Local fire and law assist neighbors to the south and the north

NORTH COUNTY — Since the Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire and Camp Fire broke out on Nov. 8, North County fire and law enforcement personnel deployed to assist in various fire operations throughout the state. Two fires in Ventura County — the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire — have been growing.

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U.S. DOJ to review SLO County Jail services

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo announced on Nov. 11 that the U.S. Department of Justice will be conducting an independent investigation to review the medical and mental health care of inmates in the jail. County officials say that the investigation is a civil review that does not focus on any single event, but rather on the delivery of medical and mental health services.

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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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Lyft driver, Fenwick, named as suspect in sexual assault case

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to a report of a sexual assault which had occurred at a residence in Nipomo on Nov. 4. The victim in the case, said she was transported to her residence in Nipomo by a Lyft driver after requesting their services when she became too intoxicated to drive home. The Lyft driver assisted the victim inside her home — where she became unconscious at which point the suspect allegedly proceeded to sexually assault her.

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Sheriff seeks donations for Christmas bicycle program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It's the season of caring and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Bike Program is currently seeking donations for the Christmas Bike Giveaway which will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Sheriff’s Honor Farm. This program was set up 29 years ago to promote the holiday spirit by giving away refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children in need in San Luis Obispo County. Due to the generosity of the people of this County, the program has continued to be a big success.

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SLO County Board of Supervisors declared a homeless shelter crisis on Nov. 6

COUNTY — Local governments may soon receive one-time funding from the state to provide direct assistance to homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless. The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors declared a homeless shelter crisis on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and authorized the County’s participation in the state’s Homeless Shelter Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which could result in $4.8 million of one-time state grant funding to combat homelessness at the local level.

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Former Twin Cities CNO accused of killing wife in a civil lawsuit

TEMPLETON — William Gamba was recently appointed as new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Twin Cities Community Hospital on Aug. 6 and was recently accused in the death of his wife, Blaise Gamba in a lawsuit filed on Oct. 30 by Nancy Huhta, the mother of Blaise Gamba. Huhta is suing William Gamba in the wrongful death of Blaise Gamba. Blaise Gamba drowned off the coast of Florida in November of 2016. William Gamba recently relocated to the Central Coast to work at Twin Cities Community Hospital where he first started as a director of emergency services at Twin Cities Community Hospital on an interim basis before he was appointed to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) per a press release from the hospital in August 2018.

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Vehicle pursuit ends at Atascadero High School

NORTH COUNTY — A vehicle pursuit ended at Atascadero High School with the arrest of a woman Friday morning, Nov. 2. San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Deputies responded at approximately 8:15 a.m. to a report of a woman sleeping in her vehicle that was parked off the side of O'Donovan Road in Creston. When deputies tried to contact the woman, she refused to acknowledge them. The deputies checked the license and registration of the vehicle and discovered the woman, Nancy Lynn Clayburg, 43, had a suspended license plus a number of other equipment violations. When deputies attempted to contact Clayburg again, she drove off which initiated a low-speed pursuit with an average speed of approximately 40 mph, according to officials.

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High-speed pursuit ends at Atascadero High School

NORTH COUNTY — A high-speed chase ended at Atascadero High School with the arrest of a woman Friday morning, Nov. 2. Law enforcement was in pursuit of a vehicle when they notified Creston Elementary around 9 a.m. that they would be passing by the school and asked to have the school shelter in place until they had passed per school officials.

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Wellness Kitchen faces temporary setback

On Sunday, Oct. 21, an electrical fire started on the second floor of 1255 Las Tablas Road in Templeton; below which, the nonprofit organization — The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center — is located. The Wellness Kitchen officials are thankful for the team of local firefighters, who fought the fire and the building remains. However, The Wellness Kitchen experienced significant smoke and water damage and needs the help of the community.

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Roads closing for Safe and Fun Halloween Downtown event on Oct. 31

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department would like to remind the community that on Wed. Oct. 31, between 3 and 8 p.m., downtown Paso Robles city streets will be closed for the annual Safe and Fun Halloween event. Motorists should be aware that 12th and 13th streets (between Spring and Railroad streets) and Park and Pine streets (between 11th and 14th streets) will be closed to traffic. Additionally, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for monsters, zombies, witches, and vampires crossing roadways as they arrive and leave the event.

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Santa Margarita Lake area prescribed burn scheduled

SANTA MARGARITA LAKE — The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in cooperation with the Range Improvement Association and local landowners will be conducting a 138-acre prescribed burn on Wednesday, Oct. 31. This burn is located along West Pozo Road approximately one mile southwest of Santa Margarita Lake. Four fire engines, one fire crew, and one bulldozer will be utilized to conduct the burn. The burn is being conducted as part of the Cal Fire’s Vegetation Management Program and is intended to reduce highly flammable vegetation and other wildland fuels in an area prone to wildfires. This burn is also intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of prescribed burning as a management tool for the control of yellow starthistle, an invasive weed harmful to cattle and horses. The project is in cooperation with the San Luis Obispo County Range Improvement Association and should improve forage conditions for livestock and wildlife.

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County of SLO earns gold award for reducing electricity use by 15%

COUNTY — On Oct. 2, the Institute for Local Governments presented the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors with a Gold Level Beacon Spotlight Award for Energy Savings for reducing its electricity use at public facilities by 15 percent since 2010. SLO County was one of just three California counties to earn the award this year for voluntarily taking steps to conserve natural resources, promote energy innovation, and create healthier communities.

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Crimes in Paso Robles for Oct. 12- 19 include DUI, petty theft and shoplifting

Paso Robles police department arrest logs published Oct. 26.

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Ideas needed for Paso’s Sherwood Park Master Plan

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles is asking for residents in the Sherwood Acres neighborhood and users of Sherwood Park, Sherwood Dog Park, Sherwood Forest and Oak Creek Park to tell the City what recreational projects they would like to see included in a master plan that will chart the future of those parks. Neighborhood residents and park users are being asked to give input at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. This is the third round of outreach to gather community input about the future of the parks in the Sherwood area. The first two events took place on Aug. 11 and Sept. 25.

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Paso urges residents to prepare for upcoming winter storms

PASO ROBLES — Rainfall amounts from anticipated storms could be significant this winter, which may potentially cause local flooding. Paso Robles City staff has taken preemptive measures to mitigate and/or reduce the flooding potential where possible by cleaning drains and other protective measures.

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FBI allows County to run state and federal background checks for cannabis businesses

COUNTY — Those waiting for their San Luis Obispo County cannabis business license background check may not have to wait much longer for the required criminal background checks to be completed. The County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office was recently approved by the FBI to run fingerprints for cannabis businesses through the State Department of Justice. That means the criminal background check for cannabis business license applicants can include not just local criminal history checks, but also state and federal criminal histories. The state and federal criminal history checks begin this month.

