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Biodynamic farming is a growing trend for California vineyards

Nov 30, 2015
Aidan Mathews

Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles is a 120-acre property that not only grows wine grapes, but houses animals as well. A flock of sheep at Tablas Creek helps maintain a farming process called Biodynamics.

The goal of the process is to help a vineyard function more efficiently.  It's “a practical way of removing weeds in the vineyard," said Levi Glenn, the vineyard's viticulturist. He says this is the number one benefit of having a flock of sheep roaming around the property.

Randol White, KCBX

The long-running debate over height restrictions for the buildings that make up San Luis Obispo's historic downtown core is about to heat up again. 

Randol White

A recent reports ranks San Luis Obispo County among the best in the nation for women to own businesses. 

The company 'NerdWallet' analyzed nearly 200 metro areas zeroing in on factors crucial to small-business success, like local financing opportunity and business climate. They ranked the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande metro area number six in the nation. 

Jordan Bell

A local elementary school is now using a rare teaching tool, one used by just a handful of schools throughout the country.

Fifth graders at Oceano Elementary practice how to proceed at a four-way stop on the school's recently completed bicycle course. It's painted on the blacktop and simulates real-life traffic situations.

Flickr member Mike Mozart

Gas prices in California are now 37 cents-per-gallon cheaper than this same time last year, according to fuel tracking company GasBuddy, and they're predicted to continue falling. 

Dunes Center

There is a search underway for more artifacts buried deep in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Instead of digging, archeologists are first taking to the sky to find these treasures. 

Flickr member: Claire Fackler

Some of the highest tides of the year are expected along the Central Coast next week and could coincide with a storm system headed our way. This has the potential to create localized flooding in our area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Patty Thayer

A massive costume collection aggregated over three decades on the Central Coast is being sold to a theater group in the area. The transfer signifies an end of an era, while providing a big upgrade for one local non-profit. 

Flickr member: Dylan's World

Concerns over immigration raids this week in the Salinas Valley are beginning to subside. The fear of deportation grew out of rumors following a high-profile arrest in the City of Greenfield. 

A number of parents in Greenfield kept their kids out of school on Monday over fears the federal government might raid the facilities.   

Randol White, KCBX

San Luis Obispo’s iconic downtown Thursday night farmers' market (officially called the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market) is undergoing some changes in an effort to bring it up to date and attract more locals to the weekly event. 

SLOCOG/Caltrans

Transportation funding is a real issue in California and along the Central Coast where major projects can no longer move forward because there’s just not enough money. 

Cal Poly CFA

California State University (CSU) faculty members took their salary concerns to the institution's main headquarters on Tuesday. 

UPDATE: Pismo Beach polystyrene ban moves one step closer to becoming ordinance

Nov 17, 2015
Flickr member: Kai Hendry

UDPATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:21 p.m.

Pismo Beach is one step closer to banning expanded polystyrene—known by its brand name styrofoam—from being used by restaurants and other food purveyors. 

Flickr member: James Jones

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire says we've received enough rain on the Central Coast to lift an unusual burn ban for agriculture. 

Rep. Farr says immigration reform is priority during his final term

Nov 12, 2015
Facebook @RepSamFarr

Another long-serving member of Congress from the Central Coast says this term will be his last. Representative Sam Farr announced Thursday he's stepping down after 23 years in Washington. 

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A Federal takeover of a Central Coast police department is moving forward according to the man who called for it. 

Central Coast Veterans Museum making changes to help attract new visitors

Nov 10, 2015
Aidan Mathews

Volunteers at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Building feel many Central Coast residents are unaware of the history found within the war museum's walls.

City of Morro Bay

City officials in Morro Bay say they are working to notify homeless residents regarding a creek cleanup planned for next month. 

Randol White

Experts say the San Luis Obispo County economy is strong and ranks up there with other California hot spots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. That was the message at Friday's Central Coast Economic Summit.

Looking forward they also say there's not reason to be pessimistic about 2016. 

J. Newman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

State officials say it's imminent that California's commercial Dungeness crab season will be canceled until further notice. 

It was announced Thursday morning that the recreational season is on hold as well. This follows a warning earlier this week about high levels of a deadly toxin called domoic acid. 

Kirsten Macintyre, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

UPDATE: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:55 a.m.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday morning in favor of an emergency rulemaking to delay recreational Dungeness crab season by up to 180 days.

SLO County Government Center

San Luis Obispo County says it is moving forward with the largest energy efficiency retrofit in county history after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. 

Nearly all SLO restaurants getting on board with polystyrene ban

Nov 2, 2015
Aidan Mathews

A ban on polystyrene—known by many as the brand name "Styrofoam"—is set to go into effect soon in the City of San Luis Obispo.

emPower video still

emPower Central Coast was initially developed by the County of Santa Barbara to help homeowners countywide overcome obstacles to making energy saving improvements to their homes. 

Cayucos and its pier: together again

Oct 29, 2015
Jordan Bell

The Cayucos Pier is set to reopen this weekend after a two year closure. This week, crews pressure washed the renovated pier to clean it before it opens to the public. 

What makes a plastic bag reusable?

Oct 28, 2015
Flickr user: Day Donaldson

Single-use plastic bags have been banned in San Luis Obispo County since 2012, requiring retailers to instead supply their customers with paper bags for ten cents, among other rules.

However, some Central Coast stores give plastic bags to their customers, despite San Luis Obispo County the bag ordinance. 

Flickr/Tracey Adams

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced Tuseday that it will give Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) two extra months to reevaluate Diablo Canyon's vulnerability to earthquakes.

Portion of Highway 101 named for John Steinbeck

Oct 26, 2015
Twitter @SteinbeckCenter

A stretch of Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley will soon be renamed as the "John Steinbeck Highway." 

Central Coast beach cities anticipate possible flooding

Oct 26, 2015
National Weather Service

Large stretches of the Central Coast could see flooding this week because of a combination of unusually high tides and a strong Pacific storm in the Gulf of Alaska. 

NPR

All Things Considered Host Kelly McEvers is the first ever for that news program to be based on the West Coast.

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