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A South Coast museum has received $1.8 million dollars in new contributions towards its $50 million dollar renovation project.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is in the middle of a project to do seismic retrofitting, as well as renovating and expanding its State Street complex. The project includes the addition of two new galleries.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Deputies say they’ve made a drug bust which wasn’t large scale compared to some others in Santa Barbara County. But, what makes it very unusual is where they made it. It was in the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Gas powered leaf blowers are important time and labor saving tools for landscaping and maintenance crews. But, they are also major sources of air and noise pollution. Now, one Ventura County community is taking a cutting edge approach to the pollution problem.

It’s been a tough few months for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in the wake of the Thomas Fire, the Montecito debris flow, and most recently the Holiday brush fire north of Goleta. But, people in the region are getting a welcome distraction from the difficult times this week. The Ventura County Fair and Santa Barbara Barbara’s Old Spanish Days both kicked off Wednesday.  

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A woman has been arrested on an arson charge in the wake of a brush fire in eastern Ventura County. The fire was discovered just after 9 a.m. Wednesday off of Tapo Canyon Road north of Simi Valley. The blaze moved quickly through brush in rugged terrain. Firefighters stopped the growth of the fire in less than two hours, and were focused on mopup work by midday.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fast moving brush fire in eastern Ventura County.

The fire was discovered just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, off of Tapo Canyon Road north of Simi Valley. The blazed moved quickly through brush in rugged terrain. Firefighters stopped the growth of the fire in less than two hours, and were focused on mopup work by midday.

Ventura County’s agricultural industry remained strong in 2017, but showed a slight dip in overall value. The industry generated nearly $2.1 billion dollars in revenue last year. That’s down four tenths of a percent from 2016.

Did you know that porcupines can float? Or, how about this. Croquet was once actually an Olympic sport, during the 1900 games. Those are some of the fun and obscure facts highlighted in a new museum exhibition in Ventura County called “Did You Know: 500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind!”

(City of Oxnard photo)

A South Coast city is continuing its efforts to deal with the discoloration of some ocean water which alarmed area residents.

Some of the water in the Channel Islands Harbor area started having a brown coloration a few weeks ago. Nearby residents were worried it might be some type of pollution.

It’s fair time on the South Coast. The 2018 Ventura County Fair opens August 1st. It’s the 143rd annual fair, and features exhibits, entertainment, all kinds of food, and of course carnival rides.

A little girl uses a small knife to turn what was a cardboard box into a new creation.

In fact, there are about 20 first and second grade children at Santa Barbara’s Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, better known as MOXI, giving new life to recycled cardboard.  They are having fun while learning about engineering at the same time.

Work officially gets underway Monday on a new 90 unit complex on the South Coast intended to help low income senior citizens.

The Gardens On Hope project in Santa Barbara is specifically designed to support frail seniors, and will have services like meal service and housekeeping.

(Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)

A military missile test launch is planned for the Central Coast early Tuesday morning.

The Air Force is planning to launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which runs from 12:01 to 6:01 a.m. 

In a giant tank at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, people are getting an eye to eye look at some giant fish. They are Giant Sea Bass. The endangered fish are the focus of a new research project involving the aquarium and UC Santa Barbara.

A fund to help undocumented South Coast residents recover from the financial impacts of the Thomas Fire and flood has received a big boost.

The Ventura County Community Foundation has donated $500,000 to the 805 UndocuFund. The UndocuFund has raised more than $1.2 million dollars since its creation.

The idea is to help undocumented immigrants and their families who are ineligible for conventional government relief in the wake of the two related disasters.

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