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Local News

Rotary's Parade of Lights lights up Broadway, kicking off Christmas in the Valley

Elliott Stern ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

It didn’t rain on their parade. Despite a layer of ominous, thick, dark clouds hovering overhead, the 25th annual Santa Maria Parade of Lights went off without a hitch Saturday night. Read more

Crime and Courts

San Jose doctor with ties to Lompoc arrested; Theresa Colosi being held on murder, kidnapping charges

Razi Syed ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

A physician with ties to Lompoc Valley Medical Center was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder after she allegedly attacked a woman providing supervised visitation with her son before fleeing to Montana on a private jet. Read more

Local News

'Forged in Fire': Central Coast blademaker, teacher to compete on History Channel program

Dave Minsky ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Cameron Alarcio, a middle school teacher at Mesa Middle School in Arroyo Grande and avid knife-maker, will appear this Wednesday on History Channel's 'Forged in Fire.' Read more

Local News

Santa Maria woman killed in single-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 north of San Luis Obispo

Santa Maria Times Staff Report ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

A Santa Maria woman was killed and three people were injured Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 101 north of San Luis Obispo, the … Read more

Dear Abby

Dear Abby: Mom protests when ex leaves her out of picture


DEAR ABBY: At 18, I married my high school sweetheart. After 20 years of marriage and four wonderful children, my husband decided the grass… Read more

Health, Medicine and Fitness

Diabetes drug investigated for possible cancer-causing contaminant

By Nancy Clanton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution ​ | ​ ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Add the diabetes drug metformin to the list of medications possibly contaminated with a carcinogen that has led to recalls of other medications. Read more


Brown delivers with a pin in the last match, gives Old Dutch title to Righetti

Kenny Cress ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Righetti senior Joshua Brown had no idea when it started that his match would decide the team championship. Read more

Arts and Theatre

St. Joseph High School presents iconic musical 'Phantom of the Opera'

Brent M. Parker Contributing Writer ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

“The Phantom of the Opera is here,” sings the heroine ominously. “Inside my mind.” But he's also onstage at St. Joseph High School, in their production of “The Phantom of the Opera" which runs Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15. Read more

High School

Lompoc's Ryan Morgan follows his heart, and head, to Arizona State

Joe Bailey ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Lompoc High's Ryan Morgan came to an unexpected fork in the road and found himself facing a decision he never thought he'd have to make. Before his senior season began, the athletic tight end landed two offers: From UNLV and Wyoming. Read more

Local News

Krispy Kreme to open in Santa Maria TODAY!

Santa Maria Times Staff Report ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Krispy Kreme will celebrate the grand opening of its Santa Maria store Tuesday.  Read more

Recent editors' picks


Vocational-training nonprofit holds holiday party for disabled adults

Hundreds of clients and staff from VTC Enterprises celebrated Thursday during the vocational-training nonprofit's annual holiday luncheon. Read more


Electrical apprentice group donates $11,000 in toys to Salvation Army

Hundreds of Santa Barbara County children from needy families will get Christmas toys this year thanks to apprentices and contractors with … Read more


South on 101: Holiday celebrated in Santa Barbara with choral concert, ice show, Nutcracker Ballet, shopping

‘Tis the weekend for dancing sugar plum fairies, Hallelujah Choruses, holiday show on ice, brunch with Santa, and, of course, shopping in Santa Barbara. Read more


Santa Maria Police Department to conduct DUI/driver's license checkpoint on Friday

Santa Maria Police Department on Friday will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in city limits between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.  Read more


Cal Poly football: Beau Baldwin brings track record of success to Mustangs

The Mustangs didn't just try to fill the vacancy created after football coach Tim Walsh retired late last month. Cal Poly swung for the fences.  Read more


Christmas parades in Orcutt, Guadalupe to bring holiday cheer on Saturday

Festive floats, marching bands and holiday cheer will roll their way into two Santa Maria Valley communities on Saturday during Christmas p… Read more

Only online: Photo galleries


Photos: Cold War veterans honored at Friday's Freedom Monument ceremony


Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 13

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, Ted Nugent, Ben Bernanke, Mo… Read more


35 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale on the Central Coast

From modern mansions to extravagant cabins in the woods, these residences are currently the priciest on the market. Read more


Today’s top pics: Brexit Election and more

Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.. Read more


Today in history: Dec. 13

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. Read more


Kenny Cress Fave 5 Collection

As 2020 draws closer, we are taking a look back at our top stories of 2019.  In this collection reporter Kenny Cress chooses the top five s… Read more


Only online: Recent videos


Deer Pond Rescue 12 10 19 SCSO

(Pinedale, Wyo –December 11th, 2019) SCSO Deputies rescue stranded deer in local pond, update 2pm. Read more


No More Heroes 3 - The Return

No More Heroes 3 – the latest numbered installment in the No More Heroes series – is set for release exclusively to the Nintendo Switch in … Read more


The Wolf Among Us 2 - Official Announcement Teaser Trailer | The Game Awards 2019

The sequel to one of TellTales most loved series is on the way! Read more


Sons of the Forest World Premiere Trailer | The Game Awards 2019


HUMANKIND™ - "Your Story" Gameplay Trailer

Create your leader. Share it with the world. Read more


Apex Legends – Holo-Day Bash Event Trailer

You’re invited to the Outlands’ biggest holiday bash, hosted by an extra festive Mirage! Drop onto the Mirage Voyage party boat, check out … Read more