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Concern About Groundwater Supply In Central Santa Barbara County Prompting Call For Study

Mon, October 20, 2014

There’s concern about what’s happening to the groundwater supply in central Santa Barbara County, with a major project to assess the situation now being proposed. Santa Barbara County Supervisors are considering a proposal to have the United States Geological Survey do a study of the San Antonio Groundwater Basin, which is a 128 square mile Read the Rest…


High Surf Creating Dangerous Conditions On Central Coast

Mon, October 20, 2014

A high surf advisory is in effect for the Central Coast, with the potential for 8 to 14 foot waves, and strong rip currents. The highest surf will be on west, to northwest facing beaches. There is also the potential for some coastal flooding during high tides. The largest waves will come tomorrow.  People are Read the Rest…


Autopsy Fails To Nail Down Cause Of Death Of Central Coast Woman in Nevada

Mon, October 20, 2014

An autopsy has failed to reveal the cause of death of a Central Coast woman whose body was found in the Nevada desert last month. Some off road vehicle recreationalists found the body of Margay Kim Edwards September 25th, in an isolated field northwest of Las Vegas, in Nye County. An autopsy failed to provide Read the Rest…


Amgen Tour Of California To Return To South Coast In 2015

Mon, October 20, 2014

America’s largest cycling race will return to the South Coast in 2015, but it won’t stop in Ventura County. Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California have announced the host cities for the 2015 event.   The eight day race will include more than 700 miles of competition, taking some of the world’s best cyclists from Read the Rest…


Amgen Tour Of California To Return To Santa Barbara And San Luis Obispo Counties In 2015

Mon, October 20, 2014

America’s largest cycling race will return to Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties in 2015. Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California say Stage 4 of the tour, on May 13th, will take the cyclists from Pismo Beach, to Avila Beach.  Then, on May 14th, the tour will go from Santa Barbara to Santa Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Arrested On Multiple Charges Following Incident At Motel

Mon, October 20, 2014

A Central Coast man is facing multiple charges after police say he locked himself in a San Luis Obispo motel room with a housekeeper, and exposed himself. The incident happened Saturday afternoon, on the 1600 block of Calle Joaquin. Police say Benjamin Kuhzarani walked into a room a housekeeper was cleaning, closed the door behind Read the Rest…


Whopping Cough Outbreak Reported At Private School In Santa Barbara County

Mon, October 20, 2014

Whooping cough has surfaced at a private school in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Whooping Cough


New Shark Incident Off Of Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, October 20, 2014

There’s been another incident involving a shark off the Santa Barbara County coastline. A woman paddling an outrigger canoe about three miles off of Santa Barbara yesterday morning saw a shark biting the craft’s pontoon. The shark soon left, and she paddled back to shore safely. On October 2nd, a man was bitten in the Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested After She Became Stuck In Chimney During What Authorities Say Was Break-In Attempt At Ventura County Home

Mon, October 20, 2014

A woman authorities say was trying to sneak into the Conejo Valley home of a man she had dated got a lot more than she bargained for, when she became stuck in the home’s chimney for more than two hours. Resident of a neighborhood on the 1900 block of Woodside Drive in Thousand Oaks began Read the Rest…


Full Closure Of Northbound 101 Planned At Ventura-Los Angeles County Line Due To Construction

Mon, October 20, 2014

Late night travelers on the northbound 101 Freeway in the Conejo Valley are going to face a major closure. Caltras says it’s closing the northbound 101 at Lindero Canyon Road, in the Westlake Village area, from midnight, to 5 a.m. tomorrow.  Vehicles will be detoured around the closure on surface streets, but there will be Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Biotech Giant To Aid In Ebola Fight

Mon, October 20, 2014

A Ventura County based biotech giant says it’s going to join efforts to create a drug to treat ebola. Bloomberg News is reporting that Amgen is going to work with the Bill, & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups to work on ZMapp, a promising experimental drug. Officials with the Thousand Oaks base company say Read the Rest…


Oscar Winning Santa Barbara Actor Talks About His Second Career, As Country Musician

Mon, October 20, 2014

An Oscar winning Santa Barbara actor who’s done everything from dramas, to science fiction movies has started a second career. Jeff Bridges and his band, The Abiders, have just released a new country music album. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Bridges about his plunge into the music world. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


