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.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say police officers acted legally when they shot to death a man charging at them with a knife.

Santa Maria Police were called to South Broadway Street last July 20th by reports of a suspicious man at two bank branches. Two police officers found Javier Garcia Gaona in the street’s center divider, armed with a large knife. He refused orders to drop it, and told police he wanted them to shoot him. A standoff began.

(National Park Service photo)

Biologists say the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area has a cute new resident, in the form of a mountain lion cub.

National Park Service and State Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers say they’ve discovered a four week old kitten. The parents are believed to be two mountain lions biologists have been tracking, the female known as P-23 and the male P-30.

A well known South Coast community leader is retiring as chairman of a bank he founded more than four decades ago.

Michael Towbes is stepping down as Chairman of Montecito Bank & Trust. The Santa Barbara businessman and philanthropist founded the bank in 1975. 

A former U.N. ambassador and U.S. Secretary of State had a unique way of clueing in people she was negotiating with about the tone of the talks. She would set the mood with the jewelry she’d wear.

Now some of that jewelry is going on display in Ventura County.

Police say a man who drowned in the ocean near Santa Barbara Harbor was trying to save the life of a girl who was caught in rip tides.

Crescencio Ramos Ramirez was with his family near when he saw the girl struggling in the water Thursday afternoon. He got caught in a rip tide. A surfer was able to reach the 33 year old man, and help get him to shore, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The girl was rescued by other people on hand.

Authorities have now identified two Ventura County men who died in a traffic accident which also left two others injured in the Conejo Valley.

A car was westbound on Hillcrest Drive near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks at around six Thursday night when the driver hit the curb. It swerved into oncoming traffic, smashing into an eastbound SUV. Arturo Araujo and Gustavo Lopez of Thousand Oaks were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

(Photo courtesy EATM)

Jackie Ortiz loves animals. In fact, the college student loves them so much she moved from Kern County to Ventura County just so she could take part in a one of a kind educational program which combines animal science with wildlife management and training.

Ortiz is a student in the Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, better known as EATM, which is opening its doors to the public April 1st and 2nd.

Investigators are trying to determine what led to a traffic accident which left two people dead, and two injured in Ventura County.

A car was westbound on Hillcrest Drive near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks at around six Thrusday night when the driver hit the curb. It swerved into oncoming traffic, smashing into an eastbound SUV. The two men in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and the two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital.

The names of the victims haven’t been released yet.

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A South Coast military base is still buzzing about a special visitor it had this week.

It was a Boeing 747 jumbo jet that’s one of the two planes used as Air Force One. It’s technically only Air Force One when the president is on board. But, one of the planes which has been used as Air Force One in the past, and is being prepared to go back into service, visited Naval Base Ventura County Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a maintenance and testing mission.

A huge hike in annual sewage charges for one Central Coast community has left some people angry, but a new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the increase is justified.

The rates for the Laguna County Sanitation District in the Orcutt area have gone up 87% in the last six years. The district did a series of studies focused on the need for a major overhaul, and update to the more than half century old facility.

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