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99 Year Old Ventura County Woman Who Was Object Of Search Dies Hours After Being Found

Tue, September 30, 2014

There’s a tragic end to the disappearance, and then discovery by searchers of a 99 year old Ventura County woman. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Missing Oak View Woman


Ventura County Man Arrested On Arson Charge In Connection With Brush Fire

Tue, September 30, 2014

A Ventura County man is facing an arson charge, accused of setting a brush fire northeast of Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Fire Arrest


Santa Barbara County Based Agency Continues To Support Ebola Relief Efforts

Wed, October 1, 2014

The global ebola crisis continues to grow, with the first confirmed case in the United States identified in Texas. A Santa Barbara County based non-profit has been a leader in relief efforts, sending a dozen shipments of emergency supplies to West Africa. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the agency’s efforts to get critically Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Honored For Efforts To Help Latino Students

Tue, September 30, 2014

Santa Barbara City College has received national recognition for its efforts to serve Latino students. SBCC’s Express to Success program was chosen as the top program in the nation for increasing achievement among Latino students working for associate degrees. The SBCC program was chosen from more than 200 across the nation. The program’s director was Read the Rest…


Body Of Central Coast Woman Found In Desert Northeast Of Las Vegas

Tue, September 30, 2014

The body of a Central Coast woman has been found in the Nevada desert northwest of Las Vegas, and law enforcement officers think she was the victim of a homicide. Two men riding off road vehicles discovered the remains of Margay Edwards off of a dirt road in Nye County. Sheriff’s deputies found a driver’s Read the Rest…


Public Meetings Set For This Week On Diablo Canyon Seismic Safety Report

Tue, September 30, 2014

PG&E has announced plans to hold some public meetings this week on its new study on seismic safety at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. A pair of meetings will take place on Thursday, at the company’s Energy Education Center, which is off of Highway 101 near Avila Beach The sessions will be at 2:30, Read the Rest…


Central Coast School District Gets Major Grant To Improve Meals Offerings

Tue, September 30, 2014

A Central Coast school district has received a $1.2 million dollar grant to try to improve meals for students. The Lompoc School District received the funding from the Orfalea Foundation.  The money is being used to rebuild the district’s central kitchen, allowing the creating of healthier meals from scratch.  Storage space will be expanded, so Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Charges Water Being Trucked To Montecito For Landscaping

Tue, September 30, 2014

An investigation is underway into allegations some Montecito estates have been skirting water regulations by trucking in water for landscaping. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Water Trucking Allegations


New Freeway Undercrossing For Pedestrian Beach Access, Bike Lane Opened On Highway 101 In La Conchita Area

Tue, September 30, 2014

A major milestone was celebrated this week in a $100 million dollar plus project to improve transit between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. As part of a project to add carpool lanes to a six mile stretch of Highway 101, a pedestrian undercrossing has been built from La Conchita to the ocean, as well as Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 75% Contained

Tue, September 30, 2014

A brush fire in the foothills northeast of Ventura is now 75% contained this morning, and Ventura County firefighters are hoping to get full control later today. The blaze broke out just after 1 p.m. yesterday, near Foothill Road.  Light wind quickly spread the fire to close to 50 acres, although firefighters still aren’t sure Read the Rest…


Debate Location, Date Set For 26th District Congressional Race In Ventura County

Tue, September 30, 2014

A date, and place have been set for could be the only debate between the two candidates for Ventura County’s 26th District Congressional seat. Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley of Westlake Village will face Republican challenger Jeff Gorell in an October 12th event at Cal State Channel Islands. The League of Women Voters, the Ventura County Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Motorcycle Accident In Ventura

Mon, September 29, 2014

A motorcyclist is dead, and a passenger seriously injured following a motorcycle crash in Ventura County. It happened at about 1 this morning, on the 3700 block of Transport Street.  Ventura police say the motorcycle was speeding when it came down the street, which ends in a cul-de-sac.  The cycle crashed into a wrought iron Read the Rest…


Spread Of Brush Fire In Ventura County Now Stopped; 35% Contained

Mon, September 29, 2014

Firefighters say they are getting the upper hand on a brush fire which caused a scare in the foothills northeast of Ventura today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Brush Fire Update


Contingent Of World War Two Veterans From Central Coast Heading To Washington, D.C.

