A significant water main break Monday afternoon has flooded parts of Milpas Street. Witness video sent to NewsChannel 3 shows the roadway in the 600 block of Milpas Street suffering from major cracks with the ground raised several inches, as water gushes out from multiple locations along the ground.
Firefighters are battling a 400+ acre brush fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The streets of the Santa Maria Valley were buzzing with activity Wednesday morning. On dozens of street corners, hundreds of volunteers donated their time to participate in the annual Day of Hope fundraiser. Now in its third year, the 5-hour event raises money to assist patients at Mission Hope Cancer in Santa Maria.
Fiesta Pequena is the official kick-off to Old Spanish Days. Crews and performers were hard at work rehearsing for Fiesta Pequena on the steps of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. (Photos: Oscar Flores)
Grover Beach police released more information into a fatal hit-and-run investigation that occurred Saturday night shorty before 10 p.m., including the arrest of the suspect several hours later. Full Story here.
The Bar Fire broke out near Refugio Canyon at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Resourced from the Rey Fire were diverted to fight the Bar Fire. Full Details Here.
Firefighters are battling the Chimney Fire burning near Lake Nacimiento in San Luis Obispo County. The wildfire broke out Saturday at 4:05 p.m. For continued updates, click here.
Downed power lines are being investigated as possible cause of fire that burned 3-5 acres and a large cabin at a Zaca Lake retreat Wednesday night. FULL STORY HERE
Santa Barbara Police are on the scene of a triple fatal car crash on Cliff Drive. It happened just before 9 p.m. at Cliff and Vista Del Playa near Santa Barbara City College. FULL STORY HERE
For nearly one entire week in August, Old Spanish Days takes over Santa Barbara for a colorful, exciting, contagious fiesta. The festivities include dancing, singing, confetti-filled cascarones, food, games and rides, a rodeo, and many more fun-filled events. This year's Fiesta theme is a "Coastal Frontier."
Flor y Canto is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances and songs of the 19th Century. Interwoven with historic narration, the unique dances and songs at Flor y Canto are performed much as they would have been 170 years ago.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta officially began on Wednesday with La Fiesta Pequeña drawing thousands of people to Santa Barbara. The annual event was hosted by Father Larry Gosselin and NewsChannel 3 Anchor Beth Farnsworth. Here are some of the images from Wednesday night's event through the camera lens of our Digital Journalist Oscar Flores.
Crowds got quite the treat Tuesday night with Fiesta Pequena rehearsals at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Fiesta Pequena marks the official kick-off to the week-long Old Spanish Days festivities.
National Night Out was a chance for the Lompoc community to come together and get up close and personal with the men and women who serve in local law enforcement and public safety.
The city of Santa Barbara is gearing up for Old Spanish Days with a kickoff party on Sunday night. La Recepcion del Presidente at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, gives El Presidente J.C. Gordon the chance to thank the community for putting on this year's events. The event honors Gordon and past Presidentes and serves as a fundraiser to support free Fiesta events. The 92 annual Old Spanish Days kicks off on Wednesday, August 3. FULL STORY HERE
An 80 acre parcel off Grand Avenue outside Fillmore -- one portion registered to an owner in Los Angeles, a second to an owner out of Texas -- is the site of an ongoing investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. FULL STORY
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum houses some of Fiesta's most guarded artifacts. This underground vault opened exclusively for KEYT NewsChannel 3. Here's what we found.
'Fiesta del Museo' has become one of the most popular events preceding Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Held at the beautiful Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the event is home to silent and live auctions, dancing, live music, great food,
Law enforcement and medical personnel were dispatched to the 900 block of East Betteravia Road. That's where police say shots rang out at a nearby Conserv Fuel gas station. Full story here.
The annual camp is celebrating 30 years of providing wheelchair sports to kids between the ages of 6 and 19 years old. Counselors and instructors are wheelchair users themselves and many of them were former campers as well just like Crystal Hernandez from Santa Paula. She has been attending the camp since she was 10 and now she's in her 8th year of being a counselor. "I wanted to do for the kids what the counselors did for me which was inspire me and push me to do things that I didn't think I could do," said Hernandez. "It's special because a lot of these kids don't know what they are capable of until they are here and when you see that spark in their eyes you know you triggered that feeling in them." Funding from the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation allows all campers to attend the week for free.
Old Spanish Days executive committee announced the selection of Jean-Michel Cousteau as Grand Marshal for the 2016 El Desfile Histórico Parade. Tuesday's announcement comes just over three weeks from one of Santa Barbara's most popular events and one of the largest equestrian parades in the country. Read the full story, here.
