KCLU 88.3FM - 102.3FM - 1340AM

Listen Now

Sound Medicine
4:00am - 5:00am

Local News Archives

Roadside Rest Stop In Santa Barbara County Used By More Than One Million People Annually Set To Reopen After Renovations

Thu, February 19, 2015

A normally busy highway rest stop in Santa Barbara County which been closed for ten months for renovations is finally set to reopen. The Gaviota Rest Area on Highway 101 will be ready for use again on Monday. The $900,000 plus dollar project’s main goal was to renovate the restrooms, with the focus on replacing Read the Rest…


Final Report On Isla Vista Rampage Which Left Six Dead, 14 Hurt Says Killer Spent Close To A Year Planning It

Thu, February 19, 2015

A just released final report on the May, 2014 Santa Barbara County rampage which left six people dead, and 14 injured shows that the killer spent close to a year planning it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco more on the summary of the investigation into the Isla Vista attacks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Read the Rest…


Proposed Changes At Cal State Northridge To Deal With Enrollment Crunch Will Make It Tougher For Ventura County High School Graduates To Attend CSUN

Thu, February 19, 2015

Ventura County high school graduates may soon have a harder time getting admission to a nearby university. It’s a tough situation for one Cal State University campus, but could boost enrollment at another one. KCLU’s Lance Orozco explains the situation, and the proposed change. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CSUN Enrollment Changes


Central Coast Man Convicted Of Manslaughter, Other Charges For Crash Which Killed Two

Thu, February 19, 2015

A Central Coast man could face up to 15 years in prison after driving a forklift on the wrong side of a road, and killing two people when it smashed into a car. A jury convicted Daniel Garcia Castillo guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, as well as three Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Connection With Heroin Overdose Death In Ventura County

Thu, February 19, 2015

Two people have been arrested in connection with the heroin overdose death of a man in Ventura County, after detectives say the duo tried to cover up their involvement with it. In May of last year, paramedics were directed to Bradley Marquez, who was lying outside of a home on the 3300 block of Hollygrove Read the Rest…


United Way Holding “Mega Tax Day” Event At 10 Locations In Santa Barbara County This Weekend

Thu, February 19, 2015

Income tax time is just around the corner. In Santa Barbara County, a free event called “Mega Tax Day” is taking place this weekend, offering up among other things free tax preparation services. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mega Tax Day


City Of Santa Barbara To Give Public A Forum On Municipal Election Controversy

Wed, February 18, 2015

A South Coast city is looking for the community’s views in the controversy over possibly moving from at large, to district city council elections. The City of Santa Barbara will hold a public workshop on February 28th. The issue is a hot one in the city, with some people contending that the city’s more than Read the Rest…


Man Injured In Fire At Central Coast Auto Dealership

Wed, February 18, 2015

One person suffered smoke inhalation, and damage has estimated at more than three-quarters of a million dollars following a fire at a Central Coast auto dealership’s repair facility. The blaze was first discovered at around 6:30 this morning at Santa Maria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which is on the 1900 block of South Broadway in Read the Rest…


Whooping Cough Surfaces At Central Coast High School

Wed, February 18, 2015

A case of whooping cough has surfaced at a high school on the Central Coast. Santa Maria High School District officials say a Righetti High School student has been diagnosed with the illness. The student is not currently attending classes. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials notified the school district, and students, staff, and faculty Read the Rest…


Longtime Television Anchor In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties Dies

Wed, February 18, 2015

A familiar face to television views in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties for decades has died. Rick Martel was co-anchor of San Luis Obispo based KSBY-TV’s “Action News” from 1980, to 1995. KSBY is the NBC station for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. After leaving Channel 6 in a contract dispute, Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Crime Spree in Ventura County Which Included Armed Robbery, Carjacking, And Police Chase

Wed, February 18, 2015

An adult, and a teenager have been arrested following a crime spree in Ventura County which included an armed robbery, a carjacking, and a police chase. It started around three yesterday afternoon, when a teen armed with a gun robbed a man on the 1300 block of California Street in Oxnard, stealing his cell phone. Read the Rest…


Man, Teen Arrested Following String Of Auto Burglaries In Ventura County

Wed, February 18, 2015

An 18 year old man, and a teenager have been arrested following a string of auto burglaries in Ventura County. Ventura Police received reports that some people were casing vehicles around Deschutes Avenue just before 12:30 this morning. Officers arriving on the scene didn’t find anyone, but were called to a nearby neighborhood by reports Read the Rest…


