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Strength and  survival: State and local agencies reach out to help victims move forward with their lives

Cover Story

Strength and survival: State and local agencies reach out to help victims move forward with their lives

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Last year Santa Maria had one of the highest homicide rates in its history. In its wake family, friends, and loved ones were left to pick up the pieces. Often, there are unplanned burial expenses, unpaid bills, relocation, and needed services to help them with emotional and mental health. In the case of sex crimes, assault, and child abuse, it’s the victims themselv... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: County seats: Seven candidates vie for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors 3rd and 4th District positions
News: Growers, residents in Santa Maria area clash over housing for H2-A farmworkers
Cover Story: Strength and survival: State and local agencies reach out to help victims move forward with their lives
News: The Sun takes two first place awards in Better Newspapers Contest
Sports Lead: Senior strong: Santa Maria grandmother Sylvia Leichter wins bodybuilding competition
 

News

Chumash elect Kenneth Kahn new tribal chairman

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Tribe members from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have elected Kenneth Kahn as their new tribal chairman, following Vincent Armenta’s mid-term resignation from t...

Lompoc woman accuses sanitation district of having a 'backdoor' hiring process

By DAVID MINSKY

A Lompoc woman is accusing the Laguna County Sanitation District in Santa Maria of denying her a job because she is a woman, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara Coun...

Santa Maria Ashley Furniture customers will get their furniture, attorney says

By DAVID MINSKY

An attorney representing Santa Maria Decor Inc., the company that owns Ashley Furniture in Santa Maria, said that customers will get the furniture they paid for.  The fu...

California Department of Fish and Wildlife evaluates response to Refugio oil spill

By BRENNA SWANSTON

As the first anniversary of the Refugio Beach oil spill draws near, the state released a report on Tuesday, May 3, evaluating its response to the spill. Overall, the report co...

Pipeline Safety Act moves forward

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The House Energy and Commerce Committee gave U.S. Rep. Lois Capps’ (D-Santa Barbara) Pipeline Safety Act a stamp of approval last week. The bill seeks to strengthen safe...

Capps endorses Central Coast marine sanctuary proposal

By BRENNA SWANSTON

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced her support for the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary on Monday, May 2, at a press conference in P...

The Sun takes two first place awards in Better Newspapers Contest

By SUN STAFF

The Sun took home two first place awards for its community reporting in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2015 Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were...

County seats: Seven candidates vie for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors 3rd and 4th District positions

By DAVID MINSKY

This year, three positions are up for grabs on the five-member Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors: the 1st, 3rd, 4th Districts.  First District Supervisor Salud...

Growers, residents in Santa Maria area clash over housing for H2-A farmworkers

By BRENNA SWANSTON

On Wednesday, April 6, an unfinished house in Nipomo burned down in a late-night fire. It wasn’t just any house—it was one of the seven three-bedroom homes that, ...

Community Notebook 5/5/16 - 5/12/16

MONDAY, MAY 9 • The Santa Maria City Block Grants Advisory Committee has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria....

Political Watch 5/5/16

• A bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help disabled veterans who are transitioning from military service into a second, new career working in Ca...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Wings of Freedom Tour

By DAVID MINSKY

They were the planes that helped win WWII and have since been put out of commission. But they haven’t been forgotten.  The Wings of Freedom Tour will help you reme...

Commentary

A media challenge

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

In January, the Hagadone-owned community weekly I started my newspaper career at closed. The Bigfork Eagle kept its website, which is no longer populated by a staff of two ded...

Letters

Porter works to protect public health and safety

By Harlan "Bud" Gurney - Lompoc

I support Bruce Porter in the June election for 3rd District County Supervisor because he has performed duties and worked with organizations that make our lives safer and heal...

Achadjian gets it

By Veronica Ondrejech - Paso Robles

I visited Katcho Achadjian as part of the California Association of Realtors Legislative Day, April 27, in Sacramento.  About 25 of us from the district gathered to disc...

Joan Hartmann for 3rd District supervisor

By Jim Farnum - Los Olivos

As a 28-year resident of Los Olivos, I have seen many changes in the Santa Ynez Valley. I guess that’s what we call progress and it is inevitable. But there is a great d...