More than one-hundred people gathered at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on Sunday for a peaceful vigil to remember the victims of recent violence across the country. The candlelight vigil was organized on Facebook and is a part of the Black Lives Matter movement. People who attended lit candles and participated in a moment of silence. Organizers read names of dozens of people killed by police or in police custody. They also honored the officers murdered in Dallas. Organizers said they wanted the gathering to be constructive, positive and conducive to an open dialogue. One man interrupted the vigil during the open mike. Police made contact with him and he left on his own accord. Organizers said they recently met with Mayor Helene Schneider, police and local leaders. All parties plan to meet in the coming weeks to talk about ways to bridge the gap in the community.
Fresh baked goods are now coming out of the new Helena Avenue Bakery in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone. The site has hand crafted breads, pastries, cookies, and pies. There's also a selection of sandwiches for a quick bite or a picnic at the beach. The new bakery is near the corner of Yanonali and Helena streets in a shared space with the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. It's also walking distance from the Lark and Lucky Penny restaurants and will be providing fresh baked goods for guests dining there. The Helena Bakery offers casual meals from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first customers today were tasting double chocolate, peanut butter brittle, chocolate chip and oatmeal blueberry cookies. To go picnic meals includes couscous salad, cold fried chicken along with ham and house made butter sandwiches. The menu also has potato salad, Brussel sprouts Caesar salad and many other grab and go items. The bakery interior is framed with clear windows where customers can see the active operation while they order and eat.
Santa Maria police are currently on scene of a shooting involving at least two victims in the area of 400 N. Oakley Avenue. The conditions of the two victims is unknown at this time, however there are reports that one of the victims may have died.
Ventura police are currently on scene of a double shooting that occurred in the 4200 block of Main Street just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers located two unidentified male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The other was taken to Ventura County Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time. Read the full story here.
Safe and sane fireworks are now on sale in Santa Maria. For the non-profit groups selling the fireworks this is a way to bring in income for their organizations. They often rely on the money generated by the sales they make. Santa Maria Police say safe and sane fireworks will only be able to be used on the Fourth of July between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies made several arrests Tuesday morning during a narcotics related search warrant in the 300 block of South Oakglen Avenue in Nipomo. They say they discovered a marijuana grow and took three people into custody. For the full story, Click Here.
A fire broke out in Refugio Canyon on Wednesday, June 15, 2015, and quickly spread downhill towards the ocean. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents in the affected areas and a couple of other areas such as El Capitan State Beach, were placed on an Evacuation Warning.
An incident management team makes every decision when it comes to fighting the Scherpa "Sherpa" Fire. KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 got an exclusive tour of the Incident Command Center at Dos Pueblos High School where firefighters battling the blaze collect intel, sleep, eat, and shower. Photos by Oscar Flores
Evacuated horses from the Scherpa "Sherpa" Fire are under good care at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. They will be returning to Refugio Road ranches on Monday. (Photos: Equine Evac)
Millions of cars have been recalled due to defective Takata air bags across the world. One in every 10 cars in the U.S. is affected by the recall, Automotive News reports. The publication is calling this the "recall of the century," as up to 90 million more recalls are possible.
France continues to clear out "The Jungle," and the UN refuge agency says 2016 has become the deadliest for migrants crossing the Mediterranean bound for Europe.������
The 2016 World Series started Oct. 25, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.
Do you ever find yourself lacking energy throughout the day? Here are 14 foods and drinks you may want to eliminate from your diet to keep yourself energized.
The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.
With the presidential election rapidly approaching, WalletHub has released its list of the states with the most and least powerful voters. Click through to see where your state ranks.
The Chicago Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945. See how times have changed over the past 71 years.
Pop singer Katy Perry has made a big impact on the music scene in the few years she has been around. In celebration of her 32nd birthday on Tuesday, join us for a look at her career so far.
Pablo Picasso is born, the first domestic microwave oven goes on sale, Led Zeppelin debuts in concert, the U.S. invades Grenada, and Bill Buckner blows it for the Red Sox, all on this day.
While Donald Trump's propensity for colorful rhetoric has garnered much of the attention this election cycle, his opponent Hillary Clinton hasn't led a gaffe-free campaign. Click through for her most provocative statements.
On Sunday night, Bill Murray became the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award given by The Kennedy Center to Americans whose impact on society is reminiscent of essayist and satirist Mark Twain. Take a look at all the previous winners.
Rapper Drake, who celebrates his 30th birthday on Monday, is just one of several celebrities who go by one name. In honor of his birthday, take a look at other stars who are too big for a last name.
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The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.
For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are the National League champions. Here's a look at their celebration as they go for their first World Series win since 1908.
The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination is rejected, and the iPod is introduced, all on this day.
