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PG&E: Widespread power outage affects thousands in NC

ATASCADERO — Power went out to many homes and businesses between Templeton and Atascadero on Wednesday, April 14. The power outage began at 3:53 p.m. and affected approximately 2,990 customers, according to Pacific Gas and Electric’s online power outage map. According to PG&E, power will be restored by 7:15 p.m. The reason for the outage is under investigation.

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CHP: Cholame 'Y' crash claims the life of one man, eight injured

CHOLAME — The Cholame "Y" intersection of State Route 41 and State Route 46 was the scene of a fatality collision on Wednesday, Aug. 7, involving two vehicles, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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10th annual Burgers and Brews competition, festival set for Sept. 1

SANTA MARGARITA — California Women for Agriculture SLO County chapter will be hosting their 10th annual Burgers and Brews competition and festival. This event involves a night at the Santa Margarita Ranch enjoying locally grown meat and Central Coast brews. Music and entertainment will be provided by Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band to encourage people to dance the night away. “We hope guests enjoy the family, ranch-style atmosphere as they cruise through the barn tasting locally raised beef, chicken, lamb and veggie sliders and locally brewed beers and ciders,” organizers stated. All burgers and brews are from farmers, chefs, caterers and breweries from the Central Coast.

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Fall semester at Cuesta College begins August 12

SAN LUIS OBISPO — There is still time to register for Fall 2019 classes at Cuesta College – the semester begins Aug. 12 and runs through Dec. 13. Courses are offered on the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Campus, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, the South County Center in Arroyo Grande, and online. Students can enroll in courses in the areas of agriculture, architecture, biology, business, computer information systems, engineering, English, film television and electronic media, geographic information systems, graphic design, mathematics, music, welding, and more.

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Sell-outs and carnival increase highlight the Fair

PASO ROBLES — Two sold-out concerts featuring Cardi B and Blake Shelton, and an increase in Carnival revenue highlighted a super-fun 2019 California Mid-State Fair. “Let’s Have S’More Fun!” was in full effect with multiple new activities, demonstrations and special events at the 2019 California Mid-State Fair.

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County to disburse millions to ease local impacts of Diablo Canyon Plant closure

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo received $28.35 million over the past week as the 2019 allotment of state-mandated funds that will help ease the local public health, safety and economic impacts of the closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Diablo Canyon Power Plant is scheduled to stop operations no later than 2025. About $9.6 million of the funds received are to be used by the County and incorporated cities for economic development purposes. The remaining $18.75 million will be passed on to over 70 local public agencies, including the San Luis Coastal Unified School District and all incorporated cities, to support essential services that risk losing funding as Diablo Canyon nears closure.

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North County’s Most Wanted : Johnstone

Josiah James Johnstone, 34, is wanted for failing to appear for stalking and threatening to commit a crime of violence which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person. Johnstone is Hispanic, 6' 1" tall, 170 pounds and his last known residence is in Atascadero.

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County: No reported illness at the Fair

COUNTY — There have been concerns about illnesses at the California Mid-State Fair this past week. Perhaps stemming from the death of a 2-year-old boy, that contracted Escherichia Coli also known as E.Coli from a San Diego fair this July. The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department was not aware of illness such as E. Coli or foodborne illness linked with the fair.

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Fire burns 2 acres in Salinas riverbed

PASO ROBLES — A fire burned 2 acres Monday night, July 22, in the Salinas riverbed near the Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services. At approximately 6 p.m. on July 22, PRFES was dispatched to the area of 3200 Sulphur Springs Road for a vegetation fire.

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Free carnival rides on Opening Day!

PASO ROBLES — For the first time in the history of the California Mid-State Fair, all carnival rides on Opening Day of the 2019 Fair will be FREE! The California Mid-State Fair is teaming up with Helm & Sons Amusements to offer FREE carnival rides to all patrons on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Just pay normal Fair admission and that’s it: no need for wristbands, coupons or tickets on Opening Day. The gates and carnival open at Noon on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, and don’t close until Midnight. Of course, normal height and size restrictions still apply, but everyone rides for free in the Main Carnival and Cub Country! And yes, this does include the Big Splash water ride.

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SLO Sheriffs investigating a suspicious death in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — San Luis Obispo Sheriffs found a body of a male on Sunday, July 7, in Paso Robles and are conducting an investigation into a suspicious death. At approximately 6:54 a.m. the Sheriff's Office was contacted at about a possible body spotted on the side of the road off of Estrella Rd. near Hog Canyon.

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Fires continue to burn within the communities of the North County

NORTH COUNTY — Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County responded to a garage and outbuilding that were fully engulfed in fire along with two acres of nearby vegetation in Paso Robles on June 23. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo arrived at about 4:51 p.m. and was able to clear the area in about an hour. They were assisted by Paso Robles Fire Department, Camp Roberts Fire Department, and San Miguel Fire Department. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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County Public Libraries partnering with Hearst Castle on centennials

COUNTY — This year marks the centennial of County Libraries and the 100th Anniversary of the ground-breaking for construction at Hearst Castle. California State Parks Museum Director Mary Levkoff and Guide Supervisor Aja Milne developed a summer schedule of programs to be held free of charge at county branches for the Adult Summer Reading program. Several branches will be hosting a Living History 1930’s Fashion Show, an interpretive experience of Hearst Castle with period pieces and reproductions on hand to try styles from this bygone era. Also scheduled are presentations on Chief Architect Julia Morgan; longtime Hearst companion and actress Marion Davies; W.R. Hearst and the Hollywood Connection; Hearst’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and more.

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Master Gardeners now taking applications

COUNTY — Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming 2020 UC Master Gardener training class. The training class teaches research-based sustainable landscape practices. Certified Master Gardeners then extend that knowledge to residents of the county through workshops, newspaper articles, garden helplines, social media and other outreach efforts. Topics included during the training are botany, soils, entomology, irrigation, propagation, and more. Classes are taught by experts from the University of California and Cal Poly. Visit ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/ to apply or attend the next informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo.

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Reinstedt sisters presented their award winning film at the Exchange Club

NORTH COUNTY — Bethany and Abigail Reinstedt were guests of the Exchange Club of North San Luis Obispo County on June 11, and presented their short film, “The Chosen.” High school students, Bethany, and Abigail Reinstedt, residents of Bradley, spent their Christmas vacation producing their film at the end of 2018, the start of 2019 as their final for their home school Film Production class.

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EWBM July 3 dinner guest speaker will feature retired Naval Commander John Marc Wiemann, his career and ministry

PASO ROBLES — Join the Estrella Warbirds at their upcoming July 3 dinner meeting. John Marck Wiemann, Commander, USN (retired), will be the guest speaker and will talk about his presentation “How Naval Aviation Prepared Me For Ministry,” a feature about his Naval career and his current ministry. Cmdr. Wiemann graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, and earned his wings in November of 1987. He was then assigned to Patrol Squadron 45 in Jacksonville, Fla., and deployed to Scotland, Bermuda, the Azores, Spain, Crete and France primarily tracking Russian submarines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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Fireworks and Fourth of July events ready to go

NORTH COUNTY — For many celebrating the Fourth of July involves barbecues, going to the beach or park and setting off fireworks. However, due to the risk of fires in our area, many cities, and the county have banned all fireworks to limit the risk of fires. Throughout the County of San Luis Obispo, all fireworks are banned by ordinance and are illegal to use, sell, or possess in the county unless otherwise permitted. Only two communities allow the use of safe and sane fireworks: Templeton and San Miguel.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital takes part in cereal drive

win Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which houses the only dedicated pediatric unit in San Luis Obispo County, led 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 ran through Friday, June 14.

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Quick action saves multiple homes on Jardine Rd.

PASO ROBLES — Another fire was reported this season by Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County, this fire was in Paso Robles on Tuesday, June 18. The fire started on a property on the 5200 block of Jardine Road in Paso Robles at approximately 12:40 p.m. and was initially reported as a one-acre fire with a structure ablaze. The 500 sq. ft. outbuilding, which firefighters found fully engulfed in flames was extinguished in minutes.

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Free smoothies from Jamba in celebration of National Smoothie Day

PASO ROBLES — Jamba is kicking off the first day of summer with their biggest celebration yet. Today Friday, June 21st, join Jamba for a whirl’d of fun in honor of National Smoothie Day. From 2-5p.m. on the 21st, guests can stop by participating locations to receive one free small smoothie featuring Jamba’s newest flavors like Vanilla Blue Sky boosted with naturally occurring blue spirulina, Watermelon Breeze, a craveable summertime delight, and White Gummi, a secret menu favorite that is now on the everyday menu.

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County: $639.6M budget focuses on priorities

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors adopted a $639.6 million budget for fiscal year 2019-20 on Tuesday, June 18, after holding a two-day public budget hearing earlier in the month. The adopted budget, which takes effect on July 1, grew just more than 1% over the adopted spending levels from the current year.

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Two young Paso Roblans involved in a collision on Linne Rd.

PASO ROBLES — A young Paso Robles man and a young woman also from Paso Robles were involved in a major accident on Linne Road on Monday, June 17, reported the California Highway Patrol. At approximately 1:50 p.m., Cassandra Walton, 18, was driving her 2007 Mercedes Benz ML350 westbound on Linne Road just east of Hudson Road at an unknown speed. Meanwhile, Justin Lahr, 22, was driving his 1987 Jeep Commanche eastbound on Linne Road and west of Walton — also at an unknown speed.

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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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North County heats up, rate of fires increase in region

NORTH COUNTY — Firefighters responded to multiple fires throughout San Luis Obispo County over the last few days. Many of these seemed to have been attributed to mowing or using equipment that could cause fires. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo recommended on their twitter page on June 8 that everyone use “caution” when mowing and to complete mowing by 10 a.m. or sooner to avoid accidental ignition. Various fire departments and partners such as Cal Fire SLO, BLM, USFS, local fire departments and other agencies responded throughout the North County, including to the Lake Nacimiento area, Santa Margarita Area and the areas around Paso Robles.

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Food Bank receives $33,162 Hunger Is grant from Albertsons/Vons Foundation for its Summer Breakfast Bag Program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County is excited to receive a $33,162 grant from the Albertsons/Vons Foundation from their Hunger Is initiative to eradicate childhood hunger during the summer of 2019. The funds will be used to purchase nutritious, kid-friendly breakfast foods for the SLO Food Bank Coalition’s Summer Breakfast Bag program which provides multiple weeks’ worth of healthy breakfast items, nutrition information, and fun recipes in a reusable backpack for each participating child. The bags are delivered to high need locations serving families with children.

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How to avoid heat-related illnesses as temperatures soar

COUNTY — As a heat wave approaches some areas of San Luis Obispo County, the Public Health Department encourages residents to protect themselves from heat-related illness and check on those who may be especially at risk. You can reduce the risk of heat-related illness by staying cool, staying hydrated, and staying connected during extreme heat.

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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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PHOTO: Cal Fire puts out fire at Topaz Solar Farm

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo on May 27 at approximately 2:01 p.m. extinguishes a half-acre vegetation fire at the Topaz Solar Farm in California Valley. Three engines helped put out the fire.

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County Clerk of Board function moved departments on June 3

SAN LUIS OBISPO — On May 21, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and amended the County Code to designate the County Administrative Officer as the official Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, which officially transferred the Clerk of the Board function from the Clerk-Recorder’s Office to the County Administrative Office.

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The Community Foundation SLO County awards $230,000 in Scholarships

SAN LUIS OBISPO ― The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County has awarded $230,000 in scholarships to 60 graduating students. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors across San Luis Obispo County to support them as they seek higher education. Scholarships are awarded to students for academic rigor, financial need, extracurricular achievements or commitment to their community. Many of the scholarships offered through The Community Foundation are multi-year scholarships and offer financial support to students through their academic careers. The multi-year scholarships are instrumental in providing students with the resources to succeed not only in their first year but in receiving their degree and finishing their pursuit. Areas of college study for our recipients include engineering, mathematics, automotive studies, nursing, and the sciences.

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‘Girl Scouts Love State Parks’ aims to get every girl outside July 13 and 14

VENTURA — Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced June 4 their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13 and 14 for girls to experience the outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. Join Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about.

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Creston road slurry seal project will update striping, upgrade bike lanes

PASO ROBLES — A section of Creston Road will be getting a new surface in the coming months. The City’s annual slurry seal project is going out to bid and will cover the section of Creston Road from Niblick Road to Scott Street.

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Summertime transit is free for SLO County youth

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Students in grades K-12 can ride the bus at no cost beginning Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 — depending on which fixed route service you choose. No gimmicks and no red tape — just board the bus, present your student ID, and ride for free. This promotion includes all fixed route service on RTA, SLO Transit, South County Transit, Paso Express, and Morro Bay, but does not include the Morro Bay Trolley and Dial-A-Ride services. Additionally, elementary school kids do not need to present a student ID.

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Jury convicts Juan Antonio Esquivel of felony child sexual abuse

COUNTY — A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury on June 6 found Paso Robles resident Juan Antonio Esquivel, 31, guilty for the crimes of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 and sexual penetration by a foreign object on a child under the age of 14, both felonies. The convictions are the result of an incident of sexual abuse which occurred in December of 2016. The jury returned their verdicts after a two-week trial and a half day of deliberation.

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Routine traffic stop leads to arrest of 2 on drug charges

PASO ROBLES — A routine traffic stop led to a Paso Robles Police Department arresting two people on drug charges in Paso Robles on Monday, June 3. The driver, Henry Theodore Lee Long, 37, of Atascadero, had a suspended license. Long’s passenger, Amanda Jolene Valencia, 42, also of Atascadero, had a warrant out for her arrest. A search of the vehicle yielded 60 grams of meth, 24 grams of heroin, numerous pills, scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested.

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Unconsciousness Creston man drives into Santa Margarita Lake

SANTA MARGARITA LAKE — A Creston man lost consciousness while driving his car and went into Santa Margarita Lake, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was fortunate a bystander was there ready to launch his boat and help pull him out of the water when he surfaced. Todd R. Moore, 54, was driving his 2004 Toyota in the Santa Margarita Lake Recreation and Natural Area campgrounds when he experienced a medical episode and momentarily lost consciousness.

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Atascadero man allegedly broke into Paso Robles home

PASO ROBLES — On May 29 at 10:23 a.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from a resident in the 2800 block of Park Street, stating someone had entered her house while she was upstairs. The resident heard the noise and confronted the suspect inside her home. The suspect was surprised and took off running out the door. The suspect ran through a wood fence and the resident contacted the police.

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Sheriffs search for wanted felon in Templeton

TEMPLETON — On Tuesday, May 28, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office assisted County Probation Officers with a search in the Templeton area for a suspect who was wanted on a felony warrant. The search began after Probation Officers spotted Daniel Jay Romo, 25, near Bennett Way in Templeton. Romo ran across Highway 101 into the area near Templeton Middle School. According to officials Romo was spotted holding a knife to his throat and was considered to be suicidal.

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Englant receives Good Citizen Award from Templeton Fire Chief

On May 7, Templeton Fire Chief Bill White presented Josh Englant, a local student, with a Good Citizen Award for his effort in reporting a possible fire.

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Vegetation fire at Alamo Creek Drive in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES – The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to a vegetation fire in the area of 1203 Alamo Creek Drive on Saturday, May 11, at 2:04 p.m. Upon arrival, units found a vegetation fire burning in cut grass and creek bed understory in the vicinity of a nearby apartment complex. The fire was quickly contained to approximately 1/8 of an acre. Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Super Summer Sign-Up Party on Saturday, May 4

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Recreation Services will host a Super Summer Sign-Up Party on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Park. This free community event will offer early swimming lesson registration, special one-day-only registration discounts for all summer camps and classes (excluding swimming lessons), and special activities for the kids provided by recreation instructors.

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2019 delegates and alternates from Paso to Girls State and Boys State

PASO ROBLES – Paso Robles Unit 50 American Legion Auxiliary and Paso Robles Post 50 American Legion announced their 2019 delegates and alternates to Girls State and Boys State. The Girls and Boys State American Legion programs are statewide and are a week-long session learning about government in a hands-on manner. Girls and boys are chosen based on their leadership qualities, high academic honors and community activities. The Paso Robles Girls State delegate is Gabriella Clayton and the alternate is Catalina Magnuson. The Paso Robles Boys State delegates are Ian Grace and Robert Snipes and the alternates are Alex Plale and Zane Warren.

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Make a Macramé plant holder at the Library

PASO ROBLES — This month’s Make It @ the Library! Series event, on Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm., is a practical and decorative macramé plant holder based on a design from ftd.com. Participants will learn the square knot, spiral knot and loop knot. “I just love how simple materials such as cord and a brass ring can be turned into something lovely for your home!” said Karen Christiansen, Adult Services Librarian.

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Local nonprofit Seneca tackling SLO County’s foster care crisis

ATASCADERO — With Foster Care Awareness Month coming up in May, Atascadero-based adoption and foster care nonprofit Seneca Family of Agencies is ramping up awareness efforts in a push to find more foster families to accommodate the approximately 400 foster children in San Luis Obispo County. The Continuum of Care Reform Act (AB 403), which began implementation in 2016 and will last through 2021, has increased pressure for organizations like Seneca to recruit more foster families. California Department of Social Services states that, under AB 403, group-home foster care “will be primarily utilized only for Short-term Residential Therapeutic Centers … and will be designed to quickly transition children back to their own or another permanent family.”

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New deputy for Shandon

SHANDON — Earlier this month, a new San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputy was assigned to patrol the community of Shandon in northern San Luis Obispo County. This is the first time a deputy has been dedicated to serve that community. This position was created after Supervisor John Peschong made the request and the Board of Supervisors later approved funding for the new deputy. This addition should significantly improve response times to Shandon, which is a rural community east of Paso Robles of approximately 1,200 people, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

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CHP chase suspects in Paso, officer injured in crash, and two arrested

PASO ROBLES — An officer was injured during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle on April 5 in the North County. At approximately 6:09 p.m. on Friday, April 5, a California Highway Patrol investigator observed a vehicle parked on Linne Road about 4 miles east of Paso Robles. The location of the parked vehicle was suspicious so the investigator contacted CHP dispatch and had them run the license plate number. The vehicle came back as stolen from Santa Maria. The investigator called for backup and CHP officers from Templeton responded. Before Templeton CHP units arrived, the occupants of the stolen vehicle drove away westbound on Linne Road headed toward Paso Robles. A marked CHP unit set up at Penman Springs Road reported officials. As the stolen vehicle passed by, the CHP unit pulled in behind the stolen vehicle and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

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PRHS celebrates Poetry Month with U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles High School will celebrate Poetry Month with a recital by Juan Felipe Herrera, the United States Poet Laureate of 2015. Herrera was appointed California’s Poet Laureate in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. Herrera is the author of 30 books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels, and picture books for children. The recital will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. in the schools Performing Arts Center. It is open to all students at PRHS on a first come, first seated basis.

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County of SLO Public Libraries announces 2019 Book to Action selection

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries is excited to announce their pick for their 2019 community reads program, Book to Action. They invite the community to read, discuss, and take action with this year’s title, “Hey, Kiddo,” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. “Hey, Kiddo” is Krosoczka’s profound illustrated memoir about growing up in a family grappling with his mother’s heroin addiction. A 2019 National Book Award finalist, Krosoczka’s graphic memoir recounts how an art class and a sketchbook saved his life. The community is invited to an evening tonight, April 10 with the author at the San Luis Obispo Library at 6:30 p.m., where Krosoczka will discuss his memoir and sign books.