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County offers support to residents with Covered California Enrollment

COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and Department of Social Services remind residents that specialists are available to provide free, unbiased help finding health insurance and signing up through Covered California. This year’s open enrollment period for Covered California started on Oct. 15 and continues through Jan. 15, 2019. Covered California is the state health care marketplace for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Through Covered California, residents can enroll in health care coverage and may qualify for free or low-cost insurance based on their income. People who qualify for free or reduced-price coverage can only get this benefit during the open enrollment period (through Jan. 15), with very few exceptions. For this reason, officials recommend applying for full health care coverage during the open enrollment period—to obtain the peace of mind and improved health that can come as a result of having health coverage.

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Sheriff Parkinson, Ret. Lt. Proll selected to carry Flame of Hope for 2019 Special Olympics

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Special Olympics International recently announced that San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and retired San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Bill Proll were selected to serve as part of the Final Leg team, serving as Guardians of the Flame as they run the “Flame of Hope” throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March, leading up to the start of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Final Leg runners from around the world were selected to represent their local Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs.

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Elks and local dignitaries recognize Scouts for achieving highest honors

NORTH COUNTY — On Thursday evening, Oct. 18, over 100 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, their families, friends, Scouting Leaders, and local dignitaries gathered at Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 for the Elks’ Scouting Recognition Dinner. The Elks’ annual event honors Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the North County who have achieved their programs’ highest honors — Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts, and the Gold Award and the Silver Award for Girl Scouts. The dinner and program are co-hosted by Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 and Paso Robles Elks Lodge No. 2364 and alternate between each lodge each year.

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

SAN MIGUEL — 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, according to Caltrans. Motorists will be able to detour to the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at the South Camp Roberts Undercrossing. In addition, the southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at Cemetery Road will re-open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Motorists will detour via 10th Street to reach this on-ramp.

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Cycling the Danube, another adventure with Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen

PASO ROBLES — On Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 - 7:30 p.m., join local traveling couple Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen on another great bicycling adventure – this time around Europe. Their 1,000-mile (more or less) bicycling trek along the Danube River began in Ulm, Germany, south of Frankfurt, and ended two months later in Belgrade, Serbia. In between, they enjoyed amazing cathedrals and castles, met interesting people, stayed in Airbnb lodgings, and rode through beautiful fields of corn, wheat, and sunflowers.

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Community can donate to provide winter clothing for Christmas

SAN LUIS OBISPO — This December will mark the 21st consecutive year that the San Luis Obispo community will generously provide homeless with a decadent home-cooked Christmas Day dinner along with live entertainment. More importantly, for the past two decades, this occasion has been used as a means of providing much-needed winter clothing care packages to the homeless community. Help us to continue this tradition by donating to the winter clothing care package fund. All donations will be used for the purchase of care package items so that we can provide each homeless guest with a brand new: sleeping bag, hooded sweatshirt, winter jacket, socks, underwear and toiletries. These items make a tremendous difference in helping local homeless survive our cold, wet winters.

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Adams achieves Gold Award

NORTH COUNTY — Kaitlin Adams, an active member of Ambassador Troop 40146, completed her Gold Award project. Adams, who lives in Atascadero and attended Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo, partnered with Twin Cities Community Hospital to transform an underutilized patio into an Asian inspired outdoor retreat. The patio is located adjacent to the Birth and Baby Center and will be enjoyed by laboring mothers and their families. There is also a place for the hospital staff to use while on break. The Tranquility Garden was unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Birth and Family Fair event at the hospital.

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Drug Take Back Day to be held at Twin Cities

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital is having a Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. This is a free way to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications and prescriptions. Twin Cities Community Hospital is located at 1100 Las Tablas Rd. in Templeton. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center will also have a take back day on the same day and time. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is located on 1010 Murray Ave. in San Luis Obispo and South County SAFE, 1086 Grande Ave. in Arroyo Grande is also a drop-off location if people are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Day.

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

TEMPLETON — 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. At approximately 5 a.m. on Oct. 11, Weatherly, 22, was attempting to walk or run across the Highway 101 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle that was driving southbound on the freeway. Weatherly’s last known residence was San Miguel, but he was believed to be homeless. 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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SLO Airport ranked seventh-fastest growing airport in North America

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new report from international organization Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has ranked San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) the seventh-fastest growing airport in North America. With 407,646 passengers in 2017, the San Luis Obispo Airport registered a 23.4 percent increase over 2016 levels. The jump makes SBP the fifth-fastest-growing airport in the United States, and seventh-fastest across the continent. “2017 was a transformative year for us,” said Director of Airports Kevin Bumen, C.M., C.A.E. “In addition to opening our new terminal, Alaska began service to Seattle, and United added both service to Denver and a fourth daily flight to San Francisco. More people flew our existing routes in 2017 as well. This rise in passenger numbers shows how committed our residents are to flying from their hometown airport.”

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Great California ShakeOut set for Oct. 18

STATE — The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice for an earthquake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." California is at higher risk of earthquakes compared to the rest of the country. The Great California ShakeOut has been organized to encourage everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. ShakeOut is also a reminder for Californians to be prepared financially, such as by exploring earthquake insurance. The not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority offers earthquake insurance throughout California for homeowners, renters, mobile home owners and condo-unit owners. Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, access resources, receive email updates, and more at www.shakeout.org/california/. On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

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Upcoming Paso Basin Cooperative Committee meeting to be held on Oct. 17

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Basin Cooperative Committee invites groundwater users and interested community members to attend their upcoming meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the City of Paso Robles Council Chambers, 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles. The Cooperative Committee is comprised of representatives from the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies formed over the Paso Basin within San Luis Obispo County and is charged with developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The upcoming meeting will focus on drafts of Chapter 4 “Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model” and Chapter 5 “Groundwater Conditions”, as well as initial discussion of potential projects and actions related to achieving groundwater sustainability.

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Agricultural worker housing ordinance workshop to be held Oct. 16

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The County will hold an Agricultural Worker Housing Workshop for the public to discuss agricultural worker housing regulations and possible upcoming changes with the ordinance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the San Luis Obispo Library at 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

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Creston Cowboy Christmas on tap

CRESTON — The 9th-Ever Creston Cowboy Christmas Dinner Party, complete with dinner, wine and music a dessert auction and raffles, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Creston Community Center, 5110 Swayze Road in Creston. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Creston Area Town Center Helping-hands (CATCH) Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transitioning the old Creston Firehouse into Creston’s first community center. The nonprofit fund has worked with a variety of local community organizations, including the Creston Women’s Club, Creston Men’s Club, and Creston Garden Club to raise money for the project while providing community events and service.

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Man arrested for human trafficking in SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Sacramento man was arrested for human trafficking Friday, Oct. 5, in San Luis Obipso, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported. At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 5, a San Luis Obispo police officer conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the 3000 block of Broad. The vehicle was being driven by 35-year-old Lucion Banks out of Sacramento. Also in the vehicle was a 14-year old female passenger out of Oakland. During the car stop the officer discovered Banks had a suspended California driver’s license as well as a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Both Banks and his passenger denied being related and had no clear story of why they were in San Luis Obispo. Banks was subsequently arrested for the warrant and driving on a suspended license.

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CHP: Man victim of fatal hit-and-run Thursday

PASO ROBLES — A man was hit Thursday morning by a vehicle as he tried to cross Highway 101 near the 13th Street bridge in Paso Robles, the California Highway Patrol reported. The vehicle did not stop and has not notified law enforcement. The man later identified as Nathaniel J. Weatherly, 22, died at the scene. Weatherly’s last known residence was San Miguel, but was believed to be homeless.

