Expertly Wrangled

When Megan Packard-Hillegas journeyed to South Africa, it was to see elephants (including Rambo here), lions, giraffes, zebras, hippos, water buffaloes, cheetahs, rhinos, monkeys, warthogs, and sharks — which she and her family did. Read story.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rookie on the Sticks

Santa Barbara Independent News Editor Tyler Hayden did a little drone flying in preparation for this week's cover story. Read story.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Taylor Harrison

DIY Pinterest-y stuff most interests Taylor Harrison, a fan of the color green who writes this week about the eco-friendliness of Ablitt's Fine Cleaners. Read story.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thatcher Hillegas

For Thatcher Hillegas, art is all about constant practice and "a shit ton" of patience, "really just looking at things and understanding how they actually work ... everything from a wrinkle to a curtain to a muscle." Read story.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Film Fest = No Rest

Though SBIFF 2015 kicked off this week, The Indy’s Film Fest squad started grinding through films, interviews, and layouts as soon as the lineup was announced January 5. Read story.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action! 

The untold story is what drives the baba2films duo: "stories, usually character-driven, that aim for the heart," said Stan Roden, a former Santa Barbara County district attorney. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Indy Bunch

Some lovely doggies who hang out in our shop at times. Read story.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Suzanne Peck

Suzanne Peck shared The Santa Barbara Independent’s education issue with this one-month-old pachyderm at the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiangmai, Thailand. Read story.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Paul Wellman

"Every year, I question what our little paper has to offer for a year-end wrap-up," said longtime Indy photo editor as he put together this week's issue. Read story.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Indy Staff

Happy Holidays, and Merry New Year! Read story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


The holidays have struck, and they've never hit The Santa Barbara Independent in quite this way. Read story.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

volume 29, number 466, Dec. 18-24, 2014

How the Failed Dreams of Cloistered Nuns Gave Birth to Santa Barbara Wine Country Read story.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lisa Marie Bolton

Our mild-mannered accounting assistant, Lisa Bolton, laughs about the spring trek she took with her 83-year-old father Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Craig Harris

Our roving correspondent Craig Harris found himself in West Papua not too long ago, where Yali tribe members took an interest in our rental housing story. Read story.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Richie DeMaria

A recent graduate of Occidental College, news intern Richie DeMaria has already written about dying with dignity, Mars rovers, and the Foo Fighters in the brief few weeks he's been with The Santa Barbara Independent. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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