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Move Underway To Remove Subspecies Of Endangered Island Fox From Endangered Species List

Fri, February 12, 2016

There’s exciting news about efforts to save an endangered mammal only found in the Channel Islands. Biologists say efforts to save the tiny, cat-size Island Fox are going so well that they are moving to have three subspecies removed from the federal Endangered Species List. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they Read the Rest…


More Than 80 Guns Seized, 10 People Arrested Following Weapons Raids In Santa Barbara County

Fri, February 12, 2016

More than 80 guns were seized, and 10 people were arrested in Santa Barbara County as the result of a sweep targeting people legally barred from possessing firearms. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies and California Department of Justice officers conducted the two-day operation this week.  83 firearms, 52 ammunition magazines, and more than 6300 rounds Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Slow Speed Chase On South Coast

Sat, February 13, 2016

Police say a wanted man who was spotted driving in Ventura led officers on a slow speed chase, dumping drugs out of the car as he was being followed. Ventura patrol officers spotted David Dyar near Wells and Telephone Roads around 10:30 yesterday morning.  He refused to stop, and led them on a slow speed Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Gets Grant To Offer Graduate Students Stem Cell Research Internships

Fri, February 12, 2016

A new program is going to give graduate students at a Ventura County university the opportunity to take part in stem cell research. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is making $3 million dollars in grant money available to fund stem cell internships for Cal State Channel Islands students. Because CSUCI doesn’t have its own Read the Rest…


Work Beginning On Pedestrian Bridge Improvements Linking South Coast City’s Downtown, Beachfront

Fri, February 12, 2016

Work is getting underway on a new project on the South Coast which will improve access and aesthetics for pedestrians and bicyclists from a city’s downtown area to its beachfront promenade. The $1.2 million dollar project will create a scenic path along California Street from downtown Ventura to Ventura’s beachfront.  It will include a 250 Read the Rest…


Crime Reported At All-Time Low In Ventura County Community

Thu, February 11, 2016

A Ventura County community long known for having one of the lowest crime rates for cities of its size in the nation is reporting its best numbers in its history. Simi Valley Police say federal statistics for what are known as Part One crimes, for violent and property crimes, dropped 4.4% from 2014 to 2015. Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast University Regent Dies

Thu, February 11, 2016

A longtime benefactor and regent for a South Coast university has died. Marv Soiland passed away this week in Northern California.  Soiland was a regent at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for more than two decades. He and his wife Fran were generous donors to CLU, helping to make the Soiland Humanities Center and Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Takes Controversial Step Of Ousting Its Executive Director

Thu, February 11, 2016

The State Coastal Commission took the controversial step of ousting its Executive Director following a marathon meeting on the Central Coast. The Commission charged with protecting the state’s coastline fired Charles Lester in a 7-5 vote Wednesday. The Commission decision came despite hearing a day full of testimony in Morro Bay almost completely in support Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Bilking Investors In Sports Merchandise Fraud Scheme

Thu, February 11, 2016

A Ventura County man is facing more than two dozen charges, after prosecutors say he bilked would-be investors out of more than $300,000 in a fraudulent sports merchandising scheme. Ventura County DA’s office and FBI investigators say Gilbert Ramon Infante of Ventura solicited money from people for sports related products he claimed he invented, and Read the Rest…


Two Gang Members Convicted Of First Degree Murder In Santa Barbara Killing

Thu, February 11, 2016

Two gang members are expected to be sent to prison for the rest of their lives after being convicted of the February, 2013 fatal shooting of a man in Santa Barbara. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury found Issac Jimenez and Joseph Castro of the killing of 21 year old Kelly Hunt.  Detectives say Read the Rest…


Military Gear Targeted By Thieves In Ventura County

Thu, February 11, 2016

Detectives are investigating a rash of thefts of military gear from individuals in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say there have been a series of thefts in the Camarillo area during the last two weeks.  The items include uniforms, helmets, and specialized gear taken from the garages and vehicles of victims. Detectives are asking Read the Rest…


International Acclaimed Ojai Music Festival Sets Music Directors Through 75th Anniversary Season

Wed, February 10, 2016

An internationally acclaimed music festival in Ventura County has announced some big names in the music world as its music directors for the next few years. Peter Sellars is Music Director for the 70th annual Ojai Music Festival, which will take place this June 9th through 12th. In 2017, Grammy nominee Vijay Iyer will be Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found In Car In Ventura County; Death Being Called Suspicious

Wed, February 10, 2016

Authorities are investigating what’s being called a suspicious death in Ventura County. The body of a man was found in a vehicle parked near the intersection of Transport Street and Morse Avenue in Ventura at around 2 a.m. yesterday. Ventura Police detectives say Robert Hill of Ventura had injuries which indicated he had been in Read the Rest…


