Lance Orozco

News Director

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, developing the station's local news coverage as it transitioned to a news/talk format. He has provided award-winning local coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, from brush fires and mudslides to Ronald Reagan's funeral. 

Lance has won more than 200 journalism awards for KCLU, including more than 90 Golden Mikes, 20-plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award (an honor which came to David Letterman’s attention on “The Late Show.”), and a national Society Of Professional Journalists Award  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year in the western U.S. nine times. 

Lance is a familiar face in the region, having worked nearly two decades as a television reporter and weathercaster in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. His adventures included an unexpected guest appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman."

You can reach Lance here.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A sweep targeting illegal marijuana growing operations in a rural area of Santa Barbara County led to the seizure of more than 5,000 plants this week.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives along with deputies served search warrants on three locations in the Cuyama Valley this week. Investigators say the 5400 plants seized and destroyed had a street value of nearly three million dollars.

A gang member is expected to be sentenced to more than two decades behind bars for his role in the July, 2013 murder of a man outside of the Ventura County Fair.

Prosecutors say Timothy Scott Adams pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Gabriel Gutierrez. He was 17 at the time, but was it was determined he should be tried as an adult.

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A tip about a possible illegal marijuana growing operation in Ventura County has led to the discovery of thousands of plants.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say after gathering enough information to get a search warrant, they raided three properties on Maple Road and South Ventu Park Road in Thousand Oaks.

(Carpinteria Arts Center photo)

A project to build an arts center in a South Coast community has hit a huge milestone. Boosters of efforts to expand the Carpinteria Arts Center have not only met their $3.1 million goal, they exceeded it by $300,000.

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(3 p.m. Wednesday Update)

Ventura County firefighters quickly contained six small brush fires which popped up along a highway in the eastern part of the county.

The blazes started at around one Wednesday afternoon off of Highway 118, in the Moorpark area. One of the two eastbound lanes of the 118 was closed in the Collins Road for much of the afternoon due to the firefighting activities.

The fires ranged from small spots to about an acre in size. No structures were threatened. About 80 firefighters aided by a helicopter contained the blazes by about 2:30. The cause of the fires is under investigation.

The number of people testing positive for tuberculosis in Ventura County continues to grow in connection with a pair of related outbreaks over the summer.

11 students and four employees have tested positive in connection with an outbreak at Rio Vista Middle School in Oxnard in June. The numbers grew slightly as testing was expanded to include more than 600 students and employees.

One of the world’s top ranked boxers tuned himself in to authorities in Ventura County to face rape charges. Victor Manuel Ortiz is facing three charges stemming from an incident at an Oxnard home in March.

A South Coast city has picked a new City Manager.

The Ventura City Council selected Alex McIntyre for the vacant post. McIntyre is currently City Manager for the Northern California community of Menlo Park.

A non-profit theater group that’s been bringing musical theater to the South Coast for decades has announced its new seasons of shows.

The American Theater Guild will again present its “Broadway in Thousand Oaks,” and “Broadway in Santa Barbara” series.

A man struck, and fatally injured in a hit and run accident in Ventura County which authorities are calling suspicious is now being identified. Jorge Gonzales was the victim of the incident in Oxnard.

Police say they were called to the intersection of Fifth and Meta Streets at around 2:30 Sunday morning, where they found the critically injured Oxnard man. He died a short time later at a hospital.

A new court ruling means a water agency in Ventura County will have to do more to help endangered steelhead.

A coalition of environmental groups had sued the United Water Conservation District, charging that the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River restricts steelhead movement between the ocean, and their habitat. A judge agreed, saying the district could be doing more, and that the lack of action violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

An undercover operation focused on prostitution has led to 17 arrests in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, and Santa Barbara Police set up a sting operation.


A big rig accident closed a section of Highway 101 in Ventura County for much of the Tuesday morning commute.

The crash on the northbound 101 closed the freeway in Camarillo at about 4:15 a.m. The big rig caught on fire.

Six high school students on the Central Coast were taken to a hospital after they all appeared to be under the influence of opiods.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they were called to three high schools in the Lompoc area Monday.

Investigators say one student at Cabrillo High School, one from Community Day School, and four from Maple High School appeared to be under the influence of Xanax. At least three of the teens were unconscious.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

An artist who created an iconic South Coast landmark has died.

You might not know his name, but sculptor Bud Bottoms was the man behind Santa Barbara's Dolphin Fountain, at the base of Stearns Wharf.