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  • Santa Maria Fire trains new firefighters

    October 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    The Santa Maria Fire Department is in the middle of training 10 new firefighters. This week marks their third week of training. A couple of months ago, the fire department received a SAFER grant, which is a federal grant, worth $1.6 million. The money from the grant will... more »
  • Some locals turn to public transportation amid gas price hike

    October 8, 2012 9:34 PM

    The high cost of gas prompted people to change their driving habits. From carpooling, to riding the bus, some people are doing whatever they can do to avoid spending money at the pump. Santa Maria Transit said, so far, they haven't seen any big increase in their numbers... more »
  • Local teachers prepare for the first day of school

    August 13, 2012 8:50 PM

    It's back to school time for some Central Coast students. But what actually goes in to preparing for the big day? "They come in just with their eyes open, all excited about school, asking questions," said Rosalie Jones. For Jones, this is her favorite day of the year.... more »
  • Last minute preparations for California Mid State Fair

    July 17, 2012 8:45 PM

    The California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles kicks off its 12 day run Wednesday afternoon. Concerts, foods and carnival rides are just some of the things that the fair has to offer. But how are the days leading up to the big opening? It's one of the... more »
  • Central Coast 4-H, FFA students weigh livestock for qualification at Santa Barbara County Fair

    July 9, 2012 10:28 PM

    The Annual Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its 5-day run Wednesday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Live music, food, petting zoo and rides will be there for your entertainment. Doors open from 11 AM to 10 PM, but the carnival is open a little later, and closes... more »
  • Some local doctors say bath salts are becoming popular among young adults

    June 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    It's known as a designer drug. Some doctors on the Central Coast said it's becoming more popular. It's called bath salts. It's the same effect as if you take cocaine and methamphetamine. Since October 2011, it's been illegal in California to sell all designer drugs. Aggressiveness and... more »
  • About 125 Central Coast businesses take part in Santa Maria trade show

    June 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    It's billed as the largest trade show between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it happened here on the Central Coast. About 125 local businesses, including KSBY, were at the Santa Maria Fairpark for the 27th Annual Business Trade Show. For many of the businesses, this was a... more »
  • Santa Maria police looking for person responsible in the stabbing death of man

    June 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    Santa Maria police are looking for the person responsible for fatally stabbing a man early Wednesday. KSBY has learned the victim, who was in his late 40's, was stabbed in the chest. It happened on North Broadway and Bunny Street. Police got a call around 2:45 AM... more »
  • Golden eagle found injured in Nipomo released back into the wild

    May 29, 2012 8:46 PM

    After weeks of rehabilitation, a golden eagle was released back into the wild Tuesday. Three and a half weeks ago, a farmer found two golden eagles fighting on a dirt road in Nipomo. While they were not injured, neither of them could fly, and that's when Pacific Wildlife Care... more »
  • Local couple honored for 'Welcome Home Military Heroes' ceremonies

    May 28, 2012 9:30 PM

    Memorial Day is a reminder not all troops can be welcomed home. But a local couple is being honored for their tireless work to make sure those who are, get a hero's welcome. Cheryl and Robert Tolan's organization, "Welcome Home Military Heroes", meets at local airports to welcome and... more »
  • Paddleboarding rules enforced just in time for Memorial Day Weekend

    May 23, 2012 10:18 PM

    Paddleboarding is becoming more popular locally, and the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard are stepping up enforcement of some little-known rules ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. A state law signed in 2008 said anyone under the age of 12 has to wear a life vest while stand-up paddleboarding. For... more »
  • Marian Regional Medical Center officially opens its doors; first baby born

    May 22, 2012 11:25 PM

    The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is finally open for business. The hospital's emergency room started to see patients at 7 am Tuesday morning. And by 2 pm, all 110 patients from the old hospital were transferred to the new one. The 'Patient Move Team' has... more »
  • Local students honored for mastering English

