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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

Murillo Sworn In as Santa Barbara Mayor

The new council started sweet, but then veered sour. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Montecito Mudslide Death Toll Climbs to 15

Two dozen more are still missing; hundreds remain trapped in Romero Canyon. Read story.

Originally published 8:20 p.m., January 9, 2018
Updated 10:37 a.m., January 10, 2018

Thomas Fire Had Two Origins

The fresh revelation comes as residents sue Edison for allegedly starting the massive wildfire. Read story.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Firefighters Plan to Attack Thomas Fire Before Winds Pick Up at 2 a.m.

Hand crews cut fire lines at San Ysidro Creek over Friday night. Read story.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fighting Fire with Fire to Stop the Thomas Fire

Incident Command announces an aggressive contingency plan to launch firing operation against Thomas. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Incident Commanders Look West After the Thomas Fire Jumps Toro Canyon

Fire crews are preparing to defend Montecito and plan to catch the blaze at Gibraltar. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ventura Farmworkers, Spanish Speakers Left Out of Thomas Fire Emergency Response

Many laborers have been forced to work without face masks, and Westside immigrant residents were unaware of warnings. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., December 11, 2017
Updated 1:21 p.m., December 12, 2017

Removal Process of Platform Holly Begins

The county supervisors weighed in on the future of oil around Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

An In-Depth Look at the Thomas Fire as It Rages Westward

Driven by strong winds, the wildfire is racing toward La Conchita as statewide resources respond to the blaze. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thomas Fire Creeps Up the Coast, Growing to Over 65,000 Acres

Fierce Santa Ana winds are pushing the blaze westward, toward Solimar Beach and Mussel Shoals. Read story.

Originally published 9:40 p.m., December 5, 2017
Updated 10:10 a.m., December 6, 2017

Santa Barbara Vista del Mar Psych Patients Relocated After Hospital Destroyed in Thomas Fire

One patient remains AWOL after wandering away from the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Read story.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa Barbara Landlords, Tenants Reach Hard-Fought Compromise

Task force recommends mandatory leases, but stops short of just-cause eviction. Read story.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trump Effect: The Surge to Citizenship

Immigration crackdown drives many Santa Barbarans to become Americans. Read story.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

End of an Era for Open Alternative School

District board votes to close the beloved K-6 campus at the end of the school year. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
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