KCLU Staff

At Cachuma Lake, the enthusiasm is high even as the lake level remains low. The lake still hasn't recovered from the drought and remains under 40% capacity and dropping.

Despite that bleak outlook, this Saturday and Sunday will host the annual fishing derby, with $5000 in prizes.

Media star and Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey, along with Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner, have professed their thanks to first responders after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudflow.

They held a private party and dinner at the San Ysidro Ranch in the Montecito foothills last weekend for more than 100 firefighters and special guests at the exclusive location.

The 211 Help Line in Santa Barbara County has been an alternative to the 911 Emergency Line to provide assistance in non-life threatening situations.

It has been very valuable during the recent disasters when questions about evacuations, assistance from government agencies, or finding contacts for available aid have been coming in.

It's one of the busiest places for pedestrians and cars in Santa Barbara, especially for tourists.

Stearns Wharf needs safety upgrades, and the city is considering a plan to add 600 feet of new railing on the Wharf.

An overnight project to fill cracks and repave the 6000-foot surface of the Santa Barbara Airport's main runway will close the runway from midnight to 6 a.m. daily.

KCLU's John Palminteri reports on the changes to flight schedules as a result.

An Eastside Santa Barbara property owner is appealing the approval of a medical marijuana dispensary that could open up on Milpas Street.

It's taken about 10 years to put together a plan for a commuter train for Ventura County workers coming to  Santa Barbara and Goleta. 

Bumper to bumper traffic has been a frustrating part of the commute, but drivers can now use a new early-morning and early-afternoon Amtrak commuter train.

Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments says it's part of a multi-phase plan to ease congestion.

(National Park Service Photo)

Firefighters have 60% containment Friday morning of a brush fire burning on one of the Channel Islands.

They’ve been able to keep the fire on Santa Cruz Island at around the 250 acre mark.

Changes in our coastline and seafloor are going to be measured this week in a variety of locations along the Ventura and Santa Barbara County shores.

Human remains found with the wreckage of a vehicle in Santa Barbara County’s mountains have been positively identified as those of a man who disappeared nearly three years ago.

Timothy Black of Buellton was last seen in May of 2015.

The new commuter train that will be rolling from Ventura County to Goleta and back starting April 2nd has many prospective takers.

In a meeting with large employers Tuesday morning, Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments said about 1,000 drivers have indicated they want to leave their cars behind to ride the rails.

Since the massive January 9th debris flow, emergency crews in Santa Barbara County have been clearing areas to open passages for more rainfall runoff in case of a storm like the one in the area this week.

(Photo from movie "Virigin Blacktop")

It’s a documentary about a group of skateboarders. But it’s much more. “Virgin Blacktop” is really a movie about how a group of kids bonded over skateboarding, and became lifelong friends. The project which features more than four decades worth of film will make its world premiere on the Central Coast this weekend, as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

An earthquake rocked parts of the Central and South Coasts Wednesday.

The magnitude 3.7 quake was centered in an isolated area of Central California. But, people reported feeling the 10:05 a.m. quake in the San Luis Obispo area, which is 37 miles southwest of the epicenter.

And, some people reported feeling it in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas, even though they are about 70 miles southwest of the epicenter.

There are no reports of damage, or injuries.

The Santa Barbara Police Department has unveiled a new vehicle it calls a DRAGG Car. DRAGG (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti) is a non-profit educational organization for students.

Nine people reportedly suffered from a drug overdose in Isla Vista Thursday night around 10:30.

Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies, fire personnel, and paramedics were called to the scene.

A multiple casualty incident was declared, requiring more emergency workers.

(Santa Barbara County Map)

Public safety officials say they are keeping a close eye on a storm approaching the Central and South Coasts, but at this point are holding off on any mandatory evacuation orders in brush fire burn areas.

The front-end costs for Santa Barbara County continue to carry a heavy price tag in the wake of two natural disasters.

The county has just issued a report that says it spent about $46 million in emergency response costs.

This is linked to the Thomas Fire in December and the Montecito Mudflow which began on January 9th.

A well capping project is underway on the Summerland coastline, where what's knoen as the Becker oil well has been leaking for years.

It dates back to the early 1900s when offshore and onshore oil drilling first began in Summerland.

A polluting oil well in the near-shore waters off Summerland beach will now be capped to prevent any further leaking.

The Becker well dates back decades, when onshore and offshore drilling took place in the area.

The well was never sealed off properly.

A fire has forced the closure of a restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.

AJ Spurs is a large, well-known eatery established in 1989.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m.

In the hills of Santa Barbara, a dilapidated structure known as the Franceschi house is about to go through a big change.

In a Parkside overlook that's been the focus of community debate for years, the house was a contribution in and memory of botanist Francesco Franceschi and architect Aldon Freeman.

Hikers have lost some of their favorite areas in our local hills.

Trails have been wiped out by both the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 disaster mudflow.

Hundreds of trucks are hauling mud from Montecito’s mudflow disaster to Goleta Beach. While the work is being completed, the beach waters are closed.

A posted sign at the beach is causing confusion among people who think everything there is closed.   

A town hall meeting has been set for Thursday night in Montecito Union School to talk about the new concerns after the recent mudslide disaster.

The reshaping of the creeks and landscaping along with still-clogged drainages and chokepoints are a serious concern in the face of another possible rainstorm or earthquake.

Millions of dollars could coming back to Santa Barbara for costs related to the recent mudflow disaster that mainly hit Montecito County, but also impacted Coast Village Road. The city utilized fire and police services following the mudslide. 

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

The Montecito Inn has set up  a unique spotlight display in the sky to remember those who died or are missing following the January 9 deadly mudflow.

A single light will be shot to the sky for 23 hours over the next week.

A marketing makeover is underway for the Central Coast after the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudflow disasters.

The top state tourism officials met with hotel, restaurant and other tourism leaders in Santa Barbara Thursday.

An all-volunteer group has come together in Montecito to help their neighbors who are digging out from all the mud caked around their property.

One of the leaders is Abe Powell from the Montecito Fire Protection district.

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