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New Templeton distillery receiving major awards

The newly opened Bethel Rd. Winery and Distillery is making a lot of noise when it comes to National Spirits Competitions. They recently received “Best of Class” for their Grappa di Moscato from the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits. They were also awarded “Best of Class” for their House Brandy and House Gin from the San Diego County Fair’s Distilled San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Competition.

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Learn to Knit: Monthly fun for beginners at the Paso Robles City Library

PASO ROBLES – The Paso Robles City Library has partnered with fiber arts expert Tamara Nichols from Ball & Skein & More, located in Cambria, to provide basic instruction in knitting. On Saturday, April 6, 2-4 p.m., beginning knitters will learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. Supplies are provided. Those experienced with knitting are welcome to bring their projects and work on them as well. “Many of those who have attended these classes have been surprised how easy it is to learn this craft,” says Karen Christiansen, Adult Services Librarian.

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EWM dinner meeting deadline is April 1

PASO ROBLES — There will be two speakers for the April 3 Estrella Warbirds Museum dinner meeting. Sherman Smoot, past EWM president, will present plans to fly the museum’s Gooney Bird Group’s C-47 on a world tour leaving Paso on May 6 and returning on July 9. This WWII veteran aircraft will take part in a paratrooper drop over Normandy during the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The second speaker is Allen Simmons Jr., LtCol, USAF (retired), whose father participated in the original D-Day invasion while flying a C-47. Allen Jr. also piloted C-47s during the Vietnam war. He will discuss those experiences.

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Scout Leader Victor Diaz and Pack 100 honored by Paso Robles Optimist Club

PASO ROBLES — On March 19, the Paso Robles Optimist Club honored Victor Diaz and his Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Pack 100. Diaz and volunteer leaders are helping Hispanic kids from ages 5 to 18 through scouting classes. Twice a month they meet at the Sports Club on the east end of Paso Robles to learn the Boy Scout way of life. They also are able to take classes for bodybuilding, gym activities and swimming in a pool. They learn to swim safely and get exercise.

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2018 Paso Robles graduate receives $5K scholarships

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students — including Emmaline Voorheis from Paso Robles — were awarded renewable scholarships under a partnership between Dignity Health and the university’s Cal Poly Scholars program for first-generation college students and underrepresented groups on campus. Under the arrangement, scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to five years were awarded to qualifying students seeking careers in the medical or health fields and who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, nutrition, kinesiology or business. This supplemental funding will offset some of the costs for tuition and housing while students pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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Paso-based Masons support Cambria Grammar School

CAMBRIA — Since 1995, members of the Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge in Paso Robles, have invited one outstanding student reader per Cambria Grammar School (C.G.S.) classroom to travel to Barnes and Noble in San Luis Obispo to select a book to donate to the school’s library. On Feb. 22, 15 students, from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, ventured into SLO to select a book to be added to the shelves of the Cambria Grammar School library. The students, accompanied by a handful of family members, C.G.S. Principal Jill Southern, and C.G.S. Library Media Clerk, Anastasia Killham, joined representatives from the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed a book store shopping spree.

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Central Coast Creamery wins big at US Championship Cheese Contest

PASO ROBLES — Central Coast Creamery won three Gold Medals for Best of Category at the US Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin last week. Central Coast Creamery’s Goat Cheddar, Seascape, and Ewereka were each awarded Best in Category and scored high enough to advance into the finals, reserved for the top 20 scoring cheeses. The US Championship Cheese Contest is the largest technical dairy contest in the US and brings in big competition from across the country. Overall, 2555 kinds of cheese from 35 states entered into the competition. 60 judges spent 2 days evaluating entries, considering both technical and aesthetic qualities of each cheese, scoring on a 100-point scale.

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Electrical fire displaces 29 people in Paso Robles apartment complex

PASO ROBLES — One apartment caught on fire but due to the electrical system being damaged a total of eight apartment units were deemed uninhabitable and 29 residents were displaced on Tuesday afternoon. On March 19, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to a report of an apartment fire in the 1200 block of Alamo Creek Road in Paso Robles.

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Cuesta students to State SkillsUSA Competition

PASO ROBLES — Cuesta College career education programs are sending eight students to compete at the state level in SkillsUSA California’s 52nd Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference. The award-winning students competed in the regional competition at Paso Robles High School on Feb. 23. The next level of competition will be held at the Ontario Convention Center on April 25-28.

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Assistance League of SLO County receives grant from the California Dental Association

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Assistance League Of San Luis Obispo County has received a $5,184 grant award from the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation Dental Materials and Supplies Grant program which supports nonprofit organizations with dental supplies and materials necessary for dental operations and oral health services. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation supplied the requested dental products — toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash. Assistance League applied for these products which will supply its Dental Hygiene Kits sub-program of Operation School Bell for the next two school years (2019-20 and 2020-21) to 4,600 underserved students. In addition, Rodney S. Hiltbrand, D.D.S., of San Luis Obispo, wrote the required letter from a Health Professional to support Assistance League’s grant application.

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Caltrans seeking applicants for scholarship program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Caltrans District 5 and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) are offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within the five-county district (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties). Employees of Caltrans District 5 initiated this scholarship program 19 years ago which is entirely employee funded through the proceeds of coffee and baked good sales in the district cafeteria. The scholarship program is designed for college-bound senior high school students who are planning to pursue a career in transportation and live within the five counties of the district.

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Elizabeth Folk art exhibit at Cuesta College now until April 5

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College starting on March 7 will be home to an art exhibit entitled “We are Younger Now” by Cal Poly faculty member Elizabeth Folk. “We are Younger Now” investigates themes of privilege and power by attempting to defamiliarize modern design and visual images. The exhibition features sculpture, video, a performative marine vessel, home décor, and landscape design.

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Sheriff’s Office seeks state OHV grant application, public input

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the preliminary stages of applying for a California Department of Parks Off-Highway Grant. The grant title is “The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office Off-Highway Team.” The grant will be utilized to add critical equipment to better serve the off-highway community in San Luis Obispo County. The equipment will allow team members the ability to perform off-highway enforcement and education of the OHV Laws throughout the county of San Luis Obispo, in addition to being able to help with search and rescue missions should the need arise.

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Museum powers education and play with solar

PASO ROBLES — The Children’s Museum’s interactive displays, air blowers that send plastic balls whizzing through the air, and anything that uses electricity, will now be powered by a 15.2 kW clean solar energy system installed by the local solar energy company A.M. Sun Solar. “Our mission at A.M. Sun Solar is to ‘grow communities with the power of the sun,’” said Glen Covert, a partner at A.M. Sun Solar. “Installing the 15.2 kW solar system on the Children’s Museum was the perfect opportunity to do that. We reached out to our suppliers and were able to get the equipment at cost for the installation. We also cut all of the profit out of the project and are raising even more in March to give back to the museum. We couldn’t be more excited about saving the Children’s Museum money and supporting the important work they do for the community.”

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Paso helps lifeguards prepare for summer

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles will host a free information session on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Pool, 600 Nickerson Dr., for those ages 15 and older to learn more about working as a lifeguard or in the pool office this summer at one of the City’s two aquatics complexes. During the open house, City Pool Manager Nelson Zuniga will take attendees on a tour the Centennial Park aquatics facility and offer a presentation featuring information about the City’s hiring process for summer aquatics staff, the physical requirements for becoming a lifeguard and a day in the life of a lifeguard. There will be a question-and-answer session with Zuniga following the presentation.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital seeking community members to serve on Patient and Family Advisory Council

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital is seeking community members to serve on its Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The council is instrumental in sharing perspectives, feedback and solutions in an effort to improve the overall patient experience. “The Patient and Family Advisory Council is a vital component to Twin Cities Community Hospital. We believe partnering with patients and families directly improves the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare, which is the key to excellent patient care,” said Carrie Vucasovich, RN, Director of Patient Experience at Twin Cities. “Input and involvement from the communities we serve provides important feedback to our programs and services.”

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Alleged sightings of missing Scot in North County

NORTH COUNTY — According to multiple social media posts and talk from North County residents, a presumed missing Scottish man may be in the area. He reportedly made his rounds in the communities of San Miguel, Paso Robles, and Atascadero trying to sell leftover asphalt to residents. Kim Gordon, 54, allegedly went missing on Monday, Feb. 25, after swimming on Monastery beach in Carmel in Monterey County. According to officials his 17-year-old son, made a 911 call and said that his father went swimming in the dark but never came back. After an extensive search by the Monterey County dive team, they found no evidence of Gordon.

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Burglary halted in Cambria, suspect is on the run

CAMBRIA — San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a suspect involved in a burglary and car pursuit that occurred on Sunday, March 3. The suspect is described as an adult male, in his 30s, thin build, 6 feet tall last seen driving a stolen 2015 silver Hyundai Veloster. Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched at approximately 6:05 p.m. to the 2900 block of Burton Drive after receiving a report of a burglary in progress. The reporting party had arrived at his residence to discover his home being burglarized.

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Girl loses life while walking on Highway 101

TEMPLETON — A 17-year-old Paso Robles girl walking northbound along Highway 101 on Tuesday, March 5, was hit and killed by a car, the California Highway Patrol reported. It had been a rainy and windy night when the driver, Bruce Wayne Eddy, 60, from Atascadero was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 101. Eddy was reportedly going approximately 60 mph when the teenager, who was walking on the right-hand shoulder, for reasons unknown suddenly stepped into the path of his vehicle. The collision occurred just north of Las Tablas Road at approximately 10:50 p.m.

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Carbajal announces 2019 Congressional art competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) announced Monday the start of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. High School students from across California’s 24th Congressional District are encouraged to participate in the annual competition by April 25. The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 as a way to encourage the creative talents of high school students across the nation. Since the beginning of the competition, over 650,000 students have participated. Carbajal is a strong supporter of a well-rounded curriculum and encourages young artists to pursue their unique passions and abilities that reflect our vibrant and diverse Central Coast.

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Make a Wish granted to local boy Justin Van Pelt

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services hosted a Make a Wish Foundation presentation on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Public Safety Center. The “Make a Wish” presentation was granted to Justin Van Pelt. Justin is an 8-year-old Paso Robles resident that suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a rare genetic disease which causes muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time. Justin was diagnosed when he was 18 months old and he will turn 9 on March 20. Justin and his family were granted a 7-day Bahamas Disney Cruise by the Make a Wish foundation. His family and friends were provided a fire department tour and a fun-filled experience with the firefighters, as part of the presentation.

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Paso Robles has launched a new app

PASO ROBLES — February 27, 2019 - The City of Paso Robles has launched a new mobile app. This new digital tool will provide an on-the-go connection for individuals seeking City resources, news, and information from their smart phones, tablets, or hand-held devices. The City of Paso Robles app can be used to enjoy convenient access to services such as up-to-date announcements, press releases, upcoming meeting agendas, and much more. You may also find current employment opportunities or contact information for City of Paso Robles’ departments. Download the app today and connect with City of Paso Robles.

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PHOTO: Rescuers train together in working with helicopters

The North County Technical Rescue Team received annual training on Feb. 27 from California Highway Patrol at their Paso Robles airport hangar. Difficult access or terrain during rescue may call for hoisting operations, so team members need to know how to effectively work with and around helicopters.

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Learn the Art of Appliqué

PASO ROBLES – This month’s Make It @ the Library! series event, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm., is a cute appliqué spring scene designed by weefolkart.com. Part hand-sewing and part embroidery, appliqué is decorative needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto a larger piece of fabric to create a picture or pattern. It can be used in quilting, to create patches, or as frameable artwork. All supplies for this class will be provided free of charge. For more information, contact Karen Christiansen at 805-237-3870.

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Juveniles involved in alleged criminal activity apprehended

SHANDON — After a string of break-ins, vandalism, and burglaries, two juvenile males from Colorado were apprehended on Feb. 28 in Salinas, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. The pair of young men reportedly stole $500 and caused approximately $1,200 in damages to local businesses. San Luis Obispo Sheriff's deputies were first dispatched on Feb. 20 to a vandalism report in the 19000 block of Highway 46 East in Shandon. When deputies arrived at the Mission Trail Cider House they discovered several windows had been shattered with what appeared to be pellets from a BB gun. At that time, the owner of the business revealed to deputies that approximately $400 had been stolen from the cash register. Damage to the windows was estimated at approximately $1,200.

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SLO County Supervisors receive update on next year’s budget

COUNTY — Based on budget requests from departments, the County needs to close a $2.5 million to $4 million gap to balance the budget for the coming fiscal year. County Budget Director Emily Jackson presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 26 an update on the current outlook for next year’s budget. Based on status-quo budget requests submitted to the County Administrative Office by departments in January, County expenses are still expected to outpace incoming revenue by a range of about $2.5 million to $4 million, Jackson said. While this is less than what was projected in October during the financial forecast presentation to the Board of a gap of $5 million to $10 million, it still presents a challenge.

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Fire at Bridgegate Lane house contained

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services contained a fire to the bathroom of a home on Feb. 24. At approximately 3:36 p.m., the PRDES responded to a residence on Bridgegate Lane for a reported structure fire. One person unaware of the fire exited the home after hearing the smoke alarm. The fire was contained to back bathroom. The sole occupant was unaware of the fire in an unattended area of the house until an operating smoke detector alarmed. The occupant exited the structure safely prior to firefighter arrival. First arriving firefighters found smoke inside the residence and confined the fire to a back bathroom. The fire was extinguished without any further damage to the remaining structure.

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Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise to hold its 19th Annual Crab Feed

PASO ROBLES — Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise will hold its 19th annual Crab Feed on Sunday, March 10, at Windfall Farms. They would like to invite everyone to join them from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 10 for a beautiful evening at Windfall Farms Stallion Barn. The exclusive property is only open to the community once a year for this special event. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, a Wagon of Cheer raffle and delicious desserts live auction. Class Act Dance will be dazzling us with performances throughout the event.

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Hispanic Business Association hosts sixth annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

PASO ROBLES — Enjoy traditional New Orleans cuisine, celebrate Mardi Gras and help support college-bound youth at the Hispanic Business Association’s annual scholarship fundraiser on March 5 at the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. The Hispanic Business Association of San Luis Obispo County is be sponsoring its sixth annual Mardi Gras to benefit the HBA Scholarship Foundation for North County schools. This year’s event is also in memory of Richard Benitez who passed away on Oct. 6, 2018. Benitez was a long-time active member of the community and helped start the Hispanic Business Association. Education was a passion of his and he supported teachers, students throughout his life. The goal this year for the event is to raise $10,000 for North County high school scholarships. This year HBA is partnering with the Hispanic Community Foundation to award scholarships for the youth in the North Country area.

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Estrella Warbirds to host Nancy Rose, archaeologist and aviator

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles resident Nancy Farrell Rose will speak about her participation in the archaeological expedition to find famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart at the next Estrella Warbirds Museum Dinner on March 6. Rose is the president of Cultural Resource Management Services (CRMS), a small women-owned corporation based in Paso Robles. CRMS provides archaeological, historical and ethnographic research services for federal, state, local municipalities and clients primarily in California, Hawaii, and Micronesia. Prior to the founding of CRMS in 1985, she worked as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management, the Corps of Engineers, Cal Trans, San Bernadino County Museum and private environmental consulting firms. Rose is a graduate of UCLA and a licensed pilot. Rose has long been a fan of pioneer female aviators, including Amelia Earhart.

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Share the Love Fashion Show set for March 1-2

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Tickets are on sale for the 32nd Annual Share the Love Fashion Show, to be held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center on March 1-2. Join them for a night of entertainment, delicious cuisine and fashion as locals band together to support San Luis Obispo County non-profit organizations Stand Strong, Woods Humane Society and Jack’s Helping Hand.

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Meet Cali | February Animal Service Pet of the Month

Meet Cali! This bright, playful 6-year-old American Bulldog and a favorite of many at the shelter. Cali walks well on leash, and she pays attention to and engages with her handler. She is smart, too! Cali already knows “sit,” “shake,” and “down” and enjoys her puzzle and enrichment toys. She is not a fan of smaller dogs but is a happy, outgoing people girl. She enjoys time in the yard playing fetch and loves to have fun.

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County wants public input on ag worker housing

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building is asking for the public’s input as the department works on updates to the Agricultural Worker Housing Ordinance, formerly known as the Farm Support Quarters. Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Building staff are working on an ordinance to encourage the development of agricultural worker housing by removing barriers that are no longer necessary. As part of this effort, the County has reviewed existing restrictions and limitations on housing throughout the unincorporated areas of the County and has released the Agricultural Worker Housing Ordinance Public Review Draft available on www.slocounty.ca.gov.

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Jury convicts Travis Dawson of drug and gun charges

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury Feb. 8 found Travis Ray Dawson of San Miguel guilty of transportation of methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of sale, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of methamphetamine, driving on a suspended license and providing false information to a peace officer, according to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office.

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Catholic Charities welcomes Bishop Daniel E. Garcia as Board Chair and names Martina O’Sullivan as new Board President

SEASIDE — Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is excited to welcome Bishop Daniel E. Garcia to the Diocese and to Catholic Charities as the Board Chairman. Catholic Charities also named Martina O’Sullivan as Board President. The agency is thrilled to receive Bishop Daniel’s and Martina’s guidance to continue providing a path out of poverty for low-income families and individuals in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.

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RVs for Veterans program now operated by local Common Ground Worldwide

COUNTY — The program RVs for Veterans, originally created in 2013 by Hope’s Village of SLO, is now being run by local nonprofit Common Ground Worldwide. This program helps to connect unhoused veterans and their families with local individuals who have an unwanted motorhome, trailer, or fifth wheel they’d like to pass along to someone in need. It’s a simple gift from one person to another — no money is exchanged, and no liability is incurred. The nonprofit organization functions as a “matchmaker,” facilitating a connection between unhoused veterans and locals with RVs to pass along to them. Once the connection has been made, both parties go to the DMV together to transfer title, the new owner obtains insurance, and he or she drives off with a new home on wheels. To date, 85 people have been housed through this program.

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New microfilm/microfiche reader at the Paso library

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles City Library through a partnership with the Paso Robles Area Historical Society is able to provide researchers access to a greater amount of local history material. The Library is also offering a new state-of-the-art microfilm/microfiche reader that will enable people to browse, scan, print and save the material in several formats. Shauna Davis, president of PRAHS, stated, “The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society is very excited about partnering with the Paso Robles City Library. Not only will both of our microfilm collections be available for viewing by the community, but now users will have use of equipment that offers options to share information, further preserving our local history.”

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PHOTO: Community West Bank donates to Paso Main Street

Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association Board member Jan Hop, Board President Margaret Holstine, Executive Director Norma Moye, Community West Bank Community Banking Manager Julie Richardson and Community West Bank Regional President Jason Bietz pose for a photo Thursday morning, Feb. 7. Community West Bank made a $5,000 donation to the Main Street Association.

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Paso Robles Lowe’s catches on fire, customers evacuated

PASO ROBLES — Just before closing on Saturday, Feb. 16, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Paso Robles caught fire in the rear of the building while customers were inside, according to Paso Robles Emergency Services. The fire was quickly contained and nobody was injured. At 8:37 p.m., the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center located at 2445 Golden Hill Rd. for a reported fire alarm activation from the retailer’s alarm company.

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Public Health Department investigating bacterial meningitis case following Cuesta College student death

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A student living in San Luis Obispo and attending Cuesta College has died from presumed bacterial meningitis, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Laboratory testing to confirm this diagnosis is underway. Due to the serious nature of the illness, the Public Health Department is working with local hospitals, Cuesta College and people close to the student to identify any individuals who may have a potential risk of infection. Those individuals are receiving preventive antibiotics. “This loss is devastating for everyone involved,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer of the County of San Luis Obispo. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and everyone who cared about this young person.”

