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An alert neighbor helped foil a break-in at a Montecito business early Tuesday, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. At about 2:40 a.m., officers responded to an optometry office on the 1100 block of Coast Village Road, police spokesman Anthony Wagner told Noozhawk. They found damaged doors and other evidence that someone had tried to …

A majority of Orcutt Union School District board members favor waiting until after winter break for students to return to campuses, acknowledging that the topic sparks strong emotions among teachers, students and parents. During a special study session Tuesday night, board members debated the various challenges and benefits of returning students to campus for some in-person learning amid the …

Posted on August 19, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. August 19, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. Using technology correctly and efficiently will pay off with your child’s education. (Green Shoot Media photo) Students today are at an advantage over students in the past. They have technology and the world’s largest storage of data at their fingertips. Using …

Technology, WiFi connectivity and access to devices are among the biggest challenges facing the Santa Barbara Unified School District as it transitions to remote education during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Todd Ryckman, chief educational technology officer for the district, said it is working quickly to help students learn from home, but some barriers remain.  “Our main …

By Veronica V. Sandoval for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians | February 14, 2020 | 3:53 p.m. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation is accepting grant applications for its Technology in Schools Program, which is aimed at helping Santa Barbara County schools upgrade the curriculum in their classrooms and boost their high-tech …

By Katherine Leitzell for California Sea Grant | December 27, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. If you’re a beach-goer, you know California beaches can be very different places from day to day, season to season, and year to year. Migratory species come and go. The water rises and falls. And tides and storms move sand in …

A mental health treatment program that some people say is much needed in Santa Barbara County might open in the Lompoc Champion Center building, according to a proposal unveiled Wednesday night at a community meeting. The Lompoc Valley Medical Center board of directors held the meeting to provide information about a proposal for California-based Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. to operate …

By Amanda Conroy for Mental Wellness Center | July 4, 2019 | 2:07 p.m. Mental Wellness Center Arts Festival is July 13 at De La Guerra Plaza. (Allen Schiller) The Mental Wellness Center (MWC) will host its 25th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival at De La Guerra Plaza, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, honoring the work …