• San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association celebrating 40 years

    The San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. Local farmers and food artisans will celebrate their success in providing produce from local family farms throughout the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley for the last four decades. The celebration will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, during the San Luis Obispo Saturday morning Farmers’ Market in the World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot from 8 to 10:45 a.m.

  • Prescribed burns planned for Central Coast state parks

    The California Department of Parks and Recreation tentatively plans to conduct prescribed burns in several coastal state parks within San Luis Obispo County between Oct. 2 and May 31, 2019. The effort will be carried out in cooperation with Cal Fire, the Morro Bay Fire Department and the Air Pollution Control District.

  • Templeton Chamber of Commerce looking for new CEO

    The Templeton Chamber of Commerce has been looking for a new CEO since Aug. 16, following the departure of Sarah Maggelet. Maggelet had been with the the Chamber for nearly five years, having previously volunteered with the organization and receiving recognition in 2012 for her local web development business.

  • A.M. Sun Solar recognized as Top Solar Contractor in County

    More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer A.M. Sun Solar was recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. A.M. Sun Solar achieved a rank of 223 out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list and is the highest ranked solar company in San Luis Obispo County.

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88th Paso Robles Pioneer Day is Saturday, Oct. 13

Keeping tradition is important to Paso Robles and the 88th annual Pioneer Day Parade on Saturday, Oct 13 provides the community an outlet to share and remember over 125 years of history. Paso Roblans, both old and new, make a point to congregate back home on the second weekend in October and celebrate the town’s history and its people.

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

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. 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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Tour de Pink riders set for Oct. 26

A trio of locals is getting set to embark on a bicycle journey of a tad over 200 miles in a fundraising effort to fight breast cancer. More precisely, explains Atascadero resident Monica Hollenbeck, to raise awareness of long-term programs for patients and survivors. Tour de Pink [TDP] is a fully supported, multi-day charity bike ride that raises money for Young Survival Coalition. That is they’ll have support from follow vehicles, meals and places to stay along the way.

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Johnna Louise Beard-Andrus

Johnna Louise Beard-Andrus, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend was born on Aug. 20, 1952, in Long Beach, Calif. on Fort MacArthur. Johnna passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. She was raised in Paso Robles, Calif. and attended Trinity Lutheran Church and School and Paso Robles High School. Johnna was an amazing athlete: a star basketball player nominated “Best girl basketball player of the year” at Paso Robles High School, tennis player, and played softball 16 years after she graduated high school.

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Jennifer Porter is leaving Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Porter announced her plans to leave the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance at the end of 2018 to pursue new opportunities closer to family on the East Coast. The search for a new Executive Director is actively underway. Porter will be assisting the Alliance with the search and the transition.

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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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    Commentary: Former Paso school district CBO gives his perspective

    As the former Chief Business Officer for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, I had the pleasure of working with Field Gibson, Dr. Kathleen Hall, Tim Gearhart and Matt McClish. These four were very active and involved school board members in their interactions with me regarding the requirement to have a balanced budget and to make progress toward the building of the reserve to a minimum of 10 percent.

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    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.”

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    Letters to the Editor 10-12-18

    Stan was a real human/humane being in the otherwise cold world of finance. His memory lives on in one small corner of his universe.

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-05-18

    I was fortunate to have attended one of the Bill Ostrander and Jordan Cunningham debates, and there is no doubt that Ostrander is our man to represent the Central Coast in the California Assembly.

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    Red Light Roundup Published Sept. 28

    Atascadero and Paso Robles police departments arrest logs published Sept. 28.

  • Opinion

    Commentary: I stand up for victims of sexual assault and abuse

    There are countless reasons why people who are sexually assaulted or abused do not report what happened. Lack of a “timely filed” report does not mean the abuse did not happen and those who do bravely come forward must be supported. This is not a partisan political issue. It is a culture issue.

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    Letters to the Editor 9-28-18

    I am endorsing Atascadero City Council Candidate Mark Dariz . Dariz has been my acquaintance for 27 years since the time he started at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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88th Annual Pioneer Day in Paso Robles

Thousands of people lined the parade route Saturday and enjoyed the antique tractors, floats, horse-drawn wagons, and marching bands during the 88th annual Pioneer Day celebration. Photos by Brian Williams