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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Wildness Youth Project takes children into Santa Barbara County’s glorious outdoors for lessons that will last a lifetime

By Leah Etling For Rowan Diloia, the key to childhood learning wasn’t in a classroom or in the pages of a book. It was outside, in the mountains, beaches and creeks of Santa Barbara County. These were places he explored as a child, thanks to a local nonprofit called the Wilderness Youth Project (WYP). Serving kids as young as 3 […]

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Foxen Canyon wineries to host ‘Christmas on the Trail’ Dec. 9-10

By Donna Polizzi Did you know that in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Wine Country, 13 fantastic wineries line a 30-mile stretch of road between Los Olivos and Santa Maria? Affectionately known as the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, this area is perfect for a day trip or weekend escape to enjoy exceptional wine and beautiful views. Since Rancho Sisquoc […]

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In Final Analysis, Santa Barbara Sales Tax Hike Backed by 56 Percent of Voters

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor  Certified results from the Nov. 7 election show that 56.2 percent of Santa Barbara voters approved the 1-percent sales tax rate increase, which will take effect April 1. The revenues are intended to be spent on infrastructure and government services, but as a general tax, there are few legal limits on how the money can be used. The […]

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On Giving Tuesday, SEE Raising Money for Eye Care in Namibia

SEE International has announced it will again participate in Giving Tuesday — Nov. 28. Designed as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global movement. It harnesses the collective power of various partners (charities, families, businesses, and individuals) who are working together to create activities and engage conversations to change how people think about, talk […]

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The Museum of Natural History Store a Shopping Destination this Holiday Season

Staff Report The Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace has become a popular annual tradition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and while it will not be making its typical stop at the Museum’s campus in 2017, there will still be a collection of selected ‘Tribal Arts’ gift items available for purchase in the Museum Store this holiday season. […]

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