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Disaster-Relief Volunteers Needed in Montecito

Digging Out of Homes and Trees Continues

Hand crews continue digging out mud-flooded homes and trees in the Montecito disaster area.

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Santa Maria High School Reports Handgun Scare

Police Contact Perpetrator of Social Media Post

Disturbing social media post prompted parents to pull kids from class.

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Steelhead Trout in Santa Ynez Are Getting a $1M Bridge

State Grant Helps Biologists Restore Natural Creek Bed

A state grant will help restore more natural conditions along Quiota Creek.

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Save Money with Amtrak in Santa Barbara

'Santa Barbara Car Free' Coordinates Discounts for Train Travelers

Travelers arriving by train to Santa Barbara can get deals on lodging and attractions.

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Montecito Memorial Takes Shape

Sculptor Anders Johnson Envisions Centerpiece Boulder Circled by 24 Smaller, Bench-Like Boulders

Sculptor Anders Johnson envisions a centerpiece boulder circled by 24 smaller, bench-like boulders.

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Santa Barbara County Officials Release Debris Flow Risk Map

Also Update Evacuation Terminology with Three Levels of Urgency

They also updated their evacuation terminology with three new levels of urgency.

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San Marcos Parents Spar With School District in Wake of Violent Video

Criminal Investigation of Six Minors Could End This Week

At least 16 female students were targeted by “how to kill” post in private chat room.

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Los Padres Firefighter Attends State of the Union Address

David Dahlberg helped rescue dozens during the Whittier Fire.

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Moving Back to Montecito After the Mudslides

Residents Return to Mud and Varying Degrees of Damage

Residents return to mud and varying degrees of damages to their homes and lives.

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Female Students Threatened at San Marcos High School

Parents and Students Demand More Information

Parents and students are demanding more information from the district.

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Montecito's New Bridges to Nowhere

Six Major Spans Damaged; Three Need Replacing

Six major spans have been damaged, and three need to be fully replaced.

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Grassroots Group Steps Up During Disaster Aftermath

S.B. Support Network Offers Immediate Assistance

S.B. Support Network nonprofit has been providing immediate assistance since the Montecito natural disaster.

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Summerland's Becker Well Capping Delayed

Water quality remains poor and there’s bad weather ahead.

Santa Barbara School District Hiring Safety Coordinator

Application window will open this spring

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Montecito Hub Feeds Folks in the Disaster Zone

Village Cheese & Wine StoreProvides for Families, Responders

Village Cheese & Wine Store has been giving out food to families and responders.

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Santa Barbara Middle School Community Eulogizes School Parent David Cantin

Father of 9th Grader Rescued from Montecito Mudslide Remembered at Leadbetter Beach Memorial

The father of the 9th grader rescued from the Montecito mudslide was remembered at a Leadbetter Beach memorial.

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Straight Talk on Montecito Evacuation Reaction and the Flood

Montecito Fire District's Abe Powell Reveals Officials' Anxiety Before Storm and Fearless Response to Mudflow

Montecito Fire Protection District's Abe Powell reveals officials' anxiety before storm and fearless response to mudflow.

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Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster.

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Gearing Up for Getting Out

Putting Together an Emergency Go-Bag for Disaster Readiness

A well-stocked, personal go-bag makes for a proper evacuation.

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First-Person Stories from the Montecito Mudslides

Accounts of Miracles Emerge from the Deluge

Accounts of miracles continue to emerge from the deluge.

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Montecito’s All Saints-by-the-Sea Church Open as Triage, Evacuation Center

[UPDATE] Santa Barbara hotels offer special rates to flood victims and evacuees.

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Carpinteria and Montecito Schools Close After Flood Warnings

Landslides and debris flows move too quickly to evacuate hundreds of students, officials say.

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'Significant Storm' on the Way for Santa Barbara County, Officials Warn

Flooding Expected Monday Night Below Burn Areas

Rainfall in Thomas Fire areas could hit one inch per hour at its peak.

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Thomas Fire Benefit Auction Opens Saturday

Porch Hosts Fundraiser with Donated Artwork

Bidding runs through January on donated artwork with all proceeds going to families affected by the fire.

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Kevin Elliott Is New Los Padres Supervisor

He comes from Sequoia National Forest with four decades of experience.

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Schools Clean Up and Reopen After the Thomas Fire

Campus cleanups are estimated at $260,000.

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Year in Review: Keith Hamm’s Favorite Stories of 2017

News Reporter Keith Hamm Picks a Few of His Favorite Articles from the Past Year

News Reporter Keith Hamm picks a few of his favorite articles from the past year.

