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Santa Barbara Hits Its Seventh Year of Drought

With little left in Cachuma and less precipitation forecasted, things aren't looking up. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Study Counts Fracked Wells’ Proximity to Private Water Wells

Analysis by UCSB researchers Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone furthers 2016 EPA study on public water wells. Read story.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Coastal Protection? Nature Does It Best

With fiercer storms and growing challenges from climate change, California can get help from nature’s coastal systems. Read story.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Brown Boobies Nesting off Santa Barbara Island

It’s the first record of the seabirds multiplying on the Channel Islands. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ExxonMobil Applies to Truck Crude Oil from Las Flores

Hopes to restart offshore platforms; Plains All American applies to rebuild broken pipe responsible for Refugio Oil Spill. Read story.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gaviota Fuel Break Faces Legal Challenge

Wildfire prep plans encounter Refugio manzanita protectors. Read story.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gaviota Plan Stamped, Signed, and Delivered

Compromise reached after seven years and 130 meetings. Read story.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gaviota Plan Coalescing

Advisory document includes homes, trails, fracking, incentive plans for ranchers and residents. Read story.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

S.B. Channelkeeper Creates Naples Reef Dive Map

Interactive guide opens protected underwater park to scuba divers. Read story.

Originally published 10:48 a.m., July 11, 2016
Updated 9:25 a.m., July 12, 2016

County Denies Naples Ownership Transfer

To the delight of enviros, Matt Osgood's bid goes nowhere. Read story.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Naples Development Back on the Table?

Matt Osgood asks county to approve $44.5 million ownership transfer. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

'Mythical Being' Wants Naples

Chinese-American investor David Liu eying prized Gaviota property. Read story.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UCSB Scientists Study Oceans Choked with Plastic

Eight million tons of waste enters the water every year. Read story.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Will Gaviota Coast Ranch Go Residential?

Decade-long debate over Las Varas Ranch hits Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Read story.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Drill Baby Drill?

Federal oil lease bill passes House, goes to Senate. Read story.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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