A Central Coast university has some big news in the works.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is going to announce next week that it’s received the largest financial gift in its history. Details of the amount of the gift, and exactly how it will be used will be disclosed next Wednesday.

(U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Photo)

We’ve been seeing a spike in the number of sick, or dead sea birds and mammals along our coastline during the last few weeks. Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause, but say the recent heavy rain may have been an unexpected contributing factor.

Environmental groups are worried about the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday which could reopen parts of the California coastline to new offshore oil and gas leases for the first time in three decades.

Trump signed what’s known as the “America First Offshore Energy Executive Order.” It could open federally regulated areas of the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans to new exploration.

The Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center, which has battled oil and gas  development for 40 years, calls the move a misguided attack on our climate.

A South Coast city has had a rash of commercial burglaries, and police are urging business operators to take extra precautions.

Eight of the commercial burglaries have taken place in Oxnard since April 23rd. The burglars are breaking into the businesses during the overnight areas, and are focusing on cash registers and safes.

Oxnard Police detectives note that while some businesses commonly leave some cash in registers so they are ready for use in the morning, that practice makes easing pickings for burglars.

A coalition of environmental groups on the Central and South Coasts have filed a lawsuit against a water district, saying a dam it operates isn’t releasing enough water to help endangered steelhead.

The lawsuit was filed by San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper and Los Padres ForestWatch against the Santa Maria Water Conservation District. The suit seeks an increase in water releases from Twitchell Dam, which is on the Cuyama River, which feeds into the Santa Maria River.

New information on a South Coast sewage spill this week shows it was much larger than first thought, but that the flow was stopped before it could reach a popular beach.

The spill occurred Tuesday morning in the Goleta area, and was initially estimated at about a thousand gallons. Goleta Sanitary District officials say a partially plugged sewer line sent raw sewage through a manhole near a bike path at Nogal and Nueces Drives, and into a creek bed.

You hear a mix of nature, and man in some wetlands near UC Santa Barbara.

There’s the chirping of birds, the wind blowing through brush, and the sound of earth movers off in the dance.

Usually, the sound of earthmovers around wetlands is a bad thing for the environment, because it means development is taking away a slice of nature. But, bulldozers are going to be moving here on UCSB’s North Campus to help nature, by returning a half century old golf course to wetlands.

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A traffic stop on the South Coast has led to a massive drug bust, with more than a hundred thousand doses of methamphetamine seized.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a car Saturday night near Rose Avenue and Ives Avenue in Oxnard for a possible traffic violation. The deputy says they discovered Daniel Sanchez of Poway was driving with an expired license.

The officer aided by Oxnard Police then searched the car.

Santa Barbara County firefighters were busy with a rash of brush fires on the Central Coast, but knocked them down before they could cause damage.

Mike Eliason, with the County Fire Department, says five small blazes occurred off of the northbound 101 between Los Alamos and Orcutt just after 4 p.m. Wednesday. They were quickly put out.

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Investigators say a heat source too close to combustible materials sparked a fire which heavily damaged a popular South Coast brewhouse.

The blaze was discovered just before four a.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of West Montecito Street, in Santa Barbara. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof of the Brewhouse Bistro & Brewery when they reached the scene.

They were able to quickly knock down the blaze. No one was hurt.