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Archives for September 2013

Santa Barbara Man Escapes Attack With Bamboo Spear

Mon, September 23, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is facing multiple charges, after police say he stabbed his former wife’s new boyfriend in the chest with a metal tipped bamboo spear. Santa Barbara Police say the victim had gone to a home on the 600 block of San Pasqual Street just before 8 a.m. yesterday, to pick up Read the Rest…


Job Fair Set For Central Coast This Week

Mon, September 23, 2013

An event designed to help match up people who are unemployed with potential employers is set for the Central Coast this week. A coalition of groups is sponsoring the Lompoc Valley Job & Resource Fair. The event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Veterans Memorial Center in Lompoc. The California Employment Development Read the Rest…


New Details Released About Santa Barbara County Brushfire

Mon, September 23, 2013

Santa Barbara County fire investigators today released new details about a brush fire which caused a scare last week. The 20 acre blaze off of Tepusquet Canyon Road, near Sisquoc last Thursday was started by a tractor.  Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain David Sadecki says they took possession of the rental tractor for inspection, Read the Rest…


Documentary Looking At Backup Singers To Be Featured In Ojai Film Society’s 25th Anniversary Event

Mon, September 23, 2013

You hear them in the hit songs you know, and love…but, you don’t know their names. A new documentary looks at the backup singers who made hits with everyone from Ray Charles, to Michael Jackson. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one of the stars of “20 Feet From Stardom”, along with its director will be in Read the Rest…


Controversial Pipeline Project Focus Of Protest In Santa Barbara

Mon, September 23, 2013

A controversial oil pipeline project was the focus of a weekend demonstratio9n in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Keystone Protest


Authorities Looking For Driver Involved In Fatal Oxnard Hit And Run

Mon, September 23, 2013

Authorities are trying to find the driver of a car believed to be responsible for hitting, and fatally injuring a woman in Oxnard. The 20 year old woman was trying to cross the street near the intersection of West Hemlock Street, and Capstan Drive just before 11 p.m. Friday when she was hit. Aida Reyes died Read the Rest…


Goleta Releases Proposed Plan To Protect, Expand Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Mon, September 23, 2013

A plan intended to help protect some rare monarch butterfly habitat on the South Coast is ready for public review. The City of Goleta has prepared its Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan. The goal is to identify low key steps which can be taken to improve the long term success of the butterfly’s Read the Rest…


VAFB Successfully Test Launches Missile

Mon, September 23, 2013

The Air Force successfully launched a missile from the Central Coast over the weekend. An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 3 a.m. Sunday.  The missile flew more than 4,000 miles on its successful test flight.


Full Containment Projected For Brush Fire In Los Padres National Forest, In Ventura County

Fri, September 20, 2013

A brush fire in a back country area of the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County has burned more than two dozen acres of land. What’s being called the “Sanctuary” fire was discovered just before 9 a.m. today, in the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. No structures are in danger. The fire is burning Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested in Connection With Santa Barbara County Marijuana Growing Operation

Fri, September 20, 2013

Two men have been arrested, after authorities say they found them with weapons, and marijuana from a marijuana growing operation in the Los Padres National Forest. Two weeks ago, a hunter stumbled across what he thought might be a marijuana grove in the Happy Canyon Road area of the forest,  northeast of Santa Ynez.  He Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Courthouse Changing Colors For A Night, To Call Attention To A Devestating Disease

Fri, September 20, 2013

Santa Barbara’s historic courthouse is going to be seen in a different light tomorrow night, as part of an effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease. The lighting will be changed so the courthouse will look purple for the night. An estimated five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and some researchers believe by Read the Rest…


Sprucing Up Santa Maria Goal Of Community Effort Tomrrow

Fri, September 20, 2013

Sprucing up one Central Coast community will be the goal of an army of volunteers tomorrow. Projects ranging from planting new plants in parks, to helping to spruce up the landscaping of the home of a 90 year old woman will be the focus of the sixth annual “Serve Santa Maria” day tomorrow. Volunteers will Read the Rest…


