Saturday, January 28, 2023     Volume: 23, Issue: 48
Health & Wellness 2023

Cover Story

Health & Wellness 2023


Health and Wellness isn’t just about exercise and diets, it’s also about accessing medical health care and knowing how to protect your body. But not everyone knows how to obtain preventative care, and youth don’t necessarily graduate from high school with the information they need to understand sex or the proper ways to safeguard themselves. Staff Writer ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Solvang City Council appointment divides public, elected officials
News: Residents want better outreach for Santa Maria annexation project
Cover Story: Health & Wellness 2023
Art: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center holds annual walk dedicated to 'California's Gold' host
Commentary: Lompoc has 200 unhoused people, largely thanks to government 'helping hands'


Slow The Virus

Residents want better outreach for Santa Maria annexation project

By Taylor O'Connor

Mooncrest Lane resident Susan Bryant left a project hearing about a proposed development in her neighborhood unsettled and confused.  “Overall I think it’s f...

Solvang City Council appointment divides public, elected officials

By Caleb Wiseblood

During its first meeting of 2023, the Solvang City Council discussed how to approach the seat left vacant by newly elected Mayor Mark Infanti, as two years remain on his City ...

Lompoc still uncertain about continuing county Animal Services contract

By Taylor O'Connor

Although the Lompoc City Council was thrilled to see an Animal Services facility reopened in the city, it still wanted more research into whether contracting with Santa Barbar...

Political Watch: January 26, 2023

• Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office is reprioritizing its groundwater recharge, stormwater capture, and reservoir storage efforts, along with water conveyance improvements...


A Santa Ynez Valley resident founded a program to help adults talk about sexual health with their children

By Taylor O'Connor

Sexual health education is often an uncomfortable topic to address, one that can be surrounded with stigma and shame, said Trish Hecker. So she stepped into the gap and founde...

Cannabis Corner

Cannabis' stinky growing season is coming again in Lompoc, and the county should care


The stench of cannabis from county-permitted grows east of Lompoc and other areas of the county will soon return. Spring is just around the corner, and if the history of this ...


Lompoc has 200 unhoused people, largely thanks to government 'helping hands'


I have been trying to figure out the “root cause” and some potential solutions for the homeless issue for the last several months. First, the “homeless issue...


New bills are not gifts

By Justin M. Ruhge, Lompoc

Our state elected representatives are at it again, producing a blizzard of new bills. Just who of everyday Joes on the streets is going to know anything about any of these? Th...


Curiouser and curiouser


The Jan. 23 Solvang City Council meeting was awkward. Awkward with a capital AWKWARD.  Newly elected City Councilmember Elizabeth Orona had to share the dais with the pe...


Drawing805 founder puts a cosmic twist on new butterfly mural


When it comes to public art, “less is more” rarely rings true, local artist Luis Linares believes. “I see a lot of white walls that need to be filled with...

Lompoc libraries seek local artists for upcoming exhibits

By Caleb Wiseblood

Local artists are encouraged to submit works for consideration to be showcased at the Vandenberg Village Library and the Grossman Gallery, located inside the Lompoc Public Lib...

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center holds annual walk dedicated to 'California's Gold' host

By Caleb Wiseblood

On Feb. 11, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is inviting the public to join a docent-led walk at Oso Flaco Lake that will retrace the steps of California’s Gold host Hu...


‘Missing’ offers enough twists and turns to keep most viewers puzzled to the end

Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick (Searching) co-direct this cyber mystery about June (Storm Reid), whose mother, Grace (Nia Long), goes missing during a trip with new boyf...


Multiple businesses compete in Santa Maria Valley's 2023 Craft Cocktail Contest


The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is asking the public to get out and vote—but not, in this case, for any politicians whom their ideologies happen to align with...

Hot Stuff


The Avila Beach Cupid Paws Parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Avila Beach Promenade. All dog participants must be registered and check in...


Community members will have three chances to attend the Lompoc Recreation Division’s Father Daughter Dance this year, as the annual event will be held three nights in a ...


Repair Café Five Cities hosts its next Repair Café event at the Oceano Community Services District on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The public is encourage...


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What do you do for your own health and wellness?

I exercise at a gym on a regular basis.
I do yoga and meditate.
I try to eat a well-balanced diet and drink water frequently.
My body is not a temple; I don't care about health and wellness.

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