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Three vie for Top Chef title

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Two local chefs are taking on two-time champion Chef Alex Martin
in The Wellness Kitchen's Third Annual Top Chef Competition Sept. 18.
Martin owns Crush Catering, while his opponents Jacob Lovejoy cooks for Cass Winery and Nick Otto cooks for Villa Creek.
All three are feeling the pressure of their Sept. 18 competition, but the chefs are
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Water bill moves to governorís desk

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
SACRAMENTO -- After many months of debate and revision, a bill that would help form a local water district moves beyond the state Assembly and Senate and goes before the governor.
AB 2453, authored by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, passed the Senate Aug. 13 and the Assembly Aug. 18. The bill, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would allow a petition
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Paso PD conducts high-risk stop in downtown

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- A burglary in Atascadero Saturday night lead to a high-risk traffic stop in downtown Paso Robles Sunday in front of Thomas Hill Organics.
Atascadero Police Commander Joe Allen said there was a burglary reported in Atascadero that involved the theft of a safe that contained a gun, pepper spray, money and other items.
When Atascadero detectives came
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Bonds in agriculture trump drought conditions

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Ask any farmer: The drought has wrought havoc on local land, crops and animals. Although far from "new" news, the reality continues to adversely affect the livelihood of thousands working within the Central Coast agricultural industry.
Fifth-generation rancher Will Woolley, who owns Templeton Hills Beef alongside
his wife, Darian Buckles, and business partner Alton Emery, may have
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Explore Templeton history at museum

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- There is a rich history to delve into here on the Central Coast and in Templeton anyone can be transported back in time. All it takes is a trip to the Templeton Historical Museum Society where a docent will show anyone around for free from 1-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Museum Director Darrell Radford takes great pleasure in
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Eberle Winery well a no-go

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- It was bad news for Eberle Winery Tuesday when the city council voted 3-2 against approving a permit to drill a new well at the winery.
The bad news also hit Filipponi & Thompson Drilling, Inc. that played a part in causing the denial because of what Doug Filipponi said was a clerical error.
When Eberle
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City to rewrite fortune-telling ordinance

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- When San Luis Obispo fortune teller Sherry Merino approached the Paso Robles City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday about opening up shop in the downtown, it became apparent that the city's standing ordinance was severely out of date.
The 1959 code lists rules for fortune tellers, clearly written to keep that kind of business out of
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Heritage Ranch resident needs a service dog

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Dominique Fouarge, 20, of Heritage Ranch, suffers from a condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, or AMC, and though she could use a little help from her friends, she dances, works, studies and lives pretty much like everyone else.
Arthrogryposis refers to the development of fixed joints that affect more or multiple areas of the body before birth,
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Police seize quarter pound of heroin

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- After several weeks of investigation, the Atascadero Police Department's Street Detective Team served several search warrants in the City of Paso Robles Saturday night and seized the second-largest amount of heroin in the department's history, said Police Commander Joe Allen Monday.
Allen says the department arrested five individuals in Paso Robles Saturday, three of which were arrested
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Pioneer Day gets dose of 125th Anniversary gusto

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Pioneer Day will take on a dazzling sheen this year as the city's 125th Anniversary Celebration adds a beer garden,bake off, old-fashioned kids' games and more to the time-honored event, slated for Oct. 11.
Paso Robles Tourism Coordinator Shonna Howenstine said the additions will contribute a celebratory sparkle without compromising any beloved Pioneer Day Parade traditions like
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Olive oils flow in Downtown City Park

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- If grocery store olive oils are considered an upper-end product, then the oils at the 11th Annual Olive Festival are nectar straight from the gods. The flavors are rich and varied with nuances of other oils infused into some.
Of the thousands who gathered in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park, visitors ranged from connoisseurs to those
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New Paso school superintendent signs contract

