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Cleanup Continues From Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Week After It Happened

Tue, May 26, 2015

Crews are continuing what have become around the clock operations to clean up oil spilled by last Tuesday’s oil pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara County.  An estimated 100,000 gallons of oil spilled from the damaged pipeline near Refugio State Beach, with officials saying about 21,000 gallons ended up in the ocean. There’s still no word Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Look At Environmental Impact Report For New North County Jail

Mon, May 25, 2015

Santa Barbara County supervisors are set to consider approving the environmental impact report this week for the county’s new North County Jail. The county is building a new complex in Santa Maria to relieve decades of jail overcrowding. As a part of the update on the project, county supervisors will get more information tomorrow on Read the Rest…


Volunteers Getting Training To Help With Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Tue, May 26, 2015

Members of the public who’ve wanted to help with cleanup effort are getting their chance. A four hour safety classes were held in Santa Barbara yesterday to train nearly 100 members of the public. The Refugio Oil Response Unified Command Center has set up a website where people can get information, and sign up to Read the Rest…


Cleanup Efforts Continue From Santa Barbara County Spill On Memorial Day

Mon, May 25, 2015

Cleanup efforts are continuing in Santa Barbara County in the wake of last week’s major oil spill at Refugio State Beach. Officials say the offshore oil slick continues to remain west of El Captain State Beach.  A new slick was spotted yesterday off the coastline off of El Capitan.  NOAA officials say this in an Read the Rest…


Police Officer Injured In Violent Confrontation At Ventura County Mall

Mon, May 25, 2015

Details have been released about a violent confrontation between a theft suspect, and police at a Ventura County shopping center which left a police officer injured. Ventura Police were called to a mobile phone store at the Pacific View Mall just before 8 p.m. Friday by reports of a man trying to use someone else’s Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident Identified

Mon, May 25, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a 27 year old man killed in a traffic accident in Ventura County. A car headed eastbound on Highway 126 in the Fillmore area around 2 a.m. Saturday plunged off the roadway, and hit a utility pole on the 200 block of East Telegraph Road.  The car then smashed into a Read the Rest…


Oil Spill Cleanup Continues; Remaining Oil Drained From Damaged Pipeline

Mon, May 25, 2015

Around the clock cleanup operations continue this Memorial Day in the wake of the major oil pipeline break in Santa Barbara County.  About 10,000 gallons of oily water has been removed in offshore cleanup operations.  Some 4,000 feet of boom has been deployed to try to control, and remove offshore oil slicks. About 700 people Read the Rest…


Officials Say They Won’t Use Chemical Dispersants On Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Sun, May 24, 2015

Officials heading cleanup efforts addressed one major concern expressed by the environmental community during the last few days over the potential use of chemicals to break up the oil slicks.  Coast Guard, and Environmental Protection Agency officials say they won’t be using use chemical dispersants. Meanwhile, NOAA environmental specialists are investigating an oil slick about Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Dies; Autopsy Pending

Sun, May 24, 2015

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the death of a Ventura County jail inmate. Sheriff’s Department officials say around 9:15 Thursday morning, Richard Chester Crawford suffered a medical emergency at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  The 68 year old man was taken to a Ventura hospital, where he died early Friday morning. An Read the Rest…


Police Say They Arrest Ventura County Man For Operating Dangerous Drug Lab

Sun, May 24, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges after police say they found a potentially explosive drug lab in his home. Oxnard Police say they were called to the home on the 200 block of Bolero Lane around nine yesterday morning, and found evidence of a Butane Honey Oil lab.  The process is used to Read the Rest…


Around The Clock Cleanup Operations Continue In Wake Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill; Airspace In Spill Area Closed

Sun, May 24, 2015

Around the clock cleanup operations continue this Memorial Day in the wake of the major oil pipeline break in Santa Barbara County. About 10,000 gallons of oily water has been removed in offshore cleanup operations.  Some 4,000 feet of boom has been deployed to try to control, and remove offshore oil slicks. Some 700 people Read the Rest…


Three UCSB Students Rescued After Being Swept Out To Sea On Inner Tubes

Sun, May 24, 2015

Two UCSB students were treated for hypothermia, and a third escaped without serious injury after a foray into the ocean on inner tubes led to them being swept out to sea. The students went into the ocean near the campus at Coal Point. Strong currents pulled them out to sea.  One of the boats involved Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Continues To Remain Well West Of Goleta, Santa Barbara

Fri, May 22, 2015

Federal officials overseeing the cleanup of the massive oil spill near Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County say the nine point five square mile oil slick continues to remain well west of Goleta and Santa Barbara. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Friday PM Spill Update


