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Archives for April 2011

Ventura County home to whiskey tasting club

Fri, April 29, 2011

It’s a tasting experience with a bite to it.  Ventura County is home to a club which doesn’t sample food, or wine.  It’s focus is whiskey tasting. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. 42911.whiskeyclub

South Coast grocery store among first chain stores in nation to totally ban use of disposable bags

Thu, April 28, 2011

The staff at a Carpinteria supermarket will never ask you if you want paper or plastic again, as an Albertson’s supermarket has banned the use of disposable plastic, and paper bags in an effort to be more environmentally responsible.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. 42811.carpshoppingbags

City of Santa Barbara takes new look at panhandling issue

Wed, April 27, 2011

Some community leaders say Santa Barbara’s panhandling issue has grown to the point where it’s hurting business.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports dozens of people took part in a Santa Barbara City Council discussion on possible solutions to the longtime problem.42711.sbpanhandlers

Deaths of two women from Ventura County stirs effort to improve rental car safety regulation

Tue, April 26, 2011

Legislation expected to go to the State Assembly floor this week could close what supporters are calling a loophole in how rental car companies deal with vehicle safety recall notices. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the bill was sparked in part by a Ventura County woman whose daughters died in a rental car which hadn’t been Read the Rest…

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Tue, April 26, 2011

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Violinist Mark O’Connor among headliners at Ventura Music Festival

Mon, April 25, 2011

Groundbreaking American violinist and composer Mark O’Connor is known for his unique blend of classical, folk, jazz, and even country influences. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with O’Connor, who’s performing in Ventura as part of the 17th annual Ventura Music Festival. Click on the link see a complete list of festival events: Ventura Music Festival. Audio

Research in Channel Islands points to nature’s role in stabilizing disease outbreaks

Wed, April 20, 2011

Some researchers say nature may play a key role in keeping a potentially dangerous population of disease carrying mice in the Channel Islands in check. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to researchers involved in a study which looks at the role the island environment, and natural predators may play in the situation. Audio

Conejo Valley high school students get hands on engineering, electronics experience with robots

Tue, April 19, 2011

Some Conejo Valley high school students may be on the fast track for research careers. A team made up of students from four local high schools has been busy designing, and building robots. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Audio

Ventura County symposium looks at ongoing crisis in Gulf Of Mexico

Mon, April 18, 2011

Some leading national environmental researchers meeting at Cal State Channel Islands, in Ventura County say we’re still trying to understand the impacts of Hurricane Katrina, and the BP Deepwater Oil disaster in the Gulf Of Mexico region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Audio

Law banning gender discrimination focus of Conejo Valley forum

Fri, April 15, 2011

It’s been nearly four decades since a federal law banned discrimination in educational programs, or activities based on gender. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on a forum in Ventura County which looked at how the effort is faring, including a report on the situation in the Conejo Valley. Audio

Law And Order series, creator to be honored at Santa Barbara County event

Thu, April 14, 2011

It was one of television’s longest running series, with 20 years on the air, and some of its related series are still going strong. UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center is hosting a retrospective on April 15th of the flagship series “Law & Order”, and honoring the show’s creator, Dick Wolf. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the prolific Read the Rest…

Santa Barbara County moves towards consolidation of departments to streamline operations, and save money

Wed, April 13, 2011

Santa Barbara County is moving to combine some of its agencies, and services into one department to try to streamline operations, and save money. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the debate over the issue. Audio

Crime survivor becomes nationally known advocate for crime victims rights

Tue, April 12, 2011

He was just a teenager when two men he was trying to help murdered his parents, and shot him and his sister. Brooks Douglass and his sister survived, and he’s become a leading crime victims rights advocate. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Douglass, who’s speaking in Ventura County at two events this week. Audio

Researcher says love songs may not paint a realistic view of relationships

Mon, April 11, 2011

Love songs often idealize love, but a local researcher says most of them actually set terrible examples. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on a study by a professor which shows in some ways, the music may doing us more harm than good. Audio

Environmental group says homeless camps polluting Ventura River, ocean

Fri, April 8, 2011

The environmental group Santa Barbara Channelkeeper says its new study shows that homeless camps on the lower Ventura River, in the Ventura area, are responsible for massive pollution problems. The group is taking the unusual step for an environmental organization of calling for local government agencies to step up with social programs to help permanently Read the Rest…

Potential new scientists, engineers in Ventura County demonstrate their research

Thu, April 7, 2011

They could be the next scientist who comes up with an important medical discovery, or an engineer who helps design a new satellite. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where hundreds of kids are taking on issues like sustainable energy, and oil spills at the Ventura County Office of Education Science Fair. Read the Rest…

Summerland residents seek answer to mysterious oil seepage off coast

Wed, April 6, 2011

Residents of one Santa Barbara County community are upset over what they think are some old, abandoned oil wells causing increasing oil leakage in the ocean, and on the town’s beach. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Audio

Legal settlement aids in cleanup of toxic waste site in Santa Barbara Conty

Tue, April 5, 2011

The EPA announced a settlement with nearly 50 former users of a toxic waste site in Santa Barbara County, as part of a bigger, long term cleanup effort. KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at efforts to clean up the Casmalia Resources Superfund site, which is hundreds of acres of land southwest of Santa Maria. Audio

Pulitzer-prize winning scientist to speak locally about efforts to fight species extinction

Mon, April 4, 2011

Internationally known Harvard researcher E.O. Wilson is calling for the scientific, and religious communities to join forces to deal with major environmental issues like species extinction. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Wilson, who’s speaking at U.C. Santa Barbara this week. Audio

Experts talk about unexpected rainy season which ends regional, statewide drought

Fri, April 1, 2011

The drought is over, but most experts wern’t expecting it to happen. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks about the rainfall, and what it means to local conservation efforts. Audio