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Ventura Woman Who Was Part Of The Early Days Of The U.S. Space Program Dies

Tue, August 4, 2015

A Ventura woman who was among those in the spotlight during the early days of America’s space program has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Joan Aldrin


Brush/Forest Fire In Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County Now 75% Contained

Tue, August 4, 2015

Firefighters are continuing to make progress in their battle with a brush and forest fire in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County, which is now 75% contained. The Chorro Fire has charred  just over 280 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. Highway 33 reopened this Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Who Died Following Los Angeles Rave Event Identified

Tue, August 4, 2015

Authorities have now identified a 19 year old woman from Ventura County who collapsed at an electronic dance festival in Los Angeles County over the weekend, and later died. Katie Dix of Camarillo was one of two young women who collapsed minutes apart from each other on Saturday night, during the Hard Summer Music Festival Read the Rest…


Sheen Off Santa Barbara County Determined To Be Result Of Natural Seep; Researcher Talks About Seeps Off Coast

Tue, August 4, 2015

Two independent sets of tests confirmed an oil sheen off the Santa Barbara County coastline last week wasn’t man-made, but was the result of a natural seep. The Santa Barbara Channel has one of the most active seep systems in the world. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a UC Santa Barbara researcher who’s a leading Read the Rest…


Brush/Forest Fire In Ventura County Now 70% Contained; Blaze Called Human Caused

Tue, August 4, 2015

A brush and forest fire that’s charred just over 280 acres of land in northwestern Ventura County is now 70% contained. The Chorro Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. More than 300 firefighters aided by aircraft are battling the blaze,  which started Sunday afternoon.  No homes Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brush And Forest Fire Still Out Of Control, But Showed Little Growth Today

Mon, August 3, 2015

A brush and forest fire in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County continues to burn out of control, but firefighters say its spread was limited today. The Chorro Fire has burned an estimated 250 to 300 acres of brush, and trees in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. The Read the Rest…


Bird Crashing Into Power Line Caused 50 Acre Plus Brushfire In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 3, 2015

Fire investigators say a bird crashing into a power line sparked a 50 acre plus brush fire in Santa Barbara County. The fire burned in the hills east of Santa Maria, near Betteravia Road and White Oak Lane. The blaze was discovered at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.  Because was in a rugged, remote area, aircraft Read the Rest…


One Of Two Women Who Died After Collapsing At Los Angeles County Rave From Ventura County

Mon, August 3, 2015

One of the two women who collapsed at an electronic dance festival in Los Angeles County over the weekend, and later died was from Ventura County. The name of the 19 year old woman from Camarillo hasn’t been released yet. Both women collapsed minutes apart from each other on Saturday night, during the Hard Summer Read the Rest…


Officials Confirm Oil Sheen Which Caused Scare Off Of Santa Barbara County Coastline Was Result Of Natural Seep

Mon, August 3, 2015

The Coast Guard says tests confirm that an oil sheen which caused a big scare along the Santa Barbara County coastline last week was the result of a natural oil seep. The sheen was discovered off of the Goleta Pier Wednesday morning. At one point, it was three miles long, and around a half mile Read the Rest…


Fire In Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County Still At 200 Acres; Highway 33 Remains Closed

Mon, August 3, 2015

A brush, and forest fire in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County continues to burn out of control. The Chorro Fire has burned about 200 acres of brush, and trees in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. The fire was discovered just after 1 p.m. Sunday near the 22000 Read the Rest…


South Coast Opera Company Adds New Artistic Director

Mon, August 3, 2015

A South Coast opera company has hired a nationally known new artistic director. Kostis Protopapas is only the fourth artistic director in Opera Santa Barbara’s more than two decade long history. He comes to Santa Barbara from the Tulsa Opera, and was selected after a seven month long search. During his career, Protopapas has also Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping For 100% Containment Of Santa Barbara County Brushfire Today

Mon, August 3, 2015

Santa Barbara County firefighters are hoping to get full containment today of a 50 acre plus brush fire east of Santa Maria. The fire is burning near Betteravia Road and White Oak Lane.  No structures are threatened. The fire was discovered at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.  Because it’s in a rugged, remote area, aircraft had Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Fatal Plane Crash In Ventura County