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Former San Miguel CSD bookkeeper charged with embezzlement of public funds

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against the former San Miguel Community Services District bookkeeper Kallie Leighanne Johnson, 29, for embezzling $38,000 in public funds belonging to the District in 2015. On Friday, Oct. 5, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit filed felony embezzlement charges against Johnson. Johnson was working as the bookkeeper for the San Miguel Community Services District during the period she is charged with embezzlement. The Community Services District provides services for residents of San Miguel including fire protection, water, wastewater, lighting, and solid waste collection.

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Falcon 9 creates light display in night sky

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg had a successful 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. and the first land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch was postponed on Saturday to Sunday to provide the ideal launch conditions as well as the atmospheric one’s for the public to view it clearly. Many San Luis Obispo County residents were able to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and the red glow it created as it broke free from the atmosphere. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, Oct. 7.

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Committee seeking input for upcoming Paso Basin meeting

PASO ROBLES — The County of San Luis Obispo’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency invites basin users and interested community members to provide input regarding “sustainable management criteria,” including where to set ideal and acceptable groundwater levels for the Paso Basin in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act via online at www.pasogcp.com. Groundwater users and interested community members in the Paso Basin are encouraged to provide input before the next Paso Basin Cooperative Committee.

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Deputies use of Naloxone helps save a life in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Oct. 5 at approximately 2:45 p.m. about an unconscious person on the outside city limits of Paso Robles who was not breathing. When deputies arrived on scene, shortly after Cal Fire personnel, who were already performing CPR on the person. Deputies recognized the possibility of an overdose and administered Naloxone while Cal Fire personnel continued CPR. The victim regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

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Children report man offering them candy

Paso Robles Police Department officers arrested Paso Robles resident Jesus Chavarria, 43, near Georgia Brown Elementary School. Chavarria was arrested Friday morning for suspicion of annoying a child under the age of 18, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. PRPD officers were dispatched to Georgia Brown Elementary School around 7:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, after a group of children reported to school officials that a suspicious man approached them and asked if they wanted candy.

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PRPD: Man exposes himself to middle schooler

PASO ROBLES — On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Paso Robles Police Department officers responded to Daniel Lewis Middle School around 4 p.m. to investigate a report that a man had exposed himself to a young girl on her way home from school. The middle school aged girl told police that after the man exposed himself to her he drove away in a small two-door blue sedan. She described the man as white and in his 30’s, with slicked back brown hair, and a stubbly beard. The suspect was last seen driving east on Creston Road at approximately 4 p.m.

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Tip leads PRPD to arrest of burglary suspect

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department arrested a man on Sunday, Sept. 22 believed to have burglarized a home on Thursday, Sept. 20. Officer responded to an interrupted burglary in the 1200 block of Katherine Court on Thursday, Sept. 20. The owner of the residence had returned home and discovered an adult male, later identified by surveillance footage as Jose Armando Montes Guillen, 20, inside her bedroom. Guillen had a black backpack full of the victim’s belongings and fled out an open bedroom window.

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Parolee Harvey arrested Friday night

SHANDON — The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office arrested a wanted parolee Friday evening, Sept. 21 in Shandon. The search for parolee Larry Charles Harvey, 20, from Shandon, began Friday morning and concluded later in the day after deputies received a report at approximately 5:15 p.m. that he was spotted outside a residence in the 100 block of South 7th Street in Shandon. When deputies arrived on the scene, Harvey ran away. He led deputies on a foot chase through the nearby riverbed, into backyards, and through a home before being caught near the intersection of Calle Carmelita and E. Centre Street in Shandon. Harvey was arrested without incident.

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Man found burglarizing home, flees out a window

PASO ROBLES – Paso Robles Police Department responded to an interrupted burglary in the 1200 block of Katherine Ct. on Thursday, Sept. 20. The owner of the residence had returned home and discovered an adult male, later identified by surveillance footage as Jose Armando Montes Guillen, 20, inside her bedroom. Guillen had a black backpack full of the victim’s belongings and fled out an open bedroom window.

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Deputies searching for wanted parolee in Shandon area

SHANDON — Deputies are searching the Shandon area Friday morning, Sept. 21, for a parolee believed to be armed and dangerous, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. Shandon Elementary and Shandon High School were both sheltering in place while deputies continued to search for parolee Larry Harvey, 27, of Shandon. Friday morning deputies were dispatched to a disturbance in the north end of Shandon at approximately 8:04 a.m.

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Sheriff: Wave of car thefts in Shandon

SHANDON — San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies responded Thursday, Sept. 20, to a series of crimes in the Shandon area, which included the theft of three vehicles and burglary of a residence, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The first incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the 100 block of South 7th Street in Shandon and involved a report of a stolen truck — which later crashed in the 2500 block of San Juan Road. The suspect or suspects then stole a nearby ranch utility vehicle and drove it to the 300 block of Truesdale Road in Shandon. At that time, the home was burglarized.

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Scholarships available for Paso Robles students

PASO ROBLES — Eligible students enrolled in a college, university or accredited post-secondary school in California with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may enter for a chance to join A-1 Auto Transport’s scholarship program. Every year, the California company, A-1 Auto Transport, offers $250, $500 and $1,000 in scholarship awards to participating students.

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SLO County: Valley Fever reports explode

In the first six months of this year, 283 cases of Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) were reported in San Luis Obispo County-compared to 91 cases in the first six months of 2017. This increase is especially concerning because 2017 saw the highest number of cases on record in California, and because case counts typically increase in the second half of the year. This increase is similar to patterns emerging across the state.

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Paso Robles accepting applications to airport commission

The City of Paso Robles will accept applications for appointment to the Paso Robles Airport Commission until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

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Asphalt overlay on Main Street in Templeton begins in Sept.

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction to rehabilitate the pavement on Main Street in Templeton starting in September. The work will include removing and replacing failed pavement, placing a new paved surface, and reconstructing various roadside facilities including; curb ramps, traffic bulb-outs, and drainage facilities.

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Task force arrests man for auto theft, burglary

PASO ROBLES — On Friday, Aug. 24, officers from the San Luis Obispo County Auto Theft Task Force (SLOCATT) arrested 18-year-old Ricardo Ramirez after he was stopped driving a stolen Lincoln MKZ taken from Paso Robles. Located in the vehicle was a stolen handgun from a residential burglary also within the City of Paso Robles. SLOCATT along with detectives from the Paso Robles Police Department served a search warrant at Ramirez’s residence. Additional items of evidence were located inside of the residence. Ramirez was linked to two additional auto thefts, and multiple burglary/thefts cases within the City of Paso Robles.

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Sheriff: Greer murder investigation continues

PASO ROBLES — On Monday, Aug. 27, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a search at a property in the 4000 block of Whispering Oaks Way in Paso Robles. The property was formerly owned by Brian Greer, a person of interest in the Jerry Greer murder investigation. Jerry Greer was reportedly found dead in his home on March 28, 2009 in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road in Templeton, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Greer’s body was found by family members and his death was deemed a homicide.

