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KCBX News began covering stories in February, 2014. The first on-air newscast happened during All Things Considered on March 3, 2014. KCBX added local news content to Morning Edition in September, 2014.

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Courtesy of Restorative Partners

From now through June 30, locals can participate in the third annual San Luis Obispo Grilled Cheese Festival.


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: French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital are being recognized for having some of the best patient care in the nation.

Benjamin Purper

More than 1,600 people have donated to an online fundraiser for the San Luis Obispo Police Department officer killed while serving a search warrant the evening of May 10 – raising more than $226,000 in fewer than 24 hours.


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.

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) said its customers are being targeted by scammers ahead of the May 17 tax deadline.

Courtesy: Morro Bay WRF Program Team

A new water reclamation facility and its pipelines are under construction in Morro Bay. Crews will begin building a new section of the pipelines on Monday, May 10 at Main Street and Quintana Road.

Rachel Showalter

San Luis Obispo County announced it will close the three mass vaccination clinics in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande on June 4.

Rachel Showalter

The COVID-19 vaccination site at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo administers around 1,000 doses every day to county residents.

Cuyama Lamb LLC

Livestock grazing services are becoming more widely used as a fire mitigation tool. Animals clear vegetation and reduce fire risk, especially in hard-to-reach places like the slopes and hillsides of the Central Coast.

Lauren Walike

San Luis Obispo County Public Health announced May 5 it is now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations without an appointment at the vaccination clinics in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande.

Randol White/KCBX News

In a 3-2 vote, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided May 4 to move forward with using polling places instead of voter service centers for future elections in the county. That vote goes against the preferences expressed by respondents in a recent countywide voter survey.

Courtesy: City of San Luis Obispo

The City of San Luis Obispo will start construction in 2022 on a $2.5 million bicycle and pedestrian project after receiving a major grant.

Courtesy: City of San Luis Obispo

If you’ve parked your car in Downtown San Luis Obispo over the last week, you may have noticed new multi-space pay stations are now installed in the downtown core of the city.

Courtesy: Downtown SLO

Before COVID, the Thursday farmers' market in Downtown San Luis Obispo used to be much more than just a place to buy groceries. It was also a street fair that pulled in large crowds. Now, after more than a year of closure, the market will reopen Thursday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cover Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara have published the most extensive analysis to date on groundwater infrastructure across the globe. Their research calls attention to the high number of wells at risk for running dry, including along the Central Coast.

Courtesy of Omar Lopez, Peace Over Violence

April 28 is Denim Day, a worldwide campaign during which people are encouraged to wear denim to show support for sexual assault survivors. It is always the last Wednesday of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Michael Barros

April is poetry month, and throughout San Luis Obispo County local artists have been performing and workshopping their poems.

Local wineries prepare for another year of drought

Apr 28, 2021
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.

Courtesy of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

Beginning May 2, COVID-19 testing will be available at the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP).

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has announced the county will move into the less restrictive orange tier of the COVID-19 tiered reopening system effective 8 a.m. on April 28, 2021.

Courtesy of Missy Lintner

After more than a year of closure, Point San Luis Lighthouse will reopen its doors to the public May 1.

The lighthouse has been closed to group tours since the initial statewide pandemic shutdown in March 2020.

Courtesy of SeaLife Steward volunteer Mike Miller

A group of about 50 volunteer kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders begin training in May to help prevent people from disturbing wildlife in Morro Bay as a part of the SeaLife Stewards program.

Courtesy of Caltrans

A stretch of Highway 1 at Rat Creek near Big Sur will reopen April 23 after nearly three months of road closure. Heavy rains washed away 150 feet of road back in January.

Courtesy of Annie Secrest

The County of San Luis Obispo just completed a major solar energy project at the County Operations Center on April 20.

The project is expected to help save the county money on its electricity bills and is the county’s largest at 1.2 megawatts. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, that is enough to power about 500 to 1100 homes, but in this case it will power county facilities.

Lauren Walike

Hearings continued April 21 to determine a bail amount for Ruben Flores, who San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow charged with accessory to murder in the suspected killing of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart in 1996.

County of San Luis Obispo

In a meeting April 20, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved more than $150,000 for the County Administrative Office to use in redistricting efforts.

Rachel Showalter

Paul and Ruben Flores were arraigned April 19 in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court in connection with the suspected killing of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart nearly 25 years ago.

Annette Sheely

Springtime means a boom in baby animals -- especially kittens -- and local shelters are seeing that spike right now, which puts a demand on their resources. Shelters often see an influx of kittens in the spring because people come across litters outside and bring them in for help.

City of Santa Maria

There’s a public art boom going on in Santa Maria. It includes brightly painted utility boxes and murals celebrating the town’s culture and heritage.