Santa Ynez

The Governor has signed into law a bill which clears one of the final hurdles for a Central Coast casino to offer off track betting for horse races.

The bill approved by the state legislature would allow the wagering at the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would allow the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians to increase its tribal land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The area in question is known as Camp Four off Highway 154 near the 246.

The tribe and some local residents have been at odds over the site.

After a break due to winter storms, a project to repair a key section of a Central Coast highway will resume next week.

Caltrans is resurfacing a 17 mile section of Highway 154 from the Solvang area to San Marcos Pass. The project area begins at the Cold Springs Canyon Bridge, and extends west to Edison Road. The work may mean one way only traffic on sections of the highway at times during the overnight hours.

Many campers, residents and workers in the Paradise Road stretch of the Santa Ynez Valley are buzzing over the new flow of water in the Santa Ynez River.

Several crossings are closed to people and vehicles, as the river comes alive with more than eight days of rain this month.

Smoke billowed up from the Santa Ynez Valley Wednesday afternoon when a cabin went up in flames at the Zaca Lake resort.

The site is several miles away from Los Olivos, and is privately owned.

Fire crew from Santa Barbara county stopped the flames from spreading very far, but about five acres burned near the cabin.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Peter Adam and Doreen Farr say they are preparing an update to the full Board of Supervisors about their talks with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.