Lead News

Santa Maria: Murder City

The string of January killings was unprecedented. Read story.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Guilty Verdicts in Olive Street Murder Trial

Joseph Castro and Isaac Jimenez will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Read story.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More Mesa Caves Collapse

Firefighters say no injuries, bluffs still dangerous. Read story.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hot Dog Man Bill Connell Dies

He was an effective crusader for military veterans. Read story.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Coastal Commish Drama Bleeds into S.B.

Worries arise over access and development. Read story.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bus Trips Drop by 1.4 Million

Low gas prices and high rents are to blame. Read story.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EPA Says Pesticide Threatens Honeybees

Imidacloprid is sprayed on Santa Barbara broccoli, wine grapes, and citrus trees. Read story.

Monday, February 1, 2016

EDC Wins Greater Regulatory Scrutiny for Offshore Fracking

Discovers 51 permits issued for S.B. Channel without notice or environmental scrutiny. Read story.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Faking a Murderer?

Alleged false confession key in Olive Street homicide trial. Read story.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Triple Whammy Hits Police Department

Retirements, transfers, and resignations thin the ranks. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 28, 2016
Updated 9:41 a.m., January 28, 2016

Psyllid Spray Program Commences

Focuses on killing overwintering bugs first, soil treatment later this year. Read story.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

No 'Hail Mary' Allowed for STAR Complex

The county will give a $40 million jail grant back to the state. Read story.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Plan Hatched to Keep Homeless Dry

County approves funding for shelters during El Nino storms. Read story.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Rules Would Limit Unsafe Drone Use

Critical infrastructure, private property, state parks, and more proposed off- limits in Jackson's bill. Read story.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Wildfires Burn Through Forest Service Budget

Los Padres had a relatively good year, but nationally, fire season was the worst on record. Read story.

Friday, January 15, 2016
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