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American Riviera Bank brings community banking back to downtown San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Continuing with its commitment to offer “true community banking” throughout the region, American Riviera Bank has opened a loan production office in downtown San Luis Obispo. They will be expanding to a full-service branch at the same location in the spring of 2019. “In the summer of 2017, we opened a loan production office in Paso Robles that has now become the fastest growing full-service bank branch in Paso, with a hand-picked, home-grown team, focused on the specific banking needs of the local community. Our plan for San Luis Obispo is exactly the same,” said Jeff DeVine, President and CEO. “We are committed to bringing back true community banking with a team empowered to make local decisions to best serve our clients’ needs.”

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Survey finds 18 million trees died in California in 2018

VALLEJO — The USDA Forest Service announced Monday, Feb. 11, that an additional 18 million trees, mostly conifers, died in California since fall 2017. Over 147 million trees have died across 9.7 million acres of federal, state, local and private lands in California since the drought began in 2010. Since 2016, federal, state, and local partners have felled 1.5 million dead trees, primarily those posing the highest hazards to life and property.

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Home Winemaking Competition registration now open for the fair

PASO ROBLES — The California Mid-State Fair Home Winemaking Competition is now accepting entries. The competition will take place in May and feature wines made from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The wines are separated into six categories: white, rose/blanc, red, dessert, wines made with fruit other than grapes and sparkling. The categories are then separated into classes by varietal.

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Sheriffs have a new Jail Health Care Service Provider

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Wellpath as the new contracted provider for Jail Health Care Services, officially starting Feb. 1. Wellpath has been preparing to transition health care services over the past few months after finalizing a contract on Dec. 11, 2018. The services outlined in the contract include: medical, behavioral health, and dental care, and are consistent with the national standard of Jail Health Care as defined by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).

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2019 Central Coast Olive Oil Competition new Early Bird registration available now until Friday, March 22

PASO ROBLES —The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, is now accepting entries. The 11th annual competition will take place in April 2019 and will be featuring olive oil from across the state of California.

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Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza Junior Livestock show to celebrate 35 years Feb. 15-17

PASO ROBLES — Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show will celebrate its 35th anniversary when it returns to the Paso Robles Event Center Friday to Sunday, Feb. 15-17. Western Bonanza — the largest student-run exhibition of its kind on the West Coast — began as a senior project in 1985 and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful student-run jackpot shows with more than 658 exhibitors and 1,200 steers, heifers, lambs, hogs and meat goats entered in the show.

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County wildfire reduction planning continues for 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit has identified goals for wildfire prevention in San Luis Obispo County for 2019. With an ever-present need for wildfire readiness in our county, Fire Chief Scotty Jalbert has prioritized a few proactive measures to reduce the threat of wildfire this year. This year’s plan includes:

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PG&E to customers: Stay safe on Valentine’s Day, keep metallic balloons secure

SAN FRANCISCO — Valentine's Day is fast approaching and many customers will celebrate with festive bundles of metallic balloons. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to securely tie a weight to all metallic balloons containing helium to prevent them from floating away. Metallic balloons that contact overhead power lines can disrupt electric service to an entire neighborhood, cause significant property damage and potentially result in serious injuries.

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TFD raising funds with Valentine’s Day flower sale to help find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma

TEMPLETON — Templeton Fire Department firefighters will sell flowers for Valentine’s Day to raise money to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. They started on Saturday, Feb. 9 and will continue through 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. Firefighters with Flowers for a Cure will have a booth in downtown Templeton selling a variety of flowers, including roses. From Feb. 9 through 13, flowers sales will take place at the Templeton Fire Station, 206 5th St., across from Templeton Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, the flower booths will be located at the Legion Hall, 805 S. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at BarrelHouse Brewing Company from noon to 6 p.m. Last year, all the flowers were sold by 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. BarrelHouse Brewing Company will also donate $1 to the Stairclimb Team for every purchase of a pint of Templeton Ale on Feb. 14.

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Fatal collision on HWY 46 near Hunter Ranch Golf Course

PASO ROBLES – The westbound lanes of Highway 46, near Hunter Ranch Golf Course, were temporarily closed Feb. 8 afternoon as the Paso Robles Police Department investigated a fatal collision, according to the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services. The crash occurred on Friday, Feb. 8 around 1:50 p.m. The collision involved two vehicles, a Toyota SUV and a Kawasaki motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, a 68-year old man from Atascadero, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was not injured. The decedent’s name is currently being withheld pending notification of family.

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Structure fire displaces three residents on Saint Ann Drive

PASO ROBLES — A fire in a garage displaced three people on Friday, Feb. 8, the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services reported. At approximately 4:36 p.m.on Friday, Feb. 8, Paso Robles firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the 900 block of Saint Ann Drive.. Firefighters arrived at the address within minutes to discover heavy fire and smoke coming from a garage. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to stop the fire from spreading inside the structure, PRDES reported.

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Fairytale, superhero meet and greet to be held in Templeton

TEMPLETON — Come meet your favorite fairytale friends and superheroes in Templeton Park on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun filled event. The first hour will be princess stories, sing alongs and dancing. The second hour will be superhero movement demonstrations, pledge and dance battle. The final hour all princesses and superheroes will be available for photos and meet and greet. All this for only $20! Bring your little princesses and heroes in their favorite costumes. This is a fundraiser event for North County Theatre Works and the Templeton Performing Arts Center Foundation.

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Paso Police Chief receives black belt

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Luis Obispo celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the promotion of three new black belt recipients. Paso Robles Police Department Chief Ty Lewis, business owner Larry Nash, and Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Arroyo Grande co-owner John Marine, all received their black belts. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is the most prestigious and challenging belt awarded in martial arts — requiring the average student a minimum of 10 years of training to achieve.

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Neuro Fitness Program coming to Kennedy Club Fitness

NORTH COUNTY — Kennedy Club Fitness Paso Robles and Atascadero will soon be offering a new program designed to help those who are living with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular and autoimmune conditions. Neuro Fitness participants will receive individualized exercise guidance and weekly group fitness classes that incorporate strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. Personal Trainer, Natalie Cooks, has a master’s in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and 10 years of experience in health and fitness including cardiac rehab, physical therapy, medically-based exercise programming and health coaching.

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Tickets for 2019 Book of the Year event now available

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College’s 2019 Book of the Year program will bring renowned Mexican-American Chicana scholar, novelist, and poet Ana Castillo to San Luis Obispo on March 5 to discuss her memoir “Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo and Me.” Castillo will appear for a presentation and book-signing event at the Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC). General admission tickets for the public ($15) are now on sale at tickets.cuesta.edu. Tickets for Cuesta students are free; RSVP at [email protected] Castillo will also lead a classroom discussion with Cuesta College’s North County Campus students in Paso Robles.

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Meet Apollo | February Animal Service Pet of the Month

Apollo is currently staying with a foster who is experienced with German Shepherds and has great things to say about this boy. He is very well-mannered and rides happily in the car. He is also crate trained. Apollo walks well on leash and does great on his walks, but he is strong. Apollo loves to play and has great energy. He prefers the company of female dogs.

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Farm Bureau announces new executive director

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Brent Burchett, Division Director of Plant Marketing, in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has been selected by the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau as its new executive director. He succeeds Lynn Diehl, who became executive director in 2014, and is retiring, in February, after a four-decade career, which includes media, government communications, and as a strong advocate for local agriculture through Farm Bureau.

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Paso Roblan involved in fatal rollover accident

PASO ROBLES — A Paso Robles woman died after her car rolled off the side of her private driveway on Thursday, Jan. 24, the California Highway Patrol said. At approximately 5:35 p.m., Debra Lynne Jones, 61, was driving her 2015 Mercedes on her driveway in the 9000 block of Cemetery Road when her vehicle traveled to the left of the driveway.

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11th annual Paso Robles Dog Jog is May 4

PASO ROBLES — You and your furry, four-legged friends are invited to join Sherwood Dog Park volunteers on a 2k or 4k jog or walk through the Vina Robles vineyard at the 11th annual Dog Jog on Saturday, May 4. After the jog, listen to live music as you enjoy lunch, wine tasting and tour the event expo comprised of local, dog loving vendors, silent auction and dog contests. Participation in this fundraiser is a great way to “actively” help support the ongoing maintenance and improvements for the Sherwood Dog Park located in Paso Robles. Registration for this event is already open. “What a splendid way to spend time with your dog while jogging through the vineyards at beautiful Vina Robles winery,” says Larry Miller, Sherwood Dog Park’s board president. “The event is filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. It’s an opportunity to come together as a community, have some fun with your pet and support your local dog park.”

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Libraries offer new ebook and eaudiobook service

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries are offering a new eBook and eAudiobook service called cloudLibrary. cloudLibrary provides access to electronic materials from libraries across California. Beginning Feb. 1, County of San Luis Obispo Public Library cardholders will have access to a free new eBook/eAudiobook service called cloudLibrary. cloudLibrary is a unique shared platform where California public library systems contribute to a collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. Currently there are 21 library systems participating, and that number continues to grow. There are over 55,000 unique titles in the collection with additional titles being added daily.

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Estrella Warbirds Museum acquires vintage Taylor J-2 Cub

PASO ROBLES — Estrella Warbirds Museum received a generous donation from Steve Dwelle of a 1936 Taylor J-2 Cub on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Pilots Scott Stelzle, Estrella Warbirds Museum Vice President, and Sherman Smoot, Estrella Warbirds Museum past-President, traveled to Visalia Airport and Smoot flew this vintage aircraft back to the museum.

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After 16 years RISE retires Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

COUNTY — For sixteen years RISE has hosted Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event aimed at raising awareness about sexual violence and empowering SLO County to take action. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a national franchise, is notable for encouraging community members, male and female alike, to don high heeled shoes and walk a mile throughout town - an act of solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and a conversation starter about the difficult topic. After extensive discussion, market research, and feedback from RISE staff, board members, and community supporters alike, RISE has decided to retire the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. This decision was made in an effort to address some of the problematic messaging of Walk a Mile as well as a pattern of declining revenue and attendance.

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Executive Director Tucker resigns from Woods Humane Society

COUNTY — Woods Humane Society Executive Director Jill Tucker is resigning to become the CEO for the California Animal Welfare Association (Cal Animals). In a statement the Woods Humane Society said that under Tucker’s leadership, they have broadened its impact for animals through a facility expansion, a merger with the North County Humane Society in Atascadero, and the opening of SLO County’s first public spay and neuter clinic. During this time, the organization has also more than tripled its lifesaving capacity by dramatically increasing animal intakes and adoptions.

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PHOTO: Cal Fire puts out vehicle fire

Cal Fire was dispatched at 5 a.m. on Jan. 18 to a fully engulfed vehicle fire on Monterey Road at Wellsona Road in Paso Robles. Fire crews quickly knocked the fire down before it threatened nearby structures. San Miguel Fire Department also assisted with Mutual Aid.

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Firefighters respond to a motorhome fire

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services with the assistance of Cal Fire responded to a motorhome fire in the 2000 block of Park Street on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:13 p.m.

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Winter storm produces wind, rain, hail and snow for the North County

NORTH COUNTY — During the past week, the North County experienced icy winter storm conditions. Starting on Feb. 1 and 2 rain and winds up to 40 to 60 mph with gusts as high as 80 mph pummeled homes and businesses. Temperatures dipped into the teens and 20s. Trees fell over and power was cut in many areas on Saturday in Atascadero and Templeton. Halcon Road in Atascadero washed out once again late on Saturday, according to local residents and officials. The winter storms over the past week produced a total of 5.76 inches of rain for Atascadero and 3.54 inches for Paso Robles bringing the season totals for Atascadero to 16.56 inches and for Paso Robles to 13.47 inches.

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Woman rescued from Salinas River

A woman was rescued by the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services Monday afternoon in the Salinas River. The unidentified woman was found approximately 50 yards from the water’s edge in the 1500 block of North River Road, according to the PRDES. She was heard by local contractors crying for help and was spotted with water and debris up to her neck.

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Navy Frogman Nickelson to speak at EWM Feb. 6

PASO ROBLES — Estrella Warbirds Museum will once again host an engaging speaker at its monthly dinner on Feb. 6. Richard G. “Nick” Nickelson served in Underwater Demolition Team Twelve, a precursor to today’s Navy SEAL’s, from 1962 until 1965. He served in Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and was a member of the three-man team that rescued Astronaut Gordon Cooper after his Faith 7 Mercury landing. Nickelson was one of three Navy Frogmen who placed the flotation collar on Gordon Cooper’s Mercury Capsule when it splashed down in the Pacific on May 16, 1963. The U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. has a bronze relief of the rescue mission showing Nickelson on the capsule.

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PHOTO: New Babies and Moms Barre class

Katelyn King and her 10 month old son celebrate together with dance instructor Yvette Madrigal during the first Babies and Moms at the Barre class held on Jan. 7. This is a baby-wearing mommy and me style exercise class designed for moms and their babies (up to age 1). Madrigal’s class will offer a mix of stretching, basic ballet and pilates exercises focusing on rebuilding strength in abdominals and increasing flexibility.

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SLO Regional CERT annual meeting set for Jan. 22

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo Regional CERT will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the SLO Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo. This event is open to the public. The San Luis Obispo Regional CERT will share informaton related to disaster preparedness throughout SLO County. They will report on last year’s accomplishments, (formation of a South County CERT program and training individuals to administer CERT courses); and there will be a discussion of 2019 goals (creating a new North County CERT program and implementing Disaster Service Worker coverage for all CERT volunteers).

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Airport announces new Deputy Director

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is proud to announce that Courtney Johnson will be joining the staff as Deputy Director, Finance and Administration. She will start the new position Jan. 22, 2019. Johnson comes to the airport from the Minter Field Airport District, where she served as Manager of Finance and Administration for six years. At Minter, she directed all accounting, personnel and administrative operations; leasing and property administration and oversaw the fiscal management of federal and state grant programs.

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Lawsuit claims negligence against doctor and pharmacy

ATASCADERO — An Atascadero women, Lorena Anderson filed a lawsuit on Jan. 7 against Dignity Health, Dr. Maria Rasul, and Rite Aid Pharmacy. The lawsuit is for damages and a jury trial for negligence, medical negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress as the result of taking a medication that she was unaware would cause her to lose her unborn fetus. In the lawsuit filed with the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Anderson’s lawyers from The May Firm in San Luis Obispo stated that Anderson alleges that on March 20, 2018, she went to see Dr. Rasul at the Bishop’s Peak Women’s Health Center, located at 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 301 in San Luis Obispo. The center is owned, maintained and operated by Dignity Health.

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Celebrity Johnny Galecki put his Santa Margarita Ranch up for sale

SANTA MARGARITA — “Big Bang Theory” star, Johnny Galecki has decided to put his Santa Margarita Ranch on the market for $825,000 according to the Central Coast Realty Group listing. Galecki, who recently was on the “Roseanne” reboot and now on “The Conners,” is expected to take a loss on this property since he originally purchased it for $1.2 million in 2017 according to records.

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Exploring new ideas, like tiny homes to help with housing in SLO County

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo is working to develop policies that would allow movable tiny houses in the unincorporated areas of the County. With direction from the County Board of Supervisors, Planning and Building staff have been working on the County Housing Initiative Package, which is a set of policy solutions aiming to address housing affordability in the unincorporated areas of the County. One of the options that is being explored is policy for movable tiny houses.

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Government shutdown and how it impacts programs locally

COUNTY — As the government shutdown looms into its fourth week many aspects of the local and state government are starting to feel its effect. Here is the current breakdown of the programs that may have been impacted and their effect on our communities and residents.

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ECHO receives $6,900 from St. James Episcopal Church fundraiser

ATASCADERO — El Camino Homeless Organization Homeless Shelter announced it has received a donation of $6,900 from the St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles. The donation was the result of a fundraiser held in November, the 10th annual Music for the Soul. “We are very grateful to receive this donation,” said Wendy Lewis, president and CEO of ECHO. “This will help us maximize our living space inside the shelter and provide even more resources to the people we serve.”

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Cal Poly float wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade

PASADENA — Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, celebrates this year’s parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” by paying homage to music as a language for all. It is the fourth time in 71 appearances that the Cal Poly float has featured a space-related design.

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CHP notes new roadway safety laws

SACRAMENTO – New laws approved by the California Legislature in 2018 will affect roadway safety in several ways, including helmet use on bicycles and motorized scooters, hit-and-run on bicycle paths, modified exhaust systems, and enhanced safety for refuse collection vehicles. To support its mission of providing the highest levels of Safety, Service, and Security, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is highlighting several of these new laws.

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Local 4-H Youth Program seeks volunteer camp director for Camp Wahoo!

SAN LUIS OBISPO — 4-H in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is still looking for a volunteer camp director to coordinate the 2019 4-H summer camp, Camp Wahoo! Camp Wahoo! is expected to take place at Camp Yeager in Cambria from July 28 to 31. Camp Wahoo! 4-H summer camp is an experience that is fun for both youth and adults. Generally, a weeklong residential camp experience for Camp Wahoo! campers ages 9-13. The 4-H camp director would work closely with the 4-H Office to coordinate and put on the camp for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. It is scheduled to take place, but if a camp director position is not filled by Jan. 15, the camp will, unfortunately, need to be canceled for 2019.

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These women love to dance

ATASCADERO — Nancy Beckett was born to dance and she has danced all her life. Her dance lessons began at an early age and she has progressed from a student to a performer, then a teacher and a patron of the arts, especially the art of dance. Nancy is on the board of the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation (PRYAF) and she is representing PRYAF as a Community Star in Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS), 2019. She tells us “PRYAF is dear to my heart. All classes are free! Dance, Art, Filming, Set Making, Music, Singing. PRYAF is a very special place.”

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PHOTOS: Christmas Bike Program Giveaway

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office had a great time at the Christmas Bike Program Giveaway on Dec. 20. They would like to thank everyone who gave their time, finances, and talents to put bikes in the hands of local children. They are proud to have a program that recycles unwanted bikes, teaches a useful trade to inmates, and returns refurbished and donated bikes to members of the community.

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PHOTO: Hazmat incident at WIld Horse Winery; evacuated due to unknown substance

Wild Horse Winery Court in Templeton had a bit of a scare on the morning of Dec. 20 when a container started to leak an unknown liquid. A hazmat team was dispatched and approximately 12 employees of the winery were evacuated. There were no injuries reported and the hazmat team assessed the substance and the incident was mitigated later that evening.

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$20K in stolen items recovered in Paso

PASO ROBLES — During an enforcement stop, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled over a vehicle with three women on Saturday, Dec. 22. and found stolen property valued at $20,000. Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle and made contact at approximately 1:37 a.m. with Dashia Monet Lee, 29 of Richmond, Mercedes Denise Cannonier, 34, of San Francisco and Latalia Annette Smith, 34, also of San Francisco. They were driving northbound on Highway 101 and Wellsona Road in Paso Robles.

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Suspected Paso man involved in credit card fraud arrested

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Police Department is asking for your help in an investigation involving credit card fraud and a Paso Robles man arrested on suspicion of using those numbers to purchase goods from the internet and reselling them. On Thursday, Dec. 20, Christopher James Sprague, 34, was arrested and booked at the San Luis Obispo County Jail for multiple felony charges of credit card fraud, receiving stolen property and theft. Officers from the Paso Robles Police Department, Atascadero Police Department and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Sprague’s residence.

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PHOTO: Templeton Community keeps giving to Fire Dept.

Templeton Fire and Emergency Services continue to be excited about the results of #Giving Tuesday. To date, the Department has received $7,100. The most recent donation was presented by the Templeton Rabobank Branch for $1,000.

