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Heavy rains drench Tri-Counties but drought lingers

By   /  Friday, January 27th, 2017  /  left  /  Comments Off on Heavy rains drench Tri-Counties but drought lingers

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Tri-county fire danger growing

By   /  Friday, July 8th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Tri-county fire danger growing

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A year after Refugio oil spill, Sherpa Fire closes beaches again

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  left, South Coast  /  Comments Off on A year after Refugio oil spill, Sherpa Fire closes beaches again

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Sherpa Fire 89 percent contained as firefighters gain upper hand

By   /  Friday, June 17th, 2016  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Sherpa Fire 89 percent contained as firefighters gain upper hand

Updated at 1:15 p.m. June 22: The Sherpa Fire is 89 percent contained, according to an incident report updated by fire officials at 1:07 p.m. June 22. Updated at 9:40 a.m.  June 21: The Sherpa Fire is now 70 percent contained, according to an incident report updated by fire officials at 8:16 a.m. June 21. Read More →

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3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on 3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

  Even though Plains All American Pipeline underestimated the extent of the Refugio oil spill, Santa Barbara businesses and residents are feeling less of a sting than expected since the rupture fouled the Gaviota coastline and its wildlife about three months ago. Plains, the Houston-based oil company responsible for the spill, said in a quarterly Read More →

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‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on ‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company responsible for the oil spill near Refugio Beach on May 19, should stop the bullshit. Plains’ aversion to providing honest answers about the spill was on full display June 26 at a joint oversight hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Read More →

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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly Read More →

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