The Cambria Christmas Market is set to return this November — but not everyone is excited. An online petition is gathering signatures hoping to stop the annual event this year, citing pandemic concerns.

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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.


After a slide took out both lanes on a section of Highway 1 south of Big Sur, Caltrans said it has no timeline yet on when the coastal highway will reopen to traffic.

The Cambria Chamber of Commerce said at least 50 percent of the town's visitors come through using the Big Sur Highway. Now that it’s closed for several miles, north central coast businesses are left wondering what may be in store for them.

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For more than a century, mecury mines were active across San Luis Obispo County. The roughly 150 mines not only drove the county's economy, they helped establish Cambria as a city in the 19th century. They also played a role in America’s history—from the California Gold Rush to World War II. All of the county's mines have long since shuttered, but are still hiding in plain sight.

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Cambria’s Coast Unified School District’s superintendent has resigned. After four years on the job, Victoria Schumacher will leave her post at the beginning of 2019. The move comes after almost all of the district’s teachers voted no-confidence in Schumacher earlier in the year, and follows a recent school board evaluation of her performance.

Ryan Vannucci/ Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute

More than 100  high school students from around the state took part in a two-day digital forensics challenge at San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic State University this week. The California Cyber Innovation Challenge was designed to replicate threats that cybersecurity professionals face.

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March is National Youth Art Month, and in the Central Coast town of Cambria, a month-long show at the historic Old Grammar School is bucking the trend of art disappearing from public schools.

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A proposed new California State Parks cabin and campground project on the Central Coast is in the works. The site is located seven miles north of San Simeon, on an oceanside bluff west of Highway 1. State Parks wants to develop the project to provide more low-cost options for visitors, but the plan isn’t unanimously embraced by locals.

Cambria brush fire forces evacuations

Jul 19, 2017
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UPDATE 7/19/17 8 A.M.: Firefighters extinguished the fire Tuesday night, with three acres burned. All streets are open. 

UPDATE 7/18/17 5 P.M.: Just before 5 p.m., evacuation orders were lifted and CalFire reported good progress made towards containment. 

A fire ignited early Tuesday afternoon in downtown Cambria, prompting San Luis Obispo County to issue evacuation orders for residences and businesses along Main Street and Bridge Street.

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On Earth Day this year, the March for Science took place around the globe. There were 43 marches in cities and towns around California; here on the Central Coast marches were held in Monterey, Cambria, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.

Central Coast to join global event in rallying for science

Apr 20, 2017

The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, April 22. In what is now a global event, scientists and those who support science-based evidence will be hitting the streets in mass marches, similar to the Women’s March on January 21. In a mission statement, organizers say the event “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” 

Tall Ship Lady Washington enters Morro Bay Harbor
Thomas Wilmer

Join the conversation dockside at Morro Bay Harbor with Jennifer Little of Discover Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, Mark Elterman with California Highway 1 Coast Discovery Route, and Morro Bay hotelier Joan Solu.

January and February are dubbed the “Secret Season” by local tourism industry folks.

Morro Bay's back bay estuary at sunset
Thomas Wilmer

January and February is when hotel occupancy, restaurant patronage, and tourists visiting the Central Coast is at a low ebb. Throughout the San Luis Obispo County, January is “Restaurant Month” with ample offerings of two-for-one dinners, and other hard to pass up deals. Many hotels offer overnight stays far below posted rates.


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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.

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Thousands of dead trees will soon be removed in the Cambria area now that a grant has come through to help pay for it.

Jason Lopez

A milestone event in the Village of Cambria's ongoing water saga is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon when the emergency water project begins pumping into the local aquifer, as designed.

The system works by drawing up groundwater that is not potable because of seawater intrusion and treated effluent. That water is then filtered and pumped back into the ground.

The system has been in test mode since November and was originally slated to switch into operational mode last month.

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A group hoping to change the course of a water project in the Cambria area is taking their argument to court. LandWatch of San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit this week against the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) in the county's Superior Court.

Deborah Sivas is with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic, a pro-bono student law group that is representing LandWatch. She says the group wants the district to follow the proper environmental review for a project of this scope, and to consider financial aspects as well.

The possibility that the Cambria area could run completely out of water this fall is looking less likely according to the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD).

The District says well levels are looking good thanks to a major conservation effort by local residents and businesses. In fact, some of the well levels are near normal for this time of year and others are low, but not dangerously so.


UPDATE: October 15, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

LandWatch of San Luis Obispo, a group working to change the course of the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) water project, filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The suit is an effort to address environmental and financial concerns over the project.


The residents of Cambria are among the most severely impacted by the ongoing drought conditions on California's Central Coast.

Randol White

Water users in the coastal community of Cambria are far exceeding expectations for conservation efforts this summer.

Customers of the Cambria Community Services District broke records last month for reduced water usage with water production totally less than 43 acre feet. That's a 44-percent drop from last July and the historical average for the month.

That is the least amount of water used in the month of July for the district since records began in 1988.

Navigating Cambria's water crisis to avoid disaster

May 27, 2014
Jason Lopez

Cambria could run out of water as early as October. Residents are aggressively conserving, which means refraining from watering outdoor plants and flushing toilets with water in buckets placed in showers to collect greywater. 

The Cambria Community Services District is moving quickly to get an emergency water treatment facility built to extract brackish water from the San Simeon Creek aquifer, clean it and inject it back underground, where it can then be pumped to customers taps.

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Riders in the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, encountered temperatures well above normal for the Central Coast during Wednesday's Stage 4 along Highway 1.

Heat records were broken throughout San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with many inland locations hovering at or near 100 degrees. Along the coast, where the riders spent most of their time, temperatures were a bit more moderate with 80s and 90s.

Sculptors Gather in Cambria

Apr 25, 2014
California Sculptors Symposium

Each year stone and metal workers from all over the state gather in Cambria for the California Sculptors Symposium.  Reporter Jordan Bell visits with some of the artists to talk about their craft.

Drought affects Cambria's approach to Amgen Tour

Mar 7, 2014
Randol White

The drought is playing a big role in how the village of Cambria will host the Amgen Tour of California stage 4 finish in May. 

At the start of this month, leaders in Cambria put into effect mandatory water restrictions to deal with a declared water shortage emergency. At a town informational meeting Thursday night with Amgen organizers, city officials, local business owners and citizens, local concerns—including the water issue—were addressed.