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PHOTO: Michels Corporation in Paso Robles donates to Woods Humane Society

The employees of Michels Corporation rally for a great cause by participating in community-focused initiatives nationwide. Michels Corporation donated more than a ton of food and other essential clothing and hygiene items, and monetary donations to nonprofit agencies throughout the United States and Canada. The items were collected during Michels Corporation’s company-wide food drive and nonprofit collection. Employees at the Paso Robles location provided donations to Woods Humane Society.

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Gov. Brown appoints Berrick to state mental health commission

ATASCADERO — Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Ken Berrick, CEO of local nonprofit Seneca Family of Agencies, as a commissioner on California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Thursday. The MHSOAC oversees the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act and advises state leadership on mental health policy in California. The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership in holding public mental health systems accountable, eliminating disparities, promoting wellness and ensuring positive outcomes for individuals with mental health needs “I couldn’t be more excited about working with the commission and staff to continue the amazing work of the Mental Health Services Act,” Berrick said.

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Coalition is addressing housing needs in County

COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County is working with community partners to provide some much-needed relief to the community’s housing problems. Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the County Department of Planning and Building has partnered with the Coalition of Housing Partners to develop solutions that would provide some relief from the current housing needs in San Luis Obispo County. Through research including a nexus study, the Coalition of Housing Partners found a $2-4 million gap in funding needed to provide the resources necessary to increase not only low-income housing, but workforce housing and middle-income housing as well.

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Suspect in attempted Templeton robbery arrested by Sheriffs

TEMPLETON — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office caught the suspect Anthony Pamfilo Espinoza, who was wanted in connection to an armed robbery of a gas station in Templeton. On the evening of Friday, Dec. 14, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the Chevron gas station in the 700 block of Las Tablas Road in Templeton.

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TCCH celebrates anniversary of motherhood support group

The Birth and Baby Center team at Twin Cities Community Hospital recognizes the need to support these women who may be experiencing emotional difficulties and offers a weekly support group for new mothers. Led by certified Postpartum Support International facilitators specifically trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the Navigating Motherhood Support Group aims to help women adjust to life after baby and provides mother-to-mother support and encouragement.

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SLO County Government Fire Safe Council receives nearly 4 million in SB1079 funds

COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council (SLO FSC) is able to begin $3.9 million in grant-funded fire prevention work because of legislation State Senator Bill Monning sponsored and Governor Jerry Brown signed. The California legislature approved more than $200 million dollars in fire prevention and forest health grants to help reduce the impact of wildland-urban interface fires. Senate Bill 1079 is critical legislation for fire prevention in California by enabling nonprofit fire safe councils to receive advance grant payments from the state for fire prevention work. Without the advances, the SLO County Fire Safe Council could only do work with limited cash on hand and wait 3-4 months for reimbursement. Authorizing grant advances will enable work to begin soon and progress smoothly without interruption. Debbie Arnold, president of the SLO FSC, previously announced that Cal Fire has approved four fire prevention grants for San Luis Obispo County. The $3.9 million in grants for projects across the county.

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Sherriff’s Office asks for public’s help to find armed robbery suspect

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Anthony Pamfilo Espinoza, who is wanted in connection to an armed robbery of a gas station in Templeton. On Friday, Dec. 14, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the Chevron gas station in the 700 block of Las Tablas Road in Templeton.

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Roadway repair at Klau Mine Road

NORTH COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will be performing roadway slope repair at Klau Mine Road in Adelaida. Work will begin Monday, Dec. 17, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Work will continue into mid-January, dependent upon the weather. The work will include removing and replacing a failed slope embankment by, placing rock slope protection, earth embankment, hydroseed, and fencing. For the safety of the public and the workers, traffic on Klau Mine Road will be subject to detours or one-way controls with flaggers as required for each phase of the work. Delays are expected to be up as long as 10 minutes during major operations. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans due to delays and consider alternative routes.

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Temporary closure of HWY 101 on-ramp and off-ramp at Main Street, Templeton

TEMPLETON — The Highway 101 on-ramp and off-ramp at Main Street in Templeton will be closed Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 21 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Time of actual work is dependent on weather conditions. The work will include removing and replacing existing pavement, laying a new paved surface, and reconstructing various roadside facilities. For the safety of the public and workers, traffic on Main Street will be subject to detours or one-way controls with flaggers as required for each phase of work. Delays are expected to be up to 10 minutes during major operations.

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Delta IV rocket launch scrubbed, new date scheduled for Dec. 18

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg was scheduled to support the launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Friday, Dec. 7. That launch was rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 8. and was scrubbed seconds before liftoff. The launch was scrubbed on Friday, Dec. 7 “due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site,” according to a statement by United Launch Alliance.

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Santa’s Sleigh is coming to Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department and Department of Emergency Services are announced that Santa Claus is making his way to Paso Robles in December. Santa and his merry band of police officers and firefighters will be visiting the community on Dec. 13 and 17 as follows: — Centennial Park: Thursday, Dec.13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Oak Park (30th St. and Railroad Tracks): Monday, Dec.17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Unit 2 at PG&E’S Diablo Canyon Power Plant operating at full power

AVILA BEACH — Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant Unit 2 returned to service and is now operating at 100 percent power. The unit had been shut down since Dec. 1, when a grid monitoring protective feature detected a lower than normal current on the transmission lines. Upon sensing the operation of the grid protective feature on Dec. 1, Unit 2 performed as designed and automatically went offline to protect equipment and plant operators responded and conducted an investigation and testing.

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Tips for foiling ‘porch pirates’ this season

NORTH COUNTY — It’s the season of giving, and in some cases taking. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people took to online shopping this year especially with free shipping to complete their purchases. Porches and stoops are filling with boxes from major retailers, like Amazon, Target or Walmart, are becoming easy targets for thieves also known as “porch pirates,” who are following your carriers every move and picking up packages along the way. According to a study done by InsuranceQuotes in 2017, 8 percent of Americans or about 25.9 million people have had a holiday package delivery stolen from a front porch or doorstep. This is up from 23.5 million uncovered in their 2015 survey. Well, how do you stop them? Here are some tips on how to deter these opportunistic thieves: “Being diligent with knowing what your shipping times are, typically UPS delivers about the same time every day to certain residences. Check your packages delivery date make sure they are not sitting out there for an extended period of time, would be good starters,” said Commander Caleb Davis with the Paso Robles Police Department.

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Cuesta College paramedic program introduces state-of-the-art ambulance simulator

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cuesta College Paramedic Program hosted an open house to introduce its upcoming class of paramedic students and unveil its brand new, state-of-the-art ambulance simulator. The mobile simulator is one of the first of its kind to be used in California and was funded through a grant by the Strong Workforce Program as a component of the state’s “Doing What Matters (for Jobs and the Economy)” initiative. “With the national evolution of Emergency Medical Services education to a high-fidelity scenario-based model, Cuesta College is setting the pace in California with the first mobile ambulance simulator training module,” said Michael McDonough, Paramedic Program Director. “Performing patient assessments and skill delivery while in a safe, but moving, simulator will enhance our students’ experience in critical decision situations.”

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Pacific Eye donates $10k to local non-profits

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pacific Eye is sharing the spirit of the holiday season with $10,000 in total contributions to local non-profit organizations this week as a result of its 7th annual Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge. Thousands of Central Coast residents cast votes online and in Pacific Eye’s offices throughout November, with the top-three organizations capturing the largest donations. Family Care Network, Inc. secured the $5,000 first-place donation in the contest. The community-based organization was established to provide clinical and treatment services and support to children and youth in a family setting, preferably their own, with the goal of enhancing their safety, well-being, and permanence, and to foster stable and self-sufficient families.

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Check out the December events happening at the Senior Center

PASO ROBLES — Here’s a list of the special events this month at the Paso Robles Senior Center. Stop by or call for more information on any event. The Paso Robles Senior Center is located at 270 Scott St., and can be reached at 805-237-3880. Dec. 11, Free Workshop on Taxes Jeff Guiltinan of All American Advisors will be there to talk taxes — income, Social Security, inheritance and taxes on IRAs. Guiltinan is a Certified Senior Adviser and is dedicated to helping seniors protect and grow their assets in retirement. The workshop is at 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Free Body in Balance for Active Aging Sample Class Join instructor Faye Baker, to learn fun and easy exercises to help improve your balance, mobility, and breathing. This free class is from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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Celebrate the Season with Paso Robles Recreation

PASO ROBLES — Holiday cheer abounds at Centennial Park this season as Paso Robles Recreation Services will offer free events and activities for the community throughout the month of December.

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Twin Cities, Sierra Vista providing new service for mental health patients

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center have partnered with the County of San Luis Obispo and the Sierra Mental Wellness Group to place employees, who are specially-trained on mental health, in emergency departments at both hospitals. These employees provide an invaluable service by screening patients and providing support for those dealing with mental health issues. “This partnership is providing an excellent service to our community,” said Anne Robin, Behavioral Health Director for the County of San Luis Obispo. “We are able to provide better care for patients by having these employees focus on the direct needs of mental health patients.” Having these employees stationed in both hospital emergency departments is vital for patients experiencing mental health emergencies.

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Libraries expand access to new technology with Mobile MakerKits

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries, in partnership with SLO MakerSpace, are now offering Mobile MakerKits. This is a program for adults made possible by an Innovation Station grant funded by California State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative. “Patrons might be interested in virtual reality, embroidery, or robotics, but who’s going to run out and spend hundreds of dollars to test out the latest model? With a library card, emerging technology is free,” said Library Adult Services Coordinator Sharon Coronado. “We believe our communities are capable of amazing things, and the maker movement is the perfect conduit to make amazing things happen.”

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2018 marks the 34th annual Hospice SLO County’s Light Up A Life

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) invites the public to honor the memories of loved ones during the 34th annual Light Up A Life remembrance ceremonies. The community is invited to help shine a light at any one of eight Hospice SLO County remembrance ceremonies throughout the county. The holidays symbolize a time when friends and family gather in celebration. It can also be a difficult and emotional time for those grieving a loss. Light Up A Life is an annual event that offers the community an opportunity to come together to honor and remember loved ones who may no longer be here but will never be forgotten.

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Shots fired in Paso mobile home, sheriffs arrest suspect after chase

Deputies arrested a shooting suspect Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department reported. Jordan AJ Nogo, 28, of Paso Robles, was taken into custody at approximately 3:50 p.m.

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‘Step Back in Time’ to a Victorian Christmas

PASO ROBLES — The 32nd Annual Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase will be held on Saturday evening, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. It will start at 6 p.m. on 21st Street with the Paso Robles High School Bearcat Marching Band opening the evening’s free festivities. Vine Street, one of the first residential streets in Paso Robles with many vintage Victorian homes, is blocked to car traffic from 8th Street to 21st Street. Within this 13-block area, all of the homes, offices, and schools are decorated and lit. Many of the homes have entertainment such as choirs, bands, Scrooge, and the Snow King & Queen, who grant your wishes, Santa’s Elves, etc. on their lawns or porches, and a mountain of snow for sliding and playing. There is a Santa Claus House with Santa to meet the children and throughout the route, there are people giving away hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies, roasted chestnuts, and popcorn

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Roads closed for Vine Street and Victorian Christmas Showcase, Dec. 8

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department would like to remind the community that on Dec. 8, between 5 and 10 p.m., Vine St. (between 8th St. and 21st St.) will be closed for the annual Vine Street and Victorian Christmas Showcase Event. Additionally, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the roadway as they arrive and leave the event.

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Shots fired in Paso mobile home, sheriffs seeking armed suspect

PASO ROBLES — San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Deputies responded on Dec. 7 at approximately 10 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the 60 block of Laguna Way in the Los Robles Mobile Home Estates in rural Paso Robles. Deputies say the occupant of a mobile home fired a shot which traveled through the residence and into the mobile home next door. A bullet was recovered at the scene. No one was injured. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they contacted the suspect identified as 28-year-old Jordan AJ Nogo of Paso Robles. Nogo attempted to conceal a handgun in his clothing. He then fled in a black VW Passat with the license plate 6CKH797.

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Sheriffs recover stolen silver

PASO ROBLES — The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office took a burglary report on Nov. 24 from a man in Paso Robles regarding the loss of high-value silver bars and coins from his rural residence. The owner estimated the value of the loss at more than a quarter of a million dollars. Sheriff's detectives began an investigation which led to a female suspect identified in this case. The suspect is a female acquaintance of the victim and investigators believe she was able to gain access to where the silver was kept. Detectives believe the suspect stole the silver in the early morning hours sometime in early November.

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Templeton Fire #GivingTuesday a success

TEMPLETON — The community of Templeton came out in support of Templeton Fire and Emergency Services during #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Local business Weyrick Lumber Company said they would provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,500 for the Templeton Fire’s #GivingTuesday campaign. Templeton Fire and Emergency Services is in need of money to help offset the costs associated with providing emergency services which cannot be captured by the general fund. Which is why they reached out to the public to help donate funds.

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Paso Robles Chamber takes trip to Silicon Valley

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce took 30 Central Coast leaders for a fun, yet educational experience in Silicon Valley. The group toured three different tech businesses — Facebook, LinkedIn, and BootUp Ventures. Attendees were treated to an insider’s look into how these companies operate on a daily basis. Facebook and LinkedIn are websites that most people use every day making it a great opportunity for Central Coast residents to get a chance to see behind the scenes.

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Coming storm threatens HWY 1 in Big Sur

UPDATE — 11:50 p.m., Nov. 28 — MONTEREY COUNTY — Due to the storm, Caltrans will close Highway 1 at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide today, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. until further notice. Storm activity is forecast through Thursday, Nov. 29. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (PM 18.9) is the alternate route to reach Highway 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. However, there is a 12-foot height restriction at one of the bridges along this route. Check with Fort Hunter-Liggett for more updated information on their road at www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett.

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Templeton Fire seeks #GivingTuesday donations

TEMPLETON — #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

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SLO County sets next year’s budget priorities

COUNTY — On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors established next year’s fiscal budget priorities, with a focus on meeting legal obligations, as well as short-term and long-term priorities. The Board approved budget goals and policies, as well as budget balancing strategies and approaches.

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Jingle All the Way 5K Family Fun Run planned for Dec. 8

TEMPLETON — Templeton Recreation Department is hosting the second annual Jingle All the Way 5K Family Fun Run sponsored by Sierra Pacific Materials and Earth Systems on Saturday, Dec. 8. Participants may choose from a 5K or 1 Mile Kids Loop course. The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile Kids Loop follows at 9 a.m. The starting point for each run begins in front of the Templeton Fire Department located at 206 5th Street. Santa will be attending the festivities, there are medals for top finishers in Men’s, Women’s, and Boys & Girls categories.

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Victorian Teddy Bear Tea tickets go on sale Dec. 3

PASO ROBLES — The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association will host the 28th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea for the children of Paso Robles on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets go on sale for this event on Dec. 3. Children bring their favorite teddy bears — often in spectacular costumes — to the Teddy Bear Tea, which will be held at the Paso Robles Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St., Paso Robles, from 2 to 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets include tea (juice) and cookies, and a commemorative teacup and saucer.

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Meet Tammy | November Animal Service Pet of the Month

Meet Tammy! Tammy is a beautiful Florida White mix rabbit. She is easy to handle and was well socialized during Woods Humane Society’s Critter Camp. Now Tammy is ready for a home of her own. Rabbits make great pets — though they are delicate animals and may not be appropriate for families with young children. In fact, rabbits can be trained to use a litter box and will come when called. When their people care for their special needs, rabbits can live up to 10 happy, healthy years.

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SLO gang member convicted of robbery

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Joshua Logan Gordon Myers, 19, was found guilty on Nov. 15 by a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury for the charges of second-degree robbery, with a special allegation for using a firearm, and committing the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office reported. He was also convicted of making criminal threats. All charges are felonies.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital surgeon set to appear in The Great American Baking Show

TEMPLETON —Local surgeon Dr. John Blaney from Twin Cities Community Hospital will be appearing on the holiday edition of “The Great American Baking Show!” “He really has a knack for baking. Follow him on Instagram — docsconfections — that’s how the show found him! We can’t really say much — neither can Dr. Blaney — about how he did on the show, but we hope you will tune in to find out,” shared Krista Deans of Tenet Healthcare.

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PHD receives grant to support traffic safety

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has been awarded two grants for a total of $205,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to continue programs aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on roadways. The grants will aid in the County’s ongoing effort to improve safety and quality of life. “These funds will support our work to ensure that children, pedestrians, and cyclists are as safe as possible on our roads,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo County Health Officer. “The Office of Traffic Safety grants will provide coordination, collaboration, and education on the importance of child safety seats, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the dangers of driving under the influence. The efforts will help achieve the County’s vision of a healthy and safe community.”

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PHOTO: Emergency personnel train in large animal rescue training in Paso

Members of the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services and Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department participate in large animal rescue training near the Paso Robles Airport on Nov. 13. (Photo contributed by CAL Fire SLO)

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Health care navigators take on tough questions

COUNTY — When health care access team members answer the phone, they’re ready for questions that cover the range of human experience with health care, from the logistics to the potentially life-altering: Now that I have insurance, where can I find a doctor? Why is this medical bill so high? I’m worried about this lump — but what if treatment is too expensive? “No matter what the question or issue is, I want people to know: you’re not alone,” said Laura, a nurse navigator who joined the team this year.

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Locals help NorCal fire victims

CHICO — Locals Ken Tucker and Steve Claassen arrived in Chico at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, Tuesday morning with a trailer full of supplies and $2,000 in gift cards ready to hand out to survivors of what’s become the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history. While air quality on the Central Coast was affected and attention given more to the closer blaze impacting Malibu over the last week, national focus has shifted to the north as reports came in of the near total destruction of the small town of Paradise in Butte County.

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Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder with firearm

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury Friday, Nov. 16, found Jim Pinedo guilty of seven felony counts, including violations of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, inflicting corporal injury to an intimate partner, threatening and dissuading a witness, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office reported. The jury also found true allegations that Pinedo, 38, personally used and discharged a firearm, and personally inflicted great bodily injury during the commission of the offenses.

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County of San Luis Obispo prepares for employee strike

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo is preparing for some employees to strike as early as December, but officials say that essential public safety and health services will continue. The County’s largest employee union, San Luis Obispo County Employees’ Association (SLOCEA), notified the County on Nov. 16 that it plans to strike unless the County meets its demands.

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Man shoplifts, runs from police

PASO ROBLES — A man walked into the Kohl’s in Paso Robles on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and walked away with some merchandise, according to the Paso Robles Police Department. Loss prevention contacted the PRPD after the suspect exited through the front door. The suspect ran through the parking lot, attempting to resist arrest, before being apprehended.

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Two suspects go on shopping spree after stealing credit card

COUNTY — Two people reportedly took a credit card from a mailbox and then went on a shopping spree, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. The Sheriff’s Office received a report on Oct. 16 of a stolen credit card from a mailbox at a residence in Arroyo Grande which had been used at businesses in the County at multiple locations including Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.

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Thanksgiving fire safety

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to bring family and friends together. Unfortunately, it is also the leading day of the year for home fires. Please help to reduce home fires and injuries by sharing and following these safety tips.

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Three suspects arrested in Chase Bank robbery

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department arrested Edward Ivan Ochoa, 30, Jose Christian Ramirez, 29, and Luis Rios Rico, 21, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in connection with the Chase Bank robbery.

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Chase Bank robbed in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is currently investigating an armed bank robbery at Chase Bank, 194 Niblick Road in Paso Robles. The robbery occurred as the bank was closing at approximately 6:01 p.m. on Nov. 20. During the robbery, a bank employee sustained a moderate eye injury after one of the robbers struck him with a rifle. As of this time, it is unknown how much money was taken during the robbery per police officials.