Mon, September 29, 2014

A contingent of World War II veterans from the Central Coast is heading to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to visit World War II memorials in the nation’s capitol, courtesy of a non-profit group. Honor Flight Central Coast California raised the money, and organized the three day long trip for 21 veterans.  It’s the second such trip Read the Rest…


Powder Falls Out Of Envelope Sent To Ronald Reagan Presidential Library In Simi Valley, But Tests Show It Wasn’t Hazardous

Mon, September 29, 2014

A Ventura County Fire department hazardous material team, and FBI agents were called to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today, after a powdery substance came out of an envelope opened by a library employee. The employee was screened for exposure to hazardous substances, and checked out negative. The hazmat team then performed Read the Rest…


150 Firefighters, Six Aircraft Now Fighting Brush Fire Northeast Of Ventura

Mon, September 29, 2014

A brush fire is continuing to burn in the rugged Ventura County foothills just outside of the City of Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports between 50 and 75 acres of brush have been blackened by the blaze, which is still out of control. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Brush Fire


Brush Fire Burning In Ventura County; Blaze Threatening Some Utility Structures

Mon, September 29, 2014

A brush fire is burning in the hills north of Ventura, and is threatening some utility facilities. The blaze has burned between 50, and 75 acres of brush north of Foothill Road.  The fire was first reported just after 1 this afternoon, and a light wind quickly spread the fire. More than 100 firefighters aided Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Authored By Local State Senator Intended To Help Veterans In Legal Trouble

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help veterans in trouble with the law. SB 1110 will require courts to inform veterans appearing in court for minor offenses that they may be eligible for treatment programs rather than jail time.  California has Veterans Treatment Courts Read the Rest…


Firefighters Concerned About Mid-Week Warming, Potential For Brush Fires On Centgral Coast

Mon, September 29, 2014

Firefighters on the Central Coast are keeping a close eye on the weather, with high pressure expected to build up mid-week, creating potentially dangerous brush fire conditions Thursday through Sunday. Temperatures could be 10 to 20 degrees above normal during the period, with some inland areas potentially reaching record highs. By the end of the Read the Rest…


Suspicious Powder in Envelope Sent to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library In Simi Valley Is Non-Hazardous

Mon, September 29, 2014

A Ventura County Fire department hazardous material team, and FBI agents are at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley right now, after a powdery substance came out of an envelope opened by a library employee. The employee has already been screened for exposure to hazardous substances, and has checked out negative. The hazmat Read the Rest…


Search Underway For 99 Year Old Woman Who Disappeared In Ventura County

Mon, September 29, 2014

A search is underway for a 99 year old woman who is missing in Ventura County. Mary Adkins was last seen at around 8 this morning in the area of Riverside Drive, and Santa Ana in Oak View.  Adkins is 5′ 4″, weighs 100 pounds, has grey hair, blue eyes, and wears classes.  Ventura County Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Gets Federal Grant Which Will Allow Hiring Of Additional Police Officers

Mon, September 29, 2014

A police department in Ventura County is going to be able to hire additional officers, thanks to a federal grant. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the U.S. Department of Justice is giving the Santa Paula Police Department $250,000, which will allow the hiring of two additional officers. The money comes from the Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored By State Senator from Santa Barbara Designed To Deter Sexual Assaults At Colleges

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law legislation co-authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara which is intended to deter sexual assaults on college campuses. SB 967 has become known nationally as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, and makes California the first state to come up with a definition for affirmative consent, and requires colleges Read the Rest…


Ventura County Researcher Says Drones Could Be Breakthrough New Tools For Agriculture

Mon, September 29, 2014

Drones are being used for everything from military missions, to filming movies. A Ventura County researcher says drones could be an important new tool for farmers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the engineer believes using drones to gather data could revolutionize the agricultural industry. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Agricultural Drones


Ventura County Tow Truck Operator Dies From Injuries In Traffic Accident

Mon, September 29, 2014

A tow truck operator has died, five days after he was injured in a Ventura County traffic accident. The accident happened September 22nd, in Oxnard.  Larry Caro, Senior had put an SUV on his flatbed town truck on the 3200 block of West Hemlock Street, and was standing behind it when a car plowed into Read the Rest…


