News Features

Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Mudslides Predicted in the Wake of the Thomas Fire

Fire-denuded hillsides and rain a potent mix for flooding. Read story.

Originally published 2:30 p.m., January 3, 2018
Updated 3:12 p.m., January 8, 2018

New Year's Shooting Victim Identified

Santa Barbara resident Jesus Reyes was shot and killed downtown early Monday morning. Read story.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Susan Epstein Launches Campaign to Become Santa Barbara County Supervisor

Goleta school board member promises fiscal responsibility and to protect the environment. Read story.

Originally published 4:04 p.m., January 2, 2018
Updated 10:27 p.m., January 2, 2018

Does Bellosguardo Now Belong to Santa Barbara?

Silence and secrecy continue to cloak the fate of the Clark Estate. Read story.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Days Away from Legalization, Pot Shops Are Not Opening Soon

Feuds in Carpinteria and Lompoc erupting over pot laws that go into effect January 1 Read story.

Friday, December 29, 2017

California's Largest Fire Cooling Down

Thomas Fire surpassed Cedar Fire in size and grew some more. Read story.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

With $165 Million Private Donation, The Nature Conservancy Purchases Cojo Jalama Ranches

The “conservation puzzle” has an “intersection of interests,” from resource protection to public access. Read story.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Thomas Fire and the Rise of Massive Wildfires

The Thomas Fire is just the latest megafire, which spark renewed interest in prescribed burns. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Riding Along with Chief Pat McElroy, Surveying the Thomas Fire Damage

The retiring City of Santa Barbara fire chief takes us for a ride. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Russia to the Rescue in Thomas Fire?

Why the federal government shot down plans to bring Russian supertankers to town Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Maps Bring Perspective to the Thomas Fire's Run on Montecito

A visual tour of the devastation, near disaster, and firefighting at its finest. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thomas Fire Reveals the Rise of Privatized Firefighting

With a little extra cash, you too can get extra fire protection. Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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
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