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Tentative Contract Agreement Reached for Santa Maria High School Teachers

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District reached a tentative agreement with the Faculty Association today on a new contract.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson released this statement: "We are happy to announce that we have a tentative agreement with the Faculty Association. We are pleased that we had the opportunity to discuss important issues in our district and to address those issues. We look forward to re-directing all of our energy to important business of educating our young people."

Yesterday teachers from high schools throughout the area rallied to show support for their negotiating team.

They said new changes proposed by the school district would take away their voices and limit their input.

Neither side would discuss the details about what exactly was being negotiated, but teachers say they haven't seen a raise in six years.

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SM Airport Main Hangar To Get Facelift

Its an effort to breathe new life into one of the oldest parts of the Santa Maria Airport.

Airport managers want to restore the historic face of the airport.

The main hangar at the Santa Maria Airport was built by the old Army Air Corps during World War II in the early 1940?s.

The Airport District Board is considering how to restore the old hangar.

"Over the years its kind of come into a state of a little bit of disrepair", says Santa Maria Airport General Manager Chris Hastert, "but we look to do a major project, a facelift, ultimately we look to spend a little over a million dollars on that project."

The main hangar was also the original terminal building for the Santa Maria Airport.

New service from Santa Maria airport to major hubs in the West remains a top priority in a competitive national marketplace that has fewer planes in the air.

Santa Maria Police Search for Shooting Suspects

Santa Maria Police need the public's help in finding suspects involved in a shooting.

It happened at about 10:30pm Wednesday night along the 1000 block of East Chapel Street near Armstrong Park.

Police say when they responded to a 911 call for help they found a 29 year old man with gunshot wounds near his vehicle in the street.

The unidentified man was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center where he is expected to recover.

So far no arrests have been made.

If you have any information about the shooting call the Santa Maria Police Department at (805) 928-3781.

Santa Maria Police Search for Shooting Suspects

County Econ Meeting Brings Business, Community Together

Santa Barbara County business leaders and community members gathered at the Granada Theater Thursday for the 33rd annual UCSB Economic Summit.

More than 900 people from all different backgrounds and areas of Santa Barbara County spent the morning listening to experts in the field of economics. UC Santa Barbara's Peter Rupert put the report together and addressed the crowd.

"I say the recession is over," Rupert said. "Our employment is now higher than it was in 2007 when the recession started, incomes are up, home sales are up, home prices are up. So over all it's a pretty robust recovery."

A panel of economic experts also took a look at the job market and possibilities for future success in the county. Most believe the next few years are brimming with economic developments that will have a positive impact.

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Man Injured In Santa Maria Shooting

Police in Santa Maria are looking for a suspect who shot and injured a 29-year old man late Wednesday night. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. near Armstrong Park in the 1000 block of East Chapel Street.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the injured victim next to his vehicle. The Santa Maria resident was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. He current condition in unknown, but police say he is expected to survive.

The identity of the suspect is unknown after fleeing the scene in an unidentified vehicle before police arrived. An investigation is now in progress and police are asking the public for any help in identifying the suspect. A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Dog Killed In Santa Maria Housefire

A fire in a Santa Maria house on Wednesday afternoon killed one dog and injured another.

The fire broke just after Noon on the first floor of the family residence near the corner of Alvin Aveune and Curreyer Street. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house and called 911.

Once fire crews from the Santa Maria Fire Department arrived, they were able to put the fire out within 30 minutes.

The occupants of the house were not inside at the time of the fire, but four pets were. A dog was killed from smoke inhalation, while another pet was injured and is now being treated at Animal Control.

No injuries were reported and an exact cause has yet to be determined. Initial damages is estimated at $75,000 for the structure and $25,000 for the contents inside.

The house has been listed as uninhabitable and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Dog Killed In Santa Maria Housefire

Data Released on Pesticide Use Near Schools Raises Questions

A new state report shows more than a million California students attend schools near farms where pesticides are used, now the data is raising questions about the safety of students around those schools.

The group Pesticide Action Network released a statement saying ?The numbers are compelling and deserve attention. Even in small amounts, pesticides can have profound impacts on children?s health and intelligence. They point to a larger need to dramatically reduce the use of hazardous pesticides and create better protections for the state?s schoolchildren."

Ventura, Monteray, and Santa Barbara County Students are on a top 10 list of schools with the most pesticides applied nearby.

The report does not measure if students have been exposed to or harmed from pesticide use. Santa Maria Joint Unified School District says parents shouldn?t be alarmed.