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Contour Airlines is making it easier to fly directly from Santa Barbara to Sacramento: their new service between the two cities starts Tuesday at noon.

The airline has been able to use its 30-seat planes to fill a niche in service directly to the state capitol.

After an alarm went off and police arrived at a Santa Barbara dental business Sunday morning, a suspect inside was found cornered in a very small space.

Police say the first officers there found him after they saw his foot, but the man wouldn't surrender.

Photo submitted to John Palminteri / KEYT

Dogs were barking and some residents were woken up on the Montecito Coastline when a professional-style fireworks show exploded into the skies without warning around 9:40 P.M. Thursday night.

The show, which could be seen for miles, had numerous shells projected into the skies.

The sound reverberated into Santa Barbara and Mission Canyon, triggering phone calls to authorities and fire agencies.

The Paseo Nuevo Mall in downtown Santa Barbara, which has been open for 30 years, is getting a new look.

At an announcement Tuesday designs for the renovation were revealed, and then shovelfuls of dirt were ceremonially tossed into the air to kick off the work.

Santa Barbara County photo

After years at a critical level, the water crisis in Santa Barbara is not the issue it used to be.

At one point, the main drinking water supply, Cachuma Lake, was down to 7% capacity.

The wet winter has now pushed the lake to 80% capacity, the highest it's been in years.

A years-long strategy to control large crowds and rowdy behavior in Isla Vista due to the unpermitted Deltopia event seems to be working.

The thousands-strong beach party took over Isla Vista shores in 2010; since then, legions of partygoers have attended what's become a weekend-long event originally known as Floatopia.

It's hard to believe, but Santa Barbara and Goleta have never had a Target store.

Land-use and traffic issues, along with lack of available space and other factors, have been barriers, but now that's changing in a big way.

A sales tax increase approved by voters in Carpinteria, Santa Maria and Port Hueneme has gone into effect as of April 1.

The rates in Santa Maria and Port Hueneme increased by 1%, to 8.75%, while Carpinteria increased from 7.75% to 9%.

Now that a nonprofit group has raised $4 million in donations, ring nets will be installed soon in the Montecito Hills.

The nets are expected to hold back debris and rocks during heavy storms while still letting sediment flow through to the ocean.

After complaints of damage and vagrancy in the area of two State Street fountains in Santa Barbara, the features may be removed.

The future of shared bicycles and scooters was the topic of discussion at a summit meeting Thursday in Santa Barbara.

Participants included a group of transportation experts and those with an interest in the popular new way to get around.

A Santa Maria judge sentenced Joseph Hetzel to 11 years in state prison on Thursday, for a 2017 kidnapping in Solvang.

Hetzel also faces a 10-year criminal restraining order and more than $1800 in restitution fines.

After the Plains All-American Pipeline break in May of 2015, ExxonMobil has been trying to move its oil from three offshore platforms to the marketplace in a different manner.

Their latest plan to use trucks was turned down by Goleta city leaders, who say they don't have transportation jurisdiction on the highways for that request.

Many regional coastal hiking trails have been changed by the harsh winter storms, espcially those in the areas of the Thomas Fire burn zone.

Now, with mainly sunny skies in the forecast for at least a week, hikers are arriving at trails that used to be familiar, but have now been altered.

John Palminteri / KEYT

The new Santa Barbara Police Mobile Command Unit has been unveiled after a large donation from two non-profit groups.

The Police Foundation and One805 combined for over $300,000, while the city contributed $60,000, for upgrades to the large specialized motor home that serves as mobile command.

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