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Archives for July 2013

Fireworks Show Company Official Blames Defective Fireworks For July 4th Accident Which Injured Dozens In Simi Valley

Mon, July 8, 2013

An official with the company hired to stage a Simi Valley fireworks show which ended with dozens of spectators injured says defective fireworks are to blame for the accident. Bruce Sussin, with Bay Fireworks, told the Associated Press that what he called a catastrophic failure led to the July 4th accident in Rancho Santa Susana Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brush Fire Stopped Quickly

Mon, July 8, 2013

Ventura County firefighters have controlled a small brush fire in the Newbury Park area. The blaze blackened about an acre of brush just north of the 101 Freeway, in the Lynn Ranch area, off of Calle Arroyo. It was discovered just after 2:30 p.m., and firefighters knocked it down in about an hour. Some homes Read the Rest…


Wreckage Of Missing Plane From Santa Barbara County Discovered; Body Of Pilot Found Inside

Mon, July 8, 2013

The wreckage of a plane containing the body of a missing Santa Barbara County man has been found in Yosemite National Park. Nicol Wilson disappeared December 17th, on a flight from the Santa Ynez Valley to Mammoth Lakes. A search at the time failed to find any sign of the Solvang man, with the efforts Read the Rest…


Sections Of Highway 101 On Central Coast To Be Closed Overnights For Construction

Mon, July 8, 2013

Sections of Highway 101 on the Central Coast will be closed for repairs during the overnight hours for the next two nights. Work on a new Highway 101 overpass in Santa Maria are prompting some shutdowns.  Because of work to complete the Union Valley Parkway overpass,  the southbound 101 will be closed at Betteravia from Read the Rest…


South Coast Museum Puts Expansion Plans On Hold

Mon, July 8, 2013

A South Coast museum set aside its long talked about expansion plans. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has put a project to renovate, and add to its main campus near the Santa Barbara Mission on what it’s being called an “indefinite hold.” In a letter to the community, President and CEO Luke Swetland Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Offered State Grant To Help With TB Control

Mon, July 8, 2013

Santa Barbara County has been offered a state grant grant to help control tuberculosis in the county. Public Health Department officials say there are currently 21 active TB cases in the county.  The $21,000 grant will help health officials keep the cases in check, and the disease from spreading.  For each TB case encountered, medical workers say Read the Rest…


Preliminary Figures Show More Than 50 DUI Arrests In Ventura County Over Fourth Of July Holiday Period

Mon, July 8, 2013

Preliminary figures for the holiday weekend show saturation DUI patrols by law enforcement agencies in Ventura County led to more than 50 arrests. The “Avoid The 14” campaign involved agencies from local police departments, to the CHP. 53 arrests on drug, or alcohol related DUI charges were reported between 12 a.m. Wednesday, and 12 a.m. Read the Rest…


New Head Of Central Coast College Set To Start Work Today

Mon, July 8, 2013

The new head of a community college on the Central Coast officially starts work today. Ken Walthers begins his new position as Superintendent, and President of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Walthers had been serving as President of Las Positas College, in Northern California since 2011.  Before that, he served as a college executive Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara Police Officers Injured In Collision

Sat, July 6, 2013

Two Santa Barbara Police officers are recovering from minor injuries, after a vehicle driven by a man later arrested on DUI charges slammed into their vehicle. It happened just after 11 p.m., on the Fourth of July. The officers had just left the Santa Barbara County Jail, and were headed southbound on El Sueno when Read the Rest…


Firefighters Look For Cause Of Blaze In San Luis Obispo County

Fri, July 5, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a brushfire in the hills outside of San Luis Obispo. The fire was reported just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon off of Cross Creek Road, in the Edna valley. The fire burned near a home, but Cal Fire firefighters were able to stop the five acre blaze Read the Rest…


28 Injured By Fireworks Show Accident In Simi Valley

Fri, July 5, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out exactly what led to an accident at last night’s community fireworks show in Simi Valley, which left more than two dozen people injured. Ventura County Fire Department officials say it appears one of the launching stands being used by the professional fireworks company doing the display in Rancho Santa Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Woman Struck, and Killed By Vehicle In Ventura

Fri, July 5, 2013

A Ventura man is behind bars, facing a gross vehicular manslaughter charge after police say he got involved in a domestic dispute, drove away, and then returned to the scene, and struck and killed a woman. Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened.  Officers were called to the 1200 block of Halifax Court Read the Rest…


Vehicle Discovered In Santa Barbara County Canyon May Be Linked To Missing Persons Case

Fri, July 5, 2013

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department helicopter discovered a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine in the Santa Ynez Valley which officials believed is linked to a more than year old missing persons case. The chopper was flying over Painted Cave Road, at Highway 154 just before one p.m. yesterday when a crew member spotted Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moving Ahead On Development Of Single Use Bag Ban

Wed, July 3, 2013

Santa Barbara County is moving ahead with plans to develop a single use plastic ban bag, despite controversy among county supervisors over the proposal. Supervisors directed county staff to begin development of language for an ordinance, with a goal of taking a final vote on the issue around the end of the summer. The proposal Read the Rest…