Federal Agency Orders Owner Of Pipeline Which Caused Santa Barbara County Spill To Do Testing

Fri, May 22, 2015

A federal agency which oversees oil pipeline safety has ordered the owner of the line which ruptured near Refugio State Beach to send out a section of the pipe for testing, to have an outside group review pipeline integrity test results, and to remove any remain oil that’s in the pipeline. The federal Pipeline and Read the Rest…


Victims Of Isla Vista Rampage Remembered On First Anniversary; Father Of One Victim Speaks About Aftermath

Fri, May 22, 2015

This weekend marks the first anniversary of a horrific tragedy in our area. It was May 23rd, 2014 when a mentally ill Isla Vista man went on a rampage, killing six UCSB students, and injuring 14 other UCSB, and Santa Barbara City College students. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the father of one of the Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Accused Of Molesting Child; Detectives Say They Are Looking For Additional Victims

Fri, May 22, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested on child molestation charges, and detectives say there may be multiple victims. Ventura Police say in April, a child reported she had been molested by William Charles Miller. Detectives started an investigation, leading to the arrest of the 54 year old man. Investigators say they believe there may Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Supervisor To Retire

Fri, May 22, 2015

A longtime Ventura County supervisor who’s helped keep the county financially stable during rough financial times has announced she plans to retire. Kathy Long is going to step down next year, after serving five terms, and 20 years in office.  Long represents the Third District, which includes Camarillo, Port Hueneme, the Santa Clara River Valley, Read the Rest…


Retired Firefighter Rescues Man, Cat From Burning Santa Barbara Home

Fri, May 22, 2015

A retired firefighter is being credited today with saving a man from a burning Santa Barbara home, as well as a cat from the blaze. The fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m., on the 300 block of La Marina.  The retired firefighter who lived near the burning home got the human and feline occupants Read the Rest…


Environmentalists In Santa Barbara County Use Oil Spill As Platform For New Calls For Fracking Ban

Fri, May 22, 2015

A group of more than 100 environmentalists used Santa Barbara County’s oil spill as a platform to issue new calls for a ban on fracking. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Anti-Fracking Rally


Oil Spill Cleanup On Santa Barbara County Coastline Could Take Months

Fri, May 22, 2015

Federal officials overseeing the cleanup of the major oil spill in Santa Barbara County caused by a pipeline break say it could be a long haul until work is completed. They say it could take months. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on cleanup efforts, as well as the latest on criticism the oil pipeline Read the Rest…


Federal Officials Now Say Oil Spill Cleanup In Santa Barbara County May Not Take Days, or Weeks, But Months

Thu, May 21, 2015

Federal officials managing the cleanup of Santa Barbara County’s major on, and offshore oil spill are now cautioning that it may not be days, or weeks, but take months for cleanup efforts to be competed. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update of efforts to deal with the impacts of Tuesday’s oil pipeline rupture near Refugio Read the Rest…


Man Hit, Seriously Injured By Train In Ventura

Thu, May 21, 2015

A Ventura man is recovering from serious injuries after he was walking near some railroad tracks, and was hit by a train. It happened just after 8 last night, near Arundel Avenue in Central Ventura. Ventura Police say the train was headed eastbound, when the conductor saw a man walking eastbound next to the tracks, Read the Rest…


Burglar Targeting Farms, Construction Sites Gets Seven Year Jail Sentence

Thu, May 21, 2015

A burglar who targeted farms, and constructions sites in Santa Barbara County has been sentenced to seven years in jail. Prosecutors say Wilfredo Jimenez of Los Angeles was part of a ring of a half dozen people who broke into storage area, and stole items ranging from tools to generators. More than $100,000 worth of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Jail For Burglarizing Pop Star’s Home

Thu, May 21, 2015

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to two years in prison for burglarizing the home of pop star Miley Cyrus. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Rusty Sellner of Newbury Park broke into the San Fernando Valley home Cyrus shares with her brother, and stole a large number of items. The 22 year old man Read the Rest…


Around The Clock Cleanup Underway On Santa Barbara County Oil Spill; New Details Released About Events Before Pipeline Rupture

Thu, May 21, 2015

Around the clock cleanup operations are now underway for Tuesday’s major oil pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara County. Officials now say it may have resulted in a more than 100,000 gallon spill, with possibly 21,000 gallons of oil flowing from the inland pipeline site into the ocean.  Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of Read the Rest…


