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;
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.
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.
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.
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.