Satellite Successfully Launched This Morning From Santa Barbara County

Wed, February 10, 2016

It was a spectacular sight for early risers on the Central and South Coasts. A rocket carrying a secret military payload was successfully launched this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The United Launch Alliance launched the National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit at 3:40 a.m, using a Delta IV Rocket from the base’s Space Read the Rest…


Discovery Of Animal Carcasses In Santa Ynez Valley Under Investigation

Wed, February 10, 2016

Authorities are investigating a gruesome discovering on the Central Coast. The carcasses of several dead wild animals were found in plastic bags off a road in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The animals included two hawks, two owls, and a fox. Some of the animals had been shot, and it appears their carcasses had been frozen. Read the Rest…


National Seabee Museum In Ventura County Celebrating Heritage With Screening Of Classic World War Two Movie

Wed, February 10, 2016

They are one of the most interesting units in the U.S. Navy.  Naval Construction battalions, better known as “Seabees” are specially trained to build everything from airfields to housing around the world under combat conditions. Their history was made famous by the classic World War II movie, “The Fighting Seabees.”  But, what many people don’t Read the Rest…


Salary Dispute Involving Ventura County Nurses Still Unresolved

Wed, February 10, 2016

A salary dispute involving nurses who work for Ventura County is still unresolved. The County is offering nurses a more than 11 percent pay hike, but nurses haven’t formally responded to the offer yet.  County and union officials both agree that salaries are well below market averages, and the county gave nurses some temporary bumps Read the Rest…


Five Hurt When Van Crashes Into Ventura Home

Wed, February 10, 2016

Police are trying to figure out why a van went out of control and smashed into a Ventura home, leaving five people injured. It happened at about six last night, on the 300 block of Ferro Drive.  The van was on the hillside road when it hit the home, ending up dangling over an embankment. Read the Rest…


House Passes Bill By Ventura County Congresswoman Intended To Curb Female Military Suicides

Wed, February 10, 2016

The House of Representatives has passed a bill by a Ventura County congresswoman intended to help prevent suicides among female military veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village authored HR 2915, which requires the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to identify the mental health and suicide prevention programs which are the most effective. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Human Services Agency Relocating Some Offices In Eastern Part Of County

Wed, February 10, 2016

Some agencies which provide employment and family services are going to have a new home in eastern Ventura County. The Ventura County Human Services Agency is relocating two of its offices in Simi Valley next week. The East Valley Job & Career Center, as well as about 70 caseworkers who serve veterans and families will Read the Rest…


Audio Released Of Conversation Between Tower, Pilot Of Plane Which Crashed In Santa Barbara County

Tue, February 9, 2016

Authorities have released the dramatic audio traffic between the tower, and the pilot of a light plane which crash landed at a Santa Barbara County airport. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Plane Crash Update


Former Oxnard Housing Official Sentenced To Jail Following Guilty Pleas For Misappropriation Of Public Funds

Tue, February 9, 2016

A former public housing official in Ventura County has been sentenced to a year in jail for stealing money intended to help the homeless. William Reed worked for the City of Oxnard’s Housing Department, heading its Emergency Solutions Grant Program. Ventura County prosecutors say he misused money from the federal emergency fund intended to help Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Rejects Concerns Of County Emergency Command Center “Takeover” During Refugio Oil Spill

Tue, February 9, 2016

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report rejects concerns that the company which owns the oil pipeline which ruptured at Refugio State Beach last May took control of the county’s Emergency Command Center. The report says Plains All American Pipeline was a part of the Unified Command of federal, state, and local officials.  It’s Read the Rest…


Senior Housing Controversy In Ventura County Could be Decided Tonight

Tue, February 9, 2016

The controversy over plans for a new senior housing facility in Ventura County could be settled tonight.  Oakmont Senior Living has proposed an 89 bed facility for the 400 block of East Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks. Supporters say it would provide some badly needed new senior housing to the community, but opponents contend Read the Rest…


State Legislators Introduce Bill To Honor Fallen Ventura County Law Enforcement Officer

Tue, February 9, 2016

A state assemblyman and a state senator who represent parts of Ventura County are co-sponsoring a bill to honor a fallen local law enforcement office. Republican Assemblyman Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita, and Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills are co-authors of legislation to name the First Street overcrossing at Highway 118 in Simi Read the Rest…


Proposition 47 Clears Way For Some Felony Offenders In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties To Have Convictions Reduced

