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Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley!

We're about 130 miles north of Los Angeles via Highway 101, or a 40 minute drive from Santa Barbara. Here's an idyllic combination of ranching tradition and blossoming Wine Country - a perfect weekend get-away for Southern Californians.   [more]
"Within every human being there's a God-given ability, and if you find it and nurture it, you'll be able to bless the lives of others."
  - Christian Vuissa, The Letter Writer (movie)
Alfred Holzheu is proprietor of the El Rancho Marketplace, one of the locally-owned fine grocery stores.

Of special note: The El Rancho Deli, the Pizza department, and the Sushi Bar!
Computer Support
IT Consultants, Computer, Networking Support
Wine Tasting
Santa Barbara County Essential Wine Tasting List
From the Old Farmers Almanac
NOAA Tides at Santa Barbara
Ham Radio
Emergency communication services for the Valley
Photo Tour
Selected photos from Valley photographers
AYSO Soccer
SYV UHS Sports
SYV Pirates Athletics
Pony Baseball
Pony Baseball
Girls' Softball
YFL Football
8-13 yr-olds
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My name is David Fields, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles. Since 1908, our non-profit charity has been providing aid to the hungry, homeless and working poor regardless of race, origin, religion or gender in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Our crown jewel is the St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp, founded in 1945, and located on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest across from Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County since 1990 on land we lease from the US Forest Service. On Saturday, July 8, 2017, it was the fourth day of Circle V Ranch Camp’s Session Two Holiday Week, with fun activities and fellowship for 88 campers ranging in age from 7 to 16 coordinated and cared for by 36 staff and counselors on-site —all CPR and First-Aid certified and trained. Circle V Ranch Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association; it’s the only national association that accredits all types of camps, based upon 290 national standards for health and safety.

At approximately 1:40 pm the Camp Director and senior staff saw smoke from the Cachuma Lake area and immediately drove down the 1.5 mile forest road to investigate. First responders at our entrance near Hwy 154 told them to go back and evacuate Circle V. They immediately implemented the emergency evacuation procedures. All 124 people (88 campers and 36 staff) were accounted for and ready to evacuate in staff vehicles as instructed by first responders. As the road became difficult to travel due to the fire, 30 campers and 12 adult staff members were able to make it safely to the evacuation point. The remaining 58 campers and 24 adult staff members were instructed by lead staff to turn around and “shelter in place” and they did so inside the Dining Lodge in the main area of Camp. Camp   [more]

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These Websites are either completely new or newly-revised:

Comware International - Agricultural Applications (Santa Ynez Valley we-support-the-troops organization)
JC Plumbing (Buellton)
Solar Earth, Inc. (Buellton)
Santa Ynez Valley Churches
Social Buzz Tumbler Great Photos in the Valley!
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Santa Barbara Water/Rainfall
See above link for current Lake Cachuma level sensors.
Buellton Chamber of Commerce
Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce
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