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A suicidal man stands in the middle of road, waves knife at passersby

COUNTY — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suicidal man who was waving a knife at people Tuesday morning on North River Road in Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded at approximately 9:55 a.m. to reports of a suicidal man standing in the middle of North River Road in Paso Robles. Witnesses reported the subject was holding a 10- to 12-inch knife to his throat and was also waving the knife at passersby.

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CalFresh Market Match expands

COUNTY — If you receive CalFresh Benefits you can use your EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, the Market Match Program will give you $ 1 for each EBT $1 that you spend up to $10. The Market Match Program is expanding to Arroyo Grande Wednesday and San Luis Obispo’s Thursday night Farmers’ Markets.

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State Legislature passes bill to ease impact of Diablo Canyon closure

COUNTY — The California Legislature passed a bill on Monday, Aug. 20 that will ease the impacts from the pending closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the last functioning nuclear power plant in California. The bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1090, is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in March by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) to mitigate the impacts of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure.

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Sirens will wail on Aug. 25

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Early Warning System (EWS) sirens will sound on Saturday, Aug. 25 for their annual full-scale test. The Early Warning System sirens extend throughout the Emergency Planning Zone that extends in a circular area from Diablo Canyon. Originally the siren system was installed for an emergency at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, but they can be utilized for any disaster where actions, such as evacuations are needed to be taken by the public due to a tsunami or dam failure.

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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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Library Study Center celebrates grand re-opening, Aug. 20

PASO ROBLES — The public is invited on Monday, Aug. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to check out the Library Study Center’s new look and participate in a book giveaway for children. According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “We are so excited about these new furnishings. Because of the generosity of the Library Foundation, the students we help every afternoon will have a flexible space that will allow room for group collaboration or individual study.” The Study Center was established in 2001 to provide a place for students to do homework after school. It offers a small, but powerful reference collection; computers with Internet access; and magazines, paperbacks, picture books, and other recreational reading materials. Each year, over 10,700 people make use of Study Center resources.

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Women’s Honor Farm donates to ECHO

COUNTY — The Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program donated pillows, pajamas, and blankets to ECHO-El Camino Homeless Shelter on Monday, Aug. 13. The donation of handmade items were made by inmates who have elected to be a part of the Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program, where they are gaining valuable skills and have the opportunity to give back to the community.

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PSHH promotes Mahoney to Director of Education

COUNTY — Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) promoted Alejandra Mahoney to Director of Education, a 16-year-old, site-based service offered to residents of PSHH’s affordable housing developments throughout the Central Coast. Mahoney, a Santa Maria resident, has been with PSHH for 12 years and previously was the nonprofit’s Senior Manager of Educational Programs. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Guadalupe, Mahoney holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York and has previous work experience at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Fitzgerald Community School and Santa Barbara County Office of Education.

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August Animal Service Pet of the Month : Zeus

Meet Zeus! This big handsome nine-year-old is a loyal boy who would love a home where he can be cozy inside with the people he loves. Zeus is treat motivated and eager to please. He already knows sit, shake, stay and maybe even more … and he would love to keep learning. He loves heads rubs and will even bump your hand with his head when he wants pets.

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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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Cuesta receives $225K grant to fund new GIS Tech courses and program

COUNTY — Cuesta College is meeting the high-demand needs of the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology industry with the launch of new GIS courses and certification. GIS is a computer system for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Cuesta College students will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for jobs in the GIS industry and fulfill degree requirements for various majors like engineering, architecture, health, agriculture, and computer information systems. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning, and in various career fields, including emergency response, marketing, engineering, biology, science, and more.

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Estrella Warbirds host return of famed pilot Capt. Plumb eight years later

PASO ROBLES — Capt. Charlie Plumb was the guest speaker at the Estrella Warbird Museum for their August monthly dinner. Plumb last spoke at the Museum eight years ago in front of the largest dinner crowd at around 180 in attendance. Aug. 1 was his encore presentation with over 160 members attending Thomson Hall at the museum. Many volunteers helped set up the tables and decorations for the event. Caterer Larry and his crew cooked a chicken entree for all the attendees.

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PHOTOS: Let’s Pretend with Paso Rec Dept.

There was lots of imagination happening at Centennial Park during the second week of Let’s Pretend camps with Carmen Pangelinan of A Dream Party. Monster Monday featured homemade slime (complete with eyeballs) while Cars Land for Little Mechanics gave little ones the chance to drive on a race track, paint and decorate their own wooden car and win a racing trophy for their accomplishment. On Friday, little princesses enjoyed a magical tea party hosted by a beautiful princess. The girls enjoyed a magic show, story time, tea, treats and favors (along with a little etiquette lesson from the princess). The Let’s Pretend fun continues this fall with several classes planned October through December featuring kid’s favorite characters, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and activities. To learn more about fall recreation classes, visit www.prcity.com/recreation to view the interactive online guide. (Photos Contributed )

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Science camps’ chemical reactions a hit for the kids

PASO ROBLES — Twenty-two kids ages 6 to 11 goggled up at Centennial Park to take part in the week-long science camp Pop! Burst! Blast! Bang & Sizzle! Instructor Tim Baker, of Science Dipity, led the students on an exploration of chemical and physical reactions, thermodynamics, energy, pressure, forces and Newton’s laws of physics. There was at least one explosion a day as the students learned fundamentals of chemistry while literally having a blast.

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Library Teen Volunteer Program to begin Aug. 27

PASO ROBLES — The 2018 Summer/Fall Teen Volunteer Program — the first of two long-term volunteer opportunities in the Library for area teens — begins Aug. 27 and runs through Dec. 14. The application process is similar to the Library’s Adult Volunteer Program; students must submit an application, along with two letters of recommendation from instructors; interview with the Volunteer Coordinator; and be fingerprinted. Because the on-boarding process can be lengthy, students are encouraged to apply early.

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Fire at Lake Nacimiento started by a vehicle

LAKE NACIMIENTO — Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire near Nacimiento Dam on Friday afternoon, Aug. 3. The vehicle fire threatened nearby vegetation on Nacimiento Lake Drive near Interlake Road per Cal Fire officials. When Cal Fire firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 1:50 p.m. they found 3 acres of vegetation burning at a slow rate of speed. An air attack was called in to help fight the fire. Within moments ground crews and aircraft made good progress with fire holding at approximately 2-3 acres.

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House fire displaces five in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — A residential structure fire occurred at 305 Santa Fe Ave. in Paso Robles on Thursday, Aug. 2. Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the fire at approximately 2 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene to discover heavy fire emitting from the residence and fire extending into two neighboring residential structures. Two vehicles also sustained fire damage.

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North County’s Most Wanted : Hendricks

Chad Eric Hendricks, 62, is wanted for violation of probation for unlawful possession of ammunition. Hendricks is White, 6-foot-0-inches tall, 195 pounds and his last known residence is in Santa Margarita. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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News Media Corp. names new president, financial officer

ILLINOIS — News Media Corporation has hired Nickolas Monico to serve as its new company president, and promoted Trena Thompson as chief financial officer. Monico, who has a long history of multimedia leadership experience, began in his new position on Monday, Aug. 6 at NMC’s headquarters in Rochelle, Ill. “I’ve known Nick for many years and I am very pleased to have him join NMC,” said John Tompkins, founder and chairman of News Media Corporation.

