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  • Hero medal stolen from Paso Robles woman

    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 »
  • City leaders pass local law to try and keep out sexually violent predator

    November 16, 2011 1:48 AM

    Leaders in Santa Maria have passed a local law, taking emergency action as they try to stop a sexually-violent predator from moving into their city. Both the city attorney and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney are fighting a Placer County judge's decision to allow 58-year-old Tibor Karsai to... more »
  • Local marine returns home from Afghanistan

    July 7, 2011 3:04 AM

    Lance Corporal Shane Louk arrived to hugs, kisses, and cheers at the San Luis Obispo Airport Wednesday night. The 23-year-old marine from Cambria returned home after 8 months in Afghanistan, where he served as a machine gunner. "They said somebody has a big welcoming on the plane and I... more »
  • Santa Maria CHP recovers Camaro stolen in 1975

    May 11, 2011 10:10 PM

    The New Jersey owner of a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS stolen nearly 36 years ago says she's in disbelief after the CHP in Santa Maria recovered the car. Back in February, a Santa Maria man bought the car on Ebay from a private seller in Tennessee, but after registering... more »
  • Nipomo HS moving forward after turkey killings

    April 29, 2011 8:52 PM

    Dogs are the latest suspects after 19 turkeys were found dead at Nipomo High School Wednesday morning. A medical report shows the puncture wounds on the birds appear to be from a dog. Detectives say surveillance video from the school shows two dogs in the area near the time... more »
  • Landowner tears down popular skatepark in Nipomo

    April 26, 2011 2:19 AM

    Skateboarders in Nipomo are losing their make shift skate park because the landowner says it's unsafe. The skatepark used to be the home of the Nipomo recreation center. In 2008, investigators say two teenagers burnt down the center. Since then, skateboarders and BMX bikers have been using the concrete... more »
  • Weather, officers deflate Floatopia in Isla Vista

    April 2, 2011 9:44 PM

    Floatopia turned to "No-topia" this weekend in Isla Vista. The annual beach bash celebrates the start of Spring quarter for college students. Not a lot of action on Del Playa Drive on Saturday. Not even a planned march protesting the closure of Isla Vista beaches for this year's Floatopia.... more »
  • Police call Paso Robles murder "random act of violence"

    March 9, 2011 3:07 AM

    Paso Robles police say the murder of a 46-year-old man at a Paso Robles laundromat Sunday night was completely random. Officers say Martin McWilliams of Paso Robles was stabbed to death Sunday night at the laundromat on Spring Street. 28-year-old John Woody, of San Jose (pictured), was arrested Monday... more »
  • Local unions rally behind midwest protesters

    March 7, 2011 11:42 PM

    Union protests in Wisconsin and Ohio are sparking activism right here at home. The Santa Barbara County Democrats rallied today in front of he county building in Santa Barbara. They say conservatives are blaming unions for the region's economic troubles, but some taxpayers argue the cost of a county... more »
  • Teen beaten and bullied at local middle school shares experience

    March 2, 2011 9:22 PM

    In tonight's Safe Family report, a local middle schooler shares her story of bullying. A 13-year-old girl at Lompoc Valley Middle School says she was beaten and sat on last week. Police are looking into it. Meanwhile, the girl is not planning to return to the school. She asked us... more »
  • Mom of teen killed in Lompoc fire searching for missing cat

    February 28, 2011 1:33 PM

    The mother of the 19-year-old girl killed in a mobile home fire in Lompoc while trying to save her cat is pleading for the community's help on Craigslist. Alicia van Wagenen died days after the January fire, after suffering smoke inhalation. Alicia's friend, 20-year-old Nicholas Perez, also died in... more »
  • Santa Barbara County supervisors face another large-scale deficit

    January 7, 2011 1:22 PM

    Despite an economic upturn, Santa Barbara County is looking at 60-90 million dollar budget deficit as we kick off the new year. County supervisors say 90 million is a worse case scenario. Some of the options include job cuts, curbing employee pensions, and fewer board of supervisor meetings. ... more »
  • Residents object to recent drug raids

