News Features

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

Saturday Morning Brings Greater Containment and Fewer Evacuations Around the Thomas Fire

Some evacuations have been lifted in Carpinteria; containment is up to 15 percent. Read story.

Originally published 9:16 a.m., December 9, 2017
Updated 12:00 p.m., December 9, 2017

La Casa de la Raza Lawsuit Flares Up

Dispute continues over the political and cultural hub's future. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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

Challenges Continue as City Council Undertakes State Street Blueprinting

We don't need no stinking task force ... or do we? Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

State of California Reviews Reliability of Emergency Warning Systems

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson seeks lessons learned about communications from recent large fires. Read story.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thomas Fire Continues to Rage ‘Out of Control’ in Ventura County

Over 7,700 homes have been evacuated and more than 150 buildings have been destroyed in Ventura County fire. Read story.

Originally published 1:27 p.m., December 5, 2017
Updated 3:36 p.m., December 5, 2017

Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy Announces Retirement

He’s stepping down in March after 36 years with the department. Read story.

Monday, December 4, 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

What Ever Happened to the 2014 Deltopia Rioter Case?

Violent, unsanctioned Isla Vista street party made it the last giant one. Read story.

Originally published 10:28 a.m., December 3, 2017
Updated 9:46 a.m., December 4, 2017

Inmate Mental-Health Needs More Acute Than Expected

A study reveals more than half have been enrolled in the county's Behavioral Wellness department. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
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