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Santa Barbara County leaders are set to begin final review of one of the most solid county budgets it’s had in years. For the first time in more than a decade no service reductions are being proposed for county departments.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County public health officials are launching an initiative to educate the public about the potential dangers of marijuana.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s digital and social media-based cannabis education campaign includes a series of videos that uses science-based research to target teens and their parents.

A man who served as Santa Barbara County's Treasurer-Tax Collector for nearly two decades has died.

Gary Feramisco was hired as Santa Barbara County's assistant treasurer in 1982. 

There was no shortage of comments for and against oil trucking Monday night at a Santa Barbara County hearing.

The hearing focused on an ExxonMobil plan to temporarily truck oil to processing facilities in Santa Maria and Kern County if three offshore oil platforms are restarted off the Gaviota coastline. 

The platforms are part of the well-established Santa Ynez unit that has been offline since the Plains All American Pipeline rupture in May 2015.

It took the SWAT team to stop a man who led law enforcement on a multi-city chase that ended in Orange County yesterday. The convicted felon who was at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz has a criminal history in Santa Barbara County.

The pursuit began in Laguna Beach when Richard Bloustine, who is wanted on suspision of a parole violation, refused to pull over for Laguna Beach police. 

For the first time in years, Santa Barbara County is looking at a proposed new budget which doesn’t include proposed service cuts. County officials saying a combination of careful planning and a slight growth in income have combined to create the most stable financial situation in years.

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

The big winter storm hitting the Central and South Coasts Tuesday night and Wednesday night started in spectacular fashion, with widespread thunderstorm activity.

As of 9:30 Tuesday night, rainfall totals were light, but lightning captured many people's attention. Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer captured this spectacular time lapse photo at Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf.

Santa Barbara County has a new head for one of its most critical agencies, one which oversees development in the county. County Supervisors approved the appointment of Lisa Plowman as Director of Planning and Development.

Authorities are investigating a body found on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara Police say human remains were discovered by a passerby on Saturday around noon on the base of a cliff by Douglas Family Preserve near Hendry’s Beach. The body is that of an adult.

We’re learning more about a triple murder that took place late last month in Santa Barbara County. Forty-three-year-old David Gerald McNabb is accused of killing his sister Nicole, mother Melanie and Carlos Echavarria at their Orcutt home before the suspect died in an officer-involved shooting. 

The Sheriff’s Office now says two deputies fired six less-lethal munitions at David McNabb. But after the suspect pointed a rifle in their direction, deputies fired 23 rifle rounds at him.

A search and rescue team looking for a missing Los Angeles County firefighter has discovered a body on the South Coast.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded Friday afternoon to a report of a suspicious vehicle that was parked near the Hot Springs Trailhead in Montecito since Monday. Witnesses say the only man in that vehicle was last seen walking up the trailhead.

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 Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting close to fully containing a brush fire on the Central Coast. The 110-acre Windmill Fire near Buellton is now 80% contained.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters in Santa Barbara County are getting a handle on a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 110-acre Windmill Fire west of Buellton near Highway 246 is now 40% contained.

A brush fire has burned more than 30 acres of brush in central Santa Barbara County Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton.  The blaze is burning in light grass, and no structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

However, residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.  Firefighters are using aircraft in their efforts to contain the blaze.  There's no word on the cause yet.