Sunday, October 23, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 33

Weekly Poll
How do you celebrate Halloween?

I take the kiddos trick-or-treating in the safety of our neighborhood.
I hand out healthy snacks--and my business card.
Full haunted house mode!
I put on my best lingerie, throw on a pair of wings, and I'm ready to party!

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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Techno teamwork: Local robotics teams like Orcutt Academy High School's Spartatroniks build, program, and compete with their custom bots

Orcutt Academy High School’s classroom No. 18 buzzed with the chatter of two groups of teenagers on either side of the room. Some worked silently on compact laptops, while others talked and laughed, or intently discussed various topics. It wasn’t the middle of the school day, but rather 7 p.m. at night. In the center of the room sat coaches, a couple of parent volunteers, and Ty Fredriks, the teacher and faculty facilitator of Orcutt Academy’s robotics team, the Spartatroniks. The students were in their own wor... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


The motorsports park will provide recreational opportunities to youth

The recent commentary by Justin Ruhge, “Lompoc is at a very dangerous crossroads,” Oct. 6, was almost completely absent of facts. Unfortunately, the Motorsports Park has become a political football to be kicked around.  The park project began in 2010 with the formation of the Motorsports Committee as part of the Lompoc Valley Parks Recreation and Pool Foundation Inc. The foundation partners with the city... [ Read More ]