Tuesday, October 24, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 20
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Winning Images 2017

Cover Story

Winning Images 2017

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

    An image can stop a moment forever, giving one split second of life a place in history. And the way in which that story is told has everything to do with the person behind the camera. How each photographer watches life unfold in front of them—what they notice, what they find interesting—is revealed in those moments they’ve captu... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Music: LOCAL NOTES: John Moreland brings his signature music to Standing Sun Wines in Buellton
News: County chasing millions in grants for stormwater resource projects
News: Pet advocates laud ban on commercially bred animals in pet stores
Cover Story: Winning Images 2017
News: Santa Maria to require vendor permits in parks
 

News

Pet advocates laud ban on commercially bred animals in pet stores

By KASEY BUBNASH

In an effort to prevent the animal cruelty that is often affiliated with commercial breeders, also known as puppy mills, California plans to ban pet stores from selling comm...

Supervisors argue over revenue, cuts, deficit in budget hearings

By SPENCER COLE

Budget talks in Santa Barbara County heated up as the Board of Supervisors grappled with the prospect of a deficit numbering in the tens of millions of dollars. Documents ...

Santa Maria to require vendor permits in parks

By KASEY BUBNASH

Vendors hoping to make some extra cash in Santa Maria’s parks are now required to apply for permits through the city and, in some cases, pay annual fees of up to $273. ...

DA charges Camarillo man for allegedly defrauding elders

By SPENCER COLE

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office warned the public to protect its elderly population from potential fraudsters in light of a case currently in court. ...

Youth Matters

By KASEY BUBNASH

“Drugs and gangs, violence, oppression, child abuse, neglect, homophobia,” read one banner taped to a wall of the Veterans’ Memorial Center on Oct. 12, whe...

County chasing millions in grants for stormwater resource projects

By SPENCER COLE

Santa Barbara County officials are scrambling to receive public input on a stormwater resources plan as the window for grants to fund the program threatens to slam shut. ...

Political Watch

• Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed two bills penned by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) into state law. AB 1328 gives California water agencies acces...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight On: Women's Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County

By SPENCER COLE

For Amy Curti, and her fellow members at the collective volunteer donor group, the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, the power of the purse should not be ...

Commentary

Domestic violence is a dangerous trap

By BY DENISE F.

Editor’s note: Denise F. was a source for the cover story, “Break the silence,” which ran Oct. 5. Her full last name has been omitted to protect her privacy....

Letters

Missing the mark

By Justin Ruhge

The Sun’s Opinion page allowed the latest ravings of Ken McCalip (“The time to act is now,” Oct. 12) to attack again our Second Amendment right to own and ca...

Why won't Carbajal take a stand on sanctuary cities?

By Gary Vandeman

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature recently signed legislation to make California a sanctuary state. We have all heard the horror stories of illegal felons commit...

Where is the Republican Party leadership?

By Robert P. Sutton

During the term of President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House and Seante spared no efforts to nullify any attempts he made to enact legislation for the betterment...

Condor in recovery?

By Bill Decker

Recent newspaper releases have brought up the “recovery” of the California condor to the wild. The question I have to ponder: When does an animal survive in the wi...

Condor in recovery?

By Bill Decker

Recent newspaper releases have brought up the “recovery” of the California condor to the wild. The question I have to ponder: When does an animal survive in the wi...

Santa Maria City Council, a major disappointment

By Craig Shafer

I couldn’t be more disheartened by the inaction of our City Council at the Oct. 3 meeting regarding the Arts Master Plan and Ordinance. Early on, Councilmembers Jack Boy...

Sports

Route to equality

By KRISTINA SEWELL

Sports and politics have not been able to play nicely together in the sandbox lately. I find it strange that citizens act mystified or indignant when political issues taint sp...

Cesar Ayuso

By Peter Johnson

When Santa Maria High School senior Cesar Ayuso started running cross country for the first time his sophomore year, neither he nor his Saints teammates knew what winning mean...

School Scene

Allan Hancock College eligible for $1 million prize

By KASEY BUBNASH

Allan Hancock College announced Oct. 11 that it was named, for the fourth time, one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute, which began rank...

Former patients and families invited to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebration

By KASEY BUBNASH

Marian Regional Medical Center will host the fourth annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduation Celebration on Nov. 4. The event will include an opportunity for toddlers ...

Canary

Speak out

By THE CANARY

People just want to be heard, I’ve come to learn. It explains so much about us on so many levels. It’s why social media is a nearly universal addiction among pe...

Street Wise

What do you like to take photos of?

Yesenia Nava Jose Nava Kevin Murdock Amir Escanilla

Arts

Lompoc's Cypress Gallery features artist Mikki Alhart's work in October

By REBECCA ROSE

When Mikki Alhart speaks, you can feel her smiling through the phone. She is given to exuberant kindness and easy eagerness to share her life’s work. Alhart, the feat...

Wildling Museum hosts talk with Bill Dewey

By REBECCA ROSE

The Wildling Museum in Solvang presents the final installation of its current Artist Talk Series on Oct. 29, featuring aerial photographer Bill Dewey. Dewey’s photograph...

PCPA's new season includes musicals, comedy, and more

By REBECCA ROSE

Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) 54th season launches on Nov. 9 with its production of Freaky Friday. The musical, based on a hit Disney film, runs through Dec. 23 ...

Barbershop chorus to hold fundraiser for youth event

By REBECCA ROSE

The Central Coast Chordsmen barbershop chorus holds a fundraiser barbecue event on Oct. 28 to help pay for the annual Youth-in-Harmony Event. The barbecue runs from 10 a.m....

The Buckeye Trail will kick your ass. But it's totally worth it.

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

As Highway 1 bends around Salmon Creek in northern SLO County, there it is, off the road on the right, past the horrendous mess that is people parking to gawk at Salmon Creek ...

Humor

Humor: Rebecca Rose fondly looks back at her career

By REBECCA ROSE

There’s a lot of talk about journalism these days, what it is, what it isn’t, how it’s all totally fake, and how we’re paid by billionaires to wri...

Music

LOCAL NOTES: John Moreland brings his signature music to Standing Sun Wines in Buellton

By JOE PAYNE

It’s not quite country, not quite blues, and not quite rock. That’s the essence of the genre termed “Americana,” and John Moreland epitomizes the sound...

Film

‘American Made’ is a story of American hubris

Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) directs Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a pilot contracted by the CIA to run drugs in the late-’70s and ’80s...

Eats

Sides Hardware and Shoes is a playful mix of history and contemporary dining

By REBECCA ROSE

Until the early 1970s, Sides Hardware and Shoes delivered what its name promised. In 1901 the original building was put up by an aspiring businessman named Milburn Sides. He...

Hot Stuff

Day in the country

The 37th annual Los Olivos Day in the Country takes place Oct. 21 in downtown Los Olivos. Enjoy live music, food trucks, family activities, and more than 100 vendor booths. ...

Silent retreat

Unplug and Recharge: An Experiment with Silence takes place Oct. 26 through 29 at the Sunburst Retreat Center, located at 7200 CA-1, Lompoc. This weekend getaway includes hiki...

The Big Cheese

Chef Drew Terp will hold the third class in his cooking series on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at Pico at The Los Alamos General Store, located at 458 Bell St., Los Alamos. St...




Weekly Poll
Where do you take the most photographs?

At the beach, sunset.
When out with friends, selfies!
With family, group shots for the memories.
At restaurants, of my food.

| Poll Results