Tuesday, February 28, 2017     Volume: 17, Issue: 51
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Coyote Central Coast: Coyotes have a long and colorful local history, which still thrives today

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Coyote Central Coast: Coyotes have a long and colorful local history, which still thrives today

By JOE PAYNE

Most of us have seen them: pointed ears and caramel-colored snouts poking out of the brush at a favorite hiking trail, bushy tails whipping around the corners of country roads, and those vivid eyes, which regard you with intentional nonchalance. Often spotted at sunset, the coyote—known as Canis latrans by biologists—calls the Central Coast home, and has for m... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Music: Friends gathered and bands reunited for last show at O'Sullivan's Pub
Cover Story: Coyote Central Coast: Coyotes have a long and colorful local history, which still thrives today
Sports Lead: Leading the way: The Pioneer Valley High School girls' soccer team may be out, but they're not down
News: County Board of Supervisors play catch-up on cannabis regulations
News: Another Vandenberg AFB protestor convicted of trespassing
 

News

Storm relieves Cachuma reservoir, causes damage

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County's seen nearly double its normal to-date rainfall, thanks to a big-ass storm that dropped as much as 10.5 inches of rain in some parts of the county over P...

Police officer injured in pursuit of man in stolen vehicle

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Maria police officers arrested a man on Feb. 16 who collided with a patrol car while driving a stolen vehicle, injuring one officer, according to a Santa Maria Police De...

Lompoc ordinance prohibits unauthorized use of new city logo

By DAVID MINSKY

Lompoc introduced a new city logo at its last City Council meeting and gave the first reading of an ordinance that would make it illegal to use the logo without permission. T...

Santa Maria looks to curb stormwater pollution

By DAVID MINSKY

Now that the Central Coast is getting drenched in rain, the potential for pollution in stormwater runoff isn’t lost on the city of Santa Maria. On Feb. 21, the Santa Ma...

Another Vandenberg AFB protestor convicted of trespassing

By DAVID MINSKY

When it comes to trespassing on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon McCaslin doesn’t seem to be very lenient. McCaslin and her team of assistant U...

County Board of Supervisors play catch-up on cannabis regulations

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Regulations are underway for cultivating marijuana for commercial recreational use in Santa Barbara County, following a few actions by the county Board of Supervisors at its F...

Political Watch 2/23/17

• Andrew Puzder was President Donald Trump’s former pick for secretary of labor, but withdrew his nomination on Feb. 15 after what his spokesman George Thompson tol...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Morris and Garritano

By DAVID MINSKY

Insurance—that life necessity many people dread paying for. But it’s necessary—for cars, houses, health, and life itself. Many laws, whether state or federal...

Commentary

Shooting from the hip without thinking

By KEN MCCALIP

In the turmoil surrounding President Trump I am sure you have lost count of all the off-the-cuff executive orders flying off his desk and lips. We all love the fast, action-pa...

Letters

Goodbye, California

By Joel Mangrum - Santa Maria

I moved to this state almost 17 years ago and have had the privilege of bouncing from Bakersfield to Orange County to here on the Central Coast. It is with some sadness that I...

Which immigrants failed to show?

By Jan Lipski - Lompoc

So of the million people that immigrated to the U.S. every year, which immigrants decided to stay home last Thursday? Some 90,000 people come from Europe. Did any of them sta...

Sports

Leading the way: The Pioneer Valley High School girls' soccer team may be out, but they're not down

By KRISTINA SEWELL

On Feb. 16, the Pioneer Valley High School girls’ soccer team (14-7-2) lost their second CIF playoff match against Santa Ynez High School 1-2. In spite of this, the Lady...

Ariana Silva

By CHELSEY MICHAELIS

Usually, an Athlete of the Week is chosen for their determination, persistence, and the amount of fight they take to the field or court. But 15-year-old Ariana Silva, Santa Ma...

School Scene

Hancock commits to protecting undocumented students

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Allan Hancock College leaders committed to making the school a safe space for undocumented students last week, when the district’s board of trustees unanimously approved...

Buellton school district votes to save tax dollars

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The Buellton Union School District’s board of trustees voted at its Feb. 16 meeting to refinance a general obligation bond passed by voters in June 2012, saving constitu...

Canary

Regulating wildlife

Holy crap, did it ruffle my feathers to see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal for migratory bird hunting for the next two years—they’re hoping ...

Street Wise

Have you ever encountered a coyote?

Sharon Wheeler Judy Kinyon Justin Meddings Jay Jimenez

Arts

Piecing it together: Daytrip to Morro Bay for paper cutting art

By RYAH COOLEY

Two years ago, lab assistant Ryan Carroll didn't even know what paper cutting was. Carroll did grow up crafting origami creations of everything from geometric shapes to anima...

PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theatre delights with 'You Can't Take It With You'

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

The highly entertaining You Can’t Take It With You, now showing at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), takes us into the seriously unconventional Vanderhof-Sycamore...

C Gallery presents pop-up show

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The C Gallery offers a pop-up show March 4 through 15 titled C Gals. The exhibit features three artists who were all former students of Connie Rohde, director of the C Gallery...

PVHS student named Teen Star SB finalist

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Daniel Geiger, student at Pioneer Valley High School (PVHS), was named one of the top 10 finalists in the 2017 Teen Star singing competition in Santa Barbara. Geiger will com...

Santa Ynez Valley Airport hosts Student Aviation Club

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Student Aviation Club at the Santa Ynez Valley Airport held its first meeting Feb. 18 and will continue to meet. The club welcomes students ages 8 to 18 for its following ...

Local artists chosen for Pastel 100 competition

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Pastel Journal chose the works of three Santa Barbara artists—Linda Mutti, Kris Buck, and Ivanie Finsvik—for the 18th annual Pastel 100 competition. Only 100 entri...

Humor

Not without my anti-wrinkle cream

By REBECCA ROSE

Hello, my name is Rebecca Rose, and I believe every lie the cosmetics industry tells me. I never thought I would be a woman fixated on wrinkles or stressed like a hostage n...

Music

Friends gathered and bands reunited for last show at O'Sullivan's Pub

By JOE PAYNE

O’Sullivan’s Pub in Santa Maria has meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Some saw it as a place to avoid, while others found it a simple sanctuary for enjoyin...

Film

'I Am Not Your Negro' is a powerful examination of America’s race problem

Director Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) directs this documentary about gay, black, public intellectual, activist, and author James Baldwin’s last unfinished ...

Eats

Los Olivos winery welcomes master sommelier Will Costello

By REBECCA ROSE

On Feb. 13, Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates announced Master Sommelier Will Costello was joining the winery as Estate Brand Ambassador. Costello was named master sommel...

Hot Stuff

Mozart to the max

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society continues its current season with a concert featuring the beloved composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Feb. 25. The concert, titled Mozart ...

Bad to the bone

The Chumash Casino Resort welcomes rock ’n’ roll legend George Thorogood and The Destroyers for a concert on March 2. Known for iconic hits like “Bad to the ...

Camera couple

Santa Ynez Valley Arts welcomes the community to enjoy another artistic installation at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café, this time by couple Barbara and Floyd Sny...