When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi took office in 2014, the Obama administration hoped he would prove to be a Mr. Fix-It, a relatively moderate Shiite Muslim leader who would manage spoilers in his own sect, make long-overdue overtures to the country’s Sunni minority and work closely with the U.S. to reclaim territory captured by the Islamic State.
When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, many pets perished, and those lucky enough to be rescued were often displaced and sent all over the country. The HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) Evacuation Committee is working on plans to make sure its residents are kept safe if Cambria is faced with a disaster.
It was an interesting juxtaposition: The meeting began with the board president announcing that a proposed raise for the general manager had been pulled from the agenda. It ended with board member Amanda Rice revealing she couldn’t afford to keep serving if meetings were held in the daytime.
Communities around the globe — and those as yet undiscovered in the vast reaches of the universe — have their magnificent moments and their testier times. Here in our wonderland by the Pacific Ocean, the drought, drastic water shortages and unsteady local government responses have darkened the otherwise balanced, sunny side of our existence.
I’ve been doing my best for the last couple of years to practice being mindful. That’s why they call it: “practice” — you have to keep at it. Tuning out, tuning in, simplifying … listening. Today my ears are straining, trying to tune out all else but one hopeful noise. Right now the wind makes everything sound like a plaintive cry. I’m trying to find my lost kitty.
Cambria’s next monthly Art Stroll will be Saturday, May 7, and the event has been adding a musical flavor of late. The April installment featured the duo Simple Pleasures serenading art lovers as they strolled down Main Street at Patrick Dennis’ Working Artist Studio.
Cal Fire’s 2016 Wildfire Awareness Week (May 3-9) is winding down, and officials across the state have begun to declare that wildfire season has begun. Several small fires in Cayucos on Sunday, May 1, served as a reminder of how quickly and easily a fire can start, even when most of the North Coast’s thick brush and grasses are still fairly moist and green, having been nourished by winter/spring rainfall.
Gov. John Kasich tweeted a Star Wars themed video early Wednesday making five predictions about a Hillary Clinton presidency and calling himself the only hope to stop it. In a few hours, he will drop out of the race for the presidency.
Five Rolex watches valued at $35,000 were stolen from a jewelry store in Montecito last month, and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the thieves. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, two men entered Silverhorn, inside the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore on Channel Drive, around 3 p.m. March 29, 2016. One of the men distracted a clerk while the other broke a display cabinet and took the five watches. They then ran out of the hotel and into a waiting silver Hyundai Santa Fe, and the female driver sped away north on Olive Mill Road. The thieves, who have not been identified, were caught on surveillance video. Anyone who recognizes the people in the video or who has information about the robbery should call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at 805-681-4150; to leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.
Courtesy of Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Robbers steal Rolex watches from Santa Barbara hotel
Cal Poly students hold 'funeral' to protest potential tuition hikes
Monday is surf day in Cambria
Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary draws officials' support