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DMV announces efforts to reduce wait times

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking a number of additional actions to combat rising wait times at field offices. Customers have experienced longer-than-expected service times because of increased demand in the federal compliant REAL ID driver license or identification card. “The DMV is bringing employees from various state agencies and departments to strengthen our hiring surge and help triage the longer lines at our offices,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said. “This year we have already hired 500 new employees, added Saturday service at 60 offices and opened offices an hour earlier in the most impacted areas. We expect the additional surge of employees will help further combat these wait times.”

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Sheriff’s release new app

COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office announce the release of their new mobile phone app. This free app is available to the public to download to their smart phones. It contains many of the features you can find on the Sheriff’s website like inmate information, press releases, and all the different programs and how to get involved.

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California’s public lands affected by wildfires

SACRAMENTO — Fires throughout California have affected access to public lands in many locations that are normally heavily used during the fall general hunting season openers. Archery deer hunters on scouting expeditions around the state are already encountering restricted access to desirable properties. As the general deer seasons approach in many California hunting zones, hunters are reminded to research the areas where they intend to hunt or scout to be sure those areas are free from fire restrictions.

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Supervisors name Keith new Planning and Building Director

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Trevor Keith, a longtime senior manager for the County of San Luis Obispo, earned the confidence of all five board members to lead the Planning and Building Department. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the SLO Board of Supervisors approved the employment agreement with Keith as the Director of the Planning and Building Department. Keith began the job on Wednesday, Aug. 8. After a nationwide search and an extensive selection process, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously, 5-0, selected Keith.

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Shandon to get a new storm drain

SHANDON — The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction of drainage improvements to the southwest corner of First Street and East Centre Street at Shandon High School. Work started Monday, Aug. 6 and expected to continue through Aug. 17. The work includes installing a concrete drainage box, excavating, backfilling, new asphalt concrete paving, and walkway improvements to the high school. The limits of work will be confined to the southwest corner of the intersection. There will be traffic control at the site resulting in slight delays. Work is anticipated to be complete before the start of school.

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Wildfire smoke impacting San Luis Obispo County

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District and County Health Department said that air quality in San Luis Obispo County is being impacted by smoke from wildfires. As of 2 p.m. Monday, July 30, smoke impacts were the greatest in Eastern and Central San Luis Obispo County (including Paso Robles and Atascadero) and air quality is mostly good along the coast (including San Luis Obispo), but coastal air quality could deteriorate as the smoke plume spreads. Expect skies to be hazy and fine particulate (PM2.5) and ozone concentrations to be higher than normal. Changing winds make it difficult to predict which areas of the county may be most affected as the week progresses. However, until the fires are put out, smoke will likely be intermittently present in the region.

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PG&E to offer tours and public workshops

AVILA BEACH — During the months of August and September, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will offer Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) lands tours to increase public knowledge of the 12,000 acres that surround DCPP. The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will also offer four public workshops to gather public input on the potential future uses of Diablo Canyon lands and facilities.

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Imagination Playground at the Library set for Aug. 1

PASO ROBLES — As part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Children’s Library is partnering with the Children’s Museum to bring imaginative play to children ages 2-6 tomorrow on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “Young children will have fun building and playing in a world they create using large foam blocks. By partnering with the SLO Children’s Museum, children will develop a host of STEAM skills, even though they are not yet in school!”

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PRPD: Fight between father and son leads to arrest for assault with a deadly weapon

PASO ROBLES – A Paso Robles man was arrested after reportedly hitting and attacking his father with a lamp on Sunday, the Paso Robles Police Department reported. Paso Robles Police Department officers responded to a 911 call in the 600 block of Moss Avenue on Sunday, July 29, for a reported physical fight between two males. Officers were unable to find any signs of a disturbance and there was no answer at the door.

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Asian Adventures at Paso Robles Library with Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen

PASO ROBLES — As part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, Reading Takes You Everywhere, the public is invited to head out on the final vicarious travel adventure of the summer. This month, visit several countries in Asia with local traveling couple Karen MacLaurin and Mike Cussen. Enjoy Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam as well as Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. What started as a visit to Bangkok to see a friend turned into a six-week adventure including floating restaurants, bird watching on the Chinese border, and a visit to Big Buddha.

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Seven tips for a healthy, safe visit to fair

PASO ROBLES — As residents prepare for a visit to the fair, the County Public Health Department reminds everyone to take common-sense precautions to stay healthy and safe. Health officials say the most important advice is also the most simple: wash your hands. For handwashing, soap and water is best. If soap and water aren’t available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good option. Handwashing stations are available throughout the fair.

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July Animal Service Pet of the Month : Tito

Meet Tito! He is a 4-year-old lab mix who was rescued off the streets in the Philippines when he was just a pup. He was the baby until his owners had a new baby. Tito was a little jealous of the new addition and sadly his owners brought him to Animal Services. He is a little nervous at the shelter but once he gets to know you, his little curly tail wags with delight. He is a smart boy who knows the commands sit, down, and shake … and did we mention he loves to give kisses and cuddle?

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Coast Guard urges mariners to identify personal kayaks and paddleboards

SAN PEDRO — The Coast Guard is asking mariners to label all kayaks and paddleboards with contact information so that rescue crews can quickly account for owners to determine if there is an actual distress and prevent unnecessary searches when no one is in danger. Monday morning, Coast Guard, Redondo Beach Police Department and Redondo Beach Fire Department crews responded to a report of a beached kayak approximately a nautical mile south of Redondo Harbor. Search-and-rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s Forward Operating Base Point Mugu, the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut and Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach searched for an unconfirmed person in the water for approximately eight hours before suspending the case, pending further developments.

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Mussel dogs sniffing out aquatic hitchhikers

LAKE NACIMIENTO — For one more weekend, mussel sniffing canines are helping public officials at Lake Nacimiento inspect vessels for invasive aquatic species — otherwise known as quagga and zebra mussels. “Mussel dogs,” as they are called, sniff around boats, alerting handlers of the presence of mussels and dramatically decreasing the time it takes to inspect boats.

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Cal Fire SLO battles two fires in the North County

NORTH COUNTY — Firefighters were busy this week in the North County. In addition to the Rock Fire that broke out in Paso Robles on Saturday, July 21, Cal Fire had to fight the Mustang Fire that also ignited that afternoon in Paso Robles reported Cal Fire SLO officials. Later on Monday, the Dragon Fire broke out at Camp Roberts as well. The Mustang Fire first reported by Cal Fire SLO at 3:54 p.m. on July 21. It was reported as a vegetation fire at the 3000 block of Mustang Springs Road in Paso Robles. Approximately 30 acres in the grass, and moments later it was reported 10 percent contained with its forward spread stopped. GPS area was mapped and results posted by 5:53 p.m. showing that actual acreage was 27 acres and 50 percent of the fire contained. A little after 9 p.m. the Mustang Fire was announced by Cal Fire SLO at 80 percent contained.

