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Archives for February 2013

Family Of Santa Barbara Television Anchor Who Disappeared Briefly Releases Statement About Incident

Thu, February 28, 2013

The family of a Santa Barbara television news anchor who was reported missing yesterday, and was the focus of a major search before turning up safe has released a statement to explain the incident. On the website for KEYT-TV, a brief note says Paula Lopez was experiencing a medical condition that caused her to be Read the Rest…


South Coast Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Try To Protect Health Care Benefits For Veterans

Thu, February 28, 2013

A new South Coast congresswoman has introduced her first piece of legislation, a bill intended to help insure health care benefits for veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Oak Park of introduced HR 406, which calls on the Government Accountability Office to verify the accuracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare budget. The idea Read the Rest…


South Coast University Names New Dean For Its School of Management

Thu, February 28, 2013

A South Coast university has named a new dean for its School of Management. Gerald Apfelthaler will become the new Dean of the California Lutheran University School of management June 1st. He’ll take over for current dean Charles Maxey, who has decided tto focus on teaching. Apfelthaler has been a part of the CLU faculty Read the Rest…


Plans For New High School In Ventura County Get Key Approval

Thu, February 28, 2013

A Ventura County school district has finally decided on a site for a long talked about new high school. Oxnard Union High School District trustees want to build a new high school on 77 acres of district owned land northeast of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, in Camarillo. Other agencies, including the Camarillo City Council, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Filmmaker Makes Documentary About Struggles Of Detroit Firefighters Dealing With Massive Arson Problem

Thu, February 28, 2013

A Ventura County filmmaker spent a year documenting some of the most dangerous work being done by firefighters in America. Tom Putnam is one of the directors of “BURN”, a documentary which looks at Detroit firefighters in action. With tens of thousands of abandoned buildings in the decaying city, the fire department deals with more Read the Rest…


Federal Budget Crisis Could Affect Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Team Appearances, Including Pt. Mugu Airshow

Thu, February 28, 2013

One of the local fallouts of the federal budget crisis, and the automatic budget cuts with them could be the grounding of the U.S. Navy’s precision flying team, the Blue Angels. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that could have a big impact on a major local event, the Point Mugu Airshow, which is scheduled to have Read the Rest…


Missing Santa Barbara Television Anchor Safe

Wed, February 27, 2013

A television anchorwoman in Santa Barbara County who was reported missing Wednesday morning has been found. KEYT News Anchor Paula Lopez was last heard from by her family around 9:30 Wednesday morning, while she was at her home off of San Marcos Pass. An airborne and ground search was launched. There’s no word on exactly Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Santa Barbara Television Anchorwoman

Wed, February 27, 2013

A search is underway for a missing television anchorwoman in Santa Barbara County. KEYT News Anchor Paula Lopez was last heard from by her family around 9:30 this morning, while she was at her home off of San Marcos Pass. An airborne and ground search was launched. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say foul Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Sexual Assault On A Child In Santa Barbara County Arrested In Maryland

Wed, February 27, 2013

A man wanted in Santa Barbara County for the sexual assault, and rape charges involving a child has been found, and arrested by federal agents in Maryland. Charges were filed February 1st against Santos Javier Guevara-Oliva. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department detectives contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, because they suspected the fugtive was Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Looking For Thief Who Led Officers On Wild Chase

Wed, February 27, 2013

Ventura Police are still looking for an auto thief who led officers on a wild chase. It started at around 8:30 last night, when someone reported their pickup truck stolen from the 1600 block of Parakeet Court ,in Ventura. About an hour later, an officer on patrol noticed the stolen truck on Thompson Boulevard in Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara County Supervisor Dies

Wed, February 27, 2013

A longtime Santa Barbara County community leader who served as a County Supervisor for a decade has died. Robert Kallman passed away this week. He had been in hospice care due to a variety of health issues. Kallman was a Santa Barbara County Supervisor from 1975, and went on to serve as a top environmental Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Identify Ventura Man As Santa Barbara Murder Victim

Wed, February 27, 2013

The Santa Barbara Police Department has just released the name of a man shot to death last week in the city. Detectives are releasing little information about the case, but now say that Kelly Mitchell Hunt of Ventura was the victim of the incident. Officers were called to the 1000 block of Olive Street just Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Mother Sentenced For Torturing Her Child

Wed, February 27, 2013

A Santa Barbara County woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of torturing her two year old daughter. Prosecutors say Lorena Arenas held her child’s hands under scalding water to punisher her for playing with her makeup. They say the Santa Maria woman then waited hours before taking the child to Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Planned For Longtime Ventura County Investment Manager

