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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.

(ETC Photo by David Bazemore)

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.