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Emergencies underscore need for peaker plant

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Emergencies underscore need for peaker plant

The California Coastal Commission hearing for Southern California Edison Co.’s Oxnard peaker power plant project is planned for Aug. 6. A peaker kicks in with extra electricity when demand exceeds the supply and the commission should give serious consideration to approving this needed project. In an area with relatively slow and steady economic growth, this Read More →

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Independent moves up in media industry

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Independent moves up in media industry

Two years ago this month, the journalistic eyes of California turned to the South Coast where the Santa Barbara News-Press melted like an ice cream cone in the summer sun. Top editors quit or were fired. Reporters and columnists fled the News-Press as if the building was on fire. Some reporters wore tape over their Read More →

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Caution required to fix the mortgage mess

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Caution required to fix the mortgage mess

It’s time to be wary about how the U.S. government is charging to the rescue to stem a collapse in confidence in the wake of IndyMac’s seizure and the crises at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The yellow light is flashing and storm warnings are up.   U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has asked for Read More →

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City taxes rear their heads again

By   /  Sunday, July 13th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on City taxes rear their heads again

Times could get even more taxing in the coming months as some South Coast communities mull over new taxes.   In an abrupt move, the Goleta City Council on July 1 backed away from plans to place a city sales tax measure on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure could have derailed Read More →

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First responders are worthy of our praise

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on First responders are worthy of our praise

It’s hard to say whether residents of the Tri-Counties will ever take wildfires and other disasters in stride.   Nothing quite resembles being forced to evacuate a canyon home and leave most belongings behind. Some residents simply refuse to leave. But those trying to help – the first responders – have dedicated their lives to Read More →

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Lead-free bullet maker on target

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Lead-free bullet maker on target

Some companies have stepped up to the mark to address an environmental issue that seriously affects the California condor. Forty-four biologists, researchers and other scientists have signed a “statement of scientific agreement” that the weight of research that condors are poisoned by ingesting lead fragments from the carcasses of wild animals felled by bullets is Read More →

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Enjoy the summer and savor the arts

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Enjoy the summer and savor the arts

 With summer firmly upon us, we are quite fortunate so many entertaining activities are available to us in the Tri-Counties – indoors and out.    The Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles gets under way July 23. Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days are just around the corner with this year’s opening day set for July 30. Read More →

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