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(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.

A teenage boy and a man are in custody after what Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say was a failed robbery attempt at a Newbury Park drug store which lead to some lockdowns at nearby schools.

Investigators say a teen wearing a mask, and carrying a gun entered the store on the 400 block of Reino Road just after 8:30 this morning. But, the would-be robber apparently became spooked when a customer walked into the store, and he fled. Seven nearby public schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.

The main route to and from downtown Santa Barbara could have a new look.

The State Street underpass in Santa Barbara was the focus of the town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

Artists, architects, transportation officials and residents were all coming up with suggestion to change the look of the concrete walls and walkways.

Some of the suggestions include more lighting, wider bike lanes, fewer cars, more art, and also different ambient sounds like dolphins, whales, and waves.

The city is considering ideas and their next steps.

It was one of the worst fires on record on the South Coast.

The Tea Fire burned an estimated 210 homes nine years ago this week.

(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.

The northbound lanes of Highway 101 in the Santa barbara area have reopened after two vehicles crashed in what's being called called a drag racing incident Wednesday night.

The 101  closure was south of Las Positas Road.

Anticipating a large budget deficit of about $20 million, Santa Barbara County is looking toward a new revenue stream: cannabis.

Marijuana growers have about 250 registered sites now in the county.

While many people were enjoying Halloween or the Dodger game Tuesday night, Santa Barbara police raced to a Verizon store on upper State Street after a takeover holdup.

Employees were herded into the back room, and reports are that two bags of phones were taken along with cash.

Santa Barbara Police used two shots from a beanbag rifle on a man running from a stolen vehicle Monday.

The vehicle was spotted near Las Positas and the driver took off at a high speed southbound on the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol has used phone video to identify, track down and arrest a man involved in a freeway shooting in Santa Barbara. 

The shooting took place Monday afternoon.

The response time from a 911 call could be improved with new technology in Santa Barbara County, in a plan revealed to the Santa Barbara City Council Tuesday.


Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found floating in the water at a South Coast harbor.

The body of a man was spotted just after 7:30 Monday morning at Santa Barbara Harbor.

Harbor Patrol officers recovered the body from the water near the Sea Landing walkway. There’s no word yet on the identity of the man. Foul play is not suspected.

Smoke, flames and explosions shook up old town Goleta Monday night just after 7.

A fire broke out in vegetation near a business in the 5800 block of Hollister Avenue near Orange.

A two month crackdown on human trafficking in Santa Barbara County has led to 12 arrests.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Barbara County DA’s Office, Lompoc Police, and the FBI took part in a pair of sting operations in Lompoc.

Smoke and flames along a Summerland cliff near Highway 101 brought out the fire department Monday morning.

A burning homeless camp was the source of the flames, off the highway toward the ocean.

"Inferno Hits Santa Barbara County"

Oct 10, 2017

A massive wildfire hit Santa Barbara County in July of 2017, burning more than 18,000 acres, trapping hundreds of people, destroying 16 homes and threatening thousands of houses before it was fully contained.

KCLU was on the air an hour after the fire started, and provided extensive coverage even though the blaze was  75 miles from the station's main studios (but well within our coverage area).  During the first 16 hours. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on the air with regular updates.

This is the September 14th, 2017 8 p.m. newscast on KCLU.  The TRT is 2:10

KCLU is the NPR station serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  The station produces 10 daily newscasts, as well as a daily long-form (3:00-4:00) news story.

We have a staff of one full time newsperson, plus part-time morning and evening anchors, and a part-time weekend anchor/reporter.

Rundown for newscast:

1) Missing hiker

2) 101 Freeway wildlife crossing

3) Edible marijuana legislation

4) Veterans benefits

Three people from the South Coast are now among the confirmed dead from the Las Vegas shooting rampage Sunday.

On Monday, authorities confirmed that popular school staff member Susan Smith of Simi Valley died as a result of the attack.  She leaves behind a husband, and two adult children. 

Officials at the site of the Las Vegas shooting have not released a complete list of casualties, but family members confirmed Tuesday morning that Denise Cohen of Carpinteria and Derrick "Bo" Taylor of Oxnard were among those killed.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a small but very visible fire in San Marcos Pass over the weekend.

The quick fight against the fire began Saturday at about 3 p.m. The fire was controlled later on in the evening.

It’s a beautiful, undeveloped slice of land in the mountains above Carpinteria,  There are rare plants, and incredible views in what’s called Hay Hill, in the Toro Canyon area.

Now, through a unique deal, more than 80 acres of this property will be preserved forever.

The UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast is showing indicators that local planners may be interested in for upcoming decisions.

The forecast was presented in an open session this week.

The Montecito Motor Classic brought out some very rare cars Sunday on Coast Village Road.

The event was a fundraiser for the police activities league, which puts police and children together to take part in positive activities.

It also supports the police foundation for police officer support programs.

All Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies have been carrying a special nasal spray to help save the lives of drug overdose victims.

Recently, in response to a Goleta man who was experiencing an overdose, a Narcan nasal device was used.

Fire crews raced to the Santa Barbara Riviera Monday afternoon, when brush caught fire near Cleveland Elementary School on Alameda Padre Serra.

The area burning was small but was close to portable buildings on the campus.

(Photo from John Palminteri)

An inferno ripped through a laundromat in Santa Barbara, destroying it early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called at 2 a.m. Monday to a blaze on the 1900 block of De La Vina Street.  They discovered there was no one in the building, but flames were shooting from the building.

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

The Central and South Coasts had a spectacular overnight show Sunday into Monday courtesy of Mother Nature, as thunderstorms brought lightning, and locally heavy rainfall to parts of the region.

There were concerns about the potential for flash flooding in areas hit by recent brush fires, but no major problems were reported. But, some areas had more than a third of an inch of rain.

The possibility of thunderstorms remains in the weather forecast for Monday.

(Photoby Barry Weiss)

A unique new dance opera about the life of an acclaimed, but little known author from the 1920’s is premiering in Santa Barbara this weekend, after being performed in France, where the writer lived.

Strawberries are the biggest cash crop on the Central and South Coasts.

Now, a university in the region has received a major grant to try to identify types of strawberry plants which are more disease resistant.

An Isla Vista apartment house will be going through renovations as erosion threatens the side of the building facing the ocean on a 40-foot cliff.

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