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State Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating the poisoning of more than a half dozen vultures in Ventura County, most of which have died.

Tests have shown that the turkey vultures became sick after eating the remains of some euthanized animals in the Simi Valley area.

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A planned satellite launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for at least four days because of the discovery of a faulty battery on board the rocket booster.

The United Launch Alliance had been planning to launch a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday with a NASA/NOAA satellite into orbit. Officials say the launch will now take place on Tuesday, November 14th at the earliest.

The largest spending mayoral race in one South Coast city’s history wraps up Tuesday.

Some $1.3 million dollars has been raised by the five candidates, and their supporters in the Santa Barbara mayor’s race. The fate of three city council seats will also be decided.

The City’s voters are dealing with one ballot measure, Measure C. The proposal calls for a one percent increase in the city’s sales tax, from 7.75 to 8.75 percent. Supporters say it would raise about $22 million dollars a year for needed infrastructure improvements the city currently can’t afford.

A proposal to create a one-stop center in Ventura County which would include medical and dental care through a free clinic, as well as the services of more than a dozen other non-profits could get final approval this week.

Ventura County supervisors are set to consider a plan Tuesday to lease a former county building complex in Simi Valley to the Free Clinic of Simi Valley.

It’s a day when tears are flowing in a Ventura County courtroom.

But, they aren’t tears of sorrow. They are tears of joy, because it’s adoption day.

(NRG Energy)

The fate of a controversial power plant proposed for the South Coast apparently could remain up in the air until well into 2018.

With some older power plants set to close in the next few years in Oxnard, NRG Energy has been seeking a California Energy Commission permit to build a new facility, the Puente Power Project,  at the oceanfront site. A coalition of groups opposes the plans because of environmental and social justice concerns.

A group of third grade students is digging through some mulch on Petty Ranch near Saticoy, as they learn how the topping helps keep precious moisture in the soil.

The students from Ventura’s Citrus Glenn Elementary School are visiting the ranch as part of a nearly decade old program to teach kids about Ventura County’s deep agricultural roots.  This weekend, the public will also get the chance to see some of the region's farms and ranches in person.

Keyana Kelly is busy at work under a popup tent on the Ventura College campus.

She’s using paint to make a T-shirt which will be part of a huge display. But, this isn’t an art project. It’s an opportunity for survivors of physical and mental violence and abuse to break their silence, and bear witness to what they’ve endured.

He’s an actor with a more than half century long career, which spans everything from movies like “El Dorado,” where he co-starred with John Wayne, to the comedy “Elf,” in which we played Santa in the film headlined by Will Ferrell.

But, actor Ed Asner is perhaps best known as the gruff TV news director who was boss to producer Mary Richards in the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Asner is being honored this weekend with the Ojai Film Festival’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Whooping cough is a dangerous disease that can be fatal, especially for infants. The concern is that the number of cases has dramatically increased over the last few decades. A scientist on the South Coast is doing groundbreaking research on whooping cough in hopes that it leads to stopping the spread of this harmful disease.

Zombies, or what look like zombies are gearing up to celebrate what becoming a Halloween tradition, which is people in costume around the world dancing at the same time to Michael Jackson’s hit song “Thriller.”

Groups throughout the Central and South Coasts are gearing up to take part in the global dance Saturday afternoon. But, some groups are busy doing flashmob versions early.

Composer John Biggs has created everything from choral works to symphonies, taught music, and was a Fulbright scholar.

So, this weekend, the Ojai man is celebrating his 85th birthday with a concert, and the premieres of three new works.

(Photo courtesy Amgen Tour of California)

The nation’s largest cycling race is going to return to the South Coast in 2018, but will bypass the Central Coast.

The Amgen Tour of California has announced its 11 host cities, and the seven stages of the race. Stage Two of the race will begin in Ventura, and end in Santa Barbara County, and include scenic Gibraltar Road. The exact details of the route haven’t been announced yet. It’s the first time Ventura has been a host city.

A magnitude 4.3 quake off the Santa Barbara County coastline rocked parts of the Central and South Coasts Thursday afternoon.

