About Santa Ynez Valley News
The Santa Ynez Valley News has become a community institution after serving its readers and advertisers for nearly 90 years. Our staff members remain dedicated to publishing the best possible community newspapers each week.
Owner, editor, and publisher Oscar "O.L." Powell introduced the Valley News to the Santa Ynez Valley on Dec. 11, 1925, although it wasn't the Valley's first newspaper.
The Santa Ynez Argus, published by a Mr. King and a Mr. Merrill, was the Valley's first newspaper in 1895. Others also came and went, including the Santa Ynez Valley Sentinel and the Santa Ynez Valley Press.
At first, the Valley News was printed on the Lompoc Record's press. With the help of Marcus Nielsen, on Feb. 19, 1926, the issue was first printed in Solvang.