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A rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed back in September because of a wildfire is now scheduled to be launched this Friday, Veterans Day.

National Park Service

Starting Wednesday, November 2, visitors will be allowed back to Santa Rosa Island after a week-long drug smuggling investigation closed a portion of the Channel Islands National Park to the public.

NASA

Last month, a group of 375 of the world’s top scientists signed onto a letter designed to draw attention to the risks of climate change. 

UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory

A disease that kills oak trees along the California coast is spreading quickly and working its way south from Northern California, according to the most recent surveys done by the UC Berkeley SOD Blitz teams.

KCBX News - Randol White

This week's heat wave hit during mid-harvest for many local wine-grape growers—one of the Central Coast's top crops.

Heather O'Connor - PersimmonPress.org

A conversation with Heather O’Connor, a Morro Bay artist who specializes in the illustration of birds and other animals. 

International Baccalaureate

Brian Reynolds explores the International Baccalaureate Programs at Grover Beach Elementary School. His guests are James Snyder, the principal of Grover Beach Elementary and Petra Reynolds, Grover Beach Elementary's International Baccalaureate Coordinator.

KCBX News, Randol White

How do you say the name of the main highway that passes through the Central Coast? It may depend on where you or your family are from Northern or Southern California.  

Kaila Dettman

Nearly two years ago, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County solidified a deal to take ownership of 900 acres of property, in its effort to create what’s now known as The Pismo Preserve. 

Google Maps

The U.S. Government’s Temporary Agricultural Workers program, also known as H-2A, allows employers to bring foreign workers to the US when there aren’t enough local workers to meet demand. 

CDC - James Gathany

In early August, Monterey County announced its first travel-related case of Zika Virus, marking a first for the Central Coast.

A few weeks later and Santa Barbara County announced a resident there has also tested positive.

KCBX News, Randol White

The Central Coast is well known for being “The 805” based on our area code. There’s even a popular beer named to reflect that fact.

Richard Coffey - Facebook

Dozens of structures, many of those homes, had been destroyed by San Luis Obispo County's Chimney Fire during its first full week. 

Flickr member Enrique Dans

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the county now has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2009. 

Flickr member alamosbasement. Image edited from original form.

Several charter schools in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are being accused by the Southern California branch of the ACLU of having illegal policies that force parents to volunteer their time, as well as accusations of problems with economic and racial diversity.

KCBX News, Bree Zender

A new food recycling program is starting Monday here on the Central Coast. You’ll be able to put food directly into the green yard waste bins if you have them. Patti Toews from the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority is here to talk with us about it.

Randol White/KCBX

A joint proposal by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to shut down San Luis Obispo County's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant over the next nine years has been formally filed with the state's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). 

Michael Ashmore

Many residents of Santa Maria and the Central Coast turned out to cheer on their local Olympic favorite, 23-year-old Josh Prenot as he swam to a silver medal Wednesday night during the Men's 200 Meter Breaststroke competition at the Olympic games in Rio. 

Dena Gershon

This month, Ears On Art, visits with Dena Gershon, an artist who works with fiber in wonderfully inventive ways. 

Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD)

The Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) Board passed a Stage IV Water Shortage resolution back on July 27, bringing new conservation goals into focus.

KCBX News, Randol White

The latest numbers from Case-Shiller CoreLogic show the West Coast continues to see a strong housing market with prices in May rising more than 5 to 6 percent in several key California cities, and double digit jumps in Portland and Seattle, far out-pacing much of the rest of the country.

San Luis Obispo County

Testing of groundwater and soil samples is underway at the San Luis Obispo Airport, as an independent testing company works to find the source of chemical contamination showing up in the well water of neighboring homes.

San Luis Obispo Police Department

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is nearing the end of a year-long testing period for body cameras to be worn by its officers in the field. 

Caltrans District 5

San Luis Obispo County voters will have a new half-cent sales tax to consider on the November ballot that's aimed at raising money to pay for the county’s transportation infrastructure. 

Mark Adams, Facebook

An urgency ordinance to protect native oak trees in San Luis Obispo County was added to the books Friday. The County Board of Supervisors approved the measure 4-1 during a special session. 

Randol White, KCBX News

Santa Barbara County leaders said Thursday they're disappointed by a nearly unanimous Congressional committee vote on Wednesday regarding nearly 1400 acres of controversial land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

San Luis Obispo County

The controversy surrounding oak woodland clear cutting by Justin Vineyards on its properties in North County San Luis Obispo is now making its way to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

California State Parks

Two Santa Barbara County beaches are among three statewide that are getting a shared $10 million in upgrades to address unhealthy water quality. 

Caltrans District 5

California drivers hitting the roads this holiday weekend will see a bit of relief at the pump as the state's gas tax dropped Friday by a couple of cents. 

Santa Maria Swim Club, Michael Ashmore

Dozens of people cheered at a viewing party in Santa Maria Thursday night as hometown favorite Josh Prenot broke an American record for the 200 meter breaststroke. Had his time been just a fraction of a second faster, he would have broken a world record.

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