Friday, December 15, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 41
You better watch out: Santa Maria Police and county organizations use state support to battle impaired driving

Cover Story

You better watch out: Santa Maria Police and county organizations use state support to battle impaired driving


It was nearly midnight, and Todd was drunk again. His addiction to drinking had cost him almost everything over the years, including his marriage, several jobs, and four driving under the influence (DUI) citations, which he said cost about $10,000 each. By Jan. 18, 2016, his parents were fed up, too, and they kicked him out. So Todd, who asked to have his last name omi... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: You better watch out: Santa Maria Police and county organizations use state support to battle impaired driving


Firefighters make gains with Thomas Fire


Mild winds on the night of Dec. 11 helped fire crews across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties make significant gains on establishing a perimeter around the flaming behemoth k...

Smoke from wildfires spurs school closures


The particles of drifting smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire did more than ominously rain down from the sky and pile up on cars on Dec. 10 and in the days following—it c...

Witness helps Sheriff's Office nab sexual assault suspect


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Political Watch 12/14/17

• Gov. Jerry Brown (D) visited Ventura County to survey the damage wrought by the Thomas Fire on Dec. 9, where he thanked firefighters from near and far and others for th...

Nipomo man accused of murdering his girlfriend convicted of immigration violation


NOTE: This article was corrected to reflect that Alonso Mata's prison sentence was longer than one year. On May 30, 24-year-old Paulina Ramirez-Diaz was found stabbed to de...

EPA takes public comment before pushing forward with Casmalia Resources Superfund Site


The first time Terri Stricklin heard about the extent of the toxic waste dump just a mile or so north of the unincorporated community of Casmalia was in 1980. "It was fu...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Shaun Boyd Made This


Local woodworker Shaun Boyd didn’t come to the age-old craft directly. He was an economics major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before working in businesses, and then went ...


Stop using God as an excuse

By Jose Luis Castellanos - Santa Maria

Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, when defending Roy Moore’s behavior, stated, “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. ...

Responding to Salud

By Jon Simon - Solvang

You just have to laugh at the continual whining of liberals and our local representative. I just read Salud Carbajal's entire letter concerning the GOP's tax plan ("The C...

Dear Canary

By Dan Woodson - Nipomo

Little bird, I do look forward to your weekly column ("*Cough cough*," Nov. 30). My observation: It appears, unfortunately, that a lot of people, including law enfo...

No pot in my backyard

By Justin and Ann Ruhge - Lompoc

Editor’s note: This letter was written in response to Angela Bacca’s commentary, “Support Lompoc’s cannabis ordinance,” on Dec. 7. Legalizing ca...

Stoners aren't stupid

By Angela Bacca - Portland, Oregon

Editor's note: This letter was written in response to the Ruhge's letter, which Bacca received via email along with the Sun. I am unsure why you have sent me this message, I...

Let's stop fighting

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

We need to stop fighting about Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) issues. We must come to a compromise. There are many parties involved, and each needs to w...


Orcutt vet and her husband take home five medals at U.S. Dressage Federation championships in Kentucky


Orcutt Veterinary Hospital owner Brenda Forsythe has an unorthodox and longstanding routine for her lunch break. After a long morning of treating animals at the clinic, Forsy...

Zane Sheckherd


Righetti High School senior Zane Sheckherd, and the rest of the Warriors girls’ basketball team, got all geared up for their first games of the 2017-18 season on Dec. 8 ...

School Scene

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donates laptops to local schools


The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians recently delivered laptop computers and mobile charging carts to two Santa Barbara County schools as part of its Technology in Schools P...

Allan Hancock College refinances Bond Measure I as projects move forward


Allan Hancock College recently refinanced Bond Measure I, which was passed by voters in 2006 and used to fund $180 million in facility and technology improvements on the colle...


Happy apocalypse-mas

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State Street looking for sculpture artists


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Lompoc Library features Marilyn Stankewich


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Righetti Film Festival calls for student films


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Artists invited to apply for residency pilot program


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Humor: Rebecca Rose dives into the La Mer cream frenzy


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LOCAL NOTES: Ron Helman plays jazz trumpet at The Bear and Star in Los Olivos


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'The Disaster Artist' delves behind the scenes of a so-bad-it’s-good movie

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Edible Hanukkah event comes to Santa Ynez Valley


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Hot Stuff

If the shoe fits

The Great American Melodrama presents its annual Holiday Extravaganza through Dec. 31. This triple bill features a fractured fairy-tale opera, a performance of Charles Dickens...

Clint in concert

Clint Black performs Dec. 15 in the Samala Showroom at Chumash Casino Resort, located at 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Chumash Casino is a 21 and up venue. More info: (800)...

Grand tour

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Weekly Poll
What do you think of the Republican tax plan?

I agree with Salud Carbajal, it's no good!
Love it, making the tax code great again!
It's not perfect, but we need tax reform.
Taxes are theft, I don't pay 'em!

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