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Posted on June 27 at 11:58 a.m.

Reusing bags or keeping them from blowing away isn't even a drop in the bucket towards solving the problem. The problem is the massive numbers that end up in landfills and otherwise in the environment, where they stay for a long time.

Even if you reuse them, they still go into the landfill eventually. The solution is finding something less long lasting and potentially harmful and making it cheap, plentiful, and easy.

On Carpinteria Settles Bag Ban Lawsuit

Posted on June 20 at 6:41 p.m.

That links to some place in Stockton? Not the same place.

On Valley Brewers Opens in Solvang, CA

Posted on June 7 at 7:03 p.m.

SB geography in part creates the problem. 101 is the only major road to get through the area. The effect of traffic is not caused by widening the road.

Absolutely agree with someguy in terms of where we live and work. I grew up in SB, work in Goleta but live to the N because we couldn't afford million dollar tract houses in town. Wouldn't move S because of the nightmare commute.

Ideally the industry would be outside of SB and we'd all live there and commute to the N or S. It's not supposed to be work in paradise and commute from elsewhere!

On Highway 101: Big Fix, Big Problems

Posted on June 6 at 7:16 p.m.

"SAR members are volunteers, so we really didn't pay for anything. Kudos to the team for another great effort!"

It's not just people. Equipment, fuel, peripheral support. . .

The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team is composed of volunteers who donate hundreds of hours per year and spend hundreds of dollars on personal equipment in order to perform their duties. While the Sheriff's Department provides some funding, most team equipment is purchased through the donation of funds from many charitable foundations and generous individuals.

The team is currently pursuing funds to purchase equipment. To help the team, please contact us by phone or email. All donations are 100% tax deductible and sincerely appreciated! Secure online donations by credit card can be made through and checks can be mailed to:

Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue
PO BOX 6602
Santa Barbara, CA, 93160-6602

On Mother and Daughter Rescued from Painted Cave Rock Face

Posted on June 5 at 6:47 p.m.

As a cyclist in the valley, hearing bits and pieces of this story over the last few months has made me very sad and scared. Many of us try to go out of our way to obey traffic laws and encourage (nag?) other riders to do the same. We know that one bad apple spoils the bunch and when the mass rides come to town it irks the drivers (sometimes me included). As locals we need to protect our resource (great places to ride) by treating everyone who uses it with respect and courtesy.

The comment from KSBY is really frightening. It's pretty sad that someone seriously advocates maiming or killing people simply because they got in the way while driving.

I hope Gary improves and is able to eventually live a normal life. I hope Ms. Gilbert is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and does not endanger anyone else in the future, her own children in particular.

On Woman Charged with DUI and Child Endangerment

Posted on June 4 at 9:23 p.m.

Nah, what we paid for was the rescue of those 2 bozos. . .

On Mother and Daughter Rescued from Painted Cave Rock Face

Posted on May 16 at 6:34 p.m.

Better transparency and communication would probably help the hospital's position a lot.

Some of the arguments in the article are downright funny:

- the hospital doesn't regulate the # of flights. So they are supposed to control the serious accidents or illnesses people in the community have?

- night flights. Since they are already controlling the # of accidents and illnesses, I guess they might as well make sure they also happen at a time that's convenient for everyone?

- flights provide no benefit to the residents. Okay, sign a waiver that says if you have an issue that would otherwise require chopper transport, you'll be taken by ambulance. If you die en route, c'est la vie!

- flights could transport the uninsured. Seriously? Someone said that? That has nothing to do with the flights and everything to do with the entire SYSTEM of healthcare. Whether you agree with the reform act or not, this portion of the issue should point out that something needs to change and it has nothing to do with choppers.

Again, maybe some of this would go away with better knowledge for the residents and communication about what the flights are used for and why.

I do not live in that area, and so my only vested interest in this is if I or my loved ones should have a serious issue and need quick transport, I will be eternally grateful if that helo ride saves their life!

On Cottage Hospital ’Copters Still Taking Flak

Posted on May 9 at 9:02 p.m.

I've been in that area many times to hike, ride mountain bikes, and drive down the fire road. The only thing that concerns me is as I'm going down the dirt road away from the range, or coming up it very slowly towards the range, is the shotgun wads and bullet ricochets I hear going over my head! Nothing's ever happened, but it makes me think it could. Suppose a round clipped some foliage and went off course into me?

On Weigh In on Winchester Gun Club

Posted on March 1 at 7:11 p.m.

I'm curious about the Condor Scenic Area on W. Camino Cielo. What does that designation mean? That road is driveable by car now.

On Protecting Los Padres Wilderness — and Dirt Bikes?

Posted on November 24 at 7:43 a.m.

I forgot to add about SYVCC, those interested in the club should contact Dr. J's bike shop on Mission Drive in Solvang.

On What Are You Grateful For?

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