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Better Breathers alert issued for Atascadero and Paso

NORTH COUNTY— Smoke from wildfires across the state continues to impact San Luis Obispo County air quality. Better Breathers Alert for Atascadero and Paso Robles were issued by the county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. Air quality is forecasted to be in the moderate range which is harmful to sensitive persons due to an increase in Particulate Matter (PM10) concentrations. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, children, and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions may experience adverse health effects. If you are experiencing health problems APCD advises the public to consult your doctor. By Monday, Nov. 19 the air quality index is forecasted to be in good range again.

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Can your library fines this holiday season

PASO ROBLES—In the spirit of the holidays, the Paso Robles City Library is again offering patrons an opportunity to serve their community and reduce their overdue fines at the same time. From Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, the Library will forgive $1.00 in fines for every canned or non-perishable food item donated, up to a maximum of $16 per library card account.

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PHOTO: Atascadero Quota donates to Seasons of Hope

On Oct. 25, Quota sisters had an opportunity to show their Quota “giving hearts” by bringing non-perishable food items or an unwrapped gift item to the Seasons of Hope donation center at the Paso Robles Kia dealership on Theater Drive. Left to right are Kathy Hendrix, Sheila Klaesius, Brenda May, Deena Pangborn, Kathy Johnson, and Linda Roof. (Contributed photo)

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Most Wanted arrest updates

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pamela Sue Langley, the recent most wanted, was arrested this past week in San Luis Obispo by Sheriff’s deputies as a result of someone phoning in a tip to Crimestoppers. Langley was wanted for violation of probation for stalking with a temporary restraining order, stalking to follow and harass with intent to place fear, vandalism with damage of more than $400, and vandalism with damage of less than $400.

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Paso students take part in Optimist Club Spelling Bee

PASO ROBLES — The Optimist Club held its annual Spelling Bee on a clear cool morning in Downtown Paso Robles. Vendors, some from the Los Angeles area, were setting up early in the morning to sell their wares at the Honey Oak Festival in the Downtown City Park on Oct. 27. The Spelling Bee was held in the gazebo in the park with the action of the Honey Festival going on around it.

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Sheriff unveils new RAVE safety app for schools

TEMPLETON — San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson held a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Templeton High School, one of the beta sites, to showcase the new RAVE Panic Button Smartphone App available to most schools in SLO County. This is the final piece of a three-prong plan. Five minutes is the average length of time that an active shooter incident takes place, said Parkinson at the conference. This RAVE app is designed to immediately alert law enforcement of an active shooter incident on a school campus and shorten the response window. The SLO County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the state to offer this app countywide.

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Paso Library offers Thanksgiving-themed drop-in craft during break for children

PASO ROBLES — Children ages 5-12 are invited to the Library Story Room on Wednesday, Nov. 21 between 2 to 4 p.m. to make a pumpkin-themed craft cute enough to be the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table. According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “The library is a great place to bring the kids when they are home during Thanksgiving break. Not only do we have books, music, and movies for the whole family, but during school holidays we offer special activities to get you out of the house!”

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Two fires break out on Jardine Road

PASO ROBLES — A vegetation fire broke out on Jardine Road in rural Paso Robles on Sunday, Nov. 11, at approximately 12:28 p.m. The small grass fire in a pasture on Jardine road was quickly contained. Another unrelated fire broke out on the 4200 blocks of Jardine and Prairie Roads in Paso Robles. A small shed was fully engulfed and threatened nearby vehicles, vegetation, and residential structures.

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SLO Wine Country seeks new leader, Heather Muran to depart after six years at helm

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association Tuesday announced its search for a new executive director heading into 2019. The new executive director will provide high-profile leadership, vision, and hands-on implementation for the marketing, brand building, public profile, programs and events for SLO Wine. The overarching mission is to increase local, regional and global awareness of the San Luis Obispo Coast wine region, which is increasingly renowned for its impeccable cool-climate wines, welcoming hospitality, and coastal lifestyle.

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SLO joins hundreds of local communities to hold day for suicide loss survivors

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Hospice of San Luis Obispo County will join The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, Nov. 17, to offer special programs for those who have lost someone to suicide. Every year over 44,000 Americans die by suicide, leaving family members and friends to deal with the loss and learn how to move forward. San Luis Obispo is one of the hundreds of locations worldwide in which survivors of suicide loss will gather on this day to connect with and find support from one another. Events will be offered in both English and Spanish at two locations.

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Wildfires impacted SLO air quality

COUNTY — Smoke impacted San Luis Obispo County air quality earlier this week due to the wildfires burning across the state. Better Breathers Alert for Atascadero and Paso Robles were issued by the county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for Nov. 9 and 10. Air quality was forecasted to be in the moderate range which is harmful to sensitive persons due to an increase in Particulate Matter (PM10) concentrations. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, children, and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions may experience adverse health effects. If you are experiencing health problems APCD advises the public to consult your doctor.

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Local fire and law assist neighbors to the south and the north

NORTH COUNTY — Since the Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire and Camp Fire broke out on Nov. 8, North County fire and law enforcement personnel deployed to assist in various fire operations throughout the state. Two fires in Ventura County — the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire — have been growing. As of Nov. 13, the Woolsey Fire is 96,314 acres with 35 percent containment and 435 structures destroyed. Two deaths and three firefighters injured. Evacuations and road closures remain in effect. The cause of the Woolsey fire is still under investigation.

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U.S. DOJ to review SLO County Jail services

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo announced on Nov. 11 that the U.S. Department of Justice will be conducting an independent investigation to review the medical and mental health care of inmates in the jail. County officials say that the investigation is a civil review that does not focus on any single event, but rather on the delivery of medical and mental health services.

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County seeks public input to help local homeless

COUNTY —The County of San Luis Obispo expects to receive over $5.5 million of grant funding under two new state programs that aim to assist persons who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness: the California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) program and the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). Between the two programs, funding can be used to support a variety of activities that will benefit homeless services and housing projects, with $727,000 allocated from the CESH program and $4.8 million allocated under HEAP. To help identify the best uses for the one-time-only funds, the County is launching a public participation process this month that will inform planning efforts for the implementation of CESH and HEAP, as well as updates to several planning documents in the coming year.

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DA charges Lyft driver Fenwick with sexual assault

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Lyft driver was charged with the sexual assault of a passenger on Nov. 13, the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office reported. On Nov. 13, the DA’s Office announced it had filed felony charges against Jason Lamont Fenwick, 51, for the sexual assault of a passenger that is alleged to have occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 in Nipomo. Fenwick was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Department 8 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

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Sheriff seeks donations for Christmas bicycle program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It's the season of caring and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Bike Program is currently seeking donations for the Christmas Bike Giveaway which will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Sheriff’s Honor Farm. This program was set up 29 years ago to promote the holiday spirit by giving away refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children in need in San Luis Obispo County. Due to the generosity of the people of this County, the program has continued to be a big success.

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SLO County Board of Supervisors declared a homeless shelter crisis on Nov. 6

COUNTY — Local governments may soon receive one-time funding from the state to provide direct assistance to homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless. The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors declared a homeless shelter crisis on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and authorized the County’s participation in the state’s Homeless Shelter Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which could result in $4.8 million of one-time state grant funding to combat homelessness at the local level.

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Former Twin Cities CNO accused of killing wife in a civil lawsuit

TEMPLETON — William Gamba was recently appointed as new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Twin Cities Community Hospital on Aug. 6 and was recently accused in the death of his wife, Blaise Gamba in a lawsuit filed on Oct. 30 by Nancy Huhta, the mother of Blaise Gamba. Huhta is suing William Gamba in the wrongful death of Blaise Gamba. Blaise Gamba drowned off the coast of Florida in November of 2016. William Gamba recently relocated to the Central Coast to work at Twin Cities Community Hospital where he first started as a director of emergency services at Twin Cities Community Hospital on an interim basis before he was appointed to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) per a press release from the hospital in August 2018.

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Vehicle pursuit ends at Atascadero High School

NORTH COUNTY — A vehicle pursuit ended at Atascadero High School with the arrest of a woman Friday morning, Nov. 2. San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Deputies responded at approximately 8:15 a.m. to a report of a woman sleeping in her vehicle that was parked off the side of O'Donovan Road in Creston. When deputies tried to contact the woman, she refused to acknowledge them. The deputies checked the license and registration of the vehicle and discovered the woman, Nancy Lynn Clayburg, 43, had a suspended license plus a number of other equipment violations. When deputies attempted to contact Clayburg again, she drove off which initiated a low-speed pursuit with an average speed of approximately 40 mph, according to officials.

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High-speed pursuit ends at Atascadero High School

NORTH COUNTY — A high-speed chase ended at Atascadero High School with the arrest of a woman Friday morning, Nov. 2. Law enforcement was in pursuit of a vehicle when they notified Creston Elementary around 9 a.m. that they would be passing by the school and asked to have the school shelter in place until they had passed per school officials.

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Wellness Kitchen faces temporary setback

On Sunday, Oct. 21, an electrical fire started on the second floor of 1255 Las Tablas Road in Templeton; below which, the nonprofit organization — The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center — is located. The Wellness Kitchen officials are thankful for the team of local firefighters, who fought the fire and the building remains. However, The Wellness Kitchen experienced significant smoke and water damage and needs the help of the community.

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Roads closing for Safe and Fun Halloween Downtown event on Oct. 31

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department would like to remind the community that on Wed. Oct. 31, between 3 and 8 p.m., downtown Paso Robles city streets will be closed for the annual Safe and Fun Halloween event. Motorists should be aware that 12th and 13th streets (between Spring and Railroad streets) and Park and Pine streets (between 11th and 14th streets) will be closed to traffic. Additionally, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for monsters, zombies, witches, and vampires crossing roadways as they arrive and leave the event.

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Santa Margarita Lake area prescribed burn scheduled

SANTA MARGARITA LAKE — The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in cooperation with the Range Improvement Association and local landowners will be conducting a 138-acre prescribed burn on Wednesday, Oct. 31. This burn is located along West Pozo Road approximately one mile southwest of Santa Margarita Lake. Four fire engines, one fire crew, and one bulldozer will be utilized to conduct the burn. The burn is being conducted as part of the Cal Fire’s Vegetation Management Program and is intended to reduce highly flammable vegetation and other wildland fuels in an area prone to wildfires. This burn is also intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of prescribed burning as a management tool for the control of yellow starthistle, an invasive weed harmful to cattle and horses. The project is in cooperation with the San Luis Obispo County Range Improvement Association and should improve forage conditions for livestock and wildlife.

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County of SLO earns gold award for reducing electricity use by 15%

COUNTY — On Oct. 2, the Institute for Local Governments presented the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors with a Gold Level Beacon Spotlight Award for Energy Savings for reducing its electricity use at public facilities by 15 percent since 2010. SLO County was one of just three California counties to earn the award this year for voluntarily taking steps to conserve natural resources, promote energy innovation, and create healthier communities.

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Crimes in Paso Robles for Oct. 12- 19 include DUI, petty theft and shoplifting

Paso Robles police department arrest logs published Oct. 26.

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Paso urges residents to prepare for upcoming winter storms

PASO ROBLES — Rainfall amounts from anticipated storms could be significant this winter, which may potentially cause local flooding. Paso Robles City staff has taken preemptive measures to mitigate and/or reduce the flooding potential where possible by cleaning drains and other protective measures.

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Ideas needed for Paso’s Sherwood Park Master Plan

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles is asking for residents in the Sherwood Acres neighborhood and users of Sherwood Park, Sherwood Dog Park, Sherwood Forest and Oak Creek Park to tell the City what recreational projects they would like to see included in a master plan that will chart the future of those parks. Neighborhood residents and park users are being asked to give input at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. This is the third round of outreach to gather community input about the future of the parks in the Sherwood area. The first two events took place on Aug. 11 and Sept. 25.

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FBI allows County to run state and federal background checks for cannabis businesses

COUNTY — Those waiting for their San Luis Obispo County cannabis business license background check may not have to wait much longer for the required criminal background checks to be completed. The County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office was recently approved by the FBI to run fingerprints for cannabis businesses through the State Department of Justice. That means the criminal background check for cannabis business license applicants can include not just local criminal history checks, but also state and federal criminal histories. The state and federal criminal history checks begin this month.

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County offers support to residents with Covered California Enrollment

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and Department of Social Services remind residents that specialists are available to provide free, unbiased help finding health insurance and signing up through Covered California. This year’s open enrollment period for Covered California started on Oct. 15 and continues through Jan. 15, 2019. Covered California is the state health care marketplace for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Through Covered California, residents can enroll in health care coverage and may qualify for free or low-cost insurance based on their income. People who qualify for free or reduced-price coverage can only get this benefit during the open enrollment period (through Jan. 15), with very few exceptions. For this reason, officials recommend applying for full health care coverage during the open enrollment period—to obtain the peace of mind and improved health that can come as a result of having health coverage.

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Sheriff Parkinson, Ret. Lt. Proll selected to carry Flame of Hope for 2019 Special Olympics

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Special Olympics International recently announced that San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and retired San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Bill Proll were selected to serve as part of the Final Leg team, serving as Guardians of the Flame as they run the “Flame of Hope” throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March, leading up to the start of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Final Leg runners from around the world were selected to represent their local Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs.

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Elks and local dignitaries recognize Scouts for achieving highest honors

NORTH COUNTY — On Thursday evening, Oct. 18, over 100 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, their families, friends, Scouting Leaders, and local dignitaries gathered at Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 for the Elks’ Scouting Recognition Dinner. The Elks’ annual event honors Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the North County who have achieved their programs’ highest honors — Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts, and the Gold Award and the Silver Award for Girl Scouts. The dinner and program are co-hosted by Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 and Paso Robles Elks Lodge No. 2364 and alternate between each lodge each year.

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HWY 101 San Miguel project continues with construction near south Mission Street on-ramp

SAN MIGUEL — A project to improve six miles of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts will continue with a closure of the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at South Mission Street beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for the next six weeks, according to Caltrans. Motorists will be able to detour to the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at the South Camp Roberts Undercrossing. In addition, the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at Cemetery Road will re-open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Motorists will detour via 10th Street to reach this on-ramp.

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Cycling the Danube, another adventure with Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen

PASO ROBLES — On Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 - 7:30 p.m., join local traveling couple Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen on another great bicycling adventure – this time around Europe. Their 1,000-mile (more or less) bicycling trek along the Danube River began in Ulm, Germany, south of Frankfurt, and ended two months later in Belgrade, Serbia. In between, they enjoyed amazing cathedrals and castles, met interesting people, stayed in Airbnb lodgings, and rode through beautiful fields of corn, wheat, and sunflowers.

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Community can donate to provide winter clothing for Christmas

SAN LUIS OBISPO — This December will mark the 21st consecutive year that the San Luis Obispo community will generously provide homeless with a decadent home-cooked Christmas Day dinner along with live entertainment. More importantly, for the past two decades, this occasion has been used as a means of providing much-needed winter clothing care packages to the homeless community. Help us to continue this tradition by donating to the winter clothing care package fund. All donations will be used for the purchase of care package items so that we can provide each homeless guest with a brand new: sleeping bag, hooded sweatshirt, winter jacket, socks, underwear and toiletries. These items make a tremendous difference in helping local homeless survive our cold, wet winters.

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Adams achieves Gold Award

NORTH COUNTY — Kaitlin Adams, an active member of Ambassador Troop 40146, completed her Gold Award project. Adams, who lives in Atascadero and attended Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo, partnered with Twin Cities Community Hospital to transform an underutilized patio into an Asian inspired outdoor retreat. The patio is located adjacent to the Birth and Baby Center and will be enjoyed by laboring mothers and their families. There is also a place for the hospital staff to use while on break. The Tranquility Garden was unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Birth and Family Fair event at the hospital.

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Drug Take Back Day to be held at Twin Cities

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital is having a Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. This is a free way to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications and prescriptions. Twin Cities Community Hospital is located at 1100 Las Tablas Rd. in Templeton. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center will also have a take back day on the same day and time. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is located on 1010 Murray Ave. in San Luis Obispo and South County SAFE, 1086 Grande Ave. in Arroyo Grande is also a drop-off location if people are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Day.

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SLO County Airport named Best Airport/Transit Project

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport terminal project was named the Best Airport/Transit Project in Southern California and Hawaii by Engineering News-Record. The County’s airport was recognized on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Three panels of judges took weeks to determine the list of winners, reviewing more than 100 projects throughout California and Hawaii and ranking them on their contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality, and the ability of the project team to overcome challenges.

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Low-income and housing assistance event in Paso Robles on Oct. 24

PASO ROBLES — A one-stop-shop event connecting underrepresented groups to difficult-to-obtain benefits and services is being held in Paso Robles on Oct. 24. The County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office and the County Department of Social Services are teaming up to bring together a huge variety of community partners to provide on-site services ranging from tuition assistance to mental health services at this event named “The Community Connection.”

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New program allows taxpayers to pay annual property taxes in monthly installments

COUNTY — County Taxpayers can use Easy Smart Pay to make monthly payments for annual property taxes. Jim Erb, County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 16 the availability of Easy Smart Pay for county taxpayers who wish to make monthly payments toward their annual property tax bill, instead of paying in one or two installments per year. This program is designed for those who are not already paying through their lender or mortgage company. “California law doesn’t allow the County to accept monthly payments directly. That’s why we were happy to see Easy Smart Pay create a program that accepts monthly payments from taxpayers and then pays the County when the biannual payments are due,” said Erb.

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Community West Bank opens branch office in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — Community West Bancshares, parent company of Community West Bank, Monday announced the opening of the Bank’s newest full-service branch office at 541 Spring St. in downtown Paso Robles. The new branch replaces a Paso Robles business loan production office that opened last year. This is the second branch office in San Luis Obispo County for Community West Bank, which has eight full-service branch offices from Westlake Village to Paso Robles.

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Disney Culture expert joins speaker lineup for Central Coast Economic Forecast

SAN LUIS OBISPO ─ Doug Lipp, retired head of training for Disney University, will join Beacon Economics analysts Chris Thornberg and Robert Kleinhenz on the speaker dais at the 2018 Central Coast Economic Forecast. The annual event will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lipp is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Lipp inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. At the Forecast, he will discuss company culture, teamwork and inspiring creative thinking.

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CHP releases description of vehicle in fatal hit-and-run

TEMPLETON — The Templeton CHP Office is asking for the public’s help in investigating the felony hit-and-run traffic collision that took the life of Nathaniel Weatherly last week. At approximately 5 a.m. on Oct. 11, Weatherly, 22, was attempting to walk or run across the Highway 101 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle that was driving southbound on the freeway. Weatherly’s last known residence was San Miguel, but he was believed to be homeless. CHP has released a vehicle description. They are looking for a gold-colored Toyota Sienna minivan, with collision damage to the front of it. The year model is possibly between 2004 and 2007.

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SLO Airport ranked seventh-fastest growing airport in North America

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new report from international organization Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has ranked San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) the seventh-fastest growing airport in North America. With 407,646 passengers in 2017, the San Luis Obispo Airport registered a 23.4 percent increase over 2016 levels. The jump makes SBP the fifth-fastest-growing airport in the United States, and seventh-fastest across the continent. “2017 was a transformative year for us,” said Director of Airports Kevin Bumen, C.M., C.A.E. “In addition to opening our new terminal, Alaska began service to Seattle, and United added both service to Denver and a fourth daily flight to San Francisco. More people flew our existing routes in 2017 as well. This rise in passenger numbers shows how committed our residents are to flying from their hometown airport.”

