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KCBX News began covering stories in February, 2014. The first on-air newscast happened during All Things Considered on March 3, 2014. KCBX added local news content to Morning Edition in September, 2014.

In the years since, KCBX News has had local stories featured on NPR and The California Report.

Carrizo Plain spared by national monument review

Sep 18, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

San Luis Obispo County’s Carrizo Plain National Monument is not on the list of monuments nationwide recommended for elimination or size reduction by U.S. Dept. of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. According to a leaked copy of Zinke’s report to President Trump, none of the six California national monuments on the original review list are up for revision. But Zinke did recommend changes to ten of the 27 national monuments on the review list, including Bears Ears in Utah, Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and Gold Butte in Nevada.

Courtesy of NASA.

NASA has scuttled a spacecraft circling the planet Saturn and its moons for the past 13 years. The Cassini mission ended around 4 a.m. Friday when the spacecraft purposely steered into Saturn’s atmosphere and disintegrated in a fiery blaze. A scientist working on the Cassini mission is giving a free public talk this weekend at Cal Poly on the mission and the marvels it revealed.

Greta Mart/KCBX

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday to support California’s “Dreamers” and recipients of the federal Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

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This week there is a key event related to the proposed closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County. The state agency with jurisdiction over utility power plants is the California Public Utilities Commission. On Thursday, the CPUC is holding two hearings in at the Luckwick Community Center in San Luis Obispo - one in the early afternoon and another in the evening - to hear public comment on the proposed closure. 

Courtesy of SLO County Sheriff's Office

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has hired its first full-time forensic pathologist. Dr. Joye M. Carter will relocate from the Houston, Texas area to San Luis Obispo to perform autopsies, medical inspections and medical record reviews mandated by the Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

Local government roundup: 09/11/17

Sep 11, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

This week in local government in San Luis Obispo County, the board of supervisors has a full agenda of grant and funding allocation items, such as $755,000 for marketing and advertising for the San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District for the next fiscal year. The board will also hold a hearing on issuing bonds to help pay for upgrades to facilities for developmentally disabled people in the county, and review the county’s year-end budget report. 

KCBX Two-Way: A ghost bike for Kennedy Love

Sep 8, 2017
Rachel Barnes/Cuestonian

In San Luis Obispo, a hit-and-run crash recently took the life of a Cal Poly student, Kennedy Love. Love was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a car. The car fled the scene but a police investigation quickly located a suspect- a 17-year-old girl - who was identified this week as a Cuesta College student by the college’s campus newspaper, the Cuestonian

Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio

California farmers and environmental justice leaders are joining forces to support a bill that would help fund clean drinking water programs. To pay for those programs, the bill - authored by Central Coast state senator Bill Monning -proposes a 95-cent monthly fee for most water customers starting in 2020.

Oil production and groundwater aquifers

Sep 6, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

Oil companies in California produce more water than oil. That has created a problem: what to do with all of that unwanted water? In most cases that wastewater is injected back into the ground, deep below the aquifer. But in some cases, injections may have contaminated federally protected aquifers that could be clean enough for drinking water.

SLO demonstrators plan to "defend DACA"

Sep 5, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

The White House announced Tuesday the suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - known as DACA - program. According to U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal's office, approximately 9,000 people formerly eligible for the program live on the Central Coast.

Housing bills vote postponed

Sep 1, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

California legislative leaders have delayed votes on a package of housing bills until after Labor Day weekend.

Megan Schellong/KCBX

There's a new youth ballet company in San Luis Obispo, striving to bring world-class instruction to young dancers and exceptional performances to Central Coast audiences. 

Tess Whittlesey

KCBX News welcomed Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal to the studio this week to talk about a variety of issues: the proposal to decommission the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, what's happening in Washington DC, and the most pressing concerns he hears from his constituents. Here's KCBX News Director Greta Mart in conversation with Rep. Carbajal.

County government contracting bill reduces local control, say opponents

Aug 29, 2017
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Opposition is growing against a bill in the California Legislature that would add strict new requirements before any counties can contract out for government services.

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

San Luis Obispo County

This week Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal is hosting a town hall meeting specifically about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The state’s last nuclear power plant - owned by Pacific Gas and Electric - is expected to close in 2025, if the California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E's request to do so.

Big Sur's Henry Miller Library looks at branching out

Aug 25, 2017
Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination. But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it. So the library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now it’s executive director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent. 

Becerra and Carbajal host Santa Barbara town hall

Aug 25, 2017
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal are hosting a town hall Saturday in Santa Barbara. Joining them will be California Assemblymember Monique Limon and California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

The future boundaries of the Carrizo Plain National Monument are still in question, although it appears the monument’s protected status won’t be entirely abolished. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he was not recommending the elimination of any national monuments. However, he did say that a "handful" could be reduced in size. 

After Santa Maria's Foster Road Jail closed last year, people arrested in northern Santa Barbara County are now taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail - 60 miles away.  The county did have a contract with a cab company to transport those people back to Santa Maria upon release, but the company went out of business. Most detainees simply don't have a way to get to back to North County, especially late at night when the buses aren't running. 

San Luis Obispo's Measure B-17 defeated

Aug 22, 2017

San Luis Obispo voters have rejected an effort to permanently bar the city from establishing a rental housing inspection program. According to preliminary election night results, Measure B-17 was defeated by a wide margin: 71 percent of voters said no, with 29 percent voting in favor of the initiative.  

August 22 is the last day of San Luis Obispo’s special election for Measure B-17. All vote-by-mail ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. 

Bob Wick, BLM California

Later this week the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce a recommendation for the status of the Carrizo Plain National Monument

Bree Zender


Ivy Bottini is a feminist, actor, artist and activist. She’s probably best known for designing the logo for the National Organization for Women, or NOW. And now, she’s the subject of a new original play called InclusIVitY: The Ivy Bottini Story.

Hundreds attend San Luis Obispo vigil for Charlottesville

Aug 15, 2017
Megan Schellong/KCBX

In response to the August 11 and 12 events in Charlottesville, Virginia, San Luis Obispo locals held a vigil on Wednesday evening. Called Outshine the Darkness, around 1,000 people gathered to express solidarity with those across the nation protesting hate groups and white supremacists. Organizers invited Central Coast residents to "unite our community against hate, racism and bigotry."

CA lawmakers seek to streamline affordable housing approval

Aug 14, 2017
California State Senate video archive

California lawmakers are weighing several ideas to encourage – or force – cities and counties to speed up the approval process for housing projects. The proposals are part of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to address California’s high housing costs.

Pride comes to Santa Maria

Aug 11, 2017
Courtesy of Audy Macdonald

The Santa Maria LGBTQ community is celebrating its first ever Pride event this weekend. 

Krista Almanzan

The landslide at Mud Creek – about 25 miles north of Hearst Castle – is the largest ever on the Central Coast. It buried and broke apart a section of California's famed State Route One. To fix it, CalTrans has decided to build a road over the massive slide.

City of Arroyo Grande

A months-long investigation into Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill found misconduct. The inquiry was paid for by the city of Arroyo Grande and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Besides serving as mayor, Hill is the city's representative on the sanitation district's board of directors. 

Carol Tangeman

While the struggle over health care continues in Washington D.C., a San Luis Obispo County doctor follows his dream by providing top quality care - at no cost to the patient.

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