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Hospice of Santa Barbara Steps Up Intake and Counselors

It takes much longer than a few weeks to overcome grief and stress in the wake of disaster. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters

Cleanup continues following the Montecito disaster. Read story.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Professor Explains the Geology Behind the Montecito Disaster

Ed Keller walks us through what caused the violent mudslides in Santa Barbara County. Read story.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What's the Likelihood of Another Debris Flow?

Much remains in all burn zones but its movement depends on many factors. Read story.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Santa Barbara Tourism Reels, Recovers After Fire, Mudslides

The closure of Highway 101 alone meant $949,000 a day in losses in visitor spending. Read story.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Detective Work of Montecito Mud at Goleta Beach

UCSB is looking for a human source of ocean bacteria. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Montecito's New Bridges to Nowhere

Six major spans have been damaged, and three need to be fully replaced. Read story.

Originally published 2:28 p.m., January 31, 2018
Updated 10:33 a.m., February 7, 2018

Local Recovery and Assistance Center Is One-Stop Shop for Help

Thomas Fire and mudslide victims are offered a whole range of services. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Climate Change Hits Home in Montecito Disaster

The cumulative effects of drought, fire, and flood reflect the planet’s new extreme weather regime. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Where Can You (Safely) Go Surfing This Weekend?

Two Santa Barbara County beaches cleared by Public Health after bacteria testing. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Montecito Repopulates This Weekend

Bucket brigade of volunteers poised to dig community out of mud. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Life and Death of Peter Fleurat

Adventurous and congenial, Montecito resident was the kind of guy everyone wanted to be around. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Second Lawsuit Filed in Thomas Fire and Flood

One plaintiff in first lawsuit, Plum Goods, quits. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Montecito Disaster Relief Events Continue

Benefits fundraise for recovery, and help is offered. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

How Montecito Mud Winds Up at Goleta Beach

Environmental planners call it “beach nourishment,” as the mud turns to sand. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
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