Cutting Edge Ag Water Monitoring, Trading Program In Ventura County Pushes Conservation

Another year of drought means we’re all once again being asked to conserve. But, it’s not as easy for farmers on the Central and South Coasts, who need to use groundwater to supplement scarce rainfall. In Ventura County, hundreds of farmers are taking part in a unique water market program.

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Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in eastern Ventura County which burned close to some homes.

The fire was discovered just after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon in a rugged canyon behind Arroyo Vista Street, north of Highway 101 in Newbury Park.

Detectives are being very tight lipped about an armed robbery which targeted a marijuana growing facility in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say four armed men confronted a security guard at the Carpinteria area facility early Saturday morning, and held him at gunpoint.

A South Coast scholarship program celebrating its 25th anniversary handed out more than $1.1 million dollars in awards this month.

The Ventura County Community Foundation presented 352 scholarships to graduating high school students in the county this month.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A fire at a South Coast elementary school is now being called arson, and a boy has been arrested.

A fire alarm went off just after seven a.m. Monday at Cypress Elementary School, in Newbury Park.  Ventura County firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the school’s auditorium.

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Sunny skies and warm weather are here, with the first day of summer just a few weeks away. It’s good news for campers and beachgoers. But, it’s also good news for some pesky Central and South Coast residents, in the form of mosquitoes. Mosquito season has arrived.

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KCLU Honored By SPJ With 4th National Award

News Director Lance Orozco received a 2017 Sigma Delta Chi award for “Best Radio Feature Reporting” in Markets 101+ for his story “Ant Dog.”

We know smoking is bad for us, and the fact is fewer people are smoking.

Yet the latest statistics show 11% of high school students in California say they’ve used tobacco products in the last 30 days.

It’s one thing to give a ride to a friend, or to make a donation to help someone in need.

But, a Ventura County man literally gave one of his organs to save someone else’s life.

Lance Orozco has this incredible story of selflessness, and a budding new friendship.

They looked like ships straight out of the 1700’s, and appeared in movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Having a felony conviction for something like drug possession or shoplifting can be the difference between getting a job or not.

A state proposition intended to decrease jail overcrowding by releasing inmates for a half dozen non-violent offenses is also giving some people a chance to have their convictions reduced.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with attorneys in the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County public defenders offices about the situation.

They are one of the most interesting units in the U.S. Navy. Naval Construction battalions, better known as “Seabees” are specially trained to build everything from airfields to housing around the world under combat conditions.

Their history was made famous by the classic World War II movie, “The Fighting Seabees.” What many people don’t know is that not only the Seabees history rooted in Ventura County, it’s home to the Seabees National Museum.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that this weekend, the museum will host a free screening of “The Fighting Seabees.”  

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