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News editor Tyler Hayden started at The Santa Barbara Independent as an intern in the spring of 2009 while studying English and editing at UCSB. He was hired as an associate editor that fall and became the newsroom majordomo soon after. Since then, he's spent his days editing and writing stories, wrangling interns, and helping manage independent.com.
Tyler regularly contributes to a number of Santa Barbara and national news organizations, and he and the Independent's other writers have received multiple awards from Editor & Publisher, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, most recently for their coverage of the 2014 Isla Vista murders and the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill.
Many Laborers Forced to Work Without Face Masks; Westside Immigrant Residents Unaware of Warnings
Many laborers have been forced to work without face masks, and Westside immigrant residents were unaware of warnings.
Evacuation Orders Continue to Move Westward for Area North of Highway 192
Evacuation orders continue to move westward for the area north of Highway 192, east of Buena Vista Road.
Evacuation Warnings and Orders Clarified at Thursday Evening Press Conference
Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference.
Santa Barbara County and Los Padres Firefighters Have Full Containment
Santa Barbara County and Los Padres firefighters have full containment of the brush fires.
The county’s Reserve Medical Corps is now distributing free face masks.
Thomas Fire threatens Carpinteria and shrouds South Coast in smoke.
7,700 Homes Evacuated; More Than 150 Buildings Destroyed
Over 7,700 homes have been evacuated and more than 150 buildings have been destroyed in Ventura County fire.
Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, 18, was last seen November 22.
Latest Find Part of Massive and Mysterious Cecil B. DeMille Film Set
The latest find is part of the massive and mysterious Cecil B. DeMille film set from 1923.
John Darwin McCurdy, 73, was previously convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter in 1994.