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 coalition of environmental groups on the Central and South Coasts have filed a lawsuit against a water district, saying a dam it operates isn’t releasing enough water to help endangered steelhead.

The lawsuit was filed by San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper and Los Padres ForestWatch against the Santa Maria Water Conservation District. The suit seeks an increase in water releases from Twitchell Dam, which is on the Cuyama River, which feeds into the Santa Maria River.

New information on a South Coast sewage spill this week shows it was much larger than first thought, but that the flow was stopped before it could reach a popular beach.

The spill occurred Tuesday morning in the Goleta area, and was initially estimated at about a thousand gallons. Goleta Sanitary District officials say a partially plugged sewer line sent raw sewage through a manhole near a bike path at Nogal and Nueces Drives, and into a creek bed.

You hear a mix of nature, and man in some wetlands near UC Santa Barbara.

There’s the chirping of birds, the wind blowing through brush, and the sound of earth movers off in the dance.

Usually, the sound of earthmovers around wetlands is a bad thing for the environment, because it means development is taking away a slice of nature. But, bulldozers are going to be moving here on UCSB’s North Campus to help nature, by returning a half century old golf course to wetlands.

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A traffic stop on the South Coast has led to a massive drug bust, with more than a hundred thousand doses of methamphetamine seized.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a car Saturday night near Rose Avenue and Ives Avenue in Oxnard for a possible traffic violation. The deputy says they discovered Daniel Sanchez of Poway was driving with an expired license.

The officer aided by Oxnard Police then searched the car.

Santa Barbara County firefighters were busy with a rash of brush fires on the Central Coast, but knocked them down before they could cause damage.

Mike Eliason, with the County Fire Department, says five small blazes occurred off of the northbound 101 between Los Alamos and Orcutt just after 4 p.m. Wednesday. They were quickly put out.

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Investigators say a heat source too close to combustible materials sparked a fire which heavily damaged a popular South Coast brewhouse.

The blaze was discovered just before four a.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of West Montecito Street, in Santa Barbara. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof of the Brewhouse Bistro & Brewery when they reached the scene.

They were able to quickly knock down the blaze. No one was hurt.

A man on trial for the October, 2014 murder of his ex-girlfriend in Santa Barbara had pled guilty to second degree murder, and agreed to a 16 year sentence in state prison.

Prosecutors say Aubrey Dupree Wadford stabbed Angela Lasky to death in the apartment they had been sharing while their two year old daughter was sleeping in a nearby room. Even though their relationship was apparently over, the two were living together to care for the child.

Neighbors testified during the trial that the duo fought frequently.

An acting supervisor has been named to manage the Los Padres National Forest, until the vacant post is filled.

Merv George will serve as Acting Supervisor for the 1.9 million acre forest, which extends through huge swaths of the Central and South Coasts. The forest is headquartered in Goleta.

George has been Supervisor of Six Rivers National Forest, which extends through four counties in northwestern California.

The Los Padres post is vacant because Robert Baird was promoted to Pacific Southwest Regional Director of Fire & Aviation Management.

A sewage spill has closed a section of a South Coast beach.

More than 1000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into a Goleta creek which flows into the ocean at Goleta Beach. The accident has closed the ocean for public use for a quarter of a mile on either side of the creek’s outfall into the ocean. The area has been posted with signs telling people to stay out of the water.

The spill occurred at the intersection of Nogal Drive and Nueces Drive in Goleta, and the untreated sewage flowed into Cieneguitas Creek.

One in 68 children in America are on the autism spectrum.

Many of these kids will grow up and have a hard time finding a job, not because of a lack of capability, but because they don’t have the social skills to find the positions.

A Ventura County college student decided to try to help with that problem with a new project: “Coding Autism.”