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Crime and Courts

West Park gang member sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing Luis Castaneira

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A West Park gang member was sentenced to 22 years in state prison Thursday for killing Luis Castaneira in 2016 following a confrontation in… Read more

Local News

Nine children adopted at Santa Maria Juvenile Court during National Adoption Day celebration

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Putting an end to months of insecurity about their status, nine children were formally adopted by their forever families Wednesday in Santa… Read more

Crime and Courts

Jonathan Highley found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting of Anthony San Juan

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A jury on Friday found defendant Jonathan Highley guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Anthony San Juan outside an Orcutt bar o… Read more

Local News

Lockdown at Pioneer Valley High School lifted after report of a student with a gun; no arrest made

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Pioneer Valley High School was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon after Santa Maria Police received a report of a student having a gun. Read more

Local News

Orcutt man allegedly threatens to carry out school shooting in Santa Maria; threat determined to be noncredible

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An Orcutt man was transported Tuesday to a local hospital for a mental health review after he allegedly threatened to carry out a school sh… Read more

Local News

Santa Maria man killed Saturday in Nipomo collision

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A two-vehicle crash in southern San Luis Obispo County on Saturday night left one person dead and another with major injuries.  Read more

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Santa Maria man identified as victim in fatal crash near Nipomo

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The Santa Maria man killed in a collision while driving his motorcycle near Nipomo on Saturday has been identified as Mark Bradford, 42. Read more

Crime and Courts

After a night of drinking, Jonathan Highley claims no memory of shooting Anthony San Juan outside Orcutt bar

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Jonathan Highley testified Tuesday that he didn't remember grabbing a gun from his apartment before shooting a man he had never met in the … Read more

WATCH the Righetti Warriors take on Stockdale High School live at 7 p.m.

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Righetti, the No. 3 seed, hosts No. 7 Stockdale in the semifinals of the CIF Central Section Division II playoffs, with kickoff at 7 p.m. T… Read more

Local News

Curbing congestion: Santa Maria begins construction to create new access into Costco lot

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Aiming to improve traffic and vehicle congestion around Costco, the city of Santa Maria has begun construction to remove part of a median o… Read more

Recent editors' picks

Cuyama Valley residents unite to fight speeders, unsafe passing on Hwy 166

The widely scattered residents of Cuyama Valley have come together as a united force for a common goal — to improve safety on Highway 166, … Read more

Los Olivos Lemons expanding happiness brand

When facing hard times, for most, it's either fight or flight. For locals Jenifer and Grant Sanregret, that "fight" comes in citrus form: l… Read more

Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Fire dispatch systems to separate

Santa Barbara County law enforcement and fire protection services are getting a divorce, apparently the result of irreconcilable difference… Read more

Dare 2 Dream Farms, Buck-A-Roo Grills key in Lompoc farm-to-table movement

Lompoc Valley is a veritable salad bowl. Celery, broccoli and artichokes are among the top producers here, and some local eateries source t… Read more

The Probert Papers: 'A is for Agriculture, Aeronautics and Automibiles'

At a time when every kid's dream was to become an astronaut and walk on the weightless, powdery surface of the moon, and the United States … Read more

Attorney: Emails between former Guadalupe officials wrongly allowed as evidence

In her July 30 appeal of a 2017 verdict finding the city of Guadalupe guilty of violating the constitutional rights of an apartment owner, … Read more


In-home care options for Santa Maria people

Look at local, professional care & support options for a parent, spouse or family member who needs some extra help.


Reverse mortgages: Too good to be true?

Important information residents of Santa Maria need to know before they decide.

Only online: Photo galleries

Today In History, Nov. 18: Jonestown

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Today's Birthdays, Nov. 18: Owen Wilson

Today is Sunday, Nov. 18. Read more

Which canned tuna makes best tuna salad? 13 brands rated

Chicago Tribune staff tasted 13 brands of canned light tuna to find which makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches or other favorite uses. … Read more

Photos: Anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy

On Nov. 18, 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones led hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in … Read more

Photos: Festival of Trees begins at Santa Maria Town Center Mall

The Festival of Trees opened Friday on the lower floor at the Santa Maria Town Center Mall. Sponsored by Altrusa of the Central Coast, it's… Read more

Photos: Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. Read more


Only online: Recent videos

QuickCast: Righetti advances to program's first title game with shutout win over Stockdale

The Righetti defense allowed zero points Friday night, and the Warriors are into a sectional divisional football championship game for the … Read more

Video: Santa Maria Valley Humane Society accepts adoptable dogs, cats from Southern California fire areas

On Tuesday, the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society took in 20 cats from Ventura County. There were 14 additional animals — 12 dogs and two c… Read more

How the US failed to rebuild Afghanistan

VIDEO: Duke, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s new K-9 goes on patrol

A 3-year-old German shepherd who weighs in at about 75 pounds, Duke and Deputy Brian Scott have been training and working together about ei… Read more

Dubai police flying lesson

A Dubai police officer learns to pilot a hoverbike. Read more

Election Night VIDEO: Late night comeback in Santa Maria city council race

Challenger Gloria Soto and incumbent Etta Waterfield took the lead in Santa Maria City Council’s 3rd and 4th District races Tuesday. With m… Read more