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2 hrs ago | Edhat

Red Flag Warning in Santa Ynez Mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains valid through 9 pm Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

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Related Topix: Weather, Fire, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave

3 hrs ago | Monterey County Herald

Embattled Carmel employee no longer working for city

It was not known whether Paul resigned her position or was dismissed by the city. Carmel Mayor Jason Burnett had no comment when asked about Paul nor did Human Resources Analyst Leticia Livian.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA

7 hrs ago | Noozhawk

Computers for Families in Need of Donations for New School Year

The program seeks dual core or Pentium IV PCs capable of running Windows 7, as well as flat-screen monitors, USB mice, USB keyboards and power cables. Donated computers are refurbished and distributed to local elementary students and their families who do not have access to technology.

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Related Topix: Computers, Mice, Keyboards, Education Etc., Santa Barbara, CA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Noozhawk

SEE International Marks 40th Anniversary with 'Celebration of Sight'

Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory owner Rick Feldman was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year for his attention to eyeglass needs of the disadvantaged in Santa Barbara County. It is estimated that he has donated 1,000 eyeglasses per year for the past 20 years.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, US Military, US Navy, US Air Force

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County Agencies Send Strike Teams to Silverado Fire in Orange County

Santa Barbara County fire agencies have sent two strike teams down to the Silverado Fire burning in eastern Orange County. The Silverado Fire broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning and burned 1,600 acres by Saturday night, causing evacuation orders to be issued for the Silverado Canyon Road area.

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Related Topix: Fire, Silverado, CA, Orange County, CA, Natural Disasters, Wildfire

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County Local Fest in Lompoc a Homegrown Hit

The fourth annual Santa Barbara County Local Fest heralded homegrown music, arts, crafts, food and more in Lompoc on Saturday. Lompoc-based Cellar Roots opened the festival, performing on a stage tucked among oak trees.

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Related Topix: Lompoc, CA

Edhat

Red Flag Warning

THE HOT TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH LOW HUMIDITIES...AND INCREASING INSTABILITY WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE PLUME DOMINATED FIRE GROWTH OVER THE LOCAL MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS TODAY IF FIRE IGNITION OCCURS. WHILE HUMIDITIES WILL BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER SUNDAY INTO MONDAY...THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE HOT TEMPERATURES AND EVEN GREATER INSTABILITY THAT COULD POTENTIALLY LEAD TO LARGE FIRE GROWTH.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Ventura County, CA, Los Angeles County, CA

Noozhawk

Laguna Blanca School Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Trustees

Laguna Blanca's Board of Trustees play an important role in supporting the school's mission to develop the intellectual, social, physical, artistic and ethical lives of each student by providing a comprehensive and personalized educational experience. Laguna Blanca is pleased to announce the following new officers to their Board of Trustees: Greg Bartholowmew, Karen Fry, Christian Heyer and Layli Sobhani.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, Fitness, Yoga, Carpinteria, CA

Noozhawk

After Search, Report of Possible Missing Swimmer at Arroyo Burro Beach Determined False Alarm

Santa Barbara County Fire crews and water rescue teams responded to Arroyo Burro Beach Park on Friday afternoon to reports of a possible missing swimmer shortly before 4:30 p.m., but the incident was later determined to be a false alarm. There were conflicting witness accounts over the man's general description, and a 30-minute search of the area didn't find anyone in distress in the water, County Fire public information officer Mike Eliason said.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Santa Barbara Independent

Embezzler to Repay Firefighter Union

Retired firefighter Robert Perez will repay the Santa Barbara County firefighters union the approximately $112,000 he siphoned from the insurance account during his tenure as that account's manager, ruled Judge Jean Dandona on Thursday. Perez had been sentenced in July to three years in state prison for the seven felony grand theft and tax evasion charges against him, and his lawyer argued unsuccessfully that some of that money benefitted the union and that the union was partially responsible for not watching him closer.

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Related Topix: State Prisons, Prison, Goleta, CA

Noozhawk

County Education Office's Breakfast with the Authors Slated for Oct. 4

Members of the community will be able to enjoy a delicious quiche brunch and conversation with world-renowned children's authors and illustrators at the 62nd annual Breakfast with the Authors sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office . The breakfast will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 in the SBCEO auditorium, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road.

