6:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The ABC's of Literacy

Broadcast date: 9/4/2014

The San Luis Obispo Literacy Council reports as many as 25 million Americans cannot read or write. There are an estimated 25,000 functionally illiterate adults in San Luis Obispo County alone. 

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1:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Plan for new homeless center in San Luis Obispo moves forward

The entrance to the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo, situated across the street from where plans are in the works to build a new homeless services center
Credit Jannes Giesell

Services for the homeless in San Luis Obispo are set to expand greatly as plans for a new homeless center are moving forward with an infusion of $500,000 from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors last month.

For those living on the streets of San Luis Obispo, life is made a bit easier with the help of food and shelter services, but currently there are two main centers offering different services in the city and they're more than three miles apart.

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6:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Arts Education Advocacy

Broadcast date: 8/28/2014

Arts education has been disappearing from California’s schools for the past thirty years. Currently, only 11% of public schools meet the state goal for arts instruction. The group Arts Education Advocates believes education will prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty-first century workforce, which requires innovation, communication and collaboration.

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6:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Pismo Preserve now 'done deal' after state approves final $4 million donation

View from the proposed Pismo Preserve.
Credit Kaila Dettman - The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

UPDATE: August 28, 2014 at 6:12 p.m.  

It's now official, funds to buy 900 acres of land above Pismo Beach to form a public space area known at the Pismo Preserve have been secured, according to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

The organization says it got word from the State of California on Thursday that an expected donation of $4 million came through.

The Conservancy's Kaila Dettman told KCBX Thursday afternoon that escrow proceedings have begun on the property. The process could be complete in early-to-mid September.

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KCBX Signal Improvement
4:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Lompoc area listeners have better KCBX coverage

View from KCBX Transmitter
Credit Hank Hadley

For listeners in the Lompoc area, our translator at 95.1 was silent, from approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 15th until about noon Saturday, August 16th.  

We moved the translator to a new location that will provide better coverage to Lompoc/Vandenburg, and surrounding areas.

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5:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Central Coast communities gearing up for National Night Out

Credit National Night Out - Evansville

Neighborhoods and police departments throughout the Central Coast are getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out. 

The annual event is designed for people to get to know there neighbors and local law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime.

Aside from the numerous local get-togethers, Sergeant Chuck Strange with the Lompoc Police Department says a block party will be held in the parking lot of Lompoc High School with free food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m.

In Santa Maria, a similar event takes place at Veterans Memorial Community Park and runs from 4 to 8p.

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5:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Community Day for Lompoc's new Public Safety Training Center on Saturday

Artistic rendering of the now completed Public Safety Training Center in Lompoc.
Credit Allan Hancock College

Lompoc's massive new Public Safety Training Complex is opening to the public on Saturday, August 2.

The 68 acre facility is part of Allan Hancock College and cost 38-million to build.

It will serve as a training location for fire fighters, law enforcement, medical teams, hazmat crews—even lifeguards. It's also designed to accommodate training related to homeland security and disaster response.

Highlights of the complex include a firing range, a 1.3 mile high speed track, and a six-story training tower with multiple fire props.

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5:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

SLOCOG could become new funding source for Pismo Preserve effort

The proposed Pismo Preserve includes 900 acres of hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Credit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County - video still

Efforts to fund a new public hiking space in the hills overlooking Pismo Beach may soon have an unexpected source of money.

SLOCOG, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments had set aside money for upgrades to the Pirate's Cove area. However, the California Coastal Commission only approved a small portion of the proposed improvements leaving an estimated $175,000 on the table for another project.

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Cultural event
3:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Obon Festival

Broadcast date: 7/30/2014

Brian Reynolds interviews the organizers of a cultural institution on the Central Coast.  We’ll hear from Obon Festival event coordinator Tom Nishikawa, and members of the Imichi Taiko Performance Drumming and Odori Dance Company as they prepare to present Japanese and Buddhist Culture to our community.

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3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Broadcast date: 7/30/2014

The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club has had an important presence on the Central Coast since 1962. The group has been influential  preserving local lands, including Montana de Oro State Park and the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area.  Marisa Waddell talks with the chapter’s director and a member of its executive committee about current efforts, like the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act now before Congress, and a campaign for a national marine sanctuary that would extend from Cambria to Santa Barbara.

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Improving the Quality of Life on the Central Coast
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Cost of Living in SLO County

Broadcast date: 7/31/2014

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5:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Santa Barbara program helps feed kids during summer months

More than 400 kids turned out Friday at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara for the Food4Kids concert and lunch.
Credit Carla Castilla

More than 27,000 low-income Santa Barbara County children count on their school lunch programs to help stay nourished. However, when summer comes and school lets out, food insecurity can become a serious problem.

But now, there's a program in place to help feed those kids healthy breakfasts and lunches, five days a week for eight weeks. It's part of the No Kid Hungry campaign and it was spearheaded by Oscar-winning actor and Santa Barbara resident Jeff Bridges. Locally, it's called Food4Kids.

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5:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Community coming together for Santa Barbara Clean-up Day

Volunteers help remove graffiti from a wall in Santa Barbara during the annual Community Clean-up Day.
Credit City of Santa Barbara

Several hundred volunteers are already confirmed for this weekend's annual effort to spruce up the city of Santa Barbara. It's called Community Clean-Up Day, and it's schedule for this Saturday.

Organizers say they anticipate at least 400 participants.

Groups will be assigned to several different project sites, including trash pick-up, graffiti removal, and a creek clean-up.

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Clean Energy
3:35 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Creating a Local Clean Energy Economy

As communities throughout the state continue to look for opportunities to increase the availability of clean energy, many are looking at the feasibility of forming Community Choice Aggregations. What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)? CCA allows communities to pool together participating electricity customers for purchasing and generating power on their behalf.

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Public Libraries
4:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

A New Chapter for Local Libraries

Although many may think traditional libraries have outlived their purpose; these evolving institutions are seeing a resurgence as cornerstones of education, innovation, somewhere to access new technology, and a place to create community. Nowhere may this be truer than on the Central Coast where libraries are thriving. According to the California State Library, between 2010 and 2011 in San Luis Obispo County a total of 2,432,510 items were checked out.

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