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Solar pioneer Bill Yerkes dies

By   /  Monday, February 10th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Solar pioneer Bill Yerkes dies

John W. “Bill” Yerkes, a Stanford-trained engineer who for decades championed the cause of solar cells for commercial use and was known as the “father of the solar industry,” has died in Santa Barbara.

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Editorial: Ventura County will miss business icon Sam Edwards

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ventura County will miss business icon Sam Edwards

Ventura County certainly would look a lot different today without the extraordinary accomplishments of the late Dr. Samuel Edwards.

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Editorial: Ernie Righetti remembered

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ernie Righetti remembered

Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of longtime Edna Valley agriculturalist Ernie Righetti, a pioneering San Luis Obispo County avocado grower who died this week at age 97.

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Editorial: Remembering a racing and business legend

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Remembering a racing and business legend

Andy Granatelli was long retired from auto racing and from building and then selling his signature STP brand line of motor oils and lubricants. But the Santa Barbara resident, who died Dec. 29 at age 90, will not soon be forgotten.

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Kavli remembered: Physicist employed thousands, gifted millions

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Kavli remembered: Physicist employed thousands, gifted millions

Fred Kavli

Born in Norway, Kavli made his way to the United States after World War II to pursue physics and expand on his lifelong entrepreneurial streak. In the late 1950s, he founded Kavlico Corp., a Moorpark-based maker of advanced sensors for cars and aircraft. He also invested in real estate for more than 50 years.

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Philanthropist Fred Kavli dies at 86

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Nonprofits, Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Philanthropist Fred Kavli dies at 86

Fred Kavli, a Norwegian-born entrepreneur, scientist and philanthropist who created thousands of jobs and gave millions for the study of theoretical physics, died at his home in Santa Barbara on Nov. 21. He founded KavliCo Corp., a Moorpark-based maker of advanced sensors for cars and aircraft. He also invested in real estate for more than 50 years.

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Santa Barbara technology guru Bob Dolan remembered

By   /  Friday, August 16th, 2013  /  Latest news, Technology  /  3 Comments

Bob Dolan, an influential Santa Barbara technologist who co-founded publicly traded CallWave and seeded the landscape with companies and entrepreneurs who have started firms of their own, has died from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 59. Friends, co-workers and family describe Dolan as a child prodigy who became a creative wellspring and prolific generator Read More →

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