Tue, February 9, 2016

Having a felony conviction for something like drug possession or shoplifting can be the difference between getting a job or not. A state proposition intended to decrease jail overcrowding by releasing inmates for a half dozen non-violent offenses is also giving some people a chance to have their convictions reduced. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Plane Crash Lands At South Coast Airport

Mon, February 8, 2016

There’s been a light plane crash on the South Coast, but the good news is no serious injuries were reported. It happened just after 5:30 tonight, at Santa Barbara Airport. A plane which apparently had engine problems crash landed in the slough area near Goleta Beach. The one person on board the plane is reported Read the Rest…


Two Men Missing From Ventura County Group Home

Mon, February 8, 2016

Authorities are looking for two men with behavioral issues who disappeared from a group home in Ventura County. Michael Glennon and Andrew Frank were last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday night on the 3300 block of Tapo Road, in Simi Valley.  Glennon is about 6’3” and weighs about 190 pounds.  He has a shaved head, Read the Rest…


Fireworks Expected At California Coastal Commission Hearing on Central Coast

Mon, February 8, 2016

There’s expected to be fireworks on the Central Coast at a public hearing over the efforts by commissioners of the agency charged with protecting the state’s coastline to fire its Executive Director. The California Coastal Commission has notified Charles Lester that it’s planning his dismissal.  It gave him the choice of resigning, or taking the Read the Rest…


Citizens Credited With Helping To Track Down Bank Robbery Suspect On Central Coast

Mon, February 8, 2016

Investigators are now crediting two alert citizens with information which led to the arrest of a bank robbery suspect on the Central Coast. A man robbed the Rabobank branch in Buellton last Friday afternoon. No one was hurt, but the man fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Detectives identified the suspect as John Stanley Read the Rest…


Wind Delays Start Of Dredging Operations To Reopen South Coast Harbor

Mon, February 8, 2016

The high wind conditions we’ve been experiencing have delayed efforts to try to reopen a South Coast harbor closed by a sand buildup at its entrance. Ventura Harbor officials had hoped to begin dredging operations today, but the wind created choppy ocean conditions which made it too dangerous to move the dredge into place.  With Read the Rest…


Series Of Community Meetings To Talk About Environmental Aftermath Of Refugio Oil Spill Continues

Mon, February 8, 2016

The impacts of last year’s massive oil spill at Rufugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County are still being felt, and now you can learn how the region is moving forward. KCLU’s Debra Greene has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oil Community Forums


UCSB, UCLA Study Questions Validity Of Commonly Use BMI For Health Assessments

Mon, February 8, 2016

It’s a measure commonly used to assess our health. But, a new study co-authored by a UC Santa Barbara researcher suggests that this commonly used indicator may actually be labeling people who are healthy as obese. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the study questions the validity of the “Body Mass Index,” better known as “BMI”. Click Read the Rest…


Two Sought After Daring Jewelry Store Robbery In Ventura County

Mon, February 8, 2016

It was a daring daytime robbery on one of the busiest days of the week at one of Ventura County’s largest shopping centers. Two men dashed into a jewelry story in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks just before lunchtime yesterday.  They used hammers to break some of the display cases in the Ben Bridge Read the Rest…


Ronald Reagan’s 105th Birthday Being Celebrated At Presidential Library In Simi Valley

Fri, February 5, 2016

Saturday marks Ronald Reagan’s 105th birthday. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting its 10th annual birthday celebration,including the unveiling of some new commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint. There’s a new Ronald Reagan $1 coin which is legal tender.  There’s also a Nancy Reagan First Spouse Coin, which is made from Read the Rest…


Marathon Hearing Continues On Central Coast Oil Refinery Controversy, But Decision Weeks Away

Fri, February 5, 2016

Some 200 people have now testified at a marathon public hearing on the Central Coast over the proposed expansion of an oil company’s refinery which would set the stage for potentially more than 150 trainfuls of crude oil a year to arrive for processing. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Warning Issued About Donating Blood If You’ve Been To Parts Of The World Impacted By Zika Virus

Fri, February 5, 2016

A non-profit blood bank serving the Central and South Coasts is asking people who’ve traveled to certain parts of the world recently where the Zika virus is present to hold off on donating blood. United Blood Services officials are saying that if you’ve just been to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central or South America, you shouldn’t Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Accused Of Murder For Hire Scheme

Fri, February 5, 2016

A Central Coast man has been arrested for what police are calling a murder for hire scheme. San Luis Obispo Police say they received a tip that Anthony Stevens of Los Osos was trying to find someone to kill a business associate because of a dispute between the two men. A detective met with the Read the Rest…