    January 5, 2011 10:44 PM

    Last week's drug raid in San Luis Obispo County has many residents outraged and they're speaking out. Twelve people were arrested last week after a two month investigation. The San Luis Obispo County Narcotic Task Force says they were illegally transporting and selling marijuana. Officers also say they violated... more »
  • Deputies make daring rescue during house fire

    December 28, 2010 10:44 PM

    Two San Luis Obispo county sheriff's deputies are being hailed as heroes tonight after a daring rescue. Deputies John Pozdolski and Bill Miller arrived on scene before firefighters. They ran into a burning house in Los Osos to rescue a disabled man trapped inside. The fire started just after midnight... more »
  • Mayor Dave Romero retires tomorrow

    November 30, 2010 9:47 PM

    His career with the city of San Luis Obispo spans more than 50 years. Tomorrow, that career will come to a close as Mayor Dave Romero retires. A ceremonial city council meeting will be held at noon Wednesday in honor of Romero. He served on the city council for... more »
  • Medal of Honor awarded to local hospital for saving lives

    November 11, 2010 2:52 PM

    Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center received a Bronze Organ Donation Medal of Honor earlier this month from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Sierra Vista said it is one of 307 hospitals honored nationally and the only hospital on the Central Coast. "These (honored) organizations... more »
  • County takes a stand against underage tobacco use

    November 9, 2010 10:01 PM

    Santa Barbara County Supervisors hope some new rules will keep tobacco out of the hands of minors. They voted unanimously today to ban all new businesses from selling tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school. It will also strengthen penalties and fees. Retailers caught breaking the law three... more »
  • Maldonado will sign order to protect California coast

    October 12, 2010 12:57 PM

    Safeguarding California's coastline from disastrous oil spills is the focus of an executive order Acting Governor Abel Maldonado will sign this morning in Goleta. The Executive Order will address the state's oil spill contingency plans and blow out prevention practices. Maldonado led the official state delegation to bring... more »
  • Local school district packing healthy lunches

    October 11, 2010 9:27 PM

    The Santa Maria Bonita School District is leading the way toward making school lunches healthier. Eighty-eight percent of the kids in the district qualify for the federal lunch program, one of the highest rates on the Central Coast. The rate is so high that the government allows the entire... more »
  • A Santa Maria girl needs your help this weekend, all you have to do is eat!

    September 17, 2010 2:12 PM

    Nine-year-old Rosie Chavez is battling leukemia. She currently relapsed and is now undergoing a second chemotherapy treatment. She will also eventually need a bone marrow transplant. On Sunday, her friends and family are holding a benefit BBQ to help offset medical costs. It is being held at... more »
  • Mother-in-law issues? Support group for new parents at a local hospital covers it all

    August 17, 2010 3:36 PM

    Moms, babies, nursing and conversation. It is the perfect making for a support group at Twin Cities Hospital called the "Newborn and Parent Support," or NAPS, group. Through honest and candid conversations these new parents, mostly new moms, meet every Monday to help each other during some of... more »
  • Santa Maria nurses ask for your help preparing for Memory Walk

    July 29, 2010 1:11 PM

    With more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's Disease, it is never too early to start preparations for this year's Memory Walk in Santa Maria. It will be held at Waller Park on Saturday, September 25 starting at 9 a.m. The Nursecore of Santa Maria is asking... more »
  • Local hospitals to hand out thousands of dollars in grants, apply here

    July 27, 2010 3:10 PM

    Local Catholic Healthcare West hospitals are offering non-profit organizations grant money. The annual grant program is aimed at local non-profits with an interest in building healthier communities. French Hospital Medical Center is offering $40,758; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is offering $25,000; and Marian Medical Center is offering $94,034.... more »
  • State and national jobless rates drop as local rates rise

