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A river runs through them: Six artists take 'A River's Journey' through the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley watershed at the Wildling Museum

Cover Story

A river runs through them: Six artists take 'A River's Journey' through the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley watershed at the Wildling Museum

By REBECCA ROSE

View a slideshow from the hanging of the exhibit. There is an idea of water. There is an idea of how it bends. It cools, quenches, consumes. It drowns, rebirths, soothes. And it carries. Artist Nicole Strasburg has been alive with all of these ideas about water for the better part of two years. Stepping back from a loosely scattered collection of paintings on the floo... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: A river runs through them: Six artists take 'A River's Journey' through the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley watershed at the Wildling Museum
News: High and dry: Parched wet season leaves water mavens wary of future
News: Santa Maria men arrested in alleged human trafficking case
News: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal shooting at Chumash Casino
News: Hundreds of Santa Maria High School students skip class after threatening social media posts
 

News

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal shooting at Chumash Casino

By SPENCER COLE

Gunshots rang out across the Santa Ynez Valley in the early hours of Feb. 20. When the sun rose a few hours later, one man was dead. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Public Inf...

Santa Maria men arrested in alleged human trafficking case

By KASEY BUBNASH

Three Santa Maria men were arrested at an unspecified motel in the city on Feb. 19 after a minor, who was allegedly being pimped out, escaped the motel and called the Santa Ma...

Guadalupe City Council bans commercial cannabis businesses for now

By SPENCER COLE

Another Central Coast community will not allow commercial cannabis businesses to operate within its borders as of Feb. 13. The Guadalupe City Council voted to ban all but medi...

Residents speak in favor of proposed trail between Santa Maria, Guadalupe

By SPENCER COLE

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 13 was filled with lengthy public comment, largely related to a proposed hiking and biking trail between the citi...

Hundreds of Santa Maria High School students skip class after threatening social media posts

By KASEY BUBNASH

Roughly 300 Santa Maria High School students were pulled out of class or stayed home from school on Feb. 16 after administrators and parents became aware of threatening social...

Correction

In the Feb. 15 cover story, “Dream come true,” the Sun incorrectly stated the photographer of the cover image and one inside image. Jorge Valencia of Ramses Photog...

Solvang forms subcommittee to handle horse-drawn trolley issues

By KASEY BUBNASH

An unusual amount of time and money have been put toward efforts to adequately answer a question that has perplexed Solvang City Council members for months now: Where should t...

High and dry: Parched wet season leaves water mavens wary of future

By SPENCER COLE

When it comes to the question of “is California in a drought?” The answer depends on who you ask. On Feb. 6, the U.S. Drought Monitor listed Santa Barbara, Ventur...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Hats off to books!

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Welcome to Wonderland. More precisely, welcome to the Mad Hatter’s Bash in Wonderland, a production of the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. This dazzling ...

Political Watch 2/22/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) addressed the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a day after the attack, on Feb. 15 from the floor of the U.S. Sen...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Dick's Sporting Goods

By SPENCER COLE

Dick’s Sporting Goods is set to celebrate its grand opening at Enos Ranch (775 E. Betteravia Road) in Santa Maria on Friday, Feb. 23. The major retail chain announced th...

Commentary

Make every room energy efficient

By JAVIER SAUCEDO

As an energy coach for the county-operated emPower Central Coast program—along with more than 20 years in construction and energy conservation—I am committed to he...

Letters

Walls forever

By Justin Ruhge - Concerned Taxpayers, Lompoc

The plans by President Trump to “build the wall” is the present-day continuation of this effort to control the very porous 2,000-mile U.S. and Mexican border, whic...

Spirit Ricks

By KASEY BUBNASH

Although Allan Hancock College student Spirit Ricks is only a freshman, he's already captain of the Hancock men's basketball team and averages double digits in both rebounds a...

School Scene

Santa Maria high school district celebrates Career Technical Education Month

By KASEY BUBNASH

In honor of national Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is working to raise awareness about its CTE education efforts tha...

Girls' Night Out will provide space for junior high school girls to get creative

By KASEY BUBNASH

Local junior high school girls will have an opportunity to get creative and interact without boys on Feb. 24 at another of the city's Girls' Night Out events. Attendees of Gi...

Canary

Crucial concerns

Ever lose track of everything you need to be concerned about? Gun death, domestic violence, human trafficking, natural disasters, ongoing drought, social media threats&mdas...

Arts

PCPA delivers powerful production of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'

By REBECCA ROSE

When watching a play like The Crucible, now more than 65 years old, one wonders what playwright Arthur Miller would make of America now. Miller set his landmark, Tony Award...

Solvang artist Laura Scandalis Cross takes a playful look at life

By REBECCA ROSE

A visit to Laura Scandalis Cross’ Solvang home and makeshift studio first starts with a greeting from Betty. Betty is Cross’ dog, who’s ready to inspect any...

Solvang Library seeks poetry submissions from Santa Ynez Valley students

By REBECCA ROSE

The Solvang Library is asking Santa Ynez Valley sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to write a poem and share it with the community in a public reading. Writers are asked to s...

Lompoc Library announces Zip Book program

By REBECCA ROSE

The California State Library selected the Lompoc Public Library System to participate in a project called Zip Books to help library users get better access to books they want....

Music

Santa Maria Philharmonic plots an emotional journey with works by Copland, Mahler, and Mendelssohn

By JOE PAYNE

February is always a good month to explore matters of the heart. For Santa Maria Philharmonic Society Music Director Michael Nowak, the idea was a perfect springboard for the...

Film

‘Black Panther’ tackles complicated cultural issues via an entertaining romp

Co-writer/director Ryan Coogler helms this story about T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a newly crowned king of the technologically advanced but isolationist country of Waka...

Eats

Vintners Bar and Grill is perfect for lovers or anyone who enjoys upscale casual dining

By REBECCA ROSE

One of the best ways to experience the talents of local chefs is to try out their prix fixe menu. A prix fixe menu comes with a set list of menu options at a fixed price and i...

Hot Stuff

Marvel at Marble

The Pacific Conservatory Theater’s Outreach Tour presents The Purple Marble, a new musical adapted from the book by Alyssa B. Antoci, on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Santa M...

Cole call

Jacob Cole performs Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Presqu’ile Winery and Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Zinke Wines. Admission to both performances is free. Presqu’ile Winery is locat...

Weaving at the Wildling

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature presents a pine needle basket workshop on March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome to this class hosted by Kat...




Weekly Poll
Where do you like to take in the arts?

Santa Ynez Valley galleries.
Lompoc is great for murals and exhibits.
Allan Hancock College and PCPA do great work.
My doctor's office.

| Poll Results