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Proposed Calif. Offshore Oil Drilling Faces Opposition

On Jan. 4, 2018, the DOI's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a five-year plan that would lift former President Barack Obama’s offshore drilling ban that attempted to push the nation toward ...
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UCSB Graduate Student Dies in Crash After Driving Wrong Way on Highway 101

While traveling at normal freeway speed, the victim’s 2012 Nissan Sentra collided with a concrete rail on the freeway median.
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Naloxone Used in 9 Overdose Cases in SB County, 5 in I.V. Since April ’17

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has administered Narcan, an opioid overdose treatment, nine times since the start of its Naloxone Program in April 2017, five of which occurred in Isla Vista.
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New Report Calls 2014 I.V. Mass Murderer An “Alt-Right Killer”

Investigations into Rodger’s internet posting history, along with his manifesto and the videos he uploaded to YouTube, led the SPLC to designate Rodger as a member of the alternative right.
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Santa Barbara County Continues to Experience ‘Severe’ Drought

With below average rainfall expected for the next three months, Santa Barbara County remains in a severe drought, the Santa Barbara City Council announced during its Water Supply Management Report mee...
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Residents Unharmed in Del Playa Structure Fire

A structure fire broke out at 6564 Del Playa Drive late afternoon on Sunday, leaving visible black smoke in the air.
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Condoleezza Rice Comes to Santa Barbara, Protests Ensue

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came to speak at the Arlington Theatre last Thursday, discussing domestic politics, Donald Trump and modern rights movements.
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Mud from Landslides Moved to Goleta Beach, Tested for Safety

Goleta Beach is being used as a sediment deposit ground for the Montecito mudslide cleanup effort, but contaminated sewage in the transported mud is raising issues for coastal water quality and ocean ...
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Beaches in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria Remain Closed Due to Contamination from Runoff

Goleta Beach has remained closed after ocean samples tested positive for high levels of coliform and enterococcus caused by runoff from recent storms.
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University Will Offer Travel Reimbursement as Highway 101 Remains Closed

The university will be providing a shuttle service to and from the Goleta Amtrak station and the harbor ferry.
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Santa Barbara Community Mourns Lives Lost in Montecito Mudslides

Local elected and community leaders organized the vigil, including First District Supervisor Das Williams, County Board of Supervisors Chair Joan Hartmann, State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson and Congre...
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Thomas Fire Becomes Largest Wildfire in Modern California History

The Thomas Fire is now the largest recorded wildfire in California history after burning through 273,400 acres of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in 20 days.
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Thomas Fire Evacuees Hope To Return Home Soon, UCSB Evacuation Center Remains Open

The Thomas Fire is still raging a week and a half later, but evacuation centers continue to shelter those displaced from their homes.
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Trump Declares State of Emergency in Calif., FEMA Will Fund Most Costs for Firefighting Efforts

FEMA will cover over 75 percent of firefighting costs in areas affected by the fire, according to Brandi Richard, FEMA spokesperson.
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July 2017 Whittier Fire May Have Effect on Lake Cachuma Water Quality

The Whittier fire that burned through Santa Barbara County in July could have a lasting detrimental effect on the water quality in Lake Cachuma, a main water source for the county.
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