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SpaceX Falcon 9 Set to Launch Starlink Mission This Morning

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 booster containing 50 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 9:12 a.m. Friday, base officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The Starlink internet satellites will join an existing constellation of Starlink satellites positioned in low Earth orbit to improve SpaceX’s network and broadband signal interface for internet users around the world, according to the company.

The rocket will lift off from Launch Complex-4 at the south base, base officials said, where weather forecasts currently call for mostly sunny skies with north-northwesterly wind speeds of up to 16 mph.

The reusable first-stage booster was designed to separate from the rocket, re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and land on the “Of Course I Still Love You”, an autonomous spaceport drone stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX announced a backup launch opportunity for 8:50 a.m. Saturday.

A live webcast of the mission will begin approximately 15 minutes before liftoff on


Public Health confirms death of Orcutt resident from COVID-19

An Orcutt resident over the age of 70 was added to the long list of Santa Barbara County residents who have died of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The individual was over 70, according to county public health data, and is the 50th Orcutt resident to die of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In total, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has reported 648 deaths from COVID-19. Forty-seven deaths were reported in February alone following a large spike in cases that peaked in January.

Forty-seven residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday, including 11 residents in the intensive care unit, the lowest rates in nearly two months, county data showed.

Public health officials continue to urge all residents age 5 and older to complete their first round of COVID-19 vaccines and receive their booster when eligible to prevent serious illness and death from the virus. .

Residents can find a nearby vaccine by visiting or calling the Santa Barbara County hotline at 211.


The Rotary club opens its 36th annual wine tasting on Sunday

Area wine lovers are invited to stop by the Rotary Club of Lompoc’s 36th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction Event on Sunday to enjoy an afternoon of wine, beer and produce purveyors. local food.

The event, which will feature a variety of tastings from more than 30 local wineries and breweries, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

The cost to attend is a $50 donation which goes to support community projects in Lompoc, with a particular focus on fundraising for the Lompoc Theater Project. Live and silent auctions will also aid in fundraising efforts.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event, as well as at Southside Coffee, Inklings Printing Co., The Book Store, and through members of the Rotary Club of Lompoc or by contacting [email protected] com.


Hancock College and Righetti High will share the stage for Folklorico concerts

Back in Santa Maria, Hancock College’s dance program will present ¡Folklórico! A celebration of Mexican dance culture from March 9-12.

“We’re excited to get back on stage and enjoy something more normal,” said Jesus Solorio, assistant professor and dance program coordinator at Hancock College.

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Ethel Pope Auditorium at Santa Maria High School, 901 S. Broadway St., the concert will feature folk dances from Veracruz, Baja, and others, ending in Jalisco style.

Folklórico from different regions presents varying complexities and outfits, which will be exhibited on all four nights. Performances will also include more contemporary styles, such as jazz and salsa.

“It’s a great way to honor the legacy of many in our community,” Solorio said.

The event is organized in conjunction with the Righetti High School Folk Ballet Club and the Hancock Music Club. Hancock alum Joanna Contreras will make a special appearance performing mariachi vocals.

“Students and families are really excited,” Solorio said. “Righetti has been very good to us and it’s great to see the two communities come together.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on by searching for Santa Maria Folklórico.


Earth Day Poetry Contest Returns to Wildling Museum

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature has opened entries for its annual Earth Day Poetry Contest which this year has the theme “Climate Change: Our Impact”.

Santa Barbara County writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry that interprets the effects of climate change and humanity’s role in the issue.

According to the contest guidelines, the contest aims to honor Earth Day while highlighting the importance of standing up to protect the planet’s dwindling natural resources and combat the threats of climate change.

Former Santa Barbara Poets Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (2015-17) and Chryss Yost (2013-15) will judge the entries.

Writers 17 and under and adult submissions will be judged in separate categories.

The deadline for submitting work for consideration is Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

The first prize for adult poetry is $200; the second prize is $100; and third prize is a family membership to the Wildling Museum.

The first prize for young poets is $100; second prize is $50; and third prize is a family membership to the Wildling Museum.

For competition guidelines, prize details, and youth and adult entry forms, visit


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