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DMV offers free REAL ID upgrade for eligible Californians

The Department of Motor Vehicles invites all eligible Californians who received driver’s licenses or identification cards during the pandem… Read more

Central Coast Water Authority sues Santa Barbara County for state water interference

Central Coast Water Authority is suing Santa Barbara County over its alleged interference in how state water is managed by the authority’s … Read more

Detroit man sentenced to 2-plus years in federal prison for robbing Lompoc credit union

A Michigan man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to robbing CoastHills Credit Union i… Read more

Fire, police departments get boost from sales tax increase; challenges remain for city

Higher-than-anticipated sales tax revenue in Santa Maria will help save a crucial fire response unit from layoffs and fund additional polic… Read more

‘It’s a Mission’: Volunteers Treat Refugees Massing at the Border

Dr. Hannah Janeway, an emergency medicine physician who works in a Los Angeles hospital but volunteers at the border, estimates at least 2,… Read more

Nipomo's Kacie Slover and St. Joseph's Angel Ortiz voted Athletes of the Week

Hoops standouts led teams to CIF Central Section championships. Read more

Lompoc Aquatic Center to reopen public recreation swim June 28

Public access will be offered Monday through Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Brooks Lee, Drew Thorpe Invited to Play for Collegiate National Team

A total of 48 players from across the country have been invited to Team USA this summer. The Collegiate team will be split into two 24-play… Read more

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High School

Santa Maria falls to Bakersfield Christian in CIF championship game

The final score didn't accurately describe the action in Friday night's championship game at Bakersfield Christian High School. Read more

State-and-regional

Dan Walters: California Legislature passes a self-serving sham budget

CalMatters Commentary - The California Legislature passed a state budget on Monday, but it was just a self-serving charade because there ar… Read more

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Outlaw, sale, use of incendiary devices; Solving racial disperities in justice system; Illegal fireworks code a joke

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Editorial

Editorial Cartoon: Shop, eat, read local

Today's editorial cartoon takes a look at the need to support your local businesses, including your local newspaper. Read more