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Keith Hamm

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Body of Los Angeles Firefighter Found in Montecito Mountains

Captain Wayne Habell Reported Missing on August 13

Captain Wayne Habell had been reported missing on August 13.

Natural Disaster Federal Loan Update

Low-Interest Rates for Santa Barbara Residents, Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low rates.

Coastal Commission Rejects Limiting Short-Term Rentals

Commissioners Favor Affordable Coastal Lodging 

Commissioners favor affordable coastal lodging. 

Phone Scams Spike Countywide

Callers Posing as IRS Agents, Homeland Security   

Callers are claiming to be IRS and Homeland Security agents.

Los Padres Forest Officials Ban Unpermitted Campfires

Ongoing Fire Season Prompts Caution

Wildfire conditions prompt caution. 

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'Clear the Shelters' on August 18

Santa Barbara Joins Nationwide Pet Adoption Drive

Santa Barbara joins nationwide pet adoption drive.

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Coastal Commission Looks to State Lands for Hollister Ranch Options

Commissioners to Explore Avenues for Public Access

Commissioners are exploring all avenues for public access.

County Services Transitioning Away from Montecito Disaster Center

Post-1/9 Support Still Available at

Post-1/9 support will still be available at

New Coast Guard Cutter Named After Fallen Officer

Terrell Horne III Murdered off Santa Cruz Island in 2012

Terrell Horne III was murdered near Santa Cruz Island in 2012.

Montecito Canyons May Get Ring Nets

Nonprofit Seeks Approval and Funding Before This Winter

A nonprofit is seeking approval and funding before winter arrives.

Fiesta Head Count, Overtime

SBPD Made 20 Felony Arrests

Santa Barbara Police Department made 20 felony arrests.

Coastal Commission to Review Santa Barbara Short-Term Rentals

August 10 Hearing Addresses County Ordinance

August 10 hearing will address county ordinance 

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Thomas Fire No Longer Number One

Mendocino Complex Fire Now Biggest in Modern State History

The Mendocino Complex fire is now the biggest in modern state history. 

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Let It Flow: Honoring Builder and Artist Bill Adkins

Retired Contractor Stays Creativity On-Point with “Junk Art”

Retired contractor keeps his creativity flowing by making art from junk.

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Long Live Legoland

Castle Hotel Feels Like a Collab Between Lego Engineers, Medieval Times, and Minecraft

The Castle Hotel feels like a collaboration between Lego engineers, Medieval Times, and Minecraft.

Resurrected OAS Effort Fails at School Board

Petition for New Open Alternative School Called 'Half-Baked'

A petition to establish a new Open Alternative School was called 'half-baked.'

City Offers Unlimited Street Parking During Fiesta Parade

Time Limits Suspended on Friday

Time limits will be suspended on Friday to accommodate spectators.

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Steep Fines for Fiesta Cruiser Run Lawbreakers

Police Department Reminds Participants to Ride Safely

The police department reminds participants to ride safely.

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Trail Alliance Enters Hollister Ranch Lawsuit

Nonprofits Team Up to Scrutinize Public-Access Settlement

A group of nonprofits have teamed up to legally scrutinize the public-access settlement.

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Living in the Line of Wildfire

Info on Defensible Space from Montecito Firefighters

Fire code and defensible space go hand-in-hand with homebuilding.

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Causes Released for North County Fires

Cruces and Windmill Fires Burned 200 Acres Combined

The Cruces and Windmill fires burned about 200 acres combined.

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Red Flag Warning Issued

Meteorologists Predict Hot, Dry Conditions

Meteorologists are predicting hot, dry conditions Tuesday through Thursday.

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Santa Barbara Unified Spends $1M on Mental Health Services

Program Puts Therapists on Every Campus

New program will put at least one therapist on each campus.

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Will Hollister Ranch Access Deal Hold Up Under Public Scrutiny?

Commissioners with State Agency May Reconsider Beach Access Settlement with Santa Barbara County Gated Community

State commissioners are taking a closer look at settlement over beach access to Santa Barbara County gated community.

Los Padres Officials Ban Campfires, Firearm Discharge

Temporary Measures Enacted During Peak Fire Season

Temporary measures are enacted during peak fire season.

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20 Questions with Architect Tom Meaney, AIA

A Love of Fine Art Informs Home Design

His love of fine art informs his custom-home designs.