Lawsuit Filed Against Tri-Counties Congresswoman Over Campaign Ad

Wed, February 18, 2015

A congresswoman serving the Tri-Counties who won re-election last November is being sued by the man he defeated, over claims a campaign ad misrepresented him. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Capps Suit


Drone Potential, And Concerns Focus Of Sacramento Hearing Led By State Senator From Santa Barbara

Wed, February 18, 2015

The issue of the use of drones, and how they might intrude on our privacy has been a hot one as tech companies, and hobbyists have pushed for the government to allow their widespread use. A state senator from Santa Barbara chaired a hearing in Sacramento yesterday looking at efforts to balance the concerns. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Goleta City Council Asked To Save 1920′s Era Gas Station

Wed, February 18, 2015

Will a South Coast city step up to try to preserve a 1920’s era gas station? KCLU News has been telling you about the effort for the last few weeks.  Yesterday, a group of community residents took a petition signed by more than 2500 people to the Goleta City Council, asking the city to start Read the Rest…


Central Coast Couple Arrested With Mail Stolen From More Than 100 Victims

Tue, February 17, 2015

A Central Coast couple has been arrested with mail stolen from more than 100 victims. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies received reports of someone stealing mail from a house in the Nipomo area.  Based on a description from a witness, deputies stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 1, and Halcyon Road in Read the Rest…


Port Dispute Hitting Port Of Hueneme, But Not To Same Extent As Larger Ports

Tue, February 17, 2015

Closed door efforts are continuing to try to solve a dispute that’s caused major disruptions at 29 West Coast ports. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that while the Port of Hueneme is among the shipping centers impacted, it doesn’t have the huge backlog of shipments like many other ports. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Accused Of Arson Attack On Home

Tue, February 17, 2015

A Central Coast man has been arrested on an attempted arson charge after an attack on a Santa Maria home. Santa Maria Police say Chad Ramos threw a homemade device at a home on the 300 block of East Grant Street at around four this morning. The device bounced off a trailer, and the fuse Read the Rest…


Sea Lion Pup Stranding Crisis Continues To Grow Along California Coast

Tue, February 17, 2015

A sea lion crisis along the California coastline is continuing to grow, with hundreds of weak pups ending up on beaches, and rescue centers swamped. Some marine biologists are calling the crisis the worst they’ve ever seen, even topping 2013, what was a record year for strandings. Santa Barbara’s Marine Mammal Center is taking some Read the Rest…


UCSB Based Global Research Study Says Amount Of Plastic Pollution In World’s Oceans Staggering

Tue, February 17, 2015

A new study by a UC Santa Barbara based research team has shocking new data about the magnitude of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The scientists say it could be between four, and 12 million metric tons annually. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the lead researchers in the study. Click on link Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Again Take On Controversy Over Gaviota Coastline

Tue, February 17, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are again set to take up the controversy over the future of some scenic land on the Gaviota coastline. Developers are seeking the redesignation of some of 10 lots which make up what’s known as Las Varas Ranch, just east of El Capitan Ranch. The changes to most of the 1800 Read the Rest…


New Home Energy, Water Efficiency Program Comes To Conejo Valley

Tue, February 17, 2015

How would you like to save money?  Who wouldn’t? A program to help homeowners make their homes more energy, and water efficient is coming to the Conejo Valley. The emPower program was first offered in Santa Barbara County, and is now in Ventura County. It helps people find ways to make their homes more green, Read the Rest…


Suspected Smuggling Boat Recovered Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, February 16, 2015

A suspected smuggling boat found off the Santa Barbara County coastline became the focus of a tug of war involving authorities, and a fisherman. Authorities received reports of a possible panga boat in the ocean off of Gaviota shortly after sunrise today, with the Coast Guard, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department dispatching helicopters to Read the Rest…


Petition Going To City Of Goleta To Try To Protect 1920′s Era Gas Station

Mon, February 16, 2015

Plans to save a historic South Coast gas station are moving into high gear. A petition with more than 2500 signatures supporting the effort to protect the building off of Hollister Avenue in Goleta is going to be presented to the Goleta City Council tomorrow afternoon. They’re hoping to see the Barnsdall-Rio Grande gas station Read the Rest…


Ventura Crackdown On Alcohol Sales To Minors

Mon, February 16, 2015

A sting operation on sales of alcohol to minors led to an arrest in Ventura. The Ventura Police Department used underaged decoys to target some restaurants in the city.  Only one employee at the half dozen businesses targeted sold alcohol to the 19 year old decoy used for the operation.  The cashier caught in the Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Found Off Santa Barbara County Coastline; Fisherman Arrested For Trying To Keep It

Mon, February 16, 2015

A suspected smuggling boat found off the Santa Barbara County coastline became the focus of a tug of war involving authorities, and a fisherman. A fishing boat spotted the water filled panga off of Gaviota shortly after sunrise today. The fisherman bailed water out of the boat, and started to town it back to Santa Read the Rest…


Mid-State Fair To Host Rock Bands “Motley Crue” And “Boston,” As Well As Country Star Alan Jackson

Mon, February 16, 2015

Some major rock, and country music performers have been announced as headliners for the 2015 Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles. The rock bands “Motley Crue” and “Boston,” along with country singer Alan Jackson are among the headliners set for this year’s fair. “Motley Crue” will perform Saturday, July 28th, and will feature Alice Cooper as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Communities Join Opposition To Oil Project On Central Coast

Mon, February 16, 2015

Opposition is continuing to grow in Ventura County to the proposed expansion of an oil processing facility on the Central Coast. The cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, and Oxnard have joined Ventura County Supervisors in opposing the expansion of rail facilities in Nipomo to accommodate crude oil shipments from Southern California. Phillips 66 wants to bring Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Set To Look At Plan To Improve Pedestrian, Bicycle Access And Safety In Mission Canyon Area

Mon, February 16, 2015

Santa Barbara County is set to look at a plan intended to improve pedestrian, and bicycle access in the scenic Mission Canyon area. There is currently only limited safe access for those on foot, or on bikes in Mission Canyon, and on Foothill Road.  A plan has been developed to create dedicated pathways compatible with Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway On South Coast To Have Major Lane Closures Due To Construction

Mon, February 16, 2015

Some of the lanes on the 101 Freeway on the South Coast are going to be closed overnights this week for construction. Up to two lanes of the northbound 101 will be shut down around the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line overnights starting tomorrow night.  The closures will be from Bates Road to the Mobil Pier, Read the Rest…


Five Flu Related Deaths Documented In Santa Barbara County

Sun, February 15, 2015

Santa Barbara County Health officials say there have been five documented flu related deaths in the county so far this season, with another four people ending up in intensive care units as a result of the virus. Four of the five deaths in the county involved people over the age of 65. County health officials Read the Rest…


Woman Talking On Cell Phone Struck, Killed By Freight Train In Santa Barbara County

Sun, February 15, 2015

A woman talking on her cell phone was struck, and killed by a freight train in Santa Barbara County. It happened just after 11 a.m. Saturday, near the Goleta train station on La Patera Lane.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say Suzanne Worsham had been visiting a friend in the area.  They say the Read the Rest…


Employees At Seven Isla Vista Businesses Cited For Selling Alcohol To Minors

Sun, February 15, 2015

A sting operation led to employees being cited at seven Isla Vista businesses for the sale of alcohol to minors. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a joint operation in IV using undercover decoys.  Last year, a similar operation resulted in all businesses targeted being in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Says Coroner’s Facility Poses Risk

Thu, February 12, 2015

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the county has failed to make recommended upgrades to the Coroner’s Bureau facilities, and that the problem poses a health risk to staff, and visitors. A past Grand Jury had noted serious ventilation problems which could allow the spread of communicable diseases. The County hired a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Wins Nearly $22 Million Dollar Judgement In Suit Over Illegal Dumping

Wed, February 11, 2015

Ventura County officials say the county has won a nearly $22 million dollar judgement in a lawsuit over unpermitted dumping in the hills above Simi Valley. The county filed suit against Wayne and Carol Fishback, claiming that despite repeated warnings, unauthorized dumping of various materials was occurring on several parcels of land.   Officials say Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Two Men Who Kidnapped, Robbed Woman In Santa Barbara County

Tue, February 10, 2015

Authorities are looking for two men who kidnapped, and then forced a woman to withdraw money from her bank in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say it started at about 3 p.m. Monday in Isla Vista.  The victim was walking on the 6700 block of Abrego Road when the men abducted her. Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Introduces Legislation To Provide New Protections Against Students Involved In Crimes

Tue, February 10, 2015

A state senator from Santa Barbara introduced new legislation to try to combat sexual assaults, and other serious crimes by community college students. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara is sponsoring a bill which would allow community colleges to expel, or suspend students for off campus behavior like sexual assault, threats of violence, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Dies In Traffic Accident

