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Crime and Courts

West Park gang leader testifies defendant Joseph Morales wanted Javier Limon dead

Gina Kim ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

The prosecution’s star witness and former co-defendant who agreed to testify in the Javier Limon murder case claimed on Wednesday that he b… Read more

Local News

Nipomo woman charged with felony embezzlement from nonprofit agriculture group

Mathew Burciaga ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed a felony grand theft charge against a Nipomo woman accused of embe… Read more

Crime and Courts

Santa Maria man convicted of assaulting niece sentenced to 45 years to life in prison; loses bid for new trial

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A Santa Maria man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his niece in March lost his bid for a new trial Tuesday and was sentenced to 45 … Read more

Local News

Fatal two-vehicle crash closes Hwy. 1 south of Lompoc

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Highway 1 remains closed in both directions as emergency crews respond to a fatal two-vehicle collision near Lompoc just south of Jalama Ro… Read more

High School

Player of the Week: Cole, Sutton, Byrne, Transeth, Durham, Corona and Righetti OL up for Week 4

Joe Bailey ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

The Player of the Week candidates this week aren't typical.  Read more

Crime and Courts

Prosecutor claims Cruz Alberto Chavez killed by brothers following workplace dispute

Gina Kim ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

During a court hearing for a murder case in Santa Maria, prosecutors on Tuesday claimed that Cruz Alberto Chavez was killed Sept. 1 after a… Read more

Local News

Lompoc woman identified as victim in fatal crash on Highway 1

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A 66-year-old Lompoc woman was identified as the victim of a fatal crash Monday on Highway 1 just south of Jalama Road. Read more

Local News

Vehicle shears power pole in Santa Maria, causing outages at several nearby stores

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A vehicle hit a power pole in Santa Maria on Thursday morning, shearing the pole and causing a power outage that affected around 250 custom… Read more

Crime and Courts

Star witness in Javier Limon murder case testifies against fellow gang member

Gina Kim ​ | ​ ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Jurors on Friday were introduced to one of the prosecution's star witnesses in the Javier Limon murder case -- a gang member who originally… Read more

Crime and Courts

Judge rules insufficient evidence to hold Franklin Lopez for murder of Cruz Alberto Chavez

Gina Kim ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

A Nipomo man was not held on a murder charge for his role in the alleged slaying of a Main Street Produce worker after a judge ruled Wednes… Read more

Recent editors' picks

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

Guadalupe appeals verdict in farmworker housing case

The city of Guadalupe has appealed a 2017 verdict that found the city violated the constitutional rights of an apartment owner when it pass… 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


Santa Maria residents find comfort, mobility, and savings with an American Standard Walk-In Tub

Call (888) 252-0208 to learn more about relieving pain, staying independent, and make bathing safer again. Save up to $1,500 on a Walk-In T…


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, Sept. 23: Emmett Till

Today is Sunday, Sept. 23. Read more

Today's Birthdays, Sept. 23: Bruce Springsteen

Today is Sunday, Sept. 23. Read more

Photos: Cruzin' for Life car show at Santa Maria Fairpark

Photos: 50th Anniversary celebration of Avenue of the Flags

The most dangerous snakes in the world

The capture of a rare venomous sea snake on a Southern California beach caused alarm earlier this year. Here's a look at some of the snakes… Read more

A look back at Melania Trump's first year of first lady fashion

From designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino to daringly-high Christian Louboutin he… Read more


Only online: Recent videos

Movies in a Minute: 'Life Itself,' 'Fahrenheit 11/9' & 'House with a Clock in Its Walls'

Fogelman knows how to wring his words for maximum effect and show how truly quirky life itself is. Read more

Video: Meet the Zookeeper - Melissa Eschenbrenner

Jeff the Nature Guy talks with keeper Melissa at ZooMontana, and discovers what led her to Billings, and what her favorite animals are. Read more

Top 5 Most Fun Cities in America

To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. citi… Read more

The Most and Least Diverse States in America

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relati… Read more

VIDEO: Lompoc Mayor and City Council Candidate Forum 09/17/2018

VIDEO provided by TapTV - The first open forum featuring all six of the candidates who are running for elected office in Lompoc this fall w… Read more

VIDEO: Lompoc City Council 09/18/2018

VIDEO of last nights city council forum provided by TapTV. All of the election forums that will be held at the Lompoc City Council Chambers… Read more