Wed, February 27, 2013

A memorial service will take place on Friday in Santa Barbara for the man who managed Ventura County’s investments for nearly two decades. Robert Hansen died last week, from complications from treatment of a brain tumor. Hansen managed Santa Barbara County’s investment and retirement portfolio for five years, and then handled Ventura County’s for nearly Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set For Update On Toxic Cleanup Efforts At Former Oil Refinery Site In Ventura County

Wed, February 27, 2013

It was an oil refinery in Ventura County for 30 years…but for more than 60 years, it’s been a toxic waste site. The Environmental Protection Agency has spent decades trying to clean up the property on the northeastern outskirts of Fillmore. A new study being presented to Fillmore residents looks at whether toxic chemicals in Read the Rest…


Air Carrier Providing Flight Service From Ventura County To Las Vegas Suspends Service

Tue, February 26, 2013

Ventura County’s only regular passenger flight service has been suspended, but the carrier is hoping to resume operations as soon as late next month. MVP Airways began offering nonstop three day a week charter service from Oxnard Airport to Las Vegas last October. The service reported strong ridership on its Friday night flights, but wasn’t Read the Rest…


Gas Leak Closes Some Montecito Streets For Part Of Day

Tue, February 26, 2013

A construction crew accidentally ruptured a gas line in Montecito today, closing some streets for much of the day. The accident happened just before 11 a.m., at the intersection of Butterfly, and High Road. Southern California Gas Company crews were able to stop the leak in about an hour. It took workers more than three Read the Rest…


Ventura County Library System Now Offering Online Access To More Than 100 Magazines

Tue, February 26, 2013

Ventura County library card holders can now download and read more than 100 magazines online, for free. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Library System Vimio Magazines


Facebook Helps Catch Fugitive In Santa Barbara County

Tue, February 26, 2013

A fugitive wanted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is behind bars again today, thanks to Facebook, and an alert citizen. Department officials say Steven Kunes had a long criminal history which included forgery, grand theft, and burglary charges. The Montecito man was arrested last year for passing bad checks, and after entering a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Boxer Set To Be A Part Of “Dancing With The Stars”

Tue, February 26, 2013

A Ventura County boxer with 29 wins, and one world title is taking on perhaps his greatest challenge. He’s going to be “Dancing With The Stars!” Victor Ortiz will join a cast which includes Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, Olympic skating legend Dorothy Hammill, comedian D.L. Hugley, and country music star Kellie Pickler. The Read the Rest…


South Coast Legislators Introduce Proposals To Deal With Controversial Hydraulic Fracturing Process

Tue, February 26, 2013

Two legislators serving the South Coast have introduced proposed new laws to try to help regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as fracking. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara introduced AB 982, which would require companies using the hydraulic fracturing process to monitor the quality of groundwater before, and after each operation Read the Rest…


Volunteers Helping Kids In Ventura County Foster Care System By Serving As Their Advocates

Tue, February 26, 2013

There are currently more than a thousand children, and teenagers in Ventura County’s foster care system. Some are the victims of abuse, others of neglect. A non-profit group in the county with more than 100 volunteers is dedicated to helping as many of these kids as possible, by serving as their advocates in the foster Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit In Case Involving Ventura County Murderer

Tue, February 26, 2013

The State Supreme Court has rejected the final chance for the parents of a woman murdered by an LAPD officer to sue the police department over the handling of the case. Nels and Loretta Rasmussen sued the LAPD, saying that the agency had rejected their contention at the time that Lori Rasmussen was killed by Read the Rest…


Police Arrest Man They Say Admits To String of Vehicle Burglaries In Santa Barbara

Tue, February 26, 2013

A man is facing multiple charges after police say witnesses say the saw him burglarizing vehicles on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Santa Barbara Police were called to the area of San Andres and Pedregosa Streets just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon, by reports of a man randomly opening the doors of vehicles. Officers say Eduardo Murillo was Read the Rest…


Two Injured by Santa Barbara Vehicle Fire

Mon, February 25, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a fire which seriously injured a four year old girl in Santa Barbara. The fire occurred just before a11 a.m., in a van apparently parked on the 13000 block of Santa Terisita Drive. Santa Barbara firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. They discovered a little girl Read the Rest…


