Sunday, October 4, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 30

Weekly Poll
How are you preparing for a possible super El Niño?

I’m gathering sandbags right now.
I’ve stocked up emergency supplies, just in case.
There won’t be an El Niño.
I’ve got my surfboard ready.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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Hops and crafts: A small and fast-growing craft beer industry is making its mark on the Central Coast and beyond

View a slideshow from local breweries and the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Men and women dressed in furry costumes, an autonomous motorized keg offering rides to strangers, and beards galore. A seemingly endless supply of small-batch, or “craft,” beer flowed from thousands of kegs behind rows upon rows of individual booths inside the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver for the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Nearly 50,000 people attended this year’s festival, which was the biggest ever with ... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


C.L.A.S.S. act

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ 2015 report on truancy and absenteeism, In School + On Track, states that 83 percent of students chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are unable to read on-level by third grade. Even more staggering, the report adds, is the fact that students who cannot read on-level in third grade are 400 percent more likely to drop out than kids who can. This September mark... [ Read More ]