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Firefighters battled Rock Fire in Paso Robles for four days in the heatwave

PASO ROBLES — A vegetation fire, named the Rock Fire, broke out on Saturday, July 21 in Paso Robles at the 1400 block of Chimney Rock Road. It took four days for fire personnel to fully contain the 30-acre fire. The fire was originally two acres on Saturday at 2:58 p.m. when Cal Fire first reported it and within the hour it had grown to 15 acres. By early evening it was 25 acres and 20 percent contained. Fire crews were making good progress but heavy vegetation and down power lines were making access difficult. By that point, multiple agencies were fighting the fire with 10 engines, four crews, two bulldozers, four air tankers and one helicopter to slow it down. Crews stayed the night to work on containment.

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Fatal accident involves military vehicle, sedan

COUNTY — On State Route 46 at David Road before the Cholame Y, a fatal accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, morning involving a military tactical vehicle and a car, as reported by California Highway Patrol. The driver, Cecil Gabriel Johnson, a 49 year-old Army Reserve sergeant from San Bernardino was driving a large 2007 M1078 Tactical Vehicle in a military convoy eastbound on State Route 46 at Davis Road, going approximately 50 mph when the driver, of a 2000 Acura 3.2TL, Chan Kee Chung, a 58-year-old male from Rowland Heights, was driving westbound at 55 mph when the tactical vehicle’s left front tire went flat and suddenly failed, sending the vehicle across the double yellow center lines into the westbound lane of traffic.

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Take to the water on July 7 for Free Fishing Day

CALIFORNIA — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is having Free Fishing Days on July 7 and Sept. 1. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two designated days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

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Paso Robles rejoins animal control project

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles is again supporting a new San Luis Obispo County animal shelter after previously backing away from the project due to concerns about operational costs and control. The Paso Robles City Council approved an “Animal Services Memorandum of Agreement” between the county and the cities, which reduces the one-time project costs to be charged to the cities by $1 million, commits to reductions in animal intakes and animal nights at the shelter to target a reduction of costs averaging 5 percent per year for the first five years of operation, and sharing governance of the shelter with cities.

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Seven mayors sign SLO County Civility Promise

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every mayor in San Luis Obispo County and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors came together on Thursday, June 21, and promised each other, and the people and institutions they serve, to always strive to conduct debates — whether in person, online, or in written communication — in ways that allow for the widest range of opinions on ideas and policies, yet also respect the dignity, integrity and rights of those with whom they might disagree. Elected leaders from of every political party and throughout SLO County worked together over the last few months to craft a Code of Civility.

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Paso Teen still missing after two weeks

PASO ROBLES — Missing for more than two weeks, Joshua Newsome, 15, from Paso Robles, hasn’t been seen by friends or family. Newsome has been missing since Monday, May 21. This is the longest time he has been away from friends and family and they are concerned for his well being.

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Getting there from here

On June 5 the Paso Robles City Council approved a $120,000 Wayfinding Signage Program designed to unify the municipal brand across diverse neighborhoods. Pierre Rademaker Design, the same San Luis Obispo-based firm and designer tasked with the same job there in 2014, has worked with a Paso Robles stakeholder group since last year on a unique design.

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Man reconnects with Yanni after 25 years

PASO ROBLES — Dane Senser and his family recently attended the Yanni Acropolis Anniversary concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre for a reason one could never imagine. Senser and his family also attended a Yanni concert 25 years ago as a tribute to his brother, Karl, who should have been there with them, but was brutally murdered in a San Diego carjacking. Karl Senser, who worked as a clipper for the local newspapers and as a ballroom dancing instructor, was planning on going to the Yanni concert in San Diego in the early 90s. He was dreaming about how wonderful it would be to take his mother, Mildred, as a Mother’s Day gift.

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North County's Most Wanted : Orr

Taylor Marie Orr, 24, is wanted for violation of probation for willful harm/injury to a child likely to produce great bodily injury. Orr is white, 5’2” tall, 145 pounds, and her last known address is in Santa Barbara. If you have any information on her whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (805)781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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PHOTO: Students presented with Seal of Biliteracy Awards

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District held a ceremony Tuesday evening to present more than 100 students with Seal of Biliteracy Awards and recognition for dual languages. The Seal of Biliteracy was presented to 40 seniors who met the requirements and are considered proficient in two languages. PRJUSD fifth and eighth grade students in the dual immersion program who have met their milestones were also recognized.

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Team of local 4th-graders attends Global Tournament

SAN MIGUEL — Almond Acres Charter Academy’s ReadySetGo! Destination Imagination Team attended the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., May 23 through May 26. They were joined by more than 1,400 teams from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 19 countries. The team of fourth grade students placed ninth out of 78 teams in their category.

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North County's Most Wanted: Casparybugely

Christopher Matthew Casparybugely, 28, is wanted for violation of probation for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with great bodily injury. Casparybugely is white, 5’9” tall, 170 pounds and his last known address is in Gardnerville, Nev. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550.

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Dynamic Feedback Signs to be installed

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will begin construction to install 22 dynamic feedback signs at specific curves on the county road network. The project is federally funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Work started on May 29 and continue into late June. This project will improve road safety for motorists by providing real time speed information against the recommended advisory speed for the specific curve. The highway curve sites include:

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Paso senior hasn’t missed a day

PASO ROBLES — School districts pass out senior awards for academics, sports and the arts, but one determined Paso Robles High School graduating senior achieved an accomplishment that may not have earned him a medal, but certainly won him the respect of his family. The feat was of his own making — a goal he set for himself back when he was 8 years old. Chase Diedrich, 17, has never missed a day of school since he first began in kindergarten. With the twists and turns life threw at him, accumulating 13 years of public education, Diedrich showed up at school... every… single… day… no matter what. “I never even knew about perfect attendance until third grade when my mom told me I had never missed a day and since then, I’ve always valued having the record,” Diedrich said.

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Caltrans accelerates repairs on Hwy 101

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Caltrans will repave more than 16 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from Vineyard Drive overcrossing in Templeton to North Paso Robles overhead near the city, due to funding by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

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Cyclists injured during event

PASO ROBLES — AIDS/LifeCycle® riders left their camp at the Mid-State Fairgrounds on June 6 and headed to their destination for the day in Santa Maria. More than 2,300 cyclists and almost 650 volunteers ‘roadies’ hit the road, but two of the riders would not make it to Santa Maria as they intended.

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Standout students honored at award and scholarship ceremonies

TEMPLETON — Sofia Talarico took home a few awards and scholarships this May. The graduating Templeton Highschool (THS) senior received the prestigious “Eagle of the Year” award, as well as the Top Scholar Cumulative Award, STEM Award, Spanish Award, SAT Award, Life Science Award, CSF Award and the ACT Award. She also received three scholarships presented on scholarship night: The Monday Club Conservancy Fine Arts Award Scholarship, Vocal Arts SLO Scholarship and THS Drama Boosters Scholarship. Talarico will be attending UC Irvine, majoring in Musical Theater and Biology.

