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Drive Underway To Buy, Preserve Prime Santa Barbara County Foothills Land

It’s a scenic hike in the foothills of San Marcos Pass just three minutes off of Highway 154. The San Marcos Foothills Nature Preserve just outside of Santa Barbara has grasslands, wildlife, and panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Now, there’s an effort underway to expand it.

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The big storm hitting the Central Coast Wednesday is now shifting south into Southern Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Thursday.  Santa Barbara County could see some its heaviest rainfall Thursday morning, with the focus moving to Ventura County by Thursday afternoon. 

Rainfall amounts could be astronomical is some places.  Some of the mountains in extreme northern San Luis Obispo County topped ten inches of rain Wednesday night.

The number of coronavirus related deaths on the Central and South Coasts now tops the one thousand mark.  22 additional deaths were reported in the region Wednesday, pushing the overall total to 1004.

Ventura County had 18 new deaths, pushing its total to 564.  Santa Barbara County had four new deaths, for a total of 279.  And, San Luis Obispo County has had 161 deaths.

Some new tax figures show the continuing devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism industry on the Central and South Coasts. 

The City of Santa Barbara is reporting that its transient occupancy tax collected in December was down 65% from the year before.  The tax is the one collected on hotel room stays, and is a good indicator if how busy motels, and hotels are in the community.

The third, and most powerful in a string of storms during the last week has arrived on the Central and South Coasts, dropping rainfall and causing some street flooding in areas.

So far, the heaviest rainfall has been on the Central Coast, in San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to a fatal shooting on the South Coast Tuesday night.

Oxnard police were called to the 800 block of Hobson Way at about 8 p.m. by reports of a shooting.  That's where the Oxnard Performing Arts Center is located.  They found a man in the street with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Drive Underway To Buy, Preserve Prime Santa Barbara County Foothills Land

It’s a scenic hike in the foothills of San Marcos Pass just three minutes off of Highway 154. The San Marcos Foothills Nature Preserve just outside of Santa Barbara has grasslands, wildlife, and panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Now, there’s an effort underway to expand it.

Read More

Coronavirus On The Central & South Coasts

The number of coronavirus related deaths on the Central and South Coasts now tops the one thousand mark.  22 additional deaths were reported in the region Wednesday, pushing the overall total to 1004.

Ventura County had 18 new deaths, pushing its total to 564.  Santa Barbara County had four new deaths, for a total of 279.  And, San Luis Obispo County has had 161 deaths.

Some new tax figures show the continuing devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism industry on the Central and South Coasts. 

The City of Santa Barbara is reporting that its transient occupancy tax collected in December was down 65% from the year before.  The tax is the one collected on hotel room stays, and is a good indicator if how busy motels, and hotels are in the community.

The COVID-19 stay at home orders have been removed from the Central and South Coasts, and a number of businesses have reopened, or have been able to expand their services.  But, we have some tough reminders the crisis is far from over in the region.

32 additional coronavirus related deaths were reported in the Tri-Counties Tuesday.

KCLU Remembers Joe Paulucci

A longtime South Coast community leader has died. He had a remarkable life. He was a minister, a therapist, and a businessman, and Joe and his wife Pat were special friends of KCLU.

Poetry can help us become more human. We saw it on display as 22-year-old inaugural poet Amanda Gorman read her stirring poem "The Hill We Climb" last week. It felt joyous and truthful, necessary and hopeful, and there was power in both her and her words.

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When Darieli got to the U.S. three years ago, she had to grow up fast. The 19-year-old immigrant lives in Virginia, where she's going to high school and works a part-time job, while also helping to raise her three younger sisters.

After 15 years working in western oil patches, Antonio Magana finally struck out on his own, starting a small oil and gas well servicing company.

Then the pandemic hit.

Demand tanked and production ground nearly to a halt here in Wyoming's Jonah Field. Magana and his skeleton staff are down to working just three days a week.

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Late last month, before President Biden took office and proposed his new pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the government in 2021.

While the pandemic funding got most of the attention, some even bigger changes for health care were buried in the other parts of that huge December package of laws.

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