Sunday, November 23, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 37
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Testing the waters: Locals prepare to submit a nomination to create a National Marine Sanctuary along the Central Coast

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Testing the waters: Locals prepare to submit a nomination to create a National Marine Sanctuary along the Central Coast

BY JONO KINKADE

A wise animated crab once said: “The human world, it’s a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they've got up there.” He was biased, of course, but nonetheless, there are some land-roaming humans who might agree. In the waters off the Central Coast, 13 different species of whales and dolphins come to feed, sea otters are prolific, numerous ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Jury selection begins for U-Haul murder trial
News: Faculty association and Santa Maria Joint Union High School District struggle to come to terms with contract
News: Community Corner: Santa Maria Keller Williams holds Toys for Tots drive
School Scene: Discovery Corner: Get ready for the holidays with the Discovery Museum!
News: Community Notebook 11/20/14-11/27/14
 

News

Two people are seriously injured in a vintage Mustang wreck

BY DAVID MINSKY

A vintage Shelby Cobra Mustang wrecked at the corner of Broadway and Enos the afternoon of Nov. 14, seriously injuring the driver and a pedestrian, creating a scene that backe...

Jury selection begins for U-Haul murder trial

BY DAVID MINSKY

Jury selection for the Anthony Ibarra murder trial began at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Nov. 17. More than 2,100 Santa Barbara County residents were summoned to the park to b...

Faculty association and Santa Maria Joint Union High School District struggle to come to terms with contract

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

After more than a year’s worth of somewhat public fighting over the nuances and meat of a contract/collective bargaining agreement, the Santa Maria Joint Union High Scho...

Deputies search for suspect who followed Orcutt area student

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a suspicious person who reportedly followed an Ernest Righetti High School studen...

Pipeline crunch-time: A Nov. 21 hearing looms as Nipomo stakeholders consider key water decisions

BY RHYS HEYDEN

In water-challenged South San Luis Obispo County, the concept of the Nipomo Supplemental Water Project has been around for decades. Day by day, though, the project is becoming...

Students and employers want a four-year college in Northern Santa Barbara County

BY DAVID MINSKY

Cathleen Rafferty is a busy person. She holds two full-time jobs working as a licensed drug and alcohol addiction counselor for at-risk youth at the Serenity Group Home in San...

Community Corner: Santa Maria Keller Williams holds Toys for Tots drive

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Agents at Keller Williams Realty in Santa Maria will be playing Santa Claus by collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in an effort to help loc...

Community Notebook 11/20/14-11/27/14

MONDAY, NOV. 24 • The Solvang City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. Agendas are available at cityofsolvang.c...

Political Watch 11/20/14

• California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval kicked off the third meeting of the Western Governor’s Drought Forum on Nov. 13. The governors offered ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Fit Body Boot Camp

BY DAVID MINSKY

Eighty percent of our health is diet, according to Frankie Enciso, a certified personal trainer in Santa Maria. The rest is exercise, and that’s where Enciso comes in. ...

Commentary

Can't we all just get along?

BY PETER ADAM

Rodney King was an ordinary guy with a few too many brushes with the law. But his now famous rhetorical question contains wisdom that we should all contemplate. “Can&rsq...

Sports

Local basketball player accepts a full-ride to Stanford

BY AARON SALAZAR

During a basketball game, the versatile 6-foot-7 Cameron Walker might check the clock to determine what kind of play he needs to call next. On Nov. 12, the 17-year-old Ernest...

Sandee Sanger

BY AARON SALAZAR

Sandee Sanger loves a challenge. That’s what drives this 44-year-old ultra marathon runner into competing in 100-mile races. Last year Sanger ran 100 miles through the ...

School Scene

Hancock's expanded winery building is ready for spring classes

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Allan Hancock College’s wine program is expanding to become one of the most comprehensive in Southern California, with only CSU Fresno rivaling it for the title. The tri...

Discovery Corner: Get ready for the holidays with the Discovery Museum!

BY AMY BLASCO

The holidays are just around the corner, and the Discovery Museum is ready for them. We have lots of fun educational programming planned for the week of Thanksgiving: • ...

Canary

Don't let history repeat itself

Congratulations, Guadalupe! You got the money you were hoping for! Now just don’t mess it up. We heard for months that the city of Guadalupe was ready to go as belly-up...

Street Wise

Which is your favorite local beach?

Lisa Karys-Schiff Quentynn Johnson Duane Bole Erica Meza

Arts

The Lompoc Museum features local painter Carol J. Oliveira

BY JOE PAYNE

Lompoc is well known as the “City of Art and Flowers,” but the art tag is a recent addition to the slogan. From its earthy origins as an agricultural town, Lompoc ...

PCPA's 'Christmas is Here Again' is an original family holiday adventure

BY JOE PAYNE

Once the swirling snow globe of wonder that is PCPA’s Marian Theatre shuts its doors, the lights dim on its 51st season’s debut holiday production, and the magic o...

Hancock hosts holiday pottery sale

BY JOE PAYNE

Allan Hancock College’s Fine Arts Department presents the annual Holiday Pottery Sale event happening Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in...

Santa Maria holds annual holiday decoration contest

BY JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is holding the annual Lights, Sights, and Holiday Nights Decoration Contest event open to city residents. Nominations ...

County Arts Commission announces fall grants

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission has announced the recipients of its Fall 2014 Community Arts Enrichment Grants Cycle. Eighteen of 25 applicants were accepted, with $1...

Think about writing

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library is offering an event for teens with Road Rash author Mark Parsons on Nov. 21 at the Santa Maria Public Library. Parsons’ talk will focus o...

Humor

Waterlogged

BY ROB KRIDER

My wife and I didn’t go to the same high school. Even if we had, we probably never would have met each other. You see, back in high school, my wife and I existed in two ...

Music

D'Vine Wine Bar offers intimate concerts in Lompoc

BY JOE PAYNE

Right in the heart of Lompoc’s downtown, on the northwestern corner of Ocean Avenue and South H Street, sits the historic Schroeder Building. Several locally owned busin...

Film

'Rosewater' celebrates the triumph of the human spirit

Writer-director Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) adapts Maziar Bahari’s book about his 118-day detention and brutal interrogation by Iranian forces while working as an Irani...

Eats

Hog high: Bacon & Brine is Solvang's slab of pork paradise

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Travel past the rusty windmill and towering 8-foot-tall sunflowers in Solvang’s Atterdag Square and you will be rewarded with pork—glorious, gleaming, local pork. ...

Hot Stuff

Experience the Choro

The Lompoc Music Association offers its November concert: Brazilian-style ensemble Choro de Ouro. The group focuses on Brazil’s historic choro music, which includes cell...

In a strange land

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is presenting a community theater favorite, The Foreigner, a delightful comedy following the journey of timid Brit Charlie Baker through the Amer...

Photographic perspective

The Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building houses a fine art space that is currently showcasing the work of local photographers in the show Under the Influence: Respons...