June 1, 2012 9:31 PM
A humvee used by the secret service to protect president Ronald Reagan during the 1980's when he visited his Santa Barbara County ranch has been restored by police volunteers from Santa Maria.
The vehicle was returned to the former "Western White House" ranch in a motorcade Friday morning from... more »
June 1, 2012 11:16 AM
It's a big weekend for Santa Maria. The 2012 Elks Rodeo has come to town. It kicks off Thursday night at 7 p.m. with bull riding and runs through Sunday.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out this weekend and the stage is set for food, fun, and... more »
May 30, 2012 9:12 PM
Santa Maria has a new fire station. Fire Station No. 3 on the northwest side of town was officially dedicated Wednesday. Construction took a little more than a year to complete. The new $2.1 million facility on Preisker Lane will replace the old Fire House Three on College Drive. It's... more »
May 29, 2012 9:32 PM
The CHP is still trying to get answers as they investigate the deadly hit-and-run that happened this month in Nipomo, but the first person they've named in the case says investigators are looking in the wrong direction.
The person of interest in the Nipomo hit and run case says... more »
May 24, 2012 8:33 PM
A letter has surfaced showing a Los Osos woman tried to help her mentally-ill son just months before investigators say he killed her.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies say Michael Van Heuver, 23, assaulted his mother, Lisa Van Heuver, 56, last month at her home in the 1800... more »
May 23, 2012 10:09 PM
New information in this month's fatal hit and run that killed a homeless man in Nipomo. We hit the streets today to search for more answers.
Sources close to the investigation told KSBY News one of the persons of interest is the 23-year-old son of a prominent Central Coast... more »
May 23, 2012 9:59 PM
Four years after the crime, a jury has decided Lee Leeds was sane when he killed four people at Black Road Auto in Santa Maria back in 2008.
Leeds went on a shooting rampage at the Black Road Auto shop four years ago. He admitted he killed his father... more »
May 22, 2012 8:39 PM
New developments tonight in the hit and run in Nipomo that killed a homeless man on Mother's day. The CHP tells KSBY News it has identified persons of interest in the case.
Investigators say Fabian Alexander, 46, was killed while walking across the offramp of Highway 101 North at... more »
May 22, 2012 12:04 AM
Students at Righetti High School in Santa Maria are holding an art show Monday and Tuesday night to help the fight against cancer.
More than 700 pieces of student art will be on display at the school. The show includes all types of art including paintings, drawings, and ceramics.... more »
May 21, 2012 11:58 PM
Hikers can now blaze some new trails in Orcutt. After months of work, the Orcutt Trails Commission and Santa Maria Valley Open Space unveiled a new multi-use trail system in town.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony happened this afternoon at the Orcutt Community Park. Organizers led hikes and explained the benefits... more »
May 21, 2012 11:52 PM
The anticipation has been building for months. The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria will finally open its doors tomorrow. The original move-in day was set for March 27 but had to be pushed back until a state agency could finish inspecting the building.
The emergency room... more »
May 17, 2012 10:09 PM
If you missed it on our late news Wednesday night, a lot of people were pretty fired up at the Santa Maria Bonita School Board Meeting. Their target? Outspoken School Board Member Will Smith. Community members packed Wednesday night's board meeting to show their disapproval with Smith.
Board President... more »
May 15, 2012 10:04 PM
The wait is over. Pack your bags. The Central Coast is getting direct service from Santa Maria to the Aloha State.
Flights will start November 17 on Allegiant Air between Santa Maria and Honolulu. The airline will offer one flight each way on Saturdays only. Fares start at about... more »
May 14, 2012 10:00 PM
With proms and graduations around the corner for many students, the risks of underage drinking come to the forefront of a lot of parents' concerns, especially if their kids are old enough to drive.
Students at Righetti High School in Santa Maria are getting a visual lesson of the... more »
May 11, 2012 9:27 PM
It would be huge if the talk is true. A direct flight to one of the most popular tourist destinations around, right in our own backyard.
