2017 Press Releases

We are pleased to report that Evelyn Hines has been located safe and uninjured. She returned to the Palm Springs area and was located at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, January 24, 2017, at her former residential community. The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the many residents who were looking for her.

The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales announced results from the 2016 voluntary incentive program and publicly recognized the ten shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel region to 12 knots or less.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the District Attorney's Office has received a grant from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program. This program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a missing senior citizen. The daughter of 89-year-old Evelyn Hines reported her missing yesterday, January 22, 2017, at approximately 6:40 p.m. when her elderly mother never returned from running some errands.

A cliff and portion of a patio adjacent to apartments located near 6653 Del Playa Dr. in Isla Vista collapsed during the afternoon on Sunday (Jan. 22, 2017).

Following winter weather warnings from the National Weather Service for Santa Barbara County, an evacuation warning has been issued from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff for areas burned in the Sherpa Fire (June 2016)

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a Resolution last month to actively support the work of the Stepping Up Initiative led by the National Association of Counties (NACO), Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Foundation

This morning, Santa Barbara County's south coast received between 2.25 and 2.75 inches of rain. Almost 4 inches fell above the Sherpa Fire burn area, resulting in flash flooding particularly in El Capitan Canyon and Refugio Canyon.


In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff.

Will you be my PURRFect Valentine? In honor of the month of LOVE, Pet Owners should show their furry feline Valentine(s) how much they mean to them by scheduling a $25 spay or neuter appointment.