Los Padres National Forest officials reduced the Soberanes Fire closure order to the burn area, effectively reopening the southern portion of the Monterey Ranger District to the public.
Called into the line of duty - 29 recruits from the Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy graduated Thursday morning and will be joining law enforcement agencies across the Central Coast. We caught up with two of the nine graduates who are headed to the Santa Maria Police Department and can't wait to become a part of the community.
Santa Barbara police have arrested 21-year-old Isaac Vincent Vega of Montecito in connection with a hit-and-run crash on December 2 that left a Santa Barbara City College student fighting for his life.
Demetria Gilbert Pope went into mother-mode early Thursday afternoon and encouraged a small group of homeless people at Ortega Park to clean the facilities.