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March 2010

Teens talk about parents views of teenage sex

3/31/2010 11:52am    Download MP3

Teen sex is a hot button issue for parents. Some adults say we should push for abstinence, while others advocate teaching safe sex. Many teens know much more about this subject than their parents realize. KCLU takes a look at the teen sex issue not from the view of adults, but from the teens.

Man called Ventura County drug kingpin arrested in Mexico

3/30/2010 10:14am    Download MP3

It's being called one of the most significant drug busts in Ventura County history. Authorities say the arrest of a man they call a Mexican drug kingpin will get a half a million doses of heroin off of Southern California's streets. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

How safe is your workplace?

3/29/2010 11:10am    Download MP3

The most recent statistics show that more than 400 Californians died in work related injuries in a one year period, and thousands were injured. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at this issue, and talks with the head of the state agency which oversees workplace safety, as part of our "Health Dialogues" series.

Former CHP officer injured in DUI crash speaks out about the problem

3/26/2010 8:32am    Download MP3

A CHP officer who retired after being seriously injured in a Ventura County crash caused by a DUI driver is now using his experience to try to educate other drivers. Tony Pedeferri appeared at an awareness day organized by the Ventura College Psychology Club.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Singers join forces to create new vocal ensemble on the South Coast

3/24/2010 7:43am    Download MP3

They're professional level singers from the San Fernando Valley, to Santa Barbara. Now, they've joined forces to brining some cutting edge modern music to Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco, talks to the founder, and some of the members of the Arete Vocal Ensemble.

Director/actor/screenwriter Paul Mazursky to be honored during film festival in Ventura

3/23/2010 9:28am    Download MP3

He wrote, and directed some of the landmark films of the 1960's, and 70's. He had recurring roles in hit series like "The Sopranos".

KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to Paul Mazursky, who's appearing at this week's Ventura Film Society Film Festival.

Program saves feral cats on San Nicolas Island from euthanasia

3/22/2010 12:06pm    Download MP3

A proposal to restore one of the Channel Islands to its natural condition by euthanizing un-adoptable feral cats created a firestorm of controversy. But, KCLU's Lance Orozco reports animal advocates have come up with an alternative to save the cats, while protecting the wildlife they were killing.

Census moving into full swing in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

3/19/2010 7:59am    Download MP3

Have you filled out your census questionnaire? More than 120 million of them were set to arrive in homes across the country this week. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the process, which is moving into high gear this week locally, and across the country.

Santa Barbara County based astronomers part of international team which discovers planet

3/18/2010 1:21pm    Download MP3

Some South Coast scientists are part of an international team which officially announced today the discovery of a planet some 15 hundred light years away from Earth. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with some of the local members of the global research team.

Community clinics hard hit by state budget crisis; outlook is grim

3/17/2010 11:17am    Download MP3

The ongoing state budget crisis is creating problems of its own locally in many ways, especially for non-profit health clinics which provide key medical services for those without health insurance. The situation is complicated by concerns about how Obama's health care proposals may impact the situation, as well as how immigration reform could impact services to undocumented workers. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at this subject, as we continue our "Health Dialogues" series.

New task force to take on threat to Ventura County's citrus crop

3/16/2010 10:29am    Download MP3

A tiny little insect which has spread north from Mexico, into the United States is threatening the state's citrus industry. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on an effort by local agricultural leaders to try to keep the Asian Citrus Psyllid from spreading into Ventura County.

Census underway for whale migration off Santa Barbara County coastline

3/15/2010 11:48am    Download MP3

It's census time on the South Coast...for people, and for cetaceans.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports an army of volunteers is conducting its annual count of migrating whales along the West Coast, as part of an effort to see how the once endangered species is faring.

Gift of kidney by Santa Barbara man to co-worker highlights need for organ donations

3/12/2010 10:03am    Download MP3

There are more than 100,000 men, women, and children currently on organ transplant waiting lists in the United States, with an estimated 18 people on that list dying every day because a donor isn't found in time. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the organ transplant issue through the eyes of a kidney donor, and recipient in Santa Barbara, as part of our "Health Dialogues" series.

Chronic pain a problem for an estimated 50 to 90 million Americans

3/11/2010 10:12am    Download MP3

If you have recurring backaches, soreness in your legs, or migraine headaches, you may be among the 50 to 90 million Americans hit by chronic pain. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at what's being called a "silent epidemic"...in the latest in our periodic series of health reports called "Health Dialogues".

Santa Barbara students learn about sustainability, nutrition through school gardens

3/10/2010 11:40am    Download MP3

Some local schoolchildren are learning firsthand that while we might buy fruit, and vegetables from the supermarket, it really comes from the ground. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports from a Santa Barbara elementary school campus which can now boast it has its own student designed, and built gardens as part of a community program.

Couple impacted by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome starts foundation to help others

3/9/2010 12:08pm    Download MP3

A Ventura County couple which lost a baby to SIDS is helping others facing similar losses, through a support foundation they've created. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Study shows foodborne illness costs America more than 150 billion dollars annually

3/8/2010 11:08am    Download MP3

You might assume the food we eat everyday is safe, but a new study shows that foodborne illnesses cost every single person in California the equivalent of more than 500 dollars a year. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the issue of food safety, as part of our periodic series of health reports called "Health Dialogues".

James Cameron talks about creation of Avatar

3/5/2010 8:57am    Download MP3

It's Hollywood's biggest weekend of the year. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with one of Santa Barbara County's most famous residents...the man could be one of the biggest winners at the Academy Awards..."Avatar" director James Cameron.

Non-profit senior housing community in Isla Vista seeking new home

3/4/2010 9:13am    Download MP3

After decades in one Santa Barbara County community, a senior housing development is trying to find a place for a project which better meets its clients needs. But, KCLU's Lance Orozco reports that a search of southern Santa Barbara County has failed to turn a place which will work for the non-profit agency.

Santa Barbara cancer survivor on nationwide motorcycle ride to raise awareness

3/3/2010 10:26am    Download MP3

A pancreatic cancer survivor from Santa Barbara is trying to raise awareness about the disease from coast to coast, by taking part in a 42,000 mile, nine month long motorcycle ride. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story. You can track the ride by going to its official website, here.

Halaco toxic waste site cleanup continues to move ahead

3/2/2010 11:18am    Download MP3

The project is years from complete, but local, and federal officials gathered in Oxnard to celebrate a milestone in efforts to clean up a local toxic waste site. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update on the Halaco cleanup efforts.

Two Nobel laureate physicists to take stage in Santa Barbara theater benefit

3/1/2010 10:22am    Download MP3

Two Nobel laureates from U.C. Santa Barbara are setting aside their laptops this weekend to co-star in a play at the Music Academy Of The West. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to the physicists about this unique project, which is a benefit for Santa Barbara's Ensemble Theater Company.