Saturday, April 25, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 7

Weekly Poll
Do you think dry farming will solve California agriculture's drought problem?

Yes—eventually we won't have a choice.
Is dry farming a real thing?
No. Agriculture doesn't have a drought problem.
We should already be doing it, and the drought's not going away anytime soon.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Toxic Canyon: A quarter-century later, Casmalia is still waiting for Superfund cleanup

It’s 3:30 p.m., and in one hour the Hitching Post begins serving its “world famous” barbecue. That familiar, drifting smell of burning red oak sweetens the breeze. Thirty-one years ago, a vastly different smell penetrated the air. “The way I remember it smelling was this weird blueberry smell,” said Louis Meza, a chef at the Hitching Post. In the mid-1980s, Meza was a student at Casmalia Elementary School. “The smell just stuck to your nose.” The wind swept the acrid stench from a to... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Where there once was water

I know this may sound strange, but, to be perfectly honest, I think your lawn is rude. It’s screaming at me from the top of its thirsty little lungs: “California is running out of water, sure, but my humans don’t care. They like me. I’m pretty, and I’m green, and that’s all that matters. And they’re going to water me until their well runs dry, so there!” See what I’m ... [ Read More ]