    May 21, 2012 9:40 PM

    The Paso Robles School District honored a group of students Monday, who've mastered the English language. It's called a "re-classification" ceremony. The students started school speaking fluent Spanish, and knew very little English, but are now fluent in English. The California Department of Education tests all students not... more »
  • Construction in Paso Robles could cause extra traffic during wine festival weekend

    May 17, 2012 9:38 PM

    The Paso Robles Wine Festival starts Friday, and if you're going, you may want to give yourself some extra time. You could hit traffic due to construction. Since late last year, construction crews have been working on the Highway 46 East-Highway 101 interchange project. Crews are currently adding an... more »
  • Central Coast schools try to tackle food waste in cafeterias

    May 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    It's a California State Food Code. Anything that goes on a student's plate, touched or untouched, must be thrown away if uneaten. According to the California Department of Education, schools across the state are reimbursed $2.77 per student for free and reduced lunches; that's whether they're eaten or thrown... more »
  • CHP look at possible fatal hit and run, car fire connection

    May 14, 2012 10:01 PM

    A car fire in south Santa Maria have investigators looking at whether or not it could be connected to Sunday's fatal hit and run in Nipomo. A witness said a blue Chevy Corvette hit and killed a man walking across the off-ramp of Highway 101 North at the 166... more »
  • Survey: 49% of Americans aren't saving for retirement

    May 10, 2012 9:41 PM

    Saving for retirement is not something most Americans are doing these days. In fact, a new survey showed 49% of Americans aren't contributing to either a 401K or an IRA. The survey, conducted by LIMRA, a trade association for the financial services industry, said the numbers are higher among... more »
  • Central Coast fire officials prepare for a busy fire season

    May 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    As fire officials throughout the Central Coast prepare for an active fire season, the extended runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport will be getting a lot of use this summer. About 1,700 feet were added to the already 6,700 feet runway. Tanker planes will be flown in during... more »
  • Downtown San Luis Obispo credit card meters brings revenue to city

    May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

    Parking in downtown San Luis Obispo has become a little easier thanks to some credit card meters installed mid-March. Those 400 meters are bringing in more money to the city. The soloar-powered meters were put in because the city decided to raise parking from a $1.25 to $1.50 in... more »
  • Paso Robles officials ready for new police chief, ask Los Gatos firm for help

    May 1, 2012 10:57 PM

    Paso Robles officials told KSBY Tuesday that they're ready to find a new police chief, and have asked an executive search firm to help. It will cost the city just under $20,000 to get the help. This, after former police chief Lisa Solomon resigned back in early April. ... more »
  • Scolari's closing Central Coast grocery stores

    April 13, 2012 2:44 AM

    A popular grocery chain is closing on the Central Coast after more than 60 years. Scolari's Market announced Thursday it will shut down all four locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara. The Scolari family called its decision "gut-wrenching." We don't have exact numbers,... more »
  • Survey: Local business owners optimistic about future

    April 10, 2012 10:29 PM

    Some local business owners in Santa Maria are feeling rather optimistic about how business is going. This, according to a new survey, conducted by the Economic Development Commission. Although the results showed things are looking up, there are some areas that aren't doing so well. The survey showed... more »
  • Allegiant passengers now have to pay $35 for overheard carry-ons

    April 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    You might have to pay an extra $35 when you fly Allegiant Air. Starting Wednesday, passengers who chose to bring carry-on bags that need to go in overheard bins, will have to pay up to $35. Passengers will still be allowed to bring one personal item with them, like... more »
  • Local Mexican restaurants say Chipotle is no competition

    March 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    When Chipotle recently went looking to hire staff for 30 positions for their new restaurant in Santa Maria, about 1,000 people applied to work there. A couple of the people who managed to get jobs lived at local homeless shelters. The national chain officially opened their first Santa... more »
  • County of San Luis Obispo, Sheriff's Department hit with lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 9:49 PM

    A former sergeant with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department has filed a lawsuit against the department and the county. Dale Strobridge alleged the county and sheriff's department retaliated against him by firing him. The papers were filed earlier this month. Strobridge was fired from his... more »
  • Spring cleaning could save your home

