• Vierra, Nimick in front in Templeton school board race

    Templeton Unified School District Governing Board challenger Matt Vierra and incumbent Jan Nimick received the most votes in Tuesday’s general election. Vierra, a fire marshall, led the way with 1,650 votes (32.70 percent) and Nimick, who works at Diablo Power Plant, received 1,263 votes (25.03 percent), as of Wednesday mornings report from the San Luis Obispo County elections office.

  • Bethel Lutheran’s Santa Lucia Smorgasbord and Festival is Dec. 9

    Bethel Lutheran Church, Templeton, invites the public of all ages to a seasonal Santa Lucia Smorgasbord and Festival on Sunday, Dec. 9. Free of charge, the event, at the Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main St., features caroling, hot chocolate, talent show, children’s activities and more, 3-5 p.m., followed by a community potluck, 5 p.m. The afternoon also features the Templeton Ukulele Club.

  • Russian journalism professionals tour North County

    A group of Russian media professionals representing various news outlets and universities is flying home on Saturday morning having spent a week touring the Central Coast on an educational visit. Members of the group, which included five journalists, a Russian facilitator, and an interpreter stayed with hosts from the Paso Robles and Atascadero chapters of Rotary International.

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

    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. Motorists will be able to detour to the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at the South Camp Roberts Undercrossing.

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Paso Robles voters tire of ‘status quo’

As election night wore on it became clear voters were not happy with the “status quo” of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees. Based on the results from Tuesday’s general election there will be at least two and in all likelihood three new faces on the governing board. Paso Robles voters also said no, 54.11 percent, to a half-cent sales tax measure that would have gone to city road projects.

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There’s a lot going on in North County this holiday season. Both Paso Robles and Atascadero have their fair share of parades, lighting ceremonies, visiting Santas, and holiday craft shows. Include events happening in nearby Morro Bay and Cambria, and there’s something to do nearly every day starting in November. Have you ever participated in a Santa Crawl? This year, you can join hundreds of Santas jogging or walking from place to place in Morro Bay, trying a variety of beers and wines along the waterfront on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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PRJUSD preparing to send Aquatics Complex out for bid

In the wake of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District’s budgeting struggles, more and more people are asking about the status of the Aquatics Complex. The district held an informational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1, at its office to help alleviate community concerns and hopefully squash misinformation from spreading.

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Michael Levine's career in the Navy spans 32 years

This time of year stories of veterans who fought valiantly for the United States in wars over the years is understandably front and center. After all, Veterans Day is only two days away. Although not every veteran is considered a war hero. They are all heroes and should be celebrated and remembered for their dedication to preserving America’s freedom.

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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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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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    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.

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    Letters to the Editor 11-16-18

    As a homeowner in my 60s who doesn’t see their claimed facebook alerts, I request that the City of Atascadero post road closures on their street closure website (Not updated since March 2018). The lack of notice is rude and has repeatedly caused us grief.

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    Ideas for cooking with cranberry, pumpkin

    At this time of the year, I become acutely aware of recipes that include cranberries, making it one of my favorite challenges. Along with looking for cranberry recipes, I also look for ways to use pumpkin. You can’t imagine how many ways there are to use those two “heralds of the holidays.”

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    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.

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    Letters to the Editor 11-09-18

    I have a serious issue with the insane amount of stress put on high schoolers in our society. I recently read a study on anxiety levels in high schoolers and they found that kids in high school today have the same, if higher, anxiety levels than patients in psychiatric facilities in the 1950’s.

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    Letters to the Editor 11-02-18

    I am endorsing Atascadero City Council candidate Mark Dariz. Mark has been my acquaintance for 27 years since the time he started at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His rigorous education earned him a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is a hard-working and ambitious man with an impressive resume. He has managed his own successful architecture business for 15 years.

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    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.”

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    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.

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2018 Veterans Day Paso Robles

A couple of hundred people gathered Sunday at the Paso Robles District Cemetery on a fall brisk morning to honor veterans. The annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov. 11, began with a fly-over by Paso’s own Estrella Warbirds shortly after 11 a.m. VFW Post 10965 Commander Salvador Cota was the master of ceremonies and welcomed the crowd to the event that was “Honoring Veterans Past, Present, and Future.” (Photos by Brian Williams)


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