Saturday, August 30, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 25
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The ice-bucket challenge—that's the only thing I see on my Facebook feed!
Measure P—and there's still two months left till the election.
Challenges to anything the Chumash try to do.
Drought—we either have water or we don't, we'll know when the tap runs dry.

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Santa Barbara County debates the future of oil

Cover Story

Santa Barbara County debates the future of oil

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

For most Santa Barbara County residents, it’s easy to pick a side on Measure P: Either oil is bad or oil is good. In essence though, the measure is about more than oil; it’s about defining the future of the county. It’s about figuring out what’s most important to county residents—allowing the wave of oil projects coming down the pike to conti... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Santa Barbara County debates the future of oil
Humor: Doctor Google
Sports Lead: A local jiu-jitsu instructor tackled his PTSD demons with martial arts
News: Community Health Centers of the Central Coast is facing two sexual harassment lawsuits from former employees
News: Santa Maria passes a water waste ordinance
 

News

Man with contagious tuberculosis is at large

BY RYAN MILLER

On Aug 22, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department asked county residents for information on the whereabouts of Augustin Zeferino, a 24-year-old man diagnosed with...

County to meet with Chumash about casino expansion

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato has a list of mitigation requests for a meeting her office has scheduled with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on Aug. 28. The li...

Dry vegetation' ups fire restrictions in Los Padres

BY RYAN MILLER

Los Padres National Forest officials announced that effective Aug. 26 Level IV fire restrictions will be enacted throughout the forest. That means wood and charcoal fires are ...

Sheriff's Department releases details in a Guadalupe homicide

BY SUN STAFF

At approximately 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 19, a group of field workers discovered the body of a heavy-set man on the side of the road, face down in the dirt, near the entrance to Ran...

Santa Maria passes a water waste ordinance

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Maria City Council unanimously passed an outdoor water use ordinance on Aug. 19, bringing the city into line with emergency drought regulations passed by the Califor...

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast is facing two sexual harassment lawsuits from former employees

BY COLIN RIGLEY

The situations described seem almost identical: two women, both receptionists hired within about a year of one another, allege that their respective bosses began sexually hara...

Community Corner: Drought disaster loans are still available

BY RYAN MILLER

California is dry, which is why the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering loans to small, nonfarm businesses that have endured economic losses because of dwindling de...

Communtiy Notebook 8/28/14-9/4/14

MONDAY, SEPT. 1 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.   TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 •...

Political Watch 8/28/14

• The Lompoc Valley Democratic Club is holding its annual Labor Day picnic on Aug. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hibbits Ranch. Confirmed speakers include Heidi Harmon, c...

Clarification

Santa Maria City Council member Jack Boysen wanted to clarify a couple points mentioned in the Aug. 21 article “Racing for a seat.” He said he works very closely w...

Correction

The Aug. 21 arts brief “Discovery Museum fires up the grill” incorrectly reported the date of the Santa Maria Discovery Museum’s upcoming barbecue event hono...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Apple Tree

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Ruffles and sequins hang in colorful rows, adorn the walls, and cover the naked off-white of store mannequins. That’s not all that Apple Tree in the Santa Maria Town C...

Commentary

Farewell to Alex Bar-B-Q

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

There’s a sadness that comes with the closure of legendary gathering places. Such iconic places as Delmonico’s in New York City, the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casi...

Letters

We can't assess what we can't read

Jane Swanson - San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace spokesperson

“Ripple effect” (Aug. 7) is outstanding work by reporter Colin Rigley. His story relates how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has withheld the 2003 Sewell R...

Sports

A local jiu-jitsu instructor tackled his PTSD demons with martial arts

BY AARON SALAZAR

Chris Ruiz was on vacation at Disneyland when he realized he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2005, the former Marine was almost asleep in his hotel wh...

Conor Regan

BY AARON SALAZAR

With the 2014 high school football season just beginning, Ernest Righetti High School’s starting quarterback Conor Regan is already pulling in scouts. This summer, th...

