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May 2009

Mission Canyon resident talks about how precautions helped save her home from brushfire

5/29/2009 9:28am    Download MP3

The deadline for thousands of South Coast property owners to prepare for brush fire season is fast approaching. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a Mission Canyon homeowner who credits her preparations this Spring with saving her home from the Jesusita Brushfire.

Volunteers journey to Channel Islands to educate public

5/28/2009 9:41am    Download MP3

There are thousands of volunteers in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, from Little League coaches, to volunteer Firefighters. But...one hardy group of South Coast volunteers has to travel by boat, or plane to get to their posts off our coastline.

Prop 8 ruling draws mixed reactions

5/27/2009 10:40am    Download MP3

KCLU's Lance Orozco has some of the reaction in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties to the California State Supreme Court's ruling on the same-sex marriage ban.

Urgency ordinance in place to prevent giant beach party in SB County

5/26/2009 9:34am    Download MP3

A beach party on the South Coast which was expected to pose some big public safety concerns turned into a huge no-show this month. Santa Barbara County supervisors passed a controversial urgency ordinance to discourage it. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the debate over the issue.

Santa Barbara Airport honors military legacy

5/22/2009 9:58am    Download MP3

It's an often forgotten part of South Coast history. The region's biggest commercial airport was once a key military facility during World War II. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports that just in time for Memorial Day weekend, a new World War II memorial honors the base, as well as locals who served, and died in the air during the war

Firefighters ask public to take brush fire precautions now

5/21/2009 9:44am    Download MP3

Firefighters are wrapping up mopup efforts at the scene of Santa Barbara County's destructive "Jesusita" brushfire. But...with months of dry, hot weather ahead...the brushfire danger remains high. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports firefighters are emphasizing the need for people who live in high fire threat areas to do brush, and weed clearance now.

National energy experts meet locally to talk about energy efficency

5/20/2009 9:19am    Download MP3

Some of America's leading energy experts are gathering on the South Coast for a conference to look at ways to help us become more energy efficent. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Mapping project creates picture of environmental problems in Pacific Ocean

5/19/2009 9:31am    Download MP3

A new mapping project of the ocean off our coastline shows man-made environmental impacts may be worse than feared. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with two of the researchers involved in the South Coast based project.

Possible oil project revival has environmentalists concerned

5/18/2009 10:13am    Download MP3

A new oil project proposed for the Santa Barbara County coastline rejected by the State Lands Commission might get a new lease on life....thanks to the Governor, who see it as a potential new source of revenue. But, some of its past supporters have misgivings about the Governor's new idea. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the issue.

New environmental preserve established in Santa Barbara County

5/15/2009 9:14am    Download MP3

There's a new nature preserve on the Central Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a school which owns the land it is working with two environmental groups to try to insure the land remains as open space forever.

Verdi's Requiem featured in Santa Barbara weekend performance

5/14/2009 10:02am    Download MP3

Years of planning have gone into a special performance of one of Verdi's classic works in Santa Barbara. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports this performance is part of what's turned into an international tribute for some concentration camp victims, who staged the show is an act of defiance to the Nazis during World War II.

Ventura County looks to tighten open space protections

5/13/2009 9:22am    Download MP3

The balance between protecting open space on the South Coast, and allowing people to use their own property is getting a test in Ventura County. County Supervisors have extended an emergency moratorium on certain kinds of development in rural areas, while they try to develop an ordinance to deal with the issue.

Cautions issued about Jesusita Fire cleanup

5/12/2009 9:10am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara Public Health, and Air Quality Control District officials are issuing warnings to people about protective items they should wear, and steps they should take as they deal with smoke, ask, and debris from the destructive Jesusita Fire.

Jesusita Fire creates trauma for many who lost homes, or were evacuated

5/11/2009 9:02am    Download MP3

For the last few days, we've been hearing stories of loss, as hundreds of people found out their homes were destroyed, or damaged. But, it's also been a traumatic time for many other evacuees. KCLU talks with a mother, and a daughter who feared they were going to lose their second home in less than six months to flames.

University-based website helping people facing financial crisis

5/5/2009 9:44am    Download MP3

A web site based at a South Coast university is providing free financial assistance to people around the country. You can visit the California Lutheran Unviersity's "Break-Free" program web site by clicking here.

Local non-profit bookstore hit by economic crisis

5/4/2009 9:59am    Download MP3

It was a small, non-profit bookstore founded five years ago, to make affordable books available to the community...and, to raise money for local literacy programs. Now, the Conejo Valley's "Book Bag" is the latest victim of the nation's economic crisis.

Three swine flu cases confirmed in Ventura County as of April 30th

5/1/2009 9:23am    Download MP3

We now have three probably cases of swine flu reported on the South Coast, with more considered likely in the next few days. KCLU talks with community residents, and health officials.