• Man hit, killed by train south of Paso Robles

    A man was hit and killed by a train south of Paso Robles on Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Paso Robles Police Department reported. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was hit by an Amtrak train at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. The Amtrak Coastal Starlight train was headed north.

  • Twin Cities Hospital looks at ER wait times

    Twin Cites Community Hospital has launched a new process in its Emergency Department to help patients get in and out of the hospital more quickly and more efficiently.

  • TAAG election set for Saturday, March 2

    Templeton Area Advisory Group will hold its election for Delegates and Alternates on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the TCSD Board Room, 206 5th St., Templeton.

  • 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.

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Paso Robles City Council regulates short-term rentals

The Paso Robles City Council took what they characterized as a “good first step” in regulating short-term rentals Tuesday night. None of the four councilmembers were completely satisfied with the urgency ordinance they passed, 4-0, but realized something needed to be done and expect to make changes later in the year. Councilman Steven Gregory recused himself from the agenda item due to a conflict of interest as he owns and operates vacation rentals in the city. The matter took up two hours of the entire council meeting.

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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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Man hit, killed by train south of Paso Robles

A man was hit and killed by a train south of Paso Robles on Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Paso Robles Police Department reported. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was hit by an Amtrak train at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. The Amtrak Coastal Starlight train was headed north.

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Crimes in Paso Robles for Jan. 25 - Feb. 1 include possession of large capacity magazine, felon or addict in possession of firearm and shoplifting

Paso Robles Police Department arrest logs published Feb. 8, 2019.

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PRJUSD lays out plan to cut $2.1M

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District laid out its plan to cut $2.1 million from the 2019-20 budget and for now, it does not include teacher layoffs. PRJUSD Chief Business Officer Brad Pawlowski conveyed the information to trustees and the public during Tuesday’s, Feb. 12, regular school board meeting.

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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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    Commentary: New zoning nullification plan has same old flaws

    California’s housing crisis was bad enough last year, when Gov. Gavin Newsom — then a mere candidate – called for building 350,000 new units every year for the next decade. The crunch is worse this year, with some of those who lost their homes to last fall’s disastrous wildfires now added to the tens of thousands already homeless and living on streets around the state and hundreds of thousands more who are housed, but overcrowded beyond the limits of many local codes.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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