Mon, August 3, 2015

An autopsy is planned for today on a Ventura County man killed in a plane crash near Santa Paula. The wreckage of the plane was discovered around 2:30 Saturday afternoon on a hillside near Santa Paula.  The body of James Breeding of Ojai was discovered in the wreckage. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say the Read the Rest…


More Than 200 Acres Of Brush Burned By Blaze In Ventura County

Mon, August 3, 2015

More than 300 firefighters are battling a brush fire in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County. The Chorro Fire has burned about 200 acres of brush in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. The fire was discovered just after 1 p.m. Sunday near the 22000 block of Maricopa Highway.  Read the Rest…


Man Under Investigation For String Of Indecent Exposure Incidents In Ventura

Mon, August 3, 2015

Police say they’re investigating a Ventura County man in connection with multiple indecent exposure incidents. Ventura Police detectives say Tyler White was arrested Thursday afternoon after he flashed a woman sitting on a bench outside of a department store on the 300 block of Mills Street. Investigators are now trying to determine if the 19 Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Northwestern Ventura County

Sun, August 2, 2015

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County. The fire was discovered just after 1 p.m. Sunday, and has blackened more than 100 acres of land.  The fire is near the 22000 block of Maricopa Highway, in the Los Padres National Forest. No homes are reported to be immediately Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hope To Get Full Containment Sunday Of Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara Sunday

Sun, August 2, 2015

Santa Barbara County firefighters are hoping to get full containment today of a 50 acre plus brush fire east of Santa Maria. The fire is burning near Betteravia Road and White Oak Lane.  No structures are threatened. The fire was discovered at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.  Because it’s in a rugged, remote area, aircraft had Read the Rest…


One Dead Following Plane Crash In Ventura County

Sat, August 1, 2015

One person is dead following the crash of a light plane in Ventura County. The wreckage of the plane was discovered around 2:30 Saturday afternoon on a hillside near Santa Paula.  Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say the crash may have actually occurred a few days ago. Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Sexual Assault At Ventura County Shopping Center

Fri, July 31, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say he knocked down, and sexually assaulted a woman at a Conejo Valley shopping center. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the 25 year old victim was walking thorough the Janss Market Place in Thousand Oaks at around two a.m.Wednesday when she was assaulted. The woman Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Refuses To Weigh In On Ventura County Water Battle

Fri, July 31, 2015

Efforts to take over a corporate owned water system on the South Coast received a major boost this week, when the State Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit over efforts to block the takeover effort. A group of Ojai residents has been battling to have a government agency take over the Golden State Water Read the Rest…


South Coast Fire Department Hopes It Has Answer To Controversy Over Location Of New Fire Station

Fri, July 31, 2015

A South Coast fire department hopes it’s come up with an answer ot an ongoing controversy over where it should build a new fire station. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Montecito Fire Station Dispute


Ventura County Airport Celebrating 85th Birthday This Weekend

Fri, July 31, 2015

A South Coast airport is celebrating a big birthday this weekend, with a party. Santa Paula Airport is going to turn 85 in August. On Sunday, the airport will celebrate with a vintage airplane and car show, live entertainment, and food booths. The airport has its own historical museum, which will be open to the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Latest City To Take On Vacation Rental Controversy

Fri, July 31, 2015

The issue of using homes as short term vacation rentals has become a hot one on the South Coast. The City of Santa Barbara is the latest community to take on the controversy.  The City Council has announced plans for a public meeting to look at the subject, with plans in the works to step Read the Rest…


2-1-1 Social Services Hotline Officially Relaunched In Santa Barbara County

Fri, July 31, 2015

Santa Barbara County today officially relaunched its 2-1-1 social services telephone service. 2-1-1 is the number people can call to get information to fund help with issues like health care, senior services, and child care. The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County has taken over management of the service. The 211 service was relaunched Read the Rest…


U.S. Senate Passes Proposed Rental Car Law Proposed In Wake Of Death Of Ventura County Sisters

Thu, July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation named in honor of two Ventura County women killed in a traffic accident, which tries to improve rental car safety. Senate Bill 1173 would require rental car companies to fix vehicles with pending recall notices before they can rent them to customers. The legislation is named after Raechel and Read the Rest…


