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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.

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

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Students and faculty at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School were in mourning Friday after learning about the death of freshman student Carina Velazquez, killed during a traffic incident Thursday night.

A statement from the principal on the school's website Velazquez died late Thursday night as the result of injuries suffered when she was struck by a vehicle. She had been taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries.