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Ventura County Man Arrested For Death Of Niece

Thu, May 28, 2015

A Ventura County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and furnishing methadone in connection with the drug related death of his niece. Last October, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Moorpark home by reports a woman wasn’t breathing. Christina Blankenship was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy indicated that methadone was Read the Rest…


Federal Agencies Issue Clean Water Act Order For Cleanup Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Wed, May 27, 2015

The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a joint Clean Water Act Order to insure full cleanup of the spill. Federal officials say Plains All-American Pipeline has fully cooperated with cleanup efforts, but that the order is a routine action in situations like this to make sure the ball doesn’t get dropped down Read the Rest…


Crews In Process of Removing Damaged Section Of Pipeline Which Caused Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Wed, May 27, 2015

Crews are now in the process of removing a damaged section of pipeline which ruptured last week in Santa Barbara County, causing a major oil spill at Refugio State Beach. Federal pipeline regulators are supervising the removal of the pipe, which will be taken to an independent lab for analysis. Meanwhile, federal officials say the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Schools Get $10 Million Dollar Grant to Enhance Career Education

Wed, May 27, 2015

Ventura County’s schools are getting a major grant to expand career education efforts. The $10.2 million dollar state grant is going to the Ventura County Office of Education to expand a career, and technical education program from the high school, and community college level to middle schools.  The program creates paths for students to get Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Clearance Inspections Begin June 1st In Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 27, 2015

With high brush fire season at hand, Santa Barbara County is going to begin inspections on brush clearance in high risk areas beginning Monday. 100 feet of defensible space is required around structures.  Property owners who don’t comply can be cited, with the work done by county contractors at the owner’s expense. The Fire Department Read the Rest…


Ventura, Riverside County Prosecutors Reach Settlement With Office Supply Chain Accused Of Misleading Advertising

Wed, May 27, 2015

An office supply chain accused by Ventura County prosecutors of misleading consumers has agreed to a settlement in a consumer protection lawsuit. Prosecutors alleged Staples misled consumers with ads using phrases like “it’s like paying” and “it’s like getting it for” without clearly disclosing specific conditions to get the sale prices. The Ventura County and Read the Rest…


Inmate Death Under Investigation At Ventura County Jail

Wed, May 27, 2015

Autopsy results are pending on a Ventura County jail inmate found dead at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. Jail deputies say at around 4:30 Monday morning, they found Edgar Solorzano hanging in his cell.  Attempts to revive the 31 year old Oxnard man were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


Sea Lion Apparently Injured With Spear In Intentional Attack Rescued At Channel Islands Harbor

Wed, May 27, 2015

It’s been a rough year for sea lions along the Central and South Coast, with record numbers of stranded, and sick animals, possibly due to changes in ocean temperature making it harder for them to find food. Then, last week, some were killed, and injured by Santa Barbara County’s oil spill. Now, comes word of Read the Rest…


Three Hurt In Blast At Santa Barbara County Campground

Wed, May 27, 2015

Three women were hurt in an accidental explosion at a campground in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Campground Explosion


Helicopters, Rock Climbers Installing Netting To Prevent Rock Slides On PCH Near Point Mugu; Long Delays For Motorists

Wed, May 27, 2015

If you were planning to use the Pacific Coast Highway to get from Ventura to Los Angeles County, this isn’t the day to do it. Caltrans crews are using helicopters, and rock climbers to install netting to try to prevent rock slides on sections of the PCH between Las Posas Road and La Jolla Canyon Read the Rest…


More Than $8 Million Dollars In Scholarships To Be Awarded To Santa Barbara County Students This Afternoon

Wed, May 27, 2015

A more than half-century old non-profit agency dedicated to helping young adults further their educations is going to hand out more than eight million dollars in scholarships to Santa Barbara County students this afternoon. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is giving out $8.7 million dollars in support to more than 2900 students. Those getting Read the Rest…


Detectives Trying To Determine What Led To Brutal Unprovoked Stabbing Of Farmworker In Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 27, 2015

Detectives are trying to figure out why a Santa Barbara County farmworker was brutally stabbed by a co-worker he didn’t know in what they’re calling an unprovoked attack. The two men were working in a field on the 6800 block of West Main Street at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  Investigators say Ricky Chavolla was on Read the Rest…


Latest Count Shows More Than 60 Birds, Mammals Injured By Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Tue, May 26, 2015

Nearly a thousand people are now involved in efforts to clean up Santa Barbara County major oil spill on, and off the Gaviota Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports as cleanup continues, the number of oiled birds, and mammals discovered in the region continues to rise. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Bird, Mammal Injuries, Read the Rest…


Congresswoman Re-Introduces Legislation To Create New, and Expanded Wilderness Protection For Land On Central And South Coasts

Tue, May 26, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has re-introduced legislation to try to add new, and expanded wilderness protection for more than 245,000 acres of federal land on the Central and South Coast. HR 1865 would expand wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and create a 400 mile long national Read the Rest…


Pipeline Company Says Substantial Progress Being Made In Reducing Offshore Oil Slick From Spill In Santa Barbara County

Tue, May 26, 2015

As the Santa Barbara County oil spill passed the one week mark, officials with the company which owns the pipeline which ruptured last week say there’s been substantial progress in cleanup efforts. Rick McMichael, with Plains All-American Pipeline, says 16 boats have collected almost all of the visible sheen from the spill.  McMichael says they’ve Read the Rest…


Pop Star Michael Jackson’s Estate Sued Over Financial Dealings Related To Neverland Ranch

Tue, May 26, 2015

The estate of late pop star Michael Jackson is being sued by a finance company, over claims he failed to pay fees connected with an attempt to refinance his Santa Ynez Valley ranch. Genesis Group International filed a breach of contract suit against the estate in Los Angeles Superior Court.  The suit says Genesis agreed Read the Rest…


Investigators Say Commercial Building In Ventura Target Of Arson Attack

Tue, May 26, 2015

Fire investigators are trying to figure out who set a commercial building in Ventura on fire, and why they did it. The blaze was discovered at about 2:30 this morning, on the 9200 block of Telephone Road.  Ventura firefighters arrived to find an exterior sign on fire.  The blaze had triggered sprinklers in the building 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 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…


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…


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…


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…


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