A local computer scientist is bringing technology from her lab into the fields to create smarter and more sustainable farming. 

Chandra Krintz grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana. Now, as a UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s co-leading a team of scientists and students to develop a tech-based system called SmartFarm. 

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges including murder after his car smashed into four vehicles.

Ventura Police say an unmarked police car was headed westbound on Highway 126 near Kimball Road around 2 p.m. Friday, when a car collided with it, and fled. The detectives were unable to catch up with the speeding vehicle. The fleeing car then hit three more vehicles, including a motorcycle, but didn’t stop.

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The California Mid-State Fair is moving into its second week today, with some big name entertainment set to take the main stage.

The Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are set to take the stage as the headliners at the Paso Robles Event Center tonight. Don Henley will rock the fair tomorrow night, and Duran Duran will perform Wednesday night. On Friday night, legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson celebrates the 50th anniversary of his “Pet Songs” album with a show.

Concert tickets are not a part of fair admission.

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A six year old boy learned about the dangers of playing with a lighter the hard way, after Ventura firefighters say he accidentally started a blaze which threatened a housing complex.

It happened just before one p.m. Saturday, on the 1000 block of Olive Avenue in Ventura. Some rubbish caught on fire which spread to a fence, and then to the side of a five unit housing complex. Ventura firefighters knocked down the blaze in less than five minutes, before it could cause extensive damage to the units.

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council

An 81-year-old Conejo Valley woman has reached her goal of horseback riding for 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Ruth Gerson, along with four of her female friends, returned on Saturday from a six-day ride on the newly completed Backbone Trail. The five women started Monday from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County and ended at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles.


The continuing heat wave, mixed with other weather conditions across the South Coast, is ripe for wild fire danger.

Red flag warnings are in effect for Southern Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County mountains on Saturday.

Unemployment has grown on the Central and South Coasts, as well as statewide during the last month.

Ventura County’s jobless rate increased from 4.5% in May to 5.4% in June. In Santa Barbara County, the number of people also rose, going from 3.9% to 4.9% from May to June. And, in San Luis Obispo County, the numbers are also up, with unemployment rising from 3.5% to 4.5%.

The statewide unemployment numbers are also up. The percentage of people out of work in California rose from 5.2% in May, to 5.4% in June.

Eight people were treated for exposure to a chemical cloud following an accident at a Ventura County health club.

It happened just after 10 Friday morning, at Gold’s Gym on the 1300 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Captain Scott Dettorre, with the Ventura County Fire Department, says too much chlorine was apparently put into the pool. He says some of it bubbled to the surface, creating a gas cloud.

A controversial proposal to build a new power plant in Ventura County brought hundreds of people to a marathon meeting held by a state agency in Oxnard.

Members of the California Energy Commission heard about a staff report for NRG’s planned power plant at Mandalay Beach, in Oxnard, and took comments on it from environmental groups and the City of Oxnard, as well as from the public.

A heat wave is bringing high brush fire danger to the South Coast.

A Red Flag Alert is in place for the Ventura County, and Southern Santa Barbara County mountains, with extreme heat and gusty wind upping the potential for serious fires. The wind is expected to ease tomorrow, but temperatures will again be in the mid-90’s, to as high as 108 for some of our inland areas.

The high pressure responsible for the heat wave is expected to break down this weekend, with a return of the marine layer, and substantial cooling starting on Sunday.