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A plan to replace an outdated fire station in Ventura County is moving ahead, after County Supervisors approved buying land from a church to build a new facility.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

Officials with a South Coast city say they are keeping a promise they made to voters who passed a half-cent sales tax, by committing to keep a once-closed fire station open for the next two decades.

This week, the Ventura City Council committed to fully staff the city’s Fire Station Four, on Telegraph Road for the next 25 years.

In 2010, city budget issues prompted the shutdown of the station.

The city later received federal grants to help reopen it.

A supervisor for a company which handles hazardous wastewater in Ventura County entered a guilty plea over charges stemming from an explosion at the facility.

Ventura County prosecutors say Kenneth Douglas failed to warn employees about dangerous chemicals at the Santa Clara Waste Water Company plant near Santa Paula. They say the Ventura man also tried to impede the investigation after the November, 2014 blast, by moving some chemicals to another site.

As part of the Whittier fire evacuation on Monday, a number of youth offenders were being moved from the upper Santa Ynez Valley Los Prietos boys' camp.

At State and Highway 154 in Santa Barbara, four youths jumped out of one van and two youths escaped another van.

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

Firefighters battling the two major brush fires burning in Santa Barbara County say its been a good day Tuesday, with cooler weather allowing them to make new inroads on both the Alamo, and Whittier Fires.

The 29,000 acre Alamo Fire northeast of Santa Maria is now 45% contained. The 10,800 acre Whittier Fire, south of Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Mountains is 25% contained. On the Whittier Fire, the end of the extreme fire conditions has made it safer for hand crews to get into more areas to build fire lines.

One of the most exciting players to come out of UC Santa Barbara, Alan Williams, is going to play for the Phoenix Suns on a regular basis.

The three year deal with the NBA team was reportedly for $17 million.

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

Firefighters made major progress on Monday in their efforts to contain a pair of huge brush fires in Santa Barbara County.

They were able to prevent new growth with the Whittier Fire, which is burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains south of Lake Cachuma.  The amount of acreage burned remained at just over 10,800 acres, while containment went from 5% to 25%.

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

It’s been a tough two days for Emma Bahsahbay.

The Winchester Canyon resident sums up her experience with the Whittier brush fire, which is burning in the mountains above her home, with an emotional two words: “I’m scared.”

Bahsahbay has lived in the rural canyon west of Goleta for three decades. On Saturday night, she looked out of the front yard of her home to see flames trying to work their way over the mountains from the blaze which started near Lake Cachuma.

An increased effort to determine who is growing marijuana, where they are growing it, and how much land is being used for that has revealed a fast-moving trend.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for assistance in the investigation of a car crash that claimed the lives of two Ventura teens.

The crash happened last Monday night on Gibraltar road above Santa Barbara at about 9:30 pm.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say a man who operated a statewide fire inspection scam which bilked more than 1200 victims out of more than $500,000 has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.

Robert Musich entered guilty pleas to 14 felony counts ranging from grand theft to forgery.

The West Covina man operated a business called Red Mountain Security and Fire Protection.

Red Mountain would bill businesses for fire equipment inspections which never took place, and the businesses would often automatically pay the invoices, thinking they were legitimate.

A fire near Carpinteria Tuesday morning damaged a home, while two dogs on the property were rescued.

The home near Toro Canyon was empty at the time, when housekeepers found the fire and called 911.

A vehicle with five people inside crashed over the side of a windy hillside road Monday night, killing two passengers and injuring three others.

The crash took place at around 9:30 on Gibraltar Road above Santa Barbara.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause.

There are ways to make your home more energy efficient. You can learn all about it at a workshop this week on the Central Coast. 

Santa Barbara County has a program called emPower that focuses on helping single-family homeowners achieve energy efficiency. Ashley Watkins with emPower says there are a lot of things you can do.

Tickets went on sale Friday for a Central Coast appearance for perhaps the biggest name in modern country music, and sold out in 30 seconds.

Garth Brooks is set to play at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles July 27th, with the nearly 15,000 tickets gone in moments. Brooks was overwhelmed by the fan response to his concern, and on Twitter said “Wow-30 seconds. Are you kidding me? That means I owe you another one!”

Trouble at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary last night resulted in injuries and a medical response

It was an alarming report of a major earthquake on the South Coast. It would have been a huge quake, one causing widespread damage.

Caltech sent out a report just before five last night of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake off the coast of Santa Barbara. But, there was no quake.

They were among those who put their lives on the line for American more than seven decades ago.

Now, a historian from the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans is in Ventura County this week to document their stories.

Despite California's rainy winter season, the city of Santa Barbara is planning water agreements and policies in case the drought is not over.

This area of the state was one of the last to remain in drought conditions, even though it's doing much better now than it was a year ago.

He’s a tiny little guy, just years old, but the Newbury Park boy has already spent more time in hospitals than most of us well in our lifetimes.

Three months ago, Pierce Kelly was your average little preschooler, full of enough energy to keep his mother Aubrey and father Tyler more than busy. All that changed in March, when Kelly became sick. Pierce had leukemia.

The city of Santa Barbara has a long list of marijuana-related issues on its agenda.

In an attempt to get ahead of state-issued licenses for the next year by implementing local controls.

Drivers are going to face new challenges in Santa Barbara near the waterfront, where thousands of cars will be detoured daily.

The Castillo Street underpass project is underway as of Monday.

A team of researchers has solved a huge mystery off the Santa Barbara County coastline that began a century ago, discovering the wreckage of a ship which sank in 1917.