Cover photo by Jayson Mellom / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Oct 12-22, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 33

Cuyama Valley residents who use less than 2 acre-feet of groundwater per year face an uncertain future due to a water rights lawsuit filed by corporations that combined use more than 28,000 acre-feet of water per year. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks to those de minimis users this week for a cover story about small farmers, the challenges they’ve faced in the past and are facing now, and the battle over a groundwater basin they rely on for sustenance [8].
In addition, you can read about Solvang’s new rules about camping in the city [4]; Nunsense at SLO Repertory Theatre [18]; and what Juniper on Fourth has to offer [21].

Faces of the valley

Cuyama Valley farmers, landowners face off against corporate growers over water

By Taylor O'Connor



Music, Arts & Culture

Food & Drink