Ventura County

Dozens of Ventura County middle and high school girls spent a large part of their weekend doing computer coding. 

The Ventura County Office of Education organized this Hackathon by the Sea that took place Friday evening and all day Saturday at its education center in Moorpark. It was geared towards getting girls excited about computer science.

Photo by A. Engstrom

Climate change is expected to cause sea level rise, which could severely impact the California coast. The County of Ventura is encouraging residents to be prepared. 

The coastal areas are already vulnerable to storms.

There’s something new that promotes literacy at parks in Ventura County.

Some people come to Camino Real Park in Ventura to play basketball. Others come for baseball. And now there’s another reason to stop by the park.

“It’s a little library. It’s a little free place for people to drop things off and pick up some cool treasures,” says Julie Morris of Ventura.

A Ventura County supervisor wants the county to support federal gun control efforts.

County Supervisor Steve Bennett is asking fellow supervisors to endorse efforts for stronger federal laws.

Authorities are investigating a crash in Ventura County that killed one woman and severely injured two other women.

The California Highway Patrol says it happened around 5:30 Saturday evening on Highway 101 just north of Padre Juan Canyon near Faria Beach.

Photo by Ventura County Public Works Agency

A new water pipeline is bringing millions of gallons of recycled water to a South Coast city.

The Ventura County Public Works Agency has recently completed a two-mile recycled water pipeline and booster pump station.

More than 100 high school students pulled an all-nighter this weekend to do computer coding.

The Ventura County Office of Education hosted its first Hackathon By the Sea at its conference center in Camarillo where students did coding projects that included creating websites, apps and games.

Photo by Ventura County Library System

A new branch of the Ventura County Library is opening this weekend.

The new east side library is located in Ventura on Hill Road across from the Ventura County Government Center.

Nancy Schram, with the County Library System, says the Wright Library that was near Ventura College closed in 2009.

Authorities are trying to unravel what led to a murder that's rocked a normally quiet Ventura County community.

A man was shot and killed in a condominium complex in Newbury Park.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 500 block of Avenida del Platino just after 11 Friday night about reports of shots being heard, and the body of a man lying in a street. The name of the victim hasn’t been released yet, but investigators say he was from Thousand Oaks.

Photo by VCTC

A new bus service that’s launching this week will help connect Ventura County’s eastern and western areas. 

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is opening the East-West Connector on Friday.

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Two people had a brush with death when the light plane they were in crashed after takeoff in Ventura County.

The plane had just lifted off from Santa Paula Airport at around 2 p.m. Sunday when it apparently had engine problems. The plane crash landed in the Santa Clara River bottom, flipping over on impact.

The vintage biplane suffered heavy damage, but the two people on board were able to get out of the aircraft by themselves. No serious injuries were reported.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A body found near a hiking trail may be that of a South Coast man who has been missing for a week.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials say 65-year-old Clyde Miller hasn’t been seen since June 17th, and his disappearance was reported to the department on Thursday.

Ventura County launched a nationwide search for a new Chief Public Defender, but it found the person it ultimately hired from its current ranks.

Todd Howeth has been a criminal defense attorney since 1984, and has been serving as Ventura County’s Assistant Public Defender. He will succeed Steve Lipson, who retired this month after more than three decades with the county Public Defender’s Office, including the last seven as Chief Public Defender.

The Public Defender’s Office has more than 50 attorneys, as well as support staff.

One person has been confirmed dead in a plane crash on the South Coast.

A light plane went down just before noon Thursday between Ventura and Santa Barbara, near Emma Wood State Beach. An eyewitness who called 911 told authorities that he saw what appeared to be parts of a plane falling from the sky.

Photo by FEMA

Some South Coast homeowners may soon be forced to purchase flood insurance as federal officials create new coastal flood maps.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has used new technology and data to create revised draft flood maps for the Ventura County coast.

Sergio Vargas with the County Watershed Protection District says some properties have been removed from the floodplain while other properties have been included for the first time.