A CHP officer is recovering from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County.

The 42 year old officer was southbound on Highway 101 between Gaviota and Buellton just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, when he apparently lost control of his patrol car in the rain.

The patrol car slid off the highway, hit a tree, and spun around coming to rest against a second tree.

The officer was taken to a hospital with what are described as minor injuries.

Opening night is still weeks away, but dozens of San Marcos High School drama students are busy getting ready for their latest production, the classic musical “Damn Yankees.”

There’s a couple of parents watching a rehearsal, as well as a tall, distinguished-looking man. There are as many eyes on him as there are on the run-through, because not only does he know the story, he’s the man who played the lead character in the Academy Award nominated 1958 movie.

A tried and proven method of increasing rainfall has apparently helped our drought-dry hills.

A team coordinating cloud seeding over Cachuma Lake and Santa Maria's Twitchell Dam watershed say that totals are up about 20%.

Ventura County is looking at taking a cautious approach to marijuana sales and cultivation in unincorporated parts of the county.

It’s an issue facing cities and counties throughout the Central and South Coast, after voters approved the liberalization of marijuana in the state.

A Special Forces soldier from the Central Coast has died in Afghanistan, following what the Department of Defense is calling a non-combat related incident.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface died Sunday in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Pentagon officials say the incident is under investigation. No other details of the 34 year old man’s death were released.

The soldier from San Luis Obispo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The first in a trio of storm systems is moving onto the Central and South Coasts Monday.

We could see a half inch to an inch of rain for coastal and inland areas, and up to two inches of rainfall in the foothills and mountains.

Photo by Santa Barbara Unified School District

A teenager on the South Coast is running her own nonprofit organization that aims to empower young people.

Seventeen-year-old Gabriela Goldberg is a senior at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, and she’s also the Co-Founder and Co-President of Santa Barbara Speaks.

“We are dedicated to giving teenagers in Santa Barbara a place to have a voice. And, we do that through producing different community-wide events that are all entirely youth-run and youth-oriented,” she said.

Hundreds of teenagers and their hand-made robots from across California, the western U.S., Hawaii and as far as Chile converged on the South Coast, and some local teams were among the winners.  

It’s the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, which was a three-day event that ended Saturday at Ventura College. Forty-two high schools with about 2,000 students took part.

A new library will soon be opening in an area of Ventura that lost its library several years ago, and an event happening on Saturday will help to partly pay for this new branch.

Ventura Friends of the Library is holding a book sale from 10 am to 3 pm in front of the Von’s on Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue. The nonprofit’s president, Kathy Thomson, says while the money collected from the book sale will benefit the library system in general, they’ll also be collecting donations for the new Hill Road Library on the East Side.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that the fruits and vegetables you eat don’t start out at the supermarket. Instead, they begin with a seed. You could take an entire college course on how a seed turns into what ends up on your dinner plate. But, this course is being taught to an unusually young audience on the South Coast.

Preschoolers – ages three to five – are learning about gardening, sustainability, eating healthy and the environment.