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A Ventura County veteran who helped saved a number of lives of his fellow Marines, and sailors during the Vietnam War is now in line to possibly receive the nation’s highest military honor.

Sergeant Major John Canley of Oxnard fought in the Tet offensive, and was seriously wounded as he led his unit against overwhelming odds. Some of his fellow service members contacted Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, asking that the four medals Canley was awarded be upgraded to the nation’s Medal of Honor.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

A fire at a plastics company on the Central Coast put up a huge cloud of smoke visible for miles, and briefly forced the evacuation of several nearby homes.

The fire happened just after 1 p.m. Monday on the 1500 block of Donovan Road in Santa Maria.

We could see more sizzling temperatures for the Central and South Coasts Tuesday, but the brush fire danger has eased.

The wind started to ease Monday afternoon, and a Red Flag Alert for high fire danger in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties was canceled.

Authorities hope an autopsy will unravel the mystery behind the death of a Ventura County jail inmate.

A Ventura County community has selected a new City Manager.

The contract still has to be finalized, but the Moorpark City Council has chosen Troy Brown to oversee the city.

A Ventura County man received a 50 years to life sentence for a 2014 murder.

David Hernandez shot to death Hector Alamillo in a Santa Paula home. The two men knew each other. Hernandez fled the county, forcing two different people to drive him to Los Angeles County. He was arrested a week after the murder while he was hiding in a Ventura motel.

The now 43 year old man pled guilty to first degree murder, setting the stage for his sentence.

Mud-caked sidewalks, streets and parking areas are being cleaned by residents returning to Montecito after the evacuation orders were widely lifted over the weekend following the January 9th mudflow.

KCLU has won five Golden Mikes from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California for the station’s news reporting.

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You have a chance over the next two weeks to enroll in a program in Santa Barbara County that expedites security screenings at airports across the country.

Travelers can enroll in TSA Pre-Check at the Santa Barbara Airport for a limited time. The enrollment van will be available from Wednesday through Friday and then from February 5th through the 9th.

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South and Central Coast residents are in for a rare astronomical treat this week.

On Wednesday between 5 am and 6 am, there will be a “Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.”

More Santa Barbara County residents can return home now that additional evacuation orders have been lifted following the deadly flooding.

Mail service is returning to some residents impacted by the flooding in Santa Barbara County.

U.S. Postal Service says it will be delivering mail 24 hours after the evacuations are lifted in impacted mudslide areas. The Montecito Post Office is set to reopen with full retail services on Monday.

The weather roller coaster which set the stage for a disastrous fire, and flooding in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is taking us for a ride again.

We could see some potentially dangerous brush fire conditions on the South Coast beginning on Saturday night.

A South Coast foundation announced it will make grants to help non-profit agencies involved in Thomas Fire and flood relief efforts.

The Santa Barbara Foundation has activated a Community Disaster Relief Fund. The fund won’t be providing direct grants to families.

The United Way in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is coordinated those efforts. The fund will provide support for non-profits involved in short and long term relief efforts.

Maybe you’ve had the flu. Maybe it’s hit someone in your family.

The outbreak is one of the worst in decades in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, with the death toll topping 40 people.

The recent disasters have impacts that are reaching to the county budgets in Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Clerk-recorder assessor Joe Holland in Santa Barbara says already, due to the impacts from the Thomas Fire, 37 properties have been reassessed downward, for a total of $163 million.

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It was a heartbreaking situation for wildlife biologists and veterinarians.

Two female adult black bears, and a mountain lion cub were caught in the Thomas Fire burn areas, and suffered serious burns to their paws.  But, thanks to some cutting edge experimental treatment, the animals have made a remarkable recovery.

With mud-caked boots and pants, Santa Barbara County's search and rescue team continues to look for two children lost in the Montecito mudflow disaster.

The crews have been aided by search dogs along with 20 teams from out of the area. They were focused on an area between East Valley Road and the ocean.

Crews continue the difficult task of searching for the remains of two still missing people from the January 9th floods in Santa Barbara County, while in other areas more evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday.

Even as crews work to repair damaged roads, and fix utilities in Southern Santa Barbara County, the search goes on for the two still missing storm victims. 21 people died in the flooding and debris flows.

Teams are using human remains search dogs to try to bring closure to the families of the missing.

A project to make pavement improvements on a Santa Barbara County highway which was delayed by three separate brush fires is now finally complete.

Crews have been working to upgrade a 17 mile stretch of Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley from Edison Street to Cold Spring Canyon Bridge.

Even though it’s been more than two weeks since Southern Santa Barbara County was hit by deadly flooding, the ocean off some of the county’s beaches still has some unsafe bacterial levels.

Eight South Coast beach remain closed to swimming, surfing, and other activities.

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A new farm on the Central Coast isn’t growing strawberries, or celery. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s new farm is making electricity.

The new 18 acre farm off of Highway 1 west of the campus can generate more than 11 million kilowatt hours of power a year.  It’s enough electricity to cover about a quarter of Cal Poly’s annual needs.

The kitchen is busy at Montecito’s Honor Bar restaurant.

For the first time in two weeks, the stoves are fired up, the servers are filling orders, and most importantly, there are people here, eating lunch. Montecito’s main business district, Coast Village Road, reopened to the public at noon on Tuesday, two weeks to the day after the community was hit by massive flooding.

While parts of Montecito, as well as Coast Village Road have reopened to the public in the wake of the January 9th flooding, access still remains limited in a number of areas.

A half dozen Highway 101 on and offramps in the Montecito area remain closed.

There's quite a bit of frustration from residents living in Montecito, who are evacuated and cannot get their mail.

It has been relocated over to the Nopalitos - Milpas Street post office, and there the distribution has taken quite some time. 

A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to 31 years to life in prison for stabbing to death his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say William Manuel Delgado pled guilty to a second degree murder charge, and other related counts for the January, 2017 murder of Raneae Ronquillo in their Lompoc home.

Delgado had been convicted of a domestic violence incident in 2014 in Riverside County, in which the same woman was the victim.

There’s good news for some Montecito residents Tuesday, with plans to lift some voluntary and mandatory evacuation warnings and orders.

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Monday marks  the first full day of a major milestone in Santa Barbara County’s post flood recovery efforts, with Highway 101 reopened in Montecito.

A number of freeway on and offramps remain closed in the Montecito area, but traffic has been moving through the area well, aside from expected morning and afternoon backups.

The number of places where Thomas Fire, and flood victims can get aid, and information has expanded.

FEMA now has aid centers up and running in Ventura County.

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