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A lack of child care presents a challenge to women re-entering the workforce in the county

Cover Story

A lack of child care presents a challenge to women re-entering the workforce in the county

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

For eight months, mother Amanda Pierce has been on child care waiting lists. She’s called 12 different day cares near her home in Lompoc and reached out to facilities in neighboring Vandenberg Village, but none have space.  “I’m never frustrated with them; I’m frustrated with the situation. It was one of those things where I thought it wasn&rs... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: A lack of child care presents a challenge to women re-entering the workforce in the county
News: Political Watch: October 21, 2021
Art: Orcutt Community Theater presents alien invasion production, 'War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast'
Commentary: Lompoc school district adds COVID-19 vaccines to its long list of requirements
News: Lompoc Planning Commission approves plans for two separate cannabis facilities
 

News

Slow The Virus

Recent court ruling voids Oceano Dunes dust agreement

By Bulbul Rajagopal

Dust—annoying when it settles daily on countertops, but Herculean to manage when it blows around the Oceano Dunes. Then, throw a lawsuit into the mix. California State...

Lompoc Planning Commission approves plans for two separate cannabis facilities

By Caleb Wiseblood

Construction on two proposed cannabis facilities in Lompoc could start as early as 2023, following both projects’ recent approvals from the city’s Planning Commiss...

Central Coast needs more blood donors to keep up with demand

By Malea Martin

The blood supply on the Central Coast is the lowest it’s been in more than a year, due to a perfect storm of increased use and fewer donors.  Vitalant is a communi...

Political Watch: October 21, 2021

• U.S. Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) issued a statement regarding allegations of the rape and sexual harassment of students at the U...

Spotlight

Local nonprofit's youth and parent mental health-related workshops are now available in North County

By Taylor O'Connor

About 26 percent of women and 15 percent of men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime before age 18, according to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Sur...

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

Lompoc school district adds COVID-19 vaccines to its long list of requirements

By RON FINK

Recently Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated that schoolchildren ages “12 to 17 OR grades seven to 12 must be vaccinated starting in the next school term. Date is dependent on FD...

Letters

State Parks needs to abide by the law

By Lucia Casalinuovo, Oceano Beach Community Association

In contempt of the California Coastal Commission’s (CCC) ruling of March 18, 2021, the Off Highway Vehicles Division (OHVD) of State Parks defies the law and opens the p...

Hospitals are on the verge of a nightmare scenario

By Adrienne Hawkinson, Atascadero

Imagine this scenario: A hospital is facing a surge of patients, and a new patient is in need of emergency care. However, as a result of a nationwide nursing shortage (exacerb...

Canary

Dusty debate

By THE CANARY

The decades-long debate over off-roading in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area ended this year when the California Coastal Commission decided there would be no o...

Arts

Ann Foxworthy Gallery curates new exhibit compiled from late artist Lucienne Bloch's personal archives

By Caleb Wiseblood

A new exhibition of artworks from late multimedia artist Lucienne Bloch (1909-1999) debuted at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery (located at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria) on O...

Orcutt Community Theater presents alien invasion production, 'War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast'

By Caleb Wiseblood

Performances of Orcutt Community Theater’s War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast, based on Orson Welles’ iconic 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi...

Shepard Hall showcases serene photos and surreal digital art from Santa Maria husband-and-wife duo

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Raised near the north woods of Wisconsin, one artist’s early appreciation of the great outdoors only increased after he moved to the Santa Maria Valley. Local photogra...

Film

‘No Time to Die’ effectively ends Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond

Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation) directs the fifth and final James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. Now retired from active service, Bond is pul...

Eats

Los Alamos' prized French bistro, Bell's, recently received a coveted Michelin star

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Invited to participate in a virtual Q-and-A under vague circumstances, the duo behind Bell’s in Los Alamos felt less in the dark after a surprise guest hopped on the c...

Hot Stuff

NO PAINT, NO GAIN

Art Spot on Wheels hosts its next Painting in the Vineyard event at Ca’ Del Grevino Estate Winery in Santa Maria on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admissio...

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Artistic Perceptions, the latest duo exhibition at Gallery Los Olivos, will remain on display through Sunday, Oct. 31. This exhibit showcases a collection of plein air landsca...

TO THE BATCAVE

The ARTery in Atascadero hosts Spooky String, a Halloween-themed art workshop, on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will get to choose between a bat, pumpkin, o...

EASY AS PUMPKIN PIE

Local artist Joan Martin Fee will lead a seasonal succulent pumpkin centerpiece workshop at Derby Wine Estates in Paso Robles on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Partici...





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