Monday, July 24, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 20
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Center stagers: Local home stagers take the spotlight in our annual Indoor/Outdoor issue

Cover Story

Center stagers: Local home stagers take the spotlight in our annual Indoor/Outdoor issue

By REBECCA ROSE

On a serene drive to Lompoc, Patty Ouellet is chipper and eager to get to her next project. A vacant house awaits her special skill. She will arrive and take note of things like natural lighting, landscaping, and more details that casual observers might miss. By the time she’s done, her work will help someone make a life-changing decision. Ouellet is a professional ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Barbara County firefighters progress with wildfire containment
Commentary: Embrace the community
Cover Story: Center stagers: Local home stagers take the spotlight in our annual Indoor/Outdoor issue
News: Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Fairpark hosts Agricultural Recognition Awards
News: Animal Services, community help find temporary homes for evacuated pets and livestock
 

News

Santa Barbara County firefighters progress with wildfire containment

By JOE PAYNE AND KASEY BUBNASH

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson had some good news to share with the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors at its July 18 meeting—the Alamo Fire near S...

Santa Barbara County changes water well permitting process for certain areas

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Drilling a non-agricultural water well in an area of Santa Barbara County that’s already served by a water district is about to become more burdensome thanks to what 1st...

5th District county supervisor Steve Lavagnino announces bid for re-election

By JOE PAYNE

Steve Lavagnino was set to announce his bid for re-election as 5th District county supervisor on July 19, aiming for a third term representing much of Santa Maria and unincorp...

Guadalupe man killed in rollover crash

By KASEY BUBNASH

Edgar Contreras-Argote of Guadalupe died early July 17 in a single-car rollover on Brown Road just outside Santa Maria. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:26 a.m. when ...

Animal Services, community help find temporary homes for evacuated pets and livestock

By KASEY BUBNASH

When Jen Ellis told her children they wouldn’t be going home, they cried. After a long Saturday spent preparing for 4-H competitions at the Santa Barbara County Fair in...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Santa Maria Fairpark hosts Agricultural Recognition Awards

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

On my way to an agricultural awards event on the eve of the Santa Barbara County Fair, on Santa Maria Fairpark grounds, I passed by the Great American Petting Zoo. I had to ...

Political Watch 7/20/17

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a statement on July 13 following the release of the updated Senate Republican health care bill, meant to “repeal and repla...

Drought-tolerant plants still a wise choice for local gardens

By CARMEN AGUILA-TORNERO

The Central Coast doesn’t always get a lot of rain during the winter, but it consistently sees warm, dry weather come summertime. For those who have a garden to tend to,...

Tiny houses, big dreams: CET plans to donate houses to those without

By KASEY BUBNASH

Steve Del Real said he watched his students at the Center for Employment Training (CET) build miniature, almost fully working homes for years as a part of the hands-on learnin...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Helping Hand Document Services

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

It’s never too late to start over. This was Corina Yee’s mantra after losing her job at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Yee worked for the United Launch Alliance (ULA) ...

Commentary

Embrace the community

By PETE FLORES

In a recent interview with KSBY, Mr. Rick Haydon, city manager of Santa Maria, when speaking about the Mayor’s Task Force, stated that the people on the Mayor’s Ta...

Letters

Remember the Alamo!

By Susan K. Chapman - Santa Maria

On behalf of the residents living near the north side of the Alamo Fire, I wish to give my heartfelt thanks to all the firefighters on the ground and in the air who came from ...

Filthy-five fiction

By Samantha Romero - Santa Maria

My family and I were totally disgusted by Mr. Foote’s 55 Fiction article peppered with F-bombs (“Graciapapi,” July 6). It’s bad enough that people are ...

Thanks for stopping SB 562

By Justin Ruhge - Concerned Taxpayers Inc., Lompoc

Even a Democrat thinks it is dumb. Democrats are noted for raising taxes and spending wildly on social issues. But here even the speaker of the California Assembly, Democrat ...

