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Santa Barbara County provides law enforcement services for four cities in the county, and a new study shows that the county is actually subsidizing some costs.

County Sheriff’s Deputies serve Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang, which don’t have their own police departments.

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

With the 4th of July almost at hand, firefighters on the Central and South Coasts are worried about the potential for brush fires sparked by fireworks.

Steve Swindle is with the Ventura County Fire Department. Fireworks are illegal in Ventura County, and Southern Santa Barbara County, with the exception of so called safe and sane fireworks in the City of Fillmore.


Some South Coast researchers are trying to figure out something you’ve probably never thought about, and are reaching into space to find answers. How does sediment in waterways and oceans move, and come together? An experiment designed by some UC Santa Barbara researchers to look at that question was onboard a rocket launched from Florida Friday morning, carrying a payload of supplies to the International Space Station.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has finalized cleanup plans for a more than four decade old toxic waste site in Santa Barbara County. The EPA developed a five year, $60 million dollar plan to remove contaminated soil and groundwater from the Casmalia Superfund site.

The 250 acre facility southwest of Santa Maria was a commercial hazardous waste management facility in the 1970’s and 80’s. An estimated 5.6 billion pounds of wastes were sent to the site until it was shut down in 1989.

The end result was contaminated air, soil, surface water, and groundwater.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

Three men have been arrested after Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they broke up a cockfighting operation.

Authorities received word that there might be a cockfighting ring operating in the Oak View area.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters have finished mopup work at the scene of a brush fire in Ventura County which caused a lot of concern, but ultimately was stopped before it could cause damage.

The fire broke out just after four p.m. Wednesday off of Olsen Road in Simi Valley. It was on a hillside just southwest of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which caused a big scare in Ventura County.

The 20 plus acre fire broke out just after 4 p.m. Wednesday off of Olsen Road in Simi Valley, just west of Wood Ranch Parkway.

In the mountains just east of Fillmore, a little known team of firefighters is preparing some slopes for the possibility of a brush fire. When you think of firefighters, you think of the men and women with fire trucks, hoses, and shovels, and those who battle blazes from the air. But, this team of Ventura County firefighters includes three heavy equipment operators, and support crews, who use bulldozers to help stop the flames.

A historic mission on the South Coast is getting an incredible gift.

A couple is donating a million dollar reproduction of one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, the Pieta at St. Peter’s Basilica to Mission San Buenaventura.

Officials say they still don’t know what’s led to some ocean water discoloration in the Oxnard area, but say initial tests show there is nothing hazardous in the water for humans.

City of Oxnard officials say bacteriological tests show there the water is clear of coliform and E. Coli, things usually associated with sewage issues. But, other test results for nutrients which might cause algae growth are still incomplete.

Residents and visitors to the Channel Islands Harbor area first noticed water had a dirty brown color to it about two weeks ago.

A Central Coast city is moving ahead with a major program to improve its most heavily used street.

Pismo Beach will reconstruct 18 blocks of Shell Beach Road. It’s in the city’s downtown area.

(Ventura County Office Of Education image)

It’s a diagnosis no parent wants to hear. Trevor Jenkins parents heard it while he was still a pre-schooler.

He is on the autism spectrum.

Jackie Jenkins says while hearing her son had autism was hard, the early diagnosis was a good thing, because children do much better when there is early intervention.

The Camarillo family is lucky in another way. Unlike many areas around the country, Ventura County has a specialized school for children on the autism spectrum.

(Ventura Police Department photo)

Federal prosecutors say a Ventura County man admitted impersonating an ICE agent.

Prosecutors say Farad Bell of Simi Valley entered a guilty plea to one count of false impersonation of a federal officer in connection with a 2017 incident.

Dozens of Vietnam veterans are busy on the front lawn of the Ventura County Government Center, assembling a tribute to their friends in uniform who paid the ultimate price for the country.

The Moving Wall is a 256 foot long, half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Like the national memorial, it contains the names of the more than 58,000 American who died in the conflict.

The Ventura County Public Health Department is investigating two recently discovered cases of tuberculosis in the county.

Health officials say a member of 24 Hour Fitness at Riverpark in Oxnard was diagnosed with TB. They are working to identify people who may have been at the gym at the same time as the infected person between March and early this month. Experts say there is currently no danger of becoming infected by visiting the fitness center.