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For decades, a coastal Santa Barbara county community has dealt with oil production facilities that were never completely capped properly.

A mysterious heart-related illness has caused one death, and a rash of serious illnesses in Ventura County.

County health officials are working with state, and federal investigators to try to determine what’s behind the unusual surge in the incidents.

The head of the Chumash Tribe has resigned.

Vincent Armenta has been Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians since 1999. He headed the tribe during the biggest period of financial growth in its history, overseeing construction of the Chumash Casino Resort, the purchase and relaunch of one of the largest hotels in Solvang, and the addition of multiple parcels of real estate in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Channel Islands are home to some of the most unique elements of nature in the world, yet most people living in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have never had a close up look.

What’s being called the largest nature webcam network in the world can now give you a glimpse of what’s happening on the islands, and under the sea.

The community of Goleta is still looking for an official site to call home for its staff and city Council meetings.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries he suffered dealing with a domestic disturbance.

The deputy was called to the 800 block of Brossard Drive Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s Department officials say as the officer was collecting information about the incident, he was attacked and injured by Omar Flores. The 21 year old man then tried to flee the scene. The deputy caught him, and Flores fought with the officer.

A South Coast community says it’s investigating the possible internal theft of municipal utility services.

Oxnard officials say they launched a probe two months ago, when information about possible thefts was discovered. City officials say the allegations involve solid waste disposal services.

They say they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but will take appropriate steps to insure accountability and transparency.

The Oxnard Police Department is also conducting an investigation into the alleged thefts.

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior is going to get a closeup look this week at efforts to restore the natural habitat of the Channel Islands, and to help the endangered Island Fox.

Sally Jewell and Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara will tour parts of the park by boat on Friday.

A man is accused of installing a hidden video camera inside of the restroom of a Santa Barbara ice cream parlor.

Santa Barbara Police say a man used a device which looked like a wall electrical outlet, but was actually a disguised video camera.

A tiny, one school Ventura County school district is dealing with what it considers a potentially explosive problem.

Concern about possible danger from four oil and gas pipelines which run through, and next to the campus prompted the district to move ahead with a plan to relocate the entire school.

There’s a warning in one Santa Barbara County community this morning about auto burglaries, after it’s been hit by more than three dozen break-ins since the first of the month.

The burglars have targeted vehicles in the Winchester Canyon, Fairview Avenue, and Langlo Ranch areas of Goleta.

Four Central Coast teenagers have quite the story to tell after their hike ended with them being the focus of a search and rescue mission.

The 17 year olds were hiking near Mussel Point, west of Santa Maria Sunday afternoon when they became lost.

A Ventura County based university has announced plans to start a new MBA program.

The California Lutheran University School of Management will launch what it's calling an MBA for Experienced Professionals this fall.  The 18 month long program is aimed at people with at least five years of managerial, or professional experience.

Classes will be offered in compressed formats during weekends, to minimize the impacts on the day jobs of the students.

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Four people have been arrested for a commercial burglary in Ventura County in which more than $500,000 worth of high end wire and electrical gear was stolen. The four were found in a vehicle near the scene of the burglary of an industrial building on the 700 block of Science Drive February 18th.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department investigators say thousands of dollars worth of stolen items were found in the vehicle.

(Photograph courtesy Douglas Biklen)

There’s been a lot of attention during the last few years on the potential causes of autism, and how to help children cope with it.

But what about adults, who often got little or no treatment, and were sometimes even undiagnosed?

There may finally be a break in an earthquake swarm that’s rattled Ventura County.

13 quakes occurred between just before midnight Friday, and early Sunday morning.

The biggest in the series was a magnitude 4.1 quake which happened at 12:42 Saturday morning. Most of the quakes were centered in an area about 10 miles northeast of Ojai, with the majority too small to be felt.

No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.

(Photo courtesty CHP)

Traffic is once again flowing normally on Highway 101 in Central Santa Barbara County, but that definitely wasn’t the case this morning. A series of traffic accidents involving a half dozen vehicles closed down the northbound 101 near the Gaviota Rest Stop for nearly three hours.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Peter Adam and Doreen Farr say they are preparing an update to the full Board of Supervisors about their talks with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

A multi-vehicle accident caused a shutdown of the 101 around 7:30 this morning. The accident included a big-rig truck.

An alternate route in the area includes highway 154, San Marcos Pass. 

The closure is expected to continue until 3 this afternoon.

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A new take on Celtic and Medieval traditions is the focus of an art exhibit on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara County is considering a pilot program to help provide preschool child care for county employees.

The county has long had issues with inadequate availability of affordable child care. A survey shows more than 19,000 children need child care in the county, but only about 10,000 slots are currently available.

More than a dozen earthquakes have rattled Ventura County. The wave of quakes started with a magnitude 3.3 temblor at 11:27 Friday night. It was centered 11 miles northeast of Ojai.

Then, a magnitude 4.1 quake struck in the same area at 12:40 Saturday morning. It was the largest in the series of quakes.

A Washington State man was arrested after a bizarre incident in which Santa Barbara Police say he claimed he had a bomb on a passenger train.

Police received a phone call Friday afternoon from Amtrak about a man on the northbound train making threats. Investigators say Terrence Urich threw a backpack of the train as it approached Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called to the scene, and determined that there were no explosives inside. The incident delayed the train for hours.

About one thousand people from the worlds of politics, business, and show business made up the diverse list of people on hand for Nancy Reagan’s funeral today in Simi Valley.

The nation said goodbye to former First Lady Nancy Reagan during ceremonies in Ventura County today.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was at the funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and wraps up our week long coverage of the passing of the First Lady.

The eyes of the world turned to Ventura County today, as major television networks provided live coverage of former First Lady Nancy Reagan's funeral.

ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC provided wall to wall coverage of the ceremony, as did some Los Angeles television stations. 

Nearly a thousand invited guests ranging from former president George W. Bush to Michelle Obama are in Ventura County for the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

After three days of memorial events, the funeral is now underway at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will be followed by her burial on the library grounds next to the late President.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand jury report is critical of the management of the community services district, but officials with a newly formed residents association in the area say most of the identified problems have already been resolved.

Final preparations are underway for Friday's funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

A thousand people are expected to be on hand for the private funeral ceremony of the former First Lady

A Ventura County gang member has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for a pair of shootings which wounded a nine year old girl, and a man.

Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore entered guilty pleas to nine charges stemming from the attacks last June on Ramona Street, in Ventura.

The nine year old girl, as well as adult male victim escaped with minor injuries.

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