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Santa Maria plan to bring animal control in-house, contract sheltering, raises concerns

A Santa Maria proposal to bring animal control field operations in-house and contract out sheltering has raised concerns among local animal advocates, who say the move could result in a reduced standard of service.

North County cities maintain low grades on annual tobacco control report, while Solvang improves

While Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc and Buellton were among Central Coast cities that received the same low grades from 2018, Solvang improved by a letter grade in the 2018 State of Tobacco Control report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association. 

Complete Series - Green Rush in the 805?: Cannabis on the Central Coast - Looking at land use, money, science, law enforcement and education

"Green Rush in the 805?" explores five areas that will be affected by the legalization of cannabis: land use, money, science, law enforcement and education. Our aim is to equip readers with the knowledge needed to contextualize decisions made by governing bodies, and grasp the challenges tha…


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Santa Maria Valley strawberry industry celebrated at annual dinner

Close to 700 people gathered April 3 in Santa Maria for the Strawberry Industry Recognition Dinner to celebrate the individuals and businesses that grow, package and sell what has become the county’s largest cash crop.

🎢🎢🎢 'Wildest ride on the Central Coast': OMG to deliver thrills at Santa Maria Strawberry Festival

A new amusement park ride is promising to bring thrills and drops to Santa Maria later this month when it lands at the 2019 Santa Maria Strawberry Festival. Featuring four individually rotating benches attached to an arm, the OMG! will spin, twist and swing riders as they embark on what organizers have dubbed the "wildest ride on the Central Coast."

Recent rains rapidly raising Cachuma Lake; Twitchell recovering slowly

Recent rains are rapidly raising the level in Santa Barbara County’s second-largest reservoir, while the largest appears to filling more slowly and the two smallest ones are already full.

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