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Edhat

Adopt a Bunny Hunny

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has joined Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter , the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, and Companion Animal Placement Assistance in declaring September "Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month" and is urging Santa Barbara County residents to "Hop to your nearest shelter and Adopt-A-Bunny, Hunny!" Throughout the month of September all rabbit adoptions will include a FREE starter kit which includes a litter box, water bottle, food crock, toys, nail trimmers, and much more. Rabbits are highly social but fragile creatures that require regular interaction with their human family.

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Related Topix: Recreational Vehicle, Kit

Noozhawk

Bill Macfadyen: Saturday Afternoon Head-On Crash Has a Deadly Impact on Highway 154

NoozWeek's Top 5 includes two more collisions on Highway 101, a Russian billionaire's mega-yacht sighting and a blind man's lawsuit over Stearns Wharf This head-on crash on Highway 154 near Los Olivos killed two women and left two other people injured. A fiery head-on collision involving three vehicles left two Santa Maria women dead on Highway 154 in Los Olivos on Sept.

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Related Topix: Los Olivos, CA, Santa Maria, CA, Fire

Santa Barbara Independent

Break the Silence

After leaving the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office in 1976, I was appointed to serve as the Chief Assistant to Los Angeles City Attorney Burt Pines at a time when domestic violence cases were a low law enforcement priority throughout the United States and even challenged as a legitimate criminal prosecution concern by many who considered conduct in the home as a private family matter. "Reluctant victims" were hesitant to cooperate with the prosecution and were at risk of being threatened by perpetrators to "drop charges."

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse)

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Noozhawk

Guadalupe Police Arrest 2 After Vehicle Pursuit to Santa Maria

Police initiated a traffic stop on a grey Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4600 block of Second Street in Guadalupe at 1:30 p.m., Sgt. C. Limon said in a news release.

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Related Topix: Santa Maria, CA, Guadalupe, CA, Orcutt, CA

Noozhawk

Santa Barbara Community Gathers in Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks

Bob Niehaus recalled the dust and smoke that smothered city blocks in Manhattan after the World Trade Center collapsed 13 years ago, and as the community gathered Thursday in remembrance, Niehaus said the memories are still vivid for he and his wife, Marty, who lived through the terrorist attacks in New York City that day. Almost 3,000 people perished on Sept.

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Edhat

Portions of U.S. Highway 101 Carpool Lane Open

The California Department of Transportation has opened portions of the newly-constructed High Occupancy Vehicle lane on the Ventura Freeway in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The carpool lane is open in the southbound direction from Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County to Seacliff in Ventura County.

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Related Topix: Ventura County, CA, Los Angeles County, CA

Edhat

Peo. v. Kimberly Ann Kreis

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the filing of the following charges against Kimberly Ann Kreis of Santa Barbara: Felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor use or being under the influence of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of an instrument for the injection or smoking of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor driving while under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug. These charges stem from an incident that occurred on April 21, 2014.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Edhat

Gardeners benefit from SB's FREE Mulch Program

For residents of Santa Barbara County looking to beautify their yards and gardens AND save water, the offer of FREE mulch is mulch appreciated! The nutrient-filled ground covering made from green waste, reduces weed growth, retains water in the soil and prevents erosion. Free mulch is available for pickup by any Santa Barbara County resident at three locations: South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, 4430 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos and Waste Management at 1850 W. Betteravia Road in Santa Maria.

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Related Topix: Santa Barbara, CA, Los Olivos, CA, Santa Maria, CA, Home Gardening, Home

Edhat

Federal Funding for Goleta Traffic Project

Today, Rep. Lois Capps announced that the City of Goleta received a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for $236,000 to support the Hollister Avenue Complete Streets Corridor project in Old Town Goleta. The funding will be used to conduct engineering and traffic studies along a stretch of Hollister Avenue in the Old Town Goleta neighborhood.

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Related Topix: Goleta, CA, Lois Capps, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat

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