Bear Causes Excitement In San Luis Obispo

Fri, September 20, 2013

A bear has been creating a lot of excitement in San Luis Obispo County. The roughly 300 pound black bear was first spotted near the Sierra Vista Medical Center last night. Then, this morning it was seen on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus. San Luis Obispo Police, and state Fish and Wildlife officials Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Challeges Affordable Care Act Mandate To Provide Contaceptive Services For Employees

Fri, September 20, 2013

A Ventura County college has filed suit against the federal government, claiming its rights to religious freedom are being violated by the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers make contraceptive services available to workers. The suit by Thomas Aquinas College alleges that the mandate unlawfully requires employers with religiously motivated objections to provide coverage for Read the Rest…


Unemployment Numbers Drop For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, September 20, 2013

The latest unemployment figures from the state show a month to month drop in unemployment in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The percentage of unemployed in Ventura county went from 8% in July to 7.8% in August.  The jobless rate for Santa Barbara County dropped from 6.7% in July, to 6.3% in August. The region Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Brushfire Now 95% Contained

Fri, September 20, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters are mopping up a brush fire southeast of Santa Maria, near Sisquoc. The 20 acre fire was reported off of Tepusquet Road at around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  At its peak, some 200 firefighters were fighting the fire.  The blaze is now 95% contained. Firefighters were able to get the upper hand Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, September 20, 2013

Just released figures from the state  figures show a month to month drop in unemployment in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The jobless rate for Santa Barbara County dropped from 6.7% in July, to 6.3% in August.  San Luis Obispo County’s number also dipped, from 6.9% in July, to 6.6% last month. The Read the Rest…


KCLU Morning News 9/20/13, 8:00 am

Fri, September 20, 2013

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Reverend From Ventura County University Set To Become First Openly Gay Bishop In Evangelical Lutheran Church

Fri, September 20, 2013

A reverend who’s been a faculty member at a Ventura County university for more than a decade is making national news this weekend. Guy Erwin will become the first openly gay bishop, as well as the first Native American bishop with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Erwin, who will Read the Rest…


ICBM Test Launch Set For Central Coast This Weekend

Fri, September 20, 2013

Vandenberg Air Force Base is gearing up for a missile launch this weekend. The Air Force is planning to test launch a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from the Central Coast facility this Sunday morning. There’s a six hour launch window, from 3:01 to 9:01 a.m., with the launch scheduled to take place from the Read the Rest…


Man Dies As A Result Of Ventura Tree Trimming Accident

Thu, September 19, 2013

A Ventura County man died after falling from a tree during a tree trimming operation at a miniature golf course. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. yesterday, on the 5000 block of Walker Street in Ventura. Ventura firefighters say Nicholas Rojas was working in the tree when part of it broke, and he plummeted Read the Rest…


Tractor Exhaust Called Cause Of Brush Fire In Ventura County

Thu, September 19, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters say the exhaust from a tractor started a brush fire which burned about 20 acres of land southeast of Santa Maria, near Sisquoc. The fire was reported off of Tepusquet Road at around 1:30 this afternoon.  At its peak, some 200 firefighters were fighting the fire. Air tankers were used during Read the Rest…


Firefighters Making Progress With Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

Thu, September 19, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a 15 to 20 acre brush fire in a rural area of the county, near Sisquoc. The fire was first reported off of Tepusquet Road at around 1:30 this afternoon. The County Fire Department’s David Sadecki says the fire caused some damage to a vineyard. Read the Rest…


Former President Of Loan Company In San Luis Obispo County Sentenced To Five Years Behind Bars

Thu, September 19, 2013

The former president of a loan company in San Luis Obispo County has been sentenced to five years in prison. Candy Wells had entered no contest pleas to five counts of securities fraud, stemming from Paso Robles based Heritage Lending. Prosecutors say clients lost more than $1.3 million dollars. In addition to the prison sentence, Read the Rest…


Parolee Arrested On Drug Dealing, Weapons Possession Charges In Ventura County

Thu, September 19, 2013

A parolee has been arrested in Ventura County by narcotics detectives, who say he was a heroin and marijuana dealer. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives, and Simi Valley Police detectives arrested Daniel Richard Henderson rfollowing an undercover investigation. They say a search of his Simi Valley home turned up more than 140 grams of Read the Rest…


