J. Newman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

(Story updated on February 1, 2016 to clarify crab season opened south of Piedras Blancas.)

Central Coast residents affected by the closure of the Dungeness crab season can now report their losses to the federal government.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is requesting information from those affected by the two-month closure of the Dungeness crab season along the California coast. 

Flickr member: Konrad Summers

A group of Central Coast supermarkets are establishing recycling buy-back centers, as one local facility closes its door at the end of the month in Atascadero. 

Flickr member Glenn Beltz

Central Coast officials are investigating three train track fatalities that occurred this weekend.

The Sheriff's Offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties say three individuals were killed during separate collisions involving Amtrak trains and persons on the tracks. 

Spencer Bruttig, UC Santa Barbara

A recently renovated facility opens its doors this week to Central Coast students.

After more than two years of construction the completed University Library at UC Santa Barbara is open for student-use. 

Local desalinization research could change the future of California facilities

Jan 7, 2016
City of Santa Barbara

The face of California desalinization may change in the next decade thanks to technology being developed locally.

Bomb threat temporarily vacates all San Luis Obispo City buses

Jan 6, 2016
Spencer Marley

Local law enforcement are still investigating a bomb threat that shut down city buses Wednesday morning in San Luis Obispo.

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More than a dozen Central Coast families are learning more about harmful chemicals detected in their drinking water. 

A number of residential wells south of the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport have tested positive for Trichloroethylene (TCE) and other toxic chemicals in levels above drinking standards. 

Flickr member: Patrick Berry

A series of storms are hitting the Central Coast this week, which means we could see flooding.

The National Weather Service said Central Coast residents, especially those near recently burned areas, should prepare for those potential floods. 

Jessica Paterson

New Years Day means several new laws will go into effect statewide including ones penned by Central Coast representatives in Sacramento.

KCBX News - Jordan Bell

A local community will soon determine whether it should be self-governed.

Isla Vista will vote in November on its Community Services District status. 

Draft Environmental Impact Report

A public hearing regarding the Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project in San Luis Obispo County is scheduled for early February. 

Randol White, KCBX

San Luis Obispo's downtown farmer's market is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks. The market is staying consistent while some others are seeing a decline in vendors.


ALSO: ROH-blays or ROH-buhlz: How do you say wine country?

Most people are in agreement that an artist colony on San Luis Obispo County's northern coast is a favorite stop among both locals and tourists. However, when it comes to how the town's name is pronounced, not everyone is on the same page.

Redding Police Department

The two people suspected of killing the children whose bodies were found in a Northern California storage locker will be tried on the Central Coast. Investigators believe the abuse that led to these deaths took place in Salinas. 

Alta Colina, Paso Robles - 2015

A massive spending bill working its way through Congress currently now has wording to protect Central Coast wineries from an international trade dispute. 

Flickr user Ricardo Diaz

A federal lawsuit is being filed against the University of California System this week on behalf of a former UC Santa Barbara student. 

City of Santa Barbara

Results are now in for chemical testing of a local police department. 

In August, the City of Santa Barbara said it would look into what could be causing a spike in health problems, following some employee concerns. 

Flickr member: Andy Blackledge

Stormy conditions are changing the course of action of an emergency project on the Central Coast.

Construction of a massive sand berm to prevent flood damage along the popular Goleta Beach Park began at the start of the month, but recent high tides set crews back to the beginning stages.

Ricky Staub - Instagram @NeighborhoodFilm

A High Surf Warning issued Friday by the National Weather Service was in effect along the Central Coast through Saturday morning, and a High Surf Advisory extended through Sunday afternoon for areas south of Point Conception. 

Flickr member: Patrick Berry

The federal government wants you to check your risk for flooding as California is likely to be hit with a series of large rain storms this winter. 

Trident Winds Morro Bay proposal

Early plans are underway to build a massive wind farm 20 miles off the coast of Morro Bay. 

Cal Poly Universities

New Years Day is fast approaching and with it comes many local traditions including, tuning into or physically going to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. 

California Department of Water Resources

The City of Lompoc wants to make sure flood waters are controlled, if and when winter storms hit. 

To some 'No Hate' march at Cal Poly brings issues to forefront

Dec 3, 2015
Aidan Mathews

Cal Poly estimates Thursday's march, focused on expanding acceptance for diversity, saw as many as 800 people in attendance-- a big crowd for a university that has historically seen few large-scale social protests. 

Students and faculty chanted as they made their way across campus with President Jeffery Armstrong walking in support. 

Santa Barbara County is in the process of contacting a 260 Central Coast residents after a data breach exposed their medical records. 

Flickr member youngthousands

A march is planned through the Cal Poly campus Thursday morning following a series of controversial events including hate speech and death threats.

Flickr member: Andy Blackledge

Construction on an emergency project begins this week along the Santa Barbara coast to prevent potential damage to Goleta Beach Park from the forecasted El Niño storms this winter. 

Randol White - KCBX News

The City of San Luis Obispo is expecting to save millions of dollars in the coming years, while cutting way back on its carbon footprint. The project responsible for these savings, is the first of its kind in the state, and is now a model for others. 

Flickr member Damian Gadal

The tax money generated by the City of Santa Barbara's hotel industry is not hitting government projections. 

Lifewater International

San Luis Obispo-based Lifewater International recently brought clean, accessible drinking water to a remote village in Ethiopia and will soon do the same thing for another village in Uganda. There are also operations going on in the Congo and Malawi.