Authorities Still Looking For Ventura County Man They Say Threatened His Family, Prompted Rollout Of SWAT Team

Mon, September 29, 2014

The search is continuing for a Ventura County man authorities say threatened his family, and disrupted a neighborhood for hours as an army of law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team looked for him. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Will Avenue in El Rio just after 10 a.m. Saturday.  Read the Rest…


Legislation From Santa Barbara State Senator Signed By Governor Will Allow Teens To Register Early To Vote

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara  intended to get more young people to vote. SB 113 by Democratic Senator Hannah Beth Jackson will allow teen to pre-register to vote once they turn 16.  The voting age will still remain 18, but statistics in other states which Read the Rest…


New Free Shuttle Service Set To Start Operations In Ventura County

Sun, September 28, 2014

There’s going to be a new way to get around one Ventura County community starting this week. A new trolley service begins operations in Camarillo starting Wednesday.  The trolley will stop at eight locations each half hour, from Camarillo’s Metrolink station to the Premium Outlets. The free service will run from 10 a.m. to 6 Read the Rest…


Los Angeles County Couple Accused Of Being Cocaine Suppliers In Ventura County

Sun, September 28, 2014

A Los Angeles County man, and his wife have been arrested after investigators say they discovered they were major cocaine suppliers in Ventura County. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit noticed an increase in cocaine use over the summer by teens, and young adults.  Detectives say they found evidence pointing to the suppliers as Read the Rest…


Father of One Of The Isla Vista Shooting Victims Among Speakers For Weekend Gun Violence Forum In Santa Barbara

Sat, September 27, 2014

The father of one of the victims of last spring’s Isla Vista rampage will be among the speakers at a weekend forum in Santa Barbara on gun violence. The Coalition Against Gun Violence is sponsoring Sunday afternoon’s event at Santa Barbara City College. A film looking at violence in American culture will be screened, followed Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Starts To Roll Out 2015 Lineup

Sat, September 27, 2014

A film which follows the true story of a group of people who pursue their dream to dance in a society where it is banned will kick off the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. “Desert Dance” will open the 30th edition of the festival on Tuesday, January 27th.  The movie is the story of Read the Rest…


Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Conejo Valley; Driver Arrested On DUI Charge

Fri, September 26, 2014

One woman is dead, and a second is facing a DUI charge after a vehicle hit a pedestrian in the Conejo Valley. It happened just before one this morning in Thousand Oaks, on Westlake Boulevard south of Townsgate Road. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a woman was trying to cross Westlake Boulevard outside of a Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups Lose Round In Oil Well Contoversy In Ventura County, But Fight May Continue

Fri, September 26, 2014

Environmentalists have lost a round in an oil drilling related controversy in Ventura County, but the battle may continue. The Ventura County Planning Commission has denied an appeal of the county granting a permit for two new oil test wells in Modelo Canyon. Two environmental groups had appealed the staff approval of the exploratory wells Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Bear Which Attacked Santa Barbara County Woman

Fri, September 26, 2014

The search continues for a bear which attacked a Carpinteria woman this week, leaving her with bite wounds, back injuries, and is forcing her to undergo rabies shots. Emily Miles was wrapping up a hike with her dogs in the Rincon Canyon area, near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line Monday afternoon, when a 300 pound Read the Rest…


Serial Burglar Sought On Central Coast

Fri, September 26, 2014

A serial burglar who’s struck at least three times in the Santa Ynez Valley is being sought. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve linked the same burglar to three incidents this month in Solvang.  A cafe was targeted on September 8th, and then the burglar stole jewelry from the same business on Copenhagen Road Read the Rest…


Membership Drive Volunteers

Fri, September 26, 2014

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Paving Project Could Mean Delays On Major Central Coast Highway

Fri, September 26, 2014

If you use a major east-west highway which connects the Central Coast with Kern County, you could face some delays. Work will begin Sunday night on repaving a section of Highway 166 between Santa Maria, and Cuyama. Crews will be working from the Alisos Creek Bridge, to the Cuyama River Bridge. The work will reduce Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Bill By Conejo Valley Legislator To More Closely Monitor Water Use In Oil Production

