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Experimenting on invasive species: Efforts to manage veldt grass in the Guadalupe dunes go aerial

Cover Story

Experimenting on invasive species: Efforts to manage veldt grass in the Guadalupe dunes go aerial

BY JONO KINKADE

View a slideshow of the Guadalupe dunes. A helicopter rises from behind the hills, fields of strawberries and broccoli stretch for miles into the distance. The pilot moves toward a specific target, then releases a foggy, wet dust from a 17-foot spray boom, carpeting the ground—and, more specifically, the plants growing there. Clouds of herbicide sink through the mor... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Experimenting on invasive species: Efforts to manage veldt grass in the Guadalupe dunes go aerial
News: An objective to share California driver's license photos with a nationwide database is raising concerns over privacy and oversight
News: Redacted: What remains unknown from the NRC and PG&E about Diablo Canyon
News: Grant helps ensure Guadalupe's water access
News: Political Watch 3/26/15
 

News

Chrysler checks out Hancock's new training complex

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The 2015 Dodge Charger’s V-8 sings when Richard Petty Driving Experience driver Stephanie Reaves presses down the gas pedal, pushing it from a gentle cruise to that hect...

Santa Maria city manager 
overrules arbitrator's 
decision to reinstate Ast

BY DAVID MINSKY

Dan Ast, a former police lieutenant with the Santa Maria Police Department, won’t be rehired by the city, according Alison Bernal, one of Ast’s attorneys working t...

Pioneer Valley High School coach and teacher pleads no contest to sex with student

BY DAVID MINSKY

Brian Thomas Hook, former Pioneer Valley High School basketball coach, pleaded no contest in Santa Maria court on March 18 to four counts of having sex with a minor, according...

Guadalupe City Council 
votes to ban spice

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Guadalupe’s ban on the sale of synthetic drugs went before the City Council for second reading and approval on March 24. On March 10, the council voted 4-0 to ban the di...

One man is arrested, rifles 
and ammo are confiscated after a brief standoff in Los Alamos, police said

BY DAVID MINSKY

Law enforcement agents arrested a Los Alamos man on Friday, March 20, after a brief standoff that prompted a Highway 101 shutdown for several hours in both directions, accordi...

County supervisors take no position on vaccination legislation

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors took on legislative issues of a deeply personal nature, including end-of-life care and vaccination regulations, during its March ...

Corrections

• In the March 12 story, “County DA and sheriff say Proposition 47 is going to increase their workload,” the Sun misreported what Bill Brown told county super...

Grant helps ensure Guadalupe's water access

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Over Memorial Day weekend 2013, Guadalupe’s one functioning groundwater well pump stopped working. Luckily, California hadn’t yet admitted to its full-fledged drou...

An objective to share California driver's license photos with a nationwide database is raising concerns over privacy and oversight

BY DAVID MINSKY

Police from Santa Barbara County and other state police and law enforcement agencies say they want access to a national database of driver’s license photos to aid in the...

Redacted: What remains unknown from the NRC and PG&E about Diablo Canyon

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Page 1 contains a short memo. Page 2 features a list of recipients. Pages 3 through 67, however, are blank. Each page--in the public version of the document, anyway--is conce...

Community Notebook 3/26/15-4/2/15

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 • The Santa Maria Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria. &bu...

Political Watch 3/26/15

• California’s top lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown  announced new legislation on March 19 to help communities cope with the ongoing drought. The $1 billion pack...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Women's Economic Ventures

BY DAVID MINSKY

The open house for Women’s Economic (WEV) was in full swing on the afternoon of March 18: A handful of balloons, aluminum trays filled with taco fixings, and a small cro...

Commentary

Correcting five of the biggest parenting challenges

BY BILL CIRONE

Children don’t arrive with instructions for care. What’s more, they are all different, so even if we figure out how to handle certain situations with one of our ch...

Letters

What do we do about water?

Ethel Landers - Nipomo

Why is it, as the American people, we are willing to spend billions of dollars on machines of war but do nothing about a drought that within one year may close down the farm f...

Don't be whiny yourself

Bruce Connolly - Orcutt

In reply to “Say no to whiny, childish behavior” by Ken McCalip (March 19): I love reading the Sun, but lately it has me laughing almost every week. The articles ...

Sports

Lawn bowling: A relaxed sport that is both strangely like and strangely unlike bocce ball

BY SEAN MCNULTY

On a July morning in 1588, Sir Francis Drake was enjoying a game of bowls on a lawn in Plymouth, England. Drake had circumnavigated the Earth and harassed Spanish ships and se...

Josh Rodriguez

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Josh Rodriguez, Ernest Righetti High School graduate and Santa Maria local, went two for two the weekend of March 20 at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships in St. Louis,...

School Scene

Chess lessons now being offered at Battles Elementary

BY JAMIE GUISTA

On March 24 Battles Elementary School began offering a new addition to its list of after-school activities: chess lessons. The lessons are being held from 2:45 to 4 p.m., ever...

State picks Delta High as
model continuation school

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The California Department of Education chose Delta High School as one of 29 schools in the state to be designated model continuation schools. State Superintendent Tom Torlaks...

Canary

Textbooks and sunshine

First of all, let me say this: There’s a lot I don’t understand about teaching. I do understand that it’s harder than it looks to the average outsider who se...

Street Wise

What should be done about invasive species?

Paul Murphy Ana Ramirez Jane Rhee Melanie Bise

Arts

The Melodrama delivers laughs with 'Leading Ladies'

BY JOE PAYNE

If you look up “performance practices in the theater during Shakespeare’s day,” you will find that men played all of the female roles. Shakespeare himself to...

When in LA, do what the locals do

BY JOE PAYNE

Most of my experiences in Los Angeles have been while visiting my wife Candice’s family, including my brother-in-law Izaac Meras, who moved to Los Angeles from Santa Mar...

Old Orcutt merchants hold shop hop and stroll

BY JOE PAYNE

The Old Orcutt Merchants Association will present another Old Orcutt Stroll event, the Spring Shop Hop, on March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Various businesses will be partic...

Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos releases new logo 
and mission statement

BY JOE PAYNE

The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) originally formed to restore the 176-year-old Dana Adobe building, but with the task complete, the nonprofit organization has shifted its f...

Humor

The beer experiment

BY ROB KRIDER

After conducting some of my own scientific testing, I have deduced that alcohol is actually not the answer to all of my problems. Upon further studies, I came to the difficult...

Music

Teen Amaya Rose brings her champion fiddling and powerful yodeling skills to Santa Maria

BY JOE PAYNE

Listen to the full interview with Amaya Rose. Amaya Rose is a 15-year-old from Paso Robles who will perform a concert of bluegrass, country, and Americana music at the Temple...

Film

'The Wrecking Crew' offers a behind-the-scenes look at the session players who made hits for everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys

What do The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, and The Righteous Brothers all have in common? They used a group of session pl...

Eats

Hot dog!: Chase the taste with Runnin' Dog Ranch Salsa

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Dogs represent many things to many people. Vicki and Randy Weimer’s pair of happy-go-lucky Labradors served as true members of the family, teaching their children life l...

Hot Stuff

A spectrum of style

The Allan Hancock College Dance Department presents the Spring recital Dance Spectrum, with a showcase of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, and folklorico dance styles by Ha...

Last chance to catch the show

Local photographer Lee-Volker Cox’s exhibit Berries, Blooms, Broccoli, and Bulls completes its extended showing at the Santa Maria Public Library on March 30. A closing ...

It comes from the dirt

Growing Grounds Farm Santa Maria hosts its third annual Everything Edible Plant Sale event on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. The fundraiser e...