KCLU 88.3FM - 102.3FM - 1340AM

Listen Now

Fresh Air
3:00am - 4:00am

Local News Archives

Project Underway to Restore Parkland On South Coast With 5,000 Trees and Plants

Thu, March 5, 2015

Some former ranchland in the foothills above the Conejo Valley is being restored to its natural condition. Some 5,000 trees, and plants are being planted as part of a new project in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Newbury Park. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Small Earthquake Rocks South Coast; No Damage Reported

Wed, March 4, 2015

Dozens of people reported feeling a small earthquake on the South Coast this morning, but it didn’t cause any damage. The magnitude 2.5 quake occurred at 8:09 a.m., and was centered three miles northeast of Ventura. There were numerous reports from people in Ventura about the quake, but some people in Oxnard, and Ojai also Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congresswoman Puses Plan To Improve Rail Crossing Safety In Wake Of Recent Local Accidents

Wed, March 4, 2015

With two train versus vehicle accidents in Ventura County in two weeks, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to a transportation bill authored by a local congresswoman which would require states to develop rail crossing safety plans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village developed the addition to HR 749. It would make each Read the Rest…


Parts of Some Central Coast Beaches Closed To Protect Breeding Grounds For Threatened Species Of Bird

Wed, March 4, 2015

Sections of some popular Central Coast beaches are now closed to the public, as part of an annual effort to protect the breeding grounds of a threatened species of bird. Parts of Surf, Wall, and Minuteman Beaches have been shut down in an effort to help snowy plovers.  The beaches are under the jurisdiction of Read the Rest…


Central Coast Congresswoman Pushing Effort To Look At Impacts Of Ocean Acidification On Fishing Industry

Wed, March 4, 2015

A Central Coast congresswoman has proposed legislation to focus new research on the impacts of ocean acidification on the seafood industry. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced the Ocean Acidification Research Partnership Act, which would amend a six year old program looking at the issue in general to provide grants to involve the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Proposes Legislation To Help Study Ocean Acidification’s Impacts On Fishermen

Wed, March 4, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has proposed legislation to focus new research on the impacts of ocean acidification on the seafood industry. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced the Ocean Acidification Research Partnership Act, which would amend a six year old program looking at the issue in general to provide grants to involve the Read the Rest…


Test Program To Reduce Pollution, Improve Safety of Whales In Santa Barbara Channel By Slowing Cargo Ships Being Called A Success

Wed, March 4, 2015

The results of a test program to reduce air pollution, and improve the safety of whales by slowing down cargo ships in the Santa Barbara Channel are now out, and the effort is being called a success. More than two dozen ships took part in the voluntary program to try to improve the environment. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Rare World War Two Aircraft Visits South Coast; World’s Only Still Flying B-29

Wed, March 4, 2015

A flying slice of history is on the South Coast this week. The world’s only still flying World War II era B-29 Superfortress bomber is visiting Camarillo airport. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  B-29 Superfortress


Ventura County Man Arrested For Mail Thefts

Wed, March 4, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a man on mail theft charges after he was identified through a stolen items being advertised on Craigslist. Investigators say Ethan Gross was responsible for multiple mail thefts in the Camarillo area, including a UPS package containing a unique auto part.  When detectives found the part advertised online, Read the Rest…


Oil Company Reaches Settlement With Ventura County Over Multiple Spills

Wed, March 4, 2015

Ventura County prosecutors say they’ve reached a settlement with an oil company over legal action related to a series of oil, and chemical spills. The DA’s office pursued a civil environmental prosecution against California Resources Production Corporation, formerly known as Vintage Production California, over seven spills between 2011 and 2014. Vintage cleaned up all of Read the Rest…


Three Former Transit System Employees In Ventura County Enter Guilty Pleas To Stealing From Bus Fare Boxes

Wed, March 4, 2015

Three former bus system employees in Ventura County have now pled guilty to charges they stole money from fare boxes. Ventura County prosecutors say Antonio Maldonado Chavez of Ventura pled guilty to two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, and Jorge Garibay Alverado of Oxnard pled guilty to one felony count.  They were bus Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Shot By LAPD In Controversial Incident Convicted Of Bank Robbery In Ventura County

Tue, March 3, 2015

There’s a Ventura County link to the man shot to death in a controversial confrontation with police in downtown Los Angeles over the weekend. The man has been identified by law enforcement sources as Charley Robinet. The 39 year old man was involved in the 2000 robbery of a Thousand Oaks bank.  Prosecutors say he Read the Rest…


New Proposal In Congress For Chumash Tribe To Convert 1400 Acres of Ranchland Into Reservation Land

