Wednesday, October 1, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 29

Weekly Poll
Should Buellton put an electronic billboard along Highway 101?

No: It would be tacky and unattractive.
Aren't there laws against that?
Yes: Buellton needs to bring in more tourists.
I don't live there; I don't care.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

The writing on the wall: Santa Maria City staffers stay vigilant in the daily battle against graffiti

The Santa Maria River bed holds a clear record of who’s been through recently. The tracks of deer, blue belly lizards, and mice wind through the gravely sand alongside footprints from walkers or joggers, sometimes with dogs. Underneath the bridge, sneaker prints reveal fewer athletic treads, and the towering concrete pillars that hold up the road above are surrounded by the imprints of skate shoes and Converse. Other marks are there, too—but not in the sand. These telltale signs of human presence can be found on the ... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


One veteran's final flight

My dad, Alexander Palos, formerly of Camarillo, enlisted in 1942, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. He was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 50th Fighter Group in the Army Air Corps. He served in France, England, and Germany, supporting Patton’s forces from the air. Like most of the World War II vets, he returned home after the war and didn’t talk much about it. There was no fanfare, parades, or thank-yous. ... [ Read More ]