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Generations of Gaviota families attended Vista del Mar school. Financial issues may force the district to dissolve.

For decades, parents were drawn to Vista del Mar's unique educational opportunities and small class sizes. A financial downturn spurred by the 2015 Refugio oil spill and a change to state funding may force it to merge with the Buellton Union School District.

New shooting range for Santa Maria Police in development at Los Flores Ranch

A box canyon at the Los Flores Ranch recreational space will soon be home to a shooting range for Santa Maria Police officers, who were left without a shooting range when the department moved into its new headquarters four years ago.

Santa Maria City Council adopts permanent H-2A farmworker housing ordinance

After more than an hour of discussion, the Santa Maria City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a permanent ordinance governing the housing of H-2A farmworkers in the city’s residential zones. The ordinance requires discretionary permits for housing more than six H-2A workers in a single-family home but allows the housing of employees in medium- and high-density housing zones without the need for local permits.


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Casa of Hope: Safe home for sex trafficking victims to welcome its first residents

Northern Santa Barbara County will soon have a long-term residential safe house where survivors of sex trafficking can begin healing and rebuilding their lives.

On the road with Santa Barbara County Animal Services: Officer deals with strays, reflects on changes over years

The Santa Maria area keeps Santa Barbara County Animal Services officers busy.

Nonprofit opens home for homeless women veterans in Orcutt

An Orcutt home will house homeless women veterans thanks to the work of nonprofit Operation WEBS, which was founded one year ago to help women transition to civilian life after leaving the military.

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