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Wet roads, Highway 154 closure causing traffic headaches in Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - As California’s wet winter continues, slick roads pose a risk for everyone. Thursday morning on the 101 Freeway between Gaviota and Buellton, a California Highway Patrol officer’s car was hit by a car going too fast on the wet freeway.


Freeze warning issued for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties that will be in effect for eight hours early Friday. The warning, which will be in place from midnight to 8 a.m., includes the cities of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Vandenberg, Solvang, Santa Ynez, San Luis


Snow blankets lower elevations in northern Santa Barbara County

NORTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The cold air mass that moved through Santa Barbara County on Thursday brought hail, rain and snow at lower elevations including Figueroa Mountain above the Santa Ynez Valley.


BizHawk: Institution Ale Opens on State Street in Santa Barbara

Los Arroyos Restaurant marks 20 years; Invoca leases State Street offices; CenCal Health acquires building;. BizHawk is published weekly, and includes items of interest to the business community. Share your business news, including employee announcements and personnel moves, by emailing [email prote


California sheriff releases graphic video of deadly police shooting

A man pulled over for a traffic stop, rolled his window down, drew a handgun and opened fire on cops before being fatally shot by a deputy, graphic video released Wednesday by a sheriff's department in Northern California shows.


Light Rain, Mountain Snow Expected in Santa Barbara County from Latest Storm

Storm is associated with a 'very cold air mass'; winter weather advisory issued. Light showers were falling in Santa Barbara County Wednesday afternoon as a cold storm that could bring snow to local mountains areas began moving through the region.


Santa Barbara is Out of the Drought

According to the official United States Drought Monitor site for the first time in 7 years we are back to normal. Cachuma is still only at 60% but our area is no longer classified as being in drought or even abnormally dry. We are classified as normal.


Santa Barbara Out of the Drought?

According to the official United States Drought Monitor site for the first time in 7 years we are back to normal. Cachuma is still only at 60% but our area is no longer classified as being in drought or even abnormally dry. We are classified as normal, but water conservation is still needed.


California lawmakers propose soda tax, banning cola at checkout areas

Lawmakers in California are aiming to curb the state’s consumption of sodas and other sugary beverages with a variety of proposed legislation announced on Wednesday. The bills, spearheaded by five state lawmakers, include measures that would require health warnings on sugary soft drinks, and proposa


Local Historian trekked through Santa Barbara's historic water tunnel

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - There is a fascinating story behind Santa Barbara's water history and no one knows the ebb and flow like historian Neal Graffy. "Every time they solved the problem and would say, 'OK! We've got enough water to serve a community of 20,000!' In no time at all they had 40,000,"


Santa Barbara Breaks Into Win Column at El Camino Real, 5-1

Sophomore Jordan Harris threw five solid innings for Santa Barbara High in a 5-1 win at L.A. City Section perennial power El Camino Real in the final game of the Easton Tournament on Thursday.


It’s almost time for California’s super bloom!

That sound you hear from Southern California in the coming days and weeks could be the deserts exploding in Technicolor. Desert-watchers say the Golden State is likely in for another ”super bloom” of wildflowers like the one we experienced in 2017. All the ingredients for the colorful cocktail are i


Deputies seize up to $2 million in pot during raid

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Deputies seized up to $2 million in marijuana after raiding an unlicensed grow facility near Buellton Wednesday. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Cannabis Compliance Team, an investigation involving a fraudulent and illegal commercial cannabis cultiation


MAGA-hat wearing teen claims California high school wouldn't permit her to wear hat

A high school student who reportedly wanted to sport her “Make America Great Again” hat at her California school this week wasn’t able to because of the dress code. Clovis North High School senior Maddie Mueller sought to wear the hat bearing President Trump’s campaign slogan on Wednesday upon the r


Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend, Leading to 3-State Hunt in 2017

Lompoc Valley resident Joseph Hetzel forced woman to marry him during incident. With the victim in the courtroom, a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge on Thursday sentenced a Lompoc Valley man to 11 years in state prison for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and prompting a three-state search for


Santa Barbara motorcycle officer taken to ambulance following crash

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara motorcycle police officer was taken to the hospital following a collision Wednesday morning. The crash involved the motorcycle officer and a silver sedan and occurred near Adams School on Las Positas Road at around 10:30 p.m.


Are We Out of the Drought?

Recent rains have Lake Cachuma almost 60 percent full, the highest since 2011. Even so, water managers caution that it’s premature to celebrate the end of one of the worst droughts in Santa Barbara history.


Santa Barbara County Joins Fray in Suing Big Opioid

Donald Trump is hardly the first president to flamenco dance all over the Constitution in response to a self-conjured threat for which exceptional emergency powers must be invoked. But in selecting the wall and imaginary armies of immigrant hordes, he proves yet again why we can’t have amateurs in t


Man Arrested in New Year’s Eve Rape Case

Santa Barbara police have made an arrest in a New Year’s Eve rape case involving a harbor business owner. Jody Fairclough, 40, was booked February 4 in County Jail on felony charges of raping a drugged victim, unlawful sexual penetration, and sodomy. His bail was set at $100,000.


Police Chaplains answer the call

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - When dispatchers send first responders to crime scenes and disasters they often call for a different kind of back-up, they call police chaplains affiliated with local law enforcement agencies and fire departments.