    March 26, 2012 10:40 PM

    Spring is here, and with this season comes lots of cleaning. De-cluttering and maintaining your home could save it from a fire. Central Coast fire departments are speaking out about the importance of making sure your home is clean, and fire proof. "It's just a matter of doing... more »
  • Locals react to new study about marriage

    March 22, 2012 10:07 PM

    A new government study that came out Thursday said only half of first marriages last 20 years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there is a 52% chance that a first marriage for a woman will survive 20 years. For men, the number is a little higher... more »
  • Some San Luis Obispo homeless can now legally park in facility off Prado Road

    March 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    Some homeless people in San Luis Obispo will now be able to park their cars and RV's overnight in the Prado Day Center, which is a facility for homeless people, located off Prado Road. The city council voted unanimously to allow 5 parking spots to become available. The... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    March 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast. The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
  • California rent among highest in nation

    March 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    A new study shows California has the third highest rents nationwide. But, in terms of cities, San Francisco tops that list. According to the National Low Income Coalition, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the city is about $1,900 a month. The hourly rate needed to make... more »
  • California rent among highest in nation

    March 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    A new study shows California has the third highest rents nationwide. But, in terms of cities, San Francisco tops that list. According to the National Low Income Coalition, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the city is about $1,900 a month. The hourly rate needed to make... more »
  • San Luis Obispo house fire raises questions about safety codes

    March 6, 2012 10:28 PM

    A fire that swept through a San Luis Obispo house over the weekend has raised questions about the safety of older homes in the city. Nine people escaped the burning home on Johnson Avenue early Sunday morning. The Red Cross said one woman was transferred from a local hospital... more »
  • Strawberry growers ahead of the game this season

    March 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Strawberry season doesn't officially start on the Central Coast until spring. But some growers are getting ahead of the game. According to the California Strawberry Commission, California produces almost 90% of the nation's strawberries. About 25% of the strawberries in California are grown in Santa Maria. Strawberry picking... more »
  • Sharks blamed for record number of sea otter deaths in local waters

    February 29, 2012 2:59 AM

    A record number of sea otters died last year in California and scientists are searching for solutions. The U.S. Geological Survey says 335 dead, sick or injured otters were found and one major culprit is sharks. One local biologist says it's an alarming trend. He is seeing the largest... more »
  • Road leading to Guadalupe Dunes now open

    February 22, 2012 10:10 PM

    If you want to take advantage of the nice beach weather, the road to the Guadalupe Dunes is finally open again. The road collapsed last March because of heavy flooding. Visitors had to walk a mile to get to the dunes. People who live in Guadalupe and beachgoers... more »
  • Santa Maria business owners to take survey about local economy

    February 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    The Central Coast is showing some signs of economic growth. Large chains, like Chipotle and David's Bridal, will open their doors this spring in Santa Maria. The city's Economic Development Commission is taking a survey to see how local businesses are doing, and how they feel going into the... more »
  • Local counselor says prescription drug abuse is a "quiet epidemic"

    February 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    Although Whitney Houston battled prescription drug addiction for years, it is too soon to know if drugs were a cause for her death. We do know, however, that prescription drug abuse is a very big problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... more »
  • Roses will cost you on Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2012 10:13 PM

    Valentine's Day is only five days away and people are already thinking of ways to show their loved ones they care. For the floral industry, this is one of their busiest times of year. According to Skyline Flower Growers in Nipomo, the floral process begins 12 to 16 weeks... more »
  • Much needed rain causes inconvenience for locals

    January 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    The much needed rain storm has come and gone. It was a short stay for the first rainfall of the new year, but it was just enough for Central Coast residents. According to Santa Maria city officials, there were no problems on the roads. The California Highway Patrol said... more »
  • 4.6 quake hits just north of the Pinnacles

