Sunday, September 21, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 28
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Should Santa Maria voters pass Measure T, which would tax homeowners in order to build a new school?

Yes. The schools are overcrowded and we need more classrooms.
No. Santa Maria-Bonita should go back to a year-round system.
No. Taxpayers shouldn't have to fork over any more money.
Couldn't state funding pay to build another school?

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Fighting silence: A local woman spreads the word about ovarian cancer after her mother's battle against the disease

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Fighting silence: A local woman spreads the word about ovarian cancer after her mother's battle against the disease

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Something wasn’t right: She couldn’t eat much. The little she did eat made her feel very full. Her stomach was constantly cramping. She felt sick too often. And she didn’t have any energy. The short, sassy, big-brown-eyed Valentina Martins was never tired, and she befriended almost everyone she met. She was usually overflowing with vitality; that&rsquo... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Fighting silence: A local woman spreads the word about ovarian cancer after her mother's battle against the disease
Art: Star Voice selects finalists
News: Santa Maria veterans speak out at a town hall meeting
News: Hobnobbing with Helen
News: Political Watch 9/18/14
 

News

Santa Maria veterans speak out at a town hall meeting

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

“Veteran” is a word that tells many stories: of loss, duty, outrage, sacrifice, and heroism. It’s the only word that encompasses the simultaneous anger and...

Gov. Brown signs historic groundwater legislation

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

In an effort to strengthen local management and monitoring of groundwater basins, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sept. 16 that brings California out of its role as the...

Santa Maria remembers 9-11

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that early, but the attendance at the Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony held at the fire station on Cook Street in Santa Maria was dis...

Supervisors give the Cuyama solar project five thumbs up

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Sept. 9, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a solar project in the Cuyama Valley that, when built, will be capable of powering up to 15,600 ...

The price of growing: Santa Maria-Bonita says passing Measure T would help ease overcrowded classrooms

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

This may sound like a fairytale: There are no official arguments filed against a proposed bond that could cost local homeowners up to a collective $45 million. But it’s ...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Pens, pens, and more pens: They were the primary giveaway (thank goodness—a hobnobber can never have too many pens) at the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce’s 29th...

Community Corner: Give back to Santa Barbara County

BY RYAN MILLER

The 22nd annual Day of Caring event in Santa Barbara County welcomed men, women, and children who together contributed an estimated $375,000 worth of volunteer hours to a vari...

Community Notebook 9/18/14-9/25/14

MONDAY, SEPT. 22 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipo...

Political Watch 9/18/14

• The League of Women Voters is holding three forums in September regarding the 2014 election; all of them will be held at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakesi...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Heart & Sugar

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

One night in Russia, a little girl fell asleep to the sound of the mixer in the kitchen, wondering what kind of cake her mother was making for her birthday. The excitement ...

Commentary

Summer was full in Santa Maria

BY TERESA REYBURN

In a recent issue of the Sun, a local couple was quoted in Streetwise as stating that there is nothing for our children to do in Santa Maria (Aug. 21). It was further stated t...

Letters

The history of Islam is violence

Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc

The two commentaries by Dr. Rushdi Cader try to be apologetic for the actions of the Muslim radicals in the Middle East and elsewhere (“Reawaken Muhammed’s words,&...

Seriously, Islam is violent

Endre Vargha - San Luis Obispo

I am appalled at reading the supposedly scholarly researched articles written by Dr. Cader, which promote the idea of Islam as the religion of peace (“Reawaken Muhammed&...

Actually, everybody's been violent

Don Casebolt - Santa Maria

Dr. Cader sounds like a very urbane, cosmopolitan gentleman, much like the erudite Muslim scholar, Abdelwahab Meddeb, whose French broadcast, Culture D’Islam, I listen t...

Sports

Massage therapy helps prevent sports injuries through holistic healing

BY AARON SALAZAR

Crystal-Bianca Cabanas loves to play sports.  Whether she is running track and field or in the pool swimming laps, this 15-year-old is going hard year round.  Wh...

Brianna Farley

BY AARON SALAZAR

It’s early in the season, and the Allan Hancock College women’s volleyball team is already off to a great start. Only three games in, the Bulldogs are undefeated ...

