Saturday, August 29, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 25

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How much do you know about the mission system?

I made one for grade school history class
I know which ones to visit on family road trips
Does this have something to do with Mission Impossible?
I'm a ghost who haunts the grounds of La Purisima and I've seen everything

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

A hero's life after Katrina: Ten years later, an Air Force pararescueman recalls the people he helped during the hurricane's aftermath

View a slideshow of scenes from Katrina's aftermath. Mike Maroney isn’t the type of guy that seeks attention. As a seasoned Air Force pararescueman, his job entails secrecy. And as a member of the U.S. military, most of his jobs don’t happen in the States.  But 10 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, creating a swath of destruction from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, the Santa Maria native’s work did take place on home soil.  Katrina formed over the Bahamas on ... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


New rhythm

August can be marked by a number of things: one last family vacation, perhaps; close-out deals on patio furniture; and Major League Baseball playoff races that are just beginning to heat up. For educators and families with school-aged children, August also means “back to school.” Indeed, by the time this hits the press, many of our North County schools will already be back in session. For others, the start of... [ Read More ]