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July 2009

State budget cuts impacting local programs for seniors

7/31/2009 12:20pm    Download MP3

Details of the impacts of the State budget are filtering down to Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties....and, they mean a number of programs, and services will be affected. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports Alheimer's, and adult day care programs for seniors could be reduced, or cancelled locally.

Rattlesnake danger high during warm weather in Ventura, Santa Barbara counties

7/30/2009 12:11pm    Download MP3

They're a dangerous part of nature here, on the South Coast. When the weather is warm...rattlesnakes are out, potentially posing a threat to people, and pets. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ventura looks at possibility of legalizing marijuana collectives for medical use

7/29/2009 9:27am    Download MP3

Could Ventura be the first Ventura County city to open the way for the sale of medical marijuana? KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the debate.

Light brown apple moth infestation in Santa Barbara County declared eradicated

7/28/2009 11:07am    Download MP3

State, and federal agricultural officials say an infestation of a tiny moth which threatened Santa Barbara County's native trees, plants and agricultural crops has been contained. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

National addiction experts meet in Santa Barbara, talk about new focus on problem

7/27/2009 11:33am    Download MP3

Michael Jackson's death has brought new attention to the addiction problem in America. Some of the nation's leading addiction, and intervention experts met in Santa Barbara for a conference to talk about the problem. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, as part of our ongoing series of our Health Dialogues series.

Researchers say key evidence in cosmic strike in North America, and animal extinction may come from Channel Islands

7/24/2009 11:49am    Download MP3

Researchers say they've found diamonds in the Channel Islands. They're not the kind you find in diamond rings, but they could provide the sparkly answer to the mysterious extinction of dozens of species of animals in North America. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

South Coast political observers talk about proposed new state budget

7/23/2009 10:29am    Download MP3

The State's proposted new budget continues to draw fire, even though it could end up in the State legislature's hands for consideration later today. KCLU's Lance Orozco has local reaction to the effort to deal with the State's 26-billion dollar budget shortfall.

Ventura County firefighters trapped, injured by Jesusita brushfire talk about ordeal

7/22/2009 9:23am    Download MP3

Three Ventura County firefighters who were seriously injured fighting Santa Barbara County's Jesusita Fire are all talking about their ordeal for the first time. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Local university teaching how to educate hearing impaired youngsters

7/21/2009 9:23am    Download MP3

A unique program is teaching some South Coast teachers how to help deaf, and hard of hearing children learn to communicate. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

British footballers training, playing exhibition game in Ventura County

7/20/2009 9:59am    Download MP3

They were the whiz kids of British soccer....knocking off some of the nation's biggest name teams. Now...Burnley F-C is on the South Coast this week...where it's holding a training camp....and, will play an exhibition game. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard College.

Ventura relaxing restrictions on homeless sleeping in cars

7/17/2009 9:53am    Download MP3

A South Coast city is becoming the second in the region to try to help homeless people forced to live in their vehicles. The Ventura City Council decided to develop a program which will loosen the total ban that's currently in place. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Broadcast legend Larry King visits Ventura County

7/16/2009 9:24am    Download MP3

The "King" of T-V talk is visiting the South Coast. Larry King will speak at a July 18th dinner at Oxnard's Topa Tower Club, celebrating the release of his new book, called "My Remarkable Journey." KCLU's Lance Orozco turns the tables on the famed interviewer...and turns him into the interviewee.

Former Secretary of State talks about Iran, Mideast, and efforts to support democracy

7/15/2009 9:56am    Download MP3

She was America's Secretary of State during one of the most controversial periods in U-S foreign policy history. Condoleezza Rice visited the South Coast, speaking at a sold-out event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand and has the story.

Arrest made in cold case killing of Ventura County teen

7/14/2009 9:41am    Download MP3

It was a crime which rocked the South Coast. A popular Santa Paula Union High School student was shot, and killed at a birthday party which had spiralled out of control. Now, after five years, and one big false call...authorities now believe they have the killer. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ventura County woman organizes national widowhood conference

7/13/2009 9:18am    Download MP3

A South Coast woman who became a widow is trying to help others in the same position. After creating a web site to help link widows together, she's now organizing a national conference taking place later this week. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

College class helps dig into Santa Barbara's history

7/10/2009 9:42am    Download MP3

It looks like a scene out of the "Indiana Jones" movies, teams of people tyring to unearth parts of our history. But, it's taking place in an unexpected spot...right in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Gaviota Village property to become part of state park

7/9/2009 9:08am    Download MP3

A piece of land on the South Coast that's home to some rare plants and animals became endangered itself...because it's zoned for commercial development. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports not only has a coalition of groups saved the property, it's now becoming part of a State Park in Santa Barbara County.

Controversial plans to improve coastal protections get public scrutiny

7/8/2009 9:04am    Download MP3

There's a mish-mash of regulations, and plans to protect the state's coastal waters, but a project is underway to try to develp more comprehensive guidelines. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the effort....which is the focus of public meetings in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

State Assembly District race on South Coast heats up

7/7/2009 9:34am    Download MP3

The election isn't until next year, but the race for a South Coast State Assembly seat is already starting to generate debate. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the 35th District State Assembly race, which already has three serious contenders.

Flower study could help open some keys to understanding evolution

7/6/2009 9:37am    Download MP3

Could the genetics of some flowers help us figure out if evolution is predictable? KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a South Coast researcher involved with the cutting edge project, which is attracting international attention.

Despite plans Los Angeles memorial, media, fans still flock to Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County

7/3/2009 9:30am    Download MP3

Large crowds of people are still camped outside of Michael Jackson's former Santa Barbara County home. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to fans, and Santa Ynez Valley residents about the situation.

Federally funded program helps job picture for hundreds of Ventura County teens, young adults

7/2/2009 9:08am    Download MP3

The squeeze on jobs on the South Coast as a result of the economy has hit teens, and young adults especially hard, because many adults desperate for work are taking the positions they'd normally get. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new federally funded program is trying to provide some job interviewing and summer work for young job seekers.

Wind power could create hundreds of jobs in Ventura County

7/1/2009 9:11am    Download MP3

The future of one South Coast community could literally be blowing in the wind. The city has been selected as the home of a new wind turbine manufacturing facility, which will employ hundreds of people. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Paula.