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University Opens Expanded Counseling Center In Ventura County

Thu, October 23, 2014

A university which provides thousands of counseling sessions a year to the public in Ventura County is going to celebrate the opening of a new, expanded facility tonight, which will allow even more services. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Clinic


Ventura Man Accused Of Lewd Acts Against Children; Detectives Say There Are Multiple Victims

Wed, October 22, 2014

A Ventura County man is facing lewd conduct, and child molestation charges, after detectives say they linked him to more than a half dozen incidents dating back over years. Ventura Police say a month ago, they received a complaint about a resident in a mobile home park on the 300 block of Rogers Street committing Read the Rest…


Sewer Line Blockage Creates Spill In Ventura County

Wed, October 22, 2014

A blocked sewage line is being blamed for a major spill in Ventura County. An estimated 68,000 gallons of sewage spilled in Moorpark, near East Vistapark Drive, and North Isla Royale Drive. It apparently started last week, but wasn’t reported to county officials until this Monday. About a third of the sewage went into a Read the Rest…


West Nile Virus Found In Bird In Santa Barbara County

Wed, October 22, 2014

West Nile Virus has surfaced in Santa Barbara County. Monitoring efforts detected the virus in a bird in the Santa Ynez Valley. There have been no human cases reported in the county in the last year. Most people exposed to it from an infected mosquito don’t have any health impacts, but for some people, like Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Power Customers

Wed, October 22, 2014

Police are alerting South Coast residents about a new scam targeting power customers. Santa Barbara Police say scammers are targeting some Southern Califonia Edison customers with phone calls, saying their bills are past due, and demanding payment with prepaid debit cards. Police say Edison doesn’t demand payment, or threaten disconnection of service in this manner. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Facilities Now Screening For Ebola

Wed, October 22, 2014

Ventura County Public Health officials say they are taking precautions at county health facilities to protect against ebola, and other infectious disease. The Ventura County Medical Center has closed one of its entrances, so people entering the complex can more easily be screened. County health officials say they will also start screening procedures for ebola, Read the Rest…


Santa Paula Brushfire Composite

Wed, October 22, 2014

A fast moving brush fire in Ventura County on May 14th, 2014 shut down a major highway, and initiually caused concern about some structures in the area. KCLU was on the air within ten minutes of the start of the fire, and provided life, on-scene coverage for more than two hours, until the situation eased. Read the Rest…


South Coast Ballet Company Celebrates 20th Anniversary With World Premiere Of New Production Based On Classic Story

Wed, October 22, 2014

A ballet company on the South Coast is kicking off its 20th anniversary with a splash this weekend, with the world premiere of a new version of a classic story. Scheherazade is the story of a mythical Persian queen. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Santa Barbara, where the State Street Ballet is putting Read the Rest…


Secretary Of Defense Joins Lineup For Forum On Defense In Ventura County

Wed, October 22, 2014

The Secretary of Defense is the latest official to join the lineup for a national defense forum taking place in Ventura County next month. Chuck Hagel will deliver the closing remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum, which will take place November 15th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. A series of Read the Rest…


Goleta Hires Familiar Face As New City Manager

Tue, October 21, 2014

A nationwide search for a new city manager in Goleta led back to someone already working for the city. Following a search involving more than 70 candidates, the Goleta City Council today appointed Michelle Greene to the post.  She had been serving as interim City Manager, and had worked for Goleta in various capacities for Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community’s Anti-Drought Campaign Includes Convincing Residents Brown Lawns Are Cool

Tue, October 21, 2014

One Santa Barbara County community is trying to help beat the drought by convincing residents it’s cool to have a brown lawn. The City of Santa Barbara had new signs made up that say “Gold is the New Green,” and is distributing them for free. City water officials say with half of household water use Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Reports 10 Raids Led To Seizure Of 47,000 Marijuana Plants, With $131 Million Dollar Street Value

Tue, October 21, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says it’s had a big marijuana eradication season, with 10 raids resulting in the seizure of 47,000 plants, with an estimated street value of $131 million dollars. Most of the 18 illegal growing operations were in the Los Padres National Forest.  The Sheriff’s Department worked with the U.S. Forest Read the Rest…


Residents Suggestions Sought As Santa Barbara Starts Search For New City Administrator

Tue, October 21, 2014

A search is underway for a new person to head Santa Barbara’s municipal government, and a firm helping with the effort is seeking residents suggestions. Jim Armstrong retired as Santa Barbara City Administrator in September, after 13 years on the job.  He guided the city through some difficult times, including the recession, and two major Read the Rest…


Wild Car Chase Ends With Suspect Being Rescued From Ocean In Ventura

Tue, October 21, 2014

A wild car chase in Ventura County ended with the man needing to be rescued after he tried to evade police by jumping into the ocean. It started just after seven last night, when a Ventura Police officer saw a vehicle being driven erratically on the 101 Freeway in the downtown Ventura area. The officer Read the Rest…


Section Of State Highway In San Luis Obispo County To Be Closed Wednesday For Repair Work

Tue, October 21, 2014

A section of a state highway in San Luis Obispo County is going to be completely closed on Wednesday for a repaving project. Highway 41will be fully closed from the Highway 46/Highway 41 intersection to Highway 33, in Kings County. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Depending on the Read the Rest…


RTNA Best Newscast Entry R-02: Division B, Under 15 Minutes, KCLU Morning News, 7 am, 9/17/2014

Tue, October 21, 2014

KCLU Morning News, 7 am, 9/17/2014 Santa Barbara Freight Train Death Gov. Brown:  California Groundwater Monitoring Eyewitness:  Northern California Wildfire Capt. Mike Lindberry:  Ventura County Fire Mutual Aid John Palminteri:  Goleta Beach Improvements Los Angeles International Airport Renovations Ventura/Santa Barbara County Weather


Central Coast Police Detective Facing Domestic Violence Charge

Tue, October 21, 2014

An off duty Central Coast police detective has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say on Sunday deputies responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in Vandenberg Village. The deputies say they made contact with Matthew Lee Hill.  The 29 year old man is a Lompoc Police Department Read the Rest…


Newest Work Of Public Art On South Coast Is Connected To 101 Freeway

Tue, October 21, 2014

The newest piece of public art on the South Coast isn’t in a museum, or school. It’s literally painted onto a part of the region’s busiest freeway. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports you while tens of thousands of people will pass it this morning, only a handful will actually see it because of its location. Read the Rest…


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…


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