Tuesday, November 20, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 37
It's holiday time!

Cover Story

It's holiday time!

By Joe Payne

It's the time of year again, when you dust off those boxes full of lights and tinsel and deck the halls with festive cheer. No matter how you celebrate the season, the Sun has your back with its annual Holiday Guide. Learn about an opportunity to make your own greetings cards, a Christmas tree farm that stays fresh with a family focus, how some locals enjoy the holidays wi... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Barbara County firefighters, Sheriff's Office help with fires
News: Business community eyes diversified approach to keeping and bringing "living wage" jobs to Santa Barbara County
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: Lompoc Valley Medical Center
News: Guadalupe takes input on LeRoy Park repairs at community workshop
School Scene: Community Colleges chancellor visits Hancock to discuss system-wide changes


Santa Barbara County firefighters, Sheriff's Office help with fires

By Spencer Cole

California is under a fiery siege, and emergency responders across the state and country have been dispatched in large numbers to stem the flaming tide.  Santa Barbara C...

County supervisors hear report on Lompoc's homeless triage center

By Spencer Cole

The Lompoc homeless emergency shelter, or triage center, closed on Oct. 9 of this year but not before county social workers were able to assist some 70 affected individuals. &...

Hancock's new ag club announces plans for trip to Sacramento

By Kasey Bubnash

Allan Hancock College has a new club for students hoping to learn more about the local agricultural industry and legislation that affects it. The Young Farmers and Ranchers C...

Guadalupe takes input on LeRoy Park repairs at community workshop

By Kasey Bubnash

After a workshop on Nov. 11 where Guadalupe community members discussed the needs and future of LeRoy Park, it's back to the drawing board for city staffers working to lay out...

Business community eyes diversified approach to keeping and bringing "living wage" jobs to Santa Barbara County

By Spencer Cole

It was a packed house at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott on Nov. 8, and the topic at hand was jobs and how to bring more to Santa Barbara County. Business ranging from Pacific...

In the aftermath: Local Cal Lutheran students and parents reunite in wake of mass shooting, wildfire threat

By Joe Payne

Kaitlyn Domingues had been asleep for less than an hour in her Cal Lutheran dorm room on Nov. 7 when she woke up to a phone notification. It was a text from a friend, Domingu...

Political Watch 11/15/18

• Santa Barbara County released its first post-election update on Nov. 9, updating vote counts for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. As of press time, approximately 56,000 ba...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Lompoc Valley Medical Center

By Spencer Cole

Changes are coming to Lompoc's health care industry. On Aug. 24, Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) announced the planned acquisition of the Lompoc Sansum Clinic and its 14-...


My visit to the DMV

By Ron Fink - Lompoc

A couple of weeks ago I got a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that required me to take a written driver's test in order to renew my license. You see I am ol...


Our water is at risk

By Seth Steiner - Los Alamos

If we want to continue to have clean water for drinking and ag use, we need to step up. A company called ERG is planning a huge increase in oil production between Los Alamos a...

The folly of nationalism

By Erik Huber - San Luis Obispo

I once read a bestselling novel about the Great War called The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. The author vividly describes the horrors of the costly and tragic conflict; h...

Hancock undervalues jazz

By Luane Fose, 2nd tenor saxophone - Allan Hancock College Jazz Band

Thursday night is my favorite night of the week! Why? Because that is the night that I join other musicians from all over the Central Coast in performing jazz in the Allan Han...

Jarred Torres

By Kasey Bubnash

Lompoc High School's water polo team might not even exist today if it weren't for senior Jarred Torres.  Torres, who started playing water polo his freshman year, accord...

School Scene

Community Colleges chancellor visits Hancock to discuss system-wide changes

By Kasey Bubnash

Community colleges throughout California have seen big, systematic changes in the last two years, and while many of those are still being implemented, even more are coming. I...


Tuesday surprises

It takes a lot to surprise this old bird, but the midterm elections on Nov. 6 did just that. Well, I wasn't surprised by all of it.  I rightly predicted ("Politi...


Betteravia Gallery hosts Santa Barbara Printmakers juried exhibition

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture presents a juried exhibit  of the Santa Barbara Printmakers (SBP) at the Betteravia Gallery in Santa Maria through A...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents Boy

By Rebecca Rose

The latest production from the Santa Maria Civic Theatre is Boy, inspired by a true story. The play explores issues of sexual identity and falling in love as well as the co...

New York City gallery features Orcutt artist

Local artist Lori Mole is featured in a new exhibit at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City. The exhibit, titled Moulin Rouge Thanksgiving, features work celebratin...

Bold fold: Robert Salazar's visionary origami work draws attention to conservation issues

By Rebecca Rose

Scrolling through Robert Salazar's website yields some unusual finds. The artist, scientist, and activist, known for his intensely detailed origami works of art, has a lot ...

Former Central Coast journalist pens wine country thriller

By Ryah Cooley

The hills of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County are dotted with wine grapes as far as the eye can see. But in those twisted vines, former Santa Maria Times journalist St...


Great balls of fire: Krider suffers some technical difficulties on the racetrack

By Rob Krider

Even though I am a grown-ass man I still like to play with cars. As a little boy all I wanted to be when I grew up was a race car driver. It was a dream I never let go of. S...


Local bands reunite for Thanksgiving Eve show featuring Joe Kidd and The Gash

By Joe Payne

The holiday season is the perfect time to get a band back together. First of all, everyone comes back to town for the holidays, so it's easier to get people together for a ...


Nazi zombies!

Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) directs this action/mystery/horror story about two World War II-era American paratroopers—Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and Ford (Wyatt Russell)—...


Torta-tastic: Deli Delicias' tortas are a big hit in a small space

By Rebecca Rose

Humberto Hernandez opened his first restaurant at the age of 16 in Jalisco, Mexico. He had spent the past five years learning to cook at home and working in kitchens and thoug...

Hot Stuff


The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosts its Mars InSight Landing event on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children and their families can view the landing of NASA’s InS...


The Great Gatsby Gala takes place Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, located at 3455 Airpark Drive, Santa Maria. This annual gala benefits the Santa Maria Philharmonic S...


Illusionist and comedian Anthony Hernandez hosts a magic show on Nov. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ethel Pope Auditorium, located at 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. Proceeds benef...

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