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'COAST', a Santa Maria-based film, debuts April 8 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The film, "COAST," is described as a "coming of age" story, although co-director Jessica Hester calls it more of a "mother-daughter coming … Read more

Local News

Santa Maria City Council passes mobile car wash ordinance with 3-2 vote, despite protests

Santa Maria Code Enforcement officials will provide education and outreach to mobile car wash owners over the next months to establish comp… Read more


Santa Maria's new Robert 'Bobby' Acquistapace Park now open

Robert "Bobby" Acquistapace Park — Santa Maria's 28th city park and newest recreation area — is now open to residents after a year of const… Read more

Crime and Courts

Former Santa Barbara County sheriff's lieutenant pleads guilty to DUI charges

A former Santa Barbara County sheriff's lieutenant has pleaded guilty to DUI-related charges involving a three-vehicle collision on Highway… Read more

Crime and Courts

Attempted murder charge upheld against Guadalupe man accused in Santa Maria shooting

An attempted murder charge was upheld Friday against a 19-year-old Guadalupe man and alleged gang member accused in a Santa Maria shooting … Read more


Stephen Bayne

Stephen Bayne passed away at the age of 38 years old on Monday, April 5, 2021. He was a humorous, loving and kind son to Bill and Jackie; b… Read more


Robert William Herrick

Born March 15, 1943. Passed peacefully at home on March 31, 2021 Read more

Local News

Orcutt 8-year-old celebrates national launch of children's book, 'Little Brothers Are Annoying'

Orcutt siblings Anaiyah and Tyquam "Ty" Alexander have a relationship like many other families — sometimes they disagree, but ultimately th… Read more

Crime and Courts

Lights and Sirens in Santa Maria

The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily a… Read more

Crime and Courts

Former Santa Maria man receives 3 months in federal prison for killing elephant seal

A former Santa Maria man was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to killing a northern elephant seal i… Read more