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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017

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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017

By SUN STAFF

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Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017
Sports Lead: Local makes custom-order baseball bats at WynnWood Bats
News: Camp 4 decision to go before House of Representatives
News: Two injured after falling 300 feet from Highway 154
News: Anthem nixes ACA coverage plans on Central Coast
 

News

Camp 4 decision to go before House of Representatives

By JOE PAYNE

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously on July 26 to move a bill to the House floor that would affirm the Bureau of Indian Affa...

Anthem nixes ACA coverage plans on Central Coast

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Thousands of Central Coast residents will have to look for new health insurance next year after one of the area’s biggest providers announced that it will no longer offe...

Finger gun gesture sets off Lompoc police investigation into alleged death threat

By KASEY BUBNASH

Jim Mosby couldn’t believe what he had just heard. It was a typical summer night for the Lompoc City Council member, spent chatting up community members and representin...

Two injured after falling 300 feet from Highway 154

By KASEY BUBNASH

Santa Barbara County first responders used a helicopter and the Jaws of Life to save two people from a car on Aug. 6 after it fell 300 feet from Highway 154 near Windy Gap, tr...

Political Watch 8/10/17

• Gov. Jerry Brown made waves in national and state media when he said that Democratic leadership hadn’t been “clever enough” on an episode of Meet the ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Hair Extensions by Emily

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Emily Lawson had a revelation while studying psychology at Cuesta College—the same realization many students have at least once in their academic careers—to switch...

Letters

Trump can still do good

By Michael Smith - Santa Maria

Now that the political charade of the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare is over, maybe Donald Trump can pivot toward actually making America great again and abandon the c...

Who does Carbajal work for?

By Alan Fox - Santa Maria

I am totally disgusted with Congressman Salud Carbajal voting against Kate's Law. His blatant lack of support for the safety and protection of his constituents is indicated b...

Stay involved in Buellton

By Larry Rankin - Buellton

Though it did not affect me personally, I started the campaign against the Buellton city RV, boat, and trailer ordinance to speak out against the impingement on our property r...

Dear Canary

By Justin Ruhge - Concerned Taxpayers Inc., Lompoc

You liberals running these tabloids are notorious for promoting “fake news” as President Trump has reminded all of us (“Money matters,” July 27). You ...

Sports

Local makes custom-order baseball bats at WynnWood Bats

By KRISTINA SEWELL

Shawn Wynn sure knows his wood—ash, maple, and birch wood that is. Founder of WynnWood custom bats, Wynn is working to keep a dying art alive. A 28-year-old originally ...

Claire Scattini

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Is ballet an art or a sport? Ballerina Claire Scattini of Nipomo argues, "Why not both?" Scattini, 18, has been dancing since she was 3, when her parents enrolled h...

School Scene

High School District spends millions on summer construction

By KASEY BUBNASH

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has spent more than $30 million on a plethora of construction projects this summer as part of its mission to improve its facilitie...

Guadalupe District to provide all students with digital tablets

Guadalupe students are in for a year of virtual excitement. Each student will be receiving a technology toolâ€"iPads for kindergarteners to second graders and laptops for thi...

Canary

Best place to be

I know I’m a pretty critical little bird, but I can’t help it. I have a beak that’s prone to pecking, digging, and chirping about what I’ve found. T...

Street Wise

What is the best thing about Santa Maria?

Yzelle Fonscca Chris Andrade Ken Guge Nate Landwehr

Arts

Nipomo author's book teaches kids to care for pets

By RYAH COOLEY

While the most popular toy may change with each holiday season, there’s one gift that will make any kid speechless with joy: a puppy to call one’s own. Dog mom an...

Solvang Theaterfest gets new executive director

By REBECCA ROSE

Santa Ynez Valley resident Mary Ann Norbom was appointed the new executive director for the Solvang Theaterfest. “We believe [Norbom] can lead Theaterfest in meeting ...

PCPA hosts young performer auditions for 'Freaky Friday'

By REBECCA ROSE

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) plans to hold auditions Aug. 20 for young male performers for Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical. The theater seeks a boy to pla...

Humor

Teen Queens

By REBECCA ROSE

If you ever happen to look around the mall and wonder where America’s teenage girls are, don’t worry. I found them. They’re all on YouTube doing makeup tut...

Music

Bent Myggen and the VisionEars perform live in the heart of Los Olivos

By JOE PAYNE

Right in the heart of downtown Los Olivos, in sight of its iconic flagpole, there’s one quaint little home that remains in an area packed with fine dining, tasting rooms...

Film

‘Annabelle: Creation’ offers spooky atmospherics but few true scares

David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directs Annabelle (2014), screenwriter Gary Dauberman’s prequel script about a possessed doll. After dollmaker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaP...

Eats

Chef Drew Terp celebrates a year and beyond at Los Alamos' Pico

By REBECCA ROSE

It takes a certain kind of confidence to get yelled at by one of the world’s greatest chefs and come away feeling the better for it. When Chef Drew Terp recalls the firs...

Hot Stuff

Community day

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts a tour of current exhibits free to the public for Community Day on Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1511-B Mission Dri...

Rainbow race

Join the Color Vibe 5K in Santa Maria where you can run, walk, or dance past four color stations to get blasted with vibrant, colored powders. The run takes place on Aug. 12 a...

To the dogs

The fifth annual Hoedown with the Hounds features dinner and a dog show planned for Aug. 12, with proceeds benefitting the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. Cost is $20 to $4...




Weekly Poll
What's the best thing about the Santa Maria Valley?

Tri-tip.
Strawberries.
The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA).
The wineries.

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