Vandenberg Air Force Base

SpaceX launch pushed back to Wednesday

SpaceX's first launch of the year from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been delayed again to allow for additional time to perform final checkouts of the upgraded payload.

The liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket, as part of the Spanish PAZ mission, was pushed to Wednesday, SpaceX announced Saturday afternoon. The launch had been rescheduled for Saturday morning, then pushed back to Sunday. The new launch window will open at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday.

"The Falcon 9 and payload remain healthy," according to a statement from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The primary mission for the launch is to send the 3,000-pound PAZ satellite into orbit. The satellite was developed by Airbus, a commercial aircraft manufacturer, and HISDESAT, a Spanish government satellite services operator that deals primarily in the areas of defense, security, intelligence and foreign affairs.

PAZ, which is Spanish for “peace,” will carry a radar-imaging payload to collect views of Earth to “address civilian needs with multiple applications,” according to the company's website. It is Spain's first radar satellite.

The satellite is designed for a mission of five and a half years and is set to orbit Earth 15 times per day.

The launch will be the first at the base this year from SpaceX and just the second overall at the base. A Delta IV rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, blasted off from the base on Jan. 12 carrying a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. 

Santa Maria

Police report no violations in 'minor decoy' operation

No violations were reported during a "minor decoy" operation conducted Saturday by the Santa Maria Police Department.

The operation, conducted at locations throughout the city, is designed to reduce youths’ access to alcoholic beverages, Santa Maria Police Sgt. Eligio Lara said.

A volunteer who is under age 21 attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages under the supervision of Police Department undercover officers at seven businesses, and none provided alcohol to the minor. 

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"This operation is considered to be a success because at every establishment, the clerks/servers asked for identification from the minor decoy and no violations were committed," Lara said. 

Funding for the operation was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration via a state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control grant. 

Santa Barbara County

Hartmann to hold local office hours in 3 communities

Third District County Supervisor Joan Hartmann will hold local office hours in three communities — Solvang, Los Alamos and Guadalupe — over two days to hear concerns of residents, students, community leaders and business owners.

On Wednesday, Hartmann will meet with Santa Ynez Valley constituents from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building, 1745 Mission Drive, then will meet Los Alamos area constituents from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Senior Center, 690 Bell St.

She will meet with Guadalupe-area constituents from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Fireside Room at Riverview Townhomes, 220 Calle Cesar Chavez.

Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call Hartmann’s office at 568-2192.

-- Staff Reports