Santa Barbara County Fire Not Only Forces Human Evacuations; Wildlife Rescue Facility Cleared

The Holiday fire didn’t just displace thousands of people in Santa Barbara County. Ot forced the evacuation of horses, pets, and hundreds of animals from the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network’s North Fairview Avenue home. The fire burned right up to the perimeter of the acreand a half facility, and singed some of the facilities, and contaminated ponds. The evacuated animals were moved to other rescue facilities in Santa Barbara County, and around the state.

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Santa Barbara County astronomers have received a multi-million dollar grant to build robotic telescopes.

Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory known as LCO -- which has a global network of robotic telescopes -- received a nearly $5 million dollar grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to build two more telescopes that will be located on the Canary Islands.

A former police officer in Ventura County could spend time in jail after entering no contest pleas to charges that he was paid for hundreds of hours of time he actually didn’t work.

Ventura County prosecutors say Robert Longdon committed time card fraud, claiming he worked days he didn’t, and padding hours for days he did work.

A woman who was the driving force for the construction of Santa Barbara’s century-old main library is receiving statewide honors. 

Frances Burns Linn was the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Head Librarian 1906 to 1943. She realized the city needed a new library, and got a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to help make it possible.

The Holiday fire didn’t just displace thousands of people in Santa Barbara County.  Ot forced the evacuation of horses, pets, and hundreds of animals from the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network’s North Fairview Avenue home.

The fire burned right up to the perimeter of the acreand a half facility, and singed some of the facilities, and contaminated ponds. 

The evacuated animals were moved to other rescue facilities in Santa Barbara County, and around the state. 

A destructive brush fire in Santa Barbara County is now fully contained.

Firefighters declared the Holiday Fire 100% contained Tuesday night. The fire destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others. 15 barns and other outbuildings were also destroyed.

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Photo Of Marriage Proposal Amid The Ashes Of The Holiday Fire Seen As Symbol Of Hope Around World

You’ve heard the expression “Love Conquers All.” There's a story from Santa Barbara County's destructive Holiday brush fire which puts that saying to the test, a story focused on a photograph which is getting worldwide attention.

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One of the most puzzling astronomical discoveries of the past decade has just gotten a little bit clearer. Astronomers still don't know what's producing the brief, powerful bursts of radio waves they've been detecting, but for the first time, they've been able to see where one of them is coming from.

Astronomers first detected these so-called fast radio bursts in 2007. Until now, all 16 FRBs that have been reported have been found by combing through archival data.

On the eve of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's third anniversary in office, protesters gathered in Seoul on Wednesday to condemn the administration's increasing crackdown on free speech. These protesters were unlike any others Seoul has seen. They were holograms.

The life-size hologram "ghosts" marched across a transparent screen facing an old palace gate at Gwanghwamun Square, a historic center in Seoul.

Social networks have changed the world, but they make things very complicated for the CIA.

Facebook, Twitter and other services give the spy agency enormous amounts of new information about people of interest around the world, but they also open up huge new vulnerabilities.

For example, how should the CIA conceal details about a spy who has been sharing information about herself online before joining the agency — perhaps since she was in middle school? And can it create a convincing enough story about people who have to lie about who they really are?

The mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., wants to create a place where people can use heroin or other drugs injected drugs under supervision, in an effort to combat soaring deaths from overdoses. But that's a lot easier said than done.

Mohammed Sayed is not one of those people who particularly relish the prospect of hitting young men on the butt with a big stick.

But he is certainly prepared to do so to defend the girls and women who frequent the neatly groomed, palm-dotted municipal park in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala where he works as a guard.

The park was designed as a place for relaxation and family recreation (it even includes some ramshackle carnival rides). But it had turned into a prowling ground for young men.

Texas' top appeals court has dismissed the remaining felony abuse-of-power charge against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The Court of Criminal Appeals also upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing the other charge against Perry.

This all started when a grand jury indicted Perry in August 2014, as Perry was ramping up his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. His bid came to an end in September 2015. Perry was the first in the crowded Republican field to suspend his campaign.

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 90 year old Santa Barbara County woman who was accused of planning the death of her daughter, who had ALS.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors filed murder charges against Marjorie Good in conjuction with the March, 2013 death of her daughter Heidi.

Prosecutors say the Solvang woman along with caretaker Wanda Nelson conspired to kill the 52 year old woman.

Defense attorneys contended that a problem with breathing gear led to the woman’s death.

Nelson was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last week.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., became the first member of Congress to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president.

In a statement, Collins said the business tycoon has the "guts and the fortitude" for the Oval Office.

Like Trump, Collins is a successful businessman — he is one of the wealthiest members of Congress — and shares Trump's view that the government needs to be run more like a business.

Collins had been a public supporter of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but Bush exited the race after his disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary over the weekend.

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A South Coast city approved a unique proposal to host a college in part of its city hall complex.

The Ventura City Council last night approved a deal for Brooks Institute to lease more than 20,000 square feet of space in the City Hall North complex, as well as some space in the Eric Stanley Gardner Building.

Brooks is currently located outside of Ventura, off of Highway 33.

The college wanted to have a more urban campus.

Two people are facing a variety of criminal charges following an early morning car, and foot chase in a South Coast community involving a Sheriff’s Department helicopter, and K-9 dogs.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy noticed two people sitting in a car parked outside of a convenience store on the 1100 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria around 3 a.m. yesterday.

When the officer ran the license plates, he discovered the car had been stolen in Simi Valley. An effort to stop the car as it was leaving led to a chase through Carpinteria.

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