Buellton

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

The Santa Ynez Valley community gathered in Solvang this week to discuss traffic issues in the area. Concerns were voiced that various throughways in the area are becoming more congested, and in some cases, unsafe. Santa Barbara County officials have launched a study aimed at improving local roadways.

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire

Caltrans closed northbound lanes of Highway 101 due to a fast-moving brush fire that broke out around 3 p.m. on Monday.

Playing With Food: Picking blueberries

Jul 1, 2019
Fr. Ian Delinger

It’s berry season! The rain is gone; the sun is out; the berries are poppin’. Time to put on the elbow-length leather gloves and wade into the brambles, right? Not quite. 

Clean-up efforts were underway Friday as crews worked to contain hundred of gallons of red diesel fuel in Buellton.

Santa Barbara County Fire says nine 55 gallon drums were abandoned on an unregistered trailer at the corner of Kendale Road and Odense Street. One of those drums had leaked its entire contents into a nearby storm drain. The other eight drums are said to be "somewhat compromised."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the diesel may have been stolen from an agricultural or industrial user.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The Santa Ynez Valley soccer coach accused of having sex with a teenage girl is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Santa Maria Superior Court.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced child molestation charges against 42-year-old Buellton resident Jose Diaz on Tuesday.

Investigators say the crimes happened last year between August and November.

Diaz had been a coach with the local American Youth Soccer Organization girl's league for nearly two decades.