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With $165 Million Private Donation, The Nature Conservancy Purchases Cojo Jalama Ranches

‘Conservation Puzzle’ Has ‘Intersection of Interests,’ From Resource Protection to Public Access

The “conservation puzzle” has an “intersection of interests,” from resource protection to public access.

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The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

Beast Still Breathes Despite Saturday’s Epic Firefight in the Montecito Foothills

Insight and analysis on the beast that still breathes despite Saturday’s epic firefight in the Montecito foothills.

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'Worst Day Yet' on the Thomas Fire as Firefight Continues in Montecito

16,000 Ordered Out with Threat Increase to Montecito and Santa Barbara

Big winds early forced the evacuation of 16,000 across Montecito and Santa Barbara.

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Thomas Fire Friday Morning Update: Slow Growth Overnight but Bad Winds on the Way

Forecasted winds arriving tonight will put new fuel breaks to the test above Montecito.

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When Evacuation Orders Go Wrong

Behind the 2:19 a.m. Alert That Freaked Out Santa Barbara County During the Thomas Fire

Behind the 2:19 a.m. alert that freaked out Santa Barbara County during the Thomas Fire

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Closing Schools and Moving Finals Due to Thomas Fire

A Look at Our Education System’s Response to the Wildfire

A look at our education system’s response to the wildfire

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Saturday Morning Brings Greater Containment and Fewer Evacuations Around the Thomas Fire

Some Evacuations Lifted in Carpinteria; Containment Climbs to 15 Percent

Some evacuations have been lifted in Carpinteria; containment is up to 15 percent.

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Evacuations from Carpinteria to Toro Canyon as Thomas Fire Grows to 115,000 Acres

Evacuation Warnings and Orders Clarified at Thursday Evening Press Conference

Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference.

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An In-Depth Look at the Thomas Fire as It Rages Westward

Driven by Strong Winds, Wildfire Races Toward La Conchita as Statewide Resources Respond

Driven by strong winds, the wildfire is racing toward La Conchita as statewide resources respond to the blaze.

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A State Street Pop-Up for Santa Barbara Artisans

Blue Christmas Collective Runs Through December 24

Downtown storefront features handcrafted wares without all the packaging.

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Big Saturday at Surf Happens

Longtime Surf School Celebrates Grand Opening on Santa Claus Lane

Longtime surf school opens a new shop headquarters on Santa Claus Lane.

Uptick in Virtual Kidnapping Extortion Calls Across Santa Barbara

Anonymous callers, often from Mexico-based phones, are targeting the 805.

Santa Barbara Nursing Programs Ranked Among Best in State

City College and Santa Barbara Business College take fourth and fifth.

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Birds of Prey on Display at Mission Rose Garden

Nonprofit Eyes in the Sky Cares for Injured Birds

Injured birds of prey find daily care with Eyes in the Sky.

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Carp Bluffs Campaign Wins Community Partner Award

Land Trust spearheaded ambitious and successful effort.

New Director for School District's English-Learner Program

Maria Larios-Horton comes from Santa Maria.

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The Central Coast Treasures of Avila Beach

One-Stoplight Beach Town Offers a Family-Friendly, Quick Trip

A long weekend in Avila Beach can provide a much-needed reset.

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Welcome to the Jungle

Santa Barbara Filmmaker Morgan Maassen Drops 17 Minutes of Surf Candy

Filmmaker Morgan Maassen goes around the world in 17 minutes.

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End of an Era for Open Alternative School

District Board Votes to Close Beloved K-6 Campus at End of School Year

District board votes to close the beloved K-6 campus at the end of the school year.

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Cojo Jalama Ranch Owner Agrees to Restore Habitat

Reaches Deal with Coastal Commission over Unpermitted Wells, Roads, and Cultural Site Disturbance

Baupost reaches deal with Coastal Commission over unpermitted wells, roads, and cultural site disturbance.

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Superintendent Matsuoka Presents Annual School Status Update

Matsuoka Talks Big Picture, Nuts and Bolts in Yearly Address

Matsuoka talks big picture, and nuts and bolts in his yearly address.

Dyslexia Workshop on November 8

Will focus on technologies that help struggling readers.

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Santa Barbara's School Food Smarts

Cafeteria Cooks Learn New Plant-Based Recipes from Celebrity Chef Eddie Garza

Cafeteria cooks learn new plant-based recipes from celebrity chef Eddie Garza.

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