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Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula made a huge contribution to KCLU, giving the station a Chevy Equinox SUV to serve as the station's news vehicle.

Dealership owner Leo Bunnin and Public Relations Director Shane Morger presented the vehicle to KCLU General Manager Mary Olson, and News Director Lance Orozco.

The vehicle will allow KCLU to continue its award winning coverage of public safety threats like brush fires and debris flows in the region.

Santa Barbara County PIO

Santa Barbara County Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a small but stubborn fire that was very visible Monday afternoon in San Marcos Pass.

The fire began at around 4:30 p.m. along the roadside on Highway 154 just before West Camino Cielo, and burned towards East Camino Cielo.

As climate change affects the environment, experts say that worries about climate change are affecting people’s emotions,  in a new phenomenon called "eco-grief."

Professor Jennifer Atksinson defines eco-grief this way: "Distress about the state of our planet, so climate change, mass extinction, toxic pollution.”

Election workers throughout the state of California, including on the South Coast, are taking ballots that were cast on Tuesday and checking them over.

The workers are looking to determine exactly who the person was trying to vote for on ballots with cross-outs, mark-overs, or in cases where someone has multiple possible selections in a segment only allowing one.

One of the most successful politicians on the South Coast appears to have held off another challenger, and won another race.

Das Williams, the First District Supervisor in Santa Barbara County who has also been in the state assembly and city council, has the most votes coming out of Super Tuesday's election night.

Despite protest from some businesses, a proposed "Downtown Business Tax" is expected to get the support of the Santa Barbarba City Council.

Thousands of people ride public transit every day on the South Coast. Now, one county has added an app to make riding easier. 

While having a county transit app isn’t exactly a new idea, what is new is getting all of Ventura County’s different transit providers in one system.

A number of Carpinteria residents say they have been suffering for two years because of the odor of cannabis from local greenhouses, and have now filed a lawsuit.

One of the residents is Greg Gandrud, a former city councilmember, who says that there have also been health problems in the neighborhood.

Until recently, UC Santa Barbara baseball could only take place during the day, with games typically starting at 1 in the afternoon.

But Monday night, for the first time in history, UC Santa Barbara's Gaucho baseball team played under the evening lights.

Neil was around 45 pounds and five months old when he was featured in a YouTube video filmed in the  neighborhood of Studio City in Los Angeles.

He wasn't exactly in his natural habitat: Neil is a Bengal tiger.

KCLU won seven Golden Mikes from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California for excellence in news reporting, more than any other large or small market station.

After the recent wildfires on the South Coast, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is trying to monitor the new plants that have started growing in the wildfire recovery area.

With so much land to cover, however, the new plan is getting citizen scientists how to identify, catalog, and protect the plants we rely on. 

A group of students on the Central Coast are racing into the history books as the first high school team to compete in a National Hot Rod Association drag race.

The Santa Maria High School Race Team was in Pomona on Thursday and Friday competing against pro racing teams in the NHRA’s Winternationals event. 

In Paso Robles, Ojai, and Carpinteria earlier this week, early morning temperatures got down into the low twenties and thirties.

Farmers said that the cold temperatures in the morning were a concern,  although there was no serious damage.

The city of Santa Barbara is looking at traffic safety improvements in an area that has had numerous accidents and close calls in recent years, including some fatalities.

After receiving numerous complaints from citizens, officials are now focused on improving an area known as the Cliff Drive corridor, from Las Positas Road to Loma Alta Drive near Santa Barbara City College.

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