Go Blue & Green in 2018

The “Santa Barbara Independent” annual adventure guide to the great outdoors.

Santa Barbara Drone Club Now Meeting

The new group is all about education and connecting pilots.

Mama Luma’s Party-Perfect Dresses

A team of UCSB grads has created a fashion and family shopping stop for little princesses.

Santa Barbara Zoo Now a Certified Autism Center

Young visitors can retreat to new quite zones and rent "sensory backpacks" with squeeze toys, noise-canceling headphones

Dr. Richard L. Miller on the Potentials and Pitfalls of Psychedelics

Are they a shortcut to enlightenment and mutant healing powers?

Oh, Say, Can You C-Word?

Starshine weighs in on the Samantha Bee and Ivanka Trump controversy.

Going Vegetarian Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

Do something for the environment — go vegetarian! Read story.

PATH Holds Home Tour Fundraiser

Proceeds benefit program to move the homeless into permanent homes. Read story.

Velo Wings Awards Honor Women Cyclists

Women recognized for contributions to community through biking. Read story.

Goleta to Close Its Monarch Butterfly Groves

Dead and dying trees endanger public and butterfly habitat. Read story.

Vicente Fox Addresses Cannabis Industry

Calls Trump Tweets 'crazy'; Wine & Weed Symposium coming up. Read story.

Southern California Is Losing Its Clouds

New study reveals a significant decline since the 1970s.


Sweet cat needs a quiet home

Where to Watch the World Cup

How to have fun watching soccer in Santa Barbara even without Team USA

Santa Barbara’s Adobe Construction History

How mud came to be the cornerstone of early construction in California.

Electric Bikes Let You Zoom Uphill

I cackled with disbelief as I zoomed up the steep Flora Vista Drive at a blistering 17 miles an hour. Read story.

Palo Alto Goes Upscale

The Clement Hotel offers a delicious and delightful room-and-board experience. Read story.

Talk Reveals Lone Woman of San Nicolas May Not Have Been Alone

Research by historian Susan Morris locates records of contemporaneous visits to the island. Read story.

A Cub in a Tree Means Mom's in the Bush

Black bears climb to avoid people, and cubs are sent up trees by their mother. Read story.

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