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Valley of the Arabians: Santa Ynez is home to some of the world's most famous horses

Cover Story

Valley of the Arabians: Santa Ynez is home to some of the world's most famous horses

By REBECCA ROSE

Take a turn off Highway 154, into the many side roads that wind through the Santa Ynez Valley, and you’ll know instantly why it’s known in horse raising circles as the “Valley of the Arabian horse.” Dozens of horse farms fill the rolling hills that crawl out from the highway. The region has attracted horse breeders for decades, owing to the expanse... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Hobnobbing with Helen
Cover Story: Valley of the Arabians: Santa Ynez is home to some of the world's most famous horses
News: Sheriff's Office deputy acquitted in alleged jail beating wants his job back
News: Political Watch 5/25/17
Art: A King's dance: Ballroom dance teacher Marie King returns to teaching
 

News

Another panga boat discovered on local beach

By BRENNA SWANSTON

A citizen passerby discovered an abandoned 30-foot panga boat on Friday, May 19, 1 mile north of Refugio State Beach, according to Kelly Hoover, public information officer for...

Former addiction counselor accused of coercing patient to get favors at DMV

By DAVID MINSKY

A man who worked for a now-closed Santa Maria addiction services nonprofit is being accused of abusing his position to get favors from a client whose wife worked at the Depart...

DA charges stabbing suspect with attempted murder

By BRENNA SWANSTON

A man who reportedly attempted to stab his parents to death on May 12 has been charged with attempted murder by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, acco...

County short in funds for both jails, grand jury report says

By DAVID MINSKY

Troubles with housing all of the inmates in Santa Barbara County jails won’t go away even after the construction of the North County Jail, according to a county grand ju...

SMPD investigates shooting on Broadway

By DAVID MINSKY

The Santa Maria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the downtown area of Santa Maria on the evening of May 20. At approximately 9:30 p.m., accordin...

Sun and New Times receive honors from CNPA

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Sun took home nine awards, including three first place prizes, from the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s (CNPA) Better Newspapers Contest on May 20. Wi...

Sheriff's Office deputy acquitted in alleged jail beating wants his job back

By DAVID MINSKY

Robert Kirsch wants his job back. But Kirsch’s former employer, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, doesn’t want him back and filed a petition on May...

Local Laura's Law program offers support for high-need residents with mental illnesses

By BRENNA SWANSTON

A Santa Barbara County resident is dealing with mental illness and homelessness. She frequents local emergency rooms, to the point where staff there know her by name. She&rsqu...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Breakfast Rotary’s 28th Annual Barn Party Luau was a major hoot. Their big (maybe huge) fundraiser of the year was held on Saturday, May 13, at the Santa Maria Fairpar...

Political Watch 5/25/17

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) confirmed to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on May 18 that there’s still no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s ca...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria BC Central

By DAVID MINSKY

Santa Maria may not seem like a bicycle friendly city compared to others, but native Ken Dahmen is trying to change that perception. Dahmen, 28, is the Santa Maria program di...

Commentary

City Council didn't listen to the people

By HAZEL DAVALOS

After years of controversy around reforming Santa Maria’s local elections, we’ve made progress, but we have a long way to go for fair representation and true democ...

Letters

Addendum to Syrian story

By Dr. Saba Soomekh - Los Angeles

In Brenna Swanston's poignant article, "Finding a haven," (May 11) it is stated that I, Saba Soomekh, believe that Muslims are persecuted the most in Syria and, &quo...

Dear Rebecca Rose

By Al Millikan - Lompoc

OK, the tears of laughter have started to subside as I read through your story ("Culinary rube," May 11). I am the chief chef in my house, and I have a millennial h...

California needs oil industry

By Stephen Pepe - president of EconAlliance, Lompoc

Santa Barbara County and cities such as Santa Barbara and Lompoc are facing significant budget deficits. So far, the politicians’ and staff’s response has been to ...

Sports

No points for prejudice: The Benchwarmer tackles racism in sports

By KRISTINA SEWELL

I am starting to feel like the world/America has been transported back to a time where xenophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and racism were the norm. Ideally, sports are sup...

Cassy Misiewicz

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Righetti High School grad Cassy Misiewicz is a self-described gym rat. Between working out five to six times a week, taking care of her dog, Mindy, and her full-time job, she ...

School Scene

Local charter school accused of whistleblower retaliation in lawsuit

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Former Olive Grove Charter School (OGCS) teacher Nancy Watson filed a lawsuit on May 18 against the school, claiming she was wrongfully terminated for pointing out the school&...

Pioneer Valley student takes home FFA award

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Pioneer Valley High School student Steven Cervantes won the agricultural mechanics design and fabrication proficiency state champion award at the Future Farmers of America (FF...

PG&E donates CPR kits to school district

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) funded 80 CPR kits for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, where staff will lead CPR trainings for students. In a press rele...

Righetti art show, chalk festival coming soon

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Ernest Righetti High School will host its 2017 student art show and chalk festival on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, where student artists will showcase more than 1,...

Canary

Mad over maps

Hey everyone, pissed off yet? No? Well, some people haven’t stop being pissed off. Like the activists and organizations that spent weeks lining up for public comment ...

Street Wise

What are you going to do this summer?

Daniel Medina Victor Rivera Jazmin Vazquez Omar Castaneda

Arts

A King's dance: Ballroom dance teacher Marie King returns to teaching

By REBECCA ROSE

“T-A-N-G-O. T-A-N-G-O. T-A-N-G-O.” As she stands in the middle of a circle of dancers inside the Elwin Mussell Senior Center on a windy Wednesday evening, Marie K...

Full circle: SLO Little Theatre's production of 'Our Town' gets to the meat of life

By RYAH COOLEY

The niceties of a play—that is a set and props, elaborate costumes, and the creation of a world the audience can see but remains invisible to—are all stripped asid...

Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association awards scholarships

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association (SYVAA) recently announced the 2017 Arts Scholarships winners for local arts students. Caira Moniot, a student at Santa Ynez Valley Uni...

Lompoc teacher receives recognition from SB Bowl

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Garson Olivieri, music teacher at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, was named the 2018 Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. This fall, Olivieri will be honore...

Humor

Convalescent recharge

By ARIEL WATERMAN

I’ve been sick. Really, really sick. I’m better now and can talk about it, but I could not reveal that I was sick because my mother reads my column. My siblings ...

Music

Singer/songwriter Sean Wiggins returns to the Central Coast

By JOE PAYNE

View a video of Sean Wiggins performing at Cold Spring Tavern. She’s performed across Santa Barbara County, from the wooded Santa Ynez Mountains to Santa Maria Valley, ...

Film

'Alien: Covenant’ is a bloody good continuation of the Alien mythos

Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down) helms this sequel to his 2012 film Prometheus, part two of a three-part prequel to his original 1979 film Ali...

Eats

Thai-licious: Try something new at Thai Hut in Orcutt

By REBECCA ROSE

Aside from my native Southern food, there is no better comfort food in the world than Thai. Whether it’s platefuls of pad thai smelling of freshly squeezed lime and ligh...

Hot Stuff

Sultry singer

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jessica Childress comes to Standing Sun Wines for a concert on May 28. Childress appeared on season four of NBC’s hit amateur singing...

Happy birthday, Lompoc Theatre

The Lompoc Theatre Project will celebrate the 90th birthday of the Lompoc Theatre on May 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. The event is free and includes artists and vendors, food trucks, ...

Cruisin’ for a cause

West Coast Kustoms presents the 38th annual Cruisin’ Nationals event featuring a classic car show, swap meet, and live music on May 26 through 28 at the Santa Maria Fair...