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Los Olivos vegetation fire knocked down overnight External link to Los Olivos vegetation fire knocked down overnight

A 10-acre vegetation fire that broke out Sunday night in Los Olivos was contained by roughly 10 p.m. by firefighters from multiple agencies. ...more

2017/12/11 12:08

Student awarded flight training scholarship at Santa Ynez Airport Day makes solo flight External link to Student awarded flight training scholarship at Santa Ynez Airport Day makes solo flight

Pilots say the first solo flight for an aviator is a one-time experience that will last a lifetime, and 17-year-old Santa Ynez Valley Union High School student Colin Jamison experienced that the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 1, as the result… ...more

2017/12/11 9:00

Wildfire smoke forces closure of schools in Lompoc, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez Valley External link to Wildfire smoke forces closure of schools in Lompoc, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez Valley

Schools in northern Santa Barbara County will be closed Monday due to unhealthy air quality resulting from the Thomas fire, which now has burned more than 200,00 acres and is threatening communities in the southern part of the county. ...more

2017/12/10 19:30

Unhealthy air quality projected through Monday for Santa Barbara, SLO counties External link to Unhealthy air quality projected through Monday for Santa Barbara, SLO counties

Northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obipo counties were shrouded in a thick smoke plume from the Thomas fire Sunday, as it continued to burn to the south near Santa Barbara and Ojai. ...more

2017/12/10 16:00

County Lines: Adult coloring book session at library; 'Fallen' display continues at Youth Center External link to County Lines: Adult coloring book session at library; 'Fallen' display continues at Youth Center

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2017/12/10 9:00

Saturday's Lottery numbers External link to Saturday's Lottery numbers

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2017/12/9 22:51

Life in 3-D: Holiday-themed Maker Fair draws crowd to Santa Maria Public Library External link to Life in 3-D: Holiday-themed Maker Fair draws crowd to Santa Maria Public Library

Kids of all ages got their chance to try out the best technology had to offer — from color 3-D printing to virtual reality game systems — at Saturday's hands-on Maker Fair at the Santa Barbara Public Library. ...more

2017/12/9 22:00

Christmas parade rolls through Old Town Orcutt for 56th year External link to Christmas parade rolls through Old Town Orcutt for 56th year

After a week of chilly early morning temperature across the Central Coast, warm weather hit just in time for the hundreds of people who gathered for the 56th annual Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade on Saturday. ...more

2017/12/9 21:30

John Lindsey: Fires rage as rain lacking External link to John Lindsey: Fires rage as rain lacking

Like the Great Wall of China, a ridge of high pressure has developed over the West Coast of the United States and has blocked the storm track from the delivery of precious rain this month. In fact, not only has… ...more

2017/12/9 20:00

Red Flag Warning issued for Santa Barbara County mountains External link to Red Flag Warning issued for Santa Barbara County mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for high winds and low relative humidity for the mountains of Santa Barbara County through 9 a.m. Sunday. ...more

2017/12/9 20:00

Your Weekly Weather Report External link to Your Weekly Weather Report

A strong high pressure ridge will remain nearly stationary and combined with a stagnant air mass will result in cold mornings, mild to warm afternoons and chances for patchy morning fog in the inland valleys for most of the upcoming… ...more

2017/12/9 17:40

County Lines: Teenager identified as victim of fatal shooting on West Newlove; Brush fire contained near Alisos Canyon Road External link to County Lines: Teenager identified as victim of fatal shooting on West Newlove; Brush fire contained near Alisos Canyon Road

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2017/12/9 9:00

Friday's Lottery numbers External link to Friday's Lottery numbers

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2017/12/8 23:03

Crews continue to battle Thomas fire: 148,000 acres charred, 15-percent containment, some evacuation statuses lifted External link to Crews continue to battle Thomas fire: 148,000 acres charred, 15-percent containment, some evacuation statuses lifted

Resources continue to pour in to fight the Thomas fire that has burned 148,000 acres, destroyed 401 structures and been pushed nearly to the Santa Barbara County line by gusting Santa Ana winds over the past several days. ...more

2017/12/8 21:12

Elementary students flood Hancock College for Bulldog Bound experience External link to Elementary students flood Hancock College for Bulldog Bound experience

On Friday morning, Sean Gottlieb, assistant professor of chemistry at Hancock College, tried to ruin the relatively clear day by "making clouds." ...more

2017/12/8 20:30

Ready to work: As blazes burn around state, Hancock fire academy cadets celebrate graduation External link to Ready to work: As blazes burn around state, Hancock fire academy cadets celebrate graduation

Hancock College’s latest class of fire academy cadets gathered at the school’s Lompoc campus Friday morning for a graduation ceremony amid a dense layer of smoke that had settled in and around the Lompoc Valley. ...more

2017/12/8 19:45

Official: Russia offers to help fight wildfires by stationing aircraft in Santa Maria External link to Official: Russia offers to help fight wildfires by stationing aircraft in Santa Maria

As wildfires sweep across the state of California, Russian Federation officials have offered their aid in the form of amphibious, firefighting airplanes called Be-200s, which could be mobilized in 72 hours, according to a Santa Maria airport official. ...more

2017/12/8 19:30

Update: Santa Maria teenager identified as victim of fatal shooting on West Newlove External link to Update: Santa Maria teenager identified as victim of fatal shooting on West Newlove

Santa Maria Police have released the identity of the teenage victim in a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night in Santa Maria just south of West Battles Road. ...more

2017/12/8 16:00

Amtrak service canceled in Santa Barbara County due to Thomas fire External link to Amtrak service canceled in Santa Barbara County due to Thomas fire

Amtrak has canceled train service on Pacific Surfliner trains traveling north of Los Angeles, citing safety concerns due to several wildfires burning throughout Southern California. ...more

2017/12/8 15:45

Supervisors to appoint two members of Employees Retirement System board External link to Supervisors to appoint two members of Employees Retirement System board

An ad hoc subcommittee will review the applicants — including one from Santa Maria and one from Solvang — for appointed positions on the Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees and recommend two for the Board of… ...more

2017/12/8 14:30

Fifteen-acre brush fire near Alisos Canyon Road contained overnight External link to Fifteen-acre brush fire near Alisos Canyon Road contained overnight

A 15-acre brush fire that broke out early Friday morning in the area of Thursday's Woodchopper fire was contained within an hour overnight by firefighters from multiple agencies. ...more

2017/12/8 12:45

County Lines: Police investigating fatal shooting on West Newlove; Santa Maria man arrested for alleged kidnapping External link to County Lines: Police investigating fatal shooting on West Newlove; Santa Maria man arrested for alleged kidnapping

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2017/12/8 9:00

Friendly hometown fun: Santa Ynez welcomes holidays with traditional tree lighting External link to Friendly hometown fun: Santa Ynez welcomes holidays with traditional tree lighting

A brand-new sparkling star, designed and constructed by Newton Gallery, was a highlight of the annual Santa Ynez Christmas Tree Lighting on Sagunto Street. ...more

2017/12/8 6:08

Update: New mandatory, voluntary evacuation orders issued for Thomas fire External link to Update: New mandatory, voluntary evacuation orders issued for Thomas fire

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has issued new mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders for parts of the city of Carpinteria, Summerland and adjacent unincorporated areas of the county, effective as of 8 p.m. Thursday. ...more

2017/12/8 2:08

Thursday's Lottery numbers External link to Thursday's Lottery numbers

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2017/12/7 22:46

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