School Scene

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District celebrates perfect test scores

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

About 90 Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students were honored during the Sept. 10 school board meeting for getting perfect scores on a state academic exam. The ...

Hancock brings beekeeping class to campus

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

People can put basic beekeeping skills into practice as a first-time learner or as someone who wants to get serious about hobby beekeeping in the Intermediate Beekeeping class...

Sanchez supports a former teacher with ALS

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Sept. 12, 14 staff members at Sanchez Elementary School took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support former Sanchez teacher Hortensia Montoya, who has ALS. She was present ...

Book Money

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Altrusa International of the Golden Valley President Linda Cordero presents Santa-Maria Bonita School District Superintendent Phil Alvarado with a check for $16,200 to purch...

Discovery Corner: Join us for Nickelodeon's 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play

BY AMY ASMAN BLASCO

What’s the thing kids like to do most? Play, of course! These days it seems like a lot of play involves a screen of some sort, but on Sept. 20 the Discovery Mus...

Canary

Up from the ground

First, locals started arguing about oil. Some folks, see, want to leave it in the ground, but other folks want to pull it up and out into the sunlight, where they can actually...

Street Wise

Build something and tell me what it is.

Cristina Garcia-Avalos Gisel Cruz Joseph Aranda Matthew Gauna

Arts

Annual Chalk Festival raises funds and awareness for school art programs

BY JOE PAYNE

Most kids know that a bucket of chalk and a blank sidewalk can make for an afternoon well spent, so it makes sense that the Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation (OCAF), a ...

The Dixie Swim Club celebrates Southern sisterhood with laughs

BY JOE PAYNE

It’s important to have friends you can rely on in life, even if it’s only once a year. The Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s opening production for the community...

Altrusa announces funds for nonprofits

BY JOE PAYNE

The Altrusa International Foundation Santa Maria Inc. has announced that the organization’s Fall 2014 Grant Funds applications are now available for local nonprofits. Pr...

Central Coast Music Teachers Association holds presentation in Santa Maria

BY JOE PAYNE

The Central Coast Music Teachers Association is inviting all private studio music teachers on the Central Coast to a kick-off luncheon event at the home of Betty Hansen in San...

Wildling Museum offers basic photography workshop

BY JOE PAYNE

The Wildling Museum is offering a photography class, Basic Photography Workshop: Understand Your Camera and Create Beautiful Photographs, on Sept. 27, Oct. 20, and Nov. 22 fro...

Star Voice selects finalists

BY JOE PAYNE

More than 140 Tri-County area singers applied to the Star Voice singing competition happening at the Chumash Casino on Oct. 18, but only 12 local vocalists could make the cut....

Humor

Autumn days and years

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

We have come full circle and autumn is once again upon us. It is my favorite season of the year. Everything’s richer, heartier, and more full-bodied, from colors to food...

Music

Volunteers and nonprofits collaborate to bring world-class music to Guadalupe

BY JOE PAYNE

The complexities of hosting a world-class musical ensemble in concert are numerous—dressing rooms, proper permitting, keeping the artists fed, and many other factors n...

Film

'The Trip to Italy' satisfies with food, fun, and conversation

British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan return with a sequel to their 2010 comedy about food, travel, and celebrity impersonations, "The Trip." Directed by Mic...

Eats

10 questions with Kay Flagg: Catching up with the owner of Kay's Country Kitchen in Orcutt

BY WENDY THIES SELL

You know you’ve made it big when everyone knows you by just one name. Orcutt’s single-named icon is Kay. I recently sat down for a cup of coffee at the copper c...

Hot Stuff

Learn from the masters

The Wildling Museum is presenting another round of Natural History Field Classes with Dr. Fred Emerson and Larry Ballard. The eco-educated duo will lead the class through Ranc...

Stroll and learn

Guadalupe is a tiny town packed with a fascinating history of agriculture, business, and art. Longtime local Shirley Boydstun will be leading a city walk and talk starting at ...

Live at the brew house

Local Californiacana country rock group Occasional Mustache is bringing their twangy contemporary sound to the Santa Maria Brewing Company in Nipomo. The group based out of Gr...