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Updated: 200 Acre Fire in Back Country

Montecitio Fire District has opened normally locked gates on Highway 144 as precautionary measure. Read story.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Chainsaw Don Wants Montecito Wildfire Plans

Given the timeliness of Montage's reporting last week and the fire this weekend, we're replaying this story about a Montecito activist calling for more wildfire preparedness. Plus, there are changes in store for the Largura's foothill residence. Read story.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

News-Press Shame Overshadows Party Report

J'Amy reports on the Jerry Roberts fundraiser, the release of IQ by Stephen Murdoch, the art of Jana Zimmer, and the Ebb & Flow of the East-West Gallery. Read story.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Your Village Cheat Sheet

Montecito is one of those places that is well intended but misunderstood. It has more amenities than most cities, but it isn't a city. It has a shopping strip that is not within its official boundaries. And, while it is famous as the home of billionaires, the true majority of its citizens are middle-class folk who bought real estate wisely and rode the Montecito market into their enviable net worth. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mapping the New Miramar

The plans for the new Miramar are unveiled by Rick Caruso to much applause. Plus, the Music Academy is building a new hall, The Arts Fund is giving instruction to school kids, Lily Sanders paints Montecito best, and J'Amy is riding a fancy new red bike. Read story.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Don Miller's Sycamore Canyon Road Crusade

J'Amy reports on one Montecitan's efforts to make the road safer for kids and on the party to toast outgoing Montecito Journal editor Guillaume Doane. Read story.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Caring for Coast Village Road

J'Amy chats with Jan Atkins, Helene Schneider, Brian Barnwell, and Das Williams about what Coast Village Road needs. Plus, she introduces San Ysidro Ranch's new boss and tells what Ty's people have to say about The Biltmore's bad review in the L.A. Times. Read story.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Coast Village Vons to Revamp

J'Amy gets the scoop on the remodeling of the Coast Village Vons, attends a fancy party at the home of Victoria and Carter Hines, and tells you how the Montecito Water District saves water. Read story.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Montage's Weekly Photo Round-Up

In this extra report for the week, J'Amy shows us some of the folks making Montecito go 'round. Read story.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Montecito's Fire Danger

J'Amy tells you how to prepare for the next wildfire, and also reports on Guillaume Doane leaving the Montecito Journal and why you need your own zen peace garden. Read story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Planning Guidelines for Our Village Get New Format

Historically, Montecito has had a penchant for the mine-is-bigger-than-yours bragging rights, and a quick drive around the community will prove that fact. There are enormous estates in Montecito, some going back to the late 1800s, and new colossusi in progress. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Making Sycamore Canyon Better for Pedestrians

J'Amy reports on what happened when Caltrans came to town to discuss making the paths along Sycamore Canyon safer for Cold Spring students and much, much more. Read story.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Colleen Graffy Comes to Town

J'Amy reports on Colleen Graffy's appearance at the Channel City Club, what to expect at the Music Academy's annual May Madness rummage sale, the green Crane School benefit, Dick Thielscher being honored by the county, and more. Read story.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Westmont Gets New Telescope

A powerful 24-inch reflector telescope was gingerly lowered by crane into Westmont College's Carroll Observatory this morning. Read story.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Heal the Ocean Studying Montecito's Shores

Last Friday, after some initial trepidations, the Montecito Sanitary District Board of Directors (shown here leaving their meeting) gave tepid 3-2 approval to collaborating with Heal the Ocean on the environmental group's upcoming study of shallow-water sewer outfall at the end MSD's line. Read story.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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