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San Buenaventura’s 150th anniversary deserves celebration

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on San Buenaventura’s 150th anniversary deserves celebration

You might say that the modern history of Ventura County began 150 years ago with the founding of the City of San Buenaventura. In April of 1866, Ventura was an emerging commercial center built around the mission. Cattle ranching was the biggest industry and the discovery of the prolific Ventura Avenue oil field was still Read More →

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Santa Barbara County OKs ExxonMobil’s emergency permit to truck oil

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County OKs ExxonMobil’s emergency permit to truck oil

The county of Santa Barbara has approved ExxonMobil’s emergency permit to truck oil. Exxon plans to transport 425,000 barrels of oil currently sitting in two tanks at its Las Flores Canyon storage facility to destinations up to 140 miles north on Highway 101. Trucking to empty the tanks is expected to take three to six Read More →

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Tri-county oil producers considering exit strategies

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, middle, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tri-county oil producers considering exit strategies

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North Santa Barbara County great location for spinout tech

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on North Santa Barbara County great location for spinout tech

  The Third District Supervisor race in Santa Barbara County caught our eye recently when the topic of finding new homes for UC Santa Barbara spinout technology companies came up. Bruce Porter, a West Point alum and stockbroker, has suggested a more comprehensive effort to link UCSB technology startups to communities in north Santa Barbara Read More →

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Los Olivos wine appellation gains American Viticultural Area designation

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Los Olivos wine appellation gains American Viticultural Area designation

Federal officials have given final approval for a new American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County: the 22,820-acre Los Olivos District in the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine appellation has won recognition as a locale with distinctive climate, geology, soils and topographical features affecting the character of its wines. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Read More →

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Tri-Counties has new appeal for biotech startups

By   /  Friday, January 8th, 2016  /  Central Coast Health Watch, East Ventura County, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Tri-Counties has new appeal for biotech startups

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Santa Barbara County wine industry worth $1.7 billion in 2013

By   /  Thursday, January 7th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County wine industry worth $1.7 billion in 2013

The Santa Barbara County wine industry had around a $1.7 billion economic impact in 2013, according to a recent study commissioned by the Santa Barbara Vintners Association. Spending a weekend afternoon in downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone or driving through the Santa Ynez foothills demonstrate the industry’s growth and wine’s popularity. Yet, St. Helena-based Stonehenge Read More →

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