Wednesday, July 27, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 20
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A place to grow: Locals without enough space at home find a plot of their own at the Santa Maria Community Garden

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A place to grow: Locals without enough space at home find a plot of their own at the Santa Maria Community Garden

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Nestled in the corner of Alice Trefts Park in Santa Maria sits a slice of heaven for those with green thumbs: the Santa Maria Community Garden. On a sunny Thursday afternoon, you might find Deanne Woodward strolling among the garden’s blooming flowers and burgeoning greens, tending after her own plot and potentially her boyfriend’s, as well. The community ga... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Canary: Trying to catch them all
News: Man's best friend, pest's worst enemy: Agricultural commissioner demonstrates Santa Barbara County's new pest detection dog
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: World 1-1 Games
News: Chumash Camp 4 legislation moves forward
News: Barrels to chairs: Barrel proprietor Pedro Meza wastes not with Eco-Wine Furniture
 

Breaking News

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office investigates SMPD-involved fatal shooting

By David Minsky

         An investigation of a July 20 incident involving a man who was fatally shot by police officers from the Santa Maria Poli...
Thursday, July 21, 10:10pm

 

News

Chumash Camp 4 legislation moves forward

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The House Committee on Natural Resources voted on July 12 to clear HR-1157, a bill that would allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to take a 1,400-acre parcel called C...

Santa Maria City Council race fills out

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Maria’s City Council has three seats up for grabs—the mayor’s spot, and two councilmembers’—and the race to grab them is continuing to take...

Lompoc files petition to take control of resident's property

By DAVID MINSKY

On July 13, Lompoc filed a petition for receivership in Santa Barbara County Court to take control of resident Sterling Ranft’s property located at 219 and 215 North L S...

Search and rescue team rappels stranded hikers down Cathedral Peak

By DAVID MINSKY

On July 17, the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team assisted two male hikers in their 20s, who were stranded on Cathedral Peak, which is just north of Santa B...

Man's best friend, pest's worst enemy: Agricultural commissioner demonstrates Santa Barbara County's new pest detection dog

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Watch a video of Doomis in action! There’s a new detective on the scene in Santa Barbara County, and he’s the real deal: efficient, effective, loyal, hard-working...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Picnicking with the Pioneers

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

A lingering whiff of barbecuing tri-tip hung in the air. Overhead, a powder blue sky dotted with puffs of cottony clouds provided cover for the 92nd annual Santa Maria Valley ...

Barrels to chairs: Barrel proprietor Pedro Meza wastes not with Eco-Wine Furniture

By DAVID MINSKY

At 619 S. Oakley Ave. in Santa Maria, a warehouse contains rows upon rows of barrels stacked to the ceiling. The faint smell of oak permeates the air, and the forklift back-...

Right off the vine: Summerset Farms in Santa Ynez does all the work, but lets you do the picking

By JOE PAYNE

Let’s be real. Not all of us have the long-term planning ability/commitment to go get a community garden plot. Many of us can’t even keep the inhabitants of a pl...

Bugs are way cool: Fight pests with beneficial insects for an eco-friendly garden

By HAYLEY THOMAS

You can’t talk about beneficial insects without taking a moment to revel in the weirdness that is the praying mantis. That’s exactly what The Educated Gardner&rs...

Community Notebook 7/21/16 - 7/28/16

MONDAY, JULY 25 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipom...

Political Watch 7/21/16

• The chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), issued a statement on behalf of the Caucus after the passing o...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: World 1-1 Games

By DAVID MINSKY

Step into World 1-1 Games at the Santa Maria Town Center East mall and it’s like stepping back into the 1990s. There are fully functioning original Mortal Kombat and Wre...

Commentary

Opinion around the clock

By KEN MCCALIP

Today people have zeroed in on many of the causes of growing violence in our American society, such as unrestricted access to military-grade weapons, mental illness, and terro...

Letters

Boycott choke chains and shock collars

By Hazel Mortensen - Solvang

In order to add some joy to my totally deaf dog’s life I have been looking for a vibration collar with a remote control. The idea is to teach this precious dog sign lang...

