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Santa Barbara Sales Are 'Way, Way Down' During Retail's Biggest Month

Small businesses band together with specials to fight Thomas Fire's economic 'armageddon.' Read story.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Santa Barbara Allowing Cannabis Businesses to Remain Open Under New State Laws

The state regulations go into effect January 1. Read story.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thomas Fire Friday Morning Update: Slow Growth Overnight but Bad Winds on the Way

Forecasted winds arriving tonight will put new fuel breaks to the test above Montecito. Read story.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Firefighters Go Mano a Mano with Thomas at San Ysidro Creek

Helicopters have success bombarding western flank; firefighter dies on eastern edge. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

‘Inhumane’ Conditions at Santa Barbara County Jail?

Disability Rights California sues over alleged “unsanitary” conditions. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Apartments Planned to Replace Elsie’s Tavern

The proposed high-density housing development got an overall thumbs up from the Planning Commission. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Santa Barbara City Council Will Appoint Murillo’s Replacement

The appointee will finish out her District 3 term when she takes the mayor’s seat. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Understanding Power Outages During the Thomas Fire

Why did Santa Barbara lose power during the Thomas Fire? Is everything fixed? Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why a Good Thomas Fire Map Was Hard to Find

Here’s why tracking this massive and fast wildfire has been so difficult. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Child Molester Receives One Year in Jail

The victim’s family says more children may be at risk. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When Evacuation Orders Go Wrong

Behind the 2:19 a.m. alert that freaked out Santa Barbara County during the Thomas Fire Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Harmful Air Quality Brought by Thomas Fire Could Last ‘Weeks to Months’

It’s a catch-22: Air-cleaning winds would make firefight more difficult. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Randy Rowse Explains His Objection to Recreational Pot Regulations

With alcohol, cigarettes, and opioids, why double down on cannabis? he asks. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Firefighters Brace for Shifting Winds Rest of Week

The Thomas Fire grew by 3,700 acres Monday; 20 percent contained. Read story.

Originally published 8:35 a.m., December 12, 2017
Updated 12:57 p.m., December 12, 2017

Fire Crews Fight by Land and Air to Hold the Thomas Fire at Toro Canyon

Slower growth and greater containment lead to optimism, ‘but don’t count on it.’ Read story.

Monday, December 11, 2017
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