Sports

Senior strong: Santa Maria grandmother Sylvia Leichter wins bodybuilding competition

By SHELLY CONE

When it comes to entering those Golden Years, some people like to indulge in hobbies like golf, gardening, and cuddling the grandbabies—others like to lift, sweat, and s...

Blake Lockhart

By PETER JOHNSON

Great athletes can often point to moments in their careers when, in retrospect, a particular choice that they made decisively altered their paths. Blake Lockhart, a senior at...

School Scene

Los Olivos Elementary Secretary Wins State-Level Award

Lisa Andresen from Los Olivos Elementary School was recognized as the state-level winner in the office and technical category for Classified Employee of the Year. Now in her 1...

Sen. Jackson discusses workforce development, youth, and community with students at Santa Maria's Center for Employment Training

By SHELLY CONE

Students at the Center for Employment Training (CET) Santa Maria training facility had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) while the senato...

Alvin Elementary School earns Gold Ribbon School Award

By SHELLY CONE

Alvin Elementary School in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, was one of nine schools in the county and 722 in the state to recently receive a California Gold Ribbon Scho...

Canary

Don't interrupt the circle of life

It was a beautiful Central Coast day at the beach as Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) and a host of marine supporters gathered for a press conference for the Chumash Heritage...

Street Wise

What practical solutions help veterans?

Rick Hess Josh Mueller Michael Coleman Veronica West

Arts

Local educators to present National Endowment for the Humanities' film series at Lompoc Library

By JOE PAYNE

View a preview of PBS' Slavery by Another Name. History is a fickle friend, as far as what it reveals about human nature and society. In so many times and places, the brave s...

Lompoc Civic Theatre sings and jokes in the most pious manner with 'Nunsense'

By JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Civic Theatre (LCT) is an organization that lets its members try new things, step out of their comfort zone, and spread their creative wings. The last production wa...

Santa Maria Arts Council holds grants showcase

By JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Arts Council plans to award its 2016 Individual Grants in the Arts during a special showcase event on May 9, where recipients of first and second place in musi...

Los Alamos celebrates Mother's Day with Mariachi Mestizo

By JOE PAYNE

A special Mother’s Day celebration in Los Alamos includes a free concert at Ferrini Park featuring live music by Mariachi Mestizo on May 8 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Los A...

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble perform classical music in Santa Maria

By JOE PAYNE

The renowned vocal quartet from Russia, the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, returns to Santa Maria’s Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on May 10 at 7 p.m. for a c...

Presqu'ile Winery presents Summer Concert Series

By JOE PAYNE

Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria announced its Summer Concert Series event beginning on May 7 with featured artist The Molly Ringwald Project performing live. The concer...

Humor

Last man standing

By ROB KRIDER

My first-born son has gone off to college to learn about the ways of the world, get an education, and accumulate student debt and parking tickets. That has left me at home wit...

Music

Country Oaks Care Center raises residents' quality of life with help from Music and Memory

By JOE PAYNE

Country Oaks Care Center Activities Director Randi Vargas has worked at the elder care facility for more than 15 years now, she told the Sun, and one of many things she’...

Film

‘Green Room’ is a gory, wildly effective horror thriller

A punk band playing a remote gig in rural Oregon inadvertently witnesses a murder, leading the skinhead group responsible to go to great lengths to cover up the crime and stag...

Eats

Craft beer or bust: Buellton Brew Fest rolls into its fifth and biggest year

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Hundreds of craft beer options in one centralized location: good. Hundreds of rowdy good-for-nothin’ hooligans in one centralized location: bad. Unfortunately, the two...

Hot Stuff

Flipping coins

The Santa Maria Coin Club welcomes all to the annual Santa Maria Coin and Collectables Show, which features coins of various time periods and countries along with other collec...

Vocal masters

The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale has prepared its collective voices for two concerts of the same program, titled Around the World in 80 Minues, on May 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. The...

Step back in time

The La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is dedicated to providing historical interpretation in a responsible and engaging way, and their regular Peoples’ Days are an...