Thursday, June 22, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 16

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Protect the plain? The Carrizo Plain National Monument is under review by the federal government

At about 6 a.m. on April 2, I feel like I’m the only thing awake for miles. Yellow goldfields, tidy tips, and green grass on the Caliente Range across the valley are starting to pick up that special blend of orange and red as the sun’s first rays rise behind me. Below, Soda Lake Road is carless, a lone dirt road stretching 37 miles down the center of the monument, connecting highways 58 and 166 in the southeastern corner of San Luis Obispo County. The dust that hung in the air during yesterday’s tourist assault... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Renewable power sources misleading

Those who oppose the use of nuclear power and think that solar, wind, and others will be substitutes do not understand that the real issue is in the numbers. Those nuclear power plants turn out 2 to 3 billion watt-hours of power every hour of every day, night and day! That is enough for 2 million homes! California’s power needs peaked at 50 billion watt hours last summer, the highest in the country. Our power requir... [ Read More ]