Missile Test From Vandenberg Air Force Base Set

Wed, July 3, 2013

A missile defense system test involving Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled to take place on Friday, with a missile being launched from the base intended to target one shot from the South Pacific. The target rocket will be launched more than 4,000 miles from the Central Coast, with the interceptor sent up from the Read the Rest…


Dog Shot As It Attacks Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy

Wed, July 3, 2013

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy shot a pit bull which was threatening the officer who was trying to contact a probationer near Ventura. It happened at around 11 a.m. yesterday, on Larkspur Drive. The deputy saw a woman who was on probation, but when the officer tried to contact her she fled into a home.  Read the Rest…


Three Arrested Following Robbery Of Conejo Valley Bank, Car Chase Into San Fernando Valey

Wed, July 3, 2013

Three people are in custody this morning for the robbery of a Conejo Valley bank, an incident which led to a wild chase. Armed robbers hit a Citibank on Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks just before 11 a.m. yesterday.  Law enforcement officers spotted the getaway vehicle on the southbound 101 Freeway, and there was a Read the Rest…


Problems Prompt Temporary Closure Of Popular South Coast Skate Park

Tue, July 2, 2013

A popular skate park on the South Coast is being closed temporarily, because of what officials have termed inappropriate and illegal activities at the facility. The City of Santa Barbara announced that it’s shut down the Surfer’s Point facility on Cabrillo Boulevard for the next few days, after staff observed the use of drugs, and Read the Rest…


Rainfall Season On Central Coast Ends Way Below Average

Tue, July 2, 2013

The 2012-2013 rainfall season officially ended June 30th, and the numbers for the Central Coast are way below average. Santa Maria had 6.2 inches of rain, which is only about 45% of normal.  Lompoc had 7.2 inches of rain, which is 49% of average, and the Santa Ynez Valley reported 6.9% of rain, which is Read the Rest…


South Coast Beaches Closed Due To Great White Shark Sighting Expected To Reopen

Tue, July 2, 2013

Three beaches in Santa Barbara County are expected to reopen today, after being closed since the weekend after some kayakers had a close encounter with a great white shark. Two off duty firefighters were kayaking off of Tajiguas State Beach when they say an approximately 12 foot long great white passed under their craft, hitting Read the Rest…


Victims Of Ventura County Plane Crash Identified

Tue, July 2, 2013

Authorities have identified two men who died in a Ventura County plane crash. James Ayers of Newbury Park, and Donald Tempelton of Agoura Hills were killed when the small plane they were went down shortly after takeoff from Oxnard Airport Saturday afternoon. The plane crashed, and burned in an agricultural field off of Wooley Road.  Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo High School Student One Of 20 Winners Of National Scholarship Competition

Mon, July 1, 2013

A San Luis Obispo high school student is one of 20 national winners of a four year, $10,000 annual scholarship from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and GE. Emma Phillips just graduated from San Luis Obispo High School, and going to Brown University, where she plans to study neuroscience. The Simi Valley based foundation, and Read the Rest…


Conejo Fireworks 2013

Mon, July 1, 2013

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Firefighter From Santa Barbara County Among Those Killed In Arizona Blaze

Mon, July 1, 2013

The deadly brush fire which killed 19 firefighters in Arizona has hit home in Santa Barbara County, with word that one of those who died is from the Santa Ynez Valley. Sean Misner attended Santa Ynez High School, and was a varsity football player there in 2004, and 2005.  Misner is the nephew of Montecito Read the Rest…


First Same Sex Marriages In Ventura County In Wake Of Supreme Court Ruling Take Place Today

Mon, July 1, 2013

In the wake of last week’s historic Supreme Court rulings, the first same sex marriages on the South Coast have been performed. The state told county clerks they could begin issuing the marriage certificates, with the first ceremonies taking place on Friday. The first Ventura County ceremonies took place this morning at the County Government Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Single Use Bag Ban

Mon, July 1, 2013

Santa Barbara County is going to look at banning single use plastic bags. County Supervisors tomorrow are set to review a regional environmental impact report on the idea prepared by the regional Beach Erosion Authority For Clean Oceans and Nourishment. Rather than do area by area EIR’s, the agencv representing Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Weekend Plane Crash In Ventura County Which Left Two Dead

Mon, July 1, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration are trying to determine the cause of a weekend plane crash which killed two people in Ventura County. The plane went down in an agricultural field at the intersection of Wooley Road, and Victoria Avenue just after noon on Saturday.  The plane burned on impact.  Read the Rest…


Memorial Services Planned For San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Who Died Last Week

Mon, July 1, 2013

Plans for memorial services for a San Luis Obispo County supervisor who died of a heart attack have been announced. Paul Teixeira died last Wednesday.  The 57 year old Nipomo resident was elected to the board in 2010, and was Chairman of the Board. Plans call for a memorial mass St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Read the Rest…


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