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February 2009

Honors sought for local African-American pioneer

2/27/2009 9:57am    Download MP3

He was a little known South Coast pioneer. Now...an effort is being made to find his relatives...as well as name a mountain after him.

Small business leaders talk about how to weather economy

2/26/2009 9:08am    Download MP3

The economic crisis is affecting most of us. How is it hitting small business owners? Hundreds of those in the small business community on the South Coast gathered to talk about how to make the best of the situation.

Investigators seek cause of VAFB rocket accident

2/25/2009 10:49am    Download MP3

It was supposed to be orbiting the earth this morning. Instead...a satellite launched from Santa Barbara County is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean...after a key failure just minutes after the launch. KCLU looks at what when wrong.

Money distributed to some Tea Fire victims

2/24/2009 11:17am    Download MP3

More than 500 businesses, and individuals stepped up to create a relief fund for victims of Santa Barbara County's "Tea" brushfire. Now...the first checks have gone out to fire victims. KCLU has the story.

Recording artists, students unite for benefit concert for arts programs

2/23/2009 10:44am    Download MP3

Michael Mc-Donald...formerly of the Doobie Brothers....and some other major recording artists are headlining a South Coast performance raising money for arts programs in some local schools.

Tough economic forecast for Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

2/20/2009 9:02am    Download MP3

A new economic forecast is painting a grim picture for Ventura County, predicting the county's worst recession in a half century. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the project's Executive Director about the outlook.

Opera Santa Barbara builds interest in opera with free lunchtime performances

2/19/2009 10:14am    Download MP3

A South Coast performing group is serving up some lunch helpings of opera....to get people excited about its upcoming opera season.

Power of Santa Barbara County CEO position debated

2/18/2009 10:24am    Download MP3

The question of how much power Santa Barbara County's Chief Executive Officer should have has become a hot debate. A debate is underway over whether the C-E-O, or supervisors should have the final say on hiring.

Healthy Child program seeks to educate parents

2/17/2009 9:48am    Download MP3

Some South Coast groups think they've come up with the right prescription for low income parents to give their young kids a healthy childhood.

Ventura County based group helping abandoned greyhounds

2/16/2009 9:40am    Download MP3

They were abandoned halfway around the world. Now...some greyhounds are get a new lease on life, thanks to a non-profit rescue group here on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Controversy continues over onshore oil spills in Santa Barbara County

2/13/2009 9:25am    Download MP3

The debate continues in Santa Barbara County over how to deal with a rash of onshore oil spills, which have dumped thousands of gallons of oil, and other contaminants onto the ground. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

America's top zookeeper talks about future of zoos

2/12/2009 9:08am    Download MP3

We think of them as places to learn about nature. But...the head of America's Zoo and Aquarium Association says these facilities play a key, yet little known role in research, and conservation efforts. KCLU talks with the national leader, who's visitng the South Coast.

First major wind power project in region approved

2/11/2009 9:14am    Download MP3

Our region is taking a big jump toward greener energy, with approval of a wind power project which will power some 50-thousand homes. Santa Barbara County supervisors overrode objections to the project to give it the final go-ahead.

Legendary playwright speaks on South Coast

2/10/2009 9:03am    Download MP3

KCLU talks with triple Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee, in advance of his visit to Santa Barbara.

Nine-time Grammy winner plays in Ventura

2/9/2009 9:16am    Download MP3

He's known in both the jazz, and classical worlds. Nine time Grammy award winner Paquito D'Rivera will perform on the South Coast. KCLU talks with the internationally known musician.

John Cleese talks about comedy, career

2/6/2009 9:00am    Download MP3

He's co-starring with Steve Martin in the latest "Pink Panther" movie. He's co-founder of "Monty Python's Flying Circus. Comedian John Cleese is going to appear at a benefit screening of his classic comedy "A Fish Called Wanda." KCLU talks to the Montecito resident about his career.

Food sustainability, security focus of local conference

2/5/2009 9:52am    Download MP3

Food is a basic element of life we often take for granted. But...there are growing concerns about food sustainability, as well as the security of food supplies. KCLU gives us a look at a South Coast conference which brings together national experts to discuss food concerns.

State budget crisis prompts Santa Barbara County to look at hiring freeze

2/4/2009 9:54am    Download MP3

The state budget crisis is hitting home on the South Coast, as local agencies try to figure out how they'll be impacted by what are expected to be major funding cuts. In Santa Barbara County, they've even been talking about a county hiring freeze.

UCSB researcher part of team which discovers mysterious space static

2/3/2009 9:11am    Download MP3

It sounds like the plot of a movie....but it's acutally an important new research project. A U-C Santa Barbara researcher is part of a team which discovered some louder than expected cosmic noise, by flying a balloon with monitoring devices into our upper atmosphere.