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Keith Hamm

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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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Behind the Wheel with Driving2Save

New Website Promotes Safety and Savings

New website helps drivers save money and commute safely.

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Shear Talent: Salgados Open The Barber Shop

Sibling Team Cuts and Styles Men and Women

Downtown space provides cuts and shaves, plus the Victorian Salon.

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Santa Barbara Schools on #MeToo Track for Sexual Assault Awareness

Report Uptick in 'Genetalia Grabbing'

There's been a reported uptick in "genetalia grabbing."

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Anacapa Island's Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed

Demoic acid at unsafe levels.

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Allan Hancock Joining with SBCC's College Promise

Launching program to provide one year of free schooling.

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Skate Legend Ray Barbee Joins The Mattson 2

Trio Plays Tribute to John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Trio plays tribute to John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme.'

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Congressman Salud Carbajal and Senator Kamala Harris Introduce Central Coast Heritage Act

Seeks wilderness designation for 250,000 acres of public land.

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Survey Flight Detects Lingering Whittier Fire Hotspots

But they don't pose a risk to nearby communities, district ranger says.

School Board Stops Interdistrict Transfers

Vote comes in response to shift to basic-aid funding.

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Supporters Rally for Open Alternative School

Dropping Enrollment Threatens to Close the Small K-6 Campus

Dropping enrollment threatens to close the small K-6 campus.

Santa Barbara Realtor Jailed on Attempted Murder

Barret Murphy found incoherent in the middle of East Valley Road after allegedly raping a woman.

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Kids Helping Kids, at Home and Abroad

Economics Educator Honored for Teaching Charity

San Marcos High School econ teacher honored at 10th-anniversary party.

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Santa Barbara Youth Sports Follow New Concussion Safety Rules

Team Coaches and Doctors Tackle Ways to Prevent Head Injuries

Santa Barbara coaches and doctors tackle ways to prevent head injuries in all youth sports.

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La Paloma Ranch Sues Over Sherpa Fire

Civil Suit Filed in the Aftermath

A civil suit has been filed in the aftermath of the 2016 blaze.

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Santa Barbara County Bans Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Neighborhoods

Two Years of Heated Debate Come to a Head with the Decision

Two years of heated debate finally came to a head with the decision.

Fire Evacuates Trout Club

The small brushfire that prompted evacuation orders for residents of the Trout Club is under control.

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Multiple Brush Fires Break Out in Lompoc Area

UPDATE: The fire is 441 acres with 60 percent containment.

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District Considers Closing Open Alternative School

Matsuoka cites declining enrollment and potential change in inter-district transfer policy.

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Toro Canyon's Hay Hill Further Protected

The vast majority of the 88-acre property will remain untouched.

Vacation Rentals Going Before County Board

The public meeting is scheduled for October 3rd.

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TEDx Returns to New Vic

Veterans Day Event Discusses Returning Soldiers, Human Trafficking, and More

Returning soldiers and human trafficking are among the topics at this year’s event.

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Carrizo Plain Safe from Interior Secretary Zinke?

Leaked Memo Suggests National Monument Off List of Targets

A leaked memo suggests the national monument is off his list of targets.

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Fighting Wildfires Breaches $2 Billion

Statewide Figures Reveal Most Expensive Season on Record

The statewide figures reveal the most expensive season on record.

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Domoic Health Advisories Lifted

Statewide annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels remains in effect.

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Matsuoka Stands Behind DACA Students

The Santa Barbara Unified superintendent calls for equity.

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Teen Injured by Microburst 'Doing Much Better'

Alyssa Nuño's cousin reports she'll soon receive facial reconstruction surgery.

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Lands Commission Approves Becker Well Environmental Impact Statement

Work to cap the leaking oil wellhead may start this winter.

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Homework Help

Central Library Program Expands to Eastside and Carpinteria

The downtown library program has expanded to Carpinteria and the Eastside.

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Smokejumpers Mop Up Potato Fire on Santa Cruz Island

A lightning strike started the small blaze.

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The Funk Zone's Freshest Mural

Painter Brett Hammond Contributes to Alleyway Art

Painter Brett Hammond contributes to alleyway art.

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In Photos: Fallen Firefighter Gary Helming Remembered

The Los Padres National Forest battalion chief died in a car crash while returning from a wildfire.

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Santa Barbara Filmmaker Drops New Edit

Morgan Maassen Specializes in Waterborne Footage

Morgan Maassen specializes in waterborne footage.

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Teen Severely Injured by Santa Barbara Microburst

Sunday's Storm Capsizes Boats, Downs Trees, and Rips Roofing

Sunday's storm also capsized boats, downed trees, and ripped roofing.