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While there’s been a lot of attention on efforts to reopen Highway 101 in Montecito in the wake of the January 9th flooding, two other key state highways in the region are also closed.

Crews are working on a number of damaged sections of Highway 192, which runs through the foothills of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. Sections of it are open west and east of Montecito, but there’s no official estimate on when it will open in Montecito itself.

A vigil will be held Sunday evening in Santa Barbara County to remember those who were killed and others who have been impacted by the devastating flooding.

A group of leaders that represent Montecito organized this event. It will take place at 5 pm on Sunday at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara.

Firefighters say they now have full containment of the monster 282,000 acre Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the inferno which set the stage for this week's flash flooding in Montecito.

The fire is the largest in modern day state history.  It started off of Highway 150 near Santa Paula December 4th, and led to two deaths and the loss of more than a thousand homes and other buildings.

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

Five deaths have been confirmed as a result of flash floods, debris flows and mudslides in the Montecito area early Tuesday morning.

A number of homes were destroyed, or damaged as a result of the storm.

Firefighters, and other public safety workers also rescued a number of people, including a 14 year old girl who was trapped in the debris of a damaged home.  Helicopters were used as part of the rescue effort.

More than a thousand people packed Santa Barbara's Granada Theater Tuesday, for a memorial to remember Michael Towbes.

The philanthropist and businessman passed away in April at the age of 87.

Towbes was the president of Montecito Bank and Trust, a developer, and a major supporter of nonprofits and the arts.

A teenager has been struck and killed by a train on the South Coast, and investigators are trying to figure what he was doing on the railroad tracks.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, a young man -- identified as 18-year-old Connor O’Keefe of Santa Barbara -- was walking northbound along the tracks near Fernald Point Lane in Montecito when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train that was also headed northbound.

Two people were taken to a hospital from treatment of injuries they suffered from a chemical leak at a South Coast hotel.

Montecito firefighters were called to the Four Seasons Biltmore at around 11:30 Tuesday morning by reports of a container leaking a hazardous material.

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Work officially started Monday on a new South Coast resort which has been talked about for more than a decade.

A groundbreaking event took place for the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito, a high end 161 room resort on what was the site of the community’s historic Miramar Resort.

The Montecito Country Club is getting a new look as part of $40 million makeover.

With the South Coast in a drought, however, the rollout of grass and the visible sprinkler system has caught the attention of passersby.

The once-blue-roofed Miramar Hotel and Convention Hall in Montecito is finally making a comeback.

Ownership and design changes on the project have gone on for 16 years.

The legendary Magic Castle is apparently coming to the South Coast.

The founder of the Hollywood landmark bought a building in Montecito with the intention of opening another Magic Castle.

The Magic Castle is a members-only clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, which features magic shoes, memorabilia, a dining room, and multiple bars. The mysterious looking mansion was built by Milt Larson in the 1960’s.

Detectives say an attractive woman who used dating websites to meet people, but then steal their financial information has been arrested in Santa Barbara County.

Investigators with the Southern California High Tech Task Force say Maria Johnson has been living the high life for close to a decade in Southern California on other people’s credit.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are just releasing details of a daring daytime robbery inside a posh South Coast hotel’s jewelry store.

The wind has eased on the South Coast, but it’s made for a rough weekend for some local communities.

Montecito was hit by a major power outage late Friday and early Saturday, with the outage triggering seven structure fires.

None of the fires caused major damage, but the firefighters were busy responding to the fire and power lines down calls.

There's been a big water loss in one South Coast district at a time when every drop is needed.

In an extreme drought, to see 50,000 gallons of water go down the drain is upsetting for everyone, especially officials with the Montecito Water District.

It happened Sunday night in a truck accident.

The vehicle sheared off a hydrant on Sheffield Drive at Birnham Wood.