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Keith Hamm

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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.

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San Marcos Video Threat Lands in Juvenile Court

New Details Emerge About Boys Who Threatened Girls

New details have emerged about a handful of chat-room boys connected to threats of violence against fellow female students.

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The Welder and the Zookeeper Unite

Elephant Iron’s Quarter Century of Custom Design and Fabrication

Elephant Iron has produced high-end design and fabrication for more than 25 years.

Westmont College Receives $2 Million Donation

Anonymous Donor Helps 'Student Success' Programming

The anonymous windfall will help open the Center for Student Success.

San Marcos High School’s Ed Behrens Honored

School Parents Recognize Embattled Principal with 'Ed Behrens Distinguished Royal Award'

A newly created award recognizes the embattled principal’s years of dedication.

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Peabody Stadium Landscaping Slightly Over Budget

School Board Approves $77,000 Overrun

The school board approved paying the $77,000 overrun with contingency funds.

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Big Nature on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve

The Nature Conservancy Moves Forward with Management Plan

The Nature Conservancy is three months into a comprehensive approach to managing the 24,000-acre property.

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Beach Day with a Bear

Pregnant Female Black Bear Safety Tranquilized at Miramar

Game wardens safely tranquilized the pregnant black bear behind homes along Miramar Beach

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Santa Barbara Region Remains in 'Severe' Drought Despite Significant Rainfall

Downtown Santa Barbara Rain Total Is 58 Percent of Normal

Last week’s storm dropped six inches in Romero Canyon but overall rain levels are low.

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Santa Barbara High School Principal Shifts to District Position

John Becchio Leaves SBHS After Seven Years

John Becchio leaves SBHS after seven years for HR job starting July 1.

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Contingent of San Marcos Parents Call for Recall of Boardmembers

Hundreds Angered by Board Vote to Remove Principal

A board vote to remove principal Ed Behrens has angered hundreds of parents.

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Gaviota Coast Matriarch Passes Away

Singer Elizabeth Hvolboll Held a Trove of Refugio Region Memories

Singer Elizabeth Hvolboll held a trove of Refugio region memories.

Lice Killers of the Modern Age

Lice Clinics of America Has the Cure

Parents, relax: Lice Clinics of America has the cure.

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Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

Public-Safety Officials Issue Pre-Evacuation Advisory

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.

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Jack Johnson Tours Montecito Disaster Area Ahead of Benefit Concert

UCSB-Educated Singer/Songwriter Digs with the Bucket Brigade

Jack and Kim Johnson met with S.B. Bucket Brigade leaders to see the destruction firsthand.

KEYT Reporter Honored for Disaster Coverage

State Assembly Dubs Tracy Lehr 'Woman of the Year'

In a ceremony in Sacramento, Tracy Lehr was named 'Woman of the Year.'

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Free ‘Nature Therapy’ at Cachuma Lake

County Waives Day-Use Fee March 24, 31

Residents impacted by natural disasters can visit without paying day-use fee.

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The Bucket Brigade Conquers Grief and Destruction

An All-Volunteer Band of Neighbors and Strangers Dig Together to Reclaim Montecito

The Bucket Brigade is an all-volunteer band of neighbors and strangers digging together to reclaim Montecito and conquer grief and destruction.

An Info Center Opens in Montecito

Answers to Questions and Resources Made Available

Answers to questions and resources are available.

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School District Demotes San Marcos High School Principal

Ed Behrens’ Supporters Say He’s The Scapegoat for District Incompetence

Ed Behrens’ supporters say he’s the scapegoat for incompetence at higher levels.

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Thousands of Students Across Santa Barbara County March Against Gun Violence

Nationwide #ENOUGH Walkout Urges Congressional Action

The nationwide #ENOUGH classroom walkout hopes to spark legislative action.

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San Marcos High School Lockdown Triggered by False Alarm

During lunch today, deputies responded to a report of ‘shots heard.’

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County Sets Up Free Exchange for Debris Flow Boulders, Sediment

Program Aims to Keep Usable Material from Landfill

The newly launched program aims to prevent usable material from entering landfill.

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Recent Court Ruling Bodes Well for Sea Otters

Judge Upholds Federal Decision to Not Trap and Transport

Commercial fishermen fear decision will impact their livelihoods.

Disaster Recovery Information Center Opens in Montecito

Various Agencies to Provide Ongoing Assistance to Public

The staffed location on Coast Village Circle will be open six days a week.

San Marcos Parents Rally Behind Embattled Principal

Ed Behrens Reportedly Demoted in Wake of Violent Student Video

Ed Behren’s supporters say he’s the scapegoat for district mistakes in response to cyber threats.

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Santa Barbara Unified School District's Safety Plans Are Under Fire

Boardmembers Want Better Prep Against Active Shooters

Members of the board of education want greater attention paid to active-shooter situations.

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Summerland's Becker Well Capped

State Lands Commission Properly Abandons Leaky Wellhead

The $1.4-million project has been in the works for three years.

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Ready to Evacuate (Again)?

Pre-Evacuation Advisory Warnings Elevated to Recommended Evacuation Warnings

Pre-evacuation advisory warnings were elevated to recommended evacuation warnings.

Firearm Scare at Carpinteria Middle School Leads to Arrest

Male Student, 13, Charged With Making Criminal Threats

Suspect has been charged with making criminal threats and booked into Juvenile Hall.

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Property-Tax Funding Plummets for Montecito Schools

After Disaster, Cold Spring and Montecito Union Face Substantial Losses

The 1/9 Debris Flow impact on school funding could mean teacher layoffs.

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UCSB Sees Record Number of Freshman Applicants

Numbers of Prospective Students Up 12%

The number of prospective students is up 12 percent over last year.

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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.