Local Student Wins Woodworking Award
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 22, 2023

Former MUS student Zander Murren Doherty has been passionately working away in his Montecito workshop this summer, building a variety of wooden creations and winning local and national competitions for his work.  Each May, the Santa Barbara School District hosts a local student woodworking competition; this year Zander built a very special rocking chair inspired […]

Welcome to the REEF! Inspiring Ocean Advocates for 20 years
By Stella Haffner   |   August 22, 2023

“You don’t have to be a scientist to love and protect the ocean,” says marine biologist Scott Simon. Simon is the director at UCSB’s teaching aquarium, the Research Experience and Education Facility (or REEF for short). Although used as a lab facility by the university, the REEF is primarily devoted to public outreach and serves […]


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Oil on Summerland Beaches
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 22, 2023

The continued efforts to contain the abandoned oil wells in the Pacific Ocean offshore to Summerland Beach took a new stride on Monday, August 14, at 10 am with the arrival of new capping methodology and the start of a 3D geological study titled, “Summerland Oil Mitigation Study” (SOMS), to fully map the oil reservoirs, […]

SB Neighborhood Clinics’ New Mobile Unit Ready to Go!
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 22, 2023

The mid-week downpour of rain and clouds did not stop Dr. Mahdi Ashrafian, CEO of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, from moving forward, literally, with the official launch of the center’s Mobile Health Unit on Thursday, August 10. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the Santa Barbara City College parking lot.  Joining were former clinic […]

Montecito Fire Chief David Neels is Taking the Fight to the Fire
By Jeff Wing   |   August 15, 2023

Montecito Fire Department’s (MFD) Station 91 is an understated, red-tiled building in the foothills above Montecito – at a glance more “stately hacienda” than Command Center; though the hacienda’s 30’ aerial somewhat gives the game away. Fire Chief David Neels likewise cuts an approachable figure. Soft-spoken and earnest but given to sudden grins, he is […]

Montecito Association Discusses Ring Nets
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 15, 2023

Pat McElroy was at the Montecito Association Board of Directors on Tuesday, giving a report on the six steel debris flow nets that were placed in the canyons above Montecito in 2018. Recently, the citizen-led group that spearheaded the installation of the nets, The Project for Resilient Communities, filed an application with the County of […]

Biltmore Updates
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 15, 2023

In a statement released last week, local hotelier Ty Warner confirmed that the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore will reopen in the fall of 2024, over four years after closing in March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Warner’s company, Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts, has been working with the Four Seasons Hotels […]

  • Education, Technology Join at Impact Conference
    By Scott Craig   |   August 15, 2023

    Westmont’s annual Impact Conference brings together leading thinkers in education and technology to discuss the development of better data systems for colleges and universities. Co-hosted by Salesforce and Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology (CATLab), the free event takes place on campus Thursday, August 10, from 8am – 1:30pm. To register or get more information, please […]

    Students Bring Joy of STEM to Ecuador
    By Scott Craig   |   August 8, 2023

    Westmont engineering students returned to Quito, Ecuador, in May to share their love of science, technology, engineering, and math with children in an after-school program. The seven engineering students – Jonny Reitinger, Jonah Swanson, Jacob Bailey, Maria Judy, Elijah Cicileo, Becca Hudson, and Tasha Loh – designed and built STEM educational materials to share with […]


    Hot Springs Trailhead Latest
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 8, 2023

    The tumultuous saga between four Montecito homeowners and the County of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department continues, as the California 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the County at an appeal hearing in mid-July. The ruling stated that the County could legally remove unpermitted encroachments in the public right-of-way along East Mountain […]

    MWD’s Water Conservation Specialist Retires 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 8, 2023

    Mike Clark has retired from the Montecito Water District, passing the baton to a new Water Conservation Specialist, Steven Cognac. Clark’s remarkable passion for drought-resilient gardening and water conservation inspired 18 years of service through some of the driest periods on record. Known community-wide for providing sincere and direct assistance to customers, Clark was named […]

    Montecito Association Meets
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 1, 2023

    At this month’s Montecito Association Board of Directors meeting, the Board had a lively discussion regarding retail chains in Montecito’s Upper Village. Spurred by the impending opening of RH (i.e. Restoration Hardware) in the Old Firehouse, a discussion ensued as to whether the MA board should be at the forefront of a future ordinance regulating […]

    Cold Spring School Unveils Renovated Kitchen 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 1, 2023

    Last week, Cold Spring School officially unveiled its state-of-the-art school kitchen, which is a crucial step in fulfilling Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate to offer free breakfast and lunch to all public school students.   The ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by guests and stakeholders, was led by Dr. Amy Alzina, Superintendent of Cold Spring School District, who […]

    Montecito Natural Health Opens in Upper Village 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 1, 2023

    As a follow-up to a story we’ve been following since April, Montecito Natural Foods, which was located in Montecito Country Mart for nearly 60 years and closed its doors in June, has reopened a small storefront in the Upper Village, next to Josephine’s Antiques. The store, now dubbed Montecito Natural Health, opened in mid-July, and […]