College Student From Ventura County With Meningitis On Life Support

Sat, October 18, 2014

Authorities are now saying that a San Diego State student with meningitis who is from Ventura County is on life support with no chance of recovery. The university had originally reported that Sara Stelzer of Moorpark died on Friday.  However, she was being kept on life support so arrangements could be made for organ donations. Read the Rest…


New Multi-Million Dollar Dining Complex Dedicated At Ventura County University

Sat, October 18, 2014

A new multi-million dollar dining complex on a Ventura County college campus has been officially dedicated. California Lutheran University’s Ullman Commons is a 20,000 square foot facility with an all you can eat food court, a takeout deli, and a Starbucks. The $15 million dollar complex on the Thousand Oaks campus is named after the Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Pickup Truck Slams Into School Bus On Central Coast; CHP Says Alcohol Suspected

Fri, October 17, 2014

A pickup truck slammed into a school bus on the Central Coast this afternoon, and CHP investigator say alcohol was a factor in the crash. It happened just before 1:30 this afternoon.  A school bus with 26 kids on board had stopped at the intersection of Central Avenue, and North A Street in Lompoc. Investigators Read the Rest…


San Diego State Student From Ventura County Dies From Meningitis

Fri, October 17, 2014

A young woman from Ventura County attending San Diego State has died from meningitis. University officials say Sara Stelzer of Moorpark died at a hospital early Friday morning, The 18 year old woman lived on campus. San Diego County health officials are investigating the possibility other students might have been exposed to the bacteria during Read the Rest…


NASA Research Satellite Arrives On Central Coast In Preparation For January Launch

Fri, October 17, 2014

A satellite which researchers say will provide the most accurate soil moisture measurements ever obtained from space has arrived on the Central Coast, in preparation for a January launch. The Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft was moved from JPL is Pasadena to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Plans call for it to be launched January 29th. Read the Rest…


Wild Car Chase Ends With Three Arrests In Santa Barbara

Fri, October 17, 2014

A wild car chase on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara ended with the arrest of three people at gunpoint. The details of what led to the pursuit are still unclear, but it hit speeds of more than 100 miles an hour before ending on Alomar Street. No injuries were reported, but one of the Read the Rest…


College Football Coach Who Ran Program In Ventura County For 28 Years Being Honored With Bronze Statue

Fri, October 17, 2014

A man who started a Ventura County university’s football program, and led it to the only national championship in its five decade long history is being honored with a bronze statue this weekend. Bob Shoup started the football program at California Lutheran University in 1962, and coached the Kingmen for 28 years. His team collected Read the Rest…


Land Conservancy in Ventura County Changes Leadership

Fri, October 17, 2014

An organization which has helped preserve hundreds of acres of land in Ventura County is changing its leadership. Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Executive Director Greg Gamble is leaving, to accept a fundraising position with Stanford University. Gamble headed the conservancy for six years, during which the organization made a number of major land acquisitions. Conservancy Read the Rest…


Experimental Unmanned Space Shuttle Lands At Vandenberg Air Force Base

Fri, October 17, 2014

An unmanned space shuttle which spent more than 670 days in space successfully landed this morning on the Central Coast. The X-37B touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:24 a.m., completing a 674 day mission.  It’s the third successful landing for the X-37B series of reusable space planes, which look like a smaller Read the Rest…


Disaster Preparedness Event In Ventura County Saturday

Fri, October 17, 2014

Are you ready for a major disaster? An event in Oxnard tomorrow is going to help people improve their readiness. The Oxnard Fire Department’s Prevention and Safety Fair will have information booths from public safety agencies, events for kids, CPR lessons, and demonstrations of firefighting equipment. The free fair will take place form 11 a.m. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Sends Another Shipment Of Ebola Supplies To West Africa

Fri, October 17, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit group has sent another shipment of emergency medical supplies to West Africa, to help in ebola relief efforts. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  DRI Shipment


Archaeologists Unearth Portion Of Set From Historic 1920′s Movie Under Sand Dunes At Central Coast Beach

Fri, October 17, 2014

This next story sounds too crazy to be true, but it’s real. An archaeological team has recovered the pieces of a massive, five ton Egyptian Sphinx from some sand dunes in northern Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco explains the sphinx is a true historic relic, but not in the way it sounds at first. Read the Rest…


Stand Down Event To Help Veterans On The Central Coast Set For This Weekend

Fri, October 17, 2014

An army of volunteers is gearing up for an event this weekend on the Central Coast to help veterans. The third annual Santa Barbara County Stand Down, at the Santa Maria Fairpark, will have free meals, clothing, personal items, and a variety of social service assistance for veterans. The event organized by Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Review Underway For Endangered Species Of Toad Found Along Coastline

