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Health
3:36 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tests show Santa Barbara woman does not have the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus as seen under a microscope.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tests show a Santa Barbara County woman does not have Ebola, after coming down with a fever following a recent trip to Africa.

The woman was taken Sunday to a hospital in Los Angeles for testing. The trip required special equipment for the ambulance and all the health care workers involved.

Dr. Charity Dean,  Health Officer with the County's Public Health Department, says all appropriate steps were followed, even thought the woman was considered to be at low risk of having the disease.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

The 2016 General Election already heating up for SLO County candidates

The fate of Wild Cherry Canyon near Avila Beach is an election issue for District 3 candidates.
Credit Kara Woodruff

A political race in San Luis Obispo County is heating up well ahead of the 2016 General Election.

The District 3 Supervisor Seat, currently held by Adam Hill, has at least three people running for it, including the incumbent. The area includes the beach cities of Pismo and Grover, more than half of the City of San Luis Obispo, and the communities of Edna Valley and Avila. 

Supervisor Adam Hill has held the seat since 2008 and says he plans to be on the ballot in November 2016 for a third term.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

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Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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Water Issues and Drought
7:09 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Governor Brown and the California legislature agree on $1 billion drought aid package

San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake nearly dried-up in 2014 following the driest year on record for California.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

California Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature announced Thursday an agreement on plans for more than $1 billion in emergency drought aid, including money for water recycling projects, water quality measures, and flood protection plans.

The governor did not however call for any mandatory statewide rationing.

This is the second year of emergency drought aid, but the governor's office says the state has only spent a little more than half of last year's $870 million. 

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Education
6:44 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Central Coast students head to Riverside for statewide mock trial finals

Credit Flickr member Douglas Palmer

Central Coast High School students are headed to Riverside on Friday to test their abilities in the courtroom. It's all part of the statewide California Mock Trial Finals.

San Marcos High School students in Santa Barbara are hoping to return with the winning trophy for the first time in nearly a decade. Those from Arroyo Grande High would like to bring it home to San Luis Obispo County for the first time ever.

But, no matter which California-based team wins this weekend, the students will walk away with tools for success later in life, according to their teachers.

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Science & Technology
6:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

UCSB study shows levels of 'love hormone' increase when reunited with family

A Tsimane family
Credit Adrian Jaeggi, PhD

Anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara say they've found evidence that the old expression, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," is actually true.

The scientists studied the hormonal reactions hunters in the Bolivian Amazon encountered when leaving home for a day of hunting, during conditions while hunting, and then returning to their families.

The research showed elevated levels of oxytocin—known as the "love hormone"—when the Tsimane men were reunited with their loved ones.

The oxytocin levels also increased the longer the men were away.

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Sports
5:55 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Avila Beach residents will get special preview of Amgen Tour of California's Stage 4

Cyclists begin riding at the start of 2014's Stage 5 on the pier in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Credit Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

Organizers from the Amgen Tour of California are planning to work with residents of Avila Beach, who will host the end of Stage 4 this coming May.

Stage 4 starts in Pismo Beach and ends in Avila Beach, two neighboring communities about six miles apart. But, the race will tack on an addition 100 miles to the route, taking riders into northern Santa Barbara County and through Arroyo Grande on the return trip.

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Energy
6:34 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Monterey County Supervisors split on fracking issue, fail to approve moratorium

San Ardo oil field
Credit Flickr member Loco Steve

A temporary ban on fracking in Monterey County was not approved at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, following passionate public comment and split opinions from the board members themselves.

A majority of the board indicated there is no need for a moratorium sighting that there are currently no oil and gas operations in the county using hydraulic fracturing.

Much of the conversation at the meeting was also focused on the state's obligation to regulate the industry under SB-4.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Chumash tribe plans to resubmit marine sanctuary nomination following NOAA rejection

Their are plans to move forward with an effort to create a National Marine Sanctuary for the waters off the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties, following a federal rejection of the nomination earlier this month.

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council would like to preserve the area sandwiched between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. The proposed area would be called the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

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Environment
6:32 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Sea lion population facing historic starvation problem along Central Coast

Rehabilitated sea lions are released back into the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Marine Mammal Center

There is a major spike in the number of starving sea lion pups showing up on Central Coast beaches. While the influx is overwhelming facilities like the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, all rescued animals are still being accepted according to spokesperson Laura Sherr.

The organization says it has rescued more than 500 animals so far this year, more than ever before in its 40 year history.

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Community
5:14 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day in SLO could be quiet this year, for more than one reason

Central Coast Pipes and Drums march through downtown San Luis Obispo as part of a St. Patrick's Day tradition.
Credit Central Coast Pipes and Drums Facebook Page

The City of San Luis Obispo is not taking any chances that St. Patrick's Day partiers could get out of hand Tuesday.

However, this year's celebration is expected to be more tame than in years past. Those celebrating in downtown San Luis Obispo will not be hearing the traditional Irish sounds from the Central Coast Pipes and Drums this year.

The group that has annually entertained crowded bars is taking this year off. The group's Pipe Major Paul Dunn said that they don't want to encourage the college student party atmosphere following this month's roof collapse.

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Education
6:01 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

'All Clear' given for San Miguel schools following lockdown over gun shots

The all-clear was put in place Thursday afternoon for a couple of elementary schools in San Miguel that were put on lockdown during the noon hour.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says a report of shots fired in the area triggered the cautionary move.

The schools—Lillian Larsen and Almond Acres Charter Academy—were deemed safe after it was determined the sound of the shots had come from nearby Camp Roberts.

The National Guard was conducting live-fire exercises around the same time, according to the sheriff's report.

Community
5:55 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Hundreds attend Cal Poly community forum following weekend roof collapse

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong addresses a crowd of more than 500 attending a campus forum focused on current issues.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

More than 500 Cal Poly students, staff and faculty members turned out for a community forum Thursday to address, what is perceived by many to be, an out-of-control party culture connected to the university.

The forum was scheduled this week, following last Saturday morning's roof collapse incident during the annual St. Fratty's Day party. Several students were hurt during the collapse, but none seriously.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:18 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Santa Barbara water crisis reaches historic levels with no signs of 'Miracle March' relief

A boat ramp at Lake Cachuma sits high and dry back in November, as lake levels dropped well out of reach.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

Santa Barbara's primary water source during a normal year, Lake Cachuma, will figuratively run dry as early as October according to official estimates. This would be the first time in the project's history.

Water will still be in the lake, but there will be no new usable water, according to Joshua Haggmark, the City of Santa Barbara's Water Resources Manager.

To address the growing problem, a Stage III drought could be issued in May for Santa Barbara customers, which would move rationing from voluntary to mandatory.

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People and Entertainment
5:48 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Citizen Kane to have first-ever screening at Hearst Castle

The exterior of Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Calif.
Credit Tom Wilmer

What is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made will be screened for the first time at Hearst Castle's historic Hilltop Theater.

Some may see this as ironic, while others may find it very appropriate.

The movie is 1941's Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles. It's widely accepted that the movie—while fictional—is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, who was a known critic of the film.

The event is part of this week's San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

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