••• The Gaviota rest area on northbound Highway 101 reopened the other day, then immediately closed again within an hour “due to issues with the water line. A Caltrans spokesperson says the mechanical issues in the water supply line are outside of Caltrans'[s] control and there is no timeframe for when they may be able to reopen the northbound side of the rest area.” —KSBY
••• “Potential Wildlife Crossing in the Works Near Gaviota […] Caltrans Applied for $10 Million Grant for Wildlife Corridor [under Highway 101] for Mule Deer and Mountain Lions.” —Independent
••• The final two installments in the story of how the Child Estate became the Santa Barbara Zoo in “one of the greatest community service projects of all time.” Overstatement much? —Noozhawk (and here)
••• The tree of the month is the Mediterranean Fan Palm: “It is very drought-tolerant and can survive temperatures above 115 degrees F; it is also remarkably cold-tolerant and can sustain temperatures as low as 10 degrees F.” —Edhat
••• “Jim Buckley, founder and former editor of the Montecito Journal, opened a new publication called the Santa Barbara Current on November 15. The blog-style website will address ‘libertarian, conservative, and (dare I say?) common-sense bent’ readers. The publisher is Russia stocks analyst James Fenkner, who […] came to public attention when he battled a group hired by the Santa Barbara Unified School District for racial sensitivity training, which Fenkner’s group viewed as overly ‘woke’ anti-bias training.” —Independent
••• “The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, The Nature Conservancy, and the Department of Defense teamed up to add protections to the Dangermond Preserve. […] The Dangermond Preserve includes more than 24,000 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, including eight miles of coastline in the Point Conception area.” —KCLU (photo courtesy the Nature Conservancy)
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