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UC Santa Barbara has an impressive academic reputation, but a new survey by a college ranking organization places it number one in a less than stellar category. The latest edition of the Princeton Review says UCSB is number one in the nation for hard liquor consumption. The new version of the annual survey also puts UCSB sixth in the country for party schools.

A 911 call about a murder had led to the discovery of a possible murder scene in Ventura County, as well an arrest, but no body.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Meyer Road in Meiners Oaks on Sunday. They found a bloody scene at the house which fit with a homicide. No body was found at the scene.

The founder of a one of a kind non-profit in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties which helps women start, or expand businesses is retiring. Women’s Economic Ventures CEO Marsha Bailey is stepping down after nearly three decades on the job.

The South Coast’s newest park is a hidden gem, featuring rolling hills and a creek, but this property almost became a residential neighborhood.

The preservation of the 20-acre-plus open space area just west of Elings Park in Santa Barbara is the result of years of work.

It’s a mystery which triggered a literary disaster on an epic scale in Southern California. In 1986 an arson fire ripped through the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.   The unsolved mystery led to a new, critically acclaimed work: “The Library Book,” about libraries by award-winning author Susan Orlean. She’s speaking about the project this week on the South Coast.

The latest in a string of storms to impact the Central and South Coasts is going to move through the region Friday night and Saturday morning, but no issues are expected in the region’s brush fire burn areas. We could see a half inch to inch of rain on the coast and inland, and up to two inches in the mountains and foothills.

December 4th marks the one year anniversary of the deadly and destructive Thomas brush fire, which killed two people, destroyed more than a thousand structures, and charred more than 280,000 acres of land in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

As part of ongoing recovery efforts, Women’s Economic Ventures and Wells Fargo are making $450,000 dollars in grants to some impacted small businesses in the region.

The massive Woolsey brush fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties is now fully contained.

The 96,000 acre fire was declared fully contained Wednesday. The fire began on November 8th.

“Monday Night Football” returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 33 years Monday, and it will commemorate victims and first responders from the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Southern California wildfires.

Players from both the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will wear hats honoring first responders, including the Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The hats and game jerseys will later be auctioned off to benefit relief efforts.

The discovery of a bat with rabies in Santa Barbara County has prompted a call for pet owners to insure their animals are vaccinated against the disease.

The bat was discovered in Lompoc.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials say rabies can be transmitted to a pet if a rabid wild animal like a bat or skunk bites it. It’s rare for humans to get it, but it can be fatal if untreated.

It’s a busy morning at a South Coast bakery.

People are ordering pastries and buying freshly made baguettes at Ventura’s Café Ficelle. The South Mills Road bakery and café is doing booming business for a place that’s been open for less than a year. But, there’s a lot of excitement because the man behind the business has been invited to represent the U.S. at an event in France which is like the Super Bowl of bread baking.

(National Park Service photo)

Firefighters are continuing to mop up a brush fire that’s now been burning for more than a week in the Channel Islands.

Containment is now up to 80% on the fire which started March 27th on Santa Cruz Island.

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

Highway 101 has been completely closed by flooding in the Montecito area Tuesday morning by the big storm hitting the Central and South Coasts, with authorities having to rescue some people trapped in their vehicles.

The flooding happened during the 5 a.m. hour.  The southbound 101 is closed at Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, and northbound the closure starts at Highway 126 in Ventura.  Thousands of vehicles on the 101 were diverted, and turned around in  the Rincon area.

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

As the number of homes lost to the devastating Thomas brushfire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties continues to grow, we hear more and more harrowing stories of the close calls of people fleeing the fast moving flames.

A Santa Barbara County man has one of those stories.


Firefighters say the raging Thomas brush fire in Ventura County is turning out to be as bad as it looked overnight, with more than 45,500 acres of land burned, and 150 structures destroyed.

The fire picked of homes in a number of neighbors, with some burning in the hills right above Downtown Ventura. The fire forced an estimated 27,000 evacuations.