Fri, October 17, 2014

Could a rare type of toad found in coastal creeks along the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County coastlines be ready to come off the endangered species list? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking at reclassifying the arroyo toad from endangered, to threatened. The small, dark spotted toads have disappeared from Read the Rest…


Prosecutions Say Man Posing As Immigration Lawyer In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Facing 24 Felony Counts

Thu, October 16, 2014

A man prosecutors say was passing himself off as an immigration lawyer in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, but instead did nothing to help his victims is facing 14 felony charges. Ventura and Santa Barbara Police detectives, and Ventura County District Attorney’s office investigators say Jorge Moreno made false promises to his victims about helping Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Grand Theft, Money Laundering

Thu, October 16, 2014

A former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being convicted of 17 felony counts including grand theft, and money laundering in connection with some real estate dealings. Ventura County prosecutors say Laura Leesha Means became a real estate agent after retiring from the sheriff’s department. They say the Read the Rest…


Kern County Man Gets Three Year Plus Jail Sentence In Ventura County Investment Fraud Case

Thu, October 16, 2014

A Kern County man has received a three year plus jail sentence after pleading guilty to a half dozen charges in a Ventura County real estate fraud case. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit say that Jesus Garcilazo managed an Oxnard-based company called U & J Investments, which lured Read the Rest…


Hit Play Filled With Music, Comedy Kicks Off Season For South Coast Theater Company

Thu, October 16, 2014

It’s a play with filled with music, but it isn’t a musical. “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is a comedy which has been delighting North American audiences for close to two decades, and is now coming to the South Coast. Filled with music from Beethoven, to Elton John,  it’s kicking off the new season for Ventura’s Read the Rest…


Work Underway On New Children’s Museum On South Coast

Thu, October 16, 2014

Work is now officially underway on a new children’s museum on the South Coast. A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation in Santa Barbara yesterday. The 25,000 square foot complex is planned for the 100 block of State Street, between Stearns Wharf and the 101 Freeway.  $15 million dollars Read the Rest…


Campaign For National Disaster Search Dog Training Facility In Ventura County Closing In On $20 Million Dollar Goal

Thu, October 16, 2014

A fundraising campaign to build a national center for search dog training in Ventura County is coming close to its $20 million dollar goal, thanks to some new commitments. The S.D. Bechtel Junior Foundation has given the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation $500,000 for its training facility under construction in the mountains near Santa Paula. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Library System Gets Grant To Try To Improve Family Literacy

Thu, October 16, 2014

Santa Barbara’s library system has received a quarter of a million dollar grant to try to improve family literacy. The federal grant will target families with low literacy levels, by promoting reading groups.  This is an expansion of a pilot program which included after school, and summer reading programs.  The effort will include collaborations with Read the Rest…


KCLU’s Anniversary with the Capitol Steps!

Wed, October 15, 2014

Help KCLU celebrate its 20th Anniversary with The Capitol Steps! Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  Tickets at the box office or Ticketmaster. Special thanks to Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura for helping to sponsor the show.


Car Crashes Into Conejo Valley Bank

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Ventura County bank which didn’t have a drive thru window got one at least temporarily today, when a car crashed through a window. It happened just ater 11 a.m., on the 1500 block of North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. A car pulling into a parking place simply didn’t stop, and went over the Read the Rest…


Murder Victim On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Central Coast woman who was fatally wounded in Lompoc this week is now being identified. Rebecca Yap was shot Monday night, at a home in Lompoc. Lompoc Police say she died a short time later, but not before identifying the homeowner, Clay Murray, as the man who shot her. Detectives still aren’t saying what Read the Rest…


Dangerous Canine Virus Surfaces In Santa Barbara County

Wed, October 15, 2014

A virus which can make dogs serious ill, or even kill them has surfaced in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Animal Services says it’s confirmed five cases of parvovirus in the northern part of the county in the last two weeks. The virus attacks the lining of a dog’s digestive system, and blocks it Read the Rest…


First Woman Appointed To U.S. Supreme Court To Speak In Ventura County

Wed, October 15, 2014

A retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice who was the first woman appointed to the nation’s high court is going to speak in Ventura County next week. Sandra Day O’Connor will speak about justice in the digital age in an event at Cal State Channel Islands.  O’Connor served as an associate justice on the nation’s high Read the Rest…