How does hopping on a plane from Santa Maria to Hawaii sound? The whispers have been going around town in Santa Maria for... more »
May 11, 2012 9:08 AM
They are some of the most popular fruit on the Central Coast. We're talking, strawberries, of course.
The berries earned the top crop crown in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County this year and some of the best come from Santa Maria.
You'll likely have some... more »
May 11, 2012 8:54 AM
Some community members in Santa Maria have launched a campaign to recall Santa Maria Bonita School Board Member Will Smith.
Smith was elected to the school board in November 2010. Since then, district officials say he has caused disruptions in school board meetings, and the police have been called... more »
May 9, 2012 11:35 AM
Back in January, a big rig crashed into their car, trapping a Southern California mother and her two children inside as it hung on the edge over a bridge in Buellton.
An 18-wheeler had smashed into their car, killing the big rig driver and leaving the family dangling more... more »
May 4, 2012 8:22 PM
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong spoke to parents and students at Santa Maria High School, letting them know how they can become future students at Cal Poly.
Santa Maria High School is one of Cal Poly's partner schools. Fewer than 30 percent of the students at Santa Maria High... more »
May 3, 2012 10:07 PM
A longtime eyesore for the city of Santa Maria could soon be gone this summer.
The Recreation and Parks Department wants to landscape the corner at Broadway and Cook, in front of where the Gottschalks Department Store used to be.
The mall keeps hoping to replace it with... more »
May 3, 2012 1:25 AM
Federal immigration officials are easing up on illegal immigrants who commit minor traffic violations, and that includes DUIs.
The move reflects the Obama administration's recent efforts to crack down on high-risk or violent illegal immigrants as opposed to those with clean records.
Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is... more »
May 2, 2012 2:38 AM
Eighth graders at St. Mary's school in Santa Maria are challenging themselves when it comes to hair care. They have decided not to use any hair products for an entire month. A student came up with the project she's calling "Step Towards Beautiful" with money benefiting cancer patients.
Remember... more »
May 1, 2012 2:28 AM
An elderly driver crashed into and killed bicyclist from Santa Maria over the weekend.
James Hamlin, 58, was bike riding on the shoulder of Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base when he was hit from behind. The California Highway Patrol says the 84-year-old driver came out of a... more »
April 27, 2012 10:10 PM
Got unwanted or expired prescription drugs sitting around? Local law enforcement agencies want to help you dispose of the pills properly.
The Fourth Drug Take-Back event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. It's all part of a national effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration to improve... more »
April 27, 2012 2:22 AM
A highly controversial school board member in the Santa Maria Bonita School District is making waves again. Recently, the school board voted to videotape its board meetings.
Board member Will Smith says proposed the meetings also be translated in Spanish, but so far district leaders have denied his request.... more »
April 25, 2012 10:50 PM
It's been one week since a Santa Maria father and his daughter were killed in a deadly car crash with an Amtrak train near Guadalupe.
Antonio Garcia Ortiz and his one-year-old daughter Azulmi were killed when their car backed onto the train tracks last Wednesday. None of the 132... more »
April 19, 2012 2:37 AM
A Santa Maria man is dead and his daughter is in the hospital after an Amtrak train crashed into their car.
It happened around 4:15 Wednesday afternoon on Highway 1 near Division Road, not far from Guadalupe. Amtrak says it was Coast Starlight train heading from Seattle to Los... more »
April 19, 2012 12:38 AM
The California Highway Patrol identified the victim killed in a crash on Highway 1 early Wednesday morning as a 27-year-old Cayucos woman, and the man charged with murder for causing the crash.
Ashley Malmen was a passenger in Michael Kessler's car. The CHP says 36-year-old Kessler was on drugs... more »
April 18, 2012 3:22 AM
The city of Lompoc is cracking down on sex offenders in the community,hoping to keep them farther away from children.
City leaders unanimously passed a new ordinance at Tuesday night's city council meeting to clarify and expand Jessica's Law. The current law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2000... more »
April 17, 2012 3:25 AM
Today is the deadline to pay your taxes. It's normally April 15th, but that fell on a Sunday this year and yesterday was a federal holiday in Washington D.C. According to Turbo Tax, about a third of Americans wait until the last two weeks to do their taxes.