Tue, March 3, 2015

The Chumash tribe is once again trying to get congressional help in expanding its reservation. Nine congressmen are co-sponsoring HR 1157, which would allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to turn 1400 acres of ranchland it owns into federal trust land. The tribe had already been pursuing the designation through an administrative process, Read the Rest…


KCLU Spring Membership Drive Just Around The Corner

Tue, March 3, 2015

The Spring Membership drive is March 19-28 and we need volunteers to help answer phones!  Meet the people behind the voices you hear every day and see your local public radio station in action.  Click here to sign up for a shift  www.kclu.org/support/volunteering/ You’ll  meet other listeners and have fun…we promise!  Look forward to seeing Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara County Proposes New Bill To Help Tackle Sexual Assault Issue

Tue, March 3, 2015

A state senator from Santa Barbara County is co-authoring legislation intended to require high school health courses to address the issue of sexual assault. SB 695 would also require classes to talk about what’s known as the “Yes Means Yes” law in California, which helps establish clear guidelines on what is, and isn’t consensual sex. Read the Rest…


Man Driving Stolen Car Arrested After Wild Chase, Long Search Of Ventura County Neighborhood

Tue, March 3, 2015

A Ventura County man is behind bars after he led sheriff’s deputies on a wild chase in a stolen car, and then hid in a neighborhood for hours before he was caught. It started at around 9 a.m. yesterday, near Mountain View and Sespe Avenue in Fillmore. A deputy doing a routine records check on Read the Rest…


Metrolink Engineer Hurt In Last Week’s Commuter Train Crash In Ventura Counties Dies

Tue, March 3, 2015

One of the crew members on the Metrolink train which crashed into a truck last week in Ventura County has died. Glen Steele passed today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 62 year old engineer was critically injured in the February 24th crash. Then, while at the Ventura County Medical Center, his heart Read the Rest…


New Bus System Starts Service In Three Ventura County Communities

Tue, March 3, 2015

Having access to a bus to get around is something many Ventura, and Santa Barbara County residents can take for granted.  But, tens of thousands of people in the region are getting regular service for the first time. The Valley Express began seven day a week service in Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru yesterday. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Getaway Car Driver In Armed Robbery, Murder At Oxnard Massage Parlor Convicted Of First Degree Murder

Tue, March 3, 2015

A man prosecutors say was the getaway car driver in the robbery of two Oxnard massage parlors, and the killing of one of the owners has been convicted of first degree murder. Miguel Martinez of Oxnard was also found guilty by a Ventura County Superior Court jury of being an accessory after the fact. Detectives Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Killed In Accident Which Shut Down Part Of Freeway In Ventura County

Tue, March 3, 2015

A San Fernando Valley man has been identified as the victim of a traffic accident which shut down part of a normally busy Ventura County freeway during the morning commute yesterday. The CHP says Jerome Castro was westbound on Highway 118 in Simi Valley just after 5 a.m., when he apparently lost control of his Read the Rest…


Some Families Of Isla Vista Rampage Victims Sue Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Apartment Complex

Mon, March 2, 2015

The parents of three of the victims of last May’s Isla Vista rampage which left six people dead have filed lawsuits against the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and the apartments where they lived. The suit was filed by a Los Angeles law firm on behalf of  the families of David Wang, James Hong, and Read the Rest…


PCH Between Ventura-Los Angeles Counties Reopens After Weekend Storm Closure

Mon, March 2, 2015

The Pacific Coast Highway is once again open between Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, after Caltrans cleared the latest round of mudslides from the roadway south of Las Posas Road. The PCH had been closed to through traffic for more than two months after some major slides in December.  The slides were compounded by high Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Killed In Paragliding Accident Identified

Mon, March 2, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a man who died in a paragliding accident in Santa Barbara County over the weekend. Dr. Ron Faoro was flying with his daughter off of La Cumbre Peak when he became unclipped from the paraglider, and fell to his death. His daughter crash landed in a tree, but escaped without serious Read the Rest…


Survey Shows Homeless Numbers Remain Constant in Santa Barbara County, But Distribution Changing

Mon, March 2, 2015

A just released survey of the homelessness problem in Santa Barbara County shows that the overall total hasn’t changed much in the last four years. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the census shows there’s been a major shift in the issue’s distribution in the county. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Details Released On Amtrak Train-Car Collision In Ventura County; No One Hurt In Accident

Mon, March 2, 2015

The CHP is now saying that a traffic accident involving a car, and an Amtrak train in Ventura County was caused by a car which spun out of control on a rain slick road. The crash happened at about 8 last night, at Pleasant Valley Road, and Fifth Street in the Camarillo area. Officers say Read the Rest…


