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Each month the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will provide a minimum of 200 free admission passes to underserved community groups throughout Santa Barbara County, totaling more than 2,400 free admissions each year, a $12,000 value to those who normally may not be able to afford entry to one of Santa Barbara's most dynamic museums. Groups can then visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on their own schedule, in groups or individually with their families and/or mentors.


After two days of heavy drama, with the Rey Fire advancing east down the Camuesa Creek drainage, across Indian Creek, and up the steep slopes leading to the Mono Creek area, the fire has settled down into the Pie Creek drainage located between Indian and Mono canyons. Pie Canyon is situated along a jeepway that leads down into Mono Creek just under a mile below the historic Ogilvy Ranch.


This lavishly illustrated four-volume encyclopedia from Schiffer Publishing represents the work of many decades for art historian Maurine St. Gaudens, and promises to promote significant advances in our understanding of the contributions women have made to the history of art in California. The books' large format, remarkably vivid full color illustrations, and St. Gaudens's thoroughly researched biographical sketches of the artists make for delightful browsing while also answering the scholar's need for accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information.


Dan Green, winemaker and founder of Lompoc's Conarium Wines, last week announced his purchase of Craig and Lee Jaffurs' 22-year-old label, Jaffurs Wine Cellars. Both buyer and seller, however, had been in talks for some time, and each voiced excitement over the deal and look forward to working side by side as grapes are trucked to the cellar.


"Because the courthouse was designed as an embracing U-shaped architecture, visitors are drawn to its beautiful Sunken Gardens, the community and at Fiesta Las Noches de Ronda ," said Bill Mahan, AIAE, Courthouse Legacy Foundation president. "And our guests enjoy this treasured event from the Loggia and Tower above.


Strong evidence shows several arms of California government are in urgent need of major ethical fixes, beginning with the Public Utilities Commission, the Energy Commission and the Coastal Commission, to name just three powerful agencies. But even the smallest and most obvious reforms are consistently met with vetos, legislative detours and other obfuscation despite the pious rhetoric of powerful politicians from Gov. Jerry Brown down to backbenchers in the Legislature.


More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California's Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state. Nearly 1,900 structures were threatened by a nearly 50-square-mile blaze dubbed the Chimney Fire in coastal San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, where more than 2,400 people were under evacuation orders, Cal Fire said.


Dr. Robert Kolarczyk receives the Lions Sight and Hearing Center Jim Stanley Perpetual Memorial Award from Michael Paveloff, local ophthalmologist, at the 12th Annual Award Recognition Luncheon. Kolarczyk received both an engraved Lions Clubs lion as well as an inscribed plaque that hangs in Cottage Hospital's MacDougall Eye Center.


Sansum Clinic is relocating its urgent care services from 51 Hitchcock Way to 215 Pesetas Lane Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The move is part of the clinic's plan to open up space and expand its primary care and urgent care services at the Pesetas Multi-Specialty Clinic located at 215 Pesetas Lane to provide more timely access to care in settings that are appropriate and convenient for patients in our community.


A group of activists is appealing a decision that a legal challenge to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians casino expansion should be heard in federal court. In a recent court filing, Save the Valley's attorney Matthew Clarke of Santa Barbara-based Christman, Kelley and Clarke said the group did not seek to alter, amend or reopen the original judgment from the case more than a century ago.


California Public Utilities Commission will decide what to do about dwindling pool of 805 phone numbers, which serve people from Monterey County to Ventura County The California Public Utilities Commission held a public meeting in Santa Barbara Monday to talk about the proposed plans to add an area code to the 805 region. While the heavily-populated Los Angeles area is home to several different area codes, use of the 805 number extends from southern Monterey County to eastern Ventura County.


The Rey Fire continues to rage on reaching 27,096 acres and is 30% contained in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. The fire continues to spread to the Northeast and East toward the Dick Smith Wilderness, Mono Creek, and Zaca Fire burn scars.


The law firm of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld is proud to celebrate 60 years of legal practice in Central California, assisting the injured and disabled. The firm helps employees in the areas of workers' compensation, social security disability, disability retirement, personal injury, labor and employment issues, criminal defense and bankruptcy.


DASH is the recipient of the 2016 Hospice of Santa Barbara Partnership Award. Pictured are DASH co-founders Michael Bordofsky, Dr. Eric Trautwein and Dr. Dennis Baker; Tara Sanchez, medical assistant; Jeanne West, enrollment coordinator; Ellie Melton, nurse practitioner; and Carolynn Allen, nurse.


Rick Scott, Dan Gainey, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Peter MacDougall, Maryan Schall and Dr. Kurt Ransohoff attend the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara "topping off" ceremony. Dr. Kurt N. Ransohoff, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Sansum Clinic, and Rick Scott, President of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, on Friday announced the public phase of the "Campaign for Our New Cancer Center," an effort to raise $38 million for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art home for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, which will ensure exceptional cancer care is available for patients in our community now and in the future.


A wrong-way driver on Highway 101 sideswiped four oncoming vehicles late Sunday in Santa Barbara before her car slammed head-on into a fifth near Mission Street, according to the California Highway Patrol . The alleged driver, who was injured in the collision, was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital , where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


"I never part with things, for everything has a story," Neal Graffy tells me as we walk around his Foothill Road home, where he's been uncovering many layers of paint from the walls, which were built in the early 20th century. His living room is filled with ashtrays from all sort of Santa Barbara restaurants, including Jimmy's Oriental Gardens, and in the corner, there's a box full of old cell phones beneath an original poster from the Flying A Studios.

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