This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty, and he is being commemorated in a special way.

On July 17th, 1996, Deputy Peter Aguirre was shot multiple times and fatally wounded as he responded to reports of a woman being held hostage at a home in the Ojai area. The man responsible for the murder is currently on death row. Thursday afternoon, two highway signs honoring the 26 year old deputy will be unveiled in Ojai.

Sometimes an afterthought for coastal or valley tourists, Santa Maria is rebranding its image.

The city is spending more than half a million dollars on a new campaign targeted at Los Angeles area travelers.

Election Day is still almost a month away, but hundreds of thousands of voters on the Central and South Coasts will be able to cast their ballots starting this week.

Vote by mail ballots went into the mail this week. In Santa Barbara County alone, more than 138,000 ballots are now in the mail.

If you’re using a vote by mail ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8th for it to count. You can also turn it in at any polling place on Election Day.

It was a big search for a missing boat in the Channel Islands, with three people on board. A Coast Guard cutter, a helicopter, and the Ventura Harbor Patrol were all involved in efforts to find a sailboat. But, it turned out the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

A panicked woman called for help last night, when her husband failed to return home from a trip. It prompted the search. Coast Guard officials found the three people on Santa Cruz Island this morning, safe and sound.

Santa Barbara County officials say they think they’ve solved the mystery behind a big stink on the South Coast. Something has been smelling nasty in parts of Goleta.

People first noticed it Sunday afternoon in the Ellwood area. It was a powerful stench which smelled like rotten eggs. Some thought the problem might be stemming from oil facilities in the area. But, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department environmental specialists say tests ruled out the facilities as the cause.

The Red Cross has a new Executive Director for its operations on the Central and South Coasts, but she’s not a new face to the organization.

Kimberly Coley is the new head of the Pacific Coast and Ventura County chapters of the relief agency. She was promoted after serving as the non-profit’s Regional Development Director for the last year and a half. Before that, Coley was an executive with the local chapter of the Girl Scouts of California.

The two Red Cross chapters cover Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

A Ventura County man received a nearly five year federal prison sentence for selling assault rifles and other weapons to undercover agents.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives and federal agents learned that Joshua Pineda of Thousand Oaks was selling weapons, and arranged some buys. The weapons included assault rifles with no traceable serial numbers.

Prosecutors say the 24 year old man pled guilty to federal charges of selling firearms without a license, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ventura County is getting expanded bus service between two of its cities beginning this weekend.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission will start service from Oxnard to Camarillo starting Saturday. Stops will include the Oxnard Transit Center, Gold Coast Transportation’s C Street Transfer Center in Oxnard, the Camarillo Premium Outlets, and the Camarillo Metrolink station.

Buses will run from the 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with morning service from Oxnard to Camarillo, and afternoon and evening service from Camarillo to Oxnard.

Residents in western Goleta noticed something odd this weekened: an unusual, unpleasant odor.

It's unclear if the odor is an active natural seep of hydrogen sulfide or an industrial problem.

A private, independent school on the South Coast has received a huge gift.  Santa Barbara Middle School has been given an entire school campus.

The four decade old school received Jefferson Campus in Montecito from Ernie Brooks II.  The private school had been leasing the campus for the last five years.