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March 2008

Boys and Girls Club goes behind bars in Ventura County

3/31/2008 10:14am    Download MP3

The Boys and Girls Clubs are known for providing a safe recreational, and educational outlet for children and teenagers.

Now, one of the club's locations on the south coast has gone behind bars, to help teens in trouble with the law get back on the right track.

Math teaching reforms called for nationally, and locally

3/28/2008 9:43am    Download MP3

A national panel is calling for a return to math basics, as well as other math reforms in our schools. Some local college students who've been looking at the subject of math requirements have found more which may be hampering math education efforts.

South Coast sculpture literally asks visitors questions about their lives

3/25/2008 9:18am    Download MP3

A sculpture in Ventura is not only attracting curious art lovers, it's talking to them.

Ventura looking at cap for section of 101 Freeway

3/24/2008 8:54am    Download MP3

Downtown Ventura is close to the beach, but is separated by what, in effect, is a giant moat....the 101 Freeway. Now, some planners are suggesting extending the downtown area to the beach by covering a section of the freeway through Ventura.

Project to save endangered butterflies taking off

3/21/2008 9:18am    Download MP3

A South Coast based project to save an endangered butterfly species is not only working, it's now being asked to help save other butterfuly species. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Program to help homeless Santa Barbara preschools expands

3/20/2008 9:25am    Download MP3

It looks like a traditional preschool in downtown Santa Barbara. But, the new facility operated by Storyteller Children's Center is the second in the community specifically designed to help homeless, and at-risk kids. Lance Orozco reports.

Big response for health insurance program for uninsured kids

3/19/2008 9:18am    Download MP3

Some questioned its cost during an era of tight budgets, but a program to help provide health insurance for uninsured children is racking up some big successes in Santa Barbara County.
KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

South Coast college offers to pick up fees for more than 1300 students

3/17/2008 10:00am    Download MP3

A South Coast college is offering would-be students a deal that's hard to beat. It's offering to pay all of the first year fees for every graduate of a Ventura County high school who wants to attend their college. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Corporate leaders meet in Santa Barbara, talk about environmental responsibility

3/14/2008 9:23am    Download MP3

Some of America's top CEO'S are saying that being environmentally active may be more than the right thing to do...it may be the financially prudent thing to do. Some Wall Street giants met at a Santa Barbara County resort to talk about the role business should play in issues like sustainability. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Carpinteria salt marsh restoration project celebrated

3/13/2008 9:46am    Download MP3

It was a chunk of South Coast land once planned for development as a marina, and homes. A coalition of people, and groups, joined forces to preserve the land. KCLU looks at the successful effort to create the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Preserve.

Quagga mussel threat prompts call for boating limits on Lake Cachuma

3/12/2008 9:57am    Download MP3

First, boating was restricted on a popular Ventura county lake this month. Now, the same thing is being proposed for a Santa Barbara county lake, all because of an invasive freshwater mussell threatening water supplies. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

St. Francis Dam break survivor remembers disaster

3/11/2008 9:16am    Download MP3

March 12th marks the 80th anniversary of the worst disaster in South Coast history.....the St. Francis Dam collapse, which killed hundreds of people. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with one of the few still living survivors of the disaster.

Ventura man creates CD to benefit global battle against measles

3/10/2008 9:11am    Download MP3

A Ventura County man created a CD which has the potential to become the "We are the World" for the 20-something generation, and raise money to fight a disease which kills hundreds of thousands of children annually. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Daylight Saving Time: Energy saver ..... or not?

3/7/2008 9:55am    Download MP3

It's the weekend we set our clocks ahead an hour, to gain more daylight in the average person's day and, to save energy by needing lights less. But, does Daylight Saving time really save energy? Some UC Santa Barbara researchers say the exact opposite may be true.
KCLU's Lance Orozco reports/

Granada Theater reopens after years of renovation and restoration

3/6/2008 9:41am    Download MP3

It's taken years, and more than 52 million dollars, but a South Coast landmark which had become run down over the decades has been restored to its original, 1924 luster. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a tour of Santa Barbara's refurbished Granada Theater.

New institute at UCSB trying to improve energy usage

3/5/2008 9:53am    Download MP3

Some people are trying to take on the global energy crisis through conservation, and the use of alternative fuels. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new institute on the South Coast is using a much different approach, by trying to improve energy usage in everything from microchips to buildings.

Sand creates controversy at Ventura County beach

3/4/2008 9:20am    Download MP3

Some homeowners at Ventura's Pierpont Beach are upset that efforts to remove sand encroaching on their homes are being limited. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new plan being implemented is trying to strike a balance between homeowners problems, and environmental concerns.

Boating bans proposed for Lake Cachuma, Lake Casitas

3/3/2008 9:45am    Download MP3

A tiny, invasive mussel which is now impacting drinking water sources around the country is now causing concern at Santa Barbara, and Ventura County's most popular lakes. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports water agencies are now calling for an emergency ban on boats being brought into the lakes, to try to prevent an infestation locally.