Jennifer Best, Santa Maria Times

Jennifer Best

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Past articles by Jennifer:

Lompoc Police Chief Mariani announces Dec. 31 retirement

Lompoc Police Chief Joe Mariani announced his retirement Thursday after seven years of serving the local community. → Read More

Lompoc Council increases stipend; raise is first in 22 years

Lompoc City Council members voted 4-1 Tuesday to double their stipend after 22 years without a raise. → Read More

New fire station could be in the works for downtown Solvang

The city of Solvang may be looking at development of a new, stand-alone fire station downtown within several years. → Read More

Pride parade, event coming to Solvang after City Council vote

Gay pride will come out in Solvang June 25 when the city hosts the first Santa Ynez Valley Pride Event and Parade. → Read More

Solvang to go greener when organic waste disposal program starts Jan. 1

Solvang will go even greener beginning Jan. 1 when the city’s organic waste disposal program begins. → Read More

Lompoc City Council eliminates library fine program, waives existing overdue charges

Lompoc Public Library System patrons blocked from checkout by late fines are now back in business. → Read More

Day of Hope: Two-time cancer survivor Brendalynn Consul, says 'hang in there'

Two-time cancer survivor Brendalynn Consul has a very clear message for cancer and others battling through it. “You have two choices: you can either sit there and cry about it → Read More

A close look at Santa Maria shows a maturing whole

While Macy’s and JC Penney were closing stores across the nation, their stores in Santa Maria continued to expand and upgrade. While home prices have risen throughout the region, Santa → Read More

Lompoc Flower Festival opens Wednesday with food, fun and flowers for all

Why mess with a good thing? It’s a question organizers of the 66th Annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival have embraced as they bring back the popular blend of parade, food → Read More

75th Elks Rodeo has something new, old and something for everyone

Santa Maria’s little cowboy shindig, established 75 years ago as a fun community fundraiser, has grown into a weeks-long series of festivities that culminate in an award-winning, nationally renowned rodeo. → Read More

From Day of Hope volunteer to cancer patient, Mission Hope keeps her going

This time last year, Janna Douma seemed perfectly healthy as she volunteered with the Day of Hope Committee. She drummed up sales teams from her office at Rabobank, and stood → Read More

Day of Hope 2018: Breast cancer survivor Jeri Vogt says education is key

Jeri Vogt isn’t one to talk much about her breast cancer journey. It’s not that she’s embarrassed or ashamed. It’s that she had it so good. → Read More

'It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life'

Jo Ann Costa had dedicated 30 years of her professional career to Marian Regional Medical Center when she finally gave her retirement notice in November 2015. Six days later, a → Read More

'Fake it 'til you make it,' says cancer survivor Karrie Morgan

Karrie Morgan spent plenty of time in the chemotherapy chair for her own treatment, but she was never alone. While she went through treatment for breast cancer, her dad was → Read More

Recognizing 'Fake News': Media literacy forum aims for more educated electorate

In an effort to battle fake news outlets through a more educated electorate, the League of Women Voters of Santa Maria Valley will present a free, public panel discussion on → Read More

Don't miss your chance: An insider's view to cartooning with Leigh Rubin

Leigh Rubin is more than just a punster with a pencil sharpener. The nationally known cartoonist and creator of "Rubes" is also a Nipomo dad and husband, a traveler, a → Read More

Hilton could be Nipomo's first major hotel if plans are approved

Nipomo could become home to its first major hotel if San Luis Obispo County officials approve plans for a proposed development facing the West Tefft Street business corridor. → Read More

Solvang's annual Christmas Tree Burn planned Friday night

The City of Solvang will hold its annual Julefest Christmas Tree Burn Friday, Jan. 5, as scheduled after receiving clearance from the Santa Barbara County fire marshal. The Central Coast’s → Read More

Santa Maria gears up for 2016 Parade of Lights

Parade floats and marching bands, cheerleaders and cyclists, wagon pullers and cart pushers alike will don holiday lights and hit the streets at 5:20 p.m. Dec. 2 for Santa Maria’s → Read More

Local hiking team braves cold, savors life on John Muir Trail

Bethany House had never been backpacking in her life. Kendra Sidorenko doesn’t remember a life without camping. Together, the pair successfully navigated the 211-mile John Muir Trail during one of → Read More