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Rancho de Los Animales for the Disabled (RAD) … seeking a post-pandemic future

We start this story with a meditation of the evolving use of language. After a year of isolation, it’s a worthy topic. If we pay attention to it, the language we use can identify common goals, enrich society, and foster community-building. By way of example, consider...

Captain Wesley “Rock” Reid: Flying and fighting to preserve our fragile freedoms

Just 12 days after his graduation from San Luis Obispo High School in 2009, 17-year-old Wes Reid boarded a plane bound for Colorado Springs where he would begin basic training at the celebrated United States Air Force Academy. Today, Reid is an Air Force Captain...

History: Women … and a just cause

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." —Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution...

Café Roma: A local treasure offers edible pleasure

As we await the arrival of a replacement for our food writer, we decided to fill her space by finding out what our local restaurants are doing to survive the pandemic—even as they also keep us well-fed. Since 1980, the multiple award-winning Café Roma has been...

Central Coast Castle of Americana

Without knowing it, most people are significantly impacted by the architecture and interior design that surrounds them. On a long enough timeline, drab dwellings will create gloomy personas in their inhabitants. This is why an establishment like the Madonna Inn,...

Food Banks in Two Counties Need Support

"Managing this year on an empty stomach is our unthinkable reality. Sustainable recovery, for those who are impacted, will likely be measured in years, not months, not weeks, and many of you have leaned in. Thank you so much,” said Garrett Olson, CEO of the SLO Food...

Latino Outdoors: Leading the Way Toward More Equal Access to the Natural World

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” —John Muir These words, written many decades ago, are just one of many quotes from famed naturalist John Muir....

Ben Harvey: Auto Decor Artist Extraordinaire

Sitting in the corner of his grandfather's automotive workshop deconstructing engines as a young lad in 1990s Devon, England, little Ben Harvey couldn’t have imagined that, some twenty years later and thousands of miles away from home, he’d be inspired by those very...

Dane Hodgson: Videographer, 805 Acoustic, The Backlots

Dane Hodgson launched his career as a videographer after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in film and media. For the next several years he traveled the country and the world making promotional videos for a wide variety of customers, with a...

Fasten your seatbelts! ‘Dead Reckoning:’ A work of fiction inspired by true events written by Michael Corbin Ray & Therese Vannier

Did you ever sing along to Gordon Lightfoot's rendition of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” or read Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”? Or watch in horror as Shelly Winters fatally attempted to save the Poseidon or didn’t look away when Leo...

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Ben Harvey: Auto Decor Artist Extraordinaire

Dane Hodgson: Videographer, 805 Acoustic, The Backlots

Fasten your seatbelts! ‘Dead Reckoning:’ A work of fiction inspired by true events written by Michael Corbin Ray & Therese Vannier

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