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11-18 January 2018 Vol 24 Issue 2

The Voice of the Village

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Lynn Kirst looks back at a halfdozen memorable individuals who passed away in 2017, p. 28

ASHLEIGH BRILLIANT, P. 23 • LETTERS TO EDITOR, P. 8 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS, P. 42

A SAD, SAD TIME

On the heels of celebrating victory over the Thomas Fire, Montecito was shaken awake at 4 am by a flood of boulders and debris that wrecked hundreds of homes and left at least 17 dead (story on p. 12)

Local News

More than 8,000 firefighters saved Montecito from the Thomas Fire, but then the rains came down, p. 6

Complete History of the Thomas Fire

Bob Hazard explains how and why Montecito avoided being scorched by California’s largest-ever wildfire, p. 5

A Sad, Sad Day  
A Sad, Sad Day