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Authorities are trying to figure out why an SUV drifted onto the wrong side of a Santa Barbara County highway, leading to a head-on crash which left three people dead.

A zoo is bringing the world’s top animal researchers to the South Coast to educate the community in a very unusual way. Science is melded with comedy to create a unique program for the public.

This is IMPROVology at the Santa Barbara Zoo where more than 100 people have gathered to learn science through improv comedy.

A South Coast city has pushed back the deadline for homeless people to vacate a hazardous waste site where they have been living, to try to give them more time to find a place to go.

A walk down a short little trail takes you to a unique new South Coast garden, with drought resistant plants which could be the future of landscaping in the region.

The remains of a young man from Santa Barbara County who disappeared in Yosemite National Park have been found.

Two Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are recovering from minor injuries they suffered in a confrontation with a man believed to be under the influence of drugs.

It’s a busy Saturday afternoon at one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular wineries.

Dozens of people surround a huge island in the main tasting room, sampling different wines. But nearly a dozen people are being herded into a back room, for a very different type of wine tasting experience. It’s a popular one of a kind, R rated event which goes way past the traditional buttery, toasty, and silky descriptions.

A little known non-profit group on the South Coast dedicated to preserving often overlooked parts of the region’s history has come up with an unusual way to raise money, and educate people at the same time.

Get out your crayons, marking pens, or paint brushes. The Santa Barbara Conservancy is introducing a coloring book made for adults, called “Coloring Santa Barbara.”

(Image courtesy Mike Peters/National Cartoonists Society)

Many of America’s favorite cartoonists joined forces on Thanksgiving to dedicate their strips to awareness about the ongoing impacts of the major disasters which have hit the United States in the last few months.

Now, original signed versions of the strips are being auctioned to benefit a Santa Barbara County based non-profit’s efforts to help the hurricane and Northern California fire victims.

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

Firefighters say they are making progress towards containing a 300 acre plus brush fire on the Central Coast.

The fire was discovered Friday morning on the north side of Vandenberg Air Force Base.  No structures have been reported damaged.  Base firefighters aided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department report that as of 1 p.m. Friday, they had 20% containment.

There's no word on what caused the fire, which is being called the Ensalada Fire.

The governor has issued a full and unconditional pardon for a Ventura County man who spent 39 years in prison after being convicted of a double murder in Simi Valley.

(Photo courtesy Squire Foundation)

A drive into the foothills above Santa Barbara, off of Highway 154 going up San Marcos Pass takes you into some elegant neighborhoods with large homes, and panoramic views. But, a turn down a street off of San Antonio Creek Road brings you to something truly different.

As you go down a steep driveway, you notice first one sculpture, and then another, and another. The home is called Via Maria. It’s a place where a little known, but unique non-profit which promotes the arts houses artists in residence.


It took four tries, but a a  rocket carrying a weather satellite into orbit has finally been launched from the Central Coast.

Technical glitches postponed the liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base twice in the last week, and high wind led to the mission being scrubbed for a third time.

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A launch team is hoping Saturday will be the day that a rocket carrying a weather satellite will finally be able to take off from the Central Coast.

Technical glitches postponed the liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base twice in the last week, and high wind led the mission being scrubbed for a third time. Right now, it appears everything is a “go” for a launch at 1:47 a.m. Saturday.

The longtime artistic director for a world famous music festival based in Ventura County has announced his retirement.

Thomas Morris will step down as Artistic Director for the Ojai Music Festival following the 2019 event, after 16 years at the event’s helm.

(Photo Courtesy Columbia Artists Management)

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, a conductor known for producing programs of his work is bringing some of that music magic to the our region.

“Bernstein On Stage” will be presented in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties this weekend, in a program headlined by the Thousand Oaks based New West Symphony.

A longtime Ventura County Supervisor says he’s planning to retire after completing his third term in office next year.

Peter Foy has represented the county’s Fourth District which includes Simi Valley, Moorpark, and other parts of eastern Ventura County since 2007.

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Authorities say they’ve solved a mysterious agricultural theft on the Central Coast involving thousands of packets of seeds.

