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California monarchs are in dramatic decline.

from The 805

First we heard of ‘helicopter moms,’ now ‘lawnmower parents’ have their day.

from The 805

With great novelists like TC Boyle, Sue Grafton and Ross McDonald, Santa Barbara is well known for its fiction writers.

Santa Barbara crowns a new poet laureate

With great novelists like TC Boyle, Sue Grafton and Ross McDonald, Santa Barbara is well known for its fiction writers.

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A new restaurant in Montecito takes the concept of fine dining along the Central Coast to a whole new level.

Opulent desserts by The Silver Bough’s Margarita Kallas Lee

A new restaurant in Montecito takes the concept of fine dining along the Central Coast to a whole new level.

from KCRW Features

As California continues to find ways to address homelessness, one approach has been to give out grants to local governments and nonprofits.

New money to help the homeless in Santa Barbara

As California continues to find ways to address homelessness, one approach has been to give out grants to local governments and nonprofits.

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“Perfection would be finding that mythical bread that’s in my mind,” said  Michellene  Parker of her quest to replicate an ideal loaf of French sourdough   pain  au  levain    or  …

From salt to fire, how one baker pursues the perfect loaf of bread

“Perfection would be finding that mythical bread that’s in my mind,” said  Michellene  Parker of her quest to replicate an ideal loaf of French sourdough  pain  au levain  or  …

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Spring has sprung along the Central Coast. Wildflowers are popping, the sun is shining and maybe you’ve seen some new critters around your neighborhood.

Springtime means a busy baby wild animal season

Spring has sprung along the Central Coast. Wildflowers are popping, the sun is shining and maybe you’ve seen some new critters around your neighborhood.

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From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

Could a beverage boom turn Old Town Goleta into the next Funk Zone?

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

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A big, white statue of a cow sits on top of a building along Milpas Street on Santa Barbara’s Eastside, where the local ice cream business McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams started.

Bossie’s chef Christina Olufson shares her beet cake recipe

A big, white statue of a cow sits on top of a building along Milpas Street on Santa Barbara’s Eastside, where the local ice cream business McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams started.

from KCRW Features

“Perfection would be finding that mythical bread that’s in my mind,” said Michellene Parker of her quest to replicate an ideal loaf of French sourdough     pain au levain     or    …

From salt to fire, how one baker pursues the perfect loaf of bread

“Perfection would be finding that mythical bread that’s in my mind,” said Michellene Parker of her quest to replicate an ideal loaf of French sourdough   pain au levain   or   …

from KCRW Features

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

Could a boozy beverage boom turn Old Town Goleta into the next Funk Zone?

From a hipster coffee shop to a rum distillery and wine tasting rooms, new beverage businesses are popping up in and around Old Town Goleta, a section of town that has resisted…

from KCRW Features

According to an investigative report    released by the Ventura County Fire Department   , power lines operated by SoCal Edison were responsible for igniting the Thomas Fire.

Lawsuits against Southern California Edison bolstered by new investigation

According to an investigative report released by the Ventura County Fire Department , power lines operated by SoCal Edison were responsible for igniting the Thomas Fire.

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Executive editor Nick Welsh at the Santa Barbara Independent talks through some of the biggest local stories of the week, including Santa Barbara City Council’s decision to back…

This week in the 805: unions win, new oil wells debated

Executive editor Nick Welsh at the Santa Barbara Independent talks through some of the biggest local stories of the week, including Santa Barbara City Council’s decision to back…

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This weekend, ultramarathons are descending on Santa Barbara’s frontcountry for the annual    Nine Trails Race   , a 35-mile trail run in the Los Padres National Forest.

Fire and mud can’t stop this Santa Barbara ultramarathon

This weekend, ultramarathons are descending on Santa Barbara’s frontcountry for the annual Nine Trails Race , a 35-mile trail run in the Los Padres National Forest.

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The view from the beach in Santa Barbara is not pristine. Dotting the horizon are nearly two dozen oil rigs. They’ve been there for decades. Most locals hate them.

Some environmentalists want Santa Barbara decommissioned oil rigs to stay

The view from the beach in Santa Barbara is not pristine. Dotting the horizon are nearly two dozen oil rigs. They’ve been there for decades. Most locals hate them.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast.

Where to spot stellar wildflowers along the Central Coast

Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast.

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A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara is trying to figure out what makes some people overdrink.

Drink too much? Your brain brakes may be failing

A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara is trying to figure out what makes some people overdrink.

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As crews begin installing metal nets in the canyons above Montecito to prevent a future debris flow, the community is still trying to decide how to remember the last one, which killed…

The debate over a Montecito memorial

As crews begin installing metal nets in the canyons above Montecito to prevent a future debris flow, the community is still trying to decide how to remember the last one, which killed…

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As crews begin installing metal nets in the canyons above Montecito to prevent a future debris flow, the community is still trying to decide how to remember the one that killed 23…

The debate over a Montecito memorial

As crews begin installing metal nets in the canyons above Montecito to prevent a future debris flow, the community is still trying to decide how to remember the one that killed 23…

from KCRW Features

According to the Santa Barbara Independent  , a sheriff’s deputy and a mental health outreach worker found 16 weapons after visiting a potentially suicidal 27-year-old man at his home…

Finding alternatives to jail for the mentally ill

According to the Santa Barbara Independent , a sheriff’s deputy and a mental health outreach worker found 16 weapons after visiting a potentially suicidal 27-year-old man at his home…

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