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Cal Fire battles two fires this week

NORTH COUNTY — Cal Fire SLO responded to two fires this week, one that started on June 3 at Lake Nacimiento which involved two structures and nearby vegetation continuing on to the next day, and another vegetation fire northeast of Paso Robles on June 5. On Sunday, June 3 a structure fire broke out at 4:11 p.m. at Lake Nacimiento and spread to the nearby vegetation, igniting three to four acres at Lake Nacimiento Resort & Marina.

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Vegetation fire starts in riverbed

PASO ROBLES — On Friday the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to a vegetation fire at Highway 101 and 24th Street in Paso Robles at 9:20 p.m. Arriving firefighters found a 50-foot by 100-foot vegetation fire in the Salinas riverbed burning in and around trees and brush. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 15 minutes and within the next two hours worked to fully extinguish the fire.

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Thousands of cyclists and volunteers continue their 545-mile journey to LA

PASO ROBLES — On June 5 the AIDS/LifeCycle® riders stopped to camp at the Mid-State Fairgrounds, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles. Today June 6, more than 2,300 cyclists and nearly 650 volunteer 'roadies' will continue their journey. The cyclists will leave the Mid-State Fairgrounds campsite between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. in Paso Robles and head to Santa Maria. They have a lunch stop schedule at Cuesta college for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will end their day and camp overnight at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way in Santa Maria.

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Calwise Spirits launching Paso Robles home

Located just around the corner from the iconic Tin City development — home to wine and beer on the outskirts of Paso Robles, near Templeton — a new distillery is getting set to open at 3340 Ramada Drive on June 9, “at 1 p.m. sharp.” Calwise Spirits, formally known as Wild Coast Spirits, then Calivore Spirits when they were based in in the City of San Luis Obispo and working through the Cal Poly Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ‘HotHouse’ program, the company has already been selling craft California-themed rum and gin in local stores.

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Local hospitals hosting Cereal Drive to help feed local kids during Summer months

TEMPLETON — Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which houses the only dedicated pediatric unit in San Luis Obispo County, and Twin Cities Community Hospital are leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive benefiting The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. The drive kicks off Friday, June 1, and runs through Friday, June 8.

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Public invited to view curriculum before board approval

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) is conducting a public display of curriculum materials for grades 9-12. The public display will be held from now through June 11 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the district office located at 800 Niblick Road. The purpose of the public display is to provide the community the opportunity to give input on the recommended materials before submission to the PRJUSD Board of Trustees for adoption.

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Five hints for voters on Election Day, June 5

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The County-Clerk Recorder’s office would like to remind voters of some helpful hints for the upcoming election day this Tuesday, June 5. Here are five tips to make voting easier: RETURN OF VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS ON ELECTION DAY: Make sure the identification envelope is signed before you return the ballot. Mailed vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of Election Day are eligible to be counted. If you are dropping your VBM ballot in the mail on Election Day, get a “Circle Date Stamp” on your envelope at the mail counter. However, vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered at any polling place in this county or at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero must be RECEIVED by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Drive-by-Dropoff of VBM ballots is available at the Monterey Street side of the San Luis Obispo office at 1055 Monterey Street on Election Day. If you want to vote at the polls instead of voting by mail, take the ballot with you to surrender polls. If you have misplaced your ballot, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at the polls.

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Fires hit the North County

NORTH COUNTY — Three fires broke out in the North County this week. The first was a building fire in the well known Mercantile of Santa Margarita. The others were vegetation fires: one on May 28 which was named the Toleman Fire and the other on Tuesday, May 29 called the Vineyard Fire.

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PHOTOS: Women’s Honor Farm creates vests for JHH

On Wednesday, May 30, the Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program presented 60 western-style vests handmade by the the women to representatives of Jack’s Helping Hand. Jack’s Helping Hand (JHH) assists children with illnesses and disabilities, providing special treatment, services, equipment, and transportation that are not provided by other sources; or which exceed family financial capabilities. Sewing the western vests for the children struggling with cancer has been a rewarding experience for the female inmates and has allowed them to feel connected to the community. Each vest has been specifically designed with a child’s age and gender in mind. These western vests allow the children to use their imaginations, forget their illnesses for a time, and just be kids. (Contributed photos)

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Sheriff’s corner suspect at OSH Warehouse

PASO ROBLES — San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Paso Robles. The event happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to a reported theft of power tools in the 100 block of Kiler Canyon Road, said Tony Cipolla, a spokesperson from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office. Deputies passed a car matching the description of the suspect’s car and pulled it over in the Orchard Supply Hardware Store parking lot on the 2000 block of Theatre Drive in Paso Robles. The suspect jumped out of the car and ran into the warehouse section of Orchard Supply Hardware Store.

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North County's Most Wanted: Burns captured in Las Vegas

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Most Wanted subject from May 18, Christopher Burns, 39, was arrested and in custody in Las Vegas. Burns was wanted for failing to appear in court for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/ cohabitant, false imprisonment, and willful cruelty to a child.

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Woman fatally collides with pole

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Police Department responded to a collision on Saturday, May 26 at approximately 2:22 a.m. The collision occurred at the intersection of Golden Hill and Creston and involved a single vehicle. Officers from the Paso Robles Police Department, with Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services and San Luis Ambulance responded to the scene. Upon arrival, they located a single vehicle that had struck a light pole at the intersection. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Missing man found, identity confirmed by DNA

SANTA MARGARITA — Sheriff’s Detectives have located the remains of 38-year-old Jared Jay Walters, who was reported missing to the Atascadero Police Department on Feb. 26, 2016. During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s detectives received information that the remains of Walters were located in the 4100 block of Stagecoach Canyon road in rural Santa Margarita. On March 6, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at that location.

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New Chief Revenue Officer will spearhead initiative at IQMS

PASO ROBLES — IQMS, a manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution system (MES) company, announced on May 16 that Daniel Vertachnik has joined the company as chief revenue officer. Vertachnik most recently served as chief sales officer at supply chain software and services company, BlueJay Solutions. He brings more than two decades of executive-level experience in enterprise software, driving companies’ business strategy, company-wide customer relationship initiatives, and operations.

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North County's Most Wanted: Wbaldo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Francisco Simon Wbaldo, 32, is wanted for violation of probation for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. Wbaldo is Hispanic, 5’ 06” tall, 165 pounds and his last known address is Paso Robles. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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PHOTO: Twin Cities Community Hospital Receives Award of Excellence

Food and Nutrition Services at Twin Cities Community Hospital has received the Award of Excellence from San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services. Food services staff was recognized for their exceptional efforts in food safety and sanitation, exhibiting an uncompromising commitment to providing consumers with safe and wholesome food.

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PHOTO: Lampe promoted to Commander

On Tuesday morning, during an Oath of Office and badge pinning ceremony held in the Emergency Operations Center Officer Steve Lampe was promoted to Commander.