Someone stole more than $20,000 worth of packaged broccoli seeds from a Nipomo farm.

The books that high school students are using in some Ventura County classrooms sparked a heated battle involving a school board, teachers, parents, and even some students.

Hundreds of people were on hand for what was a five hour Conejo Valley School Board meeting which turned into a five hour marathon, and ended with the passage of a controversial proposal to make changes in the way mature fiction, and non-fiction books are handled.

It’s just a few steps from a parking lot in the foothills of Montecito to what feels like a forest.

You are surrounded by beautiful, unusual plants. Even its name is exotic: Lotusland. This 37 acre horticultural wonderland is home to more than 3,000 tropical and subtropical plant species from around the world.  This week, work is officially getting underway to update one of the most popular, and historic parts of the garden.

(NASA Photo)

The planned launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County has been scrubbed for the third time in less than a week.

A Delta II rocket was just minutes from launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday morning when the liftoff was cancelled. The release of some pre-launch weather balloons detected strong upper level winds which made liftoff unsafe. Early Tuesday morning, a technical issue cancelled the launch.  The first launch attempt also was cancelled due to a technical problem last week.

Plans now call for a 1:47 a.m. Thursday launch, if the winds are reduced.

Ventura County is getting a new head of its library system, but it’s someone who is already a familiar face in the county.

The county is promoting Deputy Library Director Nancy Schram to the Director’s post. She’s been Deputy Director since 2016. Before that, she had nearly two decades of experience at libraries in Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles.

Schram was selected after a nationwide search, with more than 80 applicants.

(ULA photo)

The planned launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County early Tuesday morning was scrubbed due to a technical issue.

A Delta II rocket was just minutes from launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base when the liftoff was placed on hold.  Because there was a short, 62 second launch window beginning at 1:47 a.m., and not enough time to resolve the issue, the flight was postponed. 

(Lisa Russell Films)

It’s a long way from the streets of Ventura to places like Kenya, and Indonesia where Lisa Russell produces films about global healthcare efforts.

The Emmy Award winning health advocate admits it was a very long, and unplanned path to her very unusual job, which combines her interests in healthcare and storytelling. Russell grew up in Ventura, and this week is returning to Ventura County for the screening of her latest film.

A settlement between the California Coastal Commission and the owners of a massive 24,000 acre coastal ranch in Santa Barbara County over unpermitted development is being hailed as a big win for the public, with the deal calling for 36 acres of land being donated by the ranch to expand a popular coastal park.

(Photo by Paul Child)

Long before American had TV shows likes Top Chef, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, and entire gastronomical networks like “The Food Channel,” Julia Child pioneered the idea of cooking shows with “The French Chef.”

Child died in 2004, but the iconic chef, author, and TV show host who lived in Montecito for the final years of her life was a familiar face in the community. While she is gone, her legacy lives on, and part of it is being featured in a new book.

Photo by NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STSci)

Scientists have studied thousands of exploding stars – which are called supernovas – for hundreds of years. They’ve developed an understanding of how they work. But, now, astronomers on the South Coast have observed what they believe is a supernova doing strange things never seen before.  Their observations are challenging existing theories about supernovas.

The region’s airports are gearing up for a surge in Thanksgiving related travel, and so is Amtrak.

Extra cars are going to be added to Amtrak trains during the holiday week for Pacific Surfliner Services between San Diego, and San Luis Obispo. With space limited, reservations will be required to travel on the route from November 22nd through 26th, with tickets expected to sell out in advance of that week.

The sounds of football practice echo through a stadium in Ventura County. On one end of the field at William Rolland Stadium in Thousand Oaks, members of California Lutheran University’s football team practice a number of pass plays. On the other end, you see the back of a player, Number 49, practicing point after touchdown kicks, or PAT’s through the goal posts.  What's unusual is that it's not a he, it's a she.

It was Election Day in a South Coast city Tuesday, and a Santa Barbara City Councilwoman is the leader in the race to become the city’s next mayor.

Cathy Murillo has 27% of the vote in the field of five candidates for the post, while fellow council member Frank Hotchkiss is in second with 24% of the vote.