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- New Paso Robles school district Superintendent Chris Williams signed on the dotted line and officially started working at Tuesday's board meeting.
The board unanimously ratified Williams' contract and ushered in a new era for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, replacing Dr. Kathleen McNamara. Some would argue McNamara's tenure was a roller coaster ride that saw
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Incumbent Hamon runs for his council seat

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon is running for re-election.
Hamon has served on the council for eight years, and is running for another term, he said, because he considers it "an honor and privilege to serve my fellow Roblans."
Hamon is a fourth-generation resident of the Central Coast and a Paso Robles businessman with Hamon Overhead
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From camper to counselor

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Volunteering after school can be a huge commitment, but Paso Robles High School senior Shelby Havel takes it one step further by volunteering her summer. Havel, who attended Camp Hapitok during the summers of 2006 and 2007, returned this year to be a counselor.
Camp Hapitok, in San Luis Obispo, is a camp for elementary-aged
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People of Paso: Jim Steaffens

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
People of Paso is a new Paso Robles Press feature showing the faces of Paso Robles residents and visitors and finding out a little bit about them. This week's feature is brought to you by PRP interns Amy Cantrell and Carly Cargill.

Question: If you could be any age for a week, what would it be and why?

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Textbooks approved for school year

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- At Tuesday's regular school board meeting, the board of trustees approved the addition of a Calculus BC course to the Paso Robles High School catalog of classes; a revised Local Control and Accountability Plan and budget; and a declaration of need for fully qualified educators.
PRHS Principal Randall Nelson gave the presentation on the Calculus
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Cruizers Car Show Saturday in Atascadero

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- This Saturday nearly 200 classic cars will be lined up beneath the shade trees at Atascadero Lake Park for the 25th Annual Mid-State Cruizers Car Show and club president Duane Powell says the show is a perfect opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane.
"Come out and see what has been achieved by these individuals through
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PR City Council supports water plan

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The Paso Robles City Council voted 4-0 in support of forming a locally controlled water district at its regular meeting last week.
City staff led by Paso Robles City Manager Jim App, presented information asking the council to consider supporting the formation of a locally managed water district in parallel with a Joint Powers of Authority that
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WINEMAKERSí COOKOFF

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
The Paso Robles Rotary's 16th Annual Winemakers' Cookoff showed off the wine and culinary expertise of local wineries and chefs. The rotary
announced the following award winners for the 2014 Winemakers' Cookoff held Aug. 9†at the Paso Robles Event Center.†All proceeds from the event benefit local high school scholarships. Thanks to the event, The Paso Robles Rotary contributed $30,000 to
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Meet new PRJUSD leader today at meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Tonight the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District School Board will host its final meeting before the start of the 2014-15 school year and introduce its newest leader.
According to school board president Katy Griffin this is going to be a busy meeting and will include ratification of the contract for new Superintendent
Chris Williams. The open
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Grange supports Paso Robles

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
The Paso Robles Grange 555 has been supporting the community in a big way for generations, and recently cooked all the food for the annual Breakfast in the Park.
Volunteers arose at 4 a.m. to get themselves to the Grange kitchen. Some prep work was done the day before the pancake breakfast, but when all was said and done, 18
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Mobile marijuana to continue in Paso Robles

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles will continue to allow mobile marijuana dispensaries to operate throughout the city, but that decision didn't come until after some heated moments at the regular city council meeting Tuesday.
Eighteen Central Coast residents -- not all from Paso Robles -- approached the podium asking the Paso Robles City Council to allow the dispensaries to continue
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PRJUSD hires next leader

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- After careful and robust deliberations, which included a rigorous and inclusive selection process involving school district staff and members of the community, the Board of Trustees has announced the selection of Chris Williams to lead the District as the next Superintendent of Paso Robles Public Schools.
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Monn no longer with district

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Former ag teacher Jeremy Monn is no longer employed by the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, according to a press release issued Thursday.
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TVF opens new stand

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- Fresh farm vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs and honey -- all of nature's bounty -- can be found at Templeton Valley Farms new farm stand on Climbing Tree Road in Templeton.
They offer more than just the farm stand experience. Anyone can come and harvest their food.
To join in on the farm-to-table experience, the new stand is
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National Night Out ó first-ever PRPD event

