Thomas Fire marches along Camino Cielo burning 236,000 acres as of Tuesday evening

The Thomas Fire is continuing to march west and being the most active along Camino Cielo in the mountains above Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria as fire officials updated the acreage burned to 236,000 and 25 percent containment as of Tuesday evening. “We have a fire plan in place using old containment lines from previous fires and constructing new ones […]

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Local nonprofit gets boost from lighting company

Staff Report Unite To Light, a nonprofit group in Santa Barbara that provides portable, solar-powered lamps to people and communities without electricity, has partnered with California-based lighting manufacturer LUX LED Lighting to give light to those in need this holiday season. Unite to Light steps in to help communities that need lighting whether from disaster, lack of infrastructure, or inability […]

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Eggs in the Kiddie – These Are a Few of My Favorite Things To Do With My Toddler in Santa Barbara

by Carey Bradshaw Let’s face it, we live in paradise in Santa Barbara. We have fabulous weather, gorgeous beaches, beautiful parks and amazing resources. Sometimes the biggest challenge can be how to decide what to do each day … First-World problems, I know. There are a ton of low-cost or free choices of activities to do with your toddler, and […]

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Thomas Fire burns 234,200 acres as of Tuesday, fire crews stage at Cachuma Lake

Staff Report The thousands of fire personnel from several western states and many counties throughout California enjoy a much needed break from the ever growing Thomas Fire that is continuing to rage into Santa Barbara County Tuesday. The fire is currently at 234,200 acres and has destroyed 889 structures and damaged an additional 182, according to fire officials. “We work […]

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Aceves, Ramsdell top list of ‘Goleta’s Finest’

By Cortney Hebert Roger Aceves and Karen Ramsdell were named Goleta’s man and woman of the year on Sunday, Dec. 2, while John Dent was named educator of the year and Lisa Rivas the volunteer of the year. Nearly a dozen individuals, businesses and groups were honored with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Goleta’s Finest Awards,” a 68-year tradition to […]

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Shelter Box USA hires volunteer program manager

Staff Report ShelterBox USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of one of the world’s leading disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations, has announced Hannah Rael as its new volunteer program manager. Rael has more than six years of experience in nonprofit public relations and marketing, as well as journalism. “Hannah is an enthusiastic and driven communications professional whose experience is matched only […]

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How to Clean Up Ash, Soot and Dust from Thomas Fire

Staff Report When houses burn, asbestos fibers from building materials may become airborne, creating a potentially hazardous situation. Clean-up can make conditions worse if not done properly. Handling materials that contain asbestos can be hazardous to your health. Anyone with heart or lung problems should not do ash cleanup. For general ash cleanup: » Use damp cloths, spray areas lightly […]

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