APTRA Newscast-KCLU AM/FM Ventura/Santa Barbara

Mon, February 25, 2013

“KCLU 8 a.m. Newscast With Jim Rondeau” 8:06 am, 9/13/2012 TRAFFIC UPDATE—Animal hazard in Santa Barbara. OXNARD POLICE CUSTODY DEATH—Chief responds to public protests. JOB LOSSES IN CARPINTERIA–John Palminteri reports manufacturer closing. STATE PENSION ROLLBACK—Governor Brown announces changes. AMAZON TAX—On line sales tax goes in to effect. SEABEE SQUADRON DECOMISSIONED—Port Hueneme ceremony. Click on link Read the Rest…


Navy Outlines Proposal To Make Ventura County Home For Drone Operations On West Coast

Mon, February 25, 2013

Could Ventura County become home to U.S. Navy drone operations on the West Coast? The Navy is proposing to make Naval Base Ventura County home base for four Triton drone aircraft. They’re 48 feet long, with a wingspan of more than 130 feet. The drones would be used for what is being described as marine Read the Rest…


FAA Proposal To Close Airport Towers As A Result Of Federal Budget Crisis Includes 23 In California, And Two On South Coast

Mon, February 25, 2013

A list of airport control towers which might be shut down this week as a result of the national budget crisis includes 23 in California, and two on the South Coast. The FAA’s list of about 100 potential control tower shutdowns includes the facilities in Camarillo, and Oxnard. If the shutdown occurred, it wouldn’t close Read the Rest…


Theoretical Physicist Speaking On South Coast Talks About Possibility Of Multiple, And Parallel Universes

Mon, February 25, 2013

He’s one of America’s best known physicists, who’s written bestsellers, and appeared on television to help explain breakthroughs into the building blocks of everything in the universe as we know it. Now, Brian Greene’s latest research, and book open a new door. Greene says what we now know about “string theory” also suggests the existence Read the Rest…


Founder Of Santa Barbara Theater Company Dies

Mon, February 25, 2013

A man who brought classic theater to Santa Barbara for decades has died. Businessman Bill Budd founded the Gilbert & Sullivan Company of Santa Barbara in 1982, directing its productions for more than a decade. Budd and his wife also created a popular local video production company, which records community and school theatrical productions, to Read the Rest…


Cal Lutheran Women’s Basketball Team Earns NCAA Tournament Berth

Mon, February 25, 2013

A basketball team from Ventura County is headed to the NCAA tournament. The California Lutheran University Regals earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Women’s Division Three tournament, with a 59-54 win over Chapman to take the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. The CLU team will find out who it will play when the Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested After Police Say He Tried To Take Officer’s Gun

Mon, February 25, 2013

A Ventura man is behind bars, after police say he tried to grab an officer’s gun out of his holster. Ventura Police were called to the 6300 block of Ventura Boulevard just before six Saturday night, by reports of a man behaving suspiciously. Officers arriving on the scene say when they tried to talk to Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Held For Former Ventura County Couple Believed To Be First Victims Of Rampage By Fired LAPD Officer

Mon, February 25, 2013

It was an emotional day in Orange County, as thousands of people turned out for a memorial service to honor a former Ventura County couple believed to be the first murder victims of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. Concordia University hosted Sunday’s event to remember Monica Kwan and Keith Lawrence, who both attended the college Read the Rest…


Historic South Coast Theater Celebrating 140th Birthday Today

Fri, February 22, 2013

Today marks a big milestone for the South Coast’s oldest perfoming arts center, which opened 140 years ago. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s being celebrated with a big party. Click on link to listen to/download story: Lobero Theater Celebrates 140th Birthday


Teacher Fired By Oxnard School District For Past in Adult Film Industry Continues Fight To Try To Get Job Back

Fri, February 22, 2013

A former teacher in Ventura County fired from her job as a result of her past involvement in the adult film industry is continuing to pursue efforts to get her job back. The Oxnard School District fired Haydock Intermediate School science teacher Stacie Halas last year, after it came to light she had made adult Read the Rest…


2013 APTRA Awards Submission-Pat Davis Awards-”KCLU News With Lance Orozco”

Fri, February 22, 2013

Lance Orozco is News Director (and the News Department!) for KCLU, the NPR radio station serving the Ventura/Santa Barbara, California region. The station produces 14 local daily newscasts, with Lance producing all of the local content for our two part-time anchors (we are news talk). In addition, Lance produces a daily long form (5-6) minute Read the Rest…


