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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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Education
2:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UPDATE: Arrests jump to nine following brawl at Santa Maria's Righetti High School

Righetti High School, Santa Maria, Calif.
Credit Google Maps

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

The number of students arrested following Wednesday's schoolyard fight at Righetti High School in Santa Maria jumped to nine on Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Kelly Hoover says three additional students were arrested, including two girls and one boy. The students are facing charges of battery and assault on a peace officer. The Sheriff's Office anticipates more arrests to follow as evidence is reviewed.

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Agriculture
5:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Growers expecting another down year for Central Coast olive oil harvest

Credit Flickr member Stew Dean

Reports out of Europe say this year's olive oil harvest is falling short, which will likely lead to higher prices at the grocery store.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Spain—the world's largest olive oil producer—is expecting output this year to drop by more than 50 percent.  The low yield is the result of several factors, including weather, tree stress, and insects the report states.

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Crime
7:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

King City police officer fights termination following corruption scandal

Credit City of King - KingCity.com

One of the King City police officers charged this past winter as part of a broad corruption case is fighting his termination.

Jaime Andrade was let go from the force a couple of months back, but had his case heard through binding arbitration this past week, according to City Manager Michael Powers.

The City Manager says the outcome of that hearing won't be known until early next year.

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Energy
6:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Water Board to consider cooling options at Diablo Canyon

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on the San Luis Obispo County coast.
Credit Flickr member Tracey Adams

The California State Water Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to present studies regarding Diablo Canyon's cooling process. The hearing is informational in nature.

The state's only operating nuclear power plant currently uses a system known as once-through cooling (OTC).

PG&E is required under the Federal Clean Water Act to study alternative methods of cooling that would have less of an impact on marine life.

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Crime
6:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Cal Poly issues alert following attempted sexual assault on campus

Students, staff and faculty at Cal Poly received an official Crime Alert message Friday evening regarding an attempted sexual assault on campus.

The University Police Department says it received information on Friday that the crime happened this past Sunday at 3:00 a.m. between Mott Gym and the parking structure.

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San Luis Obispo County
6:21 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

SLO County gets $192,000 to help reduce traffic-related deaths

A top target for reducing traffic-related fatalities is bicycle safety.
Credit Flickr User: dkastner01 - bicyclists on a back road in Arroyo Grande

The State of California is giving San Luis Obispo County a $192,000 grant to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities on local roads.

The money will target pedestrian and bike safety, as well as child passengers, and alcohol and drug outreach.

Kathleen Karlee is with SLO County Public Health and says her team is already meeting to work on the top target areas.

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Education
1:12 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Your chance to access the Cal Poly Research Pier in Avila Beach

Cal Poly Research Pier, Avila Beach, Calif.
Clara Knapp, KCBX News

When you first step on to the Cal Poly Research Pier in Avila Beach, you can barely see the university's facility a half-mile away.

“It is unique, I don’t think that there’s another structure like it along the entire west coast of the United States," said Dean Wendt, Director of the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. "Things that people need to do on a ship sometimes can be done right from the end of our pier, last year about 1200 students took coursework out at the pier.”

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