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The people and places that made the news in 2017.

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Adelanto bills itself as the “City of Unlimited Possibilities,” but for hundreds of undocumented Santa Barbara County residents, this Homeland Security facility there is where they wind up going after serving terms in County Jail.

Published on August 22, 2017

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Rafa Esparza makes adobe bricks at SBCC's Atkinson Gallery

Published on October 2, 2017

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Partial solar eclipse as seen from Stagecoach Road

Published on August 21, 2017

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Darian Bleecher and her son Felix watch the partial solar eclipse as seen from Stagecoach Road. Even with the glasses, Felix says, "It's really bright."

Published on August 21, 2017

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A chef at Arnoldi’s by day, Tim Hushion says he can use pi to predict the roll of dice.

Published on March 2, 2017

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Hank Pitcher at his studios in Isla Vista

Published on March 1, 2017

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Mike Minnick and Bixby passing through Santa Barbara on an electric assist Yuba cargo bike.

Published on May 26, 2017

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Sam Dickinson is all about composting.

Published on June 7, 2017

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Agata Bykovtsev (pictured here at La Cumbre Plaza) is poised to represent Goleta at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

Published on July 6, 2017

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Students performed at the Page Youth Center on April 29.

Published on May 3, 2017

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The Santa Barbara Zoo's baby Asian small-clawed otters, now about seven weeks old. Their teeth have come in and theirs eyes are open (in that order) but still have a few weeks before their parents will teach them to swim or be on public display.

Published on November 20, 2017

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Honeybees have rescuer Nick Wigle to thank for their new hive.

Published on July 26, 2017

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Clockwise from top left, artist Arturo Tello, the Land Trust’s Chet Work, Carpinteria City Councilmember Wade Nomura, and the Land Trust’s Carrie Mullen and Jennifer Stroh, after announcing the purchase of 21 acres of Carpinteria Bluffs to be turned over to Carpinteria as a public open space and nature preserve.

Published on November 21, 2017

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Young minds (and feet) explored the interactive rooftop of MOXI, the city’s new children’s museum.

Published on December 27, 2017

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American citizens María del Rosario Aguayo and Juan Aguilera (center) posed with their family at the L.A. Convention Center, where they were two of more than 8,000 people from 120 countries sworn in during the final naturalization ceremony of 2017.

Published on December 27, 2017

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A Falcon 9 rocket put on a show for thousands up and down the coast as it launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Published on December 27, 2017

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County Jail inmates stretched their bodies and the conventions of traditional incarceration during a yoga class with instructor Ginny Kuhn.

Published on December 27, 2017

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Carpinteria’s greenhouses, formerly used for flowers, are now sprouting bud, but so too are hoop houses in Santa Ynez Valley.

Published on December 27, 2017

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Elected officials want to maximize revenues while minimizing impact; the industry warns against killing geese laying golden eggs. It’s been an intense year for Santa Barbara City Attorney Ariel Calonne (pictured), who brought the hammer down on embattled landlord Dario Pini, not to mention RV and Sprinter owners alike.

Published on December 27, 2017

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County Jail inmates stretched their bodies and the conventions of traditional incarceration during a yoga class with instructor Ginny Kuhn.

Published on December 27, 2017

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As it becomes increasingly legal to grow in this country, more weed is on the market, and thus its wholesale price is dropping.

Published on September 6, 2017

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Marijuana has always been big business, but with commercial legalization just around the corner, it’s bound to grow even more.

Published on September 6, 2017

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An R44 Robinson helicopter performed an emergency landing at La Cumbre Country Club. Three people evacuated with moderate injuries but an ensuing fire burned the aircraft and two parked vehicles just 10 feet from a fueling station.

Published on May 5, 2017

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An epidemic of empty storefronts on State Street became a hot campaign issue as community leaders grapple with Amazon.com.

Published on August 10, 2017

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