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On The Ranch
Nancy Crawford-Hall on the proposed sports complex on Santa Rosa Road, spring grass and cattle ranching, and the sovereign land of the Chumash.

Supervisor Brooks Firestone Defines the Board’s Limits
Vocal citizens and citizen groups addressed the Board. Supervisor Firestone responds and offers advice on how to make your voice heard effectively.

Letters to the Editor

It’s Just My Opinion
Harris Sherline discusses Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal of mandated healthcare insurance. Will it work?

Blazing Trails
Justin Marshall takes a water tour on Lake Cachuma and meets with our national bird

4-H Report
The 4H drama team won the gold award on the county presentation day at Earl Warren, and Taylor Carty is there!

Plane Talk
Robert Perry takes us on a tour of the Santa Ynez Valley from the air

The Buellton Buzz
Kyle Abello at the celebration of 15 years since Buellton was born as a city.

Look Right, Drive Left to Ireland’s O’Brien Country
Bill O'Brien explores the Irish countryside in search of his roots

Wine Tasting with Micah Elconin
Painting the Palette at Artiste Winery and Tasting Studio

Criminal Masterminds of the Month
Fiendish masterminds conspire to corrupt a peace officer and steal water to extinguish their blazing car.

Police Blotter

City of Buellton Looks Into Annexing Santa Rosa Road Properties

Tribe Seals the Deal for Royal Scandanavian Inn
The Royal Scandinavian Inn has officially been purchased by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

A World Without America
Harris Sherline imagines what a world without America would look like

Best Seller Lists and featured arrivals at the Book Loft by Kathy Mullins

Santa Ynez Valley Dining Guide
Wining and dining in the Valley

Earthquake Preparedness

Valley Event Highlights

Scene in the Valley
Santa Ines Mission rededication and the Tour of California provide interest and excitement in February.

Music Notes
Ian Bernard, has parlayed talent and energy into a long and varied career

Your Valley, Your News!

Vol. 5 Issue 3

How Well is Gambling Managed in Santa Barbara County?

Every other November we get together to elect representatives who we hope will balance competing interests with the wisdom of Solomon, and protect us from predatory practices. The competing interests of the Chumash, who have a legal right and desire to have a world class casino and resort in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, and the rest of the community, who don’t mind the economic benefits but for the most part hope to preserve the sleepy, rural character of the Valley, are mutually incompatible. Compromises must be made—neither side can have everything they want. The tension between the rights of the sovereign nation in our midst and the desires of the ordinary citizens of the Valley has waxed and waned, as has consciousness of the costs and benefits of the Casino.

Sports Complex Proposed in Buellton

12 to 16 Sports Field Complex is Proposed Along Santa Rosa Road

A 12 to 16 field sports complex is being proposed along Santa Rosa Road about seven tenths of a mile west of Ave of Flags in Buellton. The plan includes snack stands, bathroom facilities and a parking lot large enough to accommodate up to 400 vehicles at a time. The fields will range from soccer, baseball and football fields...



Pat Murphy on the Thoroughbred farms that have long lent prestige and significance to the Santa Ynez Valley

Thoroughbred Excellence Our Thoroughbred farms have long lent prestige and significance to the Santa Ynez Valley. Their names are well recognized in the Thoroughbred industry of America because of the excellence of their horses, their participation in major sales, and the accomplishments of our local breeding farms. ...

Valley People

Sam and Shawnda, At Home in Paradise

When Sam Marmorstein talks about the Santa Ynez Valley, the word that bubbles to the surface most often is “paradise.” The journey that brought this successful Valley restaurateur and wine maker home to Los Olivos started in the Bronx and meandered through several changes of job, city and family. ...