    August 27, 2011 6:48 PM

    A 4.6-magnitude earthquake shook part of California's Central Coast early Saturday morning. The USGS says the quake hit around 12:18 a.m. four miles north of the Pinnacles and about 65 miles southeast of San Jose. There have been several aftershocks throughout the day, some registering as high as 3.6.... more »
  • STAR Test results show student scores are up across the state and here at home

    August 15, 2011 8:27 PM

    These are tough times for education as budget cuts continue taking their toll on schools across the state. Still, a new report shows student test scores are up from last year. The STAR Test results are in. Statewide 54 percent of students grades two through 11 scored proficient or... more »
  • More golfers teeing off at local courses

    June 23, 2011 8:25 PM

    Could it be a sign the economy is turning a corner? Local golf courses say business seems to be on the upswing in the last few months. For some, the numbers are the highest they have been since 2006. Heading into summer, golf pros and course managers are cautiously optimistic... more »
  • Local jails prepare for increase in inmates

    June 9, 2011 9:25 PM

    Local jails are gearing up for an increase in inmates as the state works to fix prison overcrowding. The already-cramped San Luis Obispo County Jail could need to house close to 200 more inmates over the next year. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to cut... more »
  • Local law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunk drivers

    May 28, 2011 8:10 PM

    Several local law enforcement agencies are kicking off their Memorial Day weekend crackdown on drunk drivers. On Saturday night officers in Grover Beach will hold a driver's license and DUI checkpoint on Grand Avenue between 9th and 10th streets. Patrol cars will also be out this weekend near the... more »
  • Breaking down disaster insurance, are you covered?

    May 11, 2011 6:50 PM

    If a major earthquake or flood hit the Central Coast would your home be protected? What about in a tsunami or nuclear disaster? Standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover those types of events and that could mean major financial losses should disaster strike. From a deadly earthquake,... more »
  • Peak fire season is upon us, is your home ready?

    May 5, 2011 12:28 AM

    Local firefighters are gearing up for peak fire season and they are reminding Central Coast residents to do the same. Cal Fire will be conducting inspections to make sure homeowners are complying with the state's defensible space requirements. The Central Coast is no stranger to devastating wildfires and with... more »
  • Local wedding professionals hoping to bring a touch of royalty to brides and grooms on the Central Coast

    April 28, 2011 8:49 PM

    The royal wedding is just hours away now and royal watchers across the globe will not be the only ones gathering around their television sets. Wedding professionals here on the Central Coast are also keeping a close eye on the big event. When Prince William and Kate Middleton say... more »
  • SLO and SB Counties get failing grade for air quality

    April 28, 2011 1:07 AM

    The American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report gives our two counties failing grades. Both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties were given an "F" grade for high ozone days. As for particle pollution, San Luis Obispo County received an "A," Santa Barbara County got a... more »
  • Wine 4 Paws weekend wraps up

    April 10, 2011 7:32 PM

    Dozens of local wineries were doing their part this weekend to help local pets in need. Sunday wrapped up the third annual Wine 4 Paws weekend. Fifty-nine wineries from across the Central Coast are donating all of their tasting fees, or a portion of all their wine sales to... more »
  • Local representatives react to looming government shutdown

    April 8, 2011 9:08 PM

    As the stalemate continues, Congresswoman Lois Capps says the republicans' ideologies are holding things up. "The use of birth control pills if you will, is shutting down the government, it's unbelievable to me," Capps said. She says federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains a sticking point, but Congressman... more »
  • Local law enforcement to launch campaign against distracted driving

    April 3, 2011 10:06 PM

    Starting Monday, local law enforcement will be cracking down on distracted driving. Their goal is to stop drivers from texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. The distracted driving campaign will last for the rest of April. The first ticket will cost $159 and further offenses will... more »
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for two local children

    March 28, 2011 12:10 AM

    It was a day full of surprises for two Central Coast children who have already faced, and overcome, more than enough challenges in their short lifetimes. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the tri-counties is pulling out all the stops to make their dreams come true. Three-year-old Julian Saba could... more »
  • A closer look at local tsunami inundation maps

