Friday, October 19, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 33
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Santa Barbara County pot growers walk a fine line between staying legal, angering their neighbors, and getting raided

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Santa Barbara County pot growers walk a fine line between staying legal, angering their neighbors, and getting raided

By Spencer Cole

A U-Haul van packed with pounds of freshly harvested marijuana eases its way down the narrow winding road on the back side of Cebada Canyon. As it rolls and bucks against uneven terrain, the driver brings the vehicle to a complete stop on the right shoulder to let a gunmetal Honda Accord pass by.  "That's one of the good ones," Elizabeth explains, who asked... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Santa Barbara County pot growers walk a fine line between staying legal, angering their neighbors, and getting raided
Art: Santa Maria Civic Theatre rocks Little Shop of Horrors
Music: Local soloists and bands share the stage at the new CORE Jam in Orcutt
News: Law enforcement destroys 100,000-plus illegal pot plants on federal land in Santa Barbara County
News: Santa Maria police receive grant to improve traffic safety
 

News

Law enforcement destroys 100,000-plus illegal pot plants on federal land in Santa Barbara County

By Spencer Cole

Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies had roughly nine months' worth of funding to raid illegal cannabis grows alongside federal authorities in the Los Padres National Forest....

Officials hold roundtable with United Way about its Real Cost Measure Index

By Spencer Cole

A collection of local business owners, politicians, and community leaders took part in a roundtable on Oct. 15 to discuss how best to determine if a family or individual is li...

Taxpayers Association endorses Hancock bond

By Kasey Bubnash

In a rare move, the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association announced at a rally on Oct. 11 its endorsement of a bond measure that would fund facility construction and impr...

Santa Maria police receive grant to improve traffic safety

By Kasey Bubnash

The Santa Maria Police Department announced on Oct. 12 that it was awarded another grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to improve traffic safety and increase dr...

One local nonprofit is creating a support program to empower Latina women seeking higher education

By Karen Garcia

Natali Camacho remembers her college experience as a tough but important part of her life. She went to Allan Hancock College for three years and then transferred to UC Davis w...

Guadalupe's new public safety director discusses his turbulent past and hopes for the future

By Kasey Bubnash

Despite community concerns and a highly scrutinized past in law enforcement, Guadalupe recently put its faith–and safety–in the hands of Michael Cash.  The G...

Political Watch 10/18/18

• The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation co-authored by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-California), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and Tim Scott (R-...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Vivid Cycling Club

By Spencer Cole

Calvin Harris began cycling years ago. The activity became a daily habit before becoming an "on-and-off thing," he said. After a brief hiatus, which featured a few m...

Commentary

Bright young leaders vs. old business as usual

By GALE MCNEELY - SANTA MARIA

We have a clear choice in the Nov. 6 Santa Maria City Council elections. We can re-elect the same old people who will continue business as usual, or we can choose Rafael Gutie...

Letters

Commentary 2: Lompoc needs new leadership

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

Mayor Bob Lingl, who is the best mayor Lompoc has had in the past 10 years, is retiring. Mayor Lingl, who beat out ex-Mayor John Linn, has been a blessing to Lompoc for the pa...

Please support Measure U

By Jack L. Owen Jr. - Santa Maria

I am the vice chair of the Measure U2012 Citizens' Oversight Committee, a native of Santa Maria, and am retired from the Santa Maria Fire Department after 34 years of service....

Vote yes on Measure U

By Kevin Platt - Santa Maria

Dear editor, I am the assistant superintendent of Human Resources for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. I fully support extending and enhancing the local Meas...

Dems have no class

By Ellis Romero - Santa Maria

Hear about the GOP senators' personal information posted on the internet? Did you read the posts were traced back to a computer in Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Los Angeles) offices?...

Isabella Albano

By Kasey Bubnash

Allan Hancock College student Isabella Albano has made a name for herself on the volleyball court.  As the team's trusty libero, Albano digs roughly 5.5 balls per set,...

School Scene

County talks youth trauma at Bridges to Resilience conference

By Kasey Bubnash

Trauma.  It affects everyone, and impacts nearly all facets of every community. But with the right steps, trauma can be treated and even prevented.  That was the m...

Canary

Do your job

Is it too much to ask: People, why can't you just do your damn jobs? That's how folks living in the county's rural canyons have felt about the Santa Barbara County Sheriff'...

Arts

Haunted House in Santa Maria to benefit veterans group

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Maria Fairpark will host a haunted house to benefit homeless women veterans. The Screamatory is open from Oct. 19 through 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. and again on Oct. 25 ...

Lompoc now accepting entries for photography competition

By Rebecca Rose

The Lompoc Valley Photography Contest is now accepting photo submissions, as part of the city of Lompoc Recreation Department's Arts and Vines Event. This is first year for th...

Lompoc Ten presents Jalama: Highway to the Sea

The Grossman Gallery in Lompoc will host an exhibit by a collective of artists known as Lompoc Ten, featuring paintings inspired by Jalama Road. Jalama: Highway to the Sea hi...

Mirella Olson's landscapes featured at Gallery Los Olivos in October

By Rebecca Rose

Listening to Mirella Olson slowly describe the stunning beauty of California's scenery is almost otherworldly. "I just love it," she said in her velvety Italian acc...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre rocks Little Shop of Horrors

By Rebecca Rose

It is almost impossible to be disappointed by anything the Santa Maria Civic Theatre does lately. The theater, now in its 60th season, is a solid producer of community theate...

Humor

Last comic standing: Krider's comedic ego takes a hit

By Rob Krider

I was at a dinner party recently, hanging out with some folks who were a mixture of friends, acquaintances, and complete randoms. I was standing around, shamefully eating ca...

Music

Local soloists and bands share the stage at the new CORE Jam in Orcutt

By Joe Payne

Musicians always need a place to play, to come together and share ideas. You see open mics, jam circles, and poetry readings where songwriters take turns performing their song...

Film

Guessing game

Writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) helms this mystery thriller about a group of secret-keeping strangers—fake priest Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges), nigh...

Eats

Field to Table and Presqu'ile Winery join forces for a dinner to raise money for diabetes

By Rebecca Rose

Have you ever met a "mom on a mission"? If you have, you remember the encounter and the mother in question. The mom on a mission I know is Wendy Thies Sell, the f...

Hot Stuff

SUPER BOWLS

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County hosts the 17th annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Oct. 24 at Santa Maria Fairpark, located at 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. Sea...

JUBILEE PAGEANTRY

The Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church hosts its 25th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 27 through 28. The weekend-long festivities include breakfast, dinner, live music, special...

FRIGHT NIGHT

Chumash Casino Resort presents a special 40th anniversary screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. The event features a live shadow cast and a Q-and-A w...

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