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Great California ShakeOut set for Oct. 18

STATE — The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice for an earthquake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." California is at higher risk of earthquakes compared to the rest of the country. The Great California ShakeOut has been organized to encourage everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. ShakeOut is also a reminder for Californians to be prepared financially, such as by exploring earthquake insurance. The not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority offers earthquake insurance throughout California for homeowners, renters, mobile home owners and condo-unit owners. Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, access resources, receive email updates, and more at www.shakeout.org/california/. On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

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Upcoming Paso Basin Cooperative Committee meeting to be held on Oct. 17

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Basin Cooperative Committee invites groundwater users and interested community members to attend their upcoming meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the City of Paso Robles Council Chambers, 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles. The Cooperative Committee is comprised of representatives from the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies formed over the Paso Basin within San Luis Obispo County and is charged with developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The upcoming meeting will focus on drafts of Chapter 4 “Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model” and Chapter 5 “Groundwater Conditions”, as well as initial discussion of potential projects and actions related to achieving groundwater sustainability.

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Agricultural worker housing ordinance workshop to be held Oct. 16

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The County will hold an Agricultural Worker Housing Workshop for the public to discuss agricultural worker housing regulations and possible upcoming changes with the ordinance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the San Luis Obispo Library at 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

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Creston Cowboy Christmas on tap

CRESTON — The 9th-Ever Creston Cowboy Christmas Dinner Party, complete with dinner, wine and music a dessert auction and raffles, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Creston Community Center, 5110 Swayze Road in Creston. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Creston Area Town Center Helping-hands (CATCH) Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transitioning the old Creston Firehouse into Creston’s first community center. The nonprofit fund has worked with a variety of local community organizations, including the Creston Women’s Club, Creston Men’s Club, and Creston Garden Club to raise money for the project while providing community events and service.

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Man arrested for human trafficking in SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Sacramento man was arrested for human trafficking Friday, Oct. 5, in San Luis Obipso, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported. At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 5, a San Luis Obispo police officer conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the 3000 block of Broad. The vehicle was being driven by 35-year-old Lucion Banks out of Sacramento. Also in the vehicle was a 14-year old female passenger out of Oakland. During the car stop the officer discovered Banks had a suspended California driver’s license as well as a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Both Banks and his passenger denied being related and had no clear story of why they were in San Luis Obispo. Banks was subsequently arrested for the warrant and driving on a suspended license.

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CHP: Man victim of fatal hit-and-run Thursday

PASO ROBLES — A man was hit Thursday morning by a vehicle as he tried to cross Highway 101 near the 13th Street bridge in Paso Robles, the California Highway Patrol reported. The vehicle did not stop and has not notified law enforcement. The man later identified as Nathaniel J. Weatherly, 22, died at the scene. Weatherly’s last known residence was San Miguel, but was believed to be homeless.

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Former San Miguel CSD bookkeeper charged with embezzlement of public funds

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against the former San Miguel Community Services District bookkeeper Kallie Leighanne Johnson, 29, for embezzling $38,000 in public funds belonging to the District in 2015. On Friday, Oct. 5, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit filed felony embezzlement charges against Johnson. Johnson was working as the bookkeeper for the San Miguel Community Services District during the period she is charged with embezzlement. The Community Services District provides services for residents of San Miguel including fire protection, water, wastewater, lighting, and solid waste collection.

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Falcon 9 creates light display in night sky

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg had a successful launch of the SAOCOM 1A satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. and the first land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch was postponed on Saturday to Sunday to provide the ideal launch conditions as well as the atmospheric one’s for the public to view it clearly. Many San Luis Obispo County residents were able to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and the red glow it created as it broke free from the atmosphere. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, Oct. 7.

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Committee seeking input for upcoming Paso Basin meeting

PASO ROBLES — The County of San Luis Obispo’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency invites basin users and interested community members to provide input regarding “sustainable management criteria,” including where to set ideal and acceptable groundwater levels for the Paso Basin in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act via online at www.pasogcp.com. Groundwater users and interested community members in the Paso Basin are encouraged to provide input before the next Paso Basin Cooperative Committee.

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Deputies use of Naloxone helps save a life in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Oct. 5 at approximately 2:45 p.m. about an unconscious person on the outside city limits of Paso Robles who was not breathing. When deputies arrived on scene, shortly after Cal Fire personnel, who were already performing CPR on the person. Deputies recognized the possibility of an overdose and administered Naloxone while Cal Fire personnel continued CPR. The victim regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

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Children report man offering them candy

Paso Robles Police Department officers arrested Paso Robles resident Jesus Chavarria, 43, near Georgia Brown Elementary School. Chavarria was arrested Friday morning for suspicion of annoying a child under the age of 18, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. PRPD officers were dispatched to Georgia Brown Elementary School around 7:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, after a group of children reported to school officials that a suspicious man approached them and asked if they wanted candy.

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PRPD: Man exposes himself to middle schooler

PASO ROBLES — On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Paso Robles Police Department officers responded to Daniel Lewis Middle School around 4 p.m. to investigate a report that a man had exposed himself to a young girl on her way home from school. The middle school aged girl told police that after the man exposed himself to her he drove away in a small two-door blue sedan. She described the man as white and in his 30’s, with slicked back brown hair, and a stubbly beard. The suspect was last seen driving east on Creston Road at approximately 4 p.m.

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Tip leads PRPD to arrest of burglary suspect

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department arrested a man on Sunday, Sept. 22 believed to have burglarized a home on Thursday, Sept. 20. Officer responded to an interrupted burglary in the 1200 block of Katherine Court on Thursday, Sept. 20. The owner of the residence had returned home and discovered an adult male, later identified by surveillance footage as Jose Armando Montes Guillen, 20, inside her bedroom. Guillen had a black backpack full of the victim’s belongings and fled out an open bedroom window.

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Parolee Harvey arrested Friday night

SHANDON — The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office arrested a wanted parolee Friday evening, Sept. 21 in Shandon. The search for parolee Larry Charles Harvey, 20, from Shandon, began Friday morning and concluded later in the day after deputies received a report at approximately 5:15 p.m. that he was spotted outside a residence in the 100 block of South 7th Street in Shandon. When deputies arrived on the scene, Harvey ran away. He led deputies on a foot chase through the nearby riverbed, into backyards, and through a home before being caught near the intersection of Calle Carmelita and E. Centre Street in Shandon. Harvey was arrested without incident.

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Man found burglarizing home, flees out a window

PASO ROBLES – Paso Robles Police Department responded to an interrupted burglary in the 1200 block of Katherine Ct. on Thursday, Sept. 20. The owner of the residence had returned home and discovered an adult male, later identified by surveillance footage as Jose Armando Montes Guillen, 20, inside her bedroom. Guillen had a black backpack full of the victim’s belongings and fled out an open bedroom window.

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Deputies searching for wanted parolee in Shandon area

SHANDON — Deputies are searching the Shandon area Friday morning, Sept. 21, for a parolee believed to be armed and dangerous, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. Shandon Elementary and Shandon High School were both sheltering in place while deputies continued to search for parolee Larry Harvey, 27, of Shandon. Friday morning deputies were dispatched to a disturbance in the north end of Shandon at approximately 8:04 a.m.

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Sheriff: Wave of car thefts in Shandon

SHANDON — San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies responded Thursday, Sept. 20, to a series of crimes in the Shandon area, which included the theft of three vehicles and burglary of a residence, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The first incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the 100 block of South 7th Street in Shandon and involved a report of a stolen truck — which later crashed in the 2500 block of San Juan Road. The suspect or suspects then stole a nearby ranch utility vehicle and drove it to the 300 block of Truesdale Road in Shandon. At that time, the home was burglarized.

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Scholarships available for Paso Robles students

PASO ROBLES — Eligible students enrolled in a college, university or accredited post-secondary school in California with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may enter for a chance to join A-1 Auto Transport’s scholarship program. Every year, the California company, A-1 Auto Transport, offers $250, $500 and $1,000 in scholarship awards to participating students.

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Paso Robles accepting applications to airport commission

The City of Paso Robles will accept applications for appointment to the Paso Robles Airport Commission until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

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Asphalt overlay on Main Street in Templeton begins in Sept.

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction to rehabilitate the pavement on Main Street in Templeton starting in September. The work will include removing and replacing failed pavement, placing a new paved surface, and reconstructing various roadside facilities including; curb ramps, traffic bulb-outs, and drainage facilities.

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Sheriff: Greer murder investigation continues

PASO ROBLES — On Monday, Aug. 27, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a search at a property in the 4000 block of Whispering Oaks Way in Paso Robles. The property was formerly owned by Brian Greer, a person of interest in the Jerry Greer murder investigation. Jerry Greer was reportedly found dead in his home on March 28, 2009 in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road in Templeton, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Greer’s body was found by family members and his death was deemed a homicide.

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SLO County: Valley Fever reports explode

In the first six months of this year, 283 cases of Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) were reported in San Luis Obispo County-compared to 91 cases in the first six months of 2017. This increase is especially concerning because 2017 saw the highest number of cases on record in California, and because case counts typically increase in the second half of the year. This increase is similar to patterns emerging across the state.

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Task force arrests man for auto theft, burglary

PASO ROBLES — On Friday, Aug. 24, officers from the San Luis Obispo County Auto Theft Task Force (SLOCATT) arrested 18-year-old Ricardo Ramirez after he was stopped driving a stolen Lincoln MKZ taken from Paso Robles. Located in the vehicle was a stolen handgun from a residential burglary also within the City of Paso Robles. SLOCATT along with detectives from the Paso Robles Police Department served a search warrant at Ramirez’s residence. Additional items of evidence were located inside of the residence. Ramirez was linked to two additional auto thefts, and multiple burglary/thefts cases within the City of Paso Robles.

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A suicidal man stands in the middle of road, waves knife at passersby

COUNTY — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suicidal man who was waving a knife at people Tuesday morning on North River Road in Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded at approximately 9:55 a.m. to reports of a suicidal man standing in the middle of North River Road in Paso Robles. Witnesses reported the subject was holding a 10- to 12-inch knife to his throat and was also waving the knife at passersby.

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CalFresh Market Match expands

COUNTY — If you receive CalFresh Benefits you can use your EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, the Market Match Program will give you $ 1 for each EBT $1 that you spend up to $10. The Market Match Program is expanding to Arroyo Grande Wednesday and San Luis Obispo’s Thursday night Farmers’ Markets.

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State Legislature passes bill to ease impact of Diablo Canyon closure

COUNTY — The California Legislature passed a bill on Monday, Aug. 20 that will ease the impacts from the pending closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the last functioning nuclear power plant in California. The bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1090, is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in March by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) to mitigate the impacts of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure.

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Sirens will wail on Aug. 25

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Early Warning System (EWS) sirens will sound on Saturday, Aug. 25 for their annual full-scale test. The Early Warning System sirens extend throughout the Emergency Planning Zone that extends in a circular area from Diablo Canyon. Originally the siren system was installed for an emergency at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, but they can be utilized for any disaster where actions, such as evacuations are needed to be taken by the public due to a tsunami or dam failure.

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Person of interest named in cold case homicide

COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detectives found new information leading to the naming of a person of interest in a North County cold case from 2009. Jerry Greer, 71, was found dead in March 28, 2009 in his home on the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road in Templeton, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Greer’s body was discovered inside the home by family members. His death was deemed a homicide. The case has been thoroughly investigated since that time and as a result of the Sheriff's Office Cold Case Investigation Unit was able to reveal a person of interest in the murder of Greer.

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Library Study Center celebrates grand re-opening, Aug. 20

PASO ROBLES — The public is invited on Monday, Aug. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to check out the Library Study Center’s new look and participate in a book giveaway for children. According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “We are so excited about these new furnishings. Because of the generosity of the Library Foundation, the students we help every afternoon will have a flexible space that will allow room for group collaboration or individual study.” The Study Center was established in 2001 to provide a place for students to do homework after school. It offers a small, but powerful reference collection; computers with Internet access; and magazines, paperbacks, picture books, and other recreational reading materials. Each year, over 10,700 people make use of Study Center resources.

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Women’s Honor Farm donates to ECHO

COUNTY — The Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program donated pillows, pajamas, and blankets to ECHO-El Camino Homeless Shelter on Monday, Aug. 13. The donation of handmade items were made by inmates who have elected to be a part of the Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program, where they are gaining valuable skills and have the opportunity to give back to the community.

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PSHH promotes Mahoney to Director of Education

COUNTY — Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) promoted Alejandra Mahoney to Director of Education, a 16-year-old, site-based service offered to residents of PSHH’s affordable housing developments throughout the Central Coast. Mahoney, a Santa Maria resident, has been with PSHH for 12 years and previously was the nonprofit’s Senior Manager of Educational Programs. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Guadalupe, Mahoney holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York and has previous work experience at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Fitzgerald Community School and Santa Barbara County Office of Education.

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August Animal Service Pet of the Month : Zeus

Meet Zeus! This big handsome nine-year-old is a loyal boy who would love a home where he can be cozy inside with the people he loves. Zeus is treat motivated and eager to please. He already knows sit, shake, stay and maybe even more … and he would love to keep learning. He loves heads rubs and will even bump your hand with his head when he wants pets.

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Police to step up enforcement for distracted drivers

COUNTY — In an effort to make roads safer, the San Luis Obispo Police Department is deploying extra traffic enforcement officers on Aug. 17 and Aug. 24 to stop distracted driving. San Luis Obispo Police Department is spreading the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves but everyone else on the road. Using an electronic device while driving is a serious safety problem, SLOPD reported. Most drivers know that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior, but many still use their cell phones and other mobile devices when they are behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated 424,000 injured nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, 10 percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

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Spot fires break out in North County

NORTH COUNTY — Several small vegetation fires erupted in the North County this week. Thanks to the quick response by firefighters and volunteers the fires were put out quickly and structures were saved. Ysabel Fire The Ysabel fire started on Aug. 9 at the 1000 block of Santa Ysabel Avenue, and South River Road in Paso Robles. Around 3:50 p.m. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo and the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the vegetation fire. Winds drove the fire and structures nearby were threatened. An air attack and an engine fought the two-acre grass fire that was wind driven and surrounded by roads threatening nearby structures. By 4:04 p.m.fire personnel made good progress and additional resources were canceled. Structure threat was mitigated and shortly after aircraft was released. The fire was fully contained by 4:35 p.m.

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KCF partners with Salvation Army for CA Wildfire Relief

COUNTY — Kennedy Club Fitness Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande are partnering with the local offices of the Salvation Army to help raise funds for those affected by the recent California Wildfires. “Several of our staff who either have firefighters in their family or know people affected by the fires asked us to get involved as a company,” said Debra Albert, Kennedy Club Fitness Marketing Manager. “We’ve had a long standing relationship with the Salvation Army, and they, along with the Red Cross have been instrumental in providing help and relief. We host the red kettles every holiday and it seemed fitting to bring those kettles back in the Clubs as beacons of help and aid for those who need it.”

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City announces extension of filing period for November election

PASO ROBLES — On Nov. 6, Paso Robles residents will have the opportunity to vote for two open City Council seats and the Mayoral seat. Each position serves a four-year term. The initial period for filing nomination papers was July 16 to Aug. 10. However, because a seated incumbent did not file nomination papers for their respective Council seat, the filing period to submit nomination papers, for City Council only, has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 15. Candidate packets (nomination papers) are available through the Paso Robles City Clerk's Office. An appointment is required with the Deputy City Clerk to pick up a packet. Call 805-237-3888 to schedule an appointment. Additional election information and the list of current candidates is available online at www.prcity.com/182/elections.

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Cuesta receives $225K grant to fund new GIS Tech courses and program

COUNTY — Cuesta College is meeting the high-demand needs of the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology industry with the launch of new GIS courses and certification. GIS is a computer system for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Cuesta College students will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for jobs in the GIS industry and fulfill degree requirements for various majors like engineering, architecture, health, agriculture, and computer information systems. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning, and in various career fields, including emergency response, marketing, engineering, biology, science, and more.

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Estrella Warbirds host return of famed pilot Capt. Plumb eight years later

PASO ROBLES — Capt. Charlie Plumb was the guest speaker at the Estrella Warbird Museum for their August monthly dinner. Plumb last spoke at the Museum eight years ago in front of the largest dinner crowd at around 180 in attendance. Aug. 1 was his encore presentation with over 160 members attending Thomson Hall at the museum. Many volunteers helped set up the tables and decorations for the event. Caterer Larry and his crew cooked a chicken entree for all the attendees.

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PHOTOS: Let’s Pretend with Paso Rec Dept.

There was lots of imagination happening at Centennial Park during the second week of Let’s Pretend camps with Carmen Pangelinan of A Dream Party. Monster Monday featured homemade slime (complete with eyeballs) while Cars Land for Little Mechanics gave little ones the chance to drive on a race track, paint and decorate their own wooden car and win a racing trophy for their accomplishment. On Friday, little princesses enjoyed a magical tea party hosted by a beautiful princess. The girls enjoyed a magic show, story time, tea, treats and favors (along with a little etiquette lesson from the princess). The Let’s Pretend fun continues this fall with several classes planned October through December featuring kid’s favorite characters, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and activities. To learn more about fall recreation classes, visit www.prcity.com/recreation to view the interactive online guide. (Photos Contributed )

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Science camps’ chemical reactions a hit for the kids

PASO ROBLES — Twenty-two kids ages 6 to 11 goggled up at Centennial Park to take part in the week-long science camp Pop! Burst! Blast! Bang & Sizzle! Instructor Tim Baker, of Science Dipity, led the students on an exploration of chemical and physical reactions, thermodynamics, energy, pressure, forces and Newton’s laws of physics. There was at least one explosion a day as the students learned fundamentals of chemistry while literally having a blast.

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Library Teen Volunteer Program to begin Aug. 27

PASO ROBLES — The 2018 Summer/Fall Teen Volunteer Program — the first of two long-term volunteer opportunities in the Library for area teens — begins Aug. 27 and runs through Dec. 14. The application process is similar to the Library’s Adult Volunteer Program; students must submit an application, along with two letters of recommendation from instructors; interview with the Volunteer Coordinator; and be fingerprinted. Because the on-boarding process can be lengthy, students are encouraged to apply early.

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Fire at Lake Nacimiento started by a vehicle

LAKE NACIMIENTO — Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire near Nacimiento Dam on Friday afternoon, Aug. 3. The vehicle fire threatened nearby vegetation on Nacimiento Lake Drive near Interlake Road per Cal Fire officials. When Cal Fire firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 1:50 p.m. they found 3 acres of vegetation burning at a slow rate of speed. An air attack was called in to help fight the fire. Within moments ground crews and aircraft made good progress with fire holding at approximately 2-3 acres.

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North County’s Most Wanted : Hendricks

Chad Eric Hendricks, 62, is wanted for violation of probation for unlawful possession of ammunition. Hendricks is White, 6-foot-0-inches tall, 195 pounds and his last known residence is in Santa Margarita. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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News Media Corp. names new president, financial officer

ILLINOIS — News Media Corporation has hired Nickolas Monico to serve as its new company president, and promoted Trena Thompson as chief financial officer. Monico, who has a long history of multimedia leadership experience, began in his new position on Monday, Aug. 6 at NMC’s headquarters in Rochelle, Ill. “I’ve known Nick for many years and I am very pleased to have him join NMC,” said John Tompkins, founder and chairman of News Media Corporation.

