Presidential Nuptials

By Richard Mineards   |   May 30, 2023

President Ronald Reagan’s school principal granddaughter Ashley, 40, married her police officer beau, Joe Dunster, 44, in an intimate ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel before a reception at the nearby Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara.

During the reception, the newlyweds were surrounded by photos of America’s 40th president and memorabilia, which included a Jeep with the ‘Gipper’ license plates.

It was an all-family affair, with the duties of best man carried out by the groom’s son, Colt, 7, and the bride’s brother, Cameron, as groomsman.

Ashley and Cameron are the only grandchildren of President Reagan. Their father Michael, who I used to meet on occasion at the Fox News studios in Los Angeles, is the former statesman’s oldest son.

New Film on the ‘Horizon’

Carpinteria actor Kevin Costner compares his upcoming movie Horizon to his signature Oscar-winning motion picture Dancing with Wolves.

In a new Instagram post, Costner, 68, shared a shot of a director’s chair bearing the name of the project which he’s starring in and directing alongside Robert Legato.

“I never felt this way about a movie since we were making Dancing with Wolves,” he said, referring to his 1990 classic.

Costner headlines an ensemble cast of 170 characters in Horizon, which documents the American West amid expansion before and after the
Civil War.

The project, which also star Sienna Miller, Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson, and Sam Worthington, is his first directorial job in two decades.

His last time at the helm was the 2003 Western drama Open Range.

Celebration of Life and Expenditures

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and lying in state in September cost the U.K. taxpayer nearly $200 million, according to the country’s treasury.

After the long-reigning monarch’s death, the country entered ten days of national mourning, which concluded with her state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey.

During that time the sovereign’s coffin lay at rest at Edinburgh Cathedral in Scotland before being moved to London’s Westminster Hall where an estimated 250,000 people queued for hours to pay their respects during the lying-in-state.

The Home Office, which has responsibility for policing and national security, accounted for a major slice of the total, with costs of around $91.5 million.

Worth every penny…

A Solid Foundation

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has awarded college scholarships totaling nearly $7.2 million to 1,864 county students for the 2023-24 academic year.

Of the $7,190,758 awarded this year, $3,523,780 will help support students in north county communities, and $3,666,478 will assist students in south county locales.

Scholarships can be used for college, graduate, and vocational studies, including law and medical school.

“The foundation remains an invaluable resource for young people and their families in our community,” says Mary Dwyer, interim president.

The organization has awarded more than $140 million to more than 60,000 students since its founding in 1962.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle noshing at Sushi Bar Montecito with actress Cameron Diaz and her husband Benji Madden… Former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs getting her hair done at Halo and Horns on CVR…Former Happy Days actor Anson Williams tying the knot with Sharon McHarry at a private residence in Ojai.

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