Target Audience

When cover story author Tyler Hayden was 12 years old — seen here on the left with his cousin and sister — he had exactly three Beanie Babies: Stinky the Skunk, Congo the Gorilla, and Bubbles the Fish. Read story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Julia Clark-Riddell

Julia Clark-Riddell proved you can thrive in Santa Barbara without a car; she notably ran from a political luncheon in Montecito to the Chromatic Gate when the bus was late, backpack and notebook in tow. Read story.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colleen Flaherty

Intern Colleen Flaherty is as Irish as anyone of Irish-Italian descent could be: “I have yet to go to a family party where potatoes aren't served (and a Guinness isn't poured). Read story.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pups and Players

The Santa Barbara Independent’s sports chieftain, John Zant, and Barry Punzal and John Dvorak, the gents of, have collectively logged just under a century of professionally watching basketball. Read story.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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
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