Record Year For South Coast Port

Thu, July 30, 2015

The South Coast’s only deep water port is reporting the best year for cargo shipments in its nearly eight decade long history. The Port of Hueneme handled 1.5 million metric tons of cargo during its just ended fiscal year. That’s a nearly 10% increase from the port’s former record two years ago. Automobile imports account Read the Rest…


Mysterious Oil Sheen Off Santa Barbara County Now MIA

Thu, July 30, 2015

A mysterious oil sheen which appeared off the coast of Santa Barbara County now appears to have disappeared. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on lik to listen to/download story:  Oil Sheen Update


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Loan Fraud Related Charges

Thu, July 30, 2015

A Ventura County man is expected to receive a 16 month state prison sentence after entering guilty pleas to some felony loan fraud related charges. Ventura County prosecutors say Michael McDevitt of Oxnard operated a home loan modification company called Scovis Law Group in Thousand Oaks.  They say SLG illegally collected up front fees for Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Says Mysterious, Three Mile Long Oil Sheen Off Santa Barbara Coastline Should Dissipate Naturally

Thu, July 30, 2015

A three mile long oil sheen off the Santa Barbara County coastline yesterday triggered concerns about the possibility of another major spill, in the wake of the May 16th accident at Refugio State Beach. The Coast Guard says this morning while the cause of the sheen is still unclear, they believe it is already dissipating Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Crime Wave In Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 29, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested for what authorities are calling a one man crime wave in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say William Carroll of Santa Paula had someone drop him off in Goleta July 6th. They say during a six hour period in the middle of the night, he Read the Rest…


Three Mile Long Oil Sheen Appears Off Santa Barbara County Coastline; Beaches Remain Open

Wed, July 29, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard officials, and local authorities are investigating a three mile long oil sheen which was discovered off the Santa Barbara County coastline Wednesday morning. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Goleta Beach. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Oil Sheen


Longtime Santa Barbara County Community Leader, Rancher Dies

Wed, July 29, 2015

A well known Central Coast rancher, and one time Santa Barbara County supervisor has died. Willy Chamberlin was a fixture in the Santa Ynez Valley. He was a strong advocate for the agricultural industry. In 1992, he ran for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors against incumbent Bill Wallace.  The initial results showed Chamberlin Read the Rest…


South Coast City Using Technology To Help Making Finding Parking Easier

Wed, July 29, 2015

Finding a parking spot can sometimes be frustrating in some Central and South Coast communities, especially during the summer when tourism is high. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one local city is using technology to make finding a spot easier. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Parking Link To Santa Barbara Parking Information: Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Launches Project To Try To Assess Health Needs, Goals For County

Wed, July 29, 2015

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have launched a massive new project to assess the health, and health needs of the county’s 440,000 plus residents. A key element of the effort is a survey they hope residents will take to help give health officials an accurate picture of the situation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Ventura County First in State To Be Accredited For Quality Of Medical Care

Wed, July 29, 2015

Ventura County Public Health has become the first health agency in the state to received national accreditation for the quality of its services. The Public Health Accreditation Board certified the County Public Healthcare Agency after stringent tests. Southern California and state health officials recognized the county’s efforts in a ceremony at yesterday’s Ventura County Board Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Two Ventura Shootings

Tue, July 28, 2015

An arrest has been made for a shooting spree which left a nine year old girl and a man wounded in Ventura. Ventura Police say they arrested Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore for attempted murder, and street terrorism. On June 23rd, a nine year old girl suffered a minor leg wound when she was hit by Read the Rest…


Water Releases Planned From Lake Cachuma To Recharge Downstream Groundwater Basins

Tue, July 28, 2015

Some water releases are being planned from Lake Cachuma to recharge downstream groundwater basins. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is going to release about 300 acre feet of water a day from Bradbury Dam into the Santa Ynez River.  The releases are being made at the request of the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Deal With Nursing Crisis Which Shut Down Some Operating Rooms

