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The Myth Of The American Yam

It's yam-time, also known as Thanksgiving week... when family cooks start dusting off their favorite candied yam recipes. Meanwhile, California sweetpotato growers are cooking up a way to rebrand this holiday tradition.

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For Many Native Americans, Fall Is The Least Wonderful Time Of The Year

"Do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?" I am asked this question at least once every fall. Which, by the way, is too many times. The answer is that my family (though I can't speak for the other 5 million Indigenous people in America) doesn't. Not the "brave-pilgrims-and-friendly-savages" version of the holiday, anyway. Twenty or 30 of us might gather under the same roof to share a meal. We'll thank the creator for our blessings. But that could be true of any Thursday night in a Wampanoag house....

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New analysis: little relief, more dry weather ahead

Mar 6, 2014
National Drought Mitigation Center

The storms that soaked parts of the Central Coast last week, may be the last we'll see of that size for the remainder of the rainy season.

The National Drought Mitigation Center has released its predictions for the coming months, and as far as the Central Coast and most of California are concerned, we can expect more dry days ahead.

How tobacco and alcohol are marketed to kids

Mar 5, 2014
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community

The smoking of electronic cigarettes will soon be banned in many public areas throughout Santa Maria and Los Angeles after city council votes in both cities on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, health leaders in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are trying to bring attention to the way e-cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol products are marketed to children.

Tom Wilmer

Last week's wet weather on the Central Coast was welcome relief for local farmers and ranchers dealing with a string of the driest months on record here in California.

However, as we heard prior to, during, and after the storm systems,  we still have a long way to go before there is any chance of dropping the term "drought." 

Santa Maria Sun reporter Camillia Lanham has been following the extended dry spell with a two part series on how the local ag community is dealing with it. 

SLO Film Fest on the rise

Mar 5, 2014
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is now underway, with opening night ceremonies at the Fremont Theater.

You may spot television's Adam West in town, as he's in San Luis Obispo to talk about the new documentary Starring Adam West, focused on his life and career. West played television's Batman in the 1960s, and is the voice of the Mayor West on the Fox cartoon Family Guy.

Brian Lanzone, KCBX

Slide guitarist, virtuoso banjo player, and singer-songwriter Tony Furtado makes a visit to the KCBX studios. 

He plays a few songs, and chats with Marisa Waddell about his instruments, the evolution of his musical style, and his other artistic life -- working with clay.  Special thanks to audio engineer Brian Lanzone.

UCSB to get massive new research facility

Mar 4, 2014
UCSB

Plans to build a massive new $74 million research center on the UCSB campus just got the final funding it needs to become a reality. The plan is to break ground in late spring or early summer. Professor Frank Doyle says the facility will usher in the next generation of research at UCSB. "Despite the absence of a medical school on campus, we are now making ground-breaking accomplishments in the research domain in the medical field," said Doyle.  "This building gives us a home to put the scientists together shoulder-to-shoulder to accomplish those interdisciplinary projects." Plans had been i

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Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho   Achadjian says he is still working on the language for a bill to create a Paso Robles Water Management District.

Flickr: Lindsay Fox

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.

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