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ON THE COVER: Josh, one of many citizens outraged by the response time of the oil-spill cleanup and taking matters into their own hands, fills buckets just south of Refugio Beach. Photos by Paul Wellman.

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The Angry Poodle may not be everyone's idea of the Madonna, but plenty of people walking by our pocket of i Madonnari last weekend immediately recognized her. One, when persuaded Trixie was a "she," remarked with arched brow, "Oh, she's a real b!#@$." Then there was the kid who strolled by saying, "That's not the best drawing." But it was really fun, sales rep Rachel Gantz (who's taking this selfie) and ad designers Alex Melton and Marianne Kuga agreed, even with the too-hot-to-touch asphalt and sunburns.

In Print

Wet Suits Made from Dry Shrubs

Patagonia Creates Gear Using Drought-Tolerant Biorubber Plant

Patagonia creates new water gear using a drought tolerant biorubber plant. Read story.

Two Jazz Greats Together Again

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea Reunite at the Granada

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are on tour for the first time in more than 30 years and playing the Granada Theatre on March 22. Read story.

Photog Richard Salas Takes Us On an Underwater Adventure

How One Brooks Grad Covered 4,000 Miles of Pacific Ocean

The Brooks Institute alum is opening a three-gallery art show to celebrate the completion of a trilogy of underwater photography books. Read story.

Every Dog for Himself

Poodle Takes On “F*%& the Fish” Brigade

Something Fishy This Way Comes Read story.

Gibraltar Road Closing for Major Repairs

The Historic Mountain Passage is Getting a Full Repaving

The historic mountain passage is getting a full repaving for the first time in more than 70 years. Read story.

Nature: Shark Stories

Nat Geo Photographer Talks About the Misunderstood Ghosts in Our Seas

Nat Geo photographer David Doubilet talks about the misunderstood ghosts in our seas. Read story.

Event: Grange Hall Revival

Ojai’s Historic Grange Roars Back to Life

Ojai’s historic Grange Hall is slated to roar back to life March 15-22. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Only Aerial Arts Fest Turns Two

2015 Floor to Air Festival Brings Students, Teachers from Around the Globe

Ninette Paloma is fusing ancient circus traditions with avant-garde dance in breathtaking ways. Read story.

How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

A Look at the Legacy of Brothers Nicholas and Richard Den

A look at the legacy of brothers Nicholas and Richard Den. Read story.

Ask Not for Whom the Dog Barks

County Doubles Spending to Ship Crazies South

County Doubles Spending to Ship Crazies South Read story.

Water Rates Rising, Lake Cachuma Dropping

County Considers Taking No Supplies From Reservoir Come October

County considers taking no supplies from reservoir come October. Read story.

Dengue Fever Takes the Plunge

The L.A. Cambodian Pop Act Launches Its Own Record Label

The Los Angeles-based Cambodian psych-pop band has a new album and a new record label to call its own. Read story.

UCSB’s Legendary Basketball Squad Honored

Gauchos 1990 Team Remembered for Taking Down UNLV

It was 25 years ago when the Gauchos shocked the college basketball world, beating top-ranked and undefeated UNLV in an ESPN Big Monday nightcap. Read story.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Shows Some Love for Ike Jenkins

Swing Champs Talk Growing Up with S.B.’s Most Beloved Music Teacher

Two members of the big-band crossover phenomenon credit Ike Jenkins for their careers in music. Read story.

The Dons’ Amber Melgoza’s Full-Court Press

The Ponytailed Practitioner of Hardwood Heroics

The ponytailed practitioner churns out hardwood heroics. Read story.

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