• SLO County stakeholders eye expanded mental health services

    With more attendance from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department staff, and representatives from several nonprofit agencies seeking service funding, the mental health advisory committee stakeholder meeting at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, April 30, was larger than usual.

  • New Templeton Advisory Group assembles

    The Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) has reorganized following its elections last month, seating new members and electing new officers and committee chairs for 2019-2020. New board members Jon De Morales (delegate), Rocky Spurgeon (first alternate delegate), and Marie Roth (second alternate delegate) were seated based on the results of the March elections, while incumbents Chris Cobey and Bruce Jones were re-seated as delegates based on their re-election.

  • Smaller York Mountain cannabis project is greenlit

    Months of debate and neighborly recrimination over a project designed to grow food-grade medical cannabis on a ranch seven miles west of “Downtown Templeton,” on Highway 46, came to a close March 26 as lawyers, consultants and San Luis Obispo County Supervisors worked out a deal.

  • Twin Cities Hospital celebrates Doctor’s Day

    The Central Coast Market – Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton – celebrated National Doctors’ Day, March 30, by paying tribute to its physicians for their service, skill and compassion.

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Paso Robles City Council bans new STRs in R-1 zones

There were no cheers as Paso Robles Mayor Steven Martin cast the final vote that put a ban on any new short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods in place. There were smiles and congratulatory hugs and handshakes exchanged between some of the 20-25 people who had seemingly gotten what they wanted — removal of non-hosted short-term vacation rentals from R-1 zones in Paso Robles — after the conclusion of the five-hour City Council meeting.

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Three SLO County residents diagnosed with hepatitis A following private catered event

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department has confirmed that three adult residents of the county have been diagnosed with hepatitis A following a private catered event on May 3. The cases appear to be linked to this single common source.

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Heritage Ranch house and nearby vegetation catches on fire

HERITAGE RANCH — A house caught on fire on the 2700 Block of Saddleback Lane in Heritage Ranch on June 17 —igniting vegetation nearby. At approximately 3:40 p.m. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported that they were on the scene working on a residential structure fire. Minutes later they reported that approximately one acre of nearby vegetation was burning. Within minutes it doubled in size to two acres at moderate speed. Additional equipment was dispatched as it had the potential to spread to 20 acres.

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PRPD: DUI checkpoint nets 9 arrests

The Paso Robles Police Department arrested nine drivers during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, June 8. Three drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and six were arrested for have suspended driver’s licenses. The checkpoint was on June 8 on Niblick Road between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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Fire shuts down Niblick Bridge in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services was dispatched at approximately 4:15 p.m. to the area of Niblick Bridge for a vegetation fire. The first fire engine arrived at the scene within minutes and the initial crew reported less than a quarter acre of grass burning in the riverbed, that was wind-driven and moving at a moderate rate of spread.

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Heritage Ranch house and nearby vegetation catches on fire

HERITAGE RANCH — A house caught on fire on the 2700 Block of Saddleback Lane in Heritage Ranch on June 17 —igniting vegetation nearby. At approximately 3:40 p.m. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported that they were on the scene working on a residential structure fire. Minutes later they reported that approximately one acre of nearby vegetation was burning. Within minutes it doubled in size to two acres at moderate speed. Additional equipment was dispatched as it had the potential to spread to 20 acres.

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Dominguez Fire damages one home in its path

CALIFORNIA VALLEY — A vegetation fire in California Valley damaged a home on June 14, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported. At 12:13 p.m., Cal Fire San Luis Obispo units responded to the fire that was held to 15 acres and 80% contained. Firefighters were able to stop the spread, while also battling the structure fire.

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PHOTOS: Pools opened in Paso, lifeguards sworn in

The Centennial and Municipal City Pools in Paso Robles opened for summer swimmers on Monday, June 10 with lots of splashes and smiles. Katy Sage and her sons stayed cool in Centennial Pool on opening day. Both pools are open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. for public swim. Swimming lessons, classes and other aquatic activities begin on Monday, June 17. Paso Robles City Manager Tom Frutchey administered the oath of office to city aquatics staff at Centennial Pool on Monday morning before the pool gates opened. The city pools will offer a variety of summer programs for youth and adults including swimming lessons, a Junior Lifeguard program, diving camps, a recreation swim team, Aqua Jam classes and much more. For a full schedule of summer aquatics classes and activities, visit prcity.com/recreation.

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ECHO receives $5,000 donation from must! charities Youth Board

ATASCADERO — The El Camino Homeless Organization received a gift of $5,000 from the must! charities Youth Board. must! charities invest strategically with existing non-profits, funding organizations who are the most effective at dealing with our greatest community needs. must! charities' Youth Board is a group of students from Templeton, Atascadero and Paso Robles high schools who are making a difference through collaboration and dedication to make changes to benefit the community as a whole. Students involved have volunteered to serve a minimum of a year term (September through May) and are locally known leaders on their campus.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center hosting cereal drive to help feed local kids during summer months

Templeton and San Luis Obispo — Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which houses the only dedicated pediatric unit in San Luis Obispo County, are leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefiting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. The drive kicked off Friday, June 7, and runs through Friday, June 14.

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    Templeton building caught on fire

    TEMPLETON — An approximate 2,000 sq ft. structure was fully engulfed on 2500 block of Vineyard Drive on June 13. Firefighters from Cal Fire San Luis Obispo, Atascadero Fire, Templeton Fire, Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services and Atascadero State Hospital responded. According to scanner traffic there was an explosion right before the building caught on fire.

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    Commentary: The military-industrial complex strikes again

    A few months ago some friends and I visited the Pearl Harbor National Memorial complex in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The primary exhibits were designed (or deigned, I should say, for the complex was multi-layered, as we shall see) to honor those in the military that lost their lives in the surprise attack on the U.S. Navy and Air Force at Pearl Harbor and other parts of Oahu and the Hawaiian islands by the Japanese Air Force on December 7, 1941.

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    Highway 1 paving between Harmony and Cambria begins next week

    COUNTY — A project to resurface the pavement on Highway 1 from just north of Harmony Valley Road to Cambria Pines Road will begin on Monday, June 10. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures with flaggers Sunday night through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Construction will also take place Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic message boards will inform the public about this roadwork. This project will result in a smooth ride for everyone.

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    Highway 46 East striping improvement project begins next week

    COUNTY — A project to replace the roadway striping and pavement markers began on Highway 46 East on Sunday, June 2. Motorists will encounter lane closures in each direction of Highway 46 East from west of Lucy Brown Road to the Kern County Line Sunday night through Friday morning during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists can expect minimal delays during this roadwork.

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    Recipes to get your summer started on the right foot

    The month of June heralds a multitude of activities and celebrations, from Father’s Day to graduations and weddings. And then there’s the start of the Summer Concerts in the North County communities, the Optimist Wine Festival Golf Tournament, and of course, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Reserve Experience!

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    Commentary: Will housing become a new north vs. south issue?

    There is little doubt the “Beat LA” cry often heard when Southern California sports teams play in other parts of America originated in the San Francisco Bay area, probably during a Dodgers-Giants series in September 1982, when a playoff berth was at stake.

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    Supplemental Tax Oversight Committee Paso Robles reviews projects and funding

    PASO ROBLES — At the April 10 meeting of the Paso Robles Supplemental Tax Oversight Committee, the members reviewed all projects currently under design or construction using sales tax funding approved by voters. The Committee discussed with staff about several projects ranging from current construction status to future projects in the pipeline, with all questions and recommendations being taken into consideration.

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    Letters to the Editor 5-10-19

    This week letter writers consider Dogs and Bots and Short-term vacation rentals.

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