    July 16, 2010 10:43 PM

    The latest unemployment numbers have come out for the month of June. Nationally, unemployment fell from 9.7 percent to 9.5 percent. California's unemployment rate also saw a slight drop from 12.4 to 12.3 percent. Closer to home, jobless rates are up. San Luis Obispo County rose from 9.6 to 10... more »
  • First ever Children's Oral Health Summit in Santa Barbara County being held in Buellton

    June 25, 2010 2:55 PM

    One of the startling statistics expected to be presented at Santa Barbara County's first Oral Health Summit, which is being coordinated by the County's Office of Education, is that 40 percent of preschool children screened in the county have untreated tooth decay. The summit brought together health professionals, school... more »
  • Whooping cough declared a statewide epidemic

    June 23, 2010 3:41 PM

    Whooping cough, or pertussis, is declared an epidemic in California. State Health Officials said it is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections and deaths for the year. 910 cases have been reported in the state and five babies have died. In San Luis Obispo... more »
  • Weekend car show expected to bring crowds and congestion

    June 18, 2010 2:11 AM

    Traffic and parking have some residents in the Pismo Beach area grumbling when it comes to this weekend's car show. They along with police are getting ready for the crowds. For the 25th Annual Pismo Beach Car Show this weekend, more cars on display will also mean more cars... more »
  • 'Beloved Bears' help residents cope with loss of loved ones

    June 17, 2010 2:39 PM

    A new program at Hospice of Santa Barbara is providing families an opportunity to turn a piece of clothing into a memorable keepsake: a teddy bear. The bear provides a way for memories to continue, in a gentle and even interactive way, as it is appropriate for both kids... more »
  • Teen urges others to drive responsibly

    May 28, 2010 1:18 PM

    In preparation for a busy holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol reminds drivers, no matter where you're going, make sure you get there safely. Be sure to slow down and follow the rules of the road, especially if you're a teen driver. They only make up four percent or California's... more »
  • Comedy night raises serious cash for local hospital

    May 27, 2010 3:53 PM

    Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has announced that its Comedy Night event held last weekend raised nearly $85,000. "On behalf of the entire Foundation Board, I want to thank the community, our very generous restaurants, wineries, donors, vendors and volunteers", said Montisa Phelan Lopez, AGCH Foundation Executive Director. "We are... more »
  • Local hospital staff hopes to become YouTube's next big thing

    May 17, 2010 3:17 PM

    Staff at a local hospital are dancing to their own beat, literally. They are in the midst of creating a music video using a song composed by a band of doctors and nurses in hopes of being the next Internet sensation. The tune is to The Beatles song... more »
  • Hundreds turn out for local event honoring National Day of Prayer

    May 6, 2010 9:57 PM

    Hundreds attended a local event in Santa Maria today in honor of the National Day of Prayer. This is the city's 13th annual event. Folks from various religious backgrounds gather to pray for leaders at the local, state, and national level. It's one of many prayer sessions going on... more »
  • Local health officials throw out 22,000 H1N1 vaccines

    May 6, 2010 2:40 PM

    We have updated numbers on just how many swine flu vaccinations have expired and been discarded locally. According to the public health department: 2,000 have been thrown out in San Luis Obispo County and 22,000 in Santa Barbara County. Each department has enough left in its supply to... more »
  • New website launches to help residents with hearing loss and prevention

    May 4, 2010 3:16 PM

    May is national Better Hearing and Speech Month. According to Advanced Hearing Aid Center of San Luis Obispo, it is estimated more than 31 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss and that two out of three of them are under the age of 65. "Establishing a... more »
  • City and County workers donate blood in Santa Maria

    April 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    The City of Santa Maria is doing its part to help raise awareness about blood donation. The second of four blood drives hosted by the City this year will be from noon to 5 p.m. It will take place in the parking lot between the lawn bowling green and... more »
  • Community health fair this weekend in Templeton

    April 22, 2010 12:24 PM

    Organizers of a community health fair this weekend look to help residents get helpful information while providing fun for the whole family. It is being held at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton, Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Founder's Building. 40 organizations will... more »
  • Grover Beach baby recovering at home after battling rare disease

