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Defensible space inspections underway as firefighters also collect data External link to Defensible space inspections underway as firefighters also collect data

On June 1, Santa Barbara County Fire Department personnel began inspecting homes and businesses within their areas of responsibility for defensible space and collecting data about each structure as part of a new state requirement. ...more

2017/6/23 3:27

Alisal Road between Solvang and Nojoqui Park could reopen by August External link to Alisal Road between Solvang and Nojoqui Park could reopen by August

An alternative route between Solvang and Highway 101 to the south that’s been closed for about four months could reopen in a month or so if there are no hitches in the bidding, contract and construction phases of the project. ...more

2017/6/23 2:00

Grand jury report targets inadequate radio communication in emergencies External link to Grand jury report targets inadequate radio communication in emergencies

During its annual review of the county's detention facilities, the civil grand jury learned there are areas where sheriff's deputies cannot communicate with fellow officers because of their remote locations, prompting jurors to pose the question, "Is our safety at… ...more

2017/6/22 22:00

Lompoc City Council discusses cutting animal services agreement during review of budget reductions External link to Lompoc City Council discusses cutting animal services agreement during review of budget reductions

The Lompoc City Council took another potentially significant step in its budget discussions Tuesday night, as the council members were presented with figures that suggested the city could save millions of dollars — and avoid any future bankruptcy talk —… ...more

2017/6/22 19:30

Santa Maria woman identified as victim in Hwy 166 fatality External link to Santa Maria woman identified as victim in Hwy 166 fatality

The victim in a two-vehicle fatality Monday morning on Highway 166 has been identified as 71-year-old Aeja Kim, of Santa Maria. ...more

2017/6/22 19:26

Nipomo featured in 'Where to Retire' magazine External link to Nipomo featured in 'Where to Retire' magazine

Nipomo has been selected as a top retirement destination by "Where to Retire," a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. ...more

2017/6/22 15:54

Love campfires? Visit the Dana Adobe for s'mores, stories and more External link to Love campfires? Visit the Dana Adobe for s'mores, stories and more

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a campfire. The Dana Adobe is inviting one and all to join them Friday, June 23, for their first bonfire of the season. ...more

2017/6/22 15:41

Fight at Lompoc prison leads to multiple injuries External link to Fight at Lompoc prison leads to multiple injuries

A fight at Lompoc’s federal prison on Wednesday night led to injuries for nine inmates and three prison staff members. ...more

2017/6/22 12:27

Lompoc Flower Festival underway, parade and races to be held Saturday External link to Lompoc Flower Festival underway, parade and races to be held Saturday

The 65th annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival kicked into high gear Wednesday with a full slate of activity. ...more

2017/6/21 22:30

Gaviota Coast officially added to State Scenic Highway program External link to Gaviota Coast officially added to State Scenic Highway program

A 21-mile stretch of rural roadway offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the Gaviota Coast was officially designated a State Scenic Highway on Wednesday in a move aimed at protecting and enhancing the area's natural beauty. ...more

2017/6/21 19:30

Next Valley Speaks to focus on Freemasons on July 8 External link to Next Valley Speaks to focus on Freemasons on July 8

The next Santa Maria Valley Historical Society's Valley Speaks program will feature Bruce Carmitchel, current master of the Hesperian Lodge #264 and past exalted ruler of the Santa Maria Elks. ...more

2017/6/21 19:15

Hearing continued for a week in Nipomo murder case External link to Hearing continued for a week in Nipomo murder case

A pre-preliminary hearing in the Nipomo murder case filed against a man in the country illegally was continued Wednesday morning. ...more

2017/6/21 19:00

'Capital of cannabis on the Central Coast': Lompoc moves toward embracing marijuana industry External link to 'Capital of cannabis on the Central Coast': Lompoc moves toward embracing marijuana industry

The Lompoc City Council took a step Tuesday night toward a new set of city ordinances that is expected to have some in the community seeing green — in more ways than one. ...more

