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Santa Barbara County is seeing an alarming increase in new case rates for Covid-19, with active cases up 90% over the previous two weeks. With the current uptick, it is expected that the daily case rates will continue to increase and cause a new wave of infections, according to Santa Barbara…

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The Coalition Against Gun Violence, the city of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Department will host the sixth Anonymous Gun Buyback at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Donors will receive a $100 Smart & Final gift card for each handgun or rif…

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A new fire restriction order has been implemented in Los Padres Forest prohibiting campfires anywhere across the forest. Camp stoves are allowed only within designated campfire use sites. The restriction will be in place until at least Dec. 31, 2021.

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Former Pew Charitable Trusts U.S. oceans project director, Ted Morton, is Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s new executive director, the organization announced this week. Morton joins Channelkeeper at a pivotal time as the organization intensifies its efforts to tackle large-scale environmental i…

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Construction crews will begin paving base layers for the Hwy 101 Northbound lanes and ramps in Carpinteria, ahead of placing reinforced pavement, a two-week construction update from the county announced. 

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With a smartly designed water thrifty pollinator garden, Donna Grubisic of Carpinteria clinched the grand prize of the countywide WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest. The program recognizes beautiful, water-efficient residential gardens throughout Santa Barbara County. 

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Local health plan, CenCal Health, received high ratings across the United States’ Medicaid plans for adolescent immunizations and for adolescent weight assessment, CenCal Health announced on Monday. The results come from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set.

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On July 14, Carpinterians flocked to Canalino Elementary School for a free meal and concert, courtesy of No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that provides all children under the age of 18 free meals throughout the summer. This year, No Kid Hungry served free lunch at dozens of locations …

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On July 8, Governor Gavin Newsom added Santa Barbara County to the list of California counties experiencing a drought and subject to his emergency proclamation initially declared on April 10, 2021. On July 13, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency caused …

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Longtime city employee Kevin Silk has retired after 26 years with the city, having tackled the Thomas Fire, acquisitions of Bluffs 1 and 3 and El Nino rains during his long tenure serving the public. This month, Silk retired from his position as assistant to the city manager. 

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Last week, Carpinteria’s three Rotary Clubs met for a barbeque celebration of their newly elected presidents. The clubs’ outgoing presidents also made appearances, passing down their crowns in a coronation ceremony. Rotary Club of Carpinteria Noontime’s past president, Paul Wright, emceed th…

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Carpinteria Future Farmers of America (FFA) program director Sal Lopez spoke to Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning over Zoom recently, showing how the FFA program teaches its students life skills. 

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On Aug. 11, at its regular meeting, Santa Barbara County’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for the Cresco Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Project. 

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Every Thursday, Trudy Olmstead gets behind the wheel of a Help of Carpinteria van to provide free rides to Carpinteria’s citizens who don’t have any other means of transportation. As a driver of Help, Olmstead offers rides to non-driving citizens to reach their doctor’s visits, DMV appointme…

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria reached 50 years of service this year, now serving over 1,000 youth across the area. The club first began as the Carpinteria Girls Club in 1974, founded by Dorothy Campbell and Sara Ellinwood, with 33 girls.

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Artesanía para la Familia has launched “La Escuelita,” offering a four-week free summer program for students aged eight and older who struggle with academics. The program is sponsored by The Friends of the Carpinteria Library, La Centra Sumerlin Foundation and the Ann Jackson Family. 

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The Carpinteria Library van will hold two stops this Thursday. At the van, patrons can check out items from the van’s collection and sign up for a library card. The first stop will be Canalino Elementary School during the Foodbank’s Picnic at the Park from noon to 2 p.m. Next, the van will h…

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The Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, a branch of the county Public Health Department, was awarded the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Kids’ Plates grant which provided 105 helmets and 32 convertible car seats at no cost to families in need. 

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Adults over 18 on the autism spectrum who are looking for support and to make connections with others on a similar journey are invited to join a virtual support group. The virtual autism spectrum disorder (ASD) young adult support group is facilitated by Grant LaVigna, LMFT, and hosted by th…

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On July 9–11, Carpinterians celebrated the return of major events in Carpinteria with local-favorite, the St. Joseph Church Festival. Carnival goers enjoyed live entertainment, delicious food and heartwarming fun. Children and families of all ages got the chance to ride on the Ferris wheel o…

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A month after the Covid-19 pandemic tier restriction lifted in California, Carpinteria and the state park’s campgrounds remain as busy as ever – visitors to the campground can expect a “campground full” sign greeting them at the entrance, a signal that camping in the area is most definitely …

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Hold onto your avocados folks because Carpinteria’s beloved Avofest is making a return in-person this fall with a “Back to the Roots” theme for its 35th appearance, highlighting the community that makes Carpinteria, well, Carpinteria. 

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of alleged sexual abuse and misconduct at Cate School in Carpinteria, the Sheriff’s Office announced last week. The school serves grades 9th through 12th, and enrolls approximately 270 students. 

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Two additional cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have been found in Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced on Friday. The department was notified by UC Santa Barbara’s laboratory, the press release stated. 

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After participating in dozens of virtual meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Carpinteria City Council is preparing to return to the Council Chamber on Monday, July 12 for its first in-person meeting in over a year. The Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board will also retur…

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On June 28, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an extension of California’s statewide evictions moratorium and an increase in compensation for California’s rent relief program. Assembly Bill 832 extends the current eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, 2021 and ensures that California quickly uses…

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When Santa Barbara High School students Noah and Ramon Wang finished the 2020-21 school year, they knew they wanted to tackle a project over their summer break, something that would be beneficial toward the community, Ramon Wang explained – so they decided to clean it up. 

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At a ceremony held at Lion’s Park, Jon Everett was inaugurated as president of Rotary Club of Carpinteria Noon by Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura. Past president Alec Hardy along with other club members were also in attendance.

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In the wake of a court order, and on request, the County Executive Office is releasing the applications and scoresheets of the teams that competed for five of the six cannabis dispensaries that will be allowed in unincorporated Santa Barbara County. 

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On Saturday, the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History opened its exhibit galleries and held its first marketplace since it was forced to close in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Community members relished in the opportunity to peruse and pick through eclectic goods from over 60 ven…