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Dealing with drought – Tri-Counties feeling its effects

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Dealing with drought – Tri-Counties feeling its effects

It’s not easy being downstream. Much of Southern California relies on water piped from Northern California and the Colorado River. Dry years and a judicial action to protect endangered fish up north are acting as a dam to slow the flow southward, where voluntary water use reductions are touted as a way to stave off Read More →

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Green light to build

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Green light to build

It’s been a rough year for most businesses related to the housing market. However, companies in the “green building” sector have seen sales go up “drastically” and expect demand to climb, according to many such tri-county companies. Seventy-four eco-conscious businesses gathered at the first-ever BuiltGreen Expo and Conference at Santa Barbara City College on June Read More →

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Rise to the top

By   /  Friday, June 13th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Rise to the top

After starting her new job April 1, Marty Robinson said she still is getting used to being Ventura County’s chief executive officer. “I’m still settling in,” said Robinson, the first woman to be appointed Ventura County’s top administrator in its 135-year history. But after spending the previous three decades as a county employee, Robinson, 58, Read More →

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Diesel distress

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Diesel distress

Diesel fuel, once a bargain compared to its refined cousin gasoline, has leapt to more than $5 a gallon in the Tri-Counties, rocking transportation-reliant companies. Local business owners are feeling the pinch, whether they haul their products or pay someone else to do it. For Baroda Farms, it means artichokes with no place to go. Read More →

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Basic Impact

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Basic Impact

Directly and indirectly providing for more than 8,200 jobs, or 4.6 percent of all jobs in the county, the base produced about $1.2 billion in goods and services in 2006, the study estimated. On May 30, the Naval Base Ventura County 2006 Economic Impact Study was set to be released at the Navy, Business and Read More →

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Chilling Effect

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Chilling Effect

An unusually chilly weekend in late April proved devastating for some Santa Barbara County vineyards, with reported losses of thousands of tons of grapes to freezing temperatures.   The Santa Ynez Valley, which is home to many of the county’s largest and most notable vineyards, experienced frost in elevations as high as 1,300 feet – Read More →

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Strawberry Time

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Strawberry Time

What started 25 years ago as a tribute to Ventura County More than 70,000 people are expected at the 25th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival on May 17 and 18 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, where organizers estimate 1.6 million of the bright-red berries will be devoured.

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