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April 18, 1991 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High levels of radon--a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer--have been found in Santa Barbara--the first time widespread amounts of the gas have been discovered in a California residential neighborhood, state Health Director Kenneth Kizer said Wednesday. Isolated cases of high radon levels have been found in some California neighborhoods, but this is the first time a "hot spot" has been found in the state, Kizer said.
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April 18, 1991 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High levels of radon--a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer--have been found in Santa Barbara--the first time widespread amounts of the gas have been discovered in a California residential neighborhood, state Health Director Kenneth Kizer said Wednesday. Isolated cases of high radon levels have been found in some California neighborhoods, but this is the first time a "hot spot" has been found in the state, Kizer said.
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October 14, 1985
Residents living near the Casmalia Resources toxic dump site will get the chance to voice their opinions and complaints about the controversial facility at a state hearing next week. State and Santa Barbara County health officials, as well as representatives of Casmalia Resources, will be on hand to discuss the handling of the facility at Thursday's hearing at Lakeview Junior High School auditorium. The Casmalia Board of Supervisors has received more than 200 complaints from residents.
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March 20, 1991 | JANE HULSE
AIDS Care, an agency in Ventura County devoted to helping people with AIDS, has hired Reese Welsh as its first executive director. Until recently, Welsh served as an AIDS educator and counselor at Santa Barbara County Health Care Services. He has lived in Ventura County for five years and has been involved with AIDS Care for most of that time. Welsh, a former Peace Corps health worker in South America, has worked extensively with Spanish-speaking people in Ventura County.
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November 10, 1990
A sewage spill Friday closed a small part of Mission Bay, county health authorities reported. The spill occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when grease in a line caused sewage to flow from a manhole in the 3200 block of Bayside Lane. The sewage then traveled into a storm drain at Ventura Place and Bayside Walk and emptied into Santa Barbara Cove. County health officials estimated that about 2,400 gallons of sewage reached the bay before the spill was stopped at 10:30 a.m.
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June 8, 1986 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
A medical study of 167 residents in this small town where a major toxic waste dump is located has found abnormally high occurrences of respiratory and central nervous system problems and elevated white blood cell counts, researchers and attorneys said here Saturday. The tests also indicated the presence of toxins in residents' blood and urine and evidence of attempts by their immune systems to cope with a chemical assault, the researchers said.
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March 17, 1996 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not all counties operate their own public hospital system. In fact, critics of the Ventura County Medical Center often say that it should follow Santa Barbara County's example and contract out for health-care services. For years, the neighboring county ran two public hospitals, one in the city of Santa Barbara and the other in Santa Maria.
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October 8, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
A health-care executive who turned around a flagging Modesto hospital has been appointed director of the fiscally strapped Ventura County Health Care Agency. Phillipp K. Wessels, 47, the former administrator of Modesto's Scenic General Hospital, is expected to start Nov. 9. He succeeds Dr. Sarah L. Miller, who retired from the county in July and is now deputy director of Santa Barbara County's health-care services.
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December 5, 1987 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
Operators of the Casmalia hazardous waste dump Friday were granted exemptions to the state's tough toxic waste cleanup law, giving them more time to clean up leaking hazardous waste chemical ponds. Detailed plans for cleaning the ponds are still to be worked out, but the action Friday by a state water control board clears the way for building five new, doubled-lined containment ponds that will replace the existing 58 reservoirs at the controversial Santa Barbara County site.
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August 23, 1985 | Associated Press
A man who came to an airport near President Reagan's ranch and told an airline employee that he wanted to "blow the President away" was placed under 72-hour mental observation, police said Thursday. Larry David Colvig, 33, of Willits in Mendocino County, was taken into custody at the Santa Barbara Airport about 6 p.m. Wednesday, police Lt. Don Williams said. Colvig got off a flight, went to the Imperial Airlines counter and told an employee that the President was expecting him, police said.
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October 26, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The search for a new Los Angeles County health department director has hit a snag, officials said Wednesday, with county supervisors unable to agree on a choice for the position critical to the restructuring of the troubled department. The current health director, Robert C. Gates, is scheduled to resign Wednesday, and supervisors had hoped to name his replacement about the same time to start the process of reforming the $2.1-billion department.
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