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It’s a big week for some Ventura County high school students headed to places like Yale, UCLA, and USC.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 16 students in the county. 

The high school seniors were honored for their leadership and character in high school.  The Reagan Foundation has been awarding scholarships to college bound students in the county for nearly two decades.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the Central Coast which caused a scare Thursday afternoon.

The fire started in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley just before 1 p.m. Windy conditions quickly expanded the fire to about 60 acres.

As of 5 p.m., it was 50% contained. No homes were threatened. Investigators say a hay harvesting operation triggered the blaze.

As many as 60,000 people are expected to take part in a weekend long celebration of all things strawberry on the South Coast this weekend. But, there’s a lot to the top crop in the region than you probably don’t know.

Some new milestones have been reached in a cutting edge effort intended to help mountain lions and other wildlife safely cross Highway 101.

It’s an ambitious plan to create a freeway overpass between some wildlife corridors separated by eight lanes of freeway between Calabasas, and Agoura Hills.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s motorcycle officer was injured when his bike was hit by the car of a fleeing shoplifting suspect.

It happened just before 4 Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Home Depot on Market Place Drive in Goleta.

It was a big day Monday for cycling fans on the South Coast, with the nation’s largest pro cycling event coming to the region.

Tens of thousands of pro cycling fans lined South Coast highways, and streets for the 2018 edition of the Amgen Tour of California.

For nearly six weeks people around the world and around the country saw, and heard reports about the threat, and destruction caused by the Thomas Fire, and southern Santa Barbara County flooding.

While cleanup and recovery efforts continue, those images have stuck in some people’s minds, not a good thing for a region which relies on tourism.   The tourism industry effort is working to counter those perceptions, with a major marketing campaign.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office photo)

18 men were arrested, and 120 bales of marijuana were seized after a panga boat landed on the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the boat on a beach just east of Gaviota early Saturday morning.

The deputies stopped four vehicles in the area, arresting the 18 men, and seizing about 3,000 pounds worth of marijuana.

District Attorneys from four California counties met in Santa Barbara Friday to look at how they want to handle the trial of the man authorities think is a serial killer who terrorized parts of the state for more than a decade.

Joseph James DeAngelo is suspected of being the “Golden State Killer,” responsible for 12 murders, including four in Goleta and two in Ventura, plus more than 50 rapes.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Authorities are now identifying a teen they say went on a rampage with a SUV in Ventura County, intentionally hitting several vehicles and injuring two people, including a CHP officer.

A coalition of groups on the South Coast is trying a unique approach to dealing with the region’s lack of quality preschool care.

It’s helped open a series of new preschools, including the latest on a Boys and Girls Club campus.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Investigators are still trying to unravel what led to a man hitting several vehicles, and a CHP officer in Ventura County.

The incident started at about seven Thursday night, when a car hit some vehicles in a Camarillo neighborhood. CHP officers say the 18 year old driver left the scene and then returned, and apparently then tried to hit his parents.

The man accused of being a serial killer responsible for 12 slayings statewide is now facing four first degree murder charges in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney Joyce Dudley Thursday afternoon announced the new counts against the man believed to the “Golden State Killer.”

Music and words are being used this week to honor those who fought to protect people, and homes from the Thomas Fire and flooding, and to remember the losses.  The nearly 282,000 acre fire, and resulting flooding claimed dozens of lives, and caused billions in damage in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The Museum of Ventura County is hosting a special performance called “Out Of The Ashes: Healing In Story And Song.”

A South Coast military base is on alert, but it’s a big drill.

Naval Base Ventura County is holding a two day readiness exercise.

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