CURLY, NOT GIRLY: Among the more subtle influences on this week’s paper are those of Curly, the ad production betta who for five years has angrily zipped about his small bowl, inspiring our dedicated ad designers to greater and greater feats of commercial layout. “He was the runt. Now he’s our mascot,” explained Megan Packard-Hillegas, one of those who initially adopted the fish. True to the nature of male bettas, Curly puffs himself up and rams his tiny body at perceived intrudersa category that includes pretty much anything. “If he were able to get out of his bowl, he’d be running around, biting us on our ankles,” Packard-Hillegas explained. Though ad designer Sarah Wilkinson freely calls Curly beautiful, her colleague Deanna Solakian is more hesitant to shower him with praise. “We don’t get along,” Solakian said of Curly.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Dos Pueblos High School Stirs Political Pot

Senior-class picture features MAGA and LIBERALS!

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.