Science & Technology
5:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

UCSB Professor shares Nobel Prize in Physics for work on LED lights

The Bay Lights art project has strings of LEDs on each vertical cable, sequenced to a fanciful display. It is world’s largest LED sculpture.
Credit Flickr member Steve Jurvetson

The Nobel Prize for Physics was announced Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden, and the among the winners is a professor at UCSB.

"This year's prize is about light," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said as they revealed the three winners, including Professor Shuji Nakamura of UC Santa Barbara.

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7:48 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Central Coast prepares for possibility of local Ebola case

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

Concern over the possibility that the Ebola virus could makes its way to the Central Coast has local health agencies working on outbreak plans. 

Santa Barbara County Public Health says it has new protocols in place and is teaming with local airports to help identify potential patients. County Health Officer, Dr. Charity Thoman, says the infrastructure put in place could deal with a number of different infectious diseases.

While Ebola is the headline maker currently, because it is so mysterious, Thoman says there are other, more serious health concerns we should address;

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7:41 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Diablo Canyon reactor shut down for refueling and maintenance

Credit San Luis Obispo County

Reactor No. 2 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is currently shut down for scheduled maintenance and refueling.

PG&E says it needs to bring in more than a thousand highly-trained workers to complete the process. Each of the plant's two reactors need to be refueled about every 18 months.

Similar work was performed on Unit 1 earlier this year.

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7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

San Luis Obispo County looking to split General Services into four new departments

San Luis Obispo County is looking to dissolve its current General Services Department and in its place, create four new departments.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday during the regularly scheduled supervisors meeting.

The new departments would include General Services, Information Technologies (IT), Parks and Recreation, and Airports.

County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi says the move should allow for greater focus in the given areas.

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Wine Country
7:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Robert Hall, Local Winery Founder, Passes Away

Robert Hall, who passes away at the age of 85 on Saturday, show riding in a tractor on his vineyard in Paso Robles.
Credit Robert Hall Winery website

Robert Hall, the founder of the Paso Robles winery that bears his name, passed away Saturday according to a letter to the media released Monday morning.

A winery spokesperson says the 85-year-old died peacefully at his home from complications related to an extended illness. Hall fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a trip to the South of France in the 1970s and eventually chose the Central Coast as the location for his vineyards and winery. His vision was realized when he began making wine in 2001.

He is survived by his wife Margaret and his three daughters.

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Santa Barbara County
7:32 am
Tue October 7, 2014

UPDATE: Body of Carpinteria Man found in local Salt Marsh identififed

UPDATE: October 8, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the Carpinteria resident whose body was found in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on Saturday morning.

The decedent is 63-year-old Michael George Ornelas. 

"Following a criminal and a coroner’s investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has determined that Ornelas died from an apparent suicide," Spokesperson Kelly Hoover said in a message to the media.

Original Story:

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3:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Cal Poly chocolate bars recalled over allergen concerns

Cal Poly's Peppermint Crunch Bar is among the varieties being recalled due to allergen concerns.
Credit Cal Poly Food Science & Nutrition

Several varieties of chocolate candy bars made by students at Cal Poly are being voluntarily recalled. 

The reason behind the recall action is that the chocolates may be contaminated with undeclared allergens including peanut, milk or soy. The university did not stipulate which one.

The products may also have been exposed to microbial contamination, according to a press release.

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4:43 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Secret Service investigating Central Coast Counterfeiting operation

Credit Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The United States Secret Service is investigating a sophisticated counterfeit money operation in Santa Barbara County that was busted up this week by the sheriff's department.

Six businesses in Santa Maria and Solvang were victimized earlier this week by what sheriff's deputies describe as a counterfeiting crew.

Four people were arrested and are under investigation for passing counterfeit $100 bills as well as drug possession and felony conspiracy.

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10:20 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Arroyo Grande City Manager details why he's leaving City Hall in wake of summer scandal

The Village of Arroyo Grande
Credit City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his position in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an incident this past summer at City Hall.

Adams and a female employee were found after hours by police at the facility sparking controversy within the community.

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6:33 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Listen: The Red Violin visits the Central Coast with Elizabeth Pitcairn

The Red Violin during its visit to the KCBX studios.

The world-famous Red Violin arrived on the Central Coast this week and will remain through the weekend.

Internationally recognized violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn is the instrument's owner. She's in San Luis Obispo for a series of appearances, including opening night for the San Luis Obispo Symphony on Saturday.

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6:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

RideShare kicks off Hidden Cash campaign in San Luis Obispo County

The first $100 prize was found at the SLO Bike Kitchen on Wednesday.
Credit SLO RideShare

Throughout the month of October, San Luis Obispo County commuters have an opportunity to win $100 a day just for choosing alternative forms of transportation.

It's called Hidden Cash and it's part of SLO RideShare Month.

Thursday morning a bicycle commuter stumbled upon the $100 prize at the San Luis Obispo Bike Kitchen. Cash will continue to show up daily at random locations throughout the county and related to various forms of travel.

Clues as to where the cash might be are posted through RideShare's social media accounts.

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5:53 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Back to school this week for UC Santa Barbara students

Classes at UC Santa Barbara get underway Thursday morning, later than usual for a fall quarter start. In fact... this will be the latests start for the UC system since a new policy was instituted back in 2007.

The policy was put in place to make sure the period of Jewish High Holy Days between Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah didn't overlap with move-in weekend or the first day of classes.

The lunar-based Jewish calendar shifts quite a bit making this the first time the conflicting dates forced a UC start date change since the policy was instituted.

5:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Cuesta Promise scholarship extended to full year for local high school grads

Credit Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo County's Cuesta College says its able to expand its successful Promise Program for new high school graduates from within the county.

Originally, the scholarship program was set up to pay for 100 percent of a student's tuition and fees for the first semester of classes.

Wednesday afternoon, the college announced a major expansion to the program that will start next year.

Current and future Promise Scholarship students will have all tuition and fee costs covered for an entire school year under the new rules.

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4:51 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Santa Barbara's State Street design named among the best in the nation

La Arcada Streetscape
Credit City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's popular State Street was designated Wednesday as one of the ten best streets in the nation by the American Planning Association (APA).

Each October the APA names 30 streets worthy of recognition for their superior planning.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider says she's very proud of the designation and realizes it took generations of leaders to make it happen.

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11:32 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Critical fire weather expected this weekend

Portions of the Central Coast are looking at the possibility of critical fire weather later this week.

The National Weather Service says an offshore flow is expected Thursday through the weekend ushering in hot dry air for much of Southern California up into the Central Coast.

The strongest winds are expected late Wednesday into Thursday with temperatures peaking on Saturday.

Strong winds are also expected Monday evening along Santa Barbara County's Gaviota Coast.