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.

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

Firefighters say a combination of hard work and a break with the weather has allowed them to reach 80% containment of the destructive Holiday Fire, burning in the foothills north of Goleta.

A number of mandatory evacuation orders have been downgraded due to the progress in stopping the 100 acre blaze.  Santa Barbara County Fire officials say 10 homes were destroyed and three were damaged. Nine other structures were also gutted. 

Firefighters say they now have a good handle on a fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

They say the 60 acre blaze is now 5% contained, and they are hoping to make significant progress during the day Saturday.

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

A fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The blaze caused some of the heaviest damage along northern Fairview Avenue, leaving numerous homes gutted.

The fire was discovered just after 8:30 Friday night, with wind topping 40 miles an hour quickly blowing the blaze out of control.  With a Red Flag warning for high fire danger in effect because of the extreme heat and wind in the forecast, extra fire crews had been deployed in the county, but it still wasn't enough to stop the flames.

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

Firefighters are continuing their efforts to try to stop a fast moving brush fires in the foothills above Goleta which burned some homes, and forced the evacuations of hundreds of others.

What's being called the Holiday Fire started just after 8:30 Friday night north of Cathedral Oaks Road, and quickly spread.

Wind in the 40 mile an hour range made the blaze tough to fight as it moved through rugged foothill areas.

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

A brush fire burning on the north side of Goleta has forced the evacuation of thousands of people, and has destroyed some homes.

The fire started just after 8:30 Friday night north of Cathedral Oaks Road, and quickly spread.  Temperatures near the 100 degree mark, and wind in the 40 mile an hour range made the blaze tough to fight as it moved through rugged foothill areas.

Santa Barbara County firefighters confirm at least a handful of homes have been lost. 

A wind driven brush fire is burning in the hills above Goleta Friday night.

The fire was reported just before 9 p.m.  The blaze has prompted an evacuation order for residents of the area north of Cathedral Oaks Road from Patterson, to Fairview Avenues.  

Mike Eliason, with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, told KCLU News some structures have been lost, but there's no word on what type of structures were impacted.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Goleta valley Community Center. 

Friday was a sweltering day for much of the Central and South Coasts, with extreme temperatures reaching the 90’s on the coast, and topping 110 inland.

With some wind in the forecast, there is a Red Flag warning for high fire danger overnight Friday into Saturday for parts of the South Coast.

A Ventura County teen facing a murder charge is now also accused of a second killing.

The 15 year old was originally arrested for the May stabbing death of Adrian Ornelas in Oxnard.  Ventura County prosecutors have now charged the teen with participating in the April shooting death of Jose Lopez, which they believe was gang related.

Prosecutors believe the two killings are unrelated.

He was pulled over for having an expired vehicle registration. But, Simi Valley Police say the man couldn’t wait to tell the officer he had drugs, and a gun in the car.

It happened just after 12 this morning, on Madera Road and National Way in Simi Valley. The officer says after he stopped Ryan Dale Newbert for an expired registration, the 34 year old man asked him if he wanted to know a secret.

Police say Newbert then told the officer he had drugs and a gun.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a serial predator who preyed on runaway girls.

Investigators say Mario Gonzales Solano provided drugs, alcohol, and motel rooms to teenage runaways from the Camarillo area. They say they learned about the Thousand Oaks man after a 17 year old girl reported she had been sexually assaulted.

A land conservancy on the Central Coast has worked out deals to add more than 450 acres of land to a National Monument in the region. The Carrizo Plain Conservancy is trying to add to the nearly 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, east of San Luis Obispo.

The heat wave you’ve been hearing about all week long is expected to bring some sizzling temperatures to the Central and South Coasts Friday and Saturday.

Highs will range from around 90 on the coast, to close to 110 for some inland areas.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report credits a financially troubled city with showing some signs of improvement, but says it isn’t out of the woods yet.

Finances have been tough for years for the City of Guadalupe. The community has been a city since 1946. But, it has a limited tax base, with annual public revenue at around $550 per person, compared to more than $2000 per person countywide.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

It was a series of related, and now all-but forgotten tragic accidents along the Santa Barbara County coast which left 16 people dead. It involving two plane crashes and a boat collision. On July 5th, some of those who died are being commemorated in Santa Barbara.

Three Ventura County teens are in a lot of trouble after police say they started a brush fire with fireworks.

A Simi Valley Police officer saw smoke coming from the area of Barnard and Kadota Streets Wednesday afternoon.

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