The quake occurred at 1:38 p.m., and was centered off the coast of Point Conception. The epicenter was in the ocean about 16 miles southwest of Lompoc.

There are no reports of injury or damage, but hundreds of people throughout the region reported feeling the temblor.

Some new technology at UC Santa Barbara inspired by nature may soon mean fewer trips to the dentist.

UC Santa Barbara researchers say the way ocean mussels bond to rocks, and other coastal surfaces to survive has shown them ways of creating longer lasting dental restoration work like crowns and implants.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Containment is now up to 82% on a brush fire which at one point closed a major highway in Ventura County.

The Vista Fire northwest of Ventura has burned just under 90 acres of land. No structures were damaged by the blaze, which was discovered just before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the hills near Foster Park.

(NRG Image)

A California Energy Commission committee is expected to hear a request by a company next week to suspend work on the firm’s application to build a controversial new power plant in Ventura County.

NRG Energy’s proposed Puente Power Project in Oxnard created a firestorm of opposition over environmental and social justice issues.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are continuing their efforts to fully contain a brush fire in Ventura County.

The acreage burned by the Vista Fire northwest of Ventura has been downsized to just under 90 acres, as a result of more precise mapping. No structures were damaged by the blaze, which was discovered just before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the hills near Foster Park.

More record to near record heat is in the forecast for the Central and South Coasts.

The heat wave and wind are expected to peak Wednesday, with a gradual cooling trend starting Thursday.

The big news is while the heat will be with us, it’s expected the Santa Ana winds will decrease as we move through the day, and we could even see the marine layer start to return to the coastline Wednesday night.

Inmates released from the main Santa Barbara County jail without money, or anywhere to go will again have transportation available to a safe place to spend the night.

The founder and longtime board member for a South Coast museum has died.

Michael Yee was a businessman, and restaurant owner who loved the arts.

Yee formed a non-profit group in 2008 to open a glass and sculpture museum in the Conejo Valley. He put up $75,000 dollars of his own money to get the idea started, but then joined forces with others in the community to support the creation of a regional art museum. The result is the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks.

A warning has been issued about multiple cases of distemper in wildlife on the South Coast, and are concerned it could impact pets.

It’s been found in some raccoons and foxes in the foothills of Southern Santa Barbara County.

She’s a comedian who’s appeared on everything from “The Tonight Show” to “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but for years she struggled with a darker side of her life.

Cathy Ladman’s mental health issues led to anorexia. The comedian headlining a benefit in Ventura County this weekend to combat mental illness...

A heat wave, wind, and Red Flag Alerts for increased fire danger are in the forecast for parts of the South Coast this weekend.

This a huge year for a Santa Barbara based peace group.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is part of a coalition of groups which created an international nuclear disarmament treaty, and won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s a nondescript house you probably wouldn’t give a second glance on a Thousand Oaks street.

But, the house is a unique place where terminally ill people have been coming for the support they need to die with peace, and dignity.  Now, because of financial issues, the critically needed community resource is preparing to close its doors.

(Image courtesy NRG)

There’s a significant new development over a controversial proposal to build a new power plant on the South Coast.

NRG Energy has asked the California Energy Commission to halt its review of the proposed Puente Power Project in Oxnard.

Some new legislation introduced in Congress would designate more than 240,000 acres of land on the Central and South Coasts as wilderness to give it additional protection.

South Coast Zoo Gets Cute (And Rare) New Residents

Oct 16, 2017
(Santa Barbara Zoo photo)

There’s a tiny mammal that’s been disappearing around the world, but now there’s a few more of them thanks to a South Coast zoo.

Three Asian small-clawed otters were born at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It’s part of a breeding program by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The otters are not listed as endangered, but their population is near that level.  They are found in Southeast Asia, but the problem is they have been victims of loss of habitat, and hunting.  The otters spend most of their time on land, and live in extended family groups.

Photo by Las Cumbres Observatory

An astronomical phenomenon that has been a theory for years has finally been proven. Astronomers on the South Coast were part of an international group of researchers that observed this incredible cosmic event.