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5:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Local food banks preparing for possible side effects of ongoing drought

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for food banks on the Central Coast as they work to satisfy holiday needs while maintaining the daily service they provide throughout the year. 

Locally, statistics show as many as one in four people suffer from food insecurity, with a large number of these being children and seniors. To help combat this, Food Banks function as a hub, partnering with hundreds of organizations to distribute food to the various regions.

During this time of year, food banks see a spike in donations of both food and money.

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Central Coast
4:26 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

$1.3 million trail at Montaña de Oro State Park opens ahead of schedule

Montaña de Oro State Park's Bluff Trail during the ADA improvements work.
Credit California State Parks

A $1.3 million trail improvement project at Montaña de Oro in San Luis Obispo County is now complete.

California State Parks says work on the Bluff Trail was completed ahead of schedule and will be open for the Thanksgiving weekend. Work began in early January and was scheduled to continue through December.

Ranger Rob Colligan says he believes with the predicted warm weather there will likely be a lot of activity on the trail tomorrow.

The project was designed to improve access under Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines.

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Transmitter Trouble
1:59 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

KCBX At Low Power In Santa Barbara

KSBX, the signal for KCBX at 89.5  in Santa Barbara, is operating at low power due to a power supply problem. An engineer is working on a permanent fix within the week.

You can stream KCBX by clicking the "Listen Now" button at the top left of this page. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, call us during business hours at 800-549-8855, or email us at interact@kcbx.org.

Central Coast Business Wrap-up
11:39 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Report: Cal Poly is major economic engine for San Luis Obispo County

Cal Poly students between classes on the first day of the fall quarter, 2014.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.

A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.

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Community
10:10 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hundreds take to Santa Barbara streets in Ferguson-related protest

Protesters gathering in Santa Barbara in reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.
Credit Twitter: Agatha Bacelar @AgathaBacelar

Protests over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week went nationwide Tuesday night, including at least one gathering on the Central Coast.

Roughly 500 people were involved at a protest in Santa Barbara according to police estimates.

Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Riley Harwood says the crowd originally formed downtown at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. The crowd then became mobile, moving down State Street and eventually toward Highway 101 at Carrillo Street.

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Politics
6:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Recount settles close race for Pismo Beach Mayor

A requested recount now confirms the original vote totals in the race for Mayor of Pismo Beach, where a two vote margin determined incumbent Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski.

The Mayor herself contributed to Kreowski's recount fund, an estimated $3000 required by San Luis Obispo County to initiate the process.

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Wine Country
6:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lompoc winery earns highest U.S. ranking on 2014 Top Wines list

The climate in the Santa Rita Hills AVA is heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Credit Video Still: Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance

Wine Spectator is out with its Top 100 Wines list for 2014, including wines from producers wordwide, and only one California wine cracked the Top 10 this year.

Lompoc's Brewer-Clifton 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills came in at No. 8.

One of the winery's founders, Greg Brewer, says when he found out about the ranking he was just as thrilled for the Lompoc area as he was for his winery.

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Pets & Animals
5:58 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Local dog owners are urged to pick up after pets for environmental reasons

Credit Flickr member Justin Henry

A campaign targeted at dog owners kicked off Monday in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. The goal is to encourage people to pick up after their pets every time they relieve themselves on a trail, sidewalk or within a park.

David LaCaro is leading the effort for the City of Paso Robles where they marked abandoned dog waste with checkered flags Monday. He says part of this effort is to study the actions of pet owners.

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Crime
5:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants public's help with recent stabbing

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants the public's help in locating several people connected to a stabbing that happened in Old Town Goleta Friday evening.

Deputies say a man in his 20s was stabbed following a confrontation at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Mandarin Avenue. That man survived and is recovering from his injuries.

The Sheriff's Office is hoping somebody who saw the crime—or may have some information about it—will contact the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

Environment
5:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Water Board says Santa Maria River is 'highly toxic'

Oso Flaco Lake and other estuaries fed by the Santa Maria River are sensitive habitat areas affected by toxic levels of pesticide runoff from surrounding agriculture in the Santa Maria Valley.
Credit Flickr member Rennett Stowe

A new survey by the State Water Board shows the Santa Maria River is highly toxic—and has been for years with some of the highest readings in the state for certain chemicals.

Bryn Phillips is an environmental toxicology specialist with UC Davis who has been working on this ongoing project. He says an increase in pyrethroid pesticide levels is cause for concern.

Recently the river was designated with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restriction.

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Energy
10:12 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Proposed refinery rail line rallies neighbors on the Nipomo Mesa

Mesa Refinery Watch Group spokesperson Laurance Shinderman points to the Phillips 66 refinery on the horizon. A plan to add rail delivery of crude oil to the plant is not sitting well with some neighbors.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

Large construction projects are visible in and around the western edge of the Trilogy community on the Nipomo Mesa, where views of the Oceano Dunes and Pacific Ocean are a big selling point. However, on the same horizon sits the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Recount requested in race for Mayor of Pismo Beach

The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.

Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.

Education
1:05 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Rumors force early release of Santa Maria's Righetti High School for Thanksgiving week

Culminating a week of violence and arrests, Righetti High School students were released from classes early on Friday as Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials felt rumors—the subject of which have not been disclosed—were causing too much of a distraction.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Central Coast reaction to President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

President Barak Obama addresses the nation to explain his reason for issuing an Executive Order regarding immigration.

Reactions are mixed on the Central Coast to President Obama's Executive Order to ease some immigration restrictions in the United States, potentially shielding up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Yesenia Decasaus with the Central Coast Union of Domestic Workers says the President's actions validate the strong Latino vote back in 2012.

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Education
6:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UPDATE: UC Board of Regents vote to adopt tuition increase option

Students rally in San Francisco against the UC Board of Regents proposal for a 5 percent possible tuition hike.
Credit Reid E. Milburn Twitter: @ReidMilburn

UPDATE: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.

The University of California Board of Regents voted 14 to 7 Thursday to adopt a resolution allowing for up to a 5 percent spike in tuition for each of the next five school years, unless the state gives the system more money.

During the vote, UC students tried to block the vote by drowning out the roll call with chants.

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