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A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to a Santa Barbara hospital Friday afternoon after suffering multiple stab wounds, according to the Santa Maria Police Department . The victim, whose name was not released, was attacked shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Cook Street, Lt. She was flown by Calstar helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, but details on her condition were not available. No arrests had been made, and the investigation was continuing, Ginter said. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook .


Oliva, 35, was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age and forcible rape. Both the girl who had become pregnant, who is 15 now, and the second victim who was molested by Oliva took the stand to describe their abuse. She didn't fully understand sex at the time that Oliva had intercourse with her, and discovered she was 17 weeks pregnant when a 3 a.m. emergency room visit for vomiting and other symptoms prompted a doctor to examine the girl. Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at . .


"At last year's incredibly successful PHorum, a panel of health-care leaders provided their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that the new Affordable Care Act would pose in our community," said Lynda Tanner, VNHC president and CEO. Tanner served as the panel moderator. The program commenced with VNHC presenting its Community Partners in Excellence award to Carole Dodero, NP, and Anne White, DO, of Sansum Clinic Rehabilitation & Extended Care. Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care .


For the second year in a row, branding and interactive agency IdeaWork Studios has been a notable recipient at the American Advertising Federation of Santa Barbara's American Advertising Awards, held Thursday night in Santa Barbara. Now in its 16th year, IdeaWork was founded in Santa Barbara and represents prestigious clients around the country. Is a full-service branding and interactive agency with offices in Santa Barbara, New York and Las Vegas. Amber Rouleau is a publicist representing IdeaWork Studios .


A day-long standoff near Los Alamos forced the closure of Highway 101 in directions March 20, causing a major headache for local commuters and travelers alike. Were filed later, and others may be forthcoming. The Marjorie Luke Theatre, on the campus of Santa Barbara Junior High School at 721 E. Cota St., will screen The Goonies at 7 p.m. March 27. - ¢Â        - ¢Â        - ¢ A basketball trick-shot video in honor of March Madness . Thank you for your support. Bill Macfadyen is Noozhawk's founder and publisher. The opinions expressed are his own.


MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, is probably one of the most anticipated developments in Santa Barbara in the last decade. The city has been salivating over the Wolf Museum's impact. Fresh & Easy cuts its losses Four Fresh & Easy locations in Ventura County are closing down as the grocery chain looks to sell off about 30 percent of its stores. According to a release from the company, the move is part of a plan to finance new development and growth, including a new 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot concept store.


There is something wonderful about sitting down at a beautiful dinner table. The dinner table is a microcosm of your home. By getting a lot of the work done before the dinner begins, being organized, thinking about a few key details, and setting a table that is uniquely yours and appropriate to the meal you want to host, you are showing your guests that you are already having fun. And much of the work you have to do as host will be done before the doorbell rings, freeing you to actually enjoy your own party. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook .


Wednesday sessions were hosted in Santa Barbara and Solvang, spread out so more community members could help develop a countywide food system blueprint. "We are not looking for consensus today," said Joseph McIntyre, executive director of AG Innovations Network, who served as facilitator. A food system includes how food is grown, transported, sold and made available down to food-waste management, said Sigrid Wright of the Community Environmental Council. Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at . . Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook .


It's a TED talk on steroids. The Grad Slam, UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division's national award-winning three-minute talk competition for graduate students, will be marking its third year April 6-17. UC Riverside launched its Grad Slam last year. The UCSB Graduate Division's annual Grad Slam is the centerpiece of its Graduate Student Showcase, events held each spring that are designed to bring UC Santa Barbara's remarkable graduate students out of their labs, classrooms and studios, to give them a spotlight and to celebrate their accomplishments.


The current issue, the first produced under the direction of Hellier-Tinoco, is now available. Serving as de facto members of boards are UC President Janet Napolitano and UNAM Rector José Narro Robles. "Alan Knight is a renowned scholar at the University of Oxford and a professor of Mexican history," Hellier-Tinoco explained. "I was starting my research, which was looking at post-revolutionary era Mexico. That's when I first became aware of it. Andrea Estrada represents the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications .


Paul Wellman CRAFTY: Andy and Barbara Nelson's store has been meeting customers' beads needs for three decades. Run by husband and wife Andy and Barbara Nelson, it was the first establishment of its kind in the county and is now celebrating its 30th successful year. Andy Nelson originally owned a leather shop as his first business, where he dabbled in selling beads as part of leather designs. The Nelsons' commitment to the community is one reason why the shop has prospered. "I think we can attribute our longevity to a few things," Andy said.


Senate Bill 186 would allow community college districts to use their disciplinary process to expel or suspend students for sexual assault and sexual battery. Last year, Jackson was the joint author of Senate Bill 967 with Sen. Kevin de León, known nationally as the "yes means yes" bill. SB 186 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee. Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County. Lisa Gardiner is the communications director for state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson .


Santa Barbara set a new high-temperature mark on Tuesday, and National Weather Service forecasters say more records are possible in the next few days. A reading of 84 degrees was taken at the Santa Barbara Airport on Tuesday afternoon, beating out the record for March 23 of 83 set in 1988. Santa Barbara is forecast to hit 83 on Friday, within striking distance of the record of 85 set in 1988, Seto said. Santa Maria has even a better chance, with a high of 85 forecast compared with the current record of 83 set in 1923.


Camp Conestoga, for underprivileged children, opened in 1947 with the help of the Junior League of Santa Barbara . Check back with Noozhawk daily for additional information about the Junior League of Santa Barbara, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. On April 11, the league will hold its Seventh Annual Gala at the Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club in Montecito. Funds raised at the benefit, sponsored by Tiffany & Co. Click here to purchase tickets to the Junior League's Seventh Annual Gala. Click here to make an online donation .


Buzz Diigo google newsvine reddit technorati Yahoo! Myspace On a trip to the Channel Islands a few months ago, a group of friends from Santa Barbara hatched an idea to scratch their traveling itch: Buy a boat, fix it up, and set out to sea. "Big picture, what we're doing is living out our dreams, but we want to set an example and lend a hand in the remote areas we're headed to along the way," said Ryan Smith while preparing abalone stew in the ship's galley.


Including the grant to LACMA, $443,000 will go to 11 Southern California institutions from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The largest is $200,000 to UCLA and its Chicano Studies Research Center, which will use the money to digitize papers and photographs documenting the social history of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. The aim, according to the NEH's project description, is to use the ancients as a springboard for "discussions about war, comradeship, country, home and family," among other topics.


Were present at Tuesday's council meeting along with their attorney, Barry Cappello. If Samarkand moves out of one district into the district with San Roque and Hidden Valley, that population total will have to be offset somewhere else, perhaps cutting San Roque into multiple districts, he noted. - ‹The City Council is expected to make a final decision at a meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday in the City Hall Council Chambers at 735 Anacapa St. Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at . . Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook .

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