Solvang

It started with a Central Coast girl wondering why she didn’t see more people who looked like her in movies.  But, Madi Wilson decided to do something about it.  The eight-year-old Solvang girl case up with an idea to create multicultural awareness among children, an effort that’s getting national attention.

A Central Coast bus system reports that for the first time since the start of the coronavirus crisis, it’s returned to providing full service.

In March, Santa Ynez Valley Transit stopped regular bus service, and cut operations to its Dial-A-Ride transportation.  The transit agency serving Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos then began in a phased-in resumption of regular operations.

A theater company which has been entertaining the Central Coast for more than a half century has cancelled its entire 2020 summer season because of the coronavirus crisis.

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theater stages productions at the Marian Theater in Santa Maria, and at the Solvang Festival Theater in Solvang. 

The skies above a Central Coast city are going to light up with a cutting edge nighttime holiday show this weekend. Imagine a fireworks show, but without the explosions, and smoke. Solvang’s Julefest is going to feature a show called “Aurora Dronealis,” which features a hundred synchronized drones.

A man wanted for a bank robbery on the Central Coast has been arrested in Missouri. On June 13th, a man passed a threatening note to a teller at a Solvang bank, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt, but the man was able to flee before he was caught.

A Central Coast city is getting a new City Manager. The Solvang City Council selected David Gassaway as its new top manager. Gassaway comes from Indian Wells, which is near Palm Springs.

A damaged gas line has led to some evacuations in a Central Coast community.

Santa Barbara County firefighters say a construction crew working in the area of Mission Drive and Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang caused the accident.

A just released report by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says the February, 2016 fatal shooting of a man who had kidnapped a teenage girl, and fired shots at Sheriff’s deputies was justified.

Investigators say Fernando Castro abducted a 15 year old girl in Vallejo. He was then spotted driving on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. He fired at officers on two separate occasions, and was shot to death in Solvang as he drove a stolen truck in the direction of some officers while firing at them.

Motorcycles have been a symbol of the open road in the United States for decades. 

Who can forget the movie which put them on the radar of many people, Easy Rider? Still, many motorcycle fans don’t know that one of the top collections of vintage bikes in the Western U.S., if not the nation, is right here in our backyard.

The Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located in Solvang, a place best known for its Danish flavor.

Residents living in Solvang have had two nights of unusual noises that woke some people up with questions this week.

Monday, an unarmed Minuteman III missile went up in an early launch from Vandenberg airforce base, a day after its scheduled launch was delayed 24 hours.

A man wanted in a child abduction case in Northern California has been shot to death in a confrontation with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies spotted a car heading southbound on Highway 101 near Los Alamos at around 3 p.m. which matched the description of a vehicle wanted in a Solano County Amber alert case. When they tried to stop the vehicle, it sped off, leading to a chase which ended near a trailer park on Val Verde Street in Solvang.

Hundreds of cowboys in pink shirts are on a traditional ride in the Santa Ynez Valley this week.

The Rancheros Visitadores have begun their ride in the back trails, camps and ranches in Santa Ynez.

It's part of a tradition that goes back decades.

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 90 year old Santa Barbara County woman who was accused of planning the death of her daughter, who had ALS.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors filed murder charges against Marjorie Good in conjuction with the March, 2013 death of her daughter Heidi.

Prosecutors say the Solvang woman along with caretaker Wanda Nelson conspired to kill the 52 year old woman.

Defense attorneys contended that a problem with breathing gear led to the woman’s death.

Nelson was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last week.