Archive » February 7, 2007

Also Inside This Issue

Letters to the Editor

Ernie's World
Ernie Witham's Valentines Day travails.

Plane Talk
Captain Bob Perry interviews Shy and Clyde Bourgeois at the Santa Ynez Airport

Santa Ynez 4-H Report
Taylor Carty reports on stage fright and becoming a better public speaker

Airport Authority Meeting
Robert Perry reports on the February 2007 Airport Authority Meeting

Scene In the Valley
Melissa Rugge checks out the social whirl in the Valley

Ray Nevis warms up at La Quinta Resort and Club

Police Blotter
Journal Staff reports on the activities of our Valley guardians

Bits & Pieces
Ann Blumenthal reports on Criminal Masterminds of the Month and hints for peaceful coexistance with our local mountain lions

I.R.W.M.P. - Blessing or Curse?
Ann Blumenthal discusses the Santa Barbara Countywide Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

AMGEN Tour Gala Fundraiser
The public is invited to a fundraising party on February 23rd, the day the AMGEN race comes through our Valley

Buellton Buzz
Kyle Abello gives Journal readers the scoop on Buellton happenings

Eye on Art
Ann Blumenthal finds some treasures at the local Artist's Coop

Are You Ready for February?
Kathy Mullins reviews and reports on books well suited to February's special days

Music Notes

The Race Is On!

Vol. 5 Issue 2

Amgen 2007 Tour of California
Discovering the Discovery Team

The Discovery Teamís Jason McCarty, Tony Cruz and Brian Vandburg appear confident and geared up for the Tour of California. This will be Jasonís 3rd year with the Discovery Team, Tonyís 6th year and Brianís 1st year. The cyclists become part of the team by receiving an invitation, which according to Tony is becoming tougher with each year. The sport of cycling has become more popular and more competitive. This yearís team currently consists of approximately 30 riders. Although they have not competed in the Tour de France yet, they have participated in many races in several countries. Becoming a member of the Discovery team is not only difficult, but is an honor and a major accomplishment.

Armstrong Interview

Lance Armstrong Spends a Few Moments with the Journal

Santa Ynez - Lance Armstrong may have ended his competitive career, but he is still training with his old team and making them struggle to keep up. Heading up Figueroa Mountain on a recent training ride, at one point he was a full minute ahead of the rest of the...

Night Sky in the Valley

Exclusively Online: Take advantage of our dark winter nights to enjoy some of the best views in the Galaxy.

Winterís crisp clear air and the Valleyís dark skies make stargazing especially satisfying this time of year, but bundle up because the best viewing nights are also the coldest. Venus is brilliant in the western sky in the southwest towards Lompoc early in the evening and Saturn is high overhead....

On the Ranch


Change is a large part of life, something many people do not acknowledge. Alas, change has come quickly to the new Valley Journal in that our editor has chosen to pursue other ventures. We wish her all the best. ...

Valley People

A Passionate Patriot Calls the Valley Home

Muffy Deats says of her husband Paul, "Sometimes I feel like I married an intelligent Forest Gump, he has been in the middle of so many events of historical significance." Born in Kentucky in 1919, Paul Deats was orphaned at 11 and raised by his grandmother until she passed away...



Back in the hills, on private Valley estates, one glimpses large open spaces sprinkled with horse jumps. This is the giveaway that the residents have caught that irresistible bug. The thrill of soaring high over jumps on the back of a sleek and powerful animal is not...