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April 2009

National champion academic team honored

4/30/2009 9:46am    Download MP3

Community leaders, and fellow students gathered at a Ventura County high school to honor an academic team which brought home a national championship for the second year in a row. KCLU has the story from Moorpark High School.

Chris Botti one of Ventura Music Festival's headliners

4/29/2009 9:50am    Download MP3

One of America's best known contemporary jazz musicians is performing on the South Coast May 3rd, in the opening weekend of the Ventura Music Festival.

Local health officials tracking swine flu

4/27/2009 4:11pm    Download MP3

Ventura, and Santa Barbara County health officials are keeping a close eye on the swine Flu concern, and are making preparations should there be a large scale outbreak in our region. So far, there are no local cases confirmed on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.
You can find out more about the form of flu by following this link, to the National Centers For Disease Control:


Researchers say fires big factor in global warming

4/27/2009 11:24am    Download MP3

A new study released by a Santa Barbara county based scientific project shows that brushfires, forest fires, and deforestation fires may play a huge, yet poorly documented role in global warming. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the research team.

Marrow donor, recipient meet, talk about experience

4/24/2009 9:24am    Download MP3

They were strangers before a bone marrow linked the two forever. A Texas man is alive, through the generous donation by a Santa Barbara man. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story

Santa Barbara Zoo gets new exhibits, including one for endangered condors

4/23/2009 9:13am    Download MP3

Some of the South Coast's rarest plants and animals, including California condors, are the stars of a brand new set of exhibits at the Santa Barbara Zoo. KCLU's Lance Orozco takes us there.

Ventura County woman remembers Holocaust

4/22/2009 9:45am    Download MP3

It was an unthinkable part of history. More than six million Jews lost their lives in the Holocaust. This week, people around the world are remembering the sad part of human history. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a survivor who lives on the South Coast.

Patient advocate effort helps people with care issues

4/21/2009 9:09am    Download MP3

There's a little known national non-profit agency which tries to help solve disputes between people with serious illnessess.....and, healthcare providers.

Local arts organizations look at how to cope with economic crisis

4/20/2009 9:08am    Download MP3

The state budget crisis, and the nation's economic slump are affecting everything from education to public safety, and also impacted is the local arts community. We hear from local arts leaders about their concerns, and some possible solutions.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Guided missile destroyer commissioned in Ventura County ceremony

4/17/2009 9:06am    Download MP3

The newest ship in the U-S Navy's fleet, a billion dollar guided missile destroyer, was commissioned on the South Coast, at Naval Base Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco give us a tour.

College grads finding tough job market in face of economic woes

4/16/2009 9:05am    Download MP3

California's already tough job market is going to get even more competitive in a few weeks, when a flood of fresh college graduates join the field. They will face one of the toughest job markets in years for new grads. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update.

Urgency ordinance blocks potential development in parts of Ventura County

4/15/2009 9:04am    Download MP3

The controversy over plans to build a massive new church complex in a rural part of Ventura County has triggered a debate over open space, and passage of an urgency ordinance to temporarily freeze some types of development.
KCLU's Lance Orozco has the latest on the story.

Economic crisis creates new stress for individuals

4/14/2009 9:01am    Download MP3

The economic crisis we're facing is creating many new, and unexpected strains on people, as they cope from issues like unemployment to huge losses in their retirement funds. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with some local experts about the impacts, and how to cope with them.

Peak whale watching season has arrived for Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

4/13/2009 9:59am    Download MP3

Spring is here....and, that's a big time of year for migrating whales off the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco takes us along on a whale-watching trip.

New web system intended to help researchers, public preserve offshore ecosystems

4/9/2009 5:04pm    Download MP3

A new web-based program developed by a research team at U.C. Santa Barbara is allowing scientists, government leaders, and the public to examine data, and then come up with proposed offshore areas for preservation under the California Marine Act. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.
Visit the official site at this link.

Local experts talk about region's childhood obesity problem

4/9/2009 9:25am    Download MP3

The numbers are shocking: More than a third of Ventura County's children are obese. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand at a community forum in Ventura which looked at the the problem.....and approaches to dealing with it.

Santa Barbara County reverses position on new offshore oil, and gas leasing

4/8/2009 9:14am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have reversed a controversial resolution passed last year which in effect put out the welcome mat for new offshore oil drilling. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

New visitors center open in Channel Islands National Park

4/7/2009 9:57am    Download MP3

There's a new visitor's center, and museum located on one of the most unusual of spots....on one of the Channel Islands, off our coastline. KCLU"s Lance Orozco takes us along for the story.

Santa Barbara County set to reverse position on new oil drilling

4/6/2009 9:09am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County supervisors passed out a controversial resolution last year, in effect, putting out the welcome mat for new offshore oil drilling. KCLU's Lance Orozco has learned a majority of the board is now set to reverse that decision.

Family of businessman slain in Ventura County offers $100,000 reward

4/2/2009 10:48am    Download MP3

It was a shocking crime in Ventura County. A well known businessman was found shot to death behind a building he owned in Ventura County. Now, the man's family is offering a 100-thousand dollar reward to try to help solve the nearly six month old case. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Photo: Ventura County Sheriff's Department / Major Crimes Bureau
Volunteers doing census count of whales on coast

4/1/2009 6:37am    Download MP3

It's whale-watching season on the South Coast. For many people, it means a fun trip to see some of nature's most interesting creatures. But...for a team of volunteer researchers...it's time to literally start counting whales. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports. You can see their updates by clicking here