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A Los Padres National Forest fire-prevention proposal sparks a long-standing debate on wildfire management

Cover Story

A Los Padres National Forest fire-prevention proposal sparks a long-standing debate on wildfire management

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has already responded to more than 4,900 incidents this fire season—a number the department expects to increase as this year’s season will be longer and drier because of climate change and drought.  Los Padres National Forest is currently working to prevent extreme wildfires through the proposed ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Lawsuit agreement suspends Bureau of Land Management's Central Coast oil and gas leasing
Commentary: Lompoc recently considered another emergency water-use proclamation, but we have no need
Cover Story: A Los Padres National Forest fire-prevention proposal sparks a long-standing debate on wildfire management
News: Santa Barbara County Fire seeks new location for Solvang fire station
Spotlight: Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm in Lompoc is about family and sustainability
 

News

Slow The Virus

Los Olivos organizations host Pride flag raising ceremony after flag theft and burning

By Taylor O'Connor

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies identified two young adults as suspects in the theft of two Pride flags in the Los Olivos area on July 28, according to Sheriff&r...

Santa Barbara County Fire seeks new location for Solvang fire station

By Caleb Wiseblood

A parking lot across the street from Solvang City Hall could be the future site of a new fire station, depending on the outcome of a Santa Barbara County Fire Department study...

Lawsuit agreement suspends Bureau of Land Management's Central Coast oil and gas leasing

By Taylor O'Connor

Several California conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reached an agreement to suspend new oil and gas leasing across more than 1 million acres within t...

Political Watch: August 11, 2022

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) applauded the Senate’s passage of the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, which sends the landmar...

Spotlight

Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm in Lompoc is about family and sustainability

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

Mother-and-son duo Denise and Lucas Neumann traded Los Angeles city living for more open spaces to pursue Denise’s dreams of running a farm. During her time in the city,...

Cannabis Corner

County cannabis ordinance changes aim to mitigate odor

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided to change permit requirements for cannabis cultivation permits, which will give decision makers like the board more say o...

Commentary

Lompoc recently considered another emergency water-use proclamation, but we have no need

By RON FINK

When is an “emergency” not really that emergent? Apparently, some of the “experts” in Lompoc can’t figure that one out as they tried to claim an ...

Letters

The real reason for North County death disparity

By Stephen Siemsen, Orcutt

I fear that the Sun/New Times and the Santa Barbara County Health Department completely missed the key underlying reason for the higher death rate among older white males in N...

Donegan's commentary on guns is exactly how I feel

By Keith Dekker, Morro Bay

Right on, Mr. Donegan (“Conservatives and guns,” Aug. 4)! When people realize that it’s the idiots behind the guns that cause the problems and the existing l...

We must elect democracy defenders

By Seth Forester, Santa Maria

During the Jan. 6 hearings, we’ve heard from former members of the Trump administration and Republican state officials about how Trump and his allies worked together to ...

Canary

Pray for science

By THE CANARY

What happens when science meets science? When one scientist says one thing and another says something different? Who do you believe? The chorus or the loner? We could talk ab...

Arts

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival's 'Cyrano De Bergerac' runs through Aug. 14 at Filipponi Ranch

By GLEN STARKEY

We park in a makeshift lot off the main road into Filipponi Ranch, grab our lawn chairs and picnic, and make our way down a graded pathway. As we round the corner, like a mira...

Comedian and country singer Rodney Carrington brings Let Me In! Tour to Santa Ynez

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez presents a live performance from country artist, comedian, and actor Rodney Carrington on Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m., in the venue&rsqu...

Two local painters explore several settings in new Los Olivos exhibit, Romance of the Landscape

By Caleb Wiseblood

Gallery Los Olivos’ latest duo exhibition, Romance of the Landscape, debuted at the beginning of August and is scheduled to run through the end of the month. This exhibi...

Orcutt Community Theater holds staged reading of 'Just Passing'

By Caleb Wiseblood

Performances of Just Passing, a staged reading with music hosted by Orcutt Community Theater, will be held at the Minerva Club in Santa Maria on Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday,...

Film

‘DC League of Super-Pets’ is funny and family friendly

Editor’s note: Glen Starkey stepped aside this week so that 8-year-old Acacia Newman of Cayucos could bring a kid’s perspective to this animated family film in thi...

Eats

Flying Goat Cellars celebrates Honey Bee Day with honey tastings, beekeeping demos, and more

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Wine is often the headliner at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting and Art Salon in Lompoc. But the venue’s yearly Honey Bee Day celebration usually attracts visitors who crave ...

Hot Stuff

FLOWER POWER

Night Flowers: An Evening of Flamenco, featuring Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, takes place at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall on Monday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. Fu...

THE SWINGING ’60S

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the Santa Maria Valley Senior Club co-host Let’s Rock with Riptide, a 1960s-themed dance concert with the Riptide Big...

SKATERS GONNA SKATE

Lompoc Parks and Recreation hosts its annual Skateboard Competition at the Lompoc Skate Park on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. The event, co-sponsored by Surf Connection, is op...

THREE ARTISTS AND NINE LIVES

Local painter Virginia Mack is the featured artist in Gallery at Marina Square’s lower gallery for the month of August. A joint reception for Mack and fellow featured ar...





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What do you think about tree thinning as a form of wildfire management?

It's a smart option in order to prevent wildfires from spreading rapidly.
It's an interesting strategy that saves wildlife and prevents homes from being damaged.
We should focus on home-hardening rather than messing with the forest.
Fire season is inevitable with climate change; at this point we should try anything.

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