200 Firefighters Now Battling Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

Thu, September 19, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters are battling what’s now being called a 15 to 20 acre brush fire in a rural area of the county, near Sisquoc. The fire was first reported off of Tepusquet Road at around 1:30 this afternoon. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s David Sadecki says the fire caused some damage to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County DA’s Office Rules Fatal Shooting Involving Santa Maria Police Justified

Thu, September 19, 2013

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office has ruled that the August, 2012 shooting death of a man by Santa Maria Police was justified. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Reyes Shooting Investigation


Brush Fire Burning in Rural Santa Barbara County, Near Sisquoc

Thu, September 19, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters are battling a brush fire in a rural area of the county, near Sisquoc. The fire was first reported near the 2500 block of Tepusquet Road at around 1:30 this afternoon. The fire is reported to have burned 10-15 acres of brush.  There’s no word on whether any structures are in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Launches Effort To Teach Public About Nuclear Attack Preparedness

Thu, September 19, 2013

Ventura County has worked to educate residents about how to prepare for natural disasters like earthquakes, and brush fires. But, in what may be one of the first efforts of its kind in the nation, it’s launched an effort to teach people about nuclear preparedness…how to deal with the aftermath of a potential nuclear terrorist Read the Rest…


Nobel Laureate, Former Secretary Of State Henry Kissinger To Speak On South Coast

Thu, September 19, 2013

Nobel Peace Laureate, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is going to speak on the South Coast. Kissinger will appear at Montecito’s Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club October 9th, in a luncheon sponsored by Westmont College. Kissinger is best known for his role in negotiating the U.S. exit from the Vietnam War, Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Fatal Stabbing In San Luis Obispo County

Wed, September 18, 2013

A man who was already behind bars in San Luis Obispo County is now being charged with murder. Joseph Munoz has been arrested for the June 21st fatal stabbing of Joseph Padilla. The killing occurred during a fight on 19th Street, in Oceano. Munoz was already in jail for a probation violation when he was Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating What They Are Calling Suspicious Death Near Nipomo

Wed, September 18, 2013

What’s being called a suspicious death in a rural area of southern San Luis Obispo County is under investigation by authorities. The body of a man was discovered at about 5 last night night in a drainage ditch between two agricultural fields, near Division Street and Bonita School Road.  The area is southwest of Nipomo, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Billionaire Reaches Plea Deal In Tax Evasion Case

Wed, September 18, 2013

The billionaire who created the “Beanie Baby” craze, and owns two Santa Barbara County resorts will pay more than $53 million dollars in penalties in a plea deal with prosecutors for an international tax evasion case. Federal prosecutors alleged that Ty Warner hid more than $90 million dollars from his accountant, and the IRS is Read the Rest…


Gusty Wind Conditions On Central Coast Prompt Air Quality Watch

Wed, September 18, 2013

Gusty wind conditions on the Central Coast have prompted the issuance of an air quality watch for the Santa Maria area. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District called the watch.  It means there are high levels of dust in the air which could affect everyone, Read the Rest…


Big Rig Accident Causes Big Traffic Mess On 101 Freeway In Montecito

Wed, September 18, 2013

A big rig accident on the 101 Freeway in Montecito made a mess out of traffic today. A piece of debris on the freeway hit, and punctured  an external fuel tank on a northbound big rig.  It spilled 20 to 40 gallons of fuel on the freeway.  No one was hurt, but the accident prompted Read the Rest…


Man Dies In Industrial Accident In Santa Barbara County

Wed, September 18, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to an accident involving a big rig which killed a man at a Santa Barbara County dairy. KCLU’s John Palminteri report Jose Ortiz died in the Tuesday morning accident in Goleta. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Industrial Accident


Fate Of Two Buildings Used By Community In Isla Vista Major Question Mark

Wed, September 18, 2013

There’s controversy in Santa Barbara County over the fate of two buildings, including one used as a community clinic for decades. The state is forcing the county to dispose of some of its former redevelopment agency properties. There are big questions over whether the county can keep the building it owns which houses the Isla Read the Rest…


Drugs called Factor By Authorities In Death Of Cal Poly Student Who Died While Swimming In Ocean

