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Research from a South Coast university finds that only a small percentage of the ocean is left relatively untouched.

UC Santa Barbara marine biology professor Ben Halpern was among scientists involved in an international study on just how much ocean can be classified as wilderness -- meaning that it has hardly been touched by human activity and remains pristine. The answer is only 13%.


A South Coast museum has received $1.8 million dollars in new contributions towards its $50 million dollar renovation project.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is in the middle of a project to do seismic retrofitting, as well as renovating and expanding its State Street complex. The project includes the addition of two new galleries.

Near record heat is hitting the Central and South Coasts, with sizzling high temperatures and an increased danger of brush fires.

High pressure is creating a strong offshore flow. It means we are getting very little marine layer so there is no relief even on the coast. There is a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger in place for much of the South Coast, with gusty wind in the forecast.

A new Coast Guard cutter which will be stationed in Southern California will be named after an officer who was killed trying to intercept some drug smugglers in the Channel Islands.

The 154 foot long cutter will be named Terrell Horne III.

A farmer’s market on the South Coast does more than just sell local produce. It helps terminally ill residents as well as those in mourning. 

Neal Dixon is at the Camarillo Farmer’s Market in Old Town Camarillo. He says it’s not the typical farmer’s market.

A woman injured in a diving accident in the Channel Islands is reported to be in stable condition.

The crew of a dive boat off of Santa Barbara Island called the Coast Guard Sunday morning after discovering a woman surfacing from a dive was unconscious.

Detectives are trying to unravel what led to brutal attacks on a father and son in Ventura County. I

t happened at about one a.m. Saturday on Fashion Park Place in Oxnard. Police called to the scene found a 52 year old Oxnard man who had been assaulted with a bat. They learned that the man’s 24 year old son had already been taken to a hospital with multiple stab wounds.

Scorching heat is in your forecast. A heat wave will hit the South and Central Coasts on Monday.

"Coastal areas will be in the upper 80s to the mid 90s.  The inland areas will be in the upper 90s to the triple digits up to possibly 110 in some of the warmer areas," says Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Deputies say they’ve made a drug bust which wasn’t large scale compared to some others in Santa Barbara County. But, what makes it very unusual is where they made it. It was in the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Gas powered leaf blowers are important time and labor saving tools for landscaping and maintenance crews. But, they are also major sources of air and noise pollution. Now, one Ventura County community is taking a cutting edge approach to the pollution problem.

(Photo courtesy Visit Ventura)

It’s the first weekend of the Ventura County fair, and the entertainment lineup includes some big names. The “Plain White T’s” are the headliners in the main grandstand Friday night, and country star LeeAnn Rimes takes the main stage Saturday night.

A 75 year old Conejo Valley man is dead, and his 75 year old wife is accused of killing him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives say officers were called to a home on the 500 block of Westlake Boulevard late Wednesday night. They found the body of Arnold Farran, who had been shot. 

A longtime Santa Barbara Fiesta tradition was almost derailed over a tax issue.

The issue is over a longtime Fiesta tradition, called cascarones.  Cascarones are hollowed out eggs filled with confetti.  You crack them over the head of a family member or friend as part of the celebration.

It’s been a tough few months for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the wake of the Thomas Fire, the Montecito debris flow, and most recently the Holiday brush fire north of Goleta. But, people in the region are getting a welcome distraction from the difficult times this week. The Ventura County Fair and Santa Barbara Barbara’s Old Spanish Days both kicked off Wednesday.  

A Ventura County man is facing hate crime, and other charges after a bizarre series of incidents Wednesday.

Oxnard Police say they received a call just before five Wednesday night about a man bothering some teenagers on the 100 block of West Esplanade Drive. When officers arrived, they say Rafael Lopez of Port Hueneme tried to get into a car parked in a nearby parking lot with adults and children inside.