    April 21, 2010 2:11 PM

    A Grover Beach baby is back home from the hospital after battling a life threatening disease. Five-month-old Michael Aguilar has infant botulism, in which bacteria grows within a baby's gastro-intestinal tract. Risk factors include swallowing honey as a baby, being around contaminated soil, and having less than one... more »
  • Steelers' Roethlisberger to be banned 4-6 games

    April 21, 2010 11:55 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Media reports say Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for four to six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In a story posted on its website Wednesday, ESPN cites multiple anonymous sources. ESPN reports that the suspension would contain conditions that... more »
  • Magician to be released from jail in San Luis Obispo

    April 13, 2010 3:02 PM

    World-renowned magician, Claude Yarbrough will be released from custody in San Luis Obispo Tuesday after he was sentenced to five years felony probation. Yarbrough goes by the stage name 'Jonathon Pendragon.' He was arrested last summer after apparently firing a gun into the floor of his Arroyo Grande home... more »
  • Calif. lawmakers pass housing-crisis tax relief

    April 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Californians who were hurt by the housing crisis could soon receive a measure of good news that would save them thousands of dollars in taxes. The Legislature passed a bill Thursday helping homeowners who received mortgage modifications, lost their homes to foreclosure or sold their houses... more »
  • 'Start! Walking Day' is April 7

    April 2, 2010 2:51 PM

    Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo are teaming up with the American Heart Association by planning separate events on National Start! Walking Day, which is Wednesday, April 7. The event encourages employers to promote walking routes for employees to use... more »
  • Possible mountain lion sighting in Paso Robles

    April 1, 2010 2:55 PM

    Paso Robles police have issued an advisory after several people reported seeing a large black cat - possibly a mountain lion - on the water tower hill off Golden Hill Road, in the area of 900 Salida del Sol. Fish and Game has been notified. Watch KSBY News... more »
  • Local diabetics encouraged to attend free lecture

    March 29, 2010 1:27 PM

    Diabetics are invited to a free lecture at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Tuesday night to learn more about the disease and how to better control it with diet. It is specifically geared toward people with type 2 diabetes. Registered Dietitian Caryn Coffman, M.A., R.D., is the guest speaker... more »
  • 8 arrested in San Luis Obispo drug, theft sting

    March 23, 2010 8:39 PM

    San Luis Obispo Police detectives arrested eight people Tuesday morning while following up on a number of leads involving drugs, stolen property, and parole violations. Detectives searched a home in the 700 block of Johnson Avenue, where they say they found illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property. ... more »
  • Field Poll: California support for Obama slides

    March 19, 2010 3:50 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A new Field Poll shows President Barack Obama continues to lose favor among Californians. The survey, released Friday, shows 52 percent of voters approve of Obama's performance in office. That's down from a high of 65 percent a year ago. At the same time, Californians gave... more »
  • Sex offender arrested in Templeton Wednesday evening

    March 18, 2010 3:22 PM

    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a registered sex offender for the second time in one week Wednesday evening. The most recent arrest came just hours after authorities posted fliers in Templeton, warning people about him. Fifty-year-old Billy Gene Mannon was arrested at his home in Templeton yesterday after... more »
  • Groundbreaking for the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

    March 12, 2010 3:03 PM

    A groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday kicked off construction work for a new hospital on the Central Coast. The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will include 20 Emergency Room beds (up from the current 8 rooms), 6 Surgical suites (up from current 4 suites), a dedicated endoscopy suite, 44 private... more »
  • New study: women and wine pair well with weight loss

    March 9, 2010 2:49 PM

    According to new research, women who drink wine may gain less weight over time. Dr. Lu Wang from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston followed nearly 20,000 healthy, middle aged and older women during a 13-year period and found that some weight gain was typical, but women who started... more »
  • Birotte named as new US attorney for district covering Central Coast

    March 5, 2010 1:43 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California has a new U.S. attorney. Andre Birotte Jr. was sworn in Thursday. He previously served as inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department. As U.S. attorney for the Central District, Birotte will oversee about 275 prosecutors covering Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside,... more »
  • 2 Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies shot in Northern California

