Thursday, June 4, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 14
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SUMMER GUIDE 2020

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SUMMER GUIDE 2020

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Hey, you guys! Guess what? It’s June, and the days are becoming that special kind of Central Coast warm. You can still hit the beach, and things are starting to reopen! And that’s not all. We didn’t forget to put together our annual Summer Guide issue for you! Although the activities and events are a smidge different than in other years, there is still pl... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Rancho Laguna Farms workers allegedly faced retaliation for striking
News: Two oil projects proposed in Cat Canyon have been canceled within the last two months
News: County faces another lawsuit over Santa Ynez cannabis farm
News: Santa Maria City Council approves local emergency orders
Spotlight: Solvang funeral director helps bury those who died from COVID-19 in New York City
 

News

Slow The Virus

Santa Maria City Council approves local emergency orders

By Malea Martin

Santa Maria City Council approved a resolution Tuesday confirming local emergency orders and actions of the city’s director of emergency services regarding the COVID-19 ...

County faces another lawsuit over Santa Ynez cannabis farm

By Zac Ezzone

A group of Santa Barbara County residents recently filed a second lawsuit over the county’s decision to approve another cannabis project in the Santa Ynez Valley. The c...

U.S. prisons implement security measures in response to nationwide protests

By Malea Martin

After a weekend of protests and unrest nationwide, the federal Bureau of Prisons told the Sun that it is implementing “an additional, temporary security measure” w...

County studies potential trail along Santa Maria River

By Zac Ezzone

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors greenlit a study to identify a possible walking and biking path along the Santa Maria River that would connect the cities of Sant...

Public health officer loosens restrictions on graduation ceremonies

By Malea Martin

After speaking with concerned school administrators, district officials, and parents, county Supervisor-elect Bob Nelson sent a letter to public health officials on May 22 ask...

Two oil projects proposed in Cat Canyon have been canceled within the last two months

By ZAC EZZONE

In March 2019, the Sun ran a cover story titled “Carbon evolution” that explored the contentious debate taking place in Santa Barbara County over three large-scale...

Rancho Laguna Farms workers allegedly faced retaliation for striking

By MALEA MARTIN

As the work day nears an end on May 28, a small gathering arrives at Driscoll’s Santa Maria office. The company’s large green cursive logo—“Driscoll&rs...

Political Watch: June 4, 2020

• On May 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of California Connected, a contact tracing program and public awareness campaign. The program will connect public heal...

Spotlight

Solvang funeral director helps bury those who died from COVID-19 in New York City

By Zac Ezzone

As a first responder, Dan Flynn has been deployed to numerous hurricanes and countless tornadoes, but he hadn’t experienced anything like what he witnessed while in New ...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

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

Commentary

But foresight was desperately needed in the case of COVID-19

By RON FINK

This has been a very chaotic couple of weeks on the COVID-19 front. I am surprised but happy at the pace that Gov. Newsom and Santa Barbara County have adopted in reopening mo...

Canary

CANARY: Off-kilter

By THE CANARY

There’s nothing I can say to heal the fissures exposed in this country right now. The whole thing is a bit bananas.  With advocates in the streets protesting aga...

Arts

Orcutt artist Lori Mole accepts commissions, announces new online gallery

Lori Mole’s last public exhibition was held in the Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall in 2019, but on Thursday, May 28, the Central Coast painter announced ...

Elverhoj Museum hosts talk with artist Isabella Kelly-Ramirez

The Elverhoj Museum of History of Art kicked off its Artist Q-and-A Instagram series on Wednesday, June 3, and will continue the series with guest artist Isabella Kelly-Ramire...

Orcutt artist and photographer Alexandra Wallace mingles with single-line portraits

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

When COVID-19 mitigation measures first went into effect, a landslide of wedding postponements left professional photographer Alexandra Wallace with plenty of downtime. Armed ...

With a teen and a preteen as my guides, I venture into the pixel playground known as Minecraft

By ANDREA ROOKS

It’s the last Sunday of May, and it’s perfectly cloudy outside—excellent weather for the adventure my daughters and I are about to begin here in our living r...

Film

The High Note is pay-per-view charmer

Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn, Fast Food High, Cake, Last Night) directs this screenplay by Flora Greeson about superstar singer Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) and her overw...

Eats

Santa Barbara County wineries could reopen to the public at the end of May as long as they serve food, too

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Winery visitors get the option of wines by the glass or wines by the bottle these days.  But that’s only if they also purchase food.  And as long as the alco...

Hot Stuff

BETWEEN THE LINES

Gallery Los Olivos’ latest exhibition is an interactive coloring book, which premiered online on the gallery’s website in mid-May. The book is made up of original ...

THE TREE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) posts a new art activity for children on its website every Monday. Children can complete each activity from the comfort of their own ...

SAND SLAM

Photo submissions to the Oceano Beach Community Association’s inaugural Oceano Beach Sand Castle Building Contest are due online by Sunday, June 7. Winners of the compet...

THE WOLF AMONG US

The Morro Coast Audubon Society presents The Wolves of Yellowstone, a virtual community program, on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Biologist Dave Clendenen will discuss the role w...





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