2017/6/21 16:00

Lompoc Valley Medical Center CEO defends hospital's reputation at community forum External link to Lompoc Valley Medical Center CEO defends hospital's reputation at community forum

Lompoc Valley Medical Center CEO Jim Raggio offered an unwavering defense of the hospital’s quality on Tuesday night, while also raising questions about the validity of a recent inspection that found many deficiencies at the facility. ...more

2017/6/20 22:30

Santa Barbara County to begin rebuilding $1 million fund for public access program at Hollister Ranch External link to Santa Barbara County to begin rebuilding $1 million fund for public access program at Hollister Ranch

Santa Barbara County will begin rebuilding a $1 million set-aside fund aimed at providing the initial finances needed to implement a public access program at Hollister Ranch, which could eventually open up the privately owned land. ...more

2017/6/20 19:15

Santa Maria Police to conduct DUI/driver's license checkpoint Friday night External link to Santa Maria Police to conduct DUI/driver's license checkpoint Friday night

The Santa Maria Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. ...more

2017/6/20 17:14

Santa Maria asked to reduce watering Wednesday and Thursday External link to Santa Maria asked to reduce watering Wednesday and Thursday

Santa Maria residents and businesses are asked to minimize watering, including irrigating landscapes and gardens, on Wednesday and Thursday, while the city works on a significant water main project near Thompson Way and McCoy Lane. Watering at parks will also… ...more

2017/6/20 15:56

Ciarra Blow crowned queen of 2017 Lompoc Valley Flower Festival External link to Ciarra Blow crowned queen of 2017 Lompoc Valley Flower Festival

It has been a month of milestones for Lompoc teenager Ciarra Blow. ...more

2017/6/20 14:00

Lompoc Record recognized for general excellence, feature writing External link to Lompoc Record recognized for general excellence, feature writing

The Lompoc Record has received Blue Ribbon recognition for general excellence in the California Newspaper Publisher Association's 2016 Better Newspapers Contest, and reporter Willis Jacobson received Blue Ribbon recognition for his feature profile "Behind Prison Walls." ...more

2017/6/20 13:04

Strawberries remain Santa Barbara County's top crop External link to Strawberries remain Santa Barbara County's top crop

Strawberries once again took the top spot as the region's No. 1 crop, despite experiencing a reduction in gross value last year, according to the 2016 Santa Barbara County Agricultural Crop Production Report released Monday. ...more

2017/6/19 19:30

Bail reduction denied for former Lucia Mar bus driver charged with sex crimes External link to Bail reduction denied for former Lucia Mar bus driver charged with sex crimes

A former Lucia Mar school bus driver arrested earlier this month for sex crimes with a minor — a 9-year-old girl — will remain behind bars for the alleged molestation. ...more

2017/6/19 15:00

Lompoc Flower Festival volunteers make the event happen, year after year External link to Lompoc Flower Festival volunteers make the event happen, year after year

Festivals don’t run themselves, and Lompoc’s Flower Festival is no exception. In fact, it relies on a cadre of dedicated, long-term volunteers who give up family time, sleep, even their vacation time to bring the tradition to town year after… ...more

2017/6/19 14:00

Crews take down Lompoc house fire External link to Crews take down Lompoc house fire

Local fire crews were able to quickly put out a house fire in south Lompoc on Sunday night. ...more

2017/6/19 12:59

Northern Branch Jail project seeking $800K from Santa Barbara County supervisors to continue construction External link to Northern Branch Jail project seeking $800K from Santa Barbara County supervisors to continue construction

Doling out more than $800,000 in additional funding to continue construction of the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria is slated for board action Tuesday when the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meet. ...more

2017/6/18 10:00

Lompoc Flower Festival to feature parade, music, food, fun External link to Lompoc Flower Festival to feature parade, music, food, fun

Lompoc Valley will celebrate its 65th Annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival this week with a tried-and-true recipe for success: floral show, queen contest, parade, food, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment. ...more

2017/6/18 9:00

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