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On the Ranch with Nancy Crawford-Hall
Read what Nancy has to say about Ca. Indian Gaming, Alternative Fuels and Immigration issues.

Commentary
By Andy Caldwell (COLAB)

Political Opinion from the Right
English as the Official Language

Political Opinion from the Left
English as the Official Language

Hoof Beats with Pat Murphy
Horseshoe crosswalks and more!

Plane Talk
Fire Attack Helicopters Flock to Santa Ynez Airport

Your Business is Our Business
One Local Non-Profit Builds Bridges in the Global Community

Golf with Ray
Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach

It's Just My Opinion
Harris' Profile of a Valley Leader

Your Letters
Community Letters

Book Reviews
Harry Potter Party, Book Signing with Ryan Claytor, Summer Reading and More

Police Blotter
Local Incidents and Crimes

Vol. 5 Issue 14

Valley Celebrates Independence Day

The Solvang 4th of July parade commenced at 11am on Wednesday as crowds gathered to cheer dozens of clubs, organizations and businesses that followed the parade route from Mission Drive to 4th Street and onto Copenhagen Drive. This year’s theme was a salute to the now-disbanded Solvang Fire Department, whose volunteer firefighters were honored by dozens of fire trucks from fire stations in the surrounding area. However, The Fire Fighters were called out to tend to the Zaca Fire near Los Olivos at the start of the festivities.

  • By Leanne Elliot Cooper and Linda Valle of Valle Photography
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New Study Proposal that Could Expand Federal Control Over Some 300,000 Acres

Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Stirs Concerns

A new study proposal that could expand federal control over some 300,000 acres in Los Angeles and south Ventura Counties has stirred concern among property rights associations, but lawmakers warn that the study does not guarantee any land acquisition....

News in Brief

Book Loft to Host Elephant Eater Comic Book Signing Tour

Author Ryan Claytor will be holding his “And Then One Day” autobiographical comic book signing from 2 - 4 p.m. July 15 at the Book Loft in Solvang. “And Then One Day” is a compilation of a six book series that include stories about Claytor’s journey into grad school,...

Valley People: Meet Michele Mancuso

Chef Mixes Food and Charity for Saucy Summer Nights

You see him waiting tables most nights at Grappolo’s: the blue button-down shirt, spiky black hair, compulsory double kiss, and a “Ciao Bella!” that reminds us time and again why Italians own romance in spades. What most don’t know is that this particular Italian, Michele Mancuso (pronounced Mey-kay-lay),...

Scene in the Valley

Firestone’s Host Night of Wine and Song

Kate and Brook’s Firestone opened their home on Friday evening, June 29th to a Santa Barbara Choral Society fundraiser to benefit the choir’s second trip to Italy. After wine and hors d’oeuvres under the backyard’s sprawling oaks, almost four hundred people packed into the Pole Barn for a full...