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(Photo by Land Trust of San Luis Obispo County)

One of the most scenic ranches on the Central Coast, a place with sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, has now been protected from development forever.

The 1700 acre Hill Ranch northwest of San Luis Obispo is mostly pristine property with natural woodlands and a wide range of wildlife.

A new bill by a South Coast legislator intended to get more rapid mental health services for veterans has been passed by the State Assembly.

AB 2325 bans counties from denying mental aid to veterans because they might be covered the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

This coming Saturday is the day that letter carriers on the Central and South Coasts will be picking up more than your mail.

Carriers in the region are taking part in the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

An international relief group based on the South Coast is distributing more than a million dollars this week in aid to victims of Southern Santa Barbara County’s deadly 1/9 debris flow.

Direct Relief International established the 1/9 Victims fund to get direct aid to victims. Those being helped include the families of those who died, people who were hurt, and those who suffered property and economic losses.

(Photo courtesy Caltrans)

Demolition work is set to start next week on four Santa Barbara County bridges heavily damaged by the deadly January 9th storm which hit the region.

All of the bridges are on Highway 192 between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.  Caltrans officials say demolition work will start Monday on the Toro Canyon Bridge, followed by the Romero Canyon Creek, Arroyo Paredon, and Montecito Creek Bridges. 

It’s a quiet, soothing atmosphere as music plays in a small lingerie boutique on Santa Barbara’s Eastside.

But, for more than three months, the 400 square foot shop, Sheer Delights Lingerie & Accessories, was way too quiet for owner Natalia Govoni. Like many businesses, her store was hard hit by the double whammy of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flow.

Law enforcement agencies on the South Coast are urging you to keep your eyes open for burglars who are targeting eyeglass shops.

Simi Valley Police say there have been a number of break-ins in the region with thieves specifically going after designer eyeglass frames.

It was a sold out music event intended to help victims of Thomas Fire, and flood.

The totals are now in, and the word is the March 18th Santa Barbara Bowl event hosted by Jack Johnson raised more than $500,000 for non-profits helping disaster victims.

(Pool photo by Randy Pench, Sacramento Bee)

A judge ruled that a man accused of being a serial killer responsible for 12 murders, including six in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has to give additional DNA samples and other physical evidence. The decision came during the third court appearance for the 72 year old man accused of being the Golden State Killer.

A recall effort targeting the mayor of a South Coast city, and three city council members has apparently failed. Some vote by mail and provisional ballot have yet to be counted, but it appears the four Oxnard City Council members being challenged will retain their seats by significant margins.

This is a huge week for air travelers on the Central and South Coasts, with word that yet another airline is planning new service to the region.

On Tuesday, Frontier Airlines announced it would return to Santa Barbara Airport with regular service after leaving the market a few years ago.

Then Wednesday, Sun Country announced it will begin seasonal service from Santa Barbara to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The low cost carrier will offer Thursday and Sunday flights beginning in August.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Detectives say a chase which started when two teenagers stole a van from a group home on the Central Coast led to seven people being injured in a chain reaction traffic accident.

Investigators say it started at about 6:30 Tuesday morning, when one of the teens assaulted an employee at the Santa Maria facility, and the two stole the van. Law enforcement officers started chasing the vehicle southbound on Highway 101 until the van’s tires were damaged, and it became disabled in the center divider a few miles north of Gaviota.

An annual quarantine of mussels along the Central and South Coasts for recreational harvesters is now in effect.

The California Department of Public Health put the statewide quarantine in effect Tuesday. The concern is that there could be dangerous levels of toxins in the mussels which can cause paralysis, and even death.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

A teacher has been seriously injured by a chemical spill in the science room at a South Coast junior high school. The accident was at Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Junior High School.

There’s a happy ending to a story KCLU News first told you about a month ago. Not only does a homeless horse found during the Thomas Fire now have a home, it’s a celebrity home.