Among the changes are separate sections for two of our faster-growing categories: Business, which is sponsored by Pacifica Commercial Realty, and iSociety, which is sponsored by Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.
Alice Chein of Alice Chein Design spearheaded the modifications, and we’re exploring some customizable versions that are pretty cool, too.
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Many thanks to my friend, Eva Turenchalk, who helped me understand Pinterest’s finer points. Eva’s not just a brilliant land-use planner, she’s also quite the pin-up queen. And very patient.
The truly bizarre case of Dr. Andrew Bourne, a respected Mammoth Lakes surgeon and school board member who was charged with a friend in a Santa Barbara child-sex investigation, took an equally bizarre turn Jan. 24 when he was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Bourne, 46, and Joseph Walker, 48, both of Mammoth Lakes, were arrested Jan. 4 by Santa Barbara police on suspicion of illegally contacting a minor for sexual activity. They pleaded not guilty and were released on bail Jan. 10.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said Walker may face additional charges in the case, which allegedly involves a now-16-year-old Santa Barbara girl whose family was friends with both men.
Dr. Julio Diaz pleaded not guilty Jan. 23 to 12 federal counts of overprescribing prescription drugs. The 63-year-old Santa Barbara physician was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents Jan. 4 after a lengthy investigation of his practice and prescribing habits.
If convicted, Diaz faces a total sentence of 300 years — 20 years for each of seven counts of distribution, and 40 years for each of four distribution counts to people younger than age 21.
The six-week investigative series, which appeared in the fall of 2011, was the result of a partnership with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, which awarded Noozhawk a California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship to undertake this important work.
With the ongoing vacuum of leadership in Sacramento, more and more local jurisdictions are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to creative ways to finance certain projects and services. The Santa Barbara Unified School District has become particularly adept at the bond and parcel tax process, which at least ensures local control over often vital initiatives.
On Jan. 24, Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli reported that SBUSD trustees have agreed to a June ballot measure that would impose a $54-per-parcel tax, beginning in July 2013 when parcel tax Measures H and I expire. If voters approve the measure by a two-thirds margin, the money will be used for math, science, technology, music, arts, foreign language and theater programs.
On Jan. 23, Rachael Steidl was the brightest star shining at the milestone anniversary celebration of ParentClick.com, the parents-resource Web site she founded in 2002. Rachael’s site has seen phenomenal growth over the last 10 years and Noozhawk is proud to be a partner of hers on a number of different initiatives. She’s a good friend and I admire her entrepreneurial drive, determination and enthusiasm. In fact, it’s fair to say that Noozhawk wouldn’t be here without having Rachael’s example — and her advice — to follow. Thanks, Rachael!
This isn’t actually a Noozhawk story, of course, but many of you know we’re a partner of The Charger Account, the online-only student news publication at Dos Pueblos High. The budding journalists have done a fantastic job adapting to the digital world, which has provided them with more opportunities to report, write and gain experience.
Another exciting aspect of their Web work is the collaboration, and Noozhawk’s three reporters — Lara Cooper, Alex Kacik and Giana Magnoli — got to see it firsthand this week. We try to visit the campus newsroom on a weekly basis to help faculty adviser Bill Woodard coach and mentor the troops. On Jan. 25, our staff was there to talk about covering live news events, which turned into a discussion about how the team would be reporting on the school’s monthly staff meeting the next day. Homework has been hotly debated on campus and school administrators and teachers were going to be discussing the results of the 2012 Comprehensive Homework Survey, which gathered opinions from 743 students, 183 parents and 73 teachers on the subject.
Lara, Alex and Giana came away impressed at how organized The Charger Account team was and I think you will be, too, when you read the story. Four students covered the staff meeting and Charger Account staff writers Emma Craine and Harry Menear wrote the story. Dual bylines are difficult to pull off among professional journalists so we can appreciate the challenge less-experienced teen reporters have.
We’re proud to be partners with The Charger Account and I encourage you to sign up to receive the free daily e-Bulletin, which actually beats Noozhawk’s by a couple of hours. Click here to subscribe.
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