Residents of the Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) will soon experience some changes to their local water supply. The chemical used to treat the water will switch from chlorine to chloramine to match what's already used in neighboring Santa Maria.
The reason: starting in July, Nipomo is expected to throw the switch on its new water project bringing in water from Santa Maria.
NCSD Manager Michael LeBrun said there will be a noticeable, positive change in odor and taste.
The abused baby coyote rescued last summer in Santa Maria is now living back in the wild. It was released Sunday after months of recuperation.
The pup was found by a plumber in an alleyway back in late July according the Animal Rescue Team in Solvang. Electrical cord was wrapped tightly around the animal's neck and arms and it's believed the coyote was tortured with an electrical shock.
It underwent surgery in August to fix a fractured and infected jaw.
Culminating a week of violence and arrests, Righetti High School students were released from classes early on Friday as Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials felt rumors—the subject of which have not been disclosed—were causing too much of a distraction.
Santa Maria Police are looking for a man they believe kidnapped and molested a girl this past Sunday night.
Investigators say the man took the girl from a common area at the apartment complex where she lived and escorted her to nearby Sanchez Elementary School where the lewd acts then took place. School was not in session at the time.
Sergeant Daniel Rios says the department has released the route, day and time that this crime occurred with hopes of generating more leads.
A virus that is deadly for dogs is becoming a growing problem in the Santa Maria area this October.
Stacy Silva with Santa Barbara County Animal Services says the parvovirus often peaks in the fall, but this year's outbreak seems to be larger and more widespread. Dogs infected with the virus are showing up throughout the Santa Maria valley from the far north end at Priesker Park to the southern reaches in Orcutt.