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DMV announces efforts to reduce wait times

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking a number of additional actions to combat rising wait times at field offices. Customers have experienced longer-than-expected service times because of increased demand in the federal compliant REAL ID driver license or identification card. “The DMV is bringing employees from various state agencies and departments to strengthen our hiring surge and help triage the longer lines at our offices,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said. “This year we have already hired 500 new employees, added Saturday service at 60 offices and opened offices an hour earlier in the most impacted areas. We expect the additional surge of employees will help further combat these wait times.”

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Sheriff’s release new app

COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office announce the release of their new mobile phone app. This free app is available to the public to download to their smart phones. It contains many of the features you can find on the Sheriff’s website like inmate information, press releases, and all the different programs and how to get involved.

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California’s public lands affected by wildfires

SACRAMENTO — Fires throughout California have affected access to public lands in many locations that are normally heavily used during the fall general hunting season openers. Archery deer hunters on scouting expeditions around the state are already encountering restricted access to desirable properties. As the general deer seasons approach in many California hunting zones, hunters are reminded to research the areas where they intend to hunt or scout to be sure those areas are free from fire restrictions.

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Supervisors name Keith new Planning and Building Director

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Trevor Keith, a longtime senior manager for the County of San Luis Obispo, earned the confidence of all five board members to lead the Planning and Building Department. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the SLO Board of Supervisors approved the employment agreement with Keith as the Director of the Planning and Building Department. Keith began the job on Wednesday, Aug. 8. After a nationwide search and an extensive selection process, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously, 5-0, selected Keith.

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Shandon to get a new storm drain

SHANDON — The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction of drainage improvements to the southwest corner of First Street and East Centre Street at Shandon High School. Work started Monday, Aug. 6 and expected to continue through Aug. 17. The work includes installing a concrete drainage box, excavating, backfilling, new asphalt concrete paving, and walkway improvements to the high school. The limits of work will be confined to the southwest corner of the intersection. There will be traffic control at the site resulting in slight delays. Work is anticipated to be complete before the start of school.

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Wildfire smoke impacting San Luis Obispo County

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District and County Health Department said that air quality in San Luis Obispo County is being impacted by smoke from wildfires. As of 2 p.m. Monday, July 30, smoke impacts were the greatest in Eastern and Central San Luis Obispo County (including Paso Robles and Atascadero) and air quality is mostly good along the coast (including San Luis Obispo), but coastal air quality could deteriorate as the smoke plume spreads. Expect skies to be hazy and fine particulate (PM2.5) and ozone concentrations to be higher than normal. Changing winds make it difficult to predict which areas of the county may be most affected as the week progresses. However, until the fires are put out, smoke will likely be intermittently present in the region.

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PG&E to offer tours and public workshops

AVILA BEACH — During the months of August and September, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will offer Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) lands tours to increase public knowledge of the 12,000 acres that surround DCPP. The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will also offer four public workshops to gather public input on the potential future uses of Diablo Canyon lands and facilities.

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House fire displaces five in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — A residential structure fire occurred at 305 Santa Fe Ave. in Paso Robles on Thursday, Aug. 2. Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the fire at approximately 2 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene to discover heavy fire emitting from the residence and fire extending into two neighboring residential structures. Two vehicles also sustained fire damage.

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Imagination Playground at the Library set for Aug. 1

PASO ROBLES — As part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Children’s Library is partnering with the Children’s Museum to bring imaginative play to children ages 2-6 tomorrow on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “Young children will have fun building and playing in a world they create using large foam blocks. By partnering with the SLO Children’s Museum, children will develop a host of STEAM skills, even though they are not yet in school!”

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PRPD: Fight between father and son leads to arrest for assault with a deadly weapon

PASO ROBLES – A Paso Robles man was arrested after reportedly hitting and attacking his father with a lamp on Sunday, the Paso Robles Police Department reported. Paso Robles Police Department officers responded to a 911 call in the 600 block of Moss Avenue on Sunday, July 29, for a reported physical fight between two males. Officers were unable to find any signs of a disturbance and there was no answer at the door.

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Asian Adventures at Paso Robles Library with Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen

PASO ROBLES — As part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, Reading Takes You Everywhere, the public is invited to head out on the final vicarious travel adventure of the summer. This month, visit several countries in Asia with local traveling couple Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen. Enjoy Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam as well as Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. What started as a visit to Bangkok to see a friend turned into a six-week adventure including floating restaurants, bird watching on the Chinese border, and a visit to Big Buddha.

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Seven tips for a healthy, safe visit to fair

PASO ROBLES — As residents prepare for a visit to the fair, the County Public Health Department reminds everyone to take common-sense precautions to stay healthy and safe. Health officials say the most important advice is also the most simple: wash your hands. For handwashing, soap and water is best. If soap and water aren’t available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good option. Handwashing stations are available throughout the fair.

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July Animal Service Pet of the Month : Tito

Meet Tito! He is a 4-year-old lab mix who was rescued off the streets in the Philippines when he was just a pup. He was the baby until his owners had a new baby. Tito was a little jealous of the new addition and sadly his owners brought him to Animal Services. He is a little nervous at the shelter but once he gets to know you, his little curly tail wags with delight. He is a smart boy who knows the commands sit, down, and shake … and did we mention he loves to give kisses and cuddle?

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Coast Guard urges mariners to identify personal kayaks and paddleboards

SAN PEDRO — The Coast Guard is asking mariners to label all kayaks and paddleboards with contact information so that rescue crews can quickly account for owners to determine if there is an actual distress and prevent unnecessary searches when no one is in danger. Monday morning, Coast Guard, Redondo Beach Police Department and Redondo Beach Fire Department crews responded to a report of a beached kayak approximately a nautical mile south of Redondo Harbor. Search-and-rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s Forward Operating Base Point Mugu, the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut and Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach searched for an unconfirmed person in the water for approximately eight hours before suspending the case, pending further developments.

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Mussel dogs sniffing out aquatic hitchhikers

LAKE NACIMIENTO — For one more weekend, mussel sniffing canines are helping public officials at Lake Nacimiento inspect vessels for invasive aquatic species — otherwise known as quagga and zebra mussels. “Mussel dogs,” as they are called, sniff around boats, alerting handlers of the presence of mussels and dramatically decreasing the time it takes to inspect boats.

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Cal Fire SLO battles two fires in the North County

NORTH COUNTY — Firefighters were busy this week in the North County. In addition to the Rock Fire that broke out in Paso Robles on Saturday, July 21, Cal Fire had to fight the Mustang Fire that also ignited that afternoon in Paso Robles reported Cal Fire SLO officials. Later on Monday, the Dragon Fire broke out at Camp Roberts as well. The Mustang Fire first reported by Cal Fire SLO at 3:54 p.m. on July 21. It was reported as a vegetation fire at the 3000 block of Mustang Springs Road in Paso Robles. Approximately 30 acres in the grass, and moments later it was reported 10 percent contained with its forward spread stopped. GPS area was mapped and results posted by 5:53 p.m. showing that actual acreage was 27 acres and 50 percent of the fire contained. A little after 9 p.m. the Mustang Fire was announced by Cal Fire SLO at 80 percent contained.

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Firefighters battled Rock Fire in Paso Robles for four days in the heatwave

PASO ROBLES — A vegetation fire, named the Rock Fire, broke out on Saturday, July 21 in Paso Robles at the 1400 block of Chimney Rock Road. It took four days for fire personnel to fully contain the 30-acre fire. The fire was originally two acres on Saturday at 2:58 p.m. when Cal Fire first reported it and within the hour it had grown to 15 acres. By early evening it was 25 acres and 20 percent contained. Fire crews were making good progress but heavy vegetation and down power lines were making access difficult. By that point, multiple agencies were fighting the fire with 10 engines, four crews, two bulldozers, four air tankers and one helicopter to slow it down. Crews stayed the night to work on containment.

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Fatal accident involves military vehicle, sedan

COUNTY — On State Route 46 at David Road before the Cholame Y, a fatal accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, morning involving a military tactical vehicle and a car, as reported by California Highway Patrol. The driver, Cecil Gabriel Johnson, a 49 year-old Army Reserve sergeant from San Bernardino was driving a large 2007 M1078 Tactical Vehicle in a military convoy eastbound on State Route 46 at Davis Road, going approximately 50 mph when the driver, of a 2000 Acura 3.2TL, Chan Kee Chung, a 58-year-old male from Rowland Heights, was driving westbound at 55 mph when the tactical vehicle’s left front tire went flat and suddenly failed, sending the vehicle across the double yellow center lines into the westbound lane of traffic.

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Take to the water on July 7 for Free Fishing Day

CALIFORNIA — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is having Free Fishing Days on July 7 and Sept. 1. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two designated days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

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Paso Robles rejoins animal control project

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles is again supporting a new San Luis Obispo County animal shelter after previously backing away from the project due to concerns about operational costs and control. The Paso Robles City Council approved an “Animal Services Memorandum of Agreement” between the county and the cities, which reduces the one-time project costs to be charged to the cities by $1 million, commits to reductions in animal intakes and animal nights at the shelter to target a reduction of costs averaging 5 percent per year for the first five years of operation, and sharing governance of the shelter with cities.

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Seven mayors sign SLO County Civility Promise

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every mayor in San Luis Obispo County and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors came together on Thursday, June 21, and promised each other, and the people and institutions they serve, to always strive to conduct debates — whether in person, online, or in written communication — in ways that allow for the widest range of opinions on ideas and policies, yet also respect the dignity, integrity and rights of those with whom they might disagree. Elected leaders from of every political party and throughout SLO County worked together over the last few months to craft a Code of Civility.

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Getting there from here

On June 5 the Paso Robles City Council approved a $120,000 Wayfinding Signage Program designed to unify the municipal brand across diverse neighborhoods. Pierre Rademaker Design, the same San Luis Obispo-based firm and designer tasked with the same job there in 2014, has worked with a Paso Robles stakeholder group since last year on a unique design.

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North County's Most Wanted: Casparybugely

Christopher Matthew Casparybugely, 28, is wanted for violation of probation for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with great bodily injury. Casparybugely is white, 5’9” tall, 170 pounds and his last known address is in Gardnerville, Nev. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550.

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Dynamic Feedback Signs to be installed

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction to install 22 dynamic feedback signs at specific curves on the county road network. The project is federally funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Work started on May 29 and continue into late June. This project will improve road safety for motorists by providing real time speed information against the recommended advisory speed for the specific curve. The highway curve sites include:

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Paso senior hasn’t missed a day

PASO ROBLES — School districts pass out senior awards for academics, sports and the arts, but one determined Paso Robles High School graduating senior achieved an accomplishment that may not have earned him a medal, but certainly won him the respect of his family. The feat was of his own making — a goal he set for himself back when he was 8 years old. Chase Diedrich, 17, has never missed a day of school since he first began in kindergarten. With the twists and turns life threw at him, accumulating 13 years of public education, Diedrich showed up at school... every… single… day… no matter what. “I never even knew about perfect attendance until third grade when my mom told me I had never missed a day and since then, I’ve always valued having the record,” Diedrich said.

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Caltrans accelerates repairs on Hwy 101

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Caltrans will repave more than 16 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from Vineyard Drive overcrossing in Templeton to North Paso Robles overhead near the city, due to funding by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

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Cyclists injured during event

PASO ROBLES — AIDS/LifeCycle® riders left their camp at the Mid-State Fairgrounds on June 6 and headed to their destination for the day in Santa Maria. More than 2,300 cyclists and almost 650 volunteers ‘roadies’ hit the road, but two of the riders would not make it to Santa Maria as they intended.

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Standout students honored at award and scholarship ceremonies

TEMPLETON — Sofia Talarico took home a few awards and scholarships this May. The graduating Templeton Highschool (THS) senior received the prestigious “Eagle of the Year” award, as well as the Top Scholar Cumulative Award, STEM Award, Spanish Award, SAT Award, Life Science Award, CSF Award and the ACT Award. She also received three scholarships presented on scholarship night: The Monday Club Conservancy Fine Arts Award Scholarship, Vocal Arts SLO Scholarship and THS Drama Boosters Scholarship. Talarico will be attending UC Irvine, majoring in Musical Theater and Biology.

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Local hospitals hosting Cereal Drive to help feed local kids during Summer months

TEMPLETON — Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which houses the only dedicated pediatric unit in San Luis Obispo County, and Twin Cities Community Hospital 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 kicks off Friday, June 1, and runs through Friday, June 8.

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Six locals run the 122nd Boston Marathon

Paso Robles– Six locals competed in the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, braving harsh weather conditions with heavy rain and strong headwinds.

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Pig rescue faces issues with local ordinance

“And they’re thinking they’re literally getting this tiny housepet,” K&M Mini Pot Belly Pig Rescue Owner Marilu Elder said. “What happens is they outgrow that 25 pounds, guaranteed, and they don’t want it anymore. It becomes a burden. A 50, 100 or 150 pound pet that nobody knows what to do with.”

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Paso Robles Assistant City Manager retires after 31 years

Her years in the City Manager’s Office have been characterized by challenges and opportunities in the extreme - the peak in the economy and growth in local businesses and economic development, the San Simeon earthquake and its after-effects; the Great Recession, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies; the development of the Uptown Specific Plan, Salinas River Corridor Plan, Paso ARTSFEST, recreational trails, and an increase in outdoor recreation and culture

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Additional Articles

  • Six-month women’s leadership program begins this Fall

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — A six-month women’s leadership program, focused on inspiring, equipping and empowering women to reach their full potential begins this fall. The program is designed for emerging leaders, managers and entrepreneurs looking to develop essential skills to maximize their impact and build strong professional connections. Through monthly half-day sessions, each of the 16-person cohorts will gain essential skills to transform their leadership and grow their influence.

  • Striping project resumes this week on Highway 46 East

    COUNTY — A project to replace the roadway striping and pavement markers will resume on Highway 46 East beginning Tuesday, July 9 in the following locations: Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions on Hwy. 46 East from the US 101 Interchange to East of Airport on Tuesday, July 9 during the overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Boat on Lake Nacimiento takes on water

    LAKE NACIMIENTO — A boater on Lake Nacimiento was in trouble when his vessel started to take on water on Wednesday, June 18. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported on 4:52 p.m. that a boat was taking on water and dispatched Cal Fire/County Fire Boat No. 33 to assist Monterey County Rangers near the mouth of Las Tablas Bay.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conference on supporting gifted children set for May 4

    SANTA BARBARA — The Central Coast’s only conference on supporting gifted children will be held at La Colina Junior High School in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. The event, coordinated by the Tri-County GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Council and The Knox School of Santa Barbara, will focus on embracing all sides of gifted children — from Academic to Social and Emotional to Intellectual needs. “The gifted population is often underserved in our culture, and this conference was created to support the adults who are charged with providing for these children and their unique needs,” said Dr. Angela Tanner, Founder of The Knox School of Santa Barbara. “The conference tagline is All Means All because supporting a gifted child in a way that leads them to thrive means that all of their diverse needs must be addressed.”

  • HWY 58 resurfacing project East of Santa Margarita resumes

    COUNTY — A project to resurface 24 miles of Highway 58 from six miles east of Santa Margarita near State Route 229 to the Navajo Creek Bridge resumed on Wednesday, May 1. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from near the Junction with State Route 229 to east of Shooting Star Road Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4

  • Pothole repairs on SR 41 north of HWY 46E begin next week

    COUNTY —A project to repair potholes on Highway 41 from north of the Highway 46 East Interchange to the San Luis Obispo/Kern County line will begin on Monday, May 6, and continue through Thursday, May 9. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control with a pilot car on State Route 41 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. This highway maintenance project will resume on State Route 41 beginning Monday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 15. Motorists will encounter traffic control from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • Carbajal announces 2019 Congressional Women of the Year Award

    SANTA BARBARA — In honor of Women’s History Month, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) announced his Congressional Women of the Year honorees and opened nominations for the next year. This award was created as an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring women throughout the 24th District who, through work or volunteerism, have gone above and beyond to positively impact our community.

  • HWY 1 paving project near Cuesta College began March 25

    COUNTY — A project to grind and resurface northbound Highway 1 from North Education Drive to the San Luis Creek Bridge began on Monday, March 25, weather permitting. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures on Highway 1 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and during the overnight hours from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are expected to be minimal. Electronic message boards will be activated to inform the public about this roadwork. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

  • Enter the Fair in 2019: Still Exhibit registration is open, handbooks available

    PASO ROBLES — The Still Exhibit Competition Handbooks are now available online. Still Exhibits include departments like Fine Arts, Flowers, Farm Art, Home Arts, Photography and Produce. New this year will be the separation of Adult and Youth handbooks and registration. Registration is open for all departments and entering online is quick, fast and easy when you go to www.midstatefair.com/fair/. Don’t be late as the deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 11, for all departments except for Ag Horticulture and Floriculture which is Tuesday, July 9.

  • 2019 Women of Distinction Award recipients announced

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College and The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s Women’s Legacy Fund announce the recipients of the 2019 Women of Distinction awards. Five outstanding Central Coast women are recognized for their professional and civic contributions. Honorees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee.

  • Paso Community Services Dept. welcomes residents to apply for open positions

    PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Community Services Department has 15 available positions for four City advisory bodies including the City Library Board of Trustees, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and the Paso Robles Youth Commission. Members serve one- to three-year terms that begin on July 1 of each year. Applications are due to the City by Monday, April 1 and are available on the City’s website at www.prcity.com/government/advisorybodies/. “Our advisory bodies have been established by City Council to aid in gathering public input,” said Julie Dahlen, Director Community Services for the City of Paso Robles. “We encourage interested individuals to apply to be part of these valuable committees that make an important difference in our community.”

  • Bank of the Sierra awards $25K in grants to non-profits in coastal markets during fourth quarter

    PORTERVILLE — Bank of the Sierra announced Monday that $25,000 was given to seven nonprofits in the bank’s coastal markets during the fourth quarter. The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-20 non-profit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant program. Overall in the fourth quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $59,000 to non-profits in eight counties it serves. RISE San Luis Obispo County will use a Sierra Grant to support participation in Camp HOPE America. This camping and mentoring program offers healing to children and adults who have been impacted by family violence. Grant funds will pay for accommodations, meals, and programs for several campers, counselors, site coordinators, and more.

  • Charges filed against CMC escapee David Grayhall

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — David Gregory Grayhall, 26, who escaped from the California Men’s Colony (CMC) on Oct. 30, 2018, was charged with escaping custody, vehicle theft, and having a prior violent under the three-strikes law, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Grayhall was serving a five-year sentence at CMC after a conviction in Los Angeles County. Grayhall fled the prison while on work duty and stole one of the facility’s vehicles for his escape. The stolen van was located in Los Angeles, where several family members of Grayhall reside. After further investigation by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CMC staff, Grayhall was peacefully apprehended in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 2018.

  • Dedication ceremony for Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gym

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — A special dedication ceremony for the Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gymnasium was held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus. In July of 2018, the Cuesta College Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Gymnasium (Building 1400) as the Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gymnasium to honor the 50-plus year legacy of Gilbert H. Stork, upon his retirement as Superintendent/President of Cuesta College. The naming recognizes the depth and breadth of Stork’s work and his unique contributions to support student success, which began in the athletic department.

  • SB 1: Caltrans allocates $54.8 million to transportation improvements

    SACRAMENTO — Caltrans announced Friday, Feb. 8, the California Transportation Commission allocated $54.8 million for 46 projects throughout California including $31.1 million for fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This funding will allow Caltrans to repair or replace 16 bridges, 168 lane miles and 150 drainage systems statewide. In addition, 248 congestion reducing elements will be installed, including highway message signs, cameras and loop detectors to improve traffic flow. “As a new year begins, we continue our commitment to improve California’s highways, providing drivers with a smoother ride,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “SB 1 is not only allowing us to fix our highways and local roads, but it is also reducing congestion, which allows residents and visitors to get where they need to go more safely and reliably.”

