It’s a boat straight out of a history book, with a crew made up of veterans who fought on these craft more than a half century ago.

It’s called a “Swift Boat,” and the 50 foot long, lightly armed craft were used by the U.S. Navy to patrol the coast of Vietnam.

This Navy gray craft, PCF 816, is the only remaining operational Swift Boat in the world, and is on a tour of West Coast ports, with stops in Santa Barbara and Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor.

Some criminal grand jury indictments issued against an oil company, and one of its employees over a major oil spill in Santa Barbara County earlier this year will remained sealed until after the trial.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Jean Dandona ruled that releasing the indictments might taint the potential jury pool, and make it difficult to conduct a fair trial.

(Photo courtesy Dallas Cowboys)

This is a big week for pro football fans on the South Coast.

The Dallas Cowboys arrived in Ventura County Thursday afternoon for their annual summer training camp in Oxnard. They flew into Naval Base Ventura County where they had a private meet and greet and autograph session for base personnel, and their families.

The Santa Barbara Zoo has two very fierce looking new residents who are part of an effort to save their species from extinction. The zoo received two endangered Western Lowland gorillas this week.

The gorillas, which are named Nzina and Bangori, are brothers, and come to Santa Barbara from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. They’re among more than 350 gorillas now at North American zoos as part of a conservation effort to increase the population of the species.

The Montecito Country Club is getting a new look as part of $40 million makeover.

With the South Coast in a drought, however, the rollout of grass and the visible sprinkler system has caught the attention of passersby.

It’s perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any of us could face. If you were terminally ill, with a declining quality of life, would you choose to use a new state law which allows you to peacefully end your life?

SB 128, the End of Life Option Act, now makes that choice one you can legally make in California.

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and wounded three others is being released from a mental health facility to live with his parents, a move which is drawing strong protests from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

A federal judge granted John Hinckley Junior full time convalescent leave from a hospital. He can live in Williamsburg, Virginia, but must follow certain conditions.

In 1981, Hinckley tried to assassinate President Reagan, seriously wounding him and three others.

There’s been concern about people flying drones in restricted airspace near brush fires on the Central, and South Coasts this summer.

Now, a local military base has issued a warning, after some reported drone sightings in restricted areas.

Ventura County is getting a new court commissioner.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Derek Malan will become the county’s newest court commissioner August 8th, after being selected for the post by the county’s Superior Court judges. He’s been a prosecutor with the county for 16 years. Most recently, he’s been working with the DA’s Major Crimes Unity, working with a multi-agency task force targeting domestic, and international drug trafficking.

(Carlos Diniz Archives)

The World Trade Center in New York, the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, The Century City Shopping Plaza, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were among his projects.

Closer to home in the 1960’s, Carlos Diniz worked on the master plan for Westlake Village.