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Neighbors and local law enforcement are taking back the night by participating in National Night Out. Paso Robles Police Department is kicking off its first time participating in the event, from 6 - 8 p.m., tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Lt. Tim Murphy explained that this is a community event where people will have the opportunity to
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Water rockets: Paso Robles City Library's Fizz, Boom, Read

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014
Full photo package in Tuesday's newspaper.
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Zoo: Hoping for red panda births

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero is awaiting the births of red panda babies that could happen any week now.
The births would be happy news at the zoo, which lost two red panda babies born last fall to the same parents.
Not a lot of research has yet been conducted on the red panda, so
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Paso man wins trip to Las Vegas from Grocery Outlet

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Paso Robles resident John Pellerin won a trip for two to Las Vegas stemming from his shopping experience at Grocery Outlet in Atascadero.
The drawing for that prize and a second prize of a lawn mower donated by Glenn's Repair and Rental, happened late Friday afternoon in the grocery store, a result of the business' campaign to raise
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Zoo collects turtles from dry lakebed

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Charles Paddock Zoo is collecting turtles.
As Atascadero Lake goes dry, the turtles -- both the Pacific pond turtle, which is a native species -- and the red-eared slider, a non-native species are being rescued by zoo personnel and kept in watery habitats.
The Pacific turtles will be released into the lake once water returns, likely
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Council to decide cityís mobile marijuana

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- The Paso Robles City Council will revisit the issue of whether or not to allow mobile marijuana dispensaries to continue operating in the city.
The issue came forward at the last council meeting and instigated a great deal of discussion on the subject. Some councilmembers spoke of family who benefited from the medicinal plant.
At its regular
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Worth every dollar PRHS senior experiences facial reconstruction

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Paso Robles High School senior Diana Grijalva followed through with double jaw, cheek bone, and chin reconstruction on Wednesday, June 25 -- a procedure that cost $50,000 and gave Grijalva a new physical identity.
"I decided to have the surgery because of how underdeveloped my bottom jaw was; it made me have such a bad overbite, and
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Clouston: One year in jail

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Convicted of theft, embezzlement, forgery and identity theft of an elderly woman, now 99, Paso Robles restaurateur Robert Clouston was sentenced to one year in jail with five years of probation.
Clouston plead no contest to the felony charges earlier this month after being arraigned in February.
In February, the Paso Robles Press reported that the elderly
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2014 CMSF equestrian wrap-up

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Button-up shirts, blue jeans, and worn-out boots filled the Hearst Equestrian Center all 12 days of the 2014 California Mid-State Fair. Various bands did loud sound checks and visitors filed in and out of the fairgrounds, but that didn't stop the 98 events that hundreds of local riders, ropers, and horse owners competed in.
"It's all our
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Templeton restoring classic school bus

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
TEMPLETON -- The Templeton Historical Museum Society is currently restoring the first Templeton School District school bus but they need some help.
The group is seeking donations in the form of volunteers, parts, paint and tools.
Robert Tullock Jr., was the gentleman who secured the piece of Templeton history and hauled it out of a ditch to preserve
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Troop 1 is celebrating 100 years

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
KING CITY -- King City Troop 1 is celebrating 100 years in existence on Saturday and is looking for any past Troop 1 members.
Troop 1 was formed in 1914, four years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded. F.M. "Pop" Williams was the spirit behind the movement and the first scoutmaster. Most boys 12 years old and older
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Ultimate networking: 4-chamber mixer draws hundreds

Posted: Friday, Aug 1st, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Farm Supply drew hundreds of ambitious business people to its Paso Robles property Wednesday as four North County chambers of commerce set up shop.
Paso Robles, Atascadero, Templeton and San Miguel chambers staffed booths, as did a number of local businesses, musicians and politicians -- all there to meet and greet, grab some wine and a bite
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