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Environmentalists Step Up as Hollister Ranch Access Goes to Coastal Commission 

Big Turnout Expected at July 13 Meeting in Santa Cruz 

A big turnout is expected at July 13 hearing in Santa Cruz.

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Holiday Fire Burns 20 Structures Overnight, Crews Prepare for Another Hot, Windy Day

County Declares Local Emergency, Fire 5 Percent Contained, 60 to 80 Acres Blackened

Firefighters have achieved 5 percent containment, and the brushfire has burned between 60 and 80 acres.

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Slower Ships Save Money, Whales

Tankers Incentivized to Slow Down in Santa Barbara Channel

Program pays tankers to slow down in the Santa Barbara Channel.

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Free Fishing Day for California 

No License Required on July 7  

Sport anglers can fish without a license on July 7. 

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Sheriff Warns of Mail Scam

Extortion Scheme Targets 'High-Profile' Professionals

Extortion scheme targets 'high-profile' professionals. 

Presbyterian Church Camp Faces Sherpa Fire Lawsuits

Two More Complaints Filed Last Week

Cal Fire and two ranches are suing for damages.

Channel Islands Superintendent Retires

Russell Galipeau Served 40 Years with National Park Service

Russell Galipeau worked for the National Park Service for 40 years.

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Hollister Ranch Dustup Heading to Coastal Commission

Public-Access Deal Under Heavy Fire

Hundreds say the settlement doesn't provide enough access; meeting set for July 13.

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Custom Cabinetry with Starbuck Minikin

Downtown cabinetmaker true to his early passions

Charlie Starbuck bought Bill Minikin’s downtown shop in 1978.

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Santa Barbara School Board Race Heats Up

Three Contenders Will Compete for Two Seats 

New contender Mark Alvarado faces two candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party. 

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What’s Up with Santa Barbara’s Front-Country Trails?

Why Popular Routes Remain Closed; Plus, Hiking News from Ojai

Why popular routes remain closed; plus, hiking news from Ojai.

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Santa Barbara County Fire Begins 'Defensible Space' Inspections

Property Owners Required to Maintain Wildfire Buffers

Property owners are required to maintain wildfire buffer zones. 

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Checking In with Assistant Project Manager Rudy Raygoza

Builder Reflects on Post-Disaster Montecito

A Santa Barbara–born builder reflects on post-disaster Montecito.

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Montecito FEMA Map Released

Flood map discussion to be held Thursday evening.

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Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Earns Statewide Award

Disaster-Recovery Volunteer Nonprofit Nominated by Sen. Jackson

The volunteer nonprofit was nominated by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson for its recovery work in Montecito.

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Judge Seals Documents in Principal’s Lawsuit Against School District

San Marcos High School’s Ed Behrens Suing for Reinstatement

San Marcos High School Principal Ed Behrens is suing for his job back in the fallout of cyber threats made by students.

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County Fields Restoration Plan for Hammond’s Meadow

Chumash Attend Public Meeting on Sacred Site

A group of Chumash descendents attended a public meeting on the sacred site.

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Trio Stops the Show at Board of Education

More Than a Dozen Appeal to District to Keep Music Programs

More than a dozen appeal to Santa Barbara Unified School District to maintain music classes and programs.

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San Marcos Principal Files Suit Against Santa Barbara Unified School District

Behrens Charges Emotional and Physical Distress in Demotion

Ed Behrens charges emotional and physical distress due to demotion.

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Hollister Ranch Settles with State to Provide Limited Public Access

A Stretch of Beach to Be Accessible by Sea Only

A beach at Cuarto Canyon will be accessible by sea, and educational programs will expand.

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School Safety Focus of Ongoing Workshops

Santa Barbara Unified Rolls Out Task Force

Santa Barbara Unified will host parent meetings for next several months.

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Coastal Commission Has Concerns with Gaviota Coast Plan

State Authority Wants More Oversight of Ranching, Farming

Gaviota stakeholders claim the state authority is overreaching.

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Landscape Architecture: Coursing Through His Veins

Leland Walmsley’s Design Roots Date Back a Century

Many traditions of Leland Walmsley’s designs date back to his grandmother’s exclusive installations.

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Coastal Commission Denies County Ban on Short-Term Rentals

Commission Encourages Affordable Coastal Lodging

The commission supports affordable lodging along the coast.