Trapped by mud in Montecito A tragic mudslide in the coastal Santa Barbara community of Montecito has left over a dozen people dead and missing. The destruction is only beginning to be measured. As search and rescue teams continue to comb through debris looking for survivors and recovering bodies, we speak to those affected and seek answers about evacuation orders and emergency alerts from county officials.
Author Pico Iyer on losing everything and rethinking death As those who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire begin to rebuild, author and Santa Barbara's own Pico Iyer joins us to talk about his own experience losing everything in a fire, and the deeper lessons he learned. He also discusses his upcoming event with palliative care doctor BJ Miller, who specializes in something many Americans absolutely hate to talk about - death.
The top local stories of 2017 It's hard to recall what predated the Thomas Fire here along the Central Coast, but before the flames began, Santa Barbara elected a new mayor, the housing market got even tighter, and leaders across the tri-county region rushed to draft new marijuana regulations. We take a look at the top stories of 2017, and what local journalists will be paying close attention to next year.
Stories of generosity from the Thomas Fire As some folks in Ventura are return to their homes, the Thomas Fire continues to burn in the foothills of Santa Barbara. Through it all, countless stories have emerged of businesses, neighbors and nonprofits helping disaster victims and firefighters.
Will Oxnard's power plant get shut down for good? Oxnard's coast does not mirror the pristine beaches of Malibu or Santa Barbara. It's home to a naval base, an industrial harbor and, most noticeably, two massive power plants. The state is forcing NRG Energy to shut those plants down, and environmental activists are fighting to make sure a brand new one doesn't get built on the same coastal site.
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