Michigan State University has put together a list of the most empathetic countries. Researchers interviewed more than 100,000 adults from 63 countries and found "higher empathy countries also have higher levels of collectivism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, emotionality, subjective well-being, and prosocial behavior." Find out the top 10 countries that made the list.
The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, and The Supremes top the charts, all on this day.
The person ahead in the popular vote might not actually win the presidency. Why? The Electoral College takes the final vote -- not us.
Less than a day after their heated final presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded shots at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner. Here's a look at the most memorable lines from the event.
Halloween isn't just for humans to dress in costume. About 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets up too, according to the National Retail Federation. The group put together a list of the top costumes for pets. Click through to see what made the list, including the devil.
A new family will be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January, inheriting a home rich with history and tradition. Check out how some of our founding fathers lived in their presidential estates.
If you think your morning commute is long, see how it stacks up to the average commute time in these 10 cities.
It seems that as long as Twitter has been around celebrities have been raising eyebrows with controversial tweets. Here are some of the worst celebrity Twitter gaffes.
Magellan discovers the strait that would bear his name, Carlton Fisk waves his World Series home run fair, and Keith Moon plays his last show with The Who, all on this day.
Donald Trump's star has entered the supernova phase of this cosmically weird campaign season. Republican concerns now center on whether his fiery explosion will leave behind a black hole -- dragging the party's top leaders and aspiring stars into a post-Trump oblivion.
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Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, Nixon sets off the "Saturday Night Massacre," Jackie Kennedy remarries, the Sydney Opera House opens, tragedy strikes Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Muammar Gaddafi is killed, all on this day.
More than a few famous women have seen their daughters find fame in their own right. See if you can identify the famous mothers of the following female celebrities.
Pay attention if your feet are sending you any of these 15 warning signs.
Traveling this winter? WalletHub has put together a list of its top 10 cold-weather destinations. The list was developed with 26 metrics including cheapest flights. Click through to see which destination tops the list.
As Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Florida and the Southeast United States, forecasters worry it could become one of the most expensive storms in the nation's history.
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Autumn officially starts Thursday, which means trees are about to put on a brilliant show. Find out why leaves change colors every fall.
Hurricane Hermine hit Florida as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday. Two deaths have been reported so far. The storm has shifted to the Eastern Seaboard and has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Millions of resident are under tropical storm watches for the rest of Labor Day weekend, while Florida residents are still reeling from the damage.
The 2016 hurricane season is underway, which means storms are named using lists created by the World Meteorological Organization. The list rotates every six years and changes if a particularly deadly storm hits. That name is then replaced with another one, according to the National Hurricane Center. Click through to see the names for the 2016 season.
Catastrophic flooding has swallowed swaths of Louisiana in a deluge that the governor calls "unprecedented." The breadth of the destruction includes 40,000 homes damaged, 6,900,000,000,000 gallons of rainfall in one week, 31.39 inches of rain in one day and 13 deaths across the state. See images of the devastating flood waters:
The Blue Cut fire in Southern California is the latest wildfire to hit the state, with dry, windy and warm conditions helping the fires to spread. The Blue Cut fire has caused 82,000 residents in San Bernardino County to evacuate, according to a Cal Fire spokesman. The fire had engulfed 18,000 acres in less than a day and caused Gov.
A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Italy about 100 miles northeast of Rome early Wednesday morning. The damage was significant and the death toll is climbing.
Dennis Rickard was a well known figure amongst the Santa Barbara community and beyond. He served as the 2014 Old Spanish Days' El Presidente. His legacy is a rich one, one which involves the tradition and history that can only come from being the great-great-grandson of José de la Guerra, the proclaimed patriarch of Santa Barbara's first family. A highlight of Rickard's year-long duties as El Presidente was the showcase morning when Old Spanish Days was shown by way of an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade January 1, 2015 in Pasadena. Rickard passed away on Sunday after battling a recent illness.
Congratulations to all of this year's Fiesta Photo Contest winners! And a BIG THANK YOU to Samy's Camera and everyone who participated and entered their Fiesta photos. See you all next year!
Old Spanish Days is here again! We kick things off with La Recepción del Presidente.
Need an alternative to the Mercados? Check out some of the top spots in Santa Barbara that offer a Fiesta menu during Old Spanish Days.
The Santa Barbara Carriage Museum is host to all of these iconic carriages of yesteryear.
Various events and activities around Santa Barbara during the 90th Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration. Photography by Oscar Flores
Here are just a few of the photos that viewers have sent in for our Fiesta Photo Contest! A BIG THANK YOU to all that entered on our Facebook pages! Be sure to check the comments on the photos you posted to see if you've won.
