Photo by Ventura County Public Works Agency

A government agency on the South Coast is trying to make it easier for the public to get help.

The Ventura County Public Works Agency has launched VCPWA Connect! for a direct, convenient way for community members to report problems within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The bomb squad has removed a type of explosive from a storage shed on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say around 4 Saturday afternoon, a resident was cleaning out a shed on Old Mill Road when he came across items labeled explosive. The Bomb Squad responded and determined they were railroad torpedo signaling devices. While they are commercially manufactured, they are dangerous to handle and can cause injury.

Photo by Channel Islands National Park

The bald eagle population is expanding on the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands National Park  officials say this year has been the most successful breeding season since restoration efforts began in 1980.  A record 20 breeding pairs reared 19 bald eagle chicks across five Channel Islands.  The tally includes 11 chicks from six nests on Santa Cruz Island, two from one nest on Santa Rosa Island, five from four nests on Santa Catalina Island and one on San Clemente Island.

In a giant tank at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, people are getting an eye to eye look at some giant fish. They are Giant Sea Bass. The endangered fish are the focus of a new research project involving the aquarium and UC Santa Barbara.

A fund to help undocumented South Coast residents recover from the financial impacts of the Thomas Fire and flood has received a big boost.

The Ventura County Community Foundation has donated $500,000 to the 805 UndocuFund. The UndocuFund has raised more than $1.2 million dollars since its creation.

The idea is to help undocumented immigrants and their families who are ineligible for conventional government relief in the wake of the two related disasters.

(Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities say a bizarre chase involving a stolen fire department pickup truck which started in Monterey County ended in Santa Barbara County, with the arrest of a man. T

he truck was spotted around noon today in Los Alamos. The driver headed towards Vandenberg Air Force Base on Highway 135, with speeds approaching 100 miles an hour at times.

Ventura County is getting a new Superior Court judge.

Ronda McKaig has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the county by Governor Jerry Brown.

You might not have noticed much of a difference, but a cooling trend is underway for the Central and South Coasts. High temperatures are still well above normal for many part of the region, but meteorologists say the heat wave has peaked.

Legislation by a congresswoman from Ventura County to help veterans with disabilities find jobs has passed a key hurdle.

The House of Representatives passed HR 5452, which extends the window for veterans with service related disabilities to be eligible for the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Currently, there is a 12 year time limit on eligibility.

Some just released statistics show Ventura and Santa Barbara County high school graduation rates are outperforming statewide numbers.

Ventura County has an 86% graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year, and Santa Barbara County’s 87%. That compares with 83% statewide.

They are partners in Ventura County with a dream for a simple business: to use plants found in nature to create natural skin elixirs.

Clara Andre, and Lauren Crow used all their savings to try to make that dream come true, when at the first possible time, disaster hit, in the form of the Thomas Fire.

California Lutheran University is joining with more than three dozen other independent universities to set up guaranteed admissions for students from some community college campuses.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the California Community Colleges announced the new pathway agreement. 

Qualified students will be able to transfer in as juniors, with at least 60 transferred units being accepted. 

The heat wave which was expected to peak Wednesday actually didn’t hit as hard as predicted for much of the Central and South Coasts. A coastal eddy created more marine layer than expected, and that led to cooler than forecast temperatures for the coast. Temperatures inland still remain well above normal, although generally slightly cooler than Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Rams are based in Ventura County, but for the next few weeks, the county will once again be hosting a second NFL team. The Dallas Cowboys are holding their summer training camp in Oxnard.

At an opening news conference Wednesday, one of the biggest things to come out of it was owner Jerry Jones reaffirming his position on the controversy over whether NFL players should be required to stand for the national anthem.

(Image courtesy SpaceX)

Some communications satellites are now in orbit after they were successfully launched from the Central Coast early this morning.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:39 Wednesday morning.