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Summer school is in session at a Ventura County school. But, what makes this class so unusual is that some teachers are the students, and some middle and high school students are the teachers. The students are showing a half dozen teachers how to use some custom made carts which are at the center of this unique educational effort.

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He wasn’t moonwalking like Michael Jackson, but an elephant which once lived at the late pop singer’s ranch in Santa Barbara County was definitely putting on some moves over the weekend.

“Ali” the bull elephant took advantage of a gate which was accidently left open in his enclosure at the Jacksonville, Florida zoo Sunday.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A highway in Ventura County was shut down for hours by a tractor-trailer rig fire, causing some big traffic tieups.

A big rig carrying roofing materials caught fire on Highway 118 near Somis just before one Friday afternoon. The highway had to be closed near Mesa School Road. Firefighters knocked down the fire in about a half hour.

No one was hurt. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire. It led to some big traffic backups in the area. The highway finally reopened at about 5 p.m.

Officials with a state program say they’ve completed cleanup of debris from more than 600 properties in Ventura County impacted by the Thomas Fire.

CalRecycle officials say they’ve removed more than 270,000 tons of debris from just over 670 properties.

The numbers are frightening: One in eight women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s expected 266,000 women will be newly diagnosed in 2018. But, it’s not just women who are at risk.

(National Park Service photo)

The remains of a man who died some 10,000 years ago have been returned home to the South Coast island which was his home.

A man researchers call “Tuqan Man” died, and was buried on San Miguel Island. In 2005, some archaeologists surveying a historic site in the islands found the remains exposed in a gully.

Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in eastern Ventura County which burned close to some homes.

The fire was discovered just after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon in a rugged canyon behind Arroyo Vista Street, north of Highway 101 in Newbury Park.

Detectives are being very tight lipped about an armed robbery which targeted a marijuana growing facility in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say four armed men confronted a security guard at the Carpinteria area facility early Saturday morning, and held him at gunpoint.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A fire at a South Coast elementary school is now being called arson, and a boy has been arrested.

A fire alarm went off just after seven a.m. Monday at Cypress Elementary School, in Newbury Park.  Ventura County firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the school’s auditorium.

Another year of drought means we’re all once again being asked to conserve.

But, it’s not as easy for farmers on the Central and South Coasts, who need to use groundwater to supplement scarce rainfall. In Ventura County, hundreds of farmers are taking part in a unique water market program.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire at a Ventura County elementary school.

The blaze was reported at about seven a.m. Monday at Cypress Elementary School in Newbury Park.

Some firefighters on the Central and South Coast are starting inspections later this week to insure that brush has been properly cleared around homes and other structures in brush fire risk zones.

Santa Barbara County firefighters will begin checks starting Friday.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo from Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte' Marrow)

Six people are recovering from an ordeal in the ocean off the South Coast. They were on board a 36 foot long boat which sank off the coast of Ventura County.

Even though the Trump Administration is proposing to open parts of the California coastline to new oil exploration, a Santa Barbara congressman is pushing for more protections.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal is urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to follow up on a proposal to create the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

Despite all the attention focused on the June primary election in California, and the millions spent on ads, voter turnout was very low.

The latest numbers show a 22% voter turnout statewide. Out of 19 million registered voters, 4.1 million cast ballots.