Decommissioning Diablo is a bad idea

By Concerned Taxpayers I.N.C. - Justin M. Ruhge, Lompoc

Your recent article by Editor Shelly Cone titled “Decommissioning Diablo,” July 14, leads off with Mothers for Peace as if they had something to do with it. While ...

Sports

Protecting pitchers: California to set pitch count limit for high school baseball players in nationwide rule change

By PETER JOHNSON

It was the fourth inning of a CIF playoff baseball showdown between Santa Ynez and Riverside Woodcrest Christian High School on May 26, and decorated Pirates ace Zachary Torra...

Ashley Reynoso

By PETER JOHNSON

Ashley Reynoso, an incoming junior at Righetti High School, said she sometimes feels like the new kid on the basketball block. Despite being the starting power forward for th...

School Scene

Lompoc offers free lunch for kids in city parks

By SHELLY CONE

The city of Lompoc’s Recreation Division is collaborating with the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) in its Free Lunch for Kids program, available at several city lo...

Nipomo resident receives continuing education award

By SHELLY CONE

The UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) announced that Nipomo resident Barbara Maddox was honored at a recent graduation ceremony for the completion of continuing educa...

Neal Taylor Nature Center invites kids to 'Go Batty'

By SHELLY CONE

Cachuma Lake’s Neal Taylor Nature Center invites local families to two events featuring local bats, titled Go Batty, on July 23 and 30 at 8 p.m. The event happens at dus...

Canary

Trying to catch them all

This week as I was flying around catching Pokémon (by the way, it’s so much easier to catch them all from my perspective) a thought occurred to me: I think I&rsqu...

Street Wise

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Marissa Prado Christian Nunes Jordy Cardona Yadire Barajas

Arts

A light shines through: Santa Maria artist Joseph Griffin-Janey joins SLO GALA Center's celebration of LGBT community amid tragedy

By RYAH COOLEY

Husbands Joseph and Jack Griffin-Janey said, “I do” three times, and each time it was to each other. While three marriage ceremonies for one couple may seem extrav...

A classical gas: The Great American Melodrama presents 'A Witless Rogue' with sword-swishing panache

By JOE PAYNE

The Great American Melodrama always welcomes its audience in with a certain amount of fireside charm, from the live piano music to the warm popcorn and other treats served up ...

Wildling Museum presents nature photography competition exhibition

By JOE PAYNE

The Wildling Museum of Nature and Art in Solvang announced the winners of its annual nature photography competition, which all show together July 23 through Oct. 17 at the mus...

Santa Maria Public Library's Shepard Hall features local artists

By JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library's Shepard Hall is a beloved showing space for local artists, and the library just announced how it plans to show art there through next year. Th...

PCPA announces 2016-2017 season

By JOE PAYNE

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) announced its 2016-2017 season, issuing a release in which Artistic Director Mark Booher called it the “season of massive humanit...

Humor

Pearls of wisdom

By ARIEL WATERMAN

Mom has two younger sisters, Lorna, the older of the two, and Sharon, the baby of the family. I have written about each of these remarkable ladies in this column on several oc...

Music

Where's your music? The eighth annual New Times Music Awards accepts entries beginning July 28

By JOE PAYNE

If you aren’t already packaging up your latest album, EP, or single—or at least telling your closest musician friends to—for this year’s New Times Musi...

Film

‘Ghostbusters’ is a mediocre rehash unworthy of its predecessor

Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids) directs this loose remake of the 1984 comedy classic, but this time with female leads. Nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon...

Eats

So much wine, so little time: Sip your way through the rest of summer with wine parties on the Central Coast

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Hey guys. I’ve got some bad news: Summer is one-third over. If you’re anything like me, that news brings to mind a flurry of panic: But my body’s still not ...

Hot Stuff

Movies in the park

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department welcomes the community to come enjoy the classic family film The Goonies screened in the Rotary Centennial Park on July 25 from...

Ladies with sense

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents its production of the musical version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility showing July 21 through 30 at the Marian Th...

Live at Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu’ile Winery in Orcutt continues its summer concert series with a performance by Unfinished Business on July 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. The group jams classic rock with a ...