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The Boys & Girls Clubs Coastal Area Council which serves following four counties, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Kern, held their 8th Annual Pacific Region Youth Of The Year competition today at Cabrillo Arts Pavilion here in Santa Barbara. This program promotes and celebrates Club members' services to Club, community and family; academic performance; life goals, poise and public speaking ability.


Three men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a teenage girl and forcing her into prostitution in San Diego. According to the Ventura Police Department, three Fresno men -- 21-year-old Brian Lewis, 20-year-old Rasheed Howard and 18-year-old Dashawn Jackson -- were arrested in Ventura and booked into jail on felony human trafficking and conspiracy charges.


A ferry from the mainland rides at anchor in Prisoners Harbor while its passengers explore Santa Cruz Island. Come for the day or stay and camp.


The Boys & Girls Clubs Coastal Area Council - which serves Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties - held its eighth annual Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition on Thursday at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion in Santa Barbara. The program promotes and celebrates club members' services to club, community and family; academic performance; life goals, poise and public speaking ability.


In fits and starts, the inevitable widening of Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara is proceeding at a steady pace. The latest sign of progress on the project is the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments' approval for building HOV lanes in the Linden Avenue to Casitas Pass Road portion of the project.


Are you ready for a Channel League with Santa Barbara High, San Marcos, Dos Pueblos, Lompoc, Cabrillo and Santa Ynez and without Ventura and Buena? Or, Laguna Blanca and Providence competing for league titles against Bishop Diego, Cate, La Reina, Grace Brethren, Foothill Tech, Santa Clara, Villanova or Thacher. Those were just a few of the configurations that were approved by high school athletic directors and principals at Thursday's releaguing meeting for the CIF Northern Area at Oxnard High.


Here are a few more pix of the quiet riot of colors we saw on Monday's short Santa Paula flight. I like how the overcast brings a different color palette than a crisp clear sky like today's.


The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop on flooding risks on the Puente Power Project on Tuesday, March 28, at the Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, starting at 11 a.m. The proposal filed by NRG Oxnard Energy Center LLC in 2015 has been met with opposition from residents, lawmakers and environmental and social advocacy groups. Conversely, numerous people have also supported the new construction.


At the far end of Ventura Avenue - after you've passed a slew of Mexican restaurants and mercados and the Bell Arts Factory and thrift shops and various tiendas - the road begins to curve and you feel as if you've entered into a scene from one of my favorite movies of the past couple of decades - There Will Be Blood . The industrial rural scenery continues and then a rather bland, beige building appears unexpectedly.


Soltys will share his cybersecurity expertise with an audience of professional engineers. $30, includes lunch.


SBCC aerospace engineering student Jeffrey Sorenson was recently awarded the E-Week Scholarship for Engineering, one of 10 college students in the combined counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura to receive the award. The scholarships of $1,000 for each recipient were awarded at the 43rd annual E-Weeks Awards Banquet in at Cal State University Channel Islands in February.


"My body, my choice!" chants echoed outside Cottage Hospital on Saturday afternoon, when mothers, babies, husbands, and midwives gathered to protest the hospital's ban. The ban, established in 2003, prevents women from being offered vaginal birth assistance after having a C-section.


I feel like I'm not there visiting with the person -- he or she is more interested in what is going on with the phone. Thanks for letting me sound off.


Amid the turmoil of November's election results, it was easy to overlook passage of the Measure O sales tax increase for the city of Ventura. The Business Times took some heat for endorsing Measure O, which clearly struck a chord with voters who rejected a countywide transportation tax measure.


The two females depicted in the above surveillance photographs are suspects in numerous check fraud cases within the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ventura, and Oxnard. According to statements provided by the victims, the females are approaching bank customers and asking for their assistance in cashing a check on their behalf.


Early morning on a Thursday, my wife proudly displayed something called the Bird of Paradise, a yoga pose that filled me with dread. With arms locked under her pelvis and leg stretched toward heaven, she espoused the benefits of making a mockery of human anatomy, and at the same time proudly bragged about the smoothie she had had after her class.


In July 1980, 15-year-old Stacy Knappenberger was found inside her Oxnard home fatally beaten and stabbed. Thomas Young, former Oxnard resident, was arrested for her murder 32 years later in 2012 in Alabama and then convicted in February 2015.

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