    February 25, 2010 3:39 PM

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Authorities say two Fresno County deputies have been shot during an unspecified investigation in Northern California. Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice says he did not know the condition of the deputies who were shot Thursday, but they have both been taken to a hospital. Authorities say the... more »
  • SeaWorld trainer likely died from drowning, trauma

    February 25, 2010 1:21 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials say trainers had to coax an aggressive whale into a smaller pool and use a platform to lift it out of the water before they could free a colleague from its jaws. The Orange County Medical Examiner says 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau probably died from... more »
  • Atascadero changes sign ordinance; saves business a chunk of change

    February 24, 2010 8:42 PM

    An Atascadero business owner whose mural almost cost him a big chunk of change is off the hook. The mural at the the "K-Man Cycle and Run" store shows two cyclists. At first, the city said it was a way for the business to advertise, and that the owner... more »
  • Gov't mortgage plan aids 12 percent of borrowers

    February 17, 2010 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) The government's mortgage relief plan has helped about 12 percent of borrowers who signed up since President Barack Obama announced the program a year ago. The Treasury Department says that as of last month, about 116,000 homeowners had completed the application process and had their loan payments... more »
  • Aspirin may stop recurrence of breast cancer

    February 17, 2010 2:46 PM

    There is something that may be in your medicine cabinet right now that may stop the recurrence of breast cancer. A Harvard review of 4,000 breast cancer survivors found taking aspirin can cut the chance of recurrence, or death, by 50 percent. "If it bears out, then this... more »
  • Local cancer survivor takes fight on the road

    February 16, 2010 4:03 PM

    He has battled pancreatic cancer for more than six years and now Santa Barbara resident Chris Calaprice will take his fight on the road. "To be told you have pancreatic cancer is something that probably no body wants to hear," said Calaprice. He has decided to take a 50-state motorcycle... more »
  • Jesse James Hollywood may be sentenced today

    February 5, 2010 4:00 PM

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) A judge could soon sentence Jesse James Hollywood for orchestrating the kidnap-murder of a 15-year-old boy that inspired the 2007 movie "Alpha Dog." Superior Court Judge Brian Hill will first hear arguments Friday in Santa Barbara on why Hollywood should be given a new trial.... more »
  • News report: Toyota to recall thousands of Prius hybrids

    February 4, 2010 2:59 PM

    According to reports out of Japan, Toyota has plans to recall 270,000 Prius hybrids in the U.S. and Japan. Nikkei News Service says the Japanese automaker will issue the recall to fix a problem with the vehicle's anti-lock brake system. It would cover 2010 third-generation Prius vehicles sold between May... more »
  • Constant rain keeps roofers busy

    January 21, 2010 7:31 PM

    The wild weather is keeping roofing companies busy. One company, based out of San Luis Obispo says since the rain started, more than four-hundred calls have come in from customers with leaks. Workers say, once water enters your home it can only mean trouble. Los Osos Community Services District General... more »
  • Two local stores accused of selling alcohol to minors

    January 20, 2010 2:31 PM

    Investigators with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control cited two stores in Goleta for allegedly selling alcohol to minors. ABC said in a press release Wednesday the citations were the result of a minor decoy operation on January 14. Minors involved in the sting tried to buy alcohol from a... more »
  • Crews on the scene of a natural gas leak in Lompoc

    January 11, 2010 3:13 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Fire department responded to a natural gas leak just before 10 a.m. Monday at the Celite Corporation. That is located in the 2500 block of Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. The building has been evacuated. KSBY News has a crew on the scene.... more »
  • New rules for off road riders at the Oceano Dunes

    January 3, 2010 12:06 AM

    For those heading to the Oceano Dunes for a little outdoor recreation, there are some new safety regulations you'll want to know about. The rules for off road riders just got a bit tougher. Effective January 1st officers have the authority to cite adults for allowing children to operate an... more »
  • AAA offers Tipsy Tow over New Year's

