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Posted on March 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Turns out nearly six weeks later Mr. Dickson was correct. Will this story be updated by the Independent?

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Posted on January 4 at 9:19 a.m.

Boo! This was Santa Barbara's best morning show, a mix of quirky local content and small town humor. It can not be replaced by some dudes piped in from LA. KJEE is making a big mistake with this one, this will lead to a broken connection between the listeners and the station that can not be replaced. Boo, KJEE, boo.

On KJEE Morning Show Signing Off

Posted on October 23 at 9:58 a.m.

Just last weekend in Ventura I crossed over the line while it was yellow and when I almost was thru the intersection the lights flashed. I'm wondering if I'll get a ticket in the mail, or if the photo was for a car behind me or something. If I do get something in the mail I hope to fight it, because I was 3/4 through the intersection when it turned red.

BTW, Ventura lost a lot of money on these cameras. The city council thought it was a good idea but they owe so much money to the company that installed them they will likely never be in the black. Or so I heard.

On Avoid Ventura

Posted on September 30 at 10:17 p.m.

Great read, Ray. Love the way you've encapsulated the thoughts of the time. I agree with the comments on the last one, you should write an updated book including the new fires.

On Coyote Fire: Sept 22-Oct 1, 1964

Posted on September 23 at 1:24 p.m.

Also, the County Corner was on the scene at the 154 fatality near Buellton at the time of the accident. He/she had to wrap things up there and drive down to this accident. That was at least an hour delay. I don't think they can re-open things until the coroner signs off on things.

I think it's best as citizens to just expect that the 101 gets shut down like this about 4 times a year and to just prepare to deal with the traffic when it happens. It is the cost of living along this narrow slice of beauty with only one major route.

On Accident on 101 Kills One, Snarls Traffic

Posted on August 9 at 10:57 a.m.

Guess the USFS will be wrapping the Dabney Cabin up once again with fire protective foil.

On Fire Breaks Out in La Brea Canyon

Posted on June 12 at 8:59 a.m.

I find it disturbing that it is considered the runners duty to perform the following acts to not get bitten, as opposed to dog owners taking responsibility:

- Stop Immediately
- Don't strike or put hand out
- Feed them iPod
- Curl up into ball
- Don't catch dog unaware
- Yell out 50ft away
- Stop running and walk

This would allow a running rate of about 1mph on most beach runs. One rule you left off the dog owner list is to not walk your dog in popular running areas if you and your dog can't handle runners.

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Posted on May 13 at 11:26 a.m.

Thanks for the quick assessment Ray. Sounds like it could be quite some time before we are back on those trails. Glad to see the photos of the pines surviving in lower Rattlesnake. In your book you said those were re-planted after Coyote, but it appears that they won't need re-planting this time around. After the dust settles will the community be allowed to help in repairing the trails?

On Jesusita Fire Nears Containment But New Phase Begins

Posted on May 10 at 12:50 a.m.

Ray I always appreciate these detailed fire dispatches. I was monitoring from the top of La Vista Dr on that evening between 6:00-7:45 and this is how I saw it spread to the West. By 6:00 it had worked well out of the W fork of San Roque Canyon and was burning the East face of Barger Peak. By 6:18 it had started to spot directly above Northridge or perhaps a little to the East, and the FD and police were moving up and down Northridge telling residents they had 3-5 minutes to evacuate. A few minutes later two cops rolled up Barger Canyon with saying to evacuate. Meanwhile, as it approached 7:00 the fire made a huge push along the west face of Barger Peak with some of the largest flames I've ever seen. That line of the fire kept working West into San Antonio Creek with almost tornado like flames at times. However the flames on the front of Barger Peak, where some of the interesting rock formations are, started to spot quickly down into the valley above and to the West of Northridge, and then over the ridge and down into Barger Canyon. I would say the explosion happened around 7:30. That is when all hell broke loose and the front expanded and intensified, with flames sweeping westwards into San Antonio Creek and south down into Barger canyon, threatening La Vista, and Northridge. Things got hairy around 7:45 so I headed down the hill and made our own evacuation plans. I know from La Cumbre Peak it is hard to see in front of Barger Peak, so I wanted to add what I saw on the western front on that evening.

On Jesusita Fire Explodes on the Western Front

Posted on March 9 at 2:04 p.m.

It seems like the Hit and Run portion of this incident was underplayed in the story. The drunk driver kept going and didn't stop until he got off at the 154 exit a few miles south. The CHP found him about 15 minutes after the accident. Since he was unlicensed and uninsured the odds are very high that he was also in the country illegally, which wouldn't be the first foreign national to kill a local resident while under the influence.

On Goleta Woman Dies in Saturday Accident on 101

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