Sophie Lincoln

News Intern

Sophie Lincoln is a journalism senior at Cal Poly, working to pursue a career in broadcast news. She is also the News Director for Cal Poly’s KCPR and the Special Sections Editor for Cal Poly’s Mustang News. In her spare time, she likes to hike, go to the beach and spend time with friends.

Courtesy of Dragon Springs Farm

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, all of San Luis Obispo County is currently experiencing severe drought and 17% of San Luis Obispo County is experiencing exceptional drought.

Issues & Ideas: Monterey's Car Week, a covid update, ECHO homeless services and farmworkers' rights

Aug 9, 2021

On Issues & Ideas, we take a look at the labor rights of farm workers in "Beyond the Furrows", KCBX's 12 part series. Car Week in Monterey is this week, and 85 thousand visitors are expected, adding 67 million dollars to the local economy. Dr. Allen Radner, the chief medical officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, talks about the continued threat of the Delta Variant in Monterey County. You’ll hear from local earthquake experts about the probability of “The Big One”, and it's potential damage to the Central Coast. On this week’s Nonprofit Story, you’ll hear from Amy Lewis of ECHO, about their 20 years of helping unhoused individuals. And finally, you’ll hear from SLO County's 1st District Supervisor John Peschong on redistricting.

Courtesy of Santa Barbara City Council

The Southern Central Coast has a new Coastal Commissioner. Meagan Harmon discussed some of her priorities for the coast including sea level rise, offshore wind energy and the decision to phase out off-highway vehicles at Oceano Dunes.

photo: Healthy People Healthy Trails

On Issues & Ideas we're exploring the history of farmworkers' rights in California, and how that history affects people on the Central Coast. We're also taking a look at redistricting on the Central Coast, and some of the challenges being faced. And, we explore the possibility of wind turbines in Morro Bay, and the reaction of some in the fishing industry. We’re checking in with Healthy People Healthy Trails is a community initiative in Santa Barbara County to promote health and well-being through the use and enjoyment of nature. Meteorologist John Lindsey reports that a serious decline in the sea star population has led to a massive die-off of the kelp forests along the Northern California coastline. And finally, the San Luis Obispo City manager Derek Johnson talks about job strategies and city projects.

In a recent article for the SLO Tribune, meteorologist John Lindsey reported that a severe decline in the sea star population has led to a massive die-off of the kelp forests along the Northern California coastline. KCBX’s Sophie Lincoln spoke with Lindsey about the phenomenon and how it might affect the Central Coast.

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A second advisory council for the unincorporated community of Oceano will meet in July after the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors voted to recognize the group on June 8. Some opponents of the decision are questioning the council’s motive and fear that this decision will set a dangerous precedent for other community advisory councils.


Following a landmark decision by the California Coastal Commission to phase out off-highway vehicular use at Oceano Dunes, non-profit Friends of Oceano Dunes has filed three lawsuits against the commission.

Courtesy of California State Parks Oceano Dunes

Friends of Oceano Dunes, a local nonprofit whose goal is to continue vehicular access at the dunes, filed a third lawsuit May 11 against the California Coastal Commission’s decision to phase out off-road vehicles at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

Courtesy of Sue Terry

Droughts are nothing new in California, so many wineries have adopted new methods and technologies to prepare for what has already been a very dry year.

Rep. Salud Carbajal | Courtesy of Rep. Salud Carbajal

Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal is re-introducing legislation to protect federal land on the Central Coast, saying he’s optimistic Congress will be more receptive because of a new Biden administration.

Mustang News

With a new quarter underway at San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly, the university’s testing program has expanded since the fall, when students living on-campus only had to get tested every other week. Now it applies to students who live in university housing, are enrolled in face-to-face classes, work on campus, use on-campus resources or live with a student who meets any of these requirements.

A western snowy plover at Oceano Dunes.

Despite December's stay-at-home orders in San Luis Obispo County, Oceano Dunes state park hasn't closed to day-use off-roading. That’s as California’s state park agencies face a lawsuit for alleged unlawful killing of threatened wildlife.