• Longtime library donor leaves final gift creating legacy

    Templeton Community Library Association received a gift of $865,000 from the estate of Margaret Anderson Radunich for their library building fund. Radunich was a longtime member and donor and her final bequeath brings the total of her contributions to the Templeton Community Library Association to over $1 Million.

  • The Wellness Kitchen receives grant from local church

    The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center was awarded the “Unitarian Community Outreach Offering” on Dec. 11 from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo (UU of SLO). For a nonprofit to apply for this grant, they must be invited by UU of SLO.

  • Pay property taxes by Dec. 10 to avoid penalties

    COUNTY — Jim Erb, the San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, reminds all County taxpayers that the delinquency date for the first installment of this year’s secured property tax bills is rapidly approaching. “California law requires that we add a 10 percent penalty if payments are not made by the delinquency date. Taxpayers have until Dec. 10 to make their payments,” said Erb.

  • Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade moved to Dec. 8

    The Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade will be moved to a new date of Dec. 8, due to high winds and rain predicted the day of the original parade. The assessment was a collective decision including Event Coordinator, City of Morro Bay Tourism, Harbor and the City of Morro Bay.

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Navy veteran opens Come Get Your Cookies in Templeton

Few jobs test one’s daily work ethic quite like taking up the mantle as a small town baker. Scott Beer has had a few jobs that might, serving as a hull and damage control technician in the U.S. Navy, rescue swimmer, and lifeguard, before going on to work in the restaurant industry and owning his own companies. But it’s his latest venture Come Get Your Cookies, serving up his dessert creations, that’s kept him on the move seven-days-a-week over the last 14 months.

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Candlelight vigil held for ‘Twinkie’

More than 200 people stood under a gazebo at Centennial Park Saturday evening as rain fell to remember their son, brother, friend and co-worker — Jose “Twinkie” Montes. “This is really appreciated, everybody to come over and do this for my son,” said Jose’s father, Armando Montes, standing with his wife Gabriela and their younger son David during a candlelight vigil on Jan. 5. “A lot of people love him. Somebody just told me that he touched a lot of hearts. Because he was kind.”

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PRJUSD begins new year with celebration

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board Room was packed again, but this time the crowd was jovial as trustees rang in 2019 by celebrating student accomplishments and welcoming interim Superintendent Julian Crocker. Lately, it’s been pretty common for PRJUSD school board meetings to reach standing-room-only capacity. But those meetings were somber occasions as the room was filled with unhappy people wanting answers for the District’s financial troubles and subsequent severance package for former Superintendent Chris Williams, who resigned in December.

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MLK Jr. event is Jan. 19 at Flamson Middle School

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is being held on Saturday, Jan. 19. City of Paso Robles Recreation Services is hosting the free event from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flamson Middle School Auditorium, 2405 Spring St., Paso Robles. It commemorates the American leader and his lifelong journey toward equality and peace.

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Navy Frogman Nickelson to speak at EWM Feb. 4

PASO ROBLES — Estrella Warbirds Museum will once again host an engaging speaker at its monthly dinner on Feb. 4. 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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Commentary: Elections bring women into politics

    While we each have separate and different lives, we all enjoy the benefit of living on the Central Coast, where the scenic beauty is truly outstanding and many opportunities exist. From the romping Elephant Seals of San Simeon, the changing foliage of the trees in our wonderful new Three Bridges Park on Morro Road, and to the newly greening hills (we are blessed with rain this year), we have much to be thankful for.

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