A steep bicycle trek to Little Pine in Santa Ynez Valley, California

By Arnie Cooper Special to the Los Angeles Times April 3, 2011 To get up Santa Ynez Valley’s Little Pine Mountain by bike, the 13-mile gain on dusty, gravelly switchbacks is brutal. The payoff? Sweeping views that few people attain. Reporting from the Santa Ynez Valley, Calif.— My first reaction to this assignment was (to sanitize the expression) “Drat! What have I gotten myself...
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Isla Vista County Beaches Closed April 2-3, 2011

Santa Barbara, CA: The Santa Barbara County Parks Department has announced that the beaches at Isla Vista will be closed due to the potential for a “Floatopia” event the weekend of April 2-3, 2011. The closure is being declared to prevent a re-occurrence of the conditions that resulted from the 2009 Floatopia. The Santa Barbara County Code (Section 26-11) authorizes the Parks Department to...
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Search and Rescue & Sheriff’s Copter Delivers Backpackers to Safety

Santa Barbara— On Monday, March 21, 2011 at approximately 11:30 am, Santa Barbara County Emergency Dispatch received a call reporting that two hikers and three dogs had not returned Sunday as expected from a weekend backpacking trip that began in the Nira area. A family member said that a 27-year old woman and a 36-year old male from the San Diego, along with their dogs, had planned on...
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Sunset Valley Road Closed

GOLETA, CA. Los Padres National Forest officials today announced a temporary road closure on the Santa Lucia Ranger District as a result of heavy rainfall, swollen and fast-moving creeks and streams, and significant debris on the road. Until the weather clears and crews are able to safety assess the extent of the damage, the Sunset Valley Road (Forest Road Road 8N09) leading into Davy Brown...
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Couple Caught in Backcountry Escape Via Helicopter — Read Their Blog

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The Wildflowers are Starting to Pop

….. so Let’s Take a Hike! Saturday, March 19, 2011. Midland School is a private high school set on an almost 3,000 acre ranch in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley north of the town of Los Olivos. The Midland School Ranch features a beautiful network of trails abutting the Los Padres National Forest. These trails are open to the public for hiking through a conservation easement. March...
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