 to 20...

Already difficult-to-meet rules on heavy diesel vehicles to become more stringent


California businesses with fleets of heavy, diesel-fueled vehicles will have to begin meeting more stringent environmental protection regulations on July 1, a process that cou...

County supervisors consider tightening cannabis amendments


Commercial cannabis growers in Santa Barbara County may have to abide by more stringent policies if supervisors approve two changes at an upcoming meeting.  The July 9 h...

Political Watch June 20, 2019

• Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) applauded the recently passed state budget in a statement she released on June 13, saying she supports the state’s focu...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Valley Humane Society


Despite these gloomy days, it’s supposedly the beginning of summer, which for a lot of people on the Central Coast means sunshine, warm temperatures, and days spent at t...


Lompoc's changing budget numbers need to be peer reviewed


The city of Lompoc’s budget discussion has been going on for a couple of months, and there have been several presentations by the staff. I have been taking each of them ...


Do better for your students

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

Allan Hancock College is a widely and deeply appreciated asset to our community. It offers opportunities leading to successful and satisfying lives for so many. But why has it...


CANARY: Electrified emergency

By The Canary

Are you guys ready for the apocalypse? Because it’s coming. And you can thank your local electric utility company for its contribution to it. In our case, that would be ...


Grossman Gallery showcases oil paintings by Elizabeth Monks Hack

By Caleb Wiseblood

Small Town Abstractions, a new art exhibition at the Grossman Gallery in Lompoc, opens Monday, July 1, and runs through Wednesday, July 31. An artist reception takes place on ...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents The Trial of Goldilocks

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Trial of Goldilocks, Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s annual free summer fairy tale selection, opens Friday, June 21, and runs through Sunday, June 30. Co-directors Lisa ...

PCPA's Million Dollar Quartet opens at Marian Theatre

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents its production of Million Dollar Quartet, which opens Thursday, June 20, and runs through Saturday, June 29, at the Marian The...

Lompoc artist and gardener Sarah Allred shows watercolor, acrylic paintings at Flying Goat Cellars


When Sarah Allred isn’t tending her garden, chances are she’s probably painting it. Regardless of medium or material—whether it’s watercolors on cotton...

Fossemalle Dance Studio holds 32nd annual recital in Santa Ynez

By Caleb Wiseblood

2019 marks the 32nd season of the Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company (also known as the Fossemalle Dance Studio). The popular youth program will present its annual show...


Cold Spring Tavern presents roots rock duo The Hubcap Stealers


To say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree would be an understatement in the case of Neal and Ian Sowers, aka The Hubcap Stealers. This father-and-son duo got its st...


The Dead Don’t Die is slow and weird … like a zombie

Writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson) helms this horror-comedy about a zombie uprising in the norma...


Lompoc's Hangar 7 serves wine, beer, and bites in a practically perfect venue


Lompoc’s hottest club is Hangar 7. This place has everything—comfy chairs, card games, a bucket full of old propellers, Dan Cortese, and even fuzzy mustache mirror...

Hot Stuff


The 67th annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival opens Wednesday, June 26, and runs through Sunday, June 30, at Ryon Park. This festival features live entertainment, carnival rid...


Wine and Design hosts its Surfing Penguin workshop, with guest artist Julie Jorge, in the Art Buzz Studio on Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m. Art Buzz Studio events are intended f...


The artist reception for Unseen No More, a new group show at CORE Winery, takes place on Saturday, June 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. This exhibit features works from emerging local ar...


A program to celebrate the life and legacy of artist Ray Strong takes place at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature on Sunday, June 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Local collectors, ...


Sunstone Vineyards and Winery hosts its Solstice Seafood Boil on Saturday, June 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy New Orleans-themed seafood, live jazz, wine, desserts,...


The Solvang Music in the Park Series presents Echoswitch at Solvang Park on Wednesday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. This Santa Barbara-based group covers hard rock anthems of the...

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What do you think of PG&E's "public safety power shut off" plan?

The outages will be annoying and dangerous for customers.
The outages are vital to preventing wildfires.
PG&E should do more to fix its actual infrastructure before cutting power.
How will I watch Netflix if the power is out?!

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