They are the big COVID-19 questions on a lot of people’s minds.  Will researchers be able to develop an effective vaccine, and if so, when will we get it?

One of the Central and South Coast’s top health officials believes a vaccine will work, but he believes it will be next spring before it is widely available to the public.

Two university campuses on the Central and South Coasts will be sticking with online classes for the entire academic year which is now underway.   The Cal State University system has announced that due to coronavirus safety concerns, classes will be only be offered online through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  The 23 campuses had been hoping to return to in-person instruction in January.

Ella Onishuk and Ethan Chao are having quite the adventure.  The two Santa Barbara residents are part of a four person team floating down a river on a remote river raft while battling a giant alien.  Well, the battle at least looks real to them, as they wear some strange looking goggles, backpacks, and squeeze game controllers.  They are at a unique Santa Barbara studio.

A group of students in Santa Barbara is literally about to taste the fruit, and the vegetables of its labor. The experience starts with them working in their school garden, and then going to a nearby farm-to-table restaurant to sample what they’ve grown. It’s a unique effort to help kids learn about gardening, farming, and where we get our food.

It was a big weekend for surfers on the Central and South Coasts, with what’s known as “king tides” hitting the region’s beaches. Some Cal State Channel Islands researchers are trying to use the combination of surfers, and the monster tides to help us learn more about what’s happening short term, and long term along our coastline.