    March 24, 2011 9:36 PM

    Tsunami inundation maps prepared by the California Geological Survey paint a startling picture of a worst-case scenario on our coastline. That scenario is the kind of large-scale tsunami that might not occur for hundreds of years. Penny Villalba is still repairing her Oceano property that flooded during December's heavy rains.... more »
  • Diablo Canyon detecting "extremely low" levels of nuclear radiation from Japan, poses no risk to public

    March 18, 2011 7:43 PM

    San Luis Obispo County's Environmental Health Department says Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is detecting extremely low levels of nuclear radiation coming from Japan. However, state and local health officials stress it does not pose a public health risk. Scientists figure radiation in what they call micro curies per... more »
  • State and local agencies say radiation plume from Japan poses no risk to California residents

    March 17, 2011 7:34 PM

    The nuclear crisis in Japan is creating a lot of concern here on the Central Coast, but state and local agencies say we are not at risk. Local air pollution control officers expect whatever radiation plume might arrive to hit here sometime Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency is using... more »
  • Local agencies encourage residents to register for Reverse 911 system

    March 12, 2011 8:02 PM

    Local agencies are urging people to register for reverse 911 so you can be notified directly when there is an emergency. It was used Friday to evacuate people in coastal areas. Most landlines are automatically in the system but you will need to manually register your cell phone. Just... more »
  • Gas prices on the Central Coast: the reasons behind those high numbers

    March 10, 2011 9:37 PM

    Gas prices continue to climb and the Central Coast is taking a big hit. Prices now top $4.00 a gallon in some cities. The latest numbers from AAA show the national average for unleaded gas is $3.52 a gallon. California's average is 40 cents higher at $3.92. Compare that... more »
  • Why is gas so expensive on the Central Coast?

    March 10, 2011 4:36 PM

    Gas prices continue to climb and people on the Central Coast are taking some of the biggest hits to their budgets. The latest numbers from AAA show the national average for unleaded gas is $3.52 a gallon. California's average is 40 cents higher, at $3.92. Compare that with $3.97... more »
  • Rising gas prices taking their toll

    February 27, 2011 6:54 PM

    Gas prices are rising nationally, and now the increased cost is fueling higher prices on everything from food to airfare. Last week American Airlines, Continental, United and U.S. Airways raised prices by $20 to $30. Other airlines are likely to follow, making the price of anything that needs... more »
  • Gas prices causing pain at the pump

    February 20, 2011 10:28 PM

    The pain at the pump is getting worse as gas prices skyrocket across the nation. Over the past two weeks the average price of regular gas in the U.S. has gone up more than five cents per gallon. It now stands at $3.18. That is not only a hike... more »
  • Preparing for the upcoming storm: Sandbag information

    February 17, 2011 5:28 PM

    Local authorities want you to know where to grab sandbags in case you need to prepare your home for the upcoming rainy weather. In all of these cases, you need to bring your own bags to fill with sand provided by local emergency services departments. They can be bought... more »
  • Central Coast Borders bookstores will remain open, as company files for bankruptcy

    February 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    Central Coast Borders bookstores will remain open as Borders Group Wednesday announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Borders Group says it will have to close about 200 of its more than 600 stores nationwide over the next few weeks. The stores in San Luis Obispo and... more »
  • DMV driver license delays frustrating drivers

    January 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    It's been a long, rocky road for thousands of Californians who are still waiting to get their driver's license and they are tired of the delays. The DMV began issuing a newly-designed and more secure driver's license in October. The new cards have special security measures built in, designed... more »
  • Woman killed in Colorado graduated from Arroyo Grande High School

    January 10, 2011 10:10 PM

    Community members are mourning the loss of a former Central Coast resident police say was murdered over the weekend. Investigators say 38-year-old Nathan Yager killed his wife Melinda Tackett-Yager Friday afternoon in Paonia, Colorado. Melinda graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1995 and moved to Colorado in 2008.... more »
  • Former Central Coast resident allegedly murdered by her husband in Colorado

