UC Santa Barbara Researcher Spearheads Effort To Learn More About California's Iconic Grizzly Bears

It’s an iconic part of California’s history which has been commemorated in many ways, on the state’s flag, and through mascots for major universities like UCLA and UC Berkeley. Now, a project led by a UC Santa Barbara researcher is underway to help us learn more about the extinct California Grizzly bear.

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A Central Coast fire department is getting a new ladder truck, largely due to a million dollar federal grant.

Santa Maria firefighters say their current ladder truck is 18 years old, and has had increasing maintenance problems. The new truck will have a 102 foot ling ladder, which will allow it to better reach some of the newer, larger buildings in the city.

It’s expected to cost Santa Maria between $1.2 and $1.5 million dollars, with the city making up the difference between the million dollar grant and the final price tag.

It’s an iconic part of California’s history which has been commemorated in many ways, on the state’s flag, and through mascots for major universities like UCLA and UC Berkeley. 

Now, a project led by a UC Santa Barbara researcher is underway to help us learn more about the extinct California Grizzly bear.

Eight men were arrested during a prostitution sting operation in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives placed an online ad inferring that a woman was offering sexual services at a Santa Maria motel. Investigators say the men offered payment, so when they showed up at the motel they were arrested.

Five men were arrested on solicitation of prostitution charges. Three others face additional charges as well.

After the Secretary of the Interior ended the review of the status of five national monuments, a Santa Barbara congressman asked that one in our region be added to the exemption list.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to end the review of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

One of the newest plays headed to Broadway is putting a Ventura County community in the spotlight.

The Ojai Chamber of Commerce is going to want to send some big gift baskets to a Broadway theater. Comedy legend Steve Martin’s latest play is set in Ojai.

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Documentary Producer To Speak On South Coast About Forgotten World War II Story

It was the early days of World War II, and it wasn’t going well for America. The U.S. Navy was hard hit by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and it only had a handful of aircraft carrier compared to the Japanese Navy. The Navy could ill afford to use the few carriers it had to train the aviators it would need to fight back in the Pacific. John Davies is Executive Producer of “Heroes On Deck: World War II On Lake Michigan,” a documentary being shown in Santa Barbara on Thursday which chronicles the unique, but almost forgotten way the Navy solved its carrier pilot training problem.

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KCLU Wins National Society of Professional Journalists Award

KCLU News Director Lance Orozco received his third national journalism award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The aftermath of the violent protest and counterprotests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend continue to reverberate across the country — sparking discussions about race and the country's Civil War past.

Mourners will gather in Charlottesville on Wednesday to remember Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer's favorite color, in her memory.

In an overnight operation, workers removed Baltimore's high-profile statues linked to the Confederacy, using cranes and trucks to haul away monuments that honored Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott opinion.

"It's done," Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. "They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could."

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As a substitute for coveted elephant ivory, mammoth tusks can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A rush is underway to dig them out of the frozen earth in Siberia and sell them, mostly to China. The hunt is making millionaires of some men living in this impoverished region — but it's also illegal.

Photographer Amos Chapple followed a group of tusk hunters in Siberia on assignment for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He recalled his three-week journey with NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Writers are drawn to oddballs and outsiders, in much the way that dogs out for a walk veer toward fellow canines. The endearing pre-adolescent narrator of Camille Bordas' novel, How To Behave in a Crowd, is the youngest of six siblings growing up in a small French village. He's the odd man out because he's the most normal of the lot: All of his older sisters and brothers have skipped multiple grades, and three of them earn PhDs during the course of this book.

If you pull a fire alarm in any large U.S. city, it's likely that paid firefighters waiting at a nearby station will quickly respond. But seven out of 10 American firefighters are actually volunteers. They cover vast sections of the country, making up an aging network that is increasingly understaffed and overworked.

On a blazing hot day recently in western Kansas, two men have rushed from their jobs to douse a grass fire, for free.

"If somebody wasn't here to do it, this could get out of hand real quick," says Jason Lonnberg, with the Jetmore Volunteer Fire Department.

In July of 1878, Vassar professor Maria Mitchell led a team of astronomers to the new state of Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse. In a field outside of Denver, they watched as the sun went dark and a feathery fan of bright tendrils — the solar corona — faded into view.

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