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Death Toll Approaches 23 in the Worst Disaster in Santa Barbara History

Tracing the history and coping with the reality of 20 lost and three still missing. Read story.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 11, 2018
Updated 9:14 a.m., January 11, 2018

The Peril of the Amur Leopard

How the Santa Barbara Zoo is helping save the big cats from extinction. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Our Year in Photos 2017

The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual visual review of the year that was. Read story.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

Insight and analysis on the beast that still breathes despite Saturday’s epic firefight in the Montecito foothills. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gary Goddard Accused of Child Abuse in Santa Barbara

Victims participated in Santa Barbara Youth Theater. Read story.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How the Thomas Fire Quickly Became the Fourth Largest Wildfire to Burn in California

The Thomas Fire burns 242,500 acres across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., December 14, 2017
Updated 12:24 p.m., December 14, 2017

’Tis the Season 2017

Check out Santa Barbara’s most complete guide to all the happenings this holiday season. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Online Ticket Services Compete for Customers

AXS and Ticketmaster in a battle of the ticket titans Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

OTOjOY Makes Live Music Accessible to All

Thomas Kaufmann’s team is changing concert experiences for people with hearing loss one loop at a time. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bluetooth Earbuds for Discerning Listeners

Employing clever design and top-of-the-line technology, Rowkin and FRESHeTECH offer high-end sounds at affordable prices. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Singular-Instrument Suites

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club concerts take place this holiday season. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Santa Barbara's Local Heroes of 2017

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its annual ode to some of the amazing people who make up our community. Read story.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Janet Garufis: Real-Life Wonder Woman

The Montecito Bank & Trust chair and CEO’s against-all-odds career and life of love. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., November 16, 2017
Updated 10:37 a.m., November 16, 2017

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

Uniquely in the UC system, UCSB offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in theater and dance. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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