God of fire is pleased

By Andy Caldwell - Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business

Having written nearly 2,000 opinion columns during my career, there is one particular subject that I have repeated over and over. It has to do with the dangers and implication...

Sports

The Benchwarmer shares her adventure at Zion National Park, Utah

By KRISTINA SEWELL

By definition, the word “zion” means paradise. If there is a paradise on this Earth, I think it exists in Zion National Park. Tucked into the southwest corner of U...

Courtney Tuskan

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Female rock climbers from around the globe, including Lompoc resident Courtney Tuskan, gathered at Owen’s River Gorge in Bishop, Calif., for the 2017 Flash Foxy Women&rs...

School Scene

Hancock offers Saturday classes at Vandenberg AFB

By CARMEN AGUILA-TORNERO

Allan Hancock College will offer two six-week business classes taught at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Education Center for fall semester. The two classes, one for business...

Partners in Education welcomes new board members

By CARMEN AGUILA-TORNERO

Partners in Education welcomed Santa Barbara City College President Anthony E. Beebe as its new board president, County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido as board secret...

Two Cuyama High School graduates land energy internships

By CARMEN AGUILA-TORNERO

Cuyama graduates Jazmin Ojedas and Karen Mancilla were selected to participate in this year’s summer internship program provided by energy producers. Ojedas will be inte...

Four Marian Regional Medical Center volunteers awarded 'Volunteen' scholarship

By CARMEN AGUILA-TORNERO

The Volunteen Scholarship Award recently gave $7,000 in scholarships to four local college-bound teens who volunteer at Marian Regional Medical Center. The four locals served...

Canary

Worldwide whine

Things sure have changed since I began fluttering around newsrooms, chasing down leads, and covering local news. For one, I don’t actually have to go to a bunch of lo...

Street Wise

Why do you like going to Waller Park?

Mike Johnson Irene Lossing Kristin Badenell Jesse Moreno

Arts

Wildling Museum hosts tree-themed photography competition

By REBECCA ROSE

Some of the images are hard to pinpoint at first. A speck of red stands out in a cluster of black matter. A broken branch stretches out into a stark sky. In another, a cluster...

PCPA receives NEA grant

By REBECCA ROSE

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) received a $10,000 Arts Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. PCPA was one of 133 organizations to receive funding from...

Guadalupe hosts annual Obon Festival

Guadalupe Buddhist Church welcomes the public to the annual Japanese Obon Festival. Members of the church hold the event to express gratitude and honor to their ancestors who ...

Humor

On the big island

By ARIEL WATERMAN

Ah, summer! The time for frolic and fun in the sun. Best of all—no school! And if you’re a kid, that’s the best part of summer. Then there is the family va...

Music

St. Louis de Montfort hosts concert by French Boys' Choir

By JOE PAYNE

The Catholic Church looms large in the history of Western art music, and why shouldn't it? The church is responsible for written music notation, some of the earliest codified ...

Film

The Big Sick is a big-hearted charmer with plenty of laughs

Director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) directs this semi-autographical screenplay by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani about a Pakistani stand-up comic named K...

Eats

La Rocco's brings Chicago-style hot dogs to Santa Maria

By REBECCA ROSE

In 1993, when I was living in the great city of Chicago, I got off my stop on the L red line at Fullerton and realized there was nothing to eat in my tiny studio apartment (as...

Hot Stuff

Celebrate culture

Celebrate with the Guadalupe Buddhist Church’s annual Obon Festival with food, dancing, martial arts, taiko drumming, and arts and crafts on July 23 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p....

Take it easy

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles presents a showcase of the Eagles hits such “Heartache Tonight,” and “Hotel California” as well as newer relea...

Look, up in the sky

The Solvang Parks and Recreation Department present a superhero-themed two-day camp featuring crafts, adventures, and games for children ages 3 to 8. Parents are invited last ...




Weekly Poll
How do you decorate your home?

Ranch style, with deer antlers and all.
Adobe style. Hello red tiles!
Modern industrial. Exposed metal and concrete.
Shabby chic. The thrift store is my friend.

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