Tue, July 28, 2015

Ventura County is going to make some raises available to try to stop an exodus of nurses which left the Ventura County Medical Center so short staffed it had to cancel some surgeries. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Moves To Deal With Hursing Crisis


Nine Arrested During Probation Sweep In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, July 28, 2015

Nine people were arrested during a probation sweep in eastern Ventura County. Simi Valley Police, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Ventura County probation officers teamed up for the weekend effort.  Officers say they targeted repeat offenders with a history of involvement in serious crimes.  Two teams of officers went to 16 locations in the eastern Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Planning Crackdown on Illegal Food Vendors During Old Spanish Days Celebration

Tue, July 28, 2015

A South Coast city is gearing up for the region’s largest community celebration, and is putting out word that it will crack down on illegal food vendors. Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days takes place from August 5th through 9th. Santa Barbara police say with an increasing number of illegal food vendors setting up shop around Read the Rest…


Oil Company Seeks Emergency Permit To Clear Oil From Pipelines Using Tanker Trucks

Tue, July 28, 2015

An oil company is seeking an emergency permit to move some oil by tanker truck on the South Coast, so it can clear its pipelines for inspection. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Venoco Permit Application


Ventura County Group Managing Special Olympics World Games Equestrian Events

Tue, July 28, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games are now in full swing in Southern California. A Ventura County based non-profit is playing a key role in one of the events.  It’s managing the entire equestrian competition for the Games. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Burbank. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Special Olympics Equestrian Read the Rest…


Woman Sentenced To Four Years Behind Bars For Fatal DUI Crash In Ventura County

Tue, July 28, 2015

A woman has been sentenced to four years behind bars after entering a guilty plea to a charge she struck and killed a man in Ventura County while driving under the influence. Sara Roche was driving on Seaward Avenue in July of 2014 when she lost control of the car at high speed, and crashed.  Read the Rest…


South Coast Transit System Makes Route Changes To Try To Improve Service

Mon, July 27, 2015

A South Coast transit system has made a number of changes starting this week to try to improve service. The Gold Coast Transit District has added one route and modified more than a half dozen others. The new addition is Route 22, which provides an express service between East Ventura to Oxnard, with stops at Read the Rest…


With Weeks Left In Water Season, Ventura And Santa Barbara County Totals Well Below Normal

Mon, July 27, 2015

Despite some rare July rainfall, many Central and South Coasts are on track to end up with water years at only around half of their annual average. The water year runs from September 1st to August 31st. In Ventura County, Ventura is at 55% of normal, Oxnard 64%, Thousand Oaks 57%, and Santa Paula 55%. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Firefighter, Brother Accused Of Insurance Fraud

Mon, July 27, 2015

A Central Coast firefighter and his brother are facing felony insurance fraud charges after investigators say they conspired to submit a false claim over an accident. State Department of Insurance officials say Neal Moriarty was driving on Highway 101 when he hit a deer. They say he was uninjured, but his car was seriously damaged. Read the Rest…


Effort Underway In Santa Barbara County To Rename Post Office After Fallen Navy SEAL

Mon, July 27, 2015

A bill has been introduced in Congress to rename a South Coast post office after a Navy SEAL who died in action in Afghanistan. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fallen SEAL


Santa Barbara County Set To Renew Oil Spill, Drought Emergency Declarations

Mon, July 27, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are holding a special meeting Tuesday to keep local emergency declarations active for a pair of disasters. The board is re-ratifying the county’s state of emergency for the Refugio State Beach oil spill, and for the drought. The designations are important for the county because it keep the door open for Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Homeless Veterans Get Help At Weekend Long Event On South Coast

Mon, July 27, 2015

Hundreds of veterans, many of them homeless, got some special help on the South Coast over the weekend. The 23rd annual Ventura County Stand Down provided everything from a hot meal and new clothes to social services for veterans in need. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the three day long event, and has Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Deputies Say He Was Burglarizing Vehicles At Beach

Mon, July 27, 2015

A Ventura County man recently paroled following a burglary conviction is back behind bars, after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies say he was breaking into vehicle parked at some local beaches. Deputies were called to the Leo Carrillo State Beach area just after 4 p.m. Saturday by reports of a man trying to break into Read the Rest…


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