Rainfall Amounts Light on Central Coast From Latest Storm

Mon, March 2, 2015

The latest storm system on the Central Coast is hit and miss when it comes to rainfall totals. The heaviest rainfall actually hit south of our region. In northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez had a third of an inch of rain, Lompoc  .17” of an inch, and Santa Maria a tenth of an inch. Read the Rest…


Arrest Made in Santa Barbara Murder Case

Mon, March 2, 2015

Police say a man murdered in Santa Barbara last week knew his killer, and that the two had quarreled hours before the fatal stabbing. Justin O’Brien Nichols was stabbed to death late last Thursday night, or early last Friday morning on the 100 block of North Quarantina Street.  Detectives say the 40 year old victim Read the Rest…


Man Dies In Paraglider Accident In Santa Barbara County

Mon, March 2, 2015

There’s shock in Santa Barbara County over a paraglider accident, in which a man fell a thousand feet to his death. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story: Paraglider Accident


60′s Rock Band “The Seeds” Focus Of New Documentary To Be Shown In Santa Barbara County

Mon, March 2, 2015

It was one of America’s most popular rock bands in the mid-1960’s, but it’s all but forgotten today. Now, a new documentary has the story behind the band called “The Seeds.” KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the film’s director, who’s going to be on hand for a Santa Barbara County screening of the film. Click Read the Rest…


PCH Closed From Ventura To Los Angeles County Again By Mudslides

Mon, March 2, 2015

The Pacific Coast Highway reopened on Friday between Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties after a two month shutdown due to storm damage, but the weekend storm shut it down again with fresh mudslides. Some slides south of Las Posas Road early Sunday morning led to Caltrans closing it down again to through traffic.  Crews were Read the Rest…


Investigators Looking Into Oxnard Shooting Which Left One Dead, One Wounded

Mon, March 2, 2015

Oxnard detectives are trying to figure out who was responsible for a weekend shooting which left one man dead, and a second wounded. The shooting happened at around 9 p.m. Saturday, on the 100 block of Eliza Court.  Detectives say the two victims were hanging out with a group of people when they were approached Read the Rest…


Amtrak Train, Car Collide In Ventura County; No Serious Injuries Reported

Sun, March 1, 2015

An Amtrak train hit a car at a train crossing in the Camarillo area Sunday night, but there are no reports of serious injuries. The collision happened at the Pleasant Valley Road-Fifth Street crossing at around 8 p.m.  The CHP says there were believed to have been three people in the car, but they were Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Man Fatally Injured While Trying To Load Motorcycle Into Truck

Sun, March 1, 2015

A Ventura County man is dead after a motorcycle he was trying to load into a truck fell on him. The accident happened Saturday night, on North Skyline Drive in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies says as the 49 year old man was loading the bike, it fell on him.  He fell to the Read the Rest…


Man Gets 30 Years To Life Sentence For Multiple Rapes In Santa Barbara

Sat, February 28, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison after being convicted of multiple rape charges. Raul Yescas raped one woman in a car in a downtown Santa Barbara parking lot, and a second in a bathroom at a downtown shopping center. One of the attacks occurred in 2010, Read the Rest…


Section Of PCH Connecting Ventura-Los Angeles Counties Reopens After Two Month Shutdown Due To Storm Damage

Fri, February 27, 2015

A key section of the Pacific Coast Highway connecting Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties reopened this afternoon, after a two month closure to repair storm damage. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand, and has the story from Sycamore Cove. Click on link to listen to/download story:  PCH Reopens


Federal Investigators Continue Interviews, Data Gathering From Metrolink Train-Truck Crash In Ventura County

Fri, February 27, 2015

Federal investigators are continuing to interview people, and collecting data in connection with Tuesday’s Metrolink commuter train crash in Oxnard which left 28 people injured. The train hit a pickup truck, and trailer which had apparently been accidentally driven onto the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board team is expected to wrap up it on Read the Rest…


Man Murdered In Santa Barbara

Fri, February 27, 2015

The body of a man has been found in Santa Barbara, and police say it was a homicide. The body was discovered at around 7 this morning on the 700 block of East Yanonali Street. It was outside of a business on the street. There’s no word on the cause of death, but police say Read the Rest…


Alabama Man Convicted Of 1980 Rape, Murder In Ventura County

Fri, February 27, 2015

DNA evidence led to the conviction of an Alabama man for the more than three decade old murder of a teenager in Ventura County. Thomas Young was found guilty of the July, 1980 beating, rape, and murder of 15 year old Stacy Knappenberger in the family’s Oxnard apartment. The murder remained unsolved until five years Read the Rest…


