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.

(National Park Service Photo)

There’s been a huge breakthrough in efforts to help rebuild the population of some rare frogs which disappeared from the Santa Monica Mountains in the 1970’s.

The National Park Service says a program to help rebuild the population of red legged frogs has hit a milestone.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a traffic accident in Ventura County which left two people dead and two seriously injured. The accident happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, on Pleasant Valley Road near Longfellow Way in Oxnard. Police say the pickup was speeding westbound on Pleasant Valley Road when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, and smashed into an electrical pole and a tree. The driver, identified as Mario Gurrola of Port Hueneme, was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics were also unable to save passenger Luis Fernando Hernandez of Oxnard.

(Photo by Andrew Yamagiwa)

A small, delicate looking flower has been discovered for the first time on one of the Channel Islands. What’s known as the White Mallow has been found on Santa Barbara Island, which is part of Channel Islands National Park.

A water conservation district on the South Coast is taking advantage of Northern California’s heavy rainfall this season to lock up some state water project water.

The United Water Conservation District reached a deal to buy a guaranteed 5,000 acre feet of water, and to get another 5,000 acre feet if available. The water would be used to recharge the District’s water basins in Western Ventura County and the Santa Clara River Valley.

The 2017 Rose Parade may be history, but the sweepstakes trophy for most beautiful parade entry was presented to a Ventura County based company Tuesday.

It was a big day at Dole’s headquarters in Westlake Village. Dole’s 2017 Rose Parade Entry, called the “Spirit of Hawaii,” won the big prize, the “Sweepstakes Trophy,” for its float which featured a working waterfall and a volcano.

Two people are dead, and traffic was disrupted following a head-on crash on a major Santa Barbara County highway.

The collision happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 154 on San Marcos Pass, near Painted Cave Road.

CHP officers say an eastbound car crossed the highway’s center line, hitting a westbound pickup truck. The driver and a passenger in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, while the two people in the pickup truck were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. The names of the victims haven’t been released yet.

A CHP officer is recovering from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County.

The 42 year old officer was southbound on Highway 101 between Gaviota and Buellton just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, when he apparently lost control of his patrol car in the rain.

The patrol car slid off the highway, hit a tree, and spun around coming to rest against a second tree.

The officer was taken to a hospital with what are described as minor injuries.

Opening night is still weeks away, but dozens of San Marcos High School drama students are busy getting ready for their latest production, the classic musical “Damn Yankees.”

There’s a couple of parents watching a rehearsal, as well as a tall, distinguished-looking man. There are as many eyes on him as there are on the run-through, because not only does he know the story, he’s the man who played the lead character in the Academy Award nominated 1958 movie.

Ventura County is looking at taking a cautious approach to marijuana sales and cultivation in unincorporated parts of the county.

It’s an issue facing cities and counties throughout the Central and South Coast, after voters approved the liberalization of marijuana in the state.

A Special Forces soldier from the Central Coast has died in Afghanistan, following what the Department of Defense is calling a non-combat related incident.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface died Sunday in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Pentagon officials say the incident is under investigation. No other details of the 34 year old man’s death were released.

The soldier from San Luis Obispo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.