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Keith Hamm

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Makeover for a Midtown Casita

Retired Nurse Invests Equity to ‘Get it Done!’

Retired nurse invests equity to “get it done!”

Montecito Water District to Replace Meters

$3M Project Upgrades to Smart Meters

The $3-million project gives smart meters to 4,600 customers.

San Marcos High to Host Candidate Forum

October 18 Event Organized by the Associated Student Body 

The October 18 event is organized by the Associated Student Body.

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School District Closes In on Armory Purchase

Board Vote Set for October 23

Board members are schedule to vote on October 23.

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School District Re-ups Alleged 'Illegal' Contract

Opponents of Just Communities Training Outnumbered by Supporters

Opponents of Just Communities training workshops were widely outnumbered by supporters.

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Lords of the Rings: Will Steel Nets Save Montecito?

Well-Funded Nonprofit Seeks Emergency Permits to Block Debris Flows

A well-funded nonprofit is seeking emergency permits to block debris flows.

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School District Poised to Purchase National Guard Armory

Price for Landmark Building on 4.7 Acres Set at $11.6M

The price for the landmark building on 4.7 acres is $11.6 million.

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Woodworking Artisans of Santa Barbara

Architectural Millwork Approaching 50 Years in Business

Architectural Millwork approaching 50 years in business.

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San Marcos High School Chat Room Participant Convicted

Criminal Threat Reduced to Misdemeanor

Felony criminal threat charge reduced to misdemeanor.

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Hollister Ranch Access Legislation Fails at Governor's Desk

AB 2534 Sought to Implement 'Outdated' Access Program

AB 2534 sought to implement an 'outdated' access program, Gov. Brown said.

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Smooth Paddling for Cameron Benson

The Friendship Paddle Raises $180K+

The Friendship Paddle raises $180,000-plus.

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Just Communities Refutes Racism Charges in Schools

Anonymous Parent Group Threatens Lawsuit

An anonymous parent group has threatened to sue.

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20 Questions with Alida Aldrich

Landscape Designer Talks Business and Inspiration

Landscape designer talks about launching her business and finding inspiration.

Car-Crash Fatalities Spike Outside Lompoc

CHP Cites Speeding and Distracted Driving

CHP cites speeding and distracted driving.

Montecito Groups Honor Victims, First Responders

Plaque Installed at Corner Green Park

Bronze plaque installed at Corner Green park.

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Ring Nets Proposed for Unstable Montecito Canyons

Waterways Are Still Loaded with Rock and Loose Soil

The waterways are still loaded with rock and loose soil.

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Master Lensman: Architectural Photographer Jim Bartsch

Brooks Grad Carved Niche Shooting Homes, Hotels

The Brooks graduate found a niche shooting homes and hotels.

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Reps. Carbajal, Bacon Take Bipartisan Tour  

Republican Don Bacon Visits 24th Congressional District 

Republican Don Bacon visited the 24th Congressional District. 

Wildfire Bill Aims for Prescribed Burns, Better Planning

SB 1260 Drafted in Wake of State's Most Destructive Fire Season 

SB 1260 was drafted in the wake of California's worst fire season. 

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La Casa de Maria Closing for Rebuild

Interfaith Retreat Recovering from 1/9 Debris Flow

The interfaith retreat is recovering from 1/9 Debris Flow. 

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Montecito Recovery Center Remains Open

Mental Wellness Nonprofit Secures Lease 

Mental wellness nonprofit secures month-to-month lease.

Human Remains Remain Unidentified

DNA Sent to State Database

DNA samples have been sent to state database.

County to Rework Short-Term Rental Rules

Regulations Need Coastal Commission Approval

New regulations would need Coastal Commission approval.

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Fish for Free on September 1

No Need for a License, Other Regs Still Apply

A license is not required but other regulations still apply. 

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Outside Party Intervenes in Hollister Ranch Access Case

Coastal Trails Group Allowed to Argue Against Settlement

Judge Colleen Sterne allows a trail group to argue against existing settlement agreement.

State Account Proposed to Fund Coastal Access

Assemblymember Limón Responds to Public Concern

Assemblymember Limón responds to public concern.

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Judge Allows Coastal Trail Group to Enter Hollister Ranch Case

Nonprofit Coalition Arguing for Overland Access to Beach

A nonprofit coalition will argue for overland access to Cuarta Beach.

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Search and Rescue Recounts Recovery of L.A. County Firefighter

Captain Wayne Habell Took His Own Life in Montecito

Captain Wayne Habell took his own life near Hot Springs trail.

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An Artist’s Eye: Steve Hanson Landscaping

UCSB Fine Arts Grad Gets His Hands Dirty

A UCSB fine-arts graduate get his hands dirty.

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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 Campfires

Ongoing Fire Season Prompts Caution

Wildfire conditions prompt caution. 

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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.

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'Clear the Shelters' on August 18

Santa Barbara Joins Nationwide Pet Adoption Drive

Santa Barbara joins nationwide pet adoption drive.

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.