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An internationally known music program which attracts aspiring young musicians from around the world to the South Coast is going to take its annual summer music festival completely online.

The Music Academy of the West had already announced it was going to take part of its summer program online, but officials now say all events this June, July, and August will be on the web.

An Academy Award nominated actor whose movie and television career spanned more than a half century has died at his Santa Barbara County home. Stuart Whitman appeared in classic movies like “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” and the World War Two epic “The Longest Day.”

John Palminteri

Hundreds came out to Westmont College to remember the second anniversary of the Montecito debris flow disaster.

The disaster on January 9, 2018, claimed 23 lives and destroyed more than 150 homes.

An economic and market research company reports at the current pace, it could be 2029 before rebuilding is complete in Montecito from the deadly debris flow which devastated parts of the community.

Santa Barbara-based Robert Niehaus, Incorporated reviewed building permits and other documents related to recovery efforts.

It was a day no one who lived through it will ever forget.  Water, mud and debris rolled through Santa Barbara County’s foothills, killing 23 people, injuring more than 160, and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes. It was four in the morning on January 9th, 2018. The still burning Thomas brush fire had stripped the mountains above Montecito bare, and heavy rain sent the torrent streaming through the community.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

The winter storm which brought some heavy rain, snow, and even a tornado warning to parts of the Central and South Coasts is moving out of our area. Rainfall amounts topped two inches on parts of the South Coast. San Marcos Pass had 1.6” of rain, and Carpinteria 1.5”. There was some street flooding in Santa Barbara Wednesday night, but no major problems were reported in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

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 second wave of a big storm system is hitting the Central and South Coasts Thursday morning. It could drop one to two inches of rain in coastal and inland areas. The foothills and mountains could top four inches. There are no evacuation orders for the region, but the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Santa Barbara County, including the Thomas, Whittier, and Sherpa brush fire burn areas.

The first wave of what’s expected to be a two part storm has arrived on the Central and South Coast, with the biggest punch expected in the second part. Part one of the storm has been pretty unimpressive, with rainfall amounts of less than a half inch for much of the Central and South Coasts. But, there’s a big plume of subtropical moisture streaming into California.

Meteorologists say what appears to be a fairly impressive storm system is headed our way, one which could bring as much as four inches of rain to some of our mountain areas. Public safety officials are keeping a close eye on the storm, but so far there are no evacuation watches or warnings.

Highway 101 fully reopened in Montecito Saturday night, after flooding from the storm sweeping through the Central and South Coasts left it closed for much of the day.

Thousands of motorists were stranded after a creek near Sheffiled Lane overflowed at about ten Saturday morning.  With Highway 192 alaso closed, there was no way to travel between Santa Barbara and Summerland.

The freeway's southbound lanes reopened at about 4 p.m., and the northbound lanes at about eight p.m. Saturday.

The winter storm moving through the Central and South Coasts created flooding which closed a section of Highway 101 Saturday morning.

San Ysidro Creek overflowed just west of Sheffield Drive in Montecito at about 10 a.m., forcing the shutdown of the highway in both directions.  Traffic was backed up for miles.  The creek also overflowed during the 1/9 debris flow in 2018, but this flooding is on a much smaller scale.  There's no word yet on when it will reopen.

Going door to door all day Saturday in Montecito, volunteers and emergency workers spread the message of how to prepare for strong winter storms.

They also explained how to properly understand the various evacuation information that Santa Barbara County evacuation officials would disseminate.

Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The vehicle of a missing Los Angeles County firefighter has been found in Santa Barbara County. But there’s still no sign of 43-year-old Wayne Stuart Habel of Newhall.

LA County Sheriff’s officials say the 2008 Black Chrysler Aspen was located in a rural area of Montecito by a passerby Friday afternoon. Authorities searched in the area near the vehicle, but Habel was not found.

Photo by County of Santa Barbara

Surveyors are helping to re-establish property lines in Santa Barbara County after many markers were destroyed following the devastating 1/9 Debris Flow.

As part of the recovery effort, 70 key landmarks known as survey monuments are being set to indicate property boundaries in areas of Montecito destroyed or damaged by the flooding.

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