Refugio State Beach, El Capitain State Beach Closed Through May 28th By Oil Spill

Thu, May 21, 2015

The Santa Barbara County oilspill, and cleanup efforts have now prompted the closure of two state beaches on the Gaviota coastline. Refugio State Beach, and El Capitan State Beach will not only be closed for Memorial Day weekend, but at least through May 28th. Santa Barbara County is hoping to ease the pain for some Read the Rest…


Missile Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast Early Wednesday Morning

Wed, May 20, 2015

Early risers on parts of the Central and South Coasts were treated to an unexpected show this morning. An unarmed Minuteman III ballistic missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in what the Air Force calls a successful test launch. The missile took off at 3:37 a.m. on a 4200 mile flight to a Read the Rest…


Land, Sea Cleanup Efforts Continue For Santa Barbara County Oil Spill; Bands Of Oil In Ocean Stretch Nine Miles

Wed, May 20, 2015

An oil spill created by a ruptured oil pipeline in Santa Barbara County now covers a nine mile stretch of ocean. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update, from Refugio State Beach. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Refugio Spill Update


Oil Pipeline Company Says Now Says It Detected Problem With Pipe, And Shut Down Pipeline After Spill Was Discovered

Wed, May 20, 2015

The owners of the underground pipeline which ruptured, causing Tuesday’s big on and offshore oil spill in Santa Barbara County are now saying one of their employees monitoring the line saw something was wrong with it, and shut it down. Officials with Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline say the employee took the action around 11:30 Read the Rest…


Two Oil Slicks From Spill In Santa Barbara County Estimated To Be Nine Miles In Length

Wed, May 20, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard officials say an estimated 21,000 gallon oil spill along the Santa Barbara County coastline in the Refugio State Beach area has now split into two slicks, which are together about nine miles in length. A pipeline north of Highway 101 ruptured yesterday, with the spill being discovered just before noon.  Oil from Read the Rest…


Oil Spill Cleanup Continuing Today Along Santa Barbara County Coastline

Wed, May 20, 2015

Efforts to contain, and clean up a 21,000 gallon oil spill along the Santa Barbara County coastline in the Refugio State Beach are continuing today. A pipeline north of Highway 101 ruptured yesterday, with the spill being discovered just before noon.  Oil from the 24 inch pipeline flowed into a culvert, and under 101 into Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Narrowly Support Proposal To Give Isla Vista More Local Government Control

Wed, May 20, 2015

A Santa Barbara County community is looking at a proposal which would potentially give it more control over issues it’s facing like crime, traffic, and housing disputes. Yesterday, Santa Barbara County Supervisors were asked to take a stand on the plan for Isla Vista, which is being considered by the state legislature. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


PCPA Announces Summer Season Schedule

Tue, May 19, 2015

A Central Coast theater company which mixes professional actors with a theater training program has announced plans for its 51st summer season, which include the classic “My Fair Lady”. PCPA will stage the Lerner and Loewe production June 11th through July 12th at its outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. Other shows on the PCPA summer schedule Read the Rest…


Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara County Coastline Now Estimated At 21,000 Gallons

Tue, May 19, 2015

Cleanup crews are working to contain, and clean up an oil spill off the Gaviota coastline which has blackened parts of popular Refugio State Beach, and created a four mile long ribbon of oil. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest on the spill, which was discovered just before noon today. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Oil Slick From Spill In Santa Barbara County Now Four Mile Long Ribbon Along Coast

Tue, May 19, 2015

An oil spill in Santa Barbara County which started inland of the Refugio State Beach area flowed into the ocean, creating what’s now a more than four mile long oil slick. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the spill, which authorities say involved a pipeline owned by the Plains All American Pipeline: Click on link Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Assault, Animal Cruelty Charges

Tue, May 19, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man could face seven years behind bars, after prosecutors say he pled guilty to five charges of assaulting his girlfriend, and torturing her dog. The case was discovered in May of 2014, when a Santa Barbara woman took her five month old puppy to a veterinarian with serious injuries. The vet Read the Rest…


Pipeline Break Causes Oil Spill In Santa Barbara County

Tue, May 19, 2015

An oil spill which started inland from Refugio State Beach area, in Santa Barbara County flowed into the ocean, creating a more than mile long oil slick. An onshore oil pipeline broke, spilling into a culvert which carried the oil under Highway 101 into the ocean.  There’s no word on how much oil spilled, but Read the Rest…


