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Rock Front Ranch's exotic jujube fruit is superfood for your body and good for the planet External link to Rock Front Ranch's exotic jujube fruit is superfood for your body and good for the planet

06/21/2017: The first thing I noticed about Alisha Taff was her electric smile and bright, glowing skin. Even under the less than flattering fluorescent lights of the SLO Guild Hall, the farmer flaunted an inner ... ...more

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Bring out your dead weight! External link to Bring out your dead weight!

06/21/2017: My husband, The Brit, and I have been living together since January 2006, marrying in March of that year. When two people of our generation forge a connubial relationship, they bring along lots of b... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Protect the plain? The Carrizo Plain National Monument is under review by the federal government External link to Protect the plain? The Carrizo Plain National Monument is under review by the federal government

06/21/2017: At about 6 a.m. on April 2, I feel like I'm the only thing awake for miles. Yellow goldfields, tidy tips, and green grass on the Caliente Range across the valley are starting to pick up that special b... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Margie Bowker celebrates 20 years of creating art in Santa Maria External link to Margie Bowker celebrates 20 years of creating art in Santa Maria

06/21/2017: When she was a 9-year-old student in South Africa, Margie Bowker's teacher pulled her aside one day and told her she was going to be a famous artist someday. "She had collected little pieces and pain... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

County grand jury report questions water agencies' management of Cachuma Reservoir amid continuing drought External link to County grand jury report questions water agencies'  management of Cachuma Reservoir amid continuing drought

06/21/2017: A recent Santa Barbara County grand jury report questioned the efficacy of local water agencies and their ability to collaborate effectively in managing local water supplies. Aimed at addressing ongo... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Santa Barbara Library System receives grant for bilingual children's books External link to Santa Barbara Library System receives grant for bilingual children's books

06/21/2017: The Santa Barbara Public Library System was given a $10,000 grant to purchase bilingual books for children. The grant comes from the California State Library as part of the California Immigrant Allian... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Lompoc announces Mobile Mural winners External link to Lompoc announces Mobile Mural winners

06/21/2017: In an effort to connect to the community through artwork, the city of Lompoc's Public Works and Utilities Departments held its first Mobile Mural Contest in the 2017 National Public Works Week theme, ... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

The Great American Melodrama delivers a hit production of 'The Karaoke Kid' External link to The Great American Melodrama  delivers a hit production of 'The Karaoke Kid'

06/21/2017: In 1984, a little film came out about a lonely boy who had just moved to a new town and had trouble fitting in. He met a beautiful girl, befriended a wise man with a lot of unfinished chores, dressed ... ...more

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Alex Ketcham External link to Alex Ketcham

06/21/2017: When Alex Ketcham walks her dog, she tends to take "the scenic route" as much as possible. Rather than a casual stroll through their neighborhood, the 20-year-old and her 6-year-old pit bull, Jewels, ... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Take a hike: The Benchwarmer thinks everyone should opt for more time outside External link to Take a hike: The Benchwarmer thinks everyone  should opt for more time outside

06/21/2017: If you aren't a teacher you're going to be wildly annoyed by the following sentiments, but I just can't help myself-it's summer break. After just finishing my third year of teaching, I have dubbed thi... ...more

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Always negative press External link to Always negative press

06/21/2017: As a newer legal immigrant to the U.S.A., I have unfortunately seen enough California newspapers, radio, and TV programs go on about President Trump and how he is "a horrible president," "making poor ... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Partnerships have made the difference External link to Partnerships have made the difference

06/21/2017: Partnerships are the central thread that runs through the fabric of all we have done here at the Santa Barbara County Education Office for the past 3 1/2 decades. I would be remiss to leave office bef... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Renewable power sources misleading External link to Renewable power sources misleading

06/21/2017: Those who oppose the use of nuclear power and think that solar, wind, and others will be substitutes do not understand that the real issue is in the numbers. Those nuclear power plants turn out 2 to 3... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Hancock offers more college credit classes to high school students External link to Hancock offers more college credit classes to high school students

06/21/2017: Allan Hancock College extended its concurrent enrollment program to include college credit classes to more local high school students. The program allows students to take college credit courses in the... ...more

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Lompoc offers free summer lunch for kids External link to Lompoc offers free summer lunch for kids

06/21/2017: The city of Lompoc's Recreation Division and Public Library have teamed up with the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) to serve free lunches to kids 18 years old and younger. Lunches will be serve... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Hancock launches new community relations program External link to Hancock launches new community relations program

06/21/2017: Allan Hancock College is looking for locals to join The Community Ambassador Program, the college's new community relations outreach. The program offers a leadership opportunity designed specifically... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Arellanes Builders Club honors Olympic boxer Carlos Balderas External link to Arellanes Builders Club honors Olympic boxer Carlos Balderas

06/21/2017: Arellanes Junior High students gathered on campus June 14 to honor former student and Olympic boxer Carlos Balderas, unveiling a new banner that reads "Home of Olympian Carlos Balderas." The students... ...more

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Spotlight on: VTC Enterprises - Madison Hall, 2017 Elks rodeo queen External link to Spotlight on: VTC Enterprises - Madison Hall, 2017 Elks rodeo queen

06/21/2017: This year marks the third in a row that VTC Enterprises' candidate for the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen Contest took home the crown. St. Joseph High School student Madison Hall, 17, was pronounced rod... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Hobnobbing with Helen: Philharmonic fun External link to Hobnobbing with Helen: Philharmonic fun

06/21/2017: Blackberry pie, a la mode. Doesn't that sound oh-so-summery and too divine for words? That was dessert at the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society's annual business and dinner meeting held on the even... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Political Watch 6/22/17 External link to Political Watch 6/22/17

06/21/2017: • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) addressed the June 14 shooting in Alexandria, Virg., at the beginning of a speech made later that day for the National Partnership for Women and Families' gala ev... ...more

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Santa Barbara County's agricultural revenue decreases year over year External link to Santa Barbara County's agricultural revenue decreases year over year

06/21/2017: Labor shortages continue to affect Santa Barbara County agriculture, according to the recently released agricultural production report for 2016. The report from the county's Agricultural Commissioner... ...more

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Santa Maria to appoint new acting police chief External link to Santa Maria to appoint new acting police chief

06/21/2017: Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin is set to pass on leadership of the department to acting Police Chief Phil Hansen on June 23. Martin was hired as police chief at the end of 2012 after four mont... ...more

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Santa Barbara supes pass budget, discuss doing more for revenue External link to Santa Barbara supes pass budget, discuss doing more for revenue

06/21/2017: With passage of the largest budget in recent memory ($1.08 billion), Santa Barbara County is cutting the equivalent of 178 full-time employee positions for the 2017-18 fiscal year. It wasn't easy, bu... ...more

2017/6/23 6:33

Lompoc rallies around teen battling leukemia External link to Lompoc rallies around teen battling leukemia

06/21/2017: A Lompoc police officer's son took a turn for the worse in his battle with leukemia as the community continues to rally around him. Noah Scott, 14, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (AL... ...more

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