Monday, April 23, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 7
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Start your batteries: Die-hard radio-controlled car enthusiasts meet up to race, jump, and kick up some dirt on the Central Coast

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Start your batteries: Die-hard radio-controlled car enthusiasts meet up to race, jump, and kick up some dirt on the Central Coast

By JEREMY WIRTH AND JOE PAYNE

Rain usually cancels the regular meetup of Central Coast radio-controlled (RC) car enthusiasts at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. But it wasn't quite raining on April 7, more of a drizzle, and plenty of diehards still made it out. The heavy fog didn't slow down Tony Drake or his black and red-striped Traxxas RC car from kicking up damp dirt across the backyard racetrack. &quo... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Barbara County and Lompoc cannabis regulations cater to industry while eyeing it as revenue source
News: Allan Hancock College works to update harassment policies but denies changes were spurred by employee who said she was sexually harassed
News: Class certification hearing in Santa Barbara County Jail lawsuit extended to May
Cover Story: Start your batteries: Die-hard radio-controlled car enthusiasts meet up to race, jump, and kick up some dirt on the Central Coast
Art: Firefighter Andrew Klein documents the work of battling blazes
 

News

EPA's Pruitt targets Casmalia site for expedited work

By SPENCER COLE

The Casmalia Resources Superfund Site topped U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's April 16 emphasis list out of all other similar superfund ...

Class certification hearing in Santa Barbara County Jail lawsuit extended to May

By KASEY BUBNASH

A hearing on class certification was extended to May 31 by a U.S. District Court judge on April 12 as part of a federal class action lawsuit against Santa Barbara County and t...

Vandenberg plugs in to massive new solar array

By SPENCER COLE

As of Jan. 8 of this year, Vandenberg Air Force Base will receive about a third of its power (over the next 25 years) via solar energy. On April 10, the base held a dedication...

Cold weather and rain to blame for low strawberry production

By KASEY BUBNASH

California’s strawberry production is off to a slow start this year after recent cold weather and rain damaged some of the state’s crops. Southern California&rsqu...

Sun and New Times receive California Journalism Awards

By JOE PAYNE

Both the Sun and its sister paper New Times have received several awards from the California News Publishers Association's (CNPA) California Journalism Awards for reporting do...

Allan Hancock College works to update harassment policies but denies changes were spurred by employee who said she was sexually harassed

By KASEY BUBNASH

Allan Hancock College revisited its nondiscrimination and harassment policies on April 10, two months after a longtime employee publicly described to the board of trustees her...

Santa Barbara County and Lompoc cannabis regulations cater to industry while eyeing it as revenue source

By SPENCER COLE

Jan. 1, 2018, marked the first day California welcomed recreational cannabis to the legal market. Since then, municipalities across the state have passed laws either to regula...

Political Watch 4/19/18

• A public forum for Santa Barbara County Sheriff candidates is scheduled for April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Center, Board of Supervisors ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Paradise Trading Post

By SPENCER COLE

Don’t call it a pawn shop. At least not in front of Paradise Trading Post’s owner, Mike Alexander, 57, who will quickly remind the offender what the store really ...

Commentary

Fighting for a profitable future in Central Coast agriculture

By REP. SALUD CARBAJAL

From passing a strong Farm Bill, to addressing the critical labor shortage and drought conditions, Congress must take these opportunities to step up and support our local agri...

Letters

Olmstead for sheriff, here's why

By Jim Thomas - former Santa Barbara County sheriff and fire chief

At a time when the relationship between our public safety agencies is paramount, we need to consider who is best suited to work cooperatively as leader of our Sheriff's Office...

Gloege hit the nail on its head

By Beverly Scofield - Santa Maria

I admit I was thrown off track when I first read the headline to William Gloege's letter: "Capitalism needs your help!" (April 5). However, his perfectly written let...

Recusal

By Seth Steiner - Los Alamos

Just since 2016, county Supervisor Steve Lavagnino has taken well over $10,000 in campaign contributions from companies with business before the county. Specifically, three co...

Compton's critics are off-base

By Elsa Dawson - San Luis Obispo

It's fascinating reading the drumbeat of nasty letters launched by [SLO County] Supervisor Lynn Compton's critics in their efforts to demonize her for the many good things she...

Give Jimmy Paulding a chance

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

The Hollands’ donation to Jimmy Paulding and his not telling is not an issue. Lynn Compton grabbed it as such because she has nothing else to grab on against Paulding. S...

Marcos Hillje-Enthoven

By KASEY BUBNASH

After four years on Orcutt Academy High School’s varsity swim team, breaking numerous school records, and a currently undefeated season, senior Marcos Hillje-Enthoven pl...

School Scene

Youth Sports Comittee holds first meeting

By KASEY BUBNASH

More than 30 youth sports leagues in Santa Maria Valley provide kids with ample athletic opportunities, but rundown fields, overpopulated facilities, and a general lack of c...

Canary

Policy and PR

You can tell a lot about an issue based on how the agency or organization surrounding it approaches the topic, and nobody writes better press releases for themselves than go...

Arts

Firefighter Andrew Klein documents the work of battling blazes

By REBECCA ROSE

An orange rage tears through a smoky sky. Silhouetted in black are two figures, frozen in the moment, seemingly transfixed by what lies before them. It takes the eye only a m...

Nipomo cartoonist Leigh Rubin designs signs for SLO Botanical Garden, launches new show

By RYAH COOLEY

Famed Nipomo-based cartoonist Leigh Rubin is a cowman. Heifers make regular appearances in Rubes, his daily cartoon that’s syndicated in 400 media outlets worldwide. He ...

Allan Hancock College hosts creative entrepreneurship symposium

By REBECCA ROSE

A one-day symposium at Allan Hancock College is planned to connect notable arts consultants with local leaders in arts education, students, and community members to explore be...

Wildling Museum hosts fundraiser barbecue

By REBECCA ROSE

Solvang’s Wildling Museum hosts its 15th annual spring barbecue on April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., to raise funds for the museum’s work. The barbecue is scheduled to...

Music

The Central Coast Guitar Show welcomes guitar lovers from far and wide who are looking to buy or sell

By JOE PAYNE

There’s no other feeling that compares to when you’ve finally found the right guitar. The way the neck feels cradled in the palm of your hand, how your fingertips ...

Film

‘Isle of Dogs’ is a charmer

Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) directs this stop-motion animated tale about Atari Kobay...

Eats

Chef James Gentry shakes things up at Rooney's Irish Pub

By REBECCA ROSE

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (turn and face the strange). It seems appropriate to hum a few bars of David Bowie’s iconic song “Changes” if you’ve made a recent...

Hot Stuff

Go fish

The Neal Taylor Nature Center hosts its 23rd annual Fish Derby on April 21 and 22 at Cachuma Lake. The event features prize categories for multiple types of fish including cra...

And the Oscar goes to

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts its 13th annual Wilderness Spirit Award presentation on April 29 at the Spring Barbecue at Creekspirit in Mission Canyon. Local aut...

Berry nice

The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival takes place April 27 through 29 at Santa Maria Fairpark, located at 937 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria. Attractions include carnival ...




Weekly Poll
Should dance studios be considered youth centers when drawing buffer zones for recreational cannabis businesses in Lompoc?

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