Fri, September 26, 2014

A bill by a Conejo Valley legislator which will require closer monitoring of water use in oil production has been signed into law by the governor. SB 1281 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills will require oil well operators to report the amount, and source of water which they use in processes such Read the Rest…


Documentary About “The Wrecking Crew,” The Team Of Little Known Studio Musicians Behind Hits In The 60′s, To Screen In Carpinteria

Fri, September 26, 2014

They were the anonymous musicians who helped make some of the 1960’s, and 70’s biggest hits. From Sonny and Cher, to The Beach Boys, a group of studio musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew” were the go to people used by record labels. This weekend, a filmmaker who’s made a documentary about this talented, but Read the Rest…


City Of Thousand Oaks Celebrating 50th Anniversary With Parade, Time Capsule

Fri, September 26, 2014

This is a big weekend for one Ventura County community. The City of Thousand Oaks is celebrating its 50th birthday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks 50th


Oxnard Church Congregation Stunned By Theft Of More than 100 Year Old Crucifix

Thu, September 25, 2014

The congregation of a Ventura County church is stunned, after a man walked behind the church’s main altar, and stole a more than 100 year old crucifix. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Stolen Crucifix


Ventura County Woman Accused Of Stealing Dead Mother’s Identity To Obtain Credit Cards

Thu, September 25, 2014

A Ventura County woman is accused of using the identity of her dead mother to fraudulently obtain credit cards. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say Sandra Lopez of Oxnard used her late mother’s information to open five separate credit accounts. The 40 year old woman was arrested for felony identity theft.


Land Conservancy Buys Chunk Of Land In Ojai Valley For Preservation

Thu, September 25, 2014

A land conservancy in Ventura County has moved to preserve an important piece of land in the Ojai Valley. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy bought 29 acres of land next to the Ventura River Preserve. The property is between the popular Oso, and Riverview Trailheads. The Conservancy purchased the land with an $843,000 grant from Read the Rest…


Church Crucifix Stolen In Oxnard

Thu, September 25, 2014

Police are looking for a man who stole a more than 100 year old crucifix from a church in Oxnard. A man walked into Santa Clara Church on the 300 block of South E Street just before 2 p.m. yesterday, and took the religious symbol.  A surveillance camera caught the robber in the act of Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed On Highway 101 On Central Coast

Thu, September 25, 2014

Authorities are still trying to figure out why a man who was struck, and killed on Highway 101 on the Central Coast was the traffic lanes. It happened at around 9 last night, on the southbound 101 near Broadway in Santa Maria.  One vehicle was able to swerve, and avoid the man, but a second Read the Rest…


Suit Against Water District Over New Water Tank Dropped

Thu, September 25, 2014

A legal battle over a water district’s project to build a new five million gallon water tank in the Conejo Valley has been dropped, but it was a costly victory. A homeowner sued the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District over construction of the tank near Las Virgenes Reservoir, concerned with the aesthetics of the project, Read the Rest…


University In Ventura County Gets Gift Of 500 Trees

Thu, September 25, 2014

A Ventura County university campus is going to be getting a lot greener, thanks to a gift from a foundation. The Alcoa Foundation donated $25,000 to Cal State Channel Islands, to buy 500 trees. It’s part of a global initiative by Alcoa which made grants to plant trees at nearly two dozen locations around the Read the Rest…


Economic Forecast Center In Ventura County Predicts Growth For State, And Nation, But At Below Potential Levels

Thu, September 25, 2014

Some new forecasts by a Ventura County based economic research center show continued growth for California’s economy, but still at levels below the state’s potential. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting has released its latest outlook report.  The study says California’s job growth has often exceeded the national rate, but it’s Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Airport Losing Some Airline Service

Thu, September 25, 2014

One of the major airlines serving Santa Barbara Airport has announced plans to cut service. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Frontier Airlines


Santa Barbara County Woman Survives Bear Attack

Thu, September 25, 2014

A Santa Barbara County woman is the survivor of an incredible experience. A hike near the Santa Barbara-Ventura County line turned into a fight for her life, as she was repeatedly attacked by a 300 pound bear. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the well known Carpinteria rancher suffered serious injuries, but is recovering. Click on link Read the Rest…


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