Nature Photographer Who Climbs Into Active Volcanoes, Chases Tornadoes To Show Some Of His Work On South Coast

Fri, February 27, 2015

He’s an award winning photographer who’s been to some of the most remote, and most dangerous area of the world to bring us images of some of nature’s wonders. National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter is going to be speaking on the South Coast this weekend, in an event featuring some of his most iconic work. Read the Rest…


Federal Investigators Release New Details About Metrolink Accident In Oxnard

Fri, February 27, 2015

Federal investigators say we no know more about the positioning of the truck which caused Tuesday’s Metrolink crash in Oxnard. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as the  National Transportation Safety Board released additional details about the accident. Click on link to listen to/download story:  NTSB Update


Chance Of Rain In Forecast For South Coast Through Weekend

Fri, February 27, 2015

It’s time to get your umbrella ready. A storm system is headed towards the South Coast, and will give us a chance of rain starting tonight and lasting through the weekend. Rainfall amounts aren’t expected to be high, from around a tenth of an inch to a half inch. But, the possibility of rain is Read the Rest…


Two Felons Arrested By SWAT Team In Ventura For Possession Of Weapons

Fri, February 27, 2015

Information that a felon might illegally be in possession of weapons, and ammunition led to a SWAT team raid on a Ventura motel. It happened at around noon yesterday. Oxnard Police say they received information had Enrique Castellanos had weapons in his possession. They got a search warrant for the Ventura motel, and along Ventura Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Using Facebook To Lure, And Then Sexually Assault Teenage Girl

Fri, February 27, 2015

Police are concerned that a Ventura County man may have used Facebook to meet, befriend, and drug teenager girls before sexually assaulting them. Ventura Police detectives say they began investigating Daniel Gil last May. A 14 year old girl told investigators that she met the Ventura man on Facebook, and she agreed to meet him Read the Rest…


No Charges To Be Filed At Least For Now Against Driver Of Truck Which Caused Metrolink Crash In Oxnard

Thu, February 26, 2015

Ventura County prosecutors say at least for now, no charges will be filed against the driver of the truck which caused the crash of a Metrolink crash which injured 28 people in Oxnard. It was original expected that Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez would be in court today to face a charge of hit and run causing Read the Rest…


Man Who Threatened To Blow Up Home In Santa Barbara County During Standoff Pleads Guilty, Is Sentenced

Thu, February 26, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man entered guilty pleas to charges that he threatened sheriff’s deputies, and blow up his home during a standoff with officers. David William Tallman was involved with a confrontation with deputies last July, at his Montecito home. He called 911, threatening to blow up his home using acetylene gas tanks he Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based University Gets Four Million Dollar Pledge For New Art Center

Thu, February 26, 2015

A South Coast university has received a pledge which could total four million dollars to build a new home for its art department. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting the gift from developer William Rolland. The money will be used to build a 25,000 to 30,000 square foot building on the north side Read the Rest…


Head Of Ventura County Non-Profit Announces Plans To Run For County Board Of Supervisors

Thu, February 26, 2015

The head of a Ventura County non-profit has announced plans to run for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. Bonnie Weigel says she’ll seek the First District’s supervisorial seat. Weigel is the CEO of FOOD Share, Ventura County’s foodbank which helps feed more than 70,000 hungry people a month in the county. She’s headed FOOD Read the Rest…


Team From Ventura County Fundraising For Charities To Run Marathon In Antartica

Thu, February 26, 2015

A team of current, and retired Ventura County Sheriff’s Department members is preparing to go on the adventure of a lifetime to raise money for charity. The five person team is headed to Antarctica, to run in a marathon. KCLU’s Lance Orozco says it’s the latest project by the group “Cops Running For Charity”. Click Read the Rest…


Homemade Bomb Found In Ventura County Park

Thu, February 26, 2015

Police are trying to figure out who left a homemade bomb in a Ventura County park. A park maintenance worker spotted a pipe bomb in the southwest corner of Rancho Tapo Community Park just after 8 yesterday morning.  Simi Valley Police were notified, and the area of the park was closed. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Metrolink Service Up, And Running Again In Oxnard After Crash Damage To Rails Repaired

Thu, February 26, 2015

Metrolink service is completely up, and running this morning in Ventura County, two days after a massive accident in Oxnard injured 28 people.  After tests on repairs to the damaged section of track at Rice Avenue, and Fifth Street yesterday, service resumed last night. Federal investigators looking into the crash now say they aren’t sure Read the Rest…


« Older stories