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Monday morning at 5:39 am Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded with 3 fire engines, 1 truck and a Battalion Chief to the first block of E Anapamu Street for a smoke investigation inside. The first arriving engine reported there was light smoke in the building and visible from the roof.


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Rain likely. High 57F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.


Retired Santa Barbara police Lt. Paul McCaffrey is due in court Jan. 26 on charges of hit-and-run causing property damage and resisting, obstructing or delaying a law enforcement officer.


Robert Hutchins dropped in two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining on Saturday afternoon, lifting SBCC over Hancock 60-59 in a WSC North men's basketball game at Joe White Memorial Gym in Santa Maria. Hutchins, a 6-foot sophomore guard from Bismarck, N.D., led all scorers with 20 points and also had four assists and three steals.


In one of our most popular posts in the past year, we noted that as public pension costs have risen in California so, too, have tuition and fees in the UC and CSU systems. We predicted then - correctly, it turns out - that higher education would foot the bill.


Speaking of Stories presented its 12th Night celebration event with a dramatic reading by actor Joe Spano of the short story "The Kitchen Child" in a salon-type setting in host Carolyn Butcher and Michael Perry's historic home in downtown Santa Barbara. The mission of Speaking of Stories is to promote the appreciation of literature through live theatrical readings and through educational programs aimed particularly toward at-risk youth.


Slavery still exists in the United States, though most Americans believe the Civil War firmly ended the practice. Sadly, you may walk right by someone enslaved without realizing it.


The Santa Barbara Women's March on Saturday included hundreds of signs protesting President Donald Trump and promoting women's rights, equality and diversity. The Santa Barbara Women's March on Saturday included hundreds of signs protesting President Donald Trump and promoting women's rights, equality and diversity.


Destroyed vehicles sit caked in mud at the river mouth on El Capitan Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2017. A powerhouse storm slammed into southern California on Friday, bringing flash floods and mudslides and leading to traffic chaos across much of the region.


With overall focus on teens and mental health, new campus club uses pet project to provide stress relief during finals week Jordan Mcgarth, a San Marcos High School freshman, shakes the paw of a Golden Retriever named Aye'la. The school's Wellness Connection Club, in partnership with Love on a Leash, provided puppy therapy to students during finals week.


In response to growing demand, the Santa Barbara Symphony will present four Concerts for Young People over two days at the Granada Theatre, a twofold increase over last year. Performances will be at 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27. Now in its sixth decade, the Concerts for Young People program is designed to introduce area fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to the wonders of orchestral music through live interactive, kid-friendly symphonic performances and demonstrations.


After parking the car, metaphorically speaking, NoozWeek's Top 5 learns there can be too much rain, has a blast-off at Vandenberg Air Force Base and wrecks the morning commute After recent rains, the Santa Ynez River winds through a meadow in ... wait, that's no meadow! It's what's left of Lake Cachuma. It's Inauguration Day and, for a stretch of 220 years, America has been peacefully transferring power from one president to the next.


UC Santa Barbara College Republicans announced Friday that conservative pundit Ben Shapiro will be speaking at Campbell Hall on Feb. 21. The event , titled "Lies, Prejudice and Division: The Legacy of the #BLM Movement," has sparked controversy on campus since it was first announced that the A.S. Finance and Business Committee granted $5,000 in funding for College Republicans. Shapiro graduated from UCLA and Harvard Law School and is known for writing several novels and serving as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire.


Armed with signs, umbrellas and rain slickers, approximately 75 people took to Santa Maria street corners on Friday night, demonstrating against President Donald Trump while pledging to fight back against his expected policies. As part of a United Against Hate rally, adult and youth participants gathered at the intersection of Main Street/Highway 166 and Broadway/Highway 135, where they chanted and cheered as passing motorists honked their horns.


The Montecito Water District and city of Santa Barbara are close to agreement on the terms of a water-purchase deal, with Santa Barbara selling supplemental water to the special district. Santa Barbara Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark said on Friday that he anticipates "wrapping up negotiations on the majority of the draft terms in the next couple weeks."


Today Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the City of Santa Barbara announced their agreement to extend, for up to three years, a 2012 enforcement agreement to assure clean local waters by improving performance of Santa Barbara's wastewater collection system to prevent spills and protect water quality. This extends the existing agreement and focuses the City's efforts to develop operational controls targeted at keeping roots from blocking sanitary sewers and causing sewage spills.

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