The countdown to the 2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Celebration began at Sunday night's La Recepcion del Presidente at the DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. Guests enjoyed performances by The Spirit of Fiesta, Talia Ortega Vestal, and the Junior Spirit of Fiesta, Natalie Mowers.
A night under the stars. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum presents "Fiesta del Museo," in the museum courtyard. Photography by Oscar Flores.
Councilman Frank Hotchkiss is in the hospital after falling from a horse at the start of the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade.
Construction of the Fiesta floats is underway, but for one dance team, this year's Fiesta and float are much different than all the rest.
Although there were no more celebrity tributes, there was still plenty to do on the last day of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Movies, an art show, festival winner presentations, and the Women's Panel featuring director Alison Eastwood.
The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival ended its tribute series by honoring Rooney Mara with its 2016 Cinema Vanguard Award.
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short) and Lenny Abrahamson (Room) were honored Thursday night with the SBIFF Outstanding Directors of the Year Award.
69-year-old Sylvester Stallone never looked so good as he graced the Red Carpet at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival to receive the 2016 Montecito Award for his body of work.
Actresses Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan were honored Monday night with the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performers Award. Larson was unable to attend the event in person but Skyped in.
Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Geza Rohrig, Alicia Vikander and Jacob Tremblay were all honored with the SBIFF Virtuosos Award on Saturday. The event was moderated by Dave Karger and the awards presented by Leonard Maltin.
Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams sat together on-stage at the Arlington Theater for a 2-hour tribute to their body of work before being awarded with the SBIFF's American Riviera Award.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off it's opening night with The Little Prince, starring Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy, and Directed by Mark Osborne.
More than 60 countries represented, 52 world premieres, 53 U.S. premieres, and big name celebrity tributes all compose part of the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival line-up announced at a press conference Monday morning.
"McFarland, USA," a sports/drama film starring Kevin Costner, made its U.S. Premiere at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on the Festival's closing night. Photos by Oscar Flores
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival held their Film Awards on the last official day of the festival. The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to "Bang Bang Baby." Winner received a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. The Audience Choice Award, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent, went to the New Zealand film "Hip Hop-eration." The Best International Film Award went to Belgium's "All Cats Are Grey." Best Documentary Film Award went to "Children of the Arctic." The Nueva Vision Award went to "Happy Times." The best Eastern European Film Award went to "Monument to Michael Jackson." The first time for this category, which spotlights Santa Barbara Filmmakers and documentaries that highlight community issues, the Santa Barbara Features Award, presented by COX Communications, went to "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey." The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to "The Answers." The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to Load from Israel and directed by Niv Shpigel and Robert Moreno. The award for Documentary Short Films went to "Life After Pi." The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues went to "A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake," directed by Michael Lessac. Oscar Flores photos
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival drew its artist tributes to a close Friday evening with the presentation of the Outstanding Performer of the Year award to Steve Carell. Photography by Oscar Flores
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette with the American Riviera Award. Photos by Oscar Flores
Michael Keaton was honored at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the first ever 'Maltin Modern Master' Award. Here's a collection of photos from that night.
Jennifer Aniston was honored at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Montecito award for her work in 'Cake' Here's a compilation of images from that night.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Opening Night featured the movie Desert Dancer, a moving film about a group of young college students in Iran who start a dance group in a country where dancing is forbidden. Director Richard Raymond and cast members were on the Red Carpet. Photos by Oscar Flores and John Palminteri
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) were honored at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Cinema Vanguard Award for taking risks in their filmmaking careers. Oscar Flores photos
The Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking honored the Cousteau Family, Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine. Photos: Oscar Flores
Jessica Lange received the Kirk Douglas Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on November 16, 2014 at the Bacara Resort & Spa.
Bruce Dern Received the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Diane Laine presented Dern with the award. Photography by Gary Lambert.
Ethank Hawke and Julie Delpy attend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night, and hold a Q&A after the film, "Before Midnight." Photography by Oscar Flores
Roger Durling himself presented Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award. Photography by Oscar Flores and Gary Lambert
Jonah Hill presented Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photography: Oscar Flores
Oprah Winfrey receives the Montecito Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photography by Oscar Flores and John Palminteri.
Michael B. Jordan, Jared Leto, Brie Larson, and June Squibb all received the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award. Photography by Oscar Flores and John Palminteri
David O. Russell received the Outstanding Director Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Here's a collection of pictures from that night. Photography by Oscar Flores
Photos by Oscar Flores
Photo gallery: Opening night of the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mission Blue is the night's opening film. Photography by Oscar Flores and John Palminteri
Jennifer Lawrence, Quentin Tarantino, and Paula Patton among the star studded line-up at the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.