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Residents fleeing Hill Fire find refuge at Red Cross evacuation center

As of Tuesday evening, the Hill Fire burning east of Santa Margarita, in San Luis Obispo County, is 60 percent contained. Since the fire started Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., it has burned approximately 1600 acres and at least one home in a rural area of the county. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Monday evening - that order is lifted as of 7 p.m. June 27. KCBX News visited the evacuation center set up by the American Red Cross and there we met resident Marie Burd, who was forced to flee the home she shares with her husband, a Cal Poly professor, on Monday night.

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What To Expect From The White House Summit With South Korea's Leader

The newly elected South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will arrive at the White House on Thursday for his first meeting with President Trump. The meeting will center on a pressing problem that vexes both countries: North Korea. The Trump administration calls North Korea's growing weapons capabilities its top foreign policy priority — and will try to make more headway on the issue with its partner, South Korea, which relies on some 28,000 U.S. troops for defense. But the two leaders'...

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The journey of dying with Central Coast Hospice

Jun 21, 2017
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Donna Borello is small, with rosy cheeks. We sat in the living room of her house in Cayucos, where her husband George spent his final few days.

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The commercial strawberry crops grown in Santa Barbara County were worth almost a half a billion dollars last year alone. That’s according to the 2016 Crop Report, released Monday by the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. The report lists the acreage, yield and gross dollar value of each of the county's crops.

City of San Luis Obispo/Avila Ranch Development Project Final EIR

Avila Ranch is a proposed new neighborhood in south San Luis Obispo, a 150-acre project site - now agricultural fields - cornered by Vachell Lane and Buckley Road. It’s a development that’s been in the works for a few years, and this week city planning staff announced the completion of the project’s final environmental documents. 

Monterey Pop: remembered, celebrated but never duplicated

Jun 16, 2017
Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

It’s hard to imagine a time when no one really knew Jimi Hendrix. But the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival was that time. When Hendrix took the stage that summer, he hadn’t made his mark on the American music scene. 

Morro Bay gauges support for commercial cannabis

Jun 15, 2017
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Morro Bay city staff and officials held a town hall meeting this week to get public feedback on the future of commercial cannabis. Residents who attended expressed their support for cultivating both retail and manufacturing cannabis businesses in the seaside city. 

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San Luis Obispo is named one of the top 25 "Best Towns Ever" by Outside magazine in a recent cover story. Jonah Ogles, an editor for Outside, spoke to KCBX about what gave the SLO the honor.

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Cemex is a Mexican multinational company that manufactures and distributes building supplies in over 50 countries; key Cemex products are cement and ready-mix concrete. The company operates the Cemex Lapis Sand Plant on a beach about eight miles north of Monterey and despite the state closing all the other sand mines operating along the coast years ago, the Cemex mine is different because of its specific location. The company maintains it has a longtime, vested right to operate there, and that those operations are not the cause of beach erosion in the area. 

The current cultural climate has not been friendly to men, to the masculine and to the role of fathers in general. Tune for a conversation about what it looks like to be a Dad in this new century - and how we continue to grapple with stale models of masculinity and the importance of fathers that continue to limit men in many aspects of their lives.

San Luis Obispo Symphony selects new maestro

Jun 13, 2017
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The San Luis Obispo Symphony announced the selection of maestro Andrew Sewell as the orchestra’s next music director. 

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54 people were arrested last week in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation targeting areas in Central California. ICE officials said over a third of the arrests took place in Monterey County, specifically in communities in the Salinas Valley.

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