Caltrans Looking For Public Comments On Proposals For Major Safety Improvements For South Coast Highway

Fri, February 5, 2016

Two public meetings on plans to make major safety improvements to a South Coast highway are now complete, but people can still weigh in on the plans under development. Caltrans is proposing construction of a concrete median barrier, or raised median on a seven mile stretch of Highway 126 between Santa Paula, and Fillmore.  Other Read the Rest…


Hundreds On Hand For Public Hearing On Oil Refinery Controversy On Central Coast; Event Moving Into Second Day

Fri, February 5, 2016

A public hearing on the Central Coast is moving into its second day on an oil company’s controversial proposal to expand a refinery to handle huge shipments of crude oil arriving by train. Plans to add a 7,000 foot long rail spur, parallel tracks, and unloading facilities at the Phillips 66 facility in Nipomo are Read the Rest…


Water District On South Coast Looking At Mandatory Agricultural Cuts In Face Of Drought

Fri, February 5, 2016

We’ve had some of the most significant rainfall in years on the South Coast, yet it’s hasn’t been nearly enough to stop drought concerns. Next week, Ventura County Supervisors will consider cutting agricultural water allocations in a water district which has failed to meet state conservation goals. Ventura County Waterworks District One, which serves Moorpark Read the Rest…


Vegetable Processing Company On South Coast To Close; More Than 30 Full Time Jobs Will Be Lost

Fri, February 5, 2016

A vegetable growing and harvesting company in Ventura County is going out of business, leaving dozens of workers unemployed. Oxnard based Coastal Green Vegetable Company notified Ventura County as required by law that it would be shutting down in mid-March, leaving more than 30 full time, and 100 seasonal workers without jobs. The more than Read the Rest…


Hearing Over Controversial Oil Train Proposal On Central Coast Begins; Huge Turnout For First Day

Thu, February 4, 2016

An oil company is offering a compromise, but it’s not enough to satisfy opponents of a proposal to expand a Central Coast oil refinery to handle potentially hundreds of trainloads of crude oil a year. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on a multi-day public hearing underway in San Luis Obispo on the proposal. Click Read the Rest…


KCLU Radio/2016 Edward R. Murrow Continuing Coverage Entry

Thu, February 4, 2016

A brush fire which started late on the evening of Christmas night (December 25th) in some mountains between Ventura and Santa Barbara threatened dozens of homes, and shut down Highway 101, the only coastal route between Southern, and Northern California.  KCLU provided extensive live coverage on December 26th, with fire updates multiple times an hour Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Underway; Miachael Keaton, Rachel McAdams To Be Honored

Thu, February 4, 2016

The 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival is now underway, and one of its biggest events is set to take place tomorrow night. Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams will be honored with the festival’s “American Riviera Award” tonight at the Arlington Theater. They co-starred in the acclaimed new movie “Spotlight,” which is the real-life story Read the Rest…


KCLU Entry For “Best Newscast” For 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards

Thu, February 4, 2016

KCLU is the NPR radio station for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, two small radio markets northwest of Los Angeles. This is our 8 a.m. newscast for 12/28/15.  It comes out of a weekend where we had a major brush fire which threatened homes, and closed a major local highway. Link to story:  KCLU 8 Read the Rest…


Central Coast College Professor To Study Economics Of Local Food System

Thu, February 4, 2016

How can farmers get more from their crops, and you as a consumer more value from the local foods you buy? A Central Coast college professor has received a $400,000 federal grant to study the economics of local food systems. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Economics Professor Stephen Hamilton will lead a Cal Poly team Read the Rest…


Heart Attack, Stroke Risk For Women Often Overlooked; Event In Ventura County Focuses Attention On It

Thu, February 4, 2016

They cause more deaths among women every year in the U.S. than all types of cancer combined, yet many people think of them as health risks for men. In fact, statistics show that women are more likely to call 9-1-1 for someone else they think is having a heart attack, or stroke than for themselves. Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller To Retire

Thu, February 4, 2016

A man who’s spent nearly four decades keeping tabs on Santa Barbara County’s spending to make sure tax dollars are being used efficiently has announced plans to retire. Robert Geis will step down as the county’s Auditor/Controller next month.  Geis has worked for the county since being hired as an internal auditor in 1979. For Read the Rest…


San Diego Man Accused Of Threatening Workers At Ventura County Loan Office

Thu, February 4, 2016

A heavily armed San Diego County man has been arrested after police say he threatened to shoot people at a Ventura County based loan company. Todd Duell was upset with PennyMac Loan Services in Moorpark over a problem with his account which led to legal action. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators say during a recorded Read the Rest…


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