78 Year old Ventura County Man Struck And Killed By Car While Riding Bicycle

Fri, February 22, 2013

A 78 year old Ventura County man is dead, after he was struck, and killed while riding a bicycle. It happened yesterday afternoon, on Tierra Rejada Road east of Highway 23, between Moorpark and Simi Valley. The CHP says a car headed eastbound on Tierra Rejada hit a bike ridden by Bernard Cooper. The Simi Read the Rest…


Gun Violence Focus Of Community Meeting In Santa Barbara

Fri, February 22, 2013

An overflow crowd was on hand for a community meeting in Santa Barbara last night to look at the issue of gun violence. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Gun Violence Meeting


New Plan To Protect Fisheries In Thousands Of Square Miles Of Ocean Off Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Released

Fri, February 22, 2013

A new report that was four years in the making could play a key role in the future management of thousands of square miles of ocean off the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines. The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released a new ecosystem management plan for review. One of its elements calls for protections Read the Rest…


National Talk Show To Look At Heroin Problem In Simi Valley

Fri, February 22, 2013

KCLU News has been reporting on the heroin problem which has led to a number of deaths, and near deaths in Simi Valley during the last two years. Now, talk show host “Dr. Phil” is going to look at the community’s problem, on his nationally televised show today. The families of some victims, along with Read the Rest…


Homebuying Fair This Weekend On South Coast Set To Help Prospective Owners Navigate Process

Fri, February 22, 2013

An event this weekend is intended to help prospective South Coast home buyers navigate through the buying process. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Coastal Housing Alliance


ID’s Pending On Two Victims Of Head-On Crash In Ventura County

Thu, February 21, 2013

Authorities still haven’t identified the victims of a deadly head-on crash which killed two people in Ventura County. A car, and a pickup crashed on Pleasant Valley Road southwest of Camarillo around 9 yesterday morning. The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene. Because of the fire, it’s made positive identification of the victims Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Officials Confirm County’s CEO Is In Talks With Orange County Over Their CEO Opening

Thu, February 21, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s CEO could be headed to Orange County. Orange County officials have set up a committee to negotiate with Chandra Wallar to become their CEO. Wallar has been Santa Barbara County’s top non-elected official since September of 2010. Leading Orange County would be a big step up career wise, going from managing an Read the Rest…


Amgen Tour Of California Cycling Race Seeks Hundreds Of Volunteers In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, February 21, 2013

The nation’s largest cycling race is hoping to recruit hundreds of cycling fans in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties to help with this year’s event. The Amgen Tour Of California is hoping to line up 5000 volunteers statewide to help with this year’s 750 mile race, which is May 12th-19th. The 2013 route includes segments Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands, National Park Service To Open Joint Research Facility In Channel Islands

Thu, February 21, 2013

A Ventura County university will soon be offering classes with some of the most scenic views in the nation. Cal State Channel Islands has signed a deal with the National Park Service to create a joint research station in the Channel Islands. Two existing buildings on Santa Rosa Island will be converted into facilities to Read the Rest…


Financial Planner In Ventura County Accused Of Embezzling Money From 89 Year Old Client

Thu, February 21, 2013

Authorities say they’ve arrested a financial planner in Ventura County on charges he embezzled money from an elderly client. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Rod Hormell was accused last October of stealing money from an 89 year old client. Following an investigation, they obtained a search warrant, and searched Hormel’s office, and home. Investigators say Read the Rest…


New Report Looks At Quality Of Life In Ventura County

Thu, February 21, 2013

A just released report is trying to give Ventura County a look at the quality of life in the region. The 2013 State Of The Region Report has statistics on some key local issues, ranging from the state of the economy, to education, public safety, and social services. It was made public for the first Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County CEO Headed To Orange County?

Thu, February 21, 2013

A news organization is reporting that Santa Barbara County’s CEO could be headed to Orange County. The Voice of OC is reporting that Orange County Supervisors have set up a committee to negotiate with Chandra Wallar to become their CEO. Wallar has been Santa Barbara County’s top non-elected official since September of 2010. Leading Orange Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Be Site Of College Basketball Tournament Game

Thu, February 21, 2013

Ventura County is going to be home to a college basketball championship tournament game tonight. The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks beginning tonight. California Lutheran University’s Regals will host Occidental tonight, with CLU being the number one seed, and having the best Read the Rest…


State Senator From South Coast Introduces Legislation To Try To Help Domestic Violence Survivors

Thu, February 21, 2013

A State Senator from the South Coast introduced legislation to try to protect domestic violence survivors from becoming the victims of workplace discrimination. Democratic Senator Hanna Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored Senate Bill 400, which would prevent employers from firing workers who have been the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It Read the Rest…


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