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A woman struck and killed by a passenger train on the South Coast is now being identified.

Ester Lopez de Reyes died after she was hit by a northbound Amtrak train near the Goleta train station Wednesday afternoon. The train was already slowing as it approached the train station, but the crew was unable to stop in time after seeing the 65 year old woman on the tracks.

Investigators are trying to determine how she ended up in the path of the train.

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Investigators are trying to figure out why a car jumped onto Highway 101 in Ventura County going the wrong direction early Thursday morning, causing a head on crash which killed three people.

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A 36-page draft report of interested cannabis growers has been released by Santa Barbara County. 

A public meeting held Wednesday went over many details. 

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They’re cute and friendly looking, with furry faces which make them look like a cross between a cat and dog.

Still, the raccoons which rummage through trash cans and snack on pet food left outside may be exposing you to a little-known type of roundworm, which can cause serious health problems for people.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department needs more K-9 units and an effort is underway to add two new dog deputies to the team.

The name "Project Deputy Dog" has been given to the effort by the non-profit public Sheriff's Benevolent Posse.

This public benefit corporation, made up of non-law enforcement volunteers, buys gear and offers support that is not normally in the annual budget.

For more than a century, a South Coast museum has been the centerpiece of Ventura County's historic and cultural heritage.

The Museum of Ventura County has more than 180,000 items ranging from pieces from the county’s history, to works by artists.

However, the museum is facing a major financial crisis. It’s seeking government and community help to survive.

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It’s a piece of ocean bluff with a multi-million dollar view of the Santa Barbara Channel in Santa Barbara. It’s also a weed-strewn chunk of land off of Santa Barbara’s Shoreline Drive that’s hemmed in by a chain link fence.

Dennis Thompson is a Santa Barbara Mesa resident, who’s an architect. He’s part of a non-profit group called Mesa Architects, which is made up of people who work in the field and want to improve the Mesa area.

Thompson says the group’s latest project is try to turn the scraggly fenced-in field next to La Mesa Park into a scenic ocean overlook.

A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train in Goleta on Thursday.

The train conductor said he honked his horn several times prior to the afternoon collision.

The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures.

Still, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames.

One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stagecoach stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.

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California State University trustees have approved a plan for more residential development at a South Coast campus.

Cal State Channel Islands wants to expand its University Glen community.

Plans call for 54 homes, 66 townhouses, and 480 apartments.

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The Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines are home to a one of a kind National Park.

Channel Islands National Park includes unique islands, some rare animal and plant life, as well as the special marine habitat. But, also off the coastline is a lesser known preserve. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a 1400 square mile protected marine environment off the coast. It’s one of 14 federally designated marine protected areas.

But, it’s also on President Trump’s list of protected national monuments and sanctuaries he wants reviewed for their status, with an eye towards opening some for development of their natural resources.

A plan to replace an outdated fire station in Ventura County is moving ahead, after County Supervisors approved buying land from a church to build a new facility.

Motorcycles have been a symbol of the open road in the United States for decades. 

Who can forget the movie which put them on the radar of many people, Easy Rider? Still, many motorcycle fans don’t know that one of the top collections of vintage bikes in the Western U.S., if not the nation, is right here in our backyard.

The Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located in Solvang, a place best known for its Danish flavor.

Crews from Pacific Gas and Electric are working to repair damaged power lines in areas hit by the Whittier Fire, south of Lake Cachuma.

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

As firefighters gear up for the possibility of strong sundowner winds which could impact the Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County, some new evacuation orders were issued midday Friday.

The evacuation orders have been issued for an area on the south side of the Whittier Fire. It includes all of Winchester Canyon Road excluding the community of Wagon Wheel, Langlo Ranch Road and Winchester Commons west to El Capitan Ranch Road.

Also, the order impacts Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo from Winchester Canyon Rd on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west. Firefighters are moving additional equipment into the rural area because of concerns about potential sundowner winds Friday night.

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