Lance Orozco

News Director

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, developing the station's local news coverage as it transitioned to a news/talk format. He has provided award-winning local coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, from brush fires and mudslides to Ronald Reagan's funeral. 

Lance has won more than 200 journalism awards for KCLU, including more than 90 Golden Mikes, 20-plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award (an honor which came to David Letterman’s attention on “The Late Show.”), and a national Society Of Professional Journalists Award  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year in the western U.S. nine times. 

Lance is a familiar face in the region, having worked nearly two decades as a television reporter and weathercaster in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. His adventures included an unexpected guest appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman."

You can reach Lance here.

A heat wave which could lead to near record to record high temperatures for the Central and South Coasts is underway.

It’s not expected to be quite as hot as the heat wave earlier this month, but highs could be in the upper 80’s to low 90’s on the coast. The valleys and foothills could be in the upper 90’s to around 105 degrees.

Santa Barbara County’s annual crop report is now out, and it shows despite some losses from the Thomas Fire, the numbers are still up substantially.

The county’s crops hit $1.59 billion dollars in 2017, up $163 million dollars from 2016.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a 110 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

A tow truck driver has been sentenced to two years in prison for a fatal hit and run collision in Ventura County which left a teenage boy dead.

Hermin Martin Trujillo Henderson was driving eastbound on Telegraph Road in Ventura when he struck Jonathan Hernandez at the Saticoy Avenue intersection. The 14 year old boy died at the scene.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters now say they have 20% containment of a 100 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger, but residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.

A man authorities say shot himself to death in the bathroom of a South Coast beauty salon may be a wanted serial bank robber.

A man armed with a gun robbed a Goleta bank just before 11 this morning. A few minutes later, a man showed up at a salon on the 100 block of Carlo Drivea and asked to use a restroom. When he failed to come out, employees called 911.

A historic Santa Barbara County church which was built in the 1890’s has been damaged, after a car smashed into it.

It happened at about 12:30 Friday morning, in Los Olivos. CHP officers say a car speeding northbound on Santa Barbara Avenue, near Alamo Pintado failed to stop at a stop sign, and plunged into Los Olivos Baptist Church. The building suffered major damage.

The 22 year old Solvang woman driving the car suffered some minor cuts. She was arrested on a DUI charge.

A brush fire has burned more than 30 acres of brush in central Santa Barbara County Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton.  The blaze is burning in light grass, and no structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

However, residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.  Firefighters are using aircraft in their efforts to contain the blaze.  There's no word on the cause yet.

A Central Coast community is getting a major grant for work to help reduce future flooding from rainfall.

FEMA has awarded the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District $3 million dollars to do work on the Arroyo Grande Creek flood plain.

(Photo by Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters say it’s taking a little longer than expected to get full containment of a 70 plus acre brush fire on the Central Coast, but they say they are getting close.

The Cruces fire begin just before noon Wednesday off of Highway 101, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange. It forced the shutdown of Highway 1 for about six hours, and led to brief evacuation of some nearby ranches.

(Photo courtesy Steve Korn)

The final weekend of the 2018 Ventura Music Festival features one of America’s most acclaimed new chamber ensembles.

Matt Landry says the members of the Akropolis Reed Quintet met a decade ago, as music students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. They decided they want to perform chamber music with a different sound, with all reed music.

Authorities say they’ve arrested a third suspect wanted in connection with a burglary attempt on the South Coast which triggered a several hour long search.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Santa Elena in Montecito Wednesday night by reports of an occupied home being burglarized.

A man authorities say was walking too close to some train tracks was struck and killed by a passenger train on the South Coast.

It happened just before 7 a.m. Thursday, near Olive Mill Road in Montecito.  The northbound Amtrak train's engineer saw the man, and blew the train's horn.

An 80 year old Vietnam veteran who lives in Ventura County got a phone call from the President telling him he will receive the nation’s highest military honor.

Marine Sergeant Major John Canley of Oxnard got a phone call from President Trump confirming that the veteran would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The governor has signed into law a bill by a Ventura County legislator intended to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace.

AB 2770 provides former employers some protections against lawsuits if they speak to a prospective new employer about a worker who was responsible for sexual harassment. It also provides some new legal protections for victims of sexual harassment against lawsuits.

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