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Fire that destroyed Shaw's steakhouse, Sergio's furniture store likely caused by arson, investigators say

A two-alarm fire that tore through two Santa Maria businesses early this year was likely set aflame by intentionally, a preliminary Santa Maria Fire Department investigation has concluded.

Olive Grove Charter settles lawsuits with three public school districts

A series of lawsuits alleging that three public school districts -- Santa Ynez Valley Union, Lompoc Unified and Santa Barbara Unified -- intentionally withheld close to $2 million in state mandated payments from a Santa Barbara County charter school have been settled, according to court reco…

Industry groups, farmworker advocates split on proposed changes to H-2A program

Industry groups and farmworker advocates are split over a proposal to modify the federal H-2A visa program, changes they say will affect farmers and field workers across California and on the Central Coast.


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Los Alamos gains a new star: Cisko Kid and Ranchos de Ontiveros Wines open for business

Friday evening, a collaborative gastronomical project — part wine tasting room, event space and eatery — called “Cisko Kid Los Alamos” and "Rancho de Ontiveros Wines", hosted a private dinner event and again opened its doors to the public as part of its continued "soft opening".

Guadalupe World War II veteran honored by Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

A Guadalupe man who parachuted into France the night before D-Day and was with Gen. George S. Patton’s tanks at the Battle of the Bulge was honored Tuesday as Santa Barbara County’s veteran of the month for August.

China's first Costco opens with Santa Maria strawberries for sale

China’s first Costco warehouse store opened Tuesday in Shanghai with a variety of goods available for sale, including 90 crates of Santa Maria Valley-grown strawberries. 

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