School Scene

Iced for ALS

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent John Davis gleefully dumps a bucket of ice water on Superintendent Mark Richardson on Aug. 22. Richards...

Santa Maria-Bonita has preschool slots open

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Classes in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District started on Aug. 12, but the district still has room for students in its state preschool program. Students can be enrolled in...

Marian teams up with the Discovery Museum for Nutrition Expedition

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Through Kohl’s Cares, Marian Regional Medical Center was recently awarded a $39,600 grant to improve the health and wellness of local children by offering the Nutrition ...

Discovery Corner: Come celebrate R.H. Tesene Day with us!

BY AMY ASMAN BLASCO

Do you like Santa Maria-style tri-tip and cake? If you said yes to either of those (or both), you’re in luck! On Aug. 31, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum staffers ...

Canary

Dry subject matter

Have you ever thought about dominoes? Like really thought about them? I’m talking about dominoes waiting to be toppled over. There’s a definite start point. They h...

Street Wise

What is your favorite beer?

Joe Rodriguez Dave Romag Zoe Wiens Brooke Jackson

Arts

San Diego offers a bubbly tour of several of Cali's top craft breweries

BY JOE PAYNE

If you have the time and disposable income, a trip down Highway 101 is always guaranteed to take you somewhere fun or interesting. Once you make it to the bumper-to-bumper b...

Gallery Los Olivos features the 3-D works of Larry R. Rankin

BY JOE PAYNE

Local artist Larry R. Rankin never knows what he will make when he enters his studio. Depending on the medium he is working in, he may have to command a form into existence ...

LVAA hosts monthly meeting and demonstration

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association (LVAA) is holding its monthly meeting and art program on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. with guest artist Zoe Nathan speaking about her mixed media approa...

Walk the tiny town

BY JOE PAYNE

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center offers another Guadalupe Walk and Talk event with long-time Guadalupe resident Shirley Boydstun on Sept. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., starting a...

Join the club

BY JOE PAYNE

The League of Women Voters invites the community to join a newly forming book club. The first meeting is set for Aug. 28 at Café Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. Po...

Santa Maria Philharmonic prepares for elegant fundraiser

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is kicking of its 15th anniversary season with An Elegant Evening of Dinner and Dancing on Oct. 4. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. at ...

Art Oasis

BY JOE PAYNE

The Luis Oasis Senior Center in Orcutt includes several arts meetings and activities throughout the week. The Los Padres Artist Guild meets Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. A creative arts e...

Show some spirit

BY JOE PAYNE

Michaels Arts and Crafts in Santa Maria is hosting a School Spirit Shaker Kids’ Club event on Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. A Team Spirit Pom Poms Kids’ Club event...

Humor

Doctor Google

BY ROB KRIDER

I  attended community college. Don’t judge. Compared to my friends who went off to “real” college, I saved thousands in student loans. I will admit ...

Music

Janet Robin's fiery fingers ignite Michael's Place

BY JOE PAYNE

Lompoc has the reputation as a sleepy town, but the community wakes up when a world-class musician strolls through town. Janet Robin, a powerhouse guitarist and singer-songw...

Film

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' disappoints and drags with gross violence and sexism

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring more of Miller’s Sin City graphic novels to the big screen. The film’s plot comes largely from the ...

Eats

Fess Parker Winery commemorates its founder with an anniversary celebration

BY WENDY THIES SELL

On Aug. 16, a day that would have been Fess Parker’s 90th birthday, his family and more than 100 friends and fans gathered in the Fess Parker Winery VIP barrel room in L...

Hot Stuff

Keeping it smooth

The Chumash Casino Resort is welcoming R&B artist Jeffrey Osborne for a live performance. Osborne is a smooth-singing songwriter who penned songs for Whitney Houston, tele...

Ride 'em, ranchers

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum owes a lot to local ranching and barbecue icon R.H. Tesene, who’s helped the museum by way of donations, including the BBQ Hall o...

Life on the rancho

The Dana Adobe is a historic gem on the Central Coast and serves as a reminder of the area’s humble beginnings. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos have dedicated a large part ...