Identity Of Woman Struck, Killed By Train In Santa Barbara County Accident Released

Wed, October 15, 2014

A woman who was struck, and killed when a train plowed into a group of people taking pictures from a train trestle in Santa Barbara County is now being identified. Mingyue Yuan died in the Saturday night accident, which happened on the rail line between Gaviota State Park, and Refugio State Beach. Four people were Read the Rest…


Dredging Finally Underway In Ventura County To Clear Harbors, Restore Beaches

Wed, October 15, 2014

When you think of a beach, you probably think of sand. But, in Ventura County, sand has been at the center of an ongoing crisis, with too much sand in some areas, and not enough in others. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that after a nearly two year long struggle, federal funding has allowed the hiring Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Pleas In Animal Neglect Case

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Ventura County man has entered guilty pleas to five charges stemming from an animal neglect case, after police called to his home found dogs covered in blood because they had been fighting with each other. Santa Paula Police were called to Silvano Duran’s home in March by a report of dogs fighting.  Officers say Read the Rest…


City Of Camarillo Celebrating 50th Birthday This Weekend

Wed, October 15, 2014

One Ventura County may run out of birthday candles this weekend. Camarillo is preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday. On Friday night, community leaders and resident will gather for a public dinner dance at the Serra Center. And on Saturday, more than a half dozen musical groups, ranging from high school marching bands to an Read the Rest…


Criminal Grand Jury Indicts Santa Barbara County Man On Charges He Murdered His Children, Parents

Tue, October 14, 2014

A criminal grand jury has indicted a Santa Barbara County man for the murders of his two children, his parents, and a family dog. Nicholas Holtzer is accused of stabbing to death his 10 year old son Vincent, 13 year old son Sebastian, his mother Sheila, and his father William at the family’s Goleta home. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Dies From Gunshot Wound; Man Arrested

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Central Coast man is in custody, after a woman was fatally wounded in his home. Lompoc Police were called to the 300 block of North Daisy Street just before 9 last night, by a report of shots being fired. They found a wounded woman there, who died later at a hospital. Police aren’t talking Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Expected To Go To Jail After Admitting He Sold Phony Insurance Coverage In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Ventura County man is expected to go to jail after admitting he was collecting insurance premiums for phony coverage in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Dean Joseph Basler pretended like he was an agent, and sold numerous dummy policies, even preparing fake insurance certificates.  The 58 year old Ventura man’s scheme Read the Rest…


Unique Pilot Program Brings Nurses, Doctors To Homes Of Seniors In Santa Barbara County For Medical Care

Tue, October 14, 2014

The idea that a doctor might make a house call might seem like a page out of a history book. But, a pilot program on the South Coast that’s being called the only one its type in the nation is bringing urgent care style services by nurses, and doctors to the homes of some local Read the Rest…


Visiting Scholars Victims Of Weekend Train Accident In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

UC Santa Barbara officials have confirmed three people hit by a train on the Gaviota coastline over the weekend were visiting scholars. Four people were on a train trestle Saturday night taking pictures when an Amtrak passenger train approached.  They tried to run to safety, but only one of them made it. One person was Read the Rest…


Sixth Man Arrested In Connection With 2009 Murder In Ventura County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A sixth man has just been arrested in connection with a 2009 murder in Ventura County. On January 17th, 2009 two men were stabbed in an Oxnard neighborhood.  Alfredo Vargas died at a hospital a few hours after the attack. Oxnard Police detectives worked on the case for years, and in June of 2013 arrested Read the Rest…


Part Of Highway 23-Highway 101 Interchange In Ventura County To Be Closed Overnights For Work This Week

Tue, October 14, 2014

Travelers using some of Ventura County’s busiest freeways could encounter some delays during the overnight hours this week, because of work on a freeway interchange rebuilding project. Caltrans will close the connector between southbound Highway 23, to northbound Highway 101 from 7 p.m. tonight, to 6 a.m. tomorrow. The same closure will be in effect Read the Rest…


Nine Arrested Following Drug Sweep Linked To Stolen Presciption Pad From Ventura Doctor’s Office

Mon, October 13, 2014

An alert pharmacist in Ventura County who realized that he might be getting prescriptions from a stolen prescription pad alerted authorities, which led to the arrest of nine people. Investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit first learned about the possible fraud in June. Detectives say they found evidence leading them to Ryan Read the Rest…


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