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March 2011

Program provides funerals for homeless veterans without family or friends

3/31/2011 10:05am    Download MP3

There's a program which is trying to insure that homeless veterans without family, or friends are still remembered. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program involves some cemeteries, funeral homes, the Veterans Administration, and veterans groups. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Westlake Village.

Santa Barbara County to close beaches to try to prevent massive party

3/30/2011 12:15pm    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County has announced plans to close some popular beaches this weeekend, to try to prevent a massive unsponsored, unsanctioned beach party known as "Floatopia". KCLU's Lance Orozco reports it's the second year in the row the tactic has been used to try to prevent public safety, health, and environmental problems at Isla Vista's beaches.

National health care reform law anniversary focus of rally, and counterprotest in Ventura County

3/29/2011 11:03am    Download MP3

The first anniversary of the nation's health care reform law was the focus of a celebration, as well as a demonstration by opponents in Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Oxnard.

Humpback whale research team from Ventura County works in Hawaiian Islands

3/28/2011 6:00am    Download MP3

A team of researchers, and student researchers from Cal State Channel Islands is helping us learn more about the migration habits of endangered humpback whales. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to team members as they're at sea in the Hawaiian Islands. You can learn more about the project by clicking on the following link:


Dance production premiering in Santa Barbara mixes Shakespeare, Motown music

3/18/2011 4:11pm    Download MP3

A new production by an internationally known dance company in Santa Barbara mixes one of Shakespeare's works, with the music of Motown. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Santa Barbara woman celebrates St. Patrick's Day anniversary of double lung transplant

3/17/2011 9:57am    Download MP3

A Santa Barbara woman is having an extra special St. Patrick's Day celebration today. It was two years ago that she underwent a 12 hour long double lung transplant, to replace her failing lungs ravaged by a rare disease. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ventura County ends talks over dispute with Thousand Oaks over library services

3/16/2011 7:53pm    Download MP3

Talks over how library services are provided for thousands of residents of unincorporated areas of eastern Ventura County have ended, after county leaders concluded that efforts to work out a new deal
with the City of Thousand Oaks were fruitless.
KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Local agency helps those with developmental disabilities gain independence

3/15/2011 7:30pm    Download MP3

A non-profit agency which helps people with developmental disabilities find, and hold jobs, and live independently is bracing for the potential impacts of state budget cuts. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at Westlake Village-based Villa Esperanza. Link to Villa Esperanza's website:Villa Esperanza.

Nearly forgotten part of baseball, broadcasting history remembered

3/14/2011 10:54am    Download MP3

It's an almost forgotten part of baseball, and broadcasting history. Some baseball game broadcasts didn't originate from ballparks. The were re-creations, using telegraphed reports of the game, and sound effects. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a Santa Barbara County man who took part in some of those broadcasts more than a half-century ago.

Study by UCSB researcher says workers think retaliation may be warranted against abusive bosses

3/10/2011 12:38pm    Download MP3

A new study conducted in part by a U.C. Santa Barbara researcher shows that some employees consider passive retaliation okay in the workplace, if an employer mistreats workers. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Oil spill impacts creek, beach, and ocean in Ventura County

3/9/2011 1:22pm    Download MP3

A small oil spill March 7th at an onshore oil facility contaminated a Ventura County creek, and then flowed onto a beach, and into the ocean. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Rincon Beach.

New health care plan to take over management of services for more than 100,000 South Coast residents

3/8/2011 10:58am    Download MP3

A new public health care agency in Ventura County will soon be providing services to one out of eight county residents. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the new Gold Coast Health Plan, a project intended to better serve the county's Medi-Cal patients.

Poster collection on display in Ventura County is a walk through modern U.S. military history

3/7/2011 9:40am    Download MP3

A Ventura County man's poster collection is literally a walk through a half century of U.S. military history. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the story behind this rare collection, which is on display through May at the Simi Valley Town Center.

Local burglary rings tied for 50 break-ins

3/4/2011 10:08am    Download MP3

Ventura County authorities say they're broken up a pair of rings connected to about 50 burglaries in the eastern part of the county during the last year and a half. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Local cat rescue program helps place homeless felines

3/2/2011 3:55pm    Download MP3

The Ventura County based "Cats Cradle" rescue group is helping to place hundreds of homeless felines a year, through its foster home and adoption efforts. You can find more information by clicking on the following link: Cats Cradle Rescue.

Oscar nominated documentary about Iraq War veteran facing PTSD to be screened in Santa Barbara

3/2/2011 9:41am    Download MP3

She was an All-American high school cheerleader, who less than two years after graduation was an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Robynn Murray became the focus of an Academy Award nominated documentary. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to Murray, and filmmaker Sara Nesson, who will be on hand for a free screening of the film March 4th in Santa Barbara. (7 p.m. at the Lobero Theater)

Internationally known local author completes six decade old promise to another writer

3/1/2011 11:09am    Download MP3

Ir took more than half a century, but a noted Santa Barbara County author has finally written a book suggested to him by a legendary American writer.
KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to Barnaby Conrad, who completed a long ago promise made to Sinclair Lewis.