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Crime and Courts

Narcotics arrests also result in code violations for hazardous waste found on Santa Maria property

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Two Santa Maria residents arrested on drug-related violations Wednesday also were cited for building code violations linked to hazardous wa… Read more

Local News

PG&E says bankruptcy will not impact Diablo, jobs, service

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A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spokesman said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy the company plans to file around the end of the month will have no … Read more

Crime and Courts

Brian McNabb will go to trial for restraining order violation as defense rejects settlement offer

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A Santa Maria man accused of assaulting a family member and violating a restraining order after his older brother went on a violent rampage… Read more

Local News

Ten arrested during Santa Maria DUI checkpoint

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Ten people were arrested over the weekend on multiple charges during a DUI/driver's license checkpoint conducted by the Santa Maria Police … Read more

Local News

Pedestrian hospitalized with major injuries after being struck by car in Santa Maria

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One man was hospitalized with major injuries after he was reportedly struck by a car Tuesday morning in Santa Maria.  Read more

Local News

A 'total commitment' to rebuild: Owners of Sergio's Furniture, Shaw's steakhouse say stores will reopen

Mathew Burciaga ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Charred tables, couches and chairs litter Sergio's Furniture and Mattress and Shaw's Famous Steakhouse & Tavern. The smell of smoke was… Read more


Henry Mitchell Cota

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Henry Mitchell Cota, 87, passed away on January 11, 2019 in Santa Maria, California. Read more

Crime and Courts

New evidence delays transfer hearing date for Santa Maria teen charged in Nov. 2 murder

Gina Kim ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

New evidence turned over to the defense in the case involving a juvenile accused of murdering a Santa Maria man in November has sparked a d… Read more


UCLA gymnast's routine gets perfect 10, stuns social media

By Amir Vera, CNN ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Katelyn Ohashi, a UCLA gymnast, wowed judges enough to earn a perfect 10 for her routine Saturday. Video of her performance has since gone viral. Read more


Santa Maria banker appointed to Federal Reserve advisory council

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Janet Silveria, president and chief executive officer of Community Bank of Santa Maria, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank’s Co… Read more

Recent editors' picks

100 & Fabulous!: 'Grandma Ruth' Seeley celebrates birthday at Solvang Festival Theater

A different kind of special event was recently held at the Solvang Festival Theater grounds -- and of course, the Red Coats were there in s… Read more

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


Security solutions to keep your Santa Maria family and home safe this spring

Talk to a local expert about a digital alarm system that will protect your family and belongings.

Only online: Photo galleries

Today In History, Jan. 20: Donald Trump Inauguration

Today is Sunday, Jan. 20. Read more

Today's Birthdays, Jan. 20: David Lynch

Today is Sunday, Jan. 20. Read more

Birthday Highlight: Buzz Aldrin

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 89 today, so here's a quick slideshow of some career highlights from the archives of the Associated Press. Read more

Photos: Stars walk the red carpet at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards

A look at scenes from the red carpet at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills… Read more

Celebrities who've had to take surprising day jobs

"Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens, who made headlines last year after he was seen working at a Trader Joe's, is one of many actors who've g… Read more

Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP

Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. Read more


Only online: Recent videos

VIDEO: Cannabis dispensary opens in Lompoc

Leaf Dispensary, which offers a wide range of cannabis products, opened for business Friday morning at 423 W. Ocean Ave., formally ushering… Read more

VIDEO: IgniteFireDance

Santa Maria's Shayne Mastriano is the founder of IgniteFireDance, which offers professional fire dance entertainment throughout California. Read more

Robot pet toy plays with Fido while you're away

Varram's pet fitness robot, on display at this week's CES gadget show in Las Vegas, can be programmed to play with a pet while the owner is… Read more

Phones that fold, fit on your finger at CES show

Smartphones haven't been forgotten amid all the new tech at the CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas. New products on display include a t… Read more

No puck needed with virtual reality hockey trainer

A company is demonstrating a virtual reality hockey trainer at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. There's a VR headset and stick, but no puc… Read more

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