Detectives Say They Now Have Suspects In 2012 Santa Barbara County Murder

Tue, May 19, 2015

Detectives say they may be getting closer to some arrests for the 2012 murder of a Santa Barbara County man whose body was found in a storage bin in a remote area of Las Vegas. Investigators say they’ve identified several suspects in the killing of Peter D’Orazio. It’s believed the 55 year old Goleta man Read the Rest…


Reducing Blackouts, Increasing Energy Sustainability Theme Of Community Forum On South Coast

Tue, May 19, 2015

Trying to come up with a plan to deal with a rash of blackouts, while making a South Coast city more energy independent is the focus of a community forum this week. “How to Power Paradise” is the theme of the Thursday night event at Santa Barbara’s main public library. It will have a panel Read the Rest…


Onshore, Offshore Oil Spill On Santa Barbara County Coastline

Tue, May 19, 2015

An oil spill which apparently started inland from the Refugio State Beach area flowed into the ocean, creating a more than half mile long oil slick. The cause the spill is unclear, but the oil flow has apparently been stopped.  The oil has spread along hundreds of feet of the coastline, creating a smelly, sticky Read the Rest…


Father Who Lost Daughter In Isla Vista Rampage Talks About Efforts To Honor Her By Fighting For Gun Safety

Tue, May 19, 2015

This is a difficult week for a South Coast community. May 23rd marks the one year anniversary of the Isla Vista rampage, in which a mentally ill Isla Vista man killed six UCSB students, and injured 14 other UCSB and Santa Barbara City College students before killing himself. KCLU’s Lance Orozco sat down with the Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Life Without Possibility Of Parole In Santa Barbara For Raping, Impregnating Teenage Relative

Tue, May 19, 2015

A man convicted of raping, and impregnating a 13 year old relative has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Santos Javier Guevara Oliva is the first person in the county’s history to get life without parole for a non-murder conviction. Prosecutors say he had actually molested two teenage girls, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Murder Victim Identified

Mon, May 18, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a man who was murdered over the weekend in Ventura County. Oxnard Police were called to a house the 1000 block of Inlet Drive early Saturday morning to do a welfare check on one of the residents.  William Tully’s body was found inside. Detectives arrested another man who lived in the Read the Rest…


ICBM Test Launch From Central Coast Planned For This Week

Mon, May 18, 2015

Parts of the Central Coast could get a noisy wakeup call this week. The Air Force has announced plans for the test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning. The launch window is from 3:36 to 9:36 a.m. It’s one in an ongoing series of test launches from Read the Rest…


Ventura County DA’s Office Rules Fatal Police Shooting Of Armed Mentally Ill Man Justified

Mon, May 18, 2015

A just released report by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says the 2012 shooting death of an armed mentally ill man by police was an unfortunate, but justifiable shooting. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oxnard PD Shooting


Agoura Hills Man Dead After Traffic Accident In Santa Barbara County, But Crash Not Believed To Be The Cause

Mon, May 18, 2015

A man is dead following a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County, but CHP investigators say they don’t think he died from the crash. A car which was westbound on Highway 154 near Paradise Road around 10 a.m. today on San Marcos Pass swerved, and smashed into a guardrail.  The car then went down an Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Look At Proposal To Give Isla Vista More Self-Control

Mon, May 18, 2015

Should Isla Vista have more control over the way it’s governed? It’s currently an unincorporated part of Santa Barbara County, falling under the county’s jurisdiction for issues like law enforcement, and street maintenance. Santa Barbara County Supervisors could take a position this week on a proposal calling for the formation of a Community Services District, Read the Rest…


Three People Stabbed On The South Coast; Three Suspects Sought

Mon, May 18, 2015

Detectives are trying to identify three suspects and a motive for three stabbings on the South Coast. The attacks occurred at about 8:30 last night, in front of some businesses on the 500 block of South K Street. A 16 year old boy and a 21 year old man, both from Oxnard, suffered minor stab Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Museum Home To Native American, Western Artifacts, Plus Large Carriage And Stagecoach Collection

Mon, May 18, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, and if you’re going to stay close to home, but are looking for something different to do, we may have the perfect suggestion. Santa Barbara County is home to a museum which not only has unique collections of Native America and western artifacts, but also has one of the Read the Rest…


Peter Sagan Wins Amgen Tour Of California Cycling Competition

Mon, May 18, 2015

After eight day of competition, and more than 700 miles of cycling across the state of California, Peter Sagan won the 10th annual Amgen Tour Of California. Sagan won the final stage of the race yesterday, a course which took riders from Downtown Los Angeles to a three mile loop in Pasadena, with the race Read the Rest…


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