    January 9, 2011 8:13 PM

    A former Arroyo Grande resident is dead, allegedly murdered by her estranged husband. Melinda Yager's body was found about a block from her home in Paonia, Colorado near some train tracks on Friday. Yager's husband, 38-year-old Nathan Yager turned himself into authorities Saturday. He's being held on a charge... more »
  • The Most Important Stories of 2010

    December 31, 2010 12:53 AM

    Here's look back at the important stories of 2010. We especially want to remember some of the people who passed away in the last 12 months. Early in 2010, the Central Coast lost a couple of icons: In March, fire destroyed the Cabo San Luis restaurant in San Luis... more »
  • Locals prepare as storm approaches

    December 17, 2010 1:06 PM

    Central Coast residents are gearing up for a big storm headed our way. Just overnight, wind blew over a canopy at a 76 gas station in Orcutt. It happened at the corner of Bradley Road and Clark Avenue. No one was injured. Winds gusts in Orcutt were expected to... more »
  • Two local men receive Governor's State Employee Medals of Valor

    December 10, 2010 12:20 AM

    It's the highest honor California's public servants can receive and now two local men are the proud recipients of the governor's state employee Medal of Valor. The award honors extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism to save the life of another. Cal Trans worker Bob MacKenzie and Santa... more »
  • Local growers prepare for overnight freeze

    November 24, 2010 9:27 PM

    Growers by the coast say they expect the frigid temperatures this time of year, they plan for them, and while the cold weather will most likely have a small impact growers say it's nothing they cannot work through. "If it gets below 32 degrees we have some concerns, and... more »
  • "Where the Jobs Are" Part 2

    November 10, 2010 9:49 PM

    Despite the down economy business is booming for some Central Coast companies and many are searching for local professionals to help continue that growth. We're bringing you part two of our special series, "Where The Jobs Are." KSBY News' Danielle Lerner did some research and came across at... more »
  • Where the Jobs Are Part 2

    November 10, 2010 3:00 PM

    Despite the down economy business is booming for several Central Coast companies and many are searching for local professionals to help continue that growth. Tonight we bring you part two of our special series, "Where The Jobs Are." Danielle Lerner will introduce you to eight companies, looking to... more »
  • Local airports not affected by terror threats

    October 29, 2010 9:38 PM

    Airports along the Central Coast continued to operate as normal, despite the increased security in parts of the East Coast. A lot of passengers seemed to go about their day without much concern here. They aren't as concerned because it wasn't a passenger plane and sadly, many say they've... more »
  • Record state budget impasse in Sacramento having effects here at home

    September 16, 2010 9:12 PM

    California's budget crisis reaches record-breaking proportions. It is a milestone many hoped would never come, Thursday marks the longest budget impasse in California history. The state budget is now 78 days overdue. Democrats and Republicans are still debating whether new taxes or more spending cuts should close... more »
  • Violent crime decreases in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, increases in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo in 2009

    September 16, 2010 12:39 PM

    Some new numbers released by the FBI earlier this week show violent crime in the U.S. dropped just more than 5 percent in 2009. Here on the Central Coast, violent crime increased by about 18 percent in Santa Maria and by 3 percent in San Luis Obispo. The... more »
  • Natural gas line safety on the Central Coast

    September 10, 2010 8:02 PM

    Since investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly caused the explosion in San Bruno, our local gas company cannot yet say if something like that could happen on the Central Coast. However they say residents should still be aware and prepared. Cal Fire says there are... more »
  • Labor Day closures

    September 5, 2010 6:54 PM

    Just a Labor Day weekend reminder about holiday closures Monday. All local city, county, state and federal offices will be closed Monday and that includes local libraries. There will be no mail service either and post offices are closed. Most schools also have the day off. Check with your local... more »
  • Do's and Dont's of living in snake country