    December 30, 2009 9:19 PM

    The Auto Club of Southern California is doing its part to keep drunk drivers off the road. AAA will be offering its annual Tipsy Tow program. A tow truck can take you and your car home for free up to seven miles. The program starts at six o'clock on... more »
  • Holiday shopping makes retailers merry

    December 30, 2009 8:32 PM

    Some local retailers are thankful after an encouraging holiday shopping season. A report by Mastercard advisors', Spendingpulse, which tracks all payment forms, shows retail sales rose 3.6 percent from November 1st through December 24th.That's compared to a 2.3 percent drop one year ago. After a grim forecast shoppers and retailers... more »
  • Dozens arrested in Santa Barbara County DUI crackdown

    December 29, 2009 5:24 PM

    According to Avoid the 12 of Santa Barbara County, deputies and officers have arrested 118 suspected drunk drivers in the holiday DUI crackdown that began on December 18. Authorities say the number of arrests is similar to a crackdown last year, when 115 people had been arrested. The crackdown... more »
  • Holiday shoppng rush

    December 21, 2009 8:07 PM

    Christmas is just four days away. Time to purchase presents is running out. But, don't worry, if you still have gifts to buy, you're not alone. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, nearly 42-million people had not even started their shopping as of late last week. Adults... more »
  • New botanical garden at Allan Hancock College

    December 21, 2009 2:50 PM

    Students at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria have a new learning and leisure space. Staff, faculty, and volunteers helped plant more then 50 varieties of shrubs, flowers, and succulents in a new botanical garden. It's located just behind the college's new science building. Instructors say the 9,600... more »
  • Small brush fire on Cuesta Grade

    December 8, 2009 2:39 PM

    According to Cal Fire, a small brush fire is burning near northbound Highway 101, about a quarter mile from the top of the Cuesta Grade on the San Luis Obispo side. Right now, the fire has burned about one quarter of an acre and crews say it is moving... more »
  • Woods' mother-in-law released from Fla. hospital

    December 8, 2009 2:22 PM

    OCOEE, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods' mother-in-law has been released from an Orlando-area hospital after being treated for stomach pains. Health Central Hospital spokesman Dan Yates said Barbro Holmberg was released Tuesday afternoon, about 11 hours after she was admitted. She went back to Woods' mansion. Emergency crews... more »
  • Santa Maria councilman Leo Trujillo remembered

    December 4, 2009 2:55 PM

    More than a hundred people filled the St. Louis deMontfort Church this morning in Orcutt to remember former Santa Maria city councilman 76-year-old Leo Trujillo. Reverand Charles Hofschulte led the ceremony and spoke about Trujillo's involvement with more than a dozen community organizations. He described Trujillo as a good man,... more »
  • Wrong number leads to holiday miracle

    December 3, 2009 7:42 PM

    A San Diego area real estate agent is being praised for her good deed -- and it all started with a wrong number. Virginia Saenz received a voice mail last week from a stranger named Lisa, who was looking for her daughter, and was worried her grandchildren wouldn't have food... more »
  • Lawyer cancels press conference in Woods controversy

    December 3, 2009 3:04 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A lawyer for a New York woman who has denied having an affair with Tiger Woods has canceled a news conference that had been scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles. Attorney Gloria Allred says the news conference has been canceled due to what she terms... more »
  • Montecito man accused of molesting young sisters

    December 3, 2009 2:17 PM

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Montecito man they say molested two pre-teen sisters for several years. 58-year-old Jeffrey Quenton was arrested at his home on West Mountain Drive on Wednesday morning. A relative of the victims reported the suspected abuse on Monday. Detectives believe it had... more »
  • Santa Barbara County executive officer to retire

    December 2, 2009 3:49 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors announced Wednesday County Executive Officer Michael F. Brown will retire, effective October 31, 2010. Brown has been in his current position since being appointed in October of 1996, but he has been working in public service for more than 41 years. ... more »
  • Obama: Overall goal in war is defeat of al-Qaida