Like... more »
April 13, 2012 9:31 PM
City and church leaders in Santa Maria hope the skies stay clear for a huge community beautification project set for this weekend. Hundreds of volunteers have agreed to roll up their sleeves to help out in this year's "Serve Santa Maria Day."
Those volunteers will be pitiching in to... more »
April 13, 2012 2:44 AM
A popular grocery chain is closing on the Central Coast after more than 60 years. Scolari's Market announced Thursday it will shut down all four locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara.
The Scolari family called its decision "gut-wrenching." We don't have exact numbers,... more »
April 11, 2012 2:58 AM
There is new hope tonight for local rancher Dan De Vaul and his embattled sober living facility, Sunny Acres.
De Vaul has been battling San Luis Obispo County for years over the property off Los Osos Valley Road. Sunny Acres is currently under the control of a court-appointed receiver.... more »
April 5, 2012 2:23 AM
The Board of Trustees for Cuesta College approved a budget reduction plan Wednesday night that includes more than a dozen layoffs and furlough days. The 2012-2013 budget proposal also asked 50 full and part time employees to take pay cuts.
It's been a long road for Cuesta College and... more »
April 4, 2012 2:17 AM
After a couple of delays, a Delta IV rocket lifted off without a hitch from Vandenberg Air Force Base Tuesday. Lift off was just before 4:15 this afternoon.
The rocket was supposed to launch on March 29, but it was delayed so engineers could fix an issue with the... more »
April 4, 2012 1:58 AM
Just hours after the government released digital records of the 1940 census this week, the website nearly crashed. It's the largest collection of digital information ever released by the National Archives and it could help you learn more about your family's past.
Many people were excited to look at... more »
April 3, 2012 2:52 AM
April is "Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention" month. Monday night, a candlelight vigil in Lompoc aimed to focus attention on such violence in our communities.
Dozens of people showed up to the 15th annual candlelight vigil put on by the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. Community... more »
March 30, 2012 10:13 PM
With no relief in sight from high gas prices, more people are relying on public transportation to get around. One Cal Poly professor says he's seeing the benefits firsthand. He has saved hundreds of dollars by cutting the car from his commute.
About four years ago, Professor Dan Eller... more »
March 30, 2012 2:48 AM
The Coast Guard rescued the two men early Thursday morning after a rogue wave hit their sailboat near Morro Bay shortly after midnight. The sailboat rolled over south of the harbor entrance, breaking its mast.
Paul Bloch and Ken Price never expected their sailing trip from Marina Del Rey... more »
March 29, 2012 2:51 AM
A truck is set on fire and it's all caught on camera. Now, investigators are trying to catch the man responsible.
They are trying to figure out who it is in the surveillance video that started the fire in Nipomo. It happened in the Maria Vista Estates around 3:30... more »
March 28, 2012 10:29 PM
A truck is firebombed and it's all caught on camera. Now, investigators hope they can catch the criminal behind it. The truck fire happened in Nipomo and Cal Fire is calling it suspicious as well. It happened in the Maria Vista Estates around 3:30 this morning. It's a housing development... more »
March 28, 2012 3:42 AM
San Luis Obispo Police have released the names of the two men who are in the hospital after their car slammed into a building on Higuera Street last night. Investigators say Michael Jones, 22, of San Luis Obispo was driving the car and is in serious condition. His passenger, Chris... more »
March 27, 2012 3:38 AM
Some members of the homeless population in Arroyo Grande may soon have a free place to park cars and RVs overnight.
The city council will consider a proposal Tuesday night that would allow up to three cars to park at Saint Barnabas' Episcopal Church. If successful after six months,... more »
March 27, 2012 3:11 AM
Two men are in the hospital tonight after their car slams into a building at the intersection of Madonna Road and Higuera Street.
San Luis Obispo city firefighters say a man in his 20s lost control of his car around 8:15 Monday night. It happened when as was taking... more »
March 24, 2012 3:04 AM
Vandenberg Air Force Base is showcasing a new tool to give airmen hands-on training before they even step foot on the launch pad. It's called Bogart Bay and was built by members of the 4th Space Launch Squadron at Vandenberg to mirror the inside of a space launch complex.
