• PRJUSD trustees OK contracts with top administrators

    Paso Robles Joint Unified School District trustees approved on Tuesday, Aug. 14, employment contracts with its top four administrators and was on track to open its community day school on Thursday, Aug. 16. Superintendent Chris Williams, Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Gaviola, Chief Academic Officer Carol Kenyon and Chief Business Officer Bradley Pawloski had their employment agreements with the district approved by 6-1 votes from the board.

  • Two running for mayor, four for Paso City Council

    Two people are running for mayor and four are running for two City Council seats, the City of Paso Robles announced Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  • TCSD seeking to raise water rates

    Citing the need to keep up with rising expenses, the Templeton Community Services District is proposing an increase to water and sewer rates. Templeton CSD is hosting a public workshop on the proposed rate changes at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St., Templeton. The draft study is available for viewing at www.templetoncsd.org or in the district office at 420 Crocker St., Templeton.

  • Two SLO County influenza cases confirmed as Influenza A

    The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed that two cases of influenza in San Luis Obispo County are variant influenza A (H1N2v) infections. The patients had brief illnesses and have recovered.

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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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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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    Letters to the Editor 8-17-18

    Two letter writers throw their support behind Measure G, a measure that is before San Luis Obispo County voters that would ban any new fracking in the county.

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    CalVet Tuition Fee waived for eligible veteran dependents

    SACRAMENTO — California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible veteran dependents. The CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

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    Local programs and agencies are looking for help

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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Estrella Warbirds gets its P2V

Estrella Warbirds Museum welcomed its newest attraction Wednesday at the Paso Robles Airport, a retired P2V. The plane was originally built toward the end of World War II. Its role was anti-submarine warfare.


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