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The miracles and misery of Mt. Carmel in Santa Barbara

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sister Jean Marie walks through freshly sprouted clover around the mobile homes that she lives in with Sister Patricia and Sister Mary Anne. This is where they've resided since the monastery project went belly up. Photo by Paul Wellman

A tale of miracles and misery in Santa Barbara’s wine country has been unfolding for decades. This week, the Santa Barbara Independent tells the fascinating story.
Senior editor Matt Kettman tells KCRW’s Lisa Osborn how the dashed dreams of cloistered nuns laid roots for some of Santa Barbara’s finest wine producing fruit.

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A drought in paradise as Santa Barbara struggles with a very dry year

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
In response to its dwindling supply of water, Santa Barbara City's Council has declared a Stage Two drought alert, requiring a 20% or more reduction in residential and commercial water use. That means the watering of gardens is limited to the early morning and evening hours, the washing or hosing down of pavement is generally prohibited,cars must be washed at commercial facilities instead of homes, and drought notices are required at hotels and restaurants. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Communities across California are  implementing emergency conservation measures to save water during what has become one of the state’s worst droughts.
One of the places most affected by the drought is also one of the state’s richest communities: Santa Barbara.
For decades, Santa Barbara has sold itself as a kind of seaside Shangri-La. It’s a place of beautiful beaches, gorgeous Spanish-inspired architecture and lush gardens. But …

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