... more »
March 24, 2012 2:48 AM
Firefighters responded to a house fire in Santa Maria on the 3500 block of Bedford Place just after 6:30 Friday night. Fire officials say it started in the garage and quickly spread to the rooftops.
Smoke blanketed Bedford Place as more than a dozen firefighters fought back the flames.... more »
March 23, 2012 3:24 AM
Parents, students, and staff at Templeton High School are demanding answers as to why the district plans to dismiss the school's principal, Tom Harrington, at the end of the year. They showed up at Thursday night's school board meeting to voice their frustrations.
District leaders say this is a... more »
March 22, 2012 2:49 AM
The Santa Maria Planning Commission said it will not make a decision on a controversial recycling center until city staff determines whether further studies are necessary.
SA Recycling wants to build the facility near Fesler and Depot streets. Last month, the planning commission postponed its decision on whether to... more »
March 9, 2012 3:26 AM
A 30 minute YouTube video has gone viral with tens of millions of hits in just three days. We're talking about the Kony 2012 campaign being promoted by an organization called Invisible Children.
Joseph Kony is the leader of a Ugandan guerrilla group called the Lord's Resistance Army, which... more »
March 7, 2012 10:10 PM
The Santa Maria Women's Network is honoring eight women Wednesday at its Women of Excellence dinner at the Santa Maria Inn. The women are being recognized for showing strength of character and work ethics, personal growth, and vision for the future.
The theme of this year's event is "An... more »
March 7, 2012 2:42 AM
After a recent no-confidence vote by his officers, Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni heard some voices of support at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Officer Albert Covarrubias Junior was shot and killed more than a month ago when officers tried to arrest him for alleged sexual misconduct with... more »
March 3, 2012 3:49 PM
Legos have been popular building blocks for generations of children, but recently, the company has come under fire regarding its latest line of toys targeting girls. It's called "Lego Friends" and opponents, including some women's rights groups say the new toys reenforce gender stereotypes.
It's playtime at the Exploration... more »
March 1, 2012 10:33 PM
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Rob Bryn, 61, was found dead at his home just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Bryn was the agency's Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist.
Deputies went to check on him after he... more »
March 1, 2012 1:52 AM
San Luis Obispo County is on the list of places, where a sexually violent predator could be headed. No decisions have been made, but the news is already raising red flags in the community.
Tibor Karsai, 59, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in northern California in 1980.... more »
February 29, 2012 2:59 AM
A record number of sea otters died last year in California and scientists are searching for solutions. The U.S. Geological Survey says 335 dead, sick or injured otters were found and one major culprit is sharks.
One local biologist says it's an alarming trend. He is seeing the largest... more »
February 28, 2012 2:41 AM
Just three days after the majority of the Santa Maria police union members said they do not have confidence in Police Chief Danny Macagni, the chief gives his response.
On Friday, the voting results were released. 93 members of the Police Officers Association returned their ballots. Of those, 85... more »
February 25, 2012 2:24 AM
A key vote tonight shows the majority of the Santa Maria Police Department is not happy with Chief Danny Macagni's leadership. The Police Officers Association counted the ballots and released the results shortly before 6:15 Friday night.
The vote comes after two officers were shot by friendly fire three... more »
February 24, 2012 2:16 AM
Results of a "No Confidence Vote" against Santa Maria Police Chief Dan Macagni are expected tomorrow. The chief has faced some tough questions recently regarding his leadership.
Three months ago, two police officers were shot when they attempted to arrest a suspect who was eventually shot and killed. Just... more »
February 24, 2012 1:49 AM
A sober-living facility in Santa Maria is reaching out to people who need help getting back on their feet. Project Change takes in the homeless, those with alcohol and drug addiction, and ex convicts.
For ex-convict Frank Pintye, Project Change is his labor of love.
"We house them,... more »
February 22, 2012 7:35 PM
A major breakthrough for the doctor from Los Osos who's been trying for years to get the drug he created on the market. An advisory panel to the FDA gave the weight loss drug Qnexa the green light Wednesday.
