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The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, but on Friday, the eyes of pro football fans were on Ventura County, where the Los Angeles Rams officially introduced their new head coach, the youngest NFL football head coach in history.

The Rams had a news  conference with Sean McVay Friday afternoon at the team’s training facility on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks.

Many campers, residents and workers in the Paradise Road stretch of the Santa Ynez Valley are buzzing over the new flow of water in the Santa Ynez River.

Several crossings are closed to people and vehicles, as the river comes alive with more than eight days of rain this month.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say there’s been an alarming spike in flu cases in California during the last three weeks.

They say January and February are usually when the influenza season peaks, but that they’ve seen a flood of cases already, especially in places like nursing facilities. Officials say the severity of illness has increased, but that the good news is that the vaccine being used this season is a good match.

They are urging people who haven’t been vaccinated yet to do it as soon as possible.

(Photo courtesy Universal)

A Central Coast film festival has announced that it will honor actor Josh Brolin for his work.

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will salute the actor March 18th.  Brolin starred in the acclaimed movies "Milk," about slain gay rights advocate Harvey Milk; "No Country for Old Men," "Inherent Vice," and most recently the comedy "Hail, Caesar," with George Clooney.

Brolin is no stranger to the Central Coast.  He went to elementary and middle school in Templeton, and currently owns a ranch in the area.

A Central Coast man has been arrested on charges than he made, possessed, and distributed child pornography.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office detectives say they received information that two ten year old girls in Minnesota had been sending nude photos of themselves to a man in Los Osos. Investigators say they determined that Ian Trent Shaw Anderson was sending child pornography back to the girls.

A rocket launch planned for the Central Coast this weekend is a “go” as of now.

A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to lift off at 9:54 a.m. Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying an Iridium NEXT satellite. It’s part of a network intended to improve global communications.

Plans call for more than 80 of the Iridum NEXT satellites to be placed in a low earth orbit, to replace an existing network. If the weather is clear enough, the launch should be visible throughout the Central and South Coasts.

The final countdown is on for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins its 11 day run February 1st.

This year’s lineup is a who’s-who of Hollywood. Casey Affleck, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Dev Patel, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington, and Michele Williams are among those set to appear.

The festival has one of the most ambitious lineup in its history, with 51 World Premieres, 64 U.S. premieres, hundreds of movie screenings, and appearances by some of Hollywood’s hottest talent in front of and behind the cameras.

The latest storm created some locally heavy rainfall on the South Coast at times, and caused some road damage requiring emergency repairs. Parts of Highway 101 between Carpinteria Creek, and Linden Avenue in Carpinteria were damaged.

The northbound 101’s slow lane in that area will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for emergency repairs. It’s expected the work will create some traffic delays through the area.

On the heels of the Santa Barbara City Council approving an extra $10 million for a desalination project, a new football stadium project is also seeing rising costs.

The project at Santa Barbara High School was approved for $9 million more by the school board, using voter-approved bond money.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter roars in low above a Ventura County beach, and out to a boat that’s set of an emergency flare in the ocean near Point Mugu. A basket is being lowered for a rescue from the boat. This time, it’s just a drill.

But, in the last six months, Coast Guard helicopters have made some 560 flights from Naval Base Ventura County, in what is now their temporary air station covering much of Southern California.

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