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July 2010

Debate underway locally on proposed state ban on single use plastic grocery bags

7/30/2010 11:56am    Download MP3

A proposed new state law calls for banning single use plastic gas, and taxing paper bags, to provide incentives for people to use recyclable bags. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the local debate over whether to support the proposal.

Governor helps kick off celebration of Ronald Reagan birth centennial during visit to Ventura County

7/29/2010 10:07am    Download MP3

The Governor, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan were in Ventura County to help set the stage for the centennial celebration of Ronald Reagan's birth. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley.

Santa Barbara City Council decides controversy over proposed liquor superstore in city

7/28/2010 12:44pm    Download MP3

A controversy dragging on for months over whether a new liquor superstore should be allowed in Santa Barbara has finally been settled. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Amtrak train in Ventura County evacuated during fire scare

7/27/2010 8:39am    Download MP3

It looked like a potential disaster in the making, as thick smoke poured from a passenger train headed south through Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports it was a crisis involving the San Luis Obispo to San Diego bound Pacific Surfliner which had a happy ending.

Marijuana busts in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties pointing towards possible record year

7/26/2010 12:40pm    Download MP3

It could be a record setting year for marijuana eradication efforts in Ventura County, with more than 70,000 plants seized, and destroyed so far. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the head of one of the units responsible for 11 arrests in the last week.

Actress Sally Struthers talks about her career, role in groundbreaking sitcom

7/23/2010 11:10am    Download MP3

An actress who starred in one of television's groundbreaking sitcoms is one of the headliners in the Cabrillo Music Theater's production of the musical "Cinderella" in the Conejo Valley. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Sally Struthers about her role as part of "All In The Family", and her more than four decade long career.

Ventura County based foundation works to interest college undergraduates in science careers

7/22/2010 10:48am    Download MP3

A Ventura County based foundation is opening the door to scientific research for hundreds of college students from around the world. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on the effort by the Amgen Scholars program to give students a hands on experience with real projects, to help interest them in pursuing careers in science.

Photographer gets spectacular space views of Ventura, Santa Barbara region with homebuilt craft

7/21/2010 7:42pm    Download MP3

A man with a big imagination, and skill with photography has taken some spectacular views of the earth, with a perspective you'd normally only find from a satellite. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports this explorer used an unmanned balloon he launched into the skies from Ventura County. See the photos at Pacificstarflight.com

South Coast entertainment landmark to open new scenic overlook

7/20/2010 10:55am    Download MP3

The Santa Barbara Bowl is nearing a new milestone in its 15 year long effort to restore, renovate, and enhance the historic concert, and special event venue in the foothills above Santa Barbara.

A new scenic overlook at the top of the Bowl, with breathtaking views of the city, is under construction, and is expected to open by late summer. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update on the Bowl's efforts.

Researchers studing local carnivores like bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions

7/19/2010 11:10am    Download MP3

Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are home to more than 1.2 million people But, long before we were here, it was home to carnivores like bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions.
KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a National Park Service researcher who's been studying how what are now being called "urban carnivores" are faring in light of human development in the region.

Sizzing heat to continue, prompts concern among local health officials

7/16/2010 8:12am    Download MP3

More hotter than average weather is in the forecast for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to weather, and health experts about what we can expected, and what precautions people should consider to cope with the heat.

Suicide barrier project for Santa Barbara County bridge hits legal roadblock

7/15/2010 10:27am    Download MP3

A judges has ordered a halt to a controversial project to build suicide prevention barriers on a scenic Santa Barbara County bridge, citing problems with its environmental review process.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the latest on the ongoing battle over the future of the Cold Springs Bridge.

Santa Barbara County voters to be asked to approve new sales tax for public safety

7/14/2010 11:41am    Download MP3

Santa Barbaba County voters will be asked in November to approve a half-cent sales tax to help relieve jail overcrowding, and to beef up public safety efforts. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors have given final approval to placing the measure on the November ballot.

Ventura County hospital trauma network now in place

7/13/2010 2:54pm    Download MP3

An effort years in the planning to establish a trauma care network in Ventura County is now finally in place, and operational. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports from Ventura.

Motorcycle exhibition in Ventura County to feature historic, celebrity bikes

7/6/2010 7:35pm    Download MP3

Some historic, and famous motorcycles are the stars of the show at a new exhibition opening later this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the exhibition features everything from historic motorcycles, to those owned by celebriities like Steve McQueen, and Sylvester Stallone.

Local public safety agencies set for crackdown on illegal fireworks

7/2/2010 9:55am    Download MP3

Public safety agencies in many Ventura, and Santa Barbara County communities say they have zero tolerance policies in effect for illegal fireworks this 4th of July weekend. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports they won't be issuing warnings...they'll be handing out tickets.

New economic forecast from Ventura County University for state, nation is grim

7/1/2010 11:27am    Download MP3

A new locally produced economic forecast paints a grim recovery picture for the state, and national economies. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Dr. Bill Watkins, with the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research, and Forecasting.