Central Coast

Monterey-Salinas Transit, mst.org

A major Central Coast transportation agency is making moves to cut down on its operating costs. 

Twitter User: @CALFIRE_SLO

This week marks the start of High Fire Season in California.

Water Wise SB

New numbers from the state show Central Coast residents are doing their part to save water. 

Randol White, KCBX News

The pool of candidates vying for the 24th District Congressional seat continues to grow with a total of seven candidates in the race.

Nipomo resident Tyler Gross announced his candidacy to represent the Central Coast in Washington Wednesday night. 

National Weather Service

Efforts to keep homeless populations safe from harsh conditions continue this week as freeze warnings are to remain in effect through Tuesday on the Central Coast.

Randol White, KCBX

San Luis Obispo's downtown farmer's market is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks. The market is staying consistent while some others are seeing a decline in vendors.

Wikipedia

California State Parks is preparing for closures along the Big Sur coast in the coming months.

Strong storms could down trees that have been stressed by the drought. Jim Bilz is the department's Monterey Sector Superintendent. He works in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A large grocery chain that struggled to get a foothold on the Central Coast announced Wednesday several of its stores are now sold. 

Dunes Center

There is a search underway for more artifacts buried deep in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Instead of digging, archeologists are first taking to the sky to find these treasures. 

Flickr member: Claire Fackler

Some of the highest tides of the year are expected along the Central Coast next week and could coincide with a storm system headed our way. This has the potential to create localized flooding in our area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Flickr member: James Jones

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire says we've received enough rain on the Central Coast to lift an unusual burn ban for agriculture. 

Facebook @RepSamFarr

Another long-serving member of Congress from the Central Coast says this term will be his last. Representative Sam Farr announced Thursday he's stepping down after 23 years in Washington. 

Kirsten Macintyre, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

UPDATE: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:55 a.m.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday morning in favor of an emergency rulemaking to delay recreational Dungeness crab season by up to 180 days.

Flickr user: Day Donaldson

Single-use plastic bags have been banned in San Luis Obispo County since 2012, requiring retailers to instead supply their customers with paper bags for ten cents, among other rules.

However, some Central Coast stores give plastic bags to their customers, despite San Luis Obispo County the bag ordinance. 

Randol White

The City of Morro Bay will for the first time be a host city during next year's Amgen Tour of California.

The Central Coast has been featured many times during the decade-long event including Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach and Avila Beach just last year.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The company that owns the Haggen grocery stores along the Central Coast received permission this week to sell off the properties as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. 

NOAA

A push to protect habitat along a 140 mile stretch of the Central Coast is moving forward. 

Jordan Bell speaks with members of San Luis Obispo County CASA  who are searching for volunteers to become advocates for infants and toddlers during this crucial time in their brain development. 

NOAA's El Niño Portal

A large patch of warm water that has persistently been off of the West Coast throughout our drought, known as the 'blob,' is no longer there. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A Los Angeles-based grocery chain may expand its presence on the Central Coast in the coming months. Smart & Final, LLC has put in its bid for 27 Haggen stores in California, including six Central Coast locations. 

San Luis Obispo County

The state will continue to provide money to pay for emergency plans related to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant now that Governor Jerry Brown has given his signature. The new law also addresses seismic safety. 

Flickr member DieselDemon

A local airport wants its passengers to be able to skip the security line. Enrollment for 'TSA Pre Check' at the Santa Barbara Airport is now being extended through the last week of October. It's the only Central Coast airport participating currently.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

Some Central Coast grocery workers have a chance to remain in the industry, following the announcement Haggen will be closing all its California locations.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

All Haggen stores throughout California, including several on the Central Coast, will likely be put up for sale as the Washington-based grocery chain looks to exit the area.

ECOSLO

Local environmental groups are preparing for International Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event begins Saturday morning at several dozen sites throughout the Central Coast.

United States Department of the Interior

Another high profile endorsement is being touted in the 24th District Congressional race. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is throwing her support behind Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. 

National Park Service

Central Coast fourth graders have a new offer from the federal government to visit the area's local national parks over the next year—for free. 

Flickr member: Catchpenny

New signs posted in Morro Bay are warning the public of a shark sighting. Several surfers reported seeing a large shark about 200 yards north of Morro Rock Wednesday morning. 

Twitter @KilerRidge

The olive industry in San Luis Obispo County is on track to have a bumper harvest this coming fall. This time around, drought is not a big factor in the equation. 

Flickr member HereStanding

Central Coast residents and businesses cut their water usage by 30.6 percent in July, saving slightly more than June's 30.3 percent. 

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