Author: Spencer Cole

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Jose Madrigal, 23, explains an average week in his life as a firefighter and EMT. He currently works full-time for the Tule River Indian Reservation... [Read More]
Just a few days after opening an emergency shelter for displaced homeless in Lompoc, the city's police chief called on its citizens to do more. ... [Read More]
A spat over oil drilling on public lands pitted local environmental groups and a collection of California lawmakers against a federal agency in early ... [Read More]
Susana Cardel never thought she'd own a flower shop.  But after 10 years of being the sole owner of the Flower Carriage at 2255... [Read More]
In a meeting designed to provide an update for cannabis operators, Santa Barbara County's pot czar gave a stern warning: Get up to date with... [Read More]
Millions of dollars in state funding will be injected into Santa Barbara County over the next two years to combat homelessness.  The county will... [Read More]
  A pair of Central Coast state legislators took aim at the fossil fuels industry and the Trump administration by voicing their opposition to... [Read More]
The first time Gabriela Leon, 22, (Gaby for short) suffered a severe seizure, she was only 11 years old. She almost died.  It wouldn't... [Read More]
A newly signed bill ending cash bail in California drew a relatively mixed reaction from state representatives, activists, and local law enforcement.&... [Read More]
Wide, bald, and barrel chested with a thick dark mustache wrapped around the top of an almost always half-cracked grin, Lompoc Police Sgt. Mauricio Ca... [Read More]
Santa Barbara County staff presented to the Board of Supervisors four options to help improve emergency dispatch services at its Aug. 28 meeting. It's... [Read More]
The Solvang City Council discussed amending city code for its smoking regulations during its meeting on Aug. 28. The talks on where one can and... [Read More]
The first time Mike Durighello tried kombucha, he didn't like it. His friend had handed him the fermented tea-based probiotic drink after a day of... [Read More]
A new program in the Santa Maria Public Library system will allow patrons to borrow seeds to plant for growing various vegetables, spices, and flowers... [Read More]
Alisha Taff remembers the heat on Sunday afternoon and the horns from a U.S. Forest Service worker's truck blaring her day into action as a... [Read More]
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved more than $3 million in federal, county, and city loans to help fund an affordable housing proj... [Read More]
In a race against the clock to pass cannabis regulations before the Aug. 14 deadline, the Solvang City Council passed the first reading of an... [Read More]
There's no silver bullet for solving homelessness and poverty, especially in Santa Barbara County, where roughly 1 in 5 residents live at or near the... [Read More]
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors heard a proposal on Aug. 14 for an affordable housing project in Santa Maria. In total, the Housing... [Read More]
Pristine Physique's owner Gary Gorospe knows fitness. The amatuer body builder used to compete throughout California, and the certified personal train... [Read More]
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