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It’s a musical about an incredible, but little known jazz legend whose career spans six decades, with an unusual pause in the middle. “Cookin’ at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter” tells Hunter’s amazing story.

Marion Caffey wrote, choreographed, and directs the two woman show, which opens this week in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff easily won re-election in the June primary. Bill Brown received about 54% of the vote, defeating two members of his staff who had challenged him.

Another Santa Barbara County incumbent who faced a challenger, Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Joe Holland, had an even easier time of it, being re-elected with 88% of the vote.

Simi Valley’s Mayor appears to be on track to be the newest member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

Preliminary numbers show Bob Huber received about 54% of the vote to represent the County’s Fourth District.

Three incumbent members of Congress who represent parts of the Central and South Coasts easily made it through the June primary.

24th District Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara received about 53% of the votes tallied for his district. He’ll face Republican Justin Fareed in November, who received about 37% of the vote.

Sunny skies and warm weather are here, with the first day of summer just a few weeks away. It’s good news for campers and beachgoers. But, it’s also good news for some pesky Central and South Coast residents, in the form of mosquitoes. Mosquito season has arrived.

It was June 4th, 1968, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy had just won the California Presidential primary.

The biggest victory of his career would turn to tragedy minutes later, when Kennedy was shot, and fatally wounded as he was leaving the Los Angeles ballroom where he made his victory speech. That night is history for most of us, but for a Ventura journalist, it’s a memory.

DNA tests confirm some recently found human remains on the Central Coast are those of a man who disappeared two years ago, and that he appears to have been a murder victim.

Jared Jay Walters was reported missing to Atascadero Police in February of 2016. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives received information that the 38 year old man might be dead, and that his remains were on some property outside of Santa Margarita.

The Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to take a dip in the ocean and Central and South Coast beaches.

But, the ocean at one of the most popular beaches in Santa Barbara County is going to remain closed.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is raising questions about the safety of some dams in and adjacent to the county.

The report looked at data on more than 20 dams, and says four dams have existing or potential deficiencies.

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Firefighters stopped a fire burning in a Ventura County apartment complex before it could spread to other units.

The blaze was reported at about 11 a.m. Tuesday on the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue.

In a back room at the Goleta Valley Library, four volunteers are busy putting new bar codes on books.

This is a big time for the Fairview Avenue institution. As of June 30th, the Library is leaving the Santa Barbara County Library System, and becoming independent.

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.