The panel showed overwhelming support for the drug by a... more »
February 22, 2012 3:01 AM
A emergency preparedness program in Santa Maria graduated its first class of instructors ready to help educate the Hispanic community. The Listos program started in Santa Maria about a year ago and so far, around 200 people have completed the 12-hour course.
It's run by the Santa Maria Fire... more »
February 21, 2012 2:30 AM
A Paso Robles teenager is being hailed as a hero after helping save a woman's life at the municipal pool last Thursday.
The woman was participating in an a water aerobics class for seniors when she had a medical emergency. The 17-year-old lifeguard on duty immediately came to her... more »
February 18, 2012 2:06 AM
Emergency crews were called out to Shell Beach Friday night for a cliff rescue. A 43-year-old man slipped and fell down a steep cliff. It happened around 5:30 p.m. on Ocean Boulevard between Palomar and Capistrano.
Cal Fire says the 43-year-old man is from Shell Beach and had been... more »
February 17, 2012 9:02 PM
A Grover Beach man's plane strays into President Obama's no fly zone during his California visit and drugs are found once it lands. The president was onboard Marine One headed to Los Angeles.
Two fighter jets forced the private plane to land in Long Beach yesterday after the pilot... more »
February 17, 2012 1:50 AM
Two Santa Maria city councilmembers campaigning to be the city's next mayor attended a candidates forum this evening at the Santa Maria Library.
Public safety will be a top priority for both candidates, but nobody at Thursday night's forum asked any questions about the recent officer involved shooting. It... more »
February 16, 2012 2:48 AM
150 people showed up with a lot to say, but they didn't get the chance. No public comment and no decision over whether a proposed recycling plant should be allowed in Santa Maria. Opponents say it will create more traffic for an already dangerous intersection at Fesler and Depot. That's... more »
February 15, 2012 2:52 AM
Some Paso Robles parents are fed up with the fees for youth sports programs in the city.
They say the recreation department used to provide money to youth sports teams but with budget cuts, more parents are now volunteering their time and putting in their own money to run... more »
February 14, 2012 2:56 AM
More than two dozen kids from Oceano Elementary School are learning how to swim for free. The 5 Cities Swim School in Arroyo Grande is giving free lessons to 25 children whose parents cannot afford them. The goal is to make sure the kids are water safe.
Instructors say... more »
February 11, 2012 2:45 AM
The Atascadero man arrested Tuesday for having child pornography used to be an umpire for the Atascadero Girl's Softball league, according to a league board member.
Those who knew Andrew Pratt, 47, say he went by the name "Andy." The city says he was also contracted to work as... more »
February 11, 2012 2:33 AM
A Paso Robles woman is asking for the community's help to recover a medallion stolen from her home. The medal is from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The organization hands out the awards to civilians every year who risk their lives to save others.
Cat Rowley and her family... more »
February 10, 2012 2:43 AM
The California Highway Patrol says it happened Thursday around 7:15 p.m. on Highway 1 just south of Moonstone Beach Drive.
Officers say the man was in the Northbound lane of Highway 1 with his bicycle. He was either standing next to his bike or walking with it, near the fog... more »
February 9, 2012 1:45 AM
Emergency room doctors nationwide are reporting an alarming increase in the number of people being treated for synthetic drug use.
The American College of Emergency Physicians says in 2010, there were close to 2900 calls to poison control centers regarding synthetic marijuana alone. That number nearly doubled during the... more »
February 8, 2012 3:07 AM
It was standing room only at Tuesday night's school board meeting in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.
The district has proposed a three percent pay cut this year and next for teachers. Back in September, auditors found an accounting error of $1.59 million. That means the cash-strapped... more »
February 7, 2012 2:44 AM
Western powers are trying to pressure the Syrian government to end its crackdown on protesters in the country.
The U.S. closed its embassy in Damascus Monday and Britain recalled its ambassador. More than 5,000 Syrians have died since the protests began almost a year ago, but the Syrian president's... more »
February 3, 2012 1:51 AM
A widower of one of the two sisters killed in Santa Margarita on Christmas Day 2010 took the stand during the fourth day of the sanity trial for Andrew Downs.
