6:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Horse tests positive for West Nile, despite possibile vaccination

CDC: West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.
Credit Flickr member Enrique Dans

An active case of West Nile Virus was reported in San Luis Obispo County Thursday, the first detected this year in the area. Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties still remain free of any reported activity.

Public Health says a horse in north county San Luis Obispo—whose owner says was vaccinated against the disease—tested positive for the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says West Nile can be fatal in 3 to 15 percent of human cases and is more serious for those older than 50.

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Mental Health
3:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ancient mythology alive in the modern world

Broadcast date: 9/16/2014

A conversation with Author, Activist, and Inspiration, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. Our planet is at a tipping point socially, politically and environmentally. So, where can we find the guidance and inspiration we need to collectively save the world? It’s a conversation about how we can find the role models and messages we need in the stories of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. 

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3:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Sacred Cow

Broadcast date: 9/15/14

How much are we willing to sacrifice for our next fast-food hamburger?

Acres of land, gallons of water, and our health are at risk.  Dr. Brian Moench, president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says it’s time to reassess our destructive diet.

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5:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

California after-school programs take a healthy turn with governor's signature

Students in the after-school program at San Luis Obispo County's Los Ranchos Elementary.
Credit Randol White

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday by local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create an after school program aimed at giving students healthier options.

It's called the California Distinguished After School Health recognition program—or DASH.

In order to be DASH certified, programs must limit "screen time"—the time spent looking at computers or television—and serve healthful foods daily, requiring fruits and vegetables, and banning foods with high sugar or sodium content.

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Mental Health
3:34 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

One Mom's Battle

Broadcast date: 9/9/14

A conversation with author and activist Tina Swithin. Divorce is always a struggle, but it can be especially so when it involves a partner with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This can create a "high conflict" experience that mimics the impact of a category five hurricane in our lives. 

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Mental Health
3:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Labor Day

Broadcast date: 9/2/14

Besides being the traditional end of summer vacation, an extra day off, and a great day for sales, what is the point of Labor Day?  Do we still need to celebrate the American Labor Movement or the contribution workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country?  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the importance of honest labor and meaningful work in supporting our own mental health and well-being.  Your calls with comments, questions and concerns are welcomed and encouraged.

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6:55 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Cigarette sales to minors down in Santa Barbara County

Credit Flickr member SuperFantastic

Santa Barbara County has an all time low in cigarette sales to minors down four percent this year according to the county's public health department.

In recent undercover operations only 36 out of 300 retailers sold to an underage decoy, or 12 percent. This is the lowest overall rate recorded for the county in the past 20-years. 

Dawn Dunn runs the program and says the county is not yet tracking illegal sales of e-cigarettes.

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Mental Health
3:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Suicidal Ideation

Broadcast date: 8/26/14

It's a painful part of the human journey that we don't like to face or talk about, yet our silence is part of the problem. How can we best help ourselves and others struggling with suicidal ideation, or recover from the loss of a loved one who has taken their own life? Your calls with questions and comments are an important part of this hour.

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6:33 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Santa Barbara gets $8.6 million to improve walking, biking efforts

Santa Barbara is getting an award from the state of California totaling more than 8.6-million dollars to increase walking and biking in the city.

The money comes from the California Transportation Commission and it amounts to the most per-capita of any other jurisdiction for Active Transportation Funds, according to the city transportation planner Rob Dayton.

The State of California has a number of goals listed for the award, including a improved public health, reductions in greenhouse gasses, and increased options for minority and low-income communities.

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1:07 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County authorities looking for patient with drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis

Santa Barbara authorities are looking for Agustin Zeferino, 24, who has a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Credit Santa Barbara County OES

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services (OES) issued an Urgent Public Health Issue advisory Friday morning regarding a case of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

"Agustin Zeferino, a 24 year old male, has a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis," the advisory said. "Without proper treatment, Mr. Zeferino’s condition poses a serious health risk to individuals who come into close contact with him, as tuberculosis is spread through the air from one person to another."

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Long Term Care
7:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

What Does An Ombudsman Do?

Broadcast date: 8/21/2014

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program of San Luis Obispo County was created in the 1970’s to meet the needs of residents experiencing care problems in nursing homes. Today, Ombudsmen serve as advocates for over 3,000 residents of long term care facilities in San Luis Obispo County, including nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities. These volunteers and staff work to promote the best possible quality of life, support residents’ rights, encourage respect and ensure residents are free from abuse.

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Mental Health
3:58 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Parents, Kids and Sports

Broadcast date: 8/19/14

Sometimes in our quest to raise our children with the best opportunities to achieve their potential we forget to have fun in the process. Tune in Tuesday for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist , Elizabeth Barrett and guest coach Paul Fiala about why it is important to balance play and competitive intensity in our own lives to model for our children how to find balance in their own activities. Caring talk for the Central Coast on your public radio station KCBX.

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Mental Health
3:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

World Peace

Broadcast date: 8/12/14

Is it possible to ever achieve world peace?  Or is it just in our nature as human beings to self-destruct and take all other living beings along with us?  With all of the bad news flooding us on a daily basis it can be a challenge to find hope in an angry world.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how we can create sanctuary amidst all of the noise and struggle around us.  Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged during this live, local call-in program.

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7:30 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Vandenberg Air Force Base water advisory lifted Thursday afternoon

Entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Credit Flickr member Sharon Hahn Darlin

UPDATE: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials posted Thursday afternoon that the "Boil Water Notice" has been canceled. Officials say the supply has been certified as safe for consumption, so normal use is approved.

UPDATE: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say Tuesday's water main break was the result of construction, and water service was restored in approximately 12 hours.

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Mental Health
3:35 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Color Therapy

Broadcast date: 8/5/14

You might think that you've tried it all - talk therapy, pharmaceuticals, yoga, meditation, or biofeedback - and yet you still struggle with your mental health and well-being.  Don't give up hope!  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guest Constance Hart, about the power of Color Therapy in addressing emotional pain, physical discomfort, and other personal struggles.  Your calls with questions or concerns are welcomed and encouraged during this lively and interactive hour.  

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