  • New Paso Robles City Planning Commissioners appointed

    PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles City Council appointed two new members to the Paso Robles Planning Commission, Mark Koegler and Leo Castillo and re-appointed Sheree Davis for her second 3-year term. On Feb. 6, the City Council interviewed seven applicants to fill three vacant positions on the Planning Commission. Davis, a fifth-generation native of the Paso Robles region and Cal Poly professor, was re-appointed to the Planning Commission for a second term. Koegler and Castillo are new appointments to the Planning Commission and were selected based on their applications, interviews and their ability to represent a wide range of community views and interests.

  • Local programs and area agencies are looking for volunteers

    COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Services and Central Coast Community Volunteers. Join many seniors, age 50 and over, who are taking the time to help improve the lives of others. SVS and CCCV can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at 805-544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities. RSVP — Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 55-and-older Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display — looking for volunteers that love aircraft (old & new) and old cars. You might enjoy joining our family of volunteers as a docent. Little training is necessary and lots of knowledge is available in Paso Robles. Senior Peer Counseling — The Senior Peer Counseling program at Wilshire Community Services trains volunteers age 55+ to provide free in-home supportive counseling to seniors. Peer Counselors offer skilled listening and guidance to help older adults navigate the ups and downs of aging.

  • SLO County Regional Airport sets new passenger record

    COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) saw 485,911 passengers come through its doors in 2018. The amount is 19.2 percent higher than 2017’s 407,696 passengers, and sets the record for the most annual passengers in the airport’s history. United Airlines enforced its position as the airport’s largest carrier, adding a second daily flight to Denver and bringing in larger planes on existing routes in 2018. With a total of ten daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, the airline flew 279,326 passengers last year. American Airlines, which flies four flights a day to Phoenix, carried 158,780 passengers; Alaska Airline’s daily flight to Seattle carried 47,805. October was the airport’s best month of the year, as 46,514 total travelers passed through the terminal.

  • County studies fire protection services in special districts

    COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo presented a study to the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 15 that evaluated the fire protection services of certain special districts in SLO County. The report described the challenges to sustainability, and impact to the County and County Fire Department if one, or more, special district elects to discontinue providing fire protection services. At the Board’s direction, District 1 Supervisor John Peschong and District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson will work together in an ad-hoc capacity to evaluate steps moving forward and report back to the Board at a future date.

  • It’s not too late to save on property taxes

    COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Assessor Tom Bordonaro Jr. would like to remind all homeowners, disabled veterans and eligible non-profit organizations that they may file claims for property tax exemptions. The Homeowner’s Exemption exempts up to $7,000 in taxable value of a property if the claim is timely filed (or postmarked by Feb. 15,) and up to $5,600 if filed late (postmarked by Dec.10, 2019). If you received your Homeowner’s Exemption last year, and you still own and occupy the same property this year, you do not need to file again. Your exemption automatically remains in place.

  • Flu activity is increasing in SLO County

    COUNTY — As influenza activity increases nationwide and in San Luis Obispo County, the County Public Health Department reminds residents to take common-sense precautions to protect themselves and the community from the flu. This reminder follows a recent increase in local laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and the death of one San Luis Obispo County resident from complications of the flu. The resident was over age 60 and had several underlying conditions that make people more vulnerable to severe complications of influenza.

  • Paso Robles woman sentenced in embezzlement case

    Paso Robles resident Diana L. Russell was sentenced Monday, Feb. 4, to five years in prison for embezzling nearly $500,000 from an elderly couple, Sandra and Ole Viborg who also live in Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

  • County begins preparations for 2020 Census

    COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo will receive funding to support outreach efforts for the 2020 U.S. Census and help ensure a complete, fair and accurate count locally. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the County Board of Supervisors supported the County’s participation in the Census and accepted $100,000 in funding for the County’s participation. County staff will convene a Complete Count Committee of representatives from cities, schools and local community organizations to develop a strategic plan for regional activities to increase the census response rate and assist in implementing that plan.

  • Smart911 now available in San Luis Obispo County

    COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9 that Smart911 is now available in San Luis Obispo County. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to sign up online to provide key information to 9-1-1 dispatchers during an emergency. Smart911 allows the public to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information.

  • Critical hospice volunteers needed for local patients

    COUNTY — Community volunteers are needed to provide in-home companionship and respite care to hospice patients in San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley, according to Central Coast Hospice. Central Coast Hospice has been providing medical and social services to those with a terminal diagnosis in all of San Luis Obispo County for over seven years. Volunteers are an important part of the program. They provide supervision to patients while their family caregivers take a break or run errands, assist with light household tasks, provide emotional support and socialization, and help with miscellaneous, yet important tasks — like organizing family photos or helping the patient write letters to their loved ones.

  • Spring classes begin Jan. 22 at Cuesta College

    COUNTY — Cuesta College’s spring semester begins Jan. 22 and students can continue signing up for classes through Feb. 3. Classes are still available in many areas including art, English, foreign languages, music, and more. Also offered are free Emeritus College non-credit courses for lifelong learners. Open classes may be viewed by clicking here. New this spring are several student services initiatives. This January, Cuesta College is opening two new Dreamer Centers at the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses to support undocumented students and their families. The centers are made possible through a grant awarded to Cuesta College by the California Catalyst Fund — a private funding source focused on creating equitable opportunities for student learning at institutions of higher education. The college is one of 32 campuses throughout California that received support from the grant.

  • Work on southbound US HWY 101 on Cuesta Grade begins this week

    COUNTY — The No. 2 (middle) and No. 3 (right) lane of southbound US 101 will be closed from the top of Cuesta Grade to south of Old Stagecoach Road beginning Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. until Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 a.m., weather permitting, according to Caltrans. These lane closures will allow Caltrans to repair the roadway where a sinkhole is developing. This roadwork will also include the removal and replacement of a failed drainage culvert beneath those lanes. Motorists should expect to slow in this construction zone and anticipate delays not to exceed 15 minutes.

  • Public input is needed to move forward on county housing ordinance

    COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building is asking for the public’s input as the department works on updates or amendments to the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Public Review Draft), formerly known as the Secondary Dwelling Ordinance. Under direction of the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Building staff are working on Phase II of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance to encourage development by removing unnecessary barriers. As part of this effort, the County has reviewed existing restrictions and limitations on secondary dwellings throughout the unincorporated areas of the County and has released the Accessory Unit Ordinance Public Review Draft.

  • Bands being sought for Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park summer Series 2019

    Band Applications for the 20th Annual Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park summer series are now being accepted. The Templeton Recreation Department is looking for 11 bands representing a diverse mix of music that will appeal to 1,000-plus community members who gather at Templeton Park on Wednesday evenings during the summer. The 2019 summer concert series will begin June 5 and go through August 21, (no concert on July 24). Band applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

  • County seeks public comment on inclusionary housing fees

    COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building is seeking public comment on amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Fund. Under direction from the SLO County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Planning and Building has been working on a 3-year pilot program that would raise between $2 to $4 million per year in local funding for affordable housing. These funds will be awarded to non-profit developers to build affordable housing in the County.

  • Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust invests in Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust awarded a grant of $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the agency’s school-based youth mentoring programs. With this $20,000 gift, their total contributions in support of the agency’s school-based mentoring programs amount to $140,000 since 2012. The school-based program pairs high school and college students with elementary students for weekly supervised group and individual activities taking place at elementary school sites. The program creates an exceptional bond between at-risk children and older students who have volunteered to support them. A group of carefully selected high school and college student mentors travel to their partner elementary school once each week for the entire school year.

  • YPNG rolls the dice for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Young Professionals Networking Group (YPNG) presented Big Brothers Big Sisters with a $5,200 check from the proceeds of its annual Monte Carlo night. The Casino Royale themed event was held in the Venetian Room at the Madonna Inn. Tatiana Mendoza, former Big Brothers Big Sisters program director and YPNG treasurer says, “Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of our community partners, who we fundraise for through several events each year. This year Big Brothers Big Sisters was the beneficiary of our Monte Carlo event because we wanted to help the agency serve more children. We were able to fundraise enough to serve four match relationships for one year.”

  • eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy at the Paso Robles Library

    PASO ROBLES — Learn how to navigate the Paso Robles City Library’s eLibrary collection of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, and more! Your device (phone, tablet, or laptop) and active library card account are all you need to get started. Library staff member and tech expert Patrick McCoy will provide one-on-one instruction, giving you the confidence to use your device like a pro.

  • More than $600M in funding approved for transportation infrastructure, rail and projects

    STATE — Caltrans announced Monday that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation projects, which includes $80 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts, and intelligent transportation systems, which are included in the performance requirements of SB 1, to improve transportation for all of our residents and visitors, no matter their mode of transportation,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

  • General Assistance program updated to reflect community needs

    COUNTY — Each year, the program helps an average of 650 community members meet basic needs while they pursue employment or long-term disability benefits. This is the first major update in 25 years. On Nov. 6, the Department of Social Services took a resolution to the Board of Supervisors to update guidelines for the County’s General Assistance program. The General Assistance program is a last resort to support indigent County residents who have no other available means of support. This program was established in San Luis Obispo County in February of 1993 and has not had any major program updates in the 25 years since it was established.

  • Bomb threat hoax throughout SLO County and nationwide

    COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, along with a number of law enforcement agencies nationwide, received reports on Thursday, Dec. 13, of a bomb threat being emailed to various entities, primarily businesses. Usually included in that threat was an extortion demand for money in the form of bitcoin to avoid the detonation of the bomb. As of this time, all of these threats have proven to be unfounded, according to officials.

  • Residential and Agricultural Burn permitting resumes

    COUNTY — The burn permit suspension in San Luis Obispo County was lifted on Saturday, Dec. 1. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) San Luis Obispo Unit Chief Scott Jalbert formally canceled the burn permit suspension and advised that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days only. Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. A valid permit from the Air Pollution Control District is also required for all burning, allowed only on permissive burn days. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting the Air Pollution Control District.

  • Deadline approaching for Cal Fire grants to reduce fire threat and improve forest health

    SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced the availability of up to $ 155 million for Fire Prevention and Forest Health projects. Cal Fire is soliciting applications for projects that will help prevent catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Grants Program will provide funding for local projects that address the risk of wildfire and reduce wildfire potential to communities in, and adjacent to, forested areas. Qualified activities include hazardous fuel reduction, fire planning, and fire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety.

  • Learning through Lynda.com offered at local county libraries

    COUNTY —All County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries are now offering cardholders free access to online educational courses from Lynda.com. Now owned by LinkedIn, Lynda.com has been the leading provider of online learning content for 20 years. The service has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level. Lynda.com also offers more than 50 different learning paths to help users stay ahead in their current job or change careers.

  • Wilshire Community Services is looking for RSVP volunteers

    COUNTY —Wilshire Community Services trains volunteers to assist isolated older adults all over San Luis Obispo County, but they are currently experiencing a shortage of volunteers in North County areas. Would you be willing to provide some simple daily activities such as friendly visits, transportation help, groceries, and errands, or pet walking?

  • Two men involved in a fight, one injured in stabbing

    PASO ROBLES — A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight Nov. 15, the Paso Robles Police Department reported. At approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 15, a San Luis Obispo Sheriff Deputy was patrolling in the 2800 block of Spring Street when he was flagged down by a citizen who was reporting that a fight had just occurred. The deputy notified the Paso Robles Police Department and officers responded. Officers learned that two male subjects had fought and one of the subjects stabbed the other.

  • Paso Robles Chamber to host Women Who Mean Business Conference

    PASO ROBLES — The Women in Business Committee of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2018 Women Who Mean Business Conference and Panel Luncheon on Nov. 30. The panel luncheon has gained recognition as a “must-attend” year-end event.

  • Templeton students are invited to compete in a T-shirt design contest

    TEMPLETON — Templeton Recreation is inviting local students to compete in a T-shirt design contest. The winning drawing will become the 2018 logo for this year’s Jingle All the Way 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, Dec. 8. All designs must be completed by a resident of Templeton or student of Templeton schools who are under the age of 18. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 20, with the winner being announced Tuesday, Nov. 27.

  • Pilot program becomes monthly event at PRL

    PASO ROBLES — Table Top Game Day, designed for ages 16+, allows participants to try out trending board games or enjoy a beloved classic while meeting new friends. On Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m., thanks to generous funding from the Paso Robles Friends of the Library, the featured game is Terraforming Mars. The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise the temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water.

  • RTA awarded $6.2M DOT grant for new facility

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) received a $6.285 million grant on Sept. 25 to help fund the construction of a new administration and bus maintenance facility. “I am very appreciative of the partnerships that it took to procure the land for the new administration and maintenance facility, and this project would never have happened without the support of SLOCOG, CAPSLO and the City and County of San Luis Obispo,” said Geoff Straw, Executive Director of RTA. “This grant is a significant step forward in developing a long term solution for the RTA’s needs.”

  • Local programs and agencies are looking for volunteers

    COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Services and Central Coast Community Volunteers. Join many seniors, age 50 and over, who are taking the time to help improve the lives of others. SVS and CCCV can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at 805-544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities.

  • Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce to conduct Business Walk on Nov. 8

    PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce will conduct its first-ever Business Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 8. Throughout the United States, Chambers have utilized this tool as a way to interact with business owners and managers to collect feedback. “Though immediate solutions can’t be guaranteed, conducting a Business Walk will allow us to understand the current status and needs of our local business community,” says Gina Fitzpatrick, President/CEO of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. “This information will then help to establish resources that ensure a prosperous business climate.”

  • Central California residents may experience sonic boom

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE - Team Vandenberg is scheduled to support the rescheduled launch of the SAOCOM 1A satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX is attempting the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4, which was previously called SLC-4W, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This will be SpaceX's first land landing attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was delayed to complete pre-flight vehicle checkouts; the rocket and payload are healthy.

  • Fire threatens homes on Creston Road Sunday

    CRESTON — Several small fires broke out in the afternoon along Creston Road on Sunday, Sept. 2, according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo. One of the fires at Creston and Neal Springs Road threatened houses and homes had to be evacuated. One vacant and abandoned home was fully involved in the blaze and destroyed, according to Chris Elms with Cal Fire SLO. “Engine companies were very quick to mitigate the threat to the houses,” Elms said. The fire was contained later in the evening before 8 p.m. and evacuated residents from the area were let allowed back into the home.

  • Jury finds Lopez guilty

    COUNTY — After being unable to reach a verdict on a charge of murder on Sept. 5, a jury convicted Gino Lopez, 23, of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the 2016 traffic collision that killed 16-year-old Grizzly Academy graduate Emily Monique Reyes on the Cuesta grade. A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Jury found Lopez, guilty of the following felonies on the fourth day of deliberations: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with an enhancement for fleeing the scene of the crime; driving under the influence of alcohol with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury to more than one victim; and leaving the scene of an accident. Lopez was the intoxicated driver of a vehicle carrying passenger Reyes, who died of her injuries sustained in a collision on the Cuesta grade on April 15, 2016. “The tragic and completely avoidable death of young Ms. Reyes is a sobering reminder that driving under the influence is deadly dangerous and will not be tolerated in San Luis Obispo County,” said SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow. “We are thankful for the difficult work carried out by this jury and we respect the fact that they were unable to reach a verdict on the charge of murder. The guilty verdicts are a just outcome and Mr. Lopez will no doubt carry the weight of his actions for the rest of his life.”

  • Templeton Library Association hosting book giveaway Sept. 1, 2 and 8

    The public is invited to attend a book giveaway on Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Book Room Annex located at 65 S. Main St., Ste. 102 (kitty-corner from Templeton Donuts). The sale will take place each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Smoke from Turkey Fire impacts North County

    COUNTY — Smoke from a fire in southern Monterey County made for a hazy Monday afternoon, Aug. 6, in North San Luis Obispo County. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey reported battling a fire at about 1 p.m. near Parkfield. The fire was near Turkey Flat Road. By 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, the vegetation fire was 2,225 acres with no structures threatened and 60 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

  • Work at Paul’s slide on Route 1 requires overnight closure

    MONTEREY COUNTY — Augmenting the existing retaining wall will require both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide to fully close overnight for three nights, starting on Sunday, Aug. 5. The highway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. Motorists and cyclists are advised to plan around these three emergency overnight hard closures. This roadwork should be completed by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 8. Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage in January of 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

  • New certifi cates, courses available as Fall 2018 registration continues at Cuesta College

    COUNTY — There is still time to register for hundreds of classes available at Cuesta College for the Fall 2018 semester. Courses are offered on the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Campus, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, the South County Center in Arroyo Grande, and online. The Fall semester begins Aug. 13 and runs through Dec. 14.

  • Peoples’ Self-Help Housing incorporates The Duncan Group

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — In an effort to increase efficiency and further strengthen its ability to offer quality affordable housing to California’s Central Coast, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has incorporated its nearly 22-year-old nonprofit property management affiliate, The Duncan Group (TDG).

  • Downtown Paso Robles Trading Day, Kids’ Day in the Park and Kids’ Flea Market

    PASO ROBLES — Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association brings Trading Day, Kids’ Day in the Park and Kids’ Flea Market to the downtown City Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, bringing together collectors, dealers, crafters, and garden-variety pack rats for the “North County’s largest yard sale,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a separate area for the Kids’ Flea Market. The event draws a large crowd every year.

  • FDA issues voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Mondelēz International, Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. and have initiated voluntarily recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. Additional information about each specific recall is available on the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/. The FDA recommends people discard or return any recalled product to the store where it was purchased.

  • Cal Poly to name Center for Wine and Viticulture in recognition of two key donors

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture.

  • Deputy District Attorney Wagner named Prosecutor of the Year by MADD

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office congratulates Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagner on his receiving the Prosecutor of the Year award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD has been advocating for victims of alcohol and drug impaired driving since 1980, primarily through victim support services and community education. The award is presented to a prosecutor who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and excellence in the prosecution of alcohol and drug impaired driving.

  • Grant funding available to clean up wood burning devices

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Funding is available countywide to replace old wood burning stove or fireplace. Applicants must live within San Luis Obispo County to replace their old, non-EPA-certified wood stoves, fireplace inserts or open-hearth fireplaces that are used as a primary source of heat with new, cleaner burning devices, such as EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts for natural gas or propane heating devices.

  • Construction begins at Larry Moore Park

    Work is scheduled to begin this week to install a new playground and renovate the existing restroom at Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles. Larry Moore Park, located along the Salinas River Trail, was originally built in the 1990’s as part of the Riverbank housing development and included in the resident assessment-funded Landscape and Lighting District. In July 2016, after meeting with neighborhood residents, the park became part of the City parks system, with operations, maintenance and youth recreation programming being provided by the City of Paso Robles.

Let’s Pretend with Paso Rec Dept.

There was lots of imagination happening at Centennial Park during the second week of Let’s Pretend camps with Carmen Pangelinan of A Dream Party. Monster Monday featured homemade slime (complete with eyeballs) while Cars Land for Little Mechanics gave little ones the chance to drive on a race track, paint and decorate their own wooden car and win a racing trophy for their accomplishment. On Friday, little princesses enjoyed a magical tea party hosted by a beautiful princess. The girls enjoyed a magic show, story time, tea, treats and favors (along with a little etiquette lesson from the princess). The Let’s Pretend fun continues this fall with several classes planned October through December featuring kid’s favorite characters, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and activities. To learn more about fall recreation classes, visit www.prcity.com/recreation to view the interactive online guide. (Photos Contributed )