Wednesday, July 18, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 19
Up on the hill: An iconic Los Alamos motel gets a makeover

Cover Story

Up on the hill: An iconic Los Alamos motel gets a makeover


The motel with the campy, giant yellow sign was never talked about much. But I had always been curious–myself a bit of a retrophile–about the Skyview Motel in Los Alamos. The sleepy motel had earned a dubious nickname from some locals. They dubbed it the Psycho motel, and its seemingly ominous and withdrawn presence overlooking Los Alamos did nothing to dissua... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Up on the hill: An iconic Los Alamos motel gets a makeover
Art: Blue Sky Center in Cuyama hosts visiting artists
News: Santa Maria City Council puts increased sales tax on November ballot
Athlete of the Week: Orcutt American Little League player Carson Gooley
Art: An evening of art: VTC artists pull big crowds as they hold their annual art show in Orcutt


Santa Maria City Council puts increased sales tax on November ballot

By Kasey Bubnash

If Santa Marians want to improve and maintain the city's public safety services, it's going to cost.  The Santa Maria City Council voted unanimously on July 3 to put Mea...

After slow start, fire season roars to life

By Spencer Cole

The call came in around 8 p.m. on a Friday night and the worst fears were quickly confirmed. A wildland fire on the north side of Goleta, fanned by 40 mph wind gusts, was push...

SMAT bus driver involved in fatal collision will not face criminal charges

By Kasey Bubnash

The Santa Maria city bus driver involved in April's fatal collision with a bicyclist will not face criminal charges, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's ...

Dividing lines: Pair of competing ordinances aim to control supervisorial redistricting process

By Spencer Cole

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and citizen activists traded barbs over two competing ordinances that aim to redraw the supervisors' district boundaries.  ...


In the July 5 news article, "Ballot initiative aims to redraw county supervisorial districts," the Sun incorrectly said that Reason in Government was "new." The organization f...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Barbara County Fair

By Spencer Cole

Hold on to your cowboy hats, the fair is back in town.  The annual event, now celebrating its 127th year, features the state's largest junior livestock auction, big-name...


Lompoc's downward spiral continues


We have been living in Lompoc for 24 years. During that time my husband and I have devoted our lives to improving the quality of life in this city. We have volunteered our tim...


The new GOP

By Seán Mac Aodha, Guadalupe

Thanks to Michael Smith for his no-nonsense column on the horror story that is Donald Trump ("Trump's not a Republican," June 28). Whether or not America survives th...

Fireworks in Santa Maria

By Concerned Citizen, Santa Maria

For the past three or four years my next door neighbors have thrown a very large Fourth of July party, and every year they have ignited illegal fireworks.  The firewor...

Library Shop should stay

By Nancy Meddings, Orcutt

I read with interest City Librarian Mary Housel's comments in the "Library Shop to close after tiff with library" article (July 5). I have been a librarian for 31 years, as w...

Library Shop does good work

By Sheryn Pratt, Santa Maria

Congratulations to the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library for 10 years of dedicated service to the people of the Santa Maria Valley through their operation of the Libr...

Supreme Court nomination

By Kim Pendleton, Nipomo

Now that there is a vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States, Americans and U.S. senators should be reminded that there is still a nomination for the Supreme Court t...

Orcutt American Little League player Carson Gooley

By Kasey Bubnash

Although Orcutt American Little League player Carson Gooley is truly versatile on defense, head coach Jim Stollberg said his exceptional infield game is unmatched by any loc...

School Scene

Federal funding reinstated to Community Action Partnership sex ed programs

By Kasey Bubnash

It's been a financially rocky year for some Community Action Partnership San Luis Obispo programs, but because of a recent federal court ruling, the nonprofit will continue of...


Due credit

I know I spend most of my time pecking at people, but hey, I'm a bird! It's what I do. That's why it's always good to give some credit when it's due, especially to those I've ...


An evening of art: VTC artists pull big crowds as they hold their annual art show in Orcutt

By Rebecca Rose

Rebecca* is eager to show visitors at CORE Winery in Orcutt her works of art. Two of her pieces hang on the walls of the tasting room, which at the moment is crowded to near ...

Soul connections: Local children's book explores a higher power and twin flames


Creation, reincarnation, and twin flames are all the makings of a great exploration of religion, life, and true love–or a children's book, if you think like San Luis Obi...

Arts Fiesta planned in Santa Maria

By Rebecca Rose

Youth Arts Alive, a Santa Maria free youth arts education program, presents its first Arts Fiesta event at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center on July 13 at 6 p.m. Th...

Great American Melodrama presents 'Gold Fever'

By Rebecca Rose

The Great American Melodrama brings the Old West to life in its latest comedy production, Gold Fever at the Rough and Ready by Neil LaVine. Gold Fever joins The Mix Tape in t...

Blue Sky Center in Cuyama hosts visiting artists

The Blue Sky Center recently hosted its first residency program in the Cuyama Valley.  With support from the Squire Foundation, the Santa Barbara County Department of Ar...


Gazebo a go-go: Local bands bring their sound outside for Summer Concerts at Solvang Park

By Joe Payne

Smack dab in the middle of all the windmills and bakeries in Solvang is Solvang Park, and right in the middle of that is a shady gazebo overlooking its sprawling lawn. For ma...


Stranger than …

In this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary directed by Tim Wardle, in 1980, three 19-year-old strangers discover they’re identical triplets separated at birth. T...


Going to pot: Instant pot roast sounds too good to be true, but it works

By Rebecca Rose

I will openly and shamelessly admit my Instant Pot spent six months on my kitchen counter before I would even touch it because I was terrified it would explode all over my kit...

Hot Stuff

Donna and the Dynamos

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents Mamma Mia!, a musical comedy featuring songs by ABBA, July 18 through 21 at the Marian Theatre, located at 800 S. College Drive, Sant...

What does the fox say?

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