The discovery of a bat with rabies in Santa Barbara County has prompted a call for pet owners to insure their animals are vaccinated against the disease.

The bat was discovered in Lompoc.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials say rabies can be transmitted to a pet if a rabid wild animal like a bat or skunk bites it. It’s rare for humans to get it, but it can be fatal if untreated.

Ventura County prosecutors may try two teenagers accused of murdering a man in Oxnard this week as adults.

Oxnard Police were called to the Bard Road area at around four a.m. Sunday by report of an assault.  They found Adrian Omelas on the ground with multiple stab wounds.  The 26 year old Oxnard man was pronounced dead a short time later.

A damaged gas line has led to some evacuations in a Central Coast community.

Santa Barbara County firefighters say a construction crew working in the area of Mission Drive and Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang caused the accident.

The Franklin Trail in Carpinteria is coming back after some of it was badly damaged by the Thomas Fire along with a heavy blast of rain in January.

Volunteers have been walking the route and trying to strengthen the trail paths in places where the dirt has been eroded in an area about Carpinteria High School.

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Firefighters stopped a fire burning in a Ventura County apartment complex before it could spread to other units.

The blaze was reported at about 11 a.m. Tuesday on the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue.

(NASA Photo)

A rocket successfully lifted off from the Central Coast Tuesday afternoon, carrying seven satellites into orbit.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried five small communication satellites into space, as well as two research satellites.  The NASA research satellites contain instruments to map things like the melting of polar ice caps, and rising sea levels.

Even with a winter season that had a major storm event, Santa Barbara is not making enough of a water comeback from the drought conditions to report a solid supply.

The city says it is working from a 10-year drought emergency plan using a water shortage timeline that began seven years ago in 2011.

A routine traffic stop by a police officer on the Central Coast led to the arrest of a couple investigators say was responsible for a string of burglaries in which they took everything from computers to a puppy dog.

A number of fraternities, sororities, and dorm rooms near Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were burglarized during the last few weeks.

(Photo courtesy Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara)

This is a big week for thousands of new, and returning college students on the Central and South Coasts.

For more than half a century, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has been awarding scholarships to help students in need get the means to continue their educations. This week the foundation is presenting scholarships to a wide range of new, and continuing college students.

Prosecutors say their review of an officer involved fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect in Santa Barbara County shows it was justified.

It happened last August. Investigators say Robert Earl Adams ran away from a group home in Nipomo after threatening staff members with a knife. The next morning, they say the 30 year old man robbed an Orcutt credit union, and fled on foot.

He served in two different districts as a Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

Now, Carpinteria resident Mike Stoker is going to be the director of region 9 of the EPA, covering California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Islands, and the lands of 148 Native American tribes.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

The CHP is trying to determine what led to a head-on traffic accident in eastern Santa Barbara County which left two people dead and a third seriously injured.

A car and a tanker truck collided on Highway 166 in the New Cuyama area. A man and a woman in the car were pronounced dead at the scene of the Sunday afternoon accident.

The tanker truck driver was flown to Santa Barbara for treatment of his injuries.

In a back room at the Goleta Valley Library, four volunteers are busy putting new bar codes on books.

This is a big time for the Fairview Avenue institution. As of June 30th, the Library is leaving the Santa Barbara County Library System, and becoming independent.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Researchers are trying to understand the decision-making process of Ventura and Santa Barbara county residents who received evacuation orders during the Thomas Fire.

Stephen Wong, a doctoral candidate in transportation engineering at UC Berkeley, is conducting a research project to help gain insight about evacuations during the wildfires that hit Southern California last December – including the Thomas, Rye, Creek and Skirball Fires.

He won Stage Two of America’s biggest pro cycling event, between Ventura to Santa Barbara last week.

Over the weekend, Egan Bernal won the entire 2018 Amgen Tour of California. The 21 year old Colombian is part of TeamSky from Great Britain.