    December 1, 2009 8:28 PM

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) President Barack Obama says the core U.S. goal in Afghanistan remains the defeat of al-Qaida's terror network. Speaking Tuesday night at the U.S. Military Academy, Obama laid out several objectives that he says are part of that overall goal. Obama says U.S. forces... more »
  • Cal Poly warns students about CMC escapee

    December 1, 2009 3:25 PM

    Cal Poly is alerting students about the man California Mens Colony officials say escaped from the facility. While Cal Poly police say they have no information that Bryan Sims is on campus, they issued a warning Tuesday because of the proximity of Cal Poly to the prison. CMC officials... more »
  • Calif projects historic low for water deliveries

    December 1, 2009 3:14 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California officials say they expect to release a record-low amount of water to some 25 million state residents next year if the drought continues. The Department of Water Resources projects it will deliver just 5 percent of what was requested from its contractors. The state... more »
  • Police: Woods at fault in crash, will get citation

    December 1, 2009 3:09 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Florida Highway Patrol says it will issue Tiger Woods a careless driving citation for a car crash outside his Orlando-area mansion last week. Maj. Cindy Williams said Tuesday that will close the investigation and no criminal charges are being pursued. Woods faces a $164... more »
  • DMV offices will be closed all Fridays in December

    December 1, 2009 3:04 PM

    The Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding customers that all public offices will be closed on Dec. 4, 11, and 18. It's part of an executive order Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed in July as a way to save the state money. All offices will also be closed on Christmas... more »
  • Reward offered in unsolved Isla Vista homicide

    December 1, 2009 2:45 PM

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is offering a $25,000 reward in connection with the 2008 beating death of Gregory Ghan. The 53-year-old Ghan was found severely beaten at a park in Isla Vista on May 31, 2008. He was taken to a local hospital and died from his injuries on June 10,... more »
  • Death of former Santa Maria city councilman felt throughout community

    November 30, 2009 9:04 PM

    A former Santa Maria city councilman died this weekend at Marian Medical Center. Leo Trujillo was first taken to the hospital Tuesday and died Sunday afternoon. He suffered a ruptured aortic valve in his heart. Trujillo served on the Santa Maria city council from 2000 to 2008, before losing... more »
  • Odds look slim for Calif gay marriage vote in 2010

    November 30, 2009 8:23 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The chances of California voters being asked to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriages next year are looking more remote after another prominent political group announced that more time is needed to build a winning campaign. Rick Jacobs, founder of the Los Angeles-based Courage... more »
  • Notre Dame football coach fired

    November 30, 2009 2:49 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says Notre Dame has fired coach Charlie Weis. The move comes after a string of disappointing seasons that was capped by four agonizing losses, including the regular-season finale on Saturday night at Stanford. The person confirmed the... more »
  • Price of '12 Days of Christmas' items up slightly

    November 30, 2009 2:15 PM

    PITTSBURGH (AP) After 12 days of Christmas, anyone looking to buy all of the items listed in the song would need to fork over more than $87,000 this year. As PNC Wealth Management calculates it, which includes buying the items repeatedly as the song suggests, the precise cost... more »
  • Fire crews battling structure fire in Nipomo

    November 30, 2009 1:20 PM

    Cal Fire crews are responding to a structure fire on the Nipomo Mesa. Firefighters were called out just after 10 a.m. to the intersection of Viejo Road and the 500 block of Stanton Road. Some of the first crews on scene say there was smoke and flames coming from... more »
  • Weyrich auction postponed again

    November 25, 2009 2:26 PM

    The third time was not a charm for the public auction of properties owned by local businessman, David Weyrich. The auction was postponed again Wednesday. According to All American Foreclosure Service, the next date is tentatively set for Thursday, December 24. Many high profile properties are currently... more »
  • Mobile home fire started in fireplace

    November 25, 2009 2:20 PM

    A fire was contained to the attic of a mobile home in Creston Wednesday morning. According to Cal Fire, the fire started after 8:30 a.m. on the 8500 block of O'Donovan Road. Investigators say the fire was caused by the fireplace and that the homeowners helped put it out.... more »

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