Buellton fest rocks

The 15th Annual Buellton Barbecue Bonanza was a huge success.

It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves with the feasting and fellowship at River View Park in Buellton, with plenty of food, live music, water slides and activities for kids, prize raffle, and exhibits by local community groups and businesses.

All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the many people involved in making this event great. A big thank-you to the staff and officials at the city of Buellton.

Thanks to all of the dedicated NCL volunteers, Boy Scouts of Troop 42, summer camp counselors, and a special thank-you to Bobby Covarrubias for the incredible help.

Thanks to all the groups and individuals who participated by having a display or table. Thank-you to our rocking bands Cadillac Angels and Sweatervest for sharing your musical talents.

And special thanks to Mark, Vickie and Misty Mendenhall, Dan and Pauline Heedy, Ron Anderson, Henry and Elaine Alvarado, Lance Bruner, Lloyd Snyder, Jeff Adams, and Vinnie and all the rest of the food and barbecue crew for preparing the delicious feast for nearly 1,000 Bonanza goers.

Finally, thanks to all the Buellton citizens, Valley residents and visitors who came out to enjoy the day with us at River View Park and participated in the festivities. Thank you for supporting activities in our community and for making this such a great place to live and work. We hope to see you all for more fun at next year’s Buellton Barbecue Bonanza.

Kyle Abello

Buellton Recreation

A dirty oil campaign

My friend in Orcutt recently received a letter from AERA asking for support to add 296 high pressure and temperature oil wells and waste water injection wells to their facility up stream from Los Alamos in Cat Canyon.

The AERA letter falsely extols the financial and environmental benefits to our county. They tout all the donations they've made to local groups and only ask that North County folks rise up and support their project to the Board of Supervisors.

The AERA East Cat Canyon oil field sits at the headwaters of the San Antonio Creek watershed which provides drinking water to Los Alamos and all the farms, ranches, vineyards, and residences downstream. As a hazardous material specialist for 25 years, I have responded to many oil, gas, and waste water spills in the East Cat Canyon area. I have found that often, spill prevention and clean up measures at these facilities are not adequately implemented unless costly enforcement action is imminent.

All oil wells and pipelines leak at some point in their lifetime, both above ground and at various locations underground. These wells and pipes pass through our drinking water aquifers. It is time that we in the North County say no to anymore irresponsible and high risk oil extraction.

Conventional oil extraction is lower risk. It is only a matter of time before these newer high-temperature, high-pressure wells leak into our drinking water. Then when the oil company skips town, who pays to clean up our water and land? Let's build more safe solar and wind generated power and profit from these in North County.

Larry Bishop



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