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Santa Barbara County seeing "dramatic" shift in the pandemic, concerns over 'rapid spike'

Santa Barbara County health officials are reporting a significant shift in pandemic numbers, seeing positive infection rates they haven’t seen since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

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You Might Consider Opting Out Of The Child Tax Credit. Here's Why

For many, it was a welcome surprise. On July 15, cash flowed into the bank accounts of parents across the U.S. as the government rolled out the first monthly payments of the enhanced child tax credit passed by Congress this spring. But as helpful as those payments are to a lot of families, they could actually create headaches for others, with some people owing money to the government next year. As a result, some parents have already opted out of the monthly payments and are instead choosing...

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Many in the Paso Robles area live a life of farming and agriculture, like resident Jo Capaldi.

“I just live here — [and] take care of the horses and what have you,” Capaldi said.

Credit: Rachel Showalter

Wild beavers play a critical role in the fight against climate change by creating wetlands that combat drought and wildfire.

Restaurants go digital to survive the pandemic

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A wave of lockdown mandates in March of 2020 halted many aspects of life as we knew it. It was especially true for the restaurant industry, which dove deeper into digital technologies to stay competitive and in many cases, just to stay alive. Here's the story of two sisters -- one tech savvy and the other not so much -- who run their own eateries in Cambria, California.

Spiritualism is a religious practice that utilizes the work of mediums to bring forth messages from relatives who have passed over, to help guide and inform an individuals spiritual journey. Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, comes from Lilydale, New York, the birthplace of Spiritualism and a part of the suffragists movement, for a best-of conversation from the vault.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County health officials are reporting a significant shift in pandemic numbers, seeing positive infection rates they haven’t seen since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Courtesy of Kylee Sullivan | ARIEL Theatrical

When you look at a performing arts program, there are some things you can expect to learn such as singing, dancing or acting – but at ARIEL Theatrical, kids learn so much more.

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More than a month since the state's reopening, health officials say they are beginning to notice cases of COVID-19 rising, with an uptick in patients returning to hospitals seeking care from the virus.

While the surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the nation is overwhelming some hospitals, on the Central Coast, patient numbers are still relatively low but increasing.

Robert Cook, Chief Nursing Officer for Twin Cities Community Hospital, said the Delta variant of the virus is partially fueling the upswing. 

Playing With Food : "Ewe-nique" Ice Cream - Sheep's Milk

Jul 26, 2021
Entry to the scoop shop
Fr. Ian Delinger

The first and only sheep's milk ice cream is produced on the Central Coast. That makes it doubly ewe-nique: the only sheep's milk ice crem, and it's made from ewe's milk. Negranti Creamery in Atascadero has been in business for just over 10 years. Father Ian Delinger got the scoop (pun intended) from founder Alexis Negranti.

As part of the KCBX Arts Beat, we're taking a look at how three local music organizations survived the pandemic: Festival Mozaic, the SLO Symphony, and Infinite Music. In our 3rd episode of KCBX's 12 part series 'Beyond the Furrows" reporter Francisco Martinez explores how labor trafficking affects farmworkers and what’s being done locally. The Land Conservancy of SLO County is starting to assess usage potential for the Santa Rita Ranch along Highway 46. You’ll hear from Around Downtown's Bettina Swigger as she speaks with Erica Crawford of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. Finally, we’ll join Fr. Ian Dellinger as he explores sheep milk ice cream on Playing With Food.

Francisco Martinez | KCBX

During the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers helped the rest of us keep some semblance of order during the initial wave of uncertainty.

And farmworkers are included in that workforce; they're how we get our food on the table.

So when the pandemic hit, Andrea Rojas saw an increase in calls from agricultural workers to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. She knew that increase made sense, because calls from other industries like hospitality and restaurants went down, while there was sustained demand for farmworkers.


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