Monday, March 30, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 3

Weekly Poll
Are physical public libraries still an important part of modern life?

Yes. Centuries of cultural development can't be wrong.
Maybe, but the Internet is making them obsolete.
No. We can get all we need on our phones.
Yes. Everyone can access the Internet on library computers.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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Experimenting on invasive species: Efforts to manage veldt grass in the Guadalupe dunes go aerial

View a slideshow of the Guadalupe dunes. A helicopter rises from behind the hills, fields of strawberries and broccoli stretch for miles into the distance. The pilot moves toward a specific target, then releases a foggy, wet dust from a 17-foot spray boom, carpeting the ground—and, more specifically, the plants growing there. Clouds of herbicide sink through the morning air, floating over a series of 34-foot-wide plots. The pilot has to occasionally return to refill the tank, each time landing with feather-light precision... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Correcting five of the biggest parenting challenges

Children don’t arrive with instructions for care. What’s more, they are all different, so even if we figure out how to handle certain situations with one of our children, the next one may veer off in a completely different direction. In short, parenting can be challenging. Here are five very common parenting challenges, with suggestions from author Dr. Philip Mountrose, on how to avoid some of those common er... [ Read More ]