    September 2, 2010 8:18 PM

    Locals and visitors will not be the only ones enjoying the great outdoors this Labor Day weekend. The California Department of Fish and Game says most rattlesnake bites occur between the months of April and October, when snakes and humans are most active outside. In fact, on Wednesday a man... more »
  • Federal Regulators Close Los Padres Bank

    August 21, 2010 7:11 PM

    Federal regulators have closed a local bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over Los Padres Bank, which is based out of Solvang on August 20. The bank has branches in San Luis Obispo, Nipomo, Pismo Beach and Atascadero. The bank branches will now be taken over... more »
  • Only a few days left to request a vote-by-mail ballot for upcoming special election

    August 7, 2010 11:04 PM

    The Special Election is right around the corner to fill Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's 15th District senate seat, and if you want to vote by mail you only have a few more days to request a ballot. Tuesday, August 10 is the last day to request a ballot be mailed... more »
  • Rip current near Carmel pulls 7 people out to sea

    July 4, 2010 7:03 PM

    A riptide incident near Carmel is prompting a warning for swimmers. It happened just before 6 p.m. Saturday at Monastery Beach. Seven people were reportedly pulled out to sea by a riptide. Luckily, waves eventually pushed the victims back to shore. Still, emergency crews want to... more »
  • U.S. Forest Service could resume night operations

    June 30, 2010 10:05 PM

    The U.S. Forest Service is deciding whether to make a key policy change affecting how it fights fires. The Forest Service currently does not fly at night, but a Southern California lawmaker is pushing for the change. The Forest Service stopped the practice in the early 1980s because of... more »
  • Central Coast beaches test well in this year's Heal the Bay beach report

    May 26, 2010 1:45 PM

    Heal the Bay's annual study of the quality of California's beaches shows that beachgoers enjoyed good water quality this year. In Santa Barbara County, 16 locations were monitored on a weekly basis from as far upcoast as Guadalupe Dunes and as far south as Carpinteria State Beach. Heal the... more »
  • Violent crime spikes in Santa Maria; drops in other cities

    May 25, 2010 9:50 PM

    For the third straight year U.S. crime rates have dropped. The F.B.I. says both property crimes and violent offenses dropped some five percent.... from 2008 to 2009. Locally, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara saw drops in violent crimes. San luis obispo went up slightly and we're learning that Santa... more »
  • Census workers prepare to go door to door

    April 30, 2010 10:27 PM

    Census workers will officially begin going door-to-door tomorrow to make sure everyone is counted. The census bureau in Santa Maria has been training more than one thousand workers to cover both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Census officials say around 90,000 homes are still unaccounted for. ... more »
  • Gas prices climbing on Central Coast

    April 7, 2010 2:12 PM

    Gas and oil prices have climbed to 18-month highs this week. Nationwide, the price of gasoline is up eight cents over the past month. It's up 80 cents from one year ago. Analysts call it a perfect storm of factors: more drivers are on the road in warmer weather,... more »
  • Smoking bans the topic among Central Coast leaders

    April 6, 2010 8:44 AM

    A smoking ban at Santa Barbara County parks, beaches, and trail heads will be the hot topic at a public hearing Tuesday morning. County health officials say the ban would reduce exposure to deadly secondhand smoke, help remove litter from cigarette butts, and reduce the risk of fires. Right... more »
  • The Easter Bunny visits San Luis Obispo

    April 2, 2010 2:40 AM

    Central Coast kids went hopping down the bunny trail! Families gathered in San Luis Obispo for a little early Easter fun during Farmers' Market Thursday night. Downtown businesses handed out candy and treats to the little ones who stopped by. And a familiar face was also onhand to greet... more »
  • Parents and teens warned about the dangers of "sexting"

    March 30, 2010 8:07 PM

    A Central Coast student may be headed to court for something many teens are doing these days. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies say sexting is on the rise...and it's illegal. In a national survey, 20% of teenagers overall say they've texted nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves.... more »

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