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It was a series of related, and now all-but forgotten tragic accidents along the Santa Barbara County coast which left 16 people dead. It involving two plane crashes and a boat collision. On July 5th, some of those who died are being commemorated in Santa Barbara.

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The remains of a man who died some 10,000 years ago have been returned home to the South Coast island which was his home.

A man researchers call “Tuqan Man” died, and was buried on San Miguel Island. In 2005, some archaeologists surveying a historic site in the islands found the remains exposed in a gully.

An isolated part of the Channel Islands was rocked by a series of small earthquakes Tuesday.

Three quakes all registering between magnitude three and four hit early Tuesday morning, all centered about six miles southwest of San Clemente Island. That’s about 110 miles southeast of Ventura.

She’s a  legendary figure in South Coast history, whose story has been retold in a popular book, a movie, and documentaries. A Native American woman lived by herself on one of the Channel Islands for nearly two decades. She was known as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island."  But, some new research says she may not have actually been alone the whole time.

Two men have quite a story to tell today, after the boat they were in capsized in the Channel Islands, and they had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

It happened Saturday afternoon.

(Photo Courtesy Matt Howard/Island Packers)

Maybe you felt it.  People on much of the the Central and South Coasts did when a magnitude 5.3 earthquake centered in the Channel Islands rocked the region Thursday afternoon.  No injuries or serious damage has been reported from the 12:39 p.m. quake, which had an epicenter 30 kilometers southwest of Santa Cruz Island.

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A 20 acre brush fire is burning on one of the Channel Islands, and could clearly be seen from some Ventura and Santa Barbara County coastal communities.

The blaze was reported at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon on Santa Cruz Island, in an area near the Nature Conservancy Ranch. 

(Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History/National Park Service Photo)

Researchers say they’ve found the fossils of an extinct species of marine mammal in the Channel Islands which may be more than 20 million years old.

Photo by William Hoyer

Beginning in the early 1900s, scientists surveyed all the plants they could find on one of the Channel Islands, San Nicolas Island. More than 100 years later, researchers discovered many plants that had never been seen on the island before. 

Photo by Jennifer Perry

Dozens of archaeological sites have recently been discovered on the Channel Islands by a group of South Coast researchers. 

Santa Barbara Island is only one-square mile. It’s the smallest of the Channel Islands and the most isolated. In the 1960s, 19 archaeological sites were discovered.

Jennifer Perry, a Cal State Channel Islands anthropologist and archaeologist, was part of a team that re-surveyed the island over the last few years to find more than 40 additional archaeological sites, tripling the number of known sites and changing the view of the island’s prehistory.

(Photo courtesy Ocean Exploration Trust)

He discovered the long lost wreckage of the Titanic. He found what was left of the infamous German battleship Bismark.

And now, famed undersea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard has brought his exploration vessel, the Nautilus, to the Channel Islands, where his team is mapping, and exploring uncharted parts of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

The late winter and early spring months have been hard on South Coast shorebirds.

Their diet of certain fish was unfortunately tainted with domoic acid, and that's lead to serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.

Some prehistoric artifacts found on one of the Channel Islands provide new evidence the islands may have been home to some of North America’s first residents.

The archaeological site was discovered on Santa Rosa Island last week.

(National Park Service photo)

Plans have now been completed to build a new pier for the heaviest used anchorage in the Channel Islands.

The National Park Service has developed a trio of alternatives for Scorpion Anchorage, on Santa Cruz Island. It gets about 56,000 visitors a year. The goal is to create a replacement for the old existing pier.

It looks like a typical weekday morning at Santa Barbara Harbor.

There are tourists wandering along the breakwater, fisherman preparing to go to sea, and people getting ready to take their sailboats out to sea. But, here’s something attracting a crowd at a dock. It looks like a slice out of a history book: a nearly 100 foot long, 150 ton full scale replica of a Spanish galleon which is visting Santa Barbara County for the very first time.

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