Wed, September 18, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department officials say toxicology results show a college student who drowned in the ocean off  the county’s coastline was under the influence of multiple drugs when he died. Stephan Wagner disappeared June 20th, when he was swimming in the ocean southeast of Morro Bay. His body was found several days Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Quicky Stop Series Of Small Brush Fires

Tue, September 17, 2013

A series of small spot fires caused a brief scare off the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley. The three blazes were discovered just before 1 p.m. yesterday, off the eastbound  lanes of the freeway, between Kuehner Drive, and Rocky Peak Road. Ventura County firefighters knocked down the small blazes in less than an hour. No Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Work Means Lane Closures On Central Coast

Tue, September 17, 2013

Work on the Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County, to install a median barrier could mean some backed up traffic tomorrow. A section of the  southbound fast lane of the highway will be closed between Atascadero, and Cuesta Grade from 9 a.m., until 3 p.m. tomorrow for the work.  Delays of up to 15 Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Accident At South Coast Dairy

Tue, September 17, 2013

An industrial accident has left a man dead on the South Coast. It happened at about 10:30 this morning, on the 100 block of Aero Camino in Goleta. The accident involved a tractor trailer rig at a dairy.  Authorities haven’t released details of what occurred. The name of the victim hasn’t been released yet.


Central Coast City Council Set To Look At Future Of Key Street Tonight

Tue, September 17, 2013

A controversial plan to guide the future development of a key street in a Central Coast community will be a big issue tonight. The San Luis Obispo City Council is set to look at plans for Broad Street. The council looked at the issue last spring, but failed to reach a consensus. The proposal includes Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara Official To Retire

Tue, September 17, 2013

After close to four decades in public service, Santa Barbara’s Assistant City Administrator has announced plans to retire. Marcelo Lopez says he will step down in December. Lopez has spend 38 years in public service, including 18 years with the City of Santa Barbara.  He worked on a number of projects, ranging from gang task Read the Rest…


Some South Coast Water Customers Get Temporary Pass On Water Bills

Tue, September 17, 2013

A computer glitch meant than some South Coast water customers haven’t been getting their water bills.  But, KCLU’s John Palminteri reports they are now getting their bills again, and will have to make up for missed past billing. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Water Billing Problems


Longtime Art Teacher, Artist In Ventura County Dies

Tue, September 17, 2013

A man who taught art in Ventura County for nearly a half century, and was an accomplished artist himself has died. Carlisle Cooper taught art at Ventura College from 1963, to 2011.  Cooper was also a painter, who had his work shown throughout the United States, and in Europe. A community memorial service will take Read the Rest…


Affordable Care Act To Get Scrutiny From Ventura, Santa Barbara County Supervisors Today

Tue, September 17, 2013

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is approaching, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty about how it will work, and what it’s impacts will be locally. Today, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Supervisors will be getting briefings on what healthcare officials think will happen when the act officially takes effect January 1st, and Read the Rest…


New Book By Santa Barbara County Researcher Says Solar Power Is Far From New Technology

Tue, September 17, 2013

Solar power seems to be the hot new thing when it comes to being environmentally friendly. But, a UC Santa Barbara physicist who’s been studying its history says going solar is anything but new. The researcher says some people have been using, and also blocking the sun for heating, and cooling purposes for thousands of Read the Rest…


Blast Kills One, Injures One In Ventura County

Mon, September 16, 2013

One person is dead, and a second seriously hurt as the result of an explosion at a home in Ventura County. It happened at around seven last night, on the 1000 block of Candelaria Lane in Fillmore.  It’s believed that a propane tank triggered the blast. A woman died this morning as the result of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Airport Names New Terminal After Community Leader

Mon, September 16, 2013

There’s a big party tonight at Santa Barbara’s Airport. The Airport is celebrating the naming of its new terminal after a longtime community leader, John Rickard. Rickard was Mayor of Santa Barbara, a two time “El Presidente” heading the community’s Old Spanish Days celebration, and was well known for his community involvement. The decision to Read the Rest…


Santa Maria Municipal Offices To Be Closed Friday

Mon, September 16, 2013

A tight budget situation is prompting another one in a series of municipal offices shutdowns for the City of Santa Maria this week. The seventh in a series of ten mandatory furlough for city employees will occur on Friday. The shutdown will mean the closure of all  essential services for the day.  Police and fire Read the Rest…


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