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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

Santa Barbara Supervisor Janet Wolf Won't Seek Reelection

It's 'time to give someone else a chance,' she said. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

State Seeks to Shut Down San Ysidro Pharmacy

Steven Hoyt is accused of negligently filling fatal prescriptions ordered by Dr. Julio "Candyman" Diaz. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lawmakers Call Out Sexual Harassment

Jackson and Limón discuss culture of sex demands at State Capitol. Read story.

Originally published 10:45 a.m., October 29, 2017
Updated 9:56 a.m., October 30, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Answer Tough Questions in Packed House

The debate veered into the topics of religion, reputation, and climate change. Read story.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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