January 28, 2022


Santa Maria History

County Strains: Hearth crews extinguish boiler fire at Greka oil facility |


Riverbed Path to near June 1 to 7 for servicing

The Santa Maria Riverbed Path and Tom Urbanske Multipurpose Trail will be shut to the general public from June 1 to 7 for maintenance of the levee slopes, a metropolis spokesman claimed Monday. 

Servicing operate will stop on the June 5 to 6 weekend to lower any impacts to the group, but access factors to the trails will be closed off at all other situations, according to spokesman Mark van de Kamp.

The Tom Urbanske Multipurpose Path, formerly recognized as the Santa Maria Levee Trail, was renamed in 2016 to honor the former educator, town council member and county supervisor acknowledged for his initiatives on numerous nonprofits and commissions to make improvements to the high-quality of existence in North County, van de Kamp reported.

For far more facts, call the Recreation and Parks Section at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.


Fire crews extinguish boiler fireplace at Greka oil facility

A boiler fire at the Greka crude oil processing plant close to Santa Maria was speedily contained soon after fireplace crews responded to the incident Monday. 

The fire broke out shortly following 9 a.m. at the plant in the 1600 block of Sinton Highway, somewhere around 3 miles west of Santa Maria, according to Santa Barbara County Fireplace Capt. Daniel Bertucelli.

Firefighters located the boiler from which flames were reportedly erupting, in accordance to Bertucelli, who extra that the constructing was evacuated. 

Firefighters ended up in a position to close valves that fed gas to the boiler and isolated the blaze, in accordance to Bertucelli. No accidents ended up documented. 

Crews remained on scene soon after the hearth, and an oil and gasoline investigator was operating to decide the lead to of the fireplace, according to Bertucelli. 

Units from both the Santa Barbara County and Santa Maria fire departments responded. 


1 driver arrested, 4 cited at DUI checkpoint on East Most important Road

A single driver was arrested on suspicion of driving underneath the influence and four have been cited for motor vehicle violations at a Santa Maria Law enforcement DUI checkpoint on East Key Road from Friday night time to Saturday early morning. 

The checkpoint was held in the 500 block of East Principal Street between 6 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday. Violations for the 4 drivers who ended up cited integrated driving an unlicensed car or truck or with a suspended/revoked license, according to Michael McGehee, a Santa Maria Law enforcement targeted visitors sergeant. 

A total of 196 cars passed by way of the checkpoint. 

History of crashes and DUI arrests decide Santa Maria Law enforcement checkpoint places, and their primary objective is to not arrest or cite men and women but to market community basic safety by deterring motorists from driving impaired, according to McGehee. 

Funding for the checkpoint was offered by a grant from the California Place of work of Traffic Safety through the Nationwide Highway Website traffic Safety Administration. 

A future Santa Maria DUI/driver’s license checkpoint will be held somewhere else in the town in the coming months, while an actual place wasn’t specified, according to McGehee. 


Helicopters to fly very low for unexpected emergency drill

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported it will function low-traveling helicopters east of Nipomo and in the Huasna region right now and all over again Friday as part of an unexpected emergency preparedness drill.

Helicopters will be traveling reduced all through daylight hours now in planning for the drill and throughout daylight several hours Friday when the real drill normally takes position in Tier 2 and Tier 3 fireplace places, a PG&E spokeswoman reported.

The drill will examination the utility’s preparedness for a community security ability shut-off, when the utility deliberately cuts electrical provider to particular regions when wildfire danger is substantial, notably through periods of strong winds, lower humidity and higher warmth.

The spokeswoman claimed electric company will not be intentionally minimize off during the drill.


Rec and Parks provides yoga hike at Los Flores Ranch in June

Area yoga fanatics are invited to a summer time yoga hike at Los Flores Ranch Park on June 5 hosted by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, a metropolis spokesman explained.

The two-hour action is open up to local community members 10 years and older, and begins 9:30 a.m. in the customer parking whole lot at 6271 Dominion Highway, in accordance to spokesman Mark van de Kamp.

Attendees will get to love the magnificence of Los Flores Ranch all through a average-degree 3-mile hike and yoga session with a qualified instructor.

A $10 preregistration cost is necessary for each individual participant who signs up at cityofsantamaria.org/sign-up. Place is restricted. 

Attendees are advisable to deliver water, sunscreen and a packable yoga mat, van de Kamp reported.

For more details about the action, get hold of the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

A whole record of hikes and other outside routines in Santa Maria is accessible on the office Facebook page at fb.com/losfloresranch