Historic Tavern On San Marcos Pass Threatened By Whittier Fire Reopens After Long Shutdown

The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures. But, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames. One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stage stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.

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The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures.

But, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames.

One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stage stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A brush fire which burned nearly 29,000 acres of land in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties has been fully contained.

The Alamo Fire started July 6th northeast of Santa Maria, near Twitchell Reservoir. The fire closed Highway 166 between Santa Maria, and New Cuyama for days, destroying a home, and damaging a building in the process.

While the fire has been contained, some firefighters will remain in the area for the next few weeks patrolling for potential hot spots. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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The latest research by a scientist on the South Coast who studies DNA from shark teeth left behind after attacks will again be featured as a part of the Discovery Channel "Shark Week" TV specials.

Bryan Swig, a marine biologist and professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, has developed a process to extract DNA from the enamel of tooth fragments of great white sharks. Since sharks leave behind bits of tooth after taking a bite, he says his technique could eventually help identify the shark’s family group.

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on a series of brush fires near a popular trail in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

The fires were reported at around seven Wednesday night between Santa Paula and Ojai, in the Santa Paula Canyon Trail area. There were seven fires, totaling about 20 acres.

Man Fatally Wounded In Ventura County Identified

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Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot and fatally wounded in Ventura County.

Oxnard Police officers were called to the parking lot of their headquarters on C Street in downtown Ventura just after 7:30 Wednesday night by reports of a shooting victim. The found a seriously wounded man in a vehicle. Officers started first aid. Albert Salazar of Oxnard was taken to a hospital, but he died a short time later.

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Review Of Protections For National Marine Sanctuaries Creates Concerns About South Coast Preserve

The Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines are home to a one of a kind National Park. Channel Islands National Park includes unique islands, some rare animal and plant life, as well as the special marine habitat. But, also off the coastline is a lesser known preserve. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a 1400 square mile protected marine environment off the coast. It’s one of 14 federally designated marine protected areas. But, it’s also on President Trump’s list of protected national monuments and sanctuaries he wants reviewed for their status, with an eye towards opening some for development of their natural resources.

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Official Updates On Whittier, Alamo Brush Fires

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Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers for the band Linkin Park and the former singer for Stone Temple Pilots, has died. His death was confirmed to NPR this afternoon by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, which said that his body was discovered at a house within the 2800 block of Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, and that investigators are currently on the scene. The death is "being looked at as a possible suicide at this time," according to Brian Elias of the L.A. County Coroner's office. Bennington was 41 years old.

Groups that represent industries from farming to fracking are supporting a legislative push to rewrite how government handles science when drawing up regulations.

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Consider, for example, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, which passed the House in the spring and now is with the Senate. Just how "honest" it is depends on whom you ask.

Jim Schott had one goal when he abandoned academic life to start the company called Haystack Mountain: He wanted to make some of the finest goat cheese in the country. With cheese in hand, he visited supermarkets, trying to persuade them to sell his product. Some didn't take him seriously. But Whole Foods did.

"From the very beginning, they wanted to taste it," Schott recalls. "And they wanted to know the story. They wanted to know where the cheese came from; who was making it; where it was made."

The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures.

But, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames.

One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stage stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.

1A Movie Club Sees "The Big Sick"

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The romantic comedy “The Big Sick” has been almost universally praised as a heartfelt revival of a once-tired genre.

Based on the true story of its writers, Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars) and Emily V. Gordon, the film sees the star couple navigating an illness (as the title implies) while also dealing with their parents’ cultural differences — Nanjiani’s character’s parents want him to have an arranged marriage, and her parents are uneasy with their daughter dating a Pakistani-American.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A brush fire which burned nearly 29,000 acres of land in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties has been fully contained.

The Alamo Fire started July 6th northeast of Santa Maria, near Twitchell Reservoir. The fire closed Highway 166 between Santa Maria, and New Cuyama for days, destroying a home, and damaging a building in the process.

While the fire has been contained, some firefighters will remain in the area for the next few weeks patrolling for potential hot spots. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Republican scramble to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has yielded yet another version of a health care overhaul bill, along with yet another score from the Congressional Budget Office — the second analysis from the nonpartisan agency in two days.

A Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole from prison after he served nearly nine years following a conviction on armed robbery and other charges.

On Thursday, the four-person panel unanimously voted to grant parole. The parole board said that Oct. 1 is the earliest the former NFL star is eligible for release.

NPR's Ina Jaffe walked us through the incident that led to his conviction:

Photo by California Lutheran University

The latest research by a scientist on the South Coast who studies DNA from shark teeth left behind after attacks will again be featured as a part of the Discovery Channel "Shark Week" TV specials.

Bryan Swig, a marine biologist and professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, has developed a process to extract DNA from the enamel of tooth fragments of great white sharks. Since sharks leave behind bits of tooth after taking a bite, he says his technique could eventually help identify the shark’s family group.

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on a series of brush fires near a popular trail in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

The fires were reported at around seven Wednesday night between Santa Paula and Ojai, in the Santa Paula Canyon Trail area. There were seven fires, totaling about 20 acres.

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