Saturday, April 30, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 8

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Target practice: How unmanaged recreational shooting affects health and safety in Los Padres National Forest

View a slideshow of target shooting in Los Padres National Forest. Jared Herrera unzipped a gun case and lifted his Saiga semi-automatic from it, smiling. “This is my baby.” He and his buddy Mario Martinez pressed protective plugs into their ears and crouched behind their rifles, aiming toward a hanging metal target on the nearby hillside. The hill’s grassy slope sported a charcoal color, left by a years-gone fire. It glimmered brightly in some spots, as aluminum remnants of shot-to-pieces soda cans reflect... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Traffic safety crackdown needed

Recently, in Santa Maria I was stopped at a stoplight in the right-hand lane on Donovan Road with about five cars in front of me when the light changed, and before any of us could move a white car illegally zipped passed us going about 50 or 60 mph on our right side next to the curb. It continued across the intersection and on down Donovan at a super high rate of speed. These types of gross traffic violations that disrega... [ Read More ]

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