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Farmers--including almond growers--don't take water for granted - Santa Maria Sun
This letter is being written with the hope of broadening the views of Karen Juran (“A ‘nut’ case,” April 9) and those who agree with her that the governor is being too soft on farmers. Please understand that this drought affects us all—some more ...
If dogs had Instagram - Santa Maria Sun
My dog Finn, as my carpets will attest, is very much an inside dog. And like we do with my kids, we have to sometimes put him outside for some fresh air and the chance to explore something beyond video game controllers, left socks, and the occasional stray ...
The benchwarmer: Keep baseball the way it is - Santa Maria Sun
There are a few traditions that my family diligently observes: cinnamon rolls at Christmas, family breakfast on Sundays, and baseball season. Just like Christmas, baseball season comes around once a year. Crops are planted, backyard barbecues are ignited ...
Allan Hancock College features the bronze work of Joseph Castle in the show The Things We Carry - Santa Maria Sun
Once cooled from its molten state, bronze is an almost immovable media. Bronze sculptor and local artist Joseph Castle doesn’t pour the liquid hot metal personally, but first makes a mold—the shell of the work he is hoping to create—before overseeing ...
Spotlight on: Santa Maria Stereo - Santa Maria Sun
An orange-colored classic car, maybe a Chevy Impala, pulls into the parking lot of Santa Maria Stereo and a tan, middle-aged man wearing sunglasses gets out. Store manager Jon Blaies greets him and a short conversation ensues. A few laughs, a couple pats ...
The Discovery Museum welcomes families to the Kite Festival - Santa Maria Sun
Santa Maria’s gusty winds usually results in bent palm trees and the occasional downed eucalyptus, but the powerful currents that sweep across the flat valley also inspired the beginning of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s Free Family Kite ...
Orcutt Academy robotics team heads for world championships - Santa Maria Sun
The Orcutt Academy High School varsity robotics team is heading to the 2015 FIRST Robotics world championship for the second time in five years. The last was in 2012, two years after the team was created. And this time, Ty Fredriks wants everyone on the ...
Grand jury report blasts Guadalupe's financial viability - Santa Maria Sun
The Santa Barbara County grand jury released a report on April 10 calling Guadalupe’s financial past a “shell game” and recommending that the city disincorporate. The report essentially comes down to one thing: The city doesn’t generate enough ...
Teen musicians in the spotlight for Philharmonic finale - Santa Maria Sun
Classical music does not come easy. A single performance is the tip of an iceberg, with the hours and hours of careful practice behind it remaining unheard by audiences. Even the most elaborate and ornate performances of monumental art music begin with ...
Santa Maria Civic Theatre closes season with 'Brooklyn Boy' - Santa Maria Sun
The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is closing its 56th season with a production of Brooklyn Boy, opening April 24 and running on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. through May 16 and closing on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. Brooklyn Boy explores the character Eric Weiss, a ...
Southern SLO County drug raid yields a dozen arrests - Santa Maria Sun
State and federal authorities arrested 12 people on April 7 following a raid on an alleged drug trafficking organization in southern San Luis Obispo County, according to FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller. Dubbed “Operation: All In The Family,” the raid ...
Lucia Mar reaches a tentative agreement with teachers - Santa Maria Sun
The Lucia Mar Unified School District reached a tentative agreement with the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association on April 8 in an effort to avoid a teachers strike. The agreement is for a 6 percent raise in teachers’ salaries over the next three years.
League of Women Voters Santa Maria holds book group - Santa Maria Sun
The League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley Book Group welcomes current and potential members to regular, informal luncheon discussions happening the last Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at The Natural Café in Santa Maria. The book club ...
Public distrust of PG&E's 'Culture of Safety' - Santa Maria Sun
On a recent Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) levied a record $1.6 billion penalty on PG&E for the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno. Since the explosion, PG&E has been issued ...
Help out the Orcutt Library - Santa Maria Sun
The Friends of the Orcutt Library is holding a used book sale on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orcutt Branch Library. Funds raised will go toward new books for adults and children. The sale will include books, puzzles, videotapes, and ...