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(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A woman has been arrested on an arson charge in the wake of a brush fire in eastern Ventura County. The fire was discovered just after 9 a.m. Wednesday off of Tapo Canyon Road north of Simi Valley. The blaze moved quickly through brush in rugged terrain. Firefighters stopped the growth of the fire in less than two hours, and were focused on mopup work by midday.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fast moving brush fire in eastern Ventura County.

The fire was discovered just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, off of Tapo Canyon Road north of Simi Valley. The blazed moved quickly through brush in rugged terrain. Firefighters stopped the growth of the fire in less than two hours, and were focused on mopup work by midday.

Ventura County’s agricultural industry remained strong in 2017, but showed a slight dip in overall value. The industry generated nearly $2.1 billion dollars in revenue last year. That’s down four tenths of a percent from 2016.

Did you know that porcupines can float? Or, how about this. Croquet was once actually an Olympic sport, during the 1900 games. Those are some of the fun and obscure facts highlighted in a new museum exhibition in Ventura County called “Did You Know: 500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind!”

(City of Oxnard photo)

A South Coast city is continuing its efforts to deal with the discoloration of some ocean water which alarmed area residents.

Some of the water in the Channel Islands Harbor area started having a brown coloration a few weeks ago. Nearby residents were worried it might be some type of pollution.

Detectives say they are trying to determine if a brutal attack on two men in a South Coast park by as many as ten teens was a hate crime.

The two men were in Isla Vista’s Estero Park Saturday night when they were attacked. A passerby on a bicycle saw what was happening, and started yelling at the attackers, who fled.

It’s fair time on the South Coast. The 2018 Ventura County Fair opens August 1st. It’s the 143rd annual fair, and features exhibits, entertainment, all kinds of food, and of course carnival rides.

A test flight of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the Central Coast early Tuesday morning ended when a problem prompted the launch team to blow up the rocket.

Air Force officials say the Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base was terminated over the Pacific Ocean, after what they called an unexpected anomaly was discovered.

A little girl uses a small knife to turn what was a cardboard box into a new creation.

In fact, there are about 20 first and second grade children at Santa Barbara’s Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, better known as MOXI, giving new life to recycled cardboard.  They are having fun while learning about engineering at the same time.

Detectives say they have a man in custody for a crime wave which included three robberies, an attempted robbery, and a murder all in one day in Oxnard.

The crimes occurred on June 27th. Investigators think Osvaldo Hernandez committed the series of robberies, and the robbery attempt between four and six a.m. Then, they say he shot to death Robert De la Cerda on the 4000 block of J Street.

A half million dollar plus grant is going to set the stage for a South Coast university to expand its athletic program.

A family from Washington State whose daughter graduated from Westmont College gave it $575,000 towards adding a women’s swim team, and men’s and women’s golf.

The money from the Tom and Meg Names Foundation is intended as seed money to help start the sports programs at the college in Montecito.

A project to build a new children’s museum on the South Coast is picking up steam.

The non-profit group KidSTREAM just received a $50,000 grant from the Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association.   KidSTREAM is planning to convert the City of Camarillo’s old library complex on the 3100 block of Ponderosa Drive into its museum. 

A police officer was hurt, and a wanted man was shot following a confrontation in Ventura County.

An Oxnard Police officer on patrol in a mobile home park on the 1300 block of East Ventura Boulevard Sunday night spotted a man wanted for several arrest warrants. The officer says when he stopped Joel Tapia Junior to arrest him, the 30 year old man resisted.

Work officially gets underway Monday on a new 90 unit complex on the South Coast intended to help low income senior citizens.

The Gardens On Hope project in Santa Barbara is specifically designed to support frail seniors, and will have services like meal service and housekeeping.

(Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)

A military missile test launch is planned for the Central Coast early Tuesday morning.

The Air Force is planning to launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which runs from 12:01 to 6:01 a.m. 

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