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.

Ventura County is getting a new Superior Court judge.

Ronda McKaig has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the county by Governor Jerry Brown.

You might not have noticed much of a difference, but a cooling trend is underway for the Central and South Coasts. High temperatures are still well above normal for many part of the region, but meteorologists say the heat wave has peaked.

Legislation by a congresswoman from Ventura County to help veterans with disabilities find jobs has passed a key hurdle.

The House of Representatives passed HR 5452, which extends the window for veterans with service related disabilities to be eligible for the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Currently, there is a 12 year time limit on eligibility.

Some just released statistics show Ventura and Santa Barbara County high school graduation rates are outperforming statewide numbers.

Ventura County has an 86% graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year, and Santa Barbara County’s 87%. That compares with 83% statewide.

They are partners in Ventura County with a dream for a simple business: to use plants found in nature to create natural skin elixirs.

Clara Andre, and Lauren Crow used all their savings to try to make that dream come true, when at the first possible time, disaster hit, in the form of the Thomas Fire.

California Lutheran University is joining with more than three dozen other independent universities to set up guaranteed admissions for students from some community college campuses.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the California Community Colleges announced the new pathway agreement. 

Qualified students will be able to transfer in as juniors, with at least 60 transferred units being accepted. 

The heat wave which was expected to peak Wednesday actually didn’t hit as hard as predicted for much of the Central and South Coasts. A coastal eddy created more marine layer than expected, and that led to cooler than forecast temperatures for the coast. Temperatures inland still remain well above normal, although generally slightly cooler than Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Rams are based in Ventura County, but for the next few weeks, the county will once again be hosting a second NFL team. The Dallas Cowboys are holding their summer training camp in Oxnard.

At an opening news conference Wednesday, one of the biggest things to come out of it was owner Jerry Jones reaffirming his position on the controversy over whether NFL players should be required to stand for the national anthem.

(Image courtesy SpaceX)

Some communications satellites are now in orbit after they were successfully launched from the Central Coast early this morning.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:39 Wednesday morning.

(National Park Service photo)

A mountain lion known for accomplishing the rare feat of safely crossing the 101 Freeway twice in the Santa Monica Mountains area has died.

National Park Service officials say P-55 's remains were recovered by biologists, but were so badly decomposed it was impossible to determine the cause of death.

More than a hundred people have been waiting in 100 degree heat in Simi Valley for the opening of a once a month farmers market. There are a lot of farmers markets on the central and South Coasts, but this one is pretty unique. Robbie Hidalgo, with the non-profit group “Simi At The Garden,” says what makes it special is everything is free, with a goal of helping people in need.

Authorities are investigating a gruesome find on the South Coast. Some people discovered what they thought might be human remains in the surf at a Santa Barbara County beach.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies and UC Santa Barbara Police officers were called to Camino Pescadero Park in Isla Vista just before six Tuesday night. They confirmed there were human remains in the water, and Santa Barbara County firefighters were called in to assist in recovery efforts.

(Photo by Britney App/Mid-State Fair)

A pop superstar who performed on the Central Coast Sunday night is now in a Los Angeles hospital, after apparently suffering a drug overdose.

Demi Lovato was the headliner at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, in a concert which was supposed to be the kickoff a new tour.  Fans there called it an amazing concert.

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It’s still a go as of right now for an early morning Wednesday rocket launch from Santa Barbara County. SpaceX is planning to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in the seventh in a series of flights to put a series of new communications satellites in orbit.

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

She’s a Tony Award nominated actress who was the original “Belle” in the Broadway hit “Beauty and the Beast.” Now, Susan Egan has reprised the role in a new stage production of the musical in Ventura County.