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Central Coast community mourning death of SLOStringer

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner confirmed the victim of a fatal car crash Tuesday morning as 30-year-old Matthew Frank, widely known as the SLO Stringer. Many didn’t know his personal identity but his breaking news coverage was followed by tens of thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents.

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Attacker In London Kills 3, Injures 20 Before Being Shot Dead Near Parliament

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET In a midday attack near the U.K. Parliament building, an assailant killed two civilians and a police officer before being shot to death, British authorities say. At least 20 people were injured in the attack, which police describe as a terrorist incident. Authorities say they believe there was a single attacker, driving a vehicle and armed with at least one knife. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as "sick and depraved" in remarks on Wednesday evening....

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The Santa Maria City Council voted 5-0 on Wednesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in some public places. The ban mirrors restrictions already in place for the use of tobacco products.

The council will conduct a second reading of the ordinance at its meeting on March 18, and it will go into effect 30 days later.

The unanimous vote came after comments from the public, as well as some personal notes from the council members themselves, according to city spokesperson Mark van de Kamp.

Assessing local vineyards after our recent rains

Mar 3, 2014

Wednesday evening on KCBX News, we spoke with Jason Hass of Tablas Creek about his "after the rain" blog post.

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More than two dozen dead sheep in northern San Luis Obispo County are at the center of an investigation by the sheriff's office.

The flock was grazing in the Heritage Ranch area near Lake Nacimiento as part of a program to keep grass in check for the summer fire season.

Hikers came upon several of the sick and dying animals and recorded video of the problem, then contacted authorities.

(note: video below may not be suitable for everyone)

SBC Fire Department Facebook

A pair of storm systems brought several inches of much-needed rain to the Central Coast over the past several days. The mid-winter punch provided some measurable relief to the region's exceptional drought status, yet much more is needed.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties saw the largest Central Coast rainfall totals, with some mountain areas receiving more than 14 inches of precipitation since Wednesday. Ojai topped the local cities with 6.21 inches recorded.

Marisa Waddell gets a sneak preview of the Festival Mozaic's summer season with Artistic Director Scott Yoo, and Executive Director Bettina Swigger.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Arcata

The Western Snowy Plover nesting season started Saturday on Central Coast Beaches, and Vandenberg Air Force Base is looking for volunteer docents to help protect the threatened bird.

The docents are needed throughout the entire season, which extends from March 1 to Sept. 30 at both Ocean and Surf Beaches.

The Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as threatened, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

UCSB Police release sketch of rape suspects

Feb 28, 2014
UCSB Police

Police sketches are being circulated in the Santa Barbara area following the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student. Campus police connect these two men in their early 20s to last weekend's crime.

In a message sent to the campus community, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang addressed the sexual assault and vowed to strengthen security.

Yang authorized an increase of five campus officers, as well as the frequency of their patrols. Additionally, there will be increased security measures with installation of new lighting and cameras on campus.

City of King - KingCity.com

Updated: 2/28/2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A former Cuesta College criminal justice instructor has been named as the interim police chief in King City, following the arrests of the police department's acting chief and several officers on bribery and embezzlement charges

Dennis Hegwood was appointed by City Manager Michael Powers to run the police department while a national search is conducted for the department's next police chief.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

A Solvang man is facing felony vandalism and theft charges after Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies caught him in a parking lot full of slashed tires.

Deputies say 23-year-old Dakota Serge was arrested early this morning on Alisal Road in Solvang.

The sheriff's department reports 35 tires were slashed, 22 of those on United States Post Office trucks.

In addition, deputies say Serge was in possession of an an American, a California, and several Danish flags, which they believe were cut down from local Solvang businesses.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County - video still

An effort to create public access to the hillsides surrounding Pismo Beach is getting financial help from a San Luis Obispo resident.

Richard Alberts says he will match $10,000 worth of community donations made to the Pismo Preserve project between now and April 1, according to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Alberts is a longtime supporter of the organization and was "inspired to do something that would help spur the community into action"

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