Tue, February 10, 2015

A Ventura County man is dead, after his motorcycle crashed into a car pulling onto a Simi Valley street. It happened just after 7 p.m. Monday night, on the 2200 block of Tapo Street.  Simi Valley police say the 35 year old motorcyclist was southbound on Tapo Street when a car pulled out from a Read the Rest…


Steve Carell To be Honored As Santa Barbara International Film Festival Moves Into Final Weekend

Fri, February 6, 2015

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is moving into its final weekend, with one of its last big events taking place tonight. The Festival will present its “Outstanding Performer of The Year” award to Steve Carell, for his role as eccentric millionaire Jon du Pont in the movie “Foxcatcher.” Carell is best known for his Read the Rest…


UCSB Professor Receives National Recognition For Work In Chicana, Chicano Studies

Fri, February 6, 2015

A UC Santa Barbara professor is receiving national recognition for her work in the field of Chicana, and Chicano studies. Dr. Aida Hurtado has been named the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 2015 Scholar. Hurtado is a noted researcher, and author who’s been involved in the field of study since the 1970’s.  Her Read the Rest…


Ronald Reagan’s 104th Birthday To Be Celebrated February 6th At Presidential Library In Ventura County

Fri, February 6, 2015

There’s going to be cake, a band, and even a flyover by military aircraft as President Ronald Reagan’s 104th birthday is celebrated today in Simi Valley. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host a public ceremony later this morning. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band will perform starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony Read the Rest…


Man Shot In Apparent Home Invasion Robbery Attempt In Ventura

Thu, February 5, 2015

Authorities on the South Coast are looking for a man who broke into a Ventura home, and shot a resident in what police say was an apparent robbery attempt. It happened just before 8 a.m. yesterday, on the 3000 block of Channel Drive. Detectives say the victim realized someone had broken into his home, and Read the Rest…


New South Coast Art Exhibition Looks At Visions Of American West Through Chinese Artists Eyes

Thu, February 5, 2015

We see our Amerrica’s western heritage one way, but how do other cultures around the world see it? A new art exhibition on the South Coast features the works of Chinese artists who share their visions of the American West. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


South Coast City Looking At How To Deal With Controversy Over Vacation Rentals

Wed, February 4, 2015

A South Coast City is looking at how to deal with the controversial issue of using homes as vacation rentals. KCLU’s John Paminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Vacation Rentals


Congresswoman Says New Expanded Veterans Clinic In Works For Ventura County

Wed, February 4, 2015

A Ventura County congresswoman says the county may get a new, larger medical clinic to serve veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the President’s 2016 fiscal year budget plan includes funding to open a new, 47,000 square foot outpatient clinic. It would replace an existing contract clinic in Oxnard. Brownley says in Read the Rest…


Documentary About National Championship Football Team Which Was Supposed To Meet JFK To Be Screened In Ventura County

Wed, February 4, 2015

A California football team was offered the chance of a lifetime, to visit the White House on the way to its national championship game. But, an assassin’s bullets changed those plans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a documentary about the forgotten story is going to be shown in Ventura County this week. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Arrested On Child Molestation Charge

Wed, February 4, 2015

A Ventura County woman has been arrested on a child molestation charge, after detectives say she engaged in a series of sexual acts with a teenage boy over the last few months. Ventura County Sheriff’s department officials say Tracey Marsh was arrested at her home in Camarillo.  They say the 16 year old victim told Read the Rest…


Ventura County Now Up To 10 Confirmed Cases Of Measles

Tue, February 3, 2015

Ventura County Public Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in the county has now risen to 10. County health officials estimate that 95% of the population has immunity to the disease because they’re vaccinated.  However, they note that there are some private schools with much lower rates of protection, in one Read the Rest…


New Proposal To Create Additional Marine Sanctuary Off Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo County Coastlines

Tue, February 3, 2015

There’s a new proposal to create a new National Marine Sanctuary off the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County coastlines. What’s being called by supporters the “Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary” would protect a wide swath of ocean between the existing Channel Islands, and Monterey Bay sanctuaries. It would extend from offshore of Gaviota Read the Rest…


Late Night Travelers On Highway 101 Between Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties Could Hit Delays

Tue, February 3, 2015

Work to replace some concrete highway slabs could lead to delays for late night travelers this week on Highway 101 between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. From 8 to midnight tonight, the number one and two lanes on the southbound 101 from Ballard Avenue, just south of Carpinteria to the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line will Read the Rest…


« Older stories      Newer stories »