Downs had plead guilty by reason of insanity to shooting and killing Kathy Yeager, 61, and her sister Beverly... more »
February 1, 2012 9:19 PM
Attorneys in the trial of a well known San Luis Obispo businessman accused of receiving stolen property made their closing arguments today.
William McBurney works at the jewelery store "All That Glitters" in San Luis Obispo. Back in June 2010, officers arrested him for buying two pieces of stolen... more »
January 31, 2012 1:53 AM
The officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria has gained national attention. The police chief there says Albert Covarrubias Jr. was shot and killed when two supervisors tried to arrest him. He was under investigation for sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl. A lot of people are curious to see how the... more »
January 26, 2012 9:46 PM
School officials and community leaders broke ground today on a new school in Nipomo that emphasizes technology.
Central Coast New Tech High School will welcome its very first freshman class this fall. The school, located next to Nipomo High, has been in the works for more than two years.... more »
January 24, 2012 8:45 PM
Tonight, you can expect mostly clear skies. Lows will drop into the 40s to lower 50s with north to northeast winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour.
There is a wind advisory in effect for Santa Barbara County until 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. Winds along passes and canyons... more »
January 24, 2012 8:33 PM
Arroyo Grande 65/43
CA Valley 50/44
Corbett Canyon 64/43
Grover Beach 63/44
Hearst Castle 55/41
Los Osos 65/44
Morro Bay 63/47
Oceano... more »
January 20, 2012 8:44 PM
A popular greeting card company is putting a different spin on unemployment with one of its latest line of cards. Hallmark recently released job loss cards, targeting people who are looking for work.
Some feel Hallmark is just cashing in on the recession, but others are finding inspiration and... more »
January 19, 2012 9:50 PM
The closure of two homeless shelters in Lompoc earlier this week could pose challenges for the Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria.
The Lompoc Housing Community Development Corporation closed the Marks House and the Bridgehouse shelters on Tuesday after running out of money to operate them. Now, the city... more »
January 18, 2012 9:23 PM
In the wake of last week's dramatic crash near Buellton, we decided to take a look at just what makes a car safe.
Last thursday, a mother and her two children were rescued from their crushed car dangling off a bridge along Highway 101. A local truck driver was... more »
December 28, 2011 9:09 PM
San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach were just a couple degrees below record highs today. Pismo Beach saw a high of 78 degrees and San Luis Obispo hit 79 degrees. Unseasonably warm temperatures are likely to continue through the middle of next week. New Year's Day is still forecasted to... more »
December 27, 2011 7:51 PM
As we head into the heart of cold and flu season, you'll find aisles stocked with an arsenal of weapons to combat cold and flu symptoms, but, there's also a host of home remedies that families have relied on for generations.
From family traditions like Mexican chocolate to family... more »
December 23, 2011 9:05 PM
With more people shopping around the holidays, abandoned carts have become a bigger problem this time of year. Workers in Santa Maria used to pick up shopping carts daily, but with budget cuts, they've scaled back to just one day a week.
Some call it the broken window effect.... more »
December 22, 2011 3:15 AM
The holiday shopping season hasn't died down since black Friday kicked off last month. According to the research firm, Shopper Trak, sales from November through Saturday rose 2.5%.
Now, retailers are hoping shoppers will continue their holiday spending during these final days before Christmas.
This is the first... more »
December 20, 2011 9:38 PM
Dan Orr will officially take the reins as Santa Maria's new fire chief at Tuesday night's city council meeting, but he faces a challenging transition.
Orr has been with Santa Maria fire department for 10 years. He was most recently the Battalion Chief and previously worked as the Fire... more »
December 19, 2011 9:50 PM
The Guadalupe Dunes Center kicked off its first CSI camp today for students in fifth through ninth grades. The four-day program teaches the kids all the basics of forensic science, everything from fingerprinting to DNA analysis.
Did you know a Koala's finger prints are so similar to humans that... more »