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Herd immunity and the vaccine personal belief exemption

Cover Story

Herd immunity and the vaccine personal belief exemption

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A needle pokes through the protective film of a vaccine vial, while a hand simultaneously pulls up on the needle’s handle, sucking in an engineered cocktail that includes elements like gelatin, phosphate, chick embryo cell culture, and human lung fibroblasts. As that needle next pushes through someone’s skin, it delivers a combination of substances designed to ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Herd immunity and the vaccine personal belief exemption
School Scene: Oxnard dancers join SMHS for an upcoming ballet folklorico performance
School Scene: Hancock STEM Center offers courses for kids
News: House fire causes Lompoc officials to consider indoor pot growing regs
News: Advisory council votes against recommending approval for a Nipomo marijuana dispensary
 

News

Advisory council votes against recommending approval for a Nipomo marijuana dispensary

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Ethnobotanica representative Stephanie Kiel took a deep breath as she walked outside of the San Luis Obispo South County Advisory Council (SCAC) meeting on Feb. 24. “Th...

The FCC investigates a dispatch impersonator, according to Santa Barbara county officials

BY DAVID MINSKY

On at least two occasions in 2014 (once in November and again in December), anyone listening to Santa Barbara County Fire’s radio frequencies would have heard someone ap...

Coastal Commission 
reviews vehicle impacts 
for Oceano Dunes

BY SEAN MCNULTY

For the first time in eight years, the California Coastal Commission reviewed the management of vehicle impacts at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. As a resu...

Santa Maria ICE facility 
will be ready by summer

BY DAVID MINSKY

Construction on the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement holding facility in Santa Maria is nearly complete and on schedule, according to ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley, who ...

House fire causes Lompoc officials to consider indoor pot growing regs

BY DAVID MINSKY

The house at 1040 N. Jasmine Street in Lompoc is sealed, with a sticker on the front door saying, “UNSAFE TO OCCUPY.” A pile of burnt wood, insulation, and debris ...

Community Notebook 2/26/15-3/5/15

MONDAY, MARCH 2 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.   TUESDAY, MARCH 3 •...

Political Watch 2/26/15

• On Feb. 20, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) joined Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary, and Mark Rosekind, the National Highway Traffic Safety admini...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Growing Grounds

BY DAVID MINSKY

While living in Hollywood several years ago, Robert Silverman spent many days as a recluse inside his apartment. He had a severe case of agoraphobia—or the fear of open ...

Commentary

#FireSeasonIsComing

BY ASHLEY SCHWELLENBACH

Dear Californians: Please stop making smug Facebook posts about your January trips to the beach when you know the East Coast is getting the crap beat out of it by a storm. Ple...

Letters

50 Shades of No Way

Victoria Grostick - San Luis Obispo

I do not think I have ever read a funnier or more honest review of a movie than Cliff and Jessica’s commentary on 50 Shades of Grey (“Coming attractions,” Fe...

The Dreamers deserve better

Richard Miller - Los Osos

Well, the Do-Nothing Republicans in the Do-Nothing Republican-controlled Congress in Washington have, with the help of a racist conservative judge in Republican Texas, finally...

Please do run for office, women!

Angie King - San Luis Obispo

Heidi Harmon’s commentary (“Run like a girl,” Feb. 19) is so right on and clear as to what women have been facing since the end of World War II when we were ...

Sports

Lompoc and Cabrillo tie for girls' basketball league champs

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Lompoc and Cabrillo high schools sit on opposite ends of a small town. They draw from the same school district and are natural rivals. For the first time in recent history, bo...

Leah Parlato

BY SEAN MCNULTY

When the Santa Ynez High School girls’ water polo team lost to Oceanview High School 10-8 on Feb. 19, Leah Parlato, a Santa Ynez senior guard and co-league MVP, put up a...

School Scene

Hancock STEM Center offers courses for kids

BY JAMIE GUISTA

If you’re unfamiliar with STEM, it stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; in other words, the foundations for a good chunk of education and curren...

Oxnard dancers join SMHS for an upcoming ballet folklorico performance

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Alma de Mexico, a ballet folklorico group out of Oxnard, is joining Santa Maria High School students on stage for a Feb. 28 performance in the Ethel Pope Auditorium. Angel Ho...

Canary

Laughter is not the best medicine

First of all, let me point out that I am not a doctor. I am not a scientist, nor a clinical researcher, nor a nurse practitioner, nor any sort of professional who could write ...

Street Wise

What is you opinion of parents who do not vaccinate their children?

Chase Chavez George Herod Brandon Ryker Steven Enciso

Arts

The Lompoc Civic explores terror in 'I'll Be Back Before Midnight'

BY JOE PAYNE

The magic of the theater relies on the ability to capture a scene and bring it to life again and again. From the splinters of the set, to the lines in the actors’ heads,...

The wildflowers are popping in Los Padres

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

View a slideshow from Willow Spring trail. As the sun’s warmth burnt off the dreary Sunday morning fog of Valentine’s Day Weekend, the green hills beckoned, but I...

Santa Maria 
Arts Council holds 
arts grants workshop

BY JOE PAYNE

Those interested in applying for the Santa Maria Arts Council’s Individual Grants in the Arts competition must attend an upcoming workshop about the application process....

Artists Guild of Santa Ynez Valley offers high school scholarships

BY JOE PAYNE

The Artists Guild of Santa Ynez Valley invites Santa Ynez Valley high school students and accredited home school students to apply for the guild’s art scholarships. The ...

Tour New York with PCPA

BY JOE PAYNE

The Pacific Conservatory Theater (PCPA) offers a Springtime Theatre Tour happening April 27 through May 4. PCPA artistic director Mark Booher will lead the tour through New Yo...

Lompoc Valley 
Art Association features wood turner at 
upcoming meeting

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association will be holding its regular monthly meeting on March 3, with a social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. Guest artist G...

Humor

The Environmentalist

BY ROB KRIDER

I  am a true American. And as a legitimate patriot, I come complete with a gas guzzling SUV, a beer gut, and a belief that consumerism will solve all of the economy&rsquo...

Music

Rancho Bowl features a dance party every night

The occupation of the disc jockey, now known as the abbreviated DJ, hardly resembles the vocation that birthed the term. Turntables, needles, large vinyl discs are all still p...

Film

'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' is beautiful looking but overly long

From Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) comes this animated adaptation of the classic Japanese folktale about a young girl found inside a stalk of bamboo. Under ...

Eats

'Hey, it's Kiwi Bob!': An exotic fruit is a Central Coast staple thanks to three generations of green dreamers

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

One dark and stormy Wednesday morning in Nipomo, Bob “Kiwi Bob” Criswell found out just how akin to family his farmers’ market customers truly are. At daybre...

Hot Stuff

Steering the ship

Guest conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff (pictured) will lead the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert of diverse music including guest ensembles from Allan Hancock Co...

Another side of the story

The PCPA Pacific Conservatory Foundation presents Margaret Atwood’s witty new play The Penelopiad, which tells the Odyssey story from Penelope’s point of view. PCP...

Here and there

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission features the exhibit Near and Far: Santa Barbara County Parks at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Center during business hours...