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.

The monster heat wave you’ve been hearing about for the last few days is going to hit full strength Tuesday.

Highs will be in the 90 degree range on the coast, to around 110 inland. The Central Coast will have a little bit of onshore flow, so it will be slightly cooler than the South Coast.

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

Fire investigators say two potentially dangerous brush fires in Santa Barbara County last week were both accidentally started by vehicles.

The Cruces Fire started midday Wednesday next to Highway 1 about three miles west of the Highway 1-101 interchange.  It burned nearly 80 acres of brush.  The fire closed a section of Highway 1 for more than five hours, and briefly threatened some ranches. 

Veterans in California may find it easier to get mental health assistance, after the Governor signed into law a bill from a Ventura County legislator.

AB 2325 prevents California’s counties from denying mental or behavioral health serves to veterans.

One woman is dead, and a second was seriously injured after they stopped to help victims of a traffic collision in Ventura County, and were struck themselves by a hit and run driver.

An SUV veered off of East Pleasant Valley Road in Oxnard Sunday night and hit a tree. The driver fled the scene, leaving behind a passenger who had suffered minor injuries. People in a second SUV stopped to help.

Moments later, a third SUV approached the scene, and hit the good Samaritans.

The U.S. Secretary of State minced no words in a speech in Ventura County focused on Iran and its current government, at one point comparing its leadership to the Mafia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Sunday night was called “Supporting Iranian Voices.”

It was part of a ping pong series of statements about U-S/Iranian relations which during a 24 hour period would involve the President of Iran and President Trump.

A heat wave which could lead to near record to record high temperatures for the Central and South Coasts is underway.

It’s not expected to be quite as hot as the heat wave earlier this month, but highs could be in the upper 80’s to low 90’s on the coast. The valleys and foothills could be in the upper 90’s to around 105 degrees.

Santa Barbara County’s annual crop report is now out, and it shows despite some losses from the Thomas Fire, the numbers are still up substantially.

The county’s crops hit $1.59 billion dollars in 2017, up $163 million dollars from 2016.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a 110 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

A tow truck driver has been sentenced to two years in prison for a fatal hit and run collision in Ventura County which left a teenage boy dead.

Hermin Martin Trujillo Henderson was driving eastbound on Telegraph Road in Ventura when he struck Jonathan Hernandez at the Saticoy Avenue intersection. The 14 year old boy died at the scene.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters now say they have 20% containment of a 100 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger, but residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.

A man authorities say shot himself to death in the bathroom of a South Coast beauty salon may be a wanted serial bank robber.

A man armed with a gun robbed a Goleta bank just before 11 this morning. A few minutes later, a man showed up at a salon on the 100 block of Carlo Drivea and asked to use a restroom. When he failed to come out, employees called 911.

A historic Santa Barbara County church which was built in the 1890’s has been damaged, after a car smashed into it.

It happened at about 12:30 Friday morning, in Los Olivos. CHP officers say a car speeding northbound on Santa Barbara Avenue, near Alamo Pintado failed to stop at a stop sign, and plunged into Los Olivos Baptist Church. The building suffered major damage.

The 22 year old Solvang woman driving the car suffered some minor cuts. She was arrested on a DUI charge.

A brush fire has burned more than 30 acres of brush in central Santa Barbara County Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton.  The blaze is burning in light grass, and no structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

However, residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.  Firefighters are using aircraft in their efforts to contain the blaze.  There's no word on the cause yet.

A Central Coast community is getting a major grant for work to help reduce future flooding from rainfall.

FEMA has awarded the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District $3 million dollars to do work on the Arroyo Grande Creek flood plain.

(Photo by Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters say it’s taking a little longer than expected to get full containment of a 70 plus acre brush fire on the Central Coast, but they say they are getting close.

The Cruces fire begin just before noon Wednesday off of Highway 101, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange. It forced the shutdown of Highway 1 for about six hours, and led to brief evacuation of some nearby ranches.

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