Tuesday, July 16, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 19
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55 Fiction: The shortest stories you'll read this week

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55 Fiction: The shortest stories you'll read this week

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You can say a lot in 55 words. You can fight, forget, or love someone. Tell stories about global warming, eat your friends, or die. Make political statements. Riff on getting old. But there are only a select few who can do it well enough to get published! For the last three decades, New Times and the Sun have brought you reader-submitted stories for the annual 55 Fiction... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: State commission terminates oil and gas leases offshore Santa Barbara County
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: Santa Maria Public Airport, Chris Hastert, general manager
News: Organization protecting sex offenders' rights continues statewide lawsuit campaign, sues Lompoc
Music: Clay Walker, TLC, and Maddie & Tae headline the Santa Barbara County Fair
News: Correction
 

News

Cunningham tables e-cig marketing bill for stricter anti-vaping legislation

By Kasey Bubnash

It’s been several months since Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) introduced a bill in December 2018 that aimed to deter e-cigarette use among minors by p...

County, cities seek federal grant to fight gang violence

By Zac Ezzone

The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) is applying for a grant through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to create a more collaborative approach to r...

New pesticide reporting app improves investigation process

By Kasey Bubnash

California recently released a new pesticide reporting app that can be downloaded on smartphones, and state and local officials expect the new technology to expedite the pesti...

State commission terminates oil and gas leases offshore Santa Barbara County

By Zac Ezzone

The State Lands Commission terminated three oil and gas leases and a right-of-way lease for a pipeline off the coast of Santa Barbara County after the companies holding the le...

Lompoc City Council backs businesses, not city staff on grease traps

By Zac Ezzone

Twice in the last two months the Lompoc City Council has voted against the recommendation of city staff and upheld appeals from local business owners to avoid installing greas...

A $50,000 grant will go toward getting more residents involved in finding a fix for Cuyama's water problems

By KASEY BUBNASH

While many areas in California rely at least partially on groundwater for drinking, plumbing, and irrigation, few are completely dependent on groundwater as a sole water sourc...

Organization protecting sex offenders' rights continues statewide lawsuit campaign, sues Lompoc

By ZAC EZZONE

An organization dedicated to protecting the rights of registered sex offenders is on a campaign to sue cities throughout California with ordinances in place that it believes a...

Political Watch: July 11, 2019

By Sun Staff

• On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion blocking a controversial question asking for a person’s citizenship status from appearing on the 2020 census....

Correction

In the Sun’s Winning Images cover story (June 20), Barry Goyette’s photograph, Gail, in the People category was incorrectly captioned. The image won 3rd place.&nbs...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Public Airport, Chris Hastert, general manager

By KASEY BUBNASH

Hordes of Central Coast residents took to their social media pages on June 26 to cheer the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport’s announcement that it will soon offer...

Letters

Hobnobbing with Helen is sorely missed

By Roy Reed, Santa Maria

I was saddened to learn that Helen Thomas’ June 27 Hobnobbing With Helen column would be her last. I have been a member, volunteer, and board member of local nonprofits...

Dems should care about this country

By Ellis Romero, Santa Maria

Thank you, New York. You have given us one of the loudest, most arrogant representatives to serve in Congress. She lacks common sense and has absolutely no scruples about leav...

It comes down to respect

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

I always look for the new edition of the Sun Thursday afternoons in the Village Center and was wondering why after three days the news rack still was bare. So Saturday I drove...

Put safety first in Oceano

By Cynthia Replogle, president, Oceano Beach Community Association

On July 11 in SLO, the California Coastal Commission will discuss the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area permit and transitioning the park to passive uses that don&r...

Ignore bogus reports

By Bonita Ernst, Oceano

Please stop quoting the State Parks’ 2017 bogus Economic Impact Report. There has never been an independent, unbiased study of the financial impacts of the Oceano Dunes ...

Canary

CANARY: 55 nonfiction

By THE CANARY

New Times and the Sun have brought you reader-submitted stories for the annual 55 Fiction contest. Each year, hundreds of entries come from all over the coast and world. Th...

Arts

Wildling Museum exhibit highlights California national parks, monuments

Celebrating the National Lands of California, a new juried exhibition at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang, opens Saturday, July 20. The exhibit features 63 art...

Solvang Antiques showcases oil paintings by Dirk Foslien

Solvang Antiques will host oil painter Dirk Foslien as part of the gallery’s Summer Art Series, starting Wednesday, July 17, with a Champagne reception from 2 to 6 p.m. ...

Gallery Los Olivos showcases plein-air and studio paintings from local pastel artists

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

There are plenty of external antagonists for Santa Barbara-based artist Kris Buck to consider before she sets out on one of her plein-air adventures—but a disruptive pho...

Dinosaurs and their avian descendants reign supreme at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

“All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!” “Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, ...

Music

Clay Walker, TLC, and Maddie & Tae headline the Santa Barbara County Fair

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Dancing to live music is fun and all, but riding a roller coaster to live music is next-level euphoria. I’m not sure what the exact layout of this year’s Santa Bar...

Film

Dread full

Writer-director Ari Aster (Hereditary) helms this mystery-horror about young American couple Christian (Jack Reynor) and Dani (Florence Pugh), who travel with friends to Swede...

Eats

Lompoc's newest eatery pushes the boundaries of familiar homestyle fare

By NICK POWELL

Some weeks, you just need some ridiculously rich, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food to try and make the feelings go away. I’m not going to get into all the messy personal ...

Hot Stuff

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

La Purisima Mission hosts its Children’s Mission Life event on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features several hands-on activities for kids of all a...

GO PIG OR GO HOME

The Santa Barbara County Fair runs through Sunday, July 14, at Santa Maria Fairpark. This annual event features livestock auctions, carnival games, rides, educational exhibits...

SHINE ON

Stampin’ Up demonstrator Jeanne Kooker will be hosting card crafting classes at Simply Chic on Thursday, July 18, and Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. each...

FACING MY WATERLOO

The Great American Melodrama presents Pappa Pia!, a musical parody of ABBA’s Mamma Mia!, through Saturday, Sep. 21. Each performance is followed by The Great American Va...

DISCOVER YOUR DESTINY

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum will offer various types of summer camps from Monday, July 15, through Friday, Aug. 9. Some of the camp options include Discovery Anima...

SEIZE THE FRAY

The Chumash Casino Resort presents The Fray on Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. This alternative rock group is best known for hits like “How to Save a Life,” “Hurr...

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How should Lompoc respond to the lawsuit claiming its ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live is unconstitutional?

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