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Final Report Released on Death of UCSB Student Sierra Markee-Winkler

Detectives and doctors believe she accidentally fell from the Isla Vista cliffs, suffered a broken neck, and drowned. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kobe Bryant Comes to Town

The L.A. Lakers star came to Santa Barbara on Wednesday to kick off annual basketball academy at UCSB. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jail Funding a 'Moving Target'?

Supervisors question Sheriff over fluctuating dollar figures. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Racial Disparity in Juvenile Justice System?

County Probation will seek a $200,000 state grant that would allow the department to examine potential racial and ethnic disparities in the area’s juvenile justice system. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Craig McCaw Donates $300,000 to County Fire

Santa Barbara County Fire recently received a $300,000 donation from Montecito billionaire Craig McCaw; the money comes out of concern over how the drought could affect the summer-fall fire season. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Expanded Health Coverage Reaches County Patients

Expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has allowed most of the approximately 1,000 patients formerly served by the county’s Medically Indigent Adult Services Program to qualify for MediCal or private plans, causing the state to rescind most of its funding for the program. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New State Tests Go Smoother Than Expected

Given the angst leading up to the trial run of the new statewide assessments this spring, school administrators were pleasantly surprised with the feedback. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Three New Elementary School Principals Named

The Santa Barbara school board approved three new elementary school principals this week. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jeremy Hass Dies

Attorney Jeremy Hass, a passionate area historian long active in efforts to preserve the original fortress erected by Spanish colonialists in what would become downtown Santa Barbara, died 6/30 at age 78 of heart disease. Read story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Montecito Planning Commission to Review Antenna Systems

Per a 5-0 vote by the Board of Supervisors on 7/8, the Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) will provide input on revisions made to antenna system additions ​— ​proposed for the community by Crown Castle, an agent of Verizon ​— ​before the board makes its decision on the project in August. Read story.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Technical Issues Plague 4th of July Fireworks

Chronic technical difficulties ​— ​not to mention a thick, heavy fog ​— ​plagued this year’s Fourth of July fireworks at the city’s waterfront, leading to a lengthy delay and prompting the Fire Department to pull the plug before the grand finale. Read story.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Middle Class Gets Some Financial Aid This Fall

The state is expected to increase its funding for college students in middle-class families by $305 million by 2017. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Everyone Angry at Proposed Winery Rules

Santa Barbara County vintners and some neighbors are unhappy about planning process for opposing reasons. Read story.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Montecito Man Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Home

David Tallman was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff with Sheriff's teams. Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

First UCSB PhD in Feminist Studies

Carly Thomsen produced an award-winning dissertation and is heading to Texas for a post-doc appointment. Read story.

Monday, July 7, 2014
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