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Sonos finds its groove with wireless offering

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

A still from one of Sonos' new TV spots, in which a home is lacquered in gold as one of its speakers streams Isaac Hayes' theme from “Shaft.”

The company’s flurry of developments continued Oct. 14 with the release of a product called Boost, a WiFi amplifier that surpasses the Bridge’s capabilities without the need for wires.

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Tourism may benefit from new sanctuary

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

A bed of algae on the sea floor off the coast of Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research Program)

The proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary could add, at minimum, $23 million dollars per year to the local economy and create almost 600 new jobs.

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Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Dave Hickey of Laetitia Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

The first-annual Bubblyfest will be held amidst brimming interest in sparkling wine.

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Chamber chief has growth plan for Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Glenn Morris, who stepped in to lead the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce this June, inherits the steep climb city officials have faced in galvanizing industry.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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SLO developers expand regional impact

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Real Estate, Subscriber content, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

John Belsher, left, and Ryan Petetit are developers on a fast track. The photo was taken at a NASCAR speedway in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)

San Luis Obispo-based real estate and development firm PB Cos., started in 2011 by partners Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, has gone from a single deal to build a few homes to a collection of projects valued at more than $300 million.

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Spacecraft set to land near Lompoc

By   /  Tuesday, October 14th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Top Stories  /  No Comments

An unmanned space plane resembling a miniature space shuttle is expected to end a nearly two-year classified mission with a not-so-secret landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, perhaps as early as Oct. 14. One of two X-37B robotic space planes in the Air Force fleet, the California landing may be one of the […]

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