Thomas Fire threatens La Conchita overnight, grows to 96,000 acres

Firefighters and residents worked overtime last night to save the residential community of La Conchita, as the flames came dangerously close to structures. The Thomas Fire has now consumed more than 96,000 acres and is at five percent containment, according to fire officials. One abandoned structure has burned. Highway 101 has been reopened after a brief shut down Thursday morning. […]

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Winds Could Push Thomas Fire into Santa Barbara County

By Giana Magnolia The Thomas Fire could burn into Santa Barbara County when winds pick up again, and the evacuation zones expanded Wednesday morning to include Rincon Point, east of Carpinteria. The blaze had blackened 65,000 acres as of Wednesday and made a run to the ocean, crossing Highway 101 near the Solimar Beach area. Calfire reported 0 percent containment, 12,000 structures […]

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Thomas Fire updates and photo gallery

By Raiza Giorgi Photos and video by Daniel Dreifuss *Update as of Wednesday Dec. 6 – The Thomas Fire is at 65,000 acres and still zero containment, according to fire officials. The structures destroyed remains at an estimate of 150, however thousands more are threatened. * Greg Smith returned to his home in Ventura in hopes that there would be […]

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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Offers Free Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp in Ventura

A mini-camp will be offered in Ventura featuring Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Camino Real Park in Ventura. The adapted sports day is designed for youth ages 6-19 years old who can use a wheelchair to participate in sports. All participants requiring assistance will need to bring a caregiver with them. Funding from […]

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Nearby Channel Islands are a world away

By Raiza Giorgi Even though the boat ride is a short trip across the Santa Barbara channel, traveling out to Santa Cruz Island is like traveling to a time long ago when mankind lived solely off the land. My recent adventure started out of the Ventura Harbor with Island Packers, who are the concessionaires to the park. People who travel […]

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Opera Santa Barbara Announces ‘Opera Lab’ Tour of Area Elementary Schools

Staff Report The Opera Lab, Opera Santa Barbara’s innovative outreach program for children, will tour area elementary schools beginning next week. Opera Lab sessions will take place at Foothill and Monte Vista elementary schools in Santa Barbara on Monday, January 30; Briggs School in Santa Paula on Tuesday, January 31; Santa Barbara Charter School on Thursday, February 2; and Marymount of Santa […]

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