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Friday Night Live teens receive scholarship

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Friday Night Live of San Luis Obispo County has awarded ten local high school seniors with the annual Friday Night Live (FNL) Scholarship. The FNL Board of Directors is proud to point the spotlight on Israel Vargas (Shandon HS), Alejandra Barrera (Atascadero HS), Courtney Basden (Atascadero HS), Julia Aurignac (Templeton HS), Haley Hurdle (Templeton HS), Haley Cudworth (Templeton HS), Amanpreet Mangat (Arroyo Grande HS), and Itzel Lopez Jaimes (Paso Robles HS) who each received $500 and were honored at FNL’s first Annual FNL Banquet on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the SLO Vet’s Hall. Natalie Ziegler (SLOHS) and Bianca Soto (Shandon HS) received $750 scholarships, given in the name of Casey Goodwin, a 20-year-old Cuesta College student and active youth alcohol-prevention advocate, who was killed by a drunk driver in March, 2003. These deserving seniors were recognized for their own advocacy, leadership, and commitment to healthy lifestyles for their peers.

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‘Hope for the Future’ raises $95k for CASA

Paso Robles — On April 21, the SLO County community gave generously to support the work that CASA of San Luis Obispo County (CASA SLO County) is doing in the North County. $95,000 was raised during an evening of fine dining, local wines, silent and live auctions, and a raffle for a trip to Costa Rica.

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African Violet Society announces show winners

PASO ROBLES — The Central Coast African Violet Society hosted their second annual show and sale at Brookdale Senior Living in Paso Robles on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Elthea Brewen won best in show and best Gesneriad. Renee Wilson won best design and Mary Thompson won sweepstakes.

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Local aviator author to speak at EWB

PASO ROBLES — Jim Gregory, local author, will be the speaker for the upcoming Estrella Warbird Museum dinner meeting set for June 4. Gregory will be speaking about his new book: “Central Coast Aviators of World War II.” It is his fourth book about the subject of San Luis Obispo County History, and was released on May 14 by The History Press. His third book, “San Luis Obispo County Outlaws: Desperados, Vigilantes and Bootleggers,” was also published in October 2017. His second book on the history of the Arroyo Grande Valley, “Patriot Graves: Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage,” was named a national finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award; “World War II Arroyo Grande” appeared in 2016.

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Community Unity Featured Business: StyleHouse Furnishings Atascadero

If you haven’t been into Atascadero’s StyleHouse Furnishings in a while, you’re in for quite a pleasant surprise. StyleHouse Furnishings Atascadero is now under new ownership and has been newly renovated, restyled, and completely reimagined. New owner Charlie Wilson, who completely transitioned into management of the store in June 2017, has showcased her near decade of furniture sales and interior design experience in the showroom and she transformed the former warehouse-style store into a sea of carefully placed pieces creating several complete living spaces spread throughout the store.

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New classes added to PRJUSD curriculum

“What is really, really exciting about this is that in every single one of these courses and this curriculum and option, we had a consensus of approval from all our committee members,” said Chief Academic Officer Carol Kenyon, who added that it’s rare to have such agreement across the board on a body of curriculum.

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‘Wings’ return to Paso

SLO County locals will get another chance to ride in a B-25, on Memorial Day weekend during the Best Of The West Antique Tractor Show at Santa Margarita Ranch on a B-25 owned by the American Aeronautical Foundation.

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Council looks at Beechwood impacts

After 15 years of “on again off again” project consideration, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is set to go forward for the Beechwood property in eastern Paso Robles.

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Sheriff s carry Naloxone

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Sheriff ’s Office, in cooperation with the County Emergency Medical Services agency, has announced on May 16 that it is the first law enforcement agency in the County to begin carrying and administering Naloxone to victims of opioid overdose. Naloxone is considered an “overdose antidote” and can reverse the effects of powerful opioids. In many cases, an overdose may cause a person to stop breathing and ultimately lead to death. Naloxone, which is also known by its brand name Narcan, is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.

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Woman who died in accident identified

PASO ROBLES — Kettleman City resident Iriana Pina, 22, died in a vehicle accident Monday, April 30 on Highway 41 an olive farm near Cholame. Pina was a civil engineering student at Cal Poly and was on her way back to school after visiting her hometown, according to Officer Patrick Seebart of the California Highway Patrol. The collision involved Pina’s 2007 Ford Mustang and a semi truck and left both vehicles in flames.

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Paso Robles police honor the night watchman

PASO ROBLES — On Sunday, May 6, Paso Robles Police Department engaged in a time-honored tradition of donning their mourning bands — those little black bands on their badges — to remember night watchman, David Nathan Morehouse. Morehouse was the department’s only officer to the die in the line of duty on May 6, 1919. Morehouse was born on Aug. 4, 1860, and was appointed on Dec. 17, 1918, to the Paso Robles Police Department. His end of watch was marked on May 7, 1919, though he passed away on May 6 in the line of duty.

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Teddy Bears bring comfort to children

SAN LUIS OBISPO — On Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m., the Women’s Honor Farm Sewing Program in collaboration with the San Luis Coastal Adult School presented 39 handcrafted teddy bears made by the inmates to representatives of the Get on the Bus Program. Mary Thielscher, Regional Coordinator of the Central Coast Get on the Bus Program, along with other Get on the Bus representatives accepted the teddy bears.

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New Behavioral Health unit set for jail

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Sheriff Parkinson and the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation (SAF) announced on April 25, that plans are moving forward for a new Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The BHU will provide behavioral therapy services and housing for inmates suffering from mental illness. Sheriff Parkinson met with the SAF to discuss the idea of private funding for the BHU. Parkinson has stated numerous times that this is an issue that affects the community as a whole, so it is natural to make this a community-funded facility. The SAF is in support of the project and has identified it as one of their major projects.

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New Paso clinic coming soon

PASO ROBLES — The Neenan Company, a design-build firm based in Colorado, has broken ground on a replacement Comunity Health Center clinic in Paso Robles, redeveloping a 21,290-square-foot portion of an existing retail facility. The replacement clinic will expand the health care provider’s capacity to serve the growing community with an updated and more accessible location for patients. The new clinic facility will offer primary care services, featuring 34 exam rooms, radiology services and a blood draw station. The project is anticipated for completion in early 2019.

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Police chase ends in Paso

PASO ROBLES — San Luis Obispo County resident Joshua Glenn Ritchie, 32, walked into McCarthy’s Wholesale at 43 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo April 29 with a paper copy of his driver’s license and asked to test drive a vehicle. Ritchie picked out and took a white 2013 BMW X5 to test drive, but never returned the vehicle. At noon, McCarthy’s reported the vehicle stolen. San Luis Obispo Police Department officers were able to locate Ritchie driving the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

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Community Unity launches in North County

PASO ROBLES — This week, the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press, along with several area businesses, will launch an exciting new campaign designed to highlight the goods and services offered locally in north San Luis Obispo County. The year-long ‘Community Unity’ campaign will kick off with a special four-page insert in today’s paper and participating businesses will have a variety of posters, window clings, mats, pens and other fun items to show that they are participating in the campaign.

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Paso pimp gets 10 years

PASO ROBLES — On April 30, Walter Thomas Jr., age 45 , of Fresno, pleaded no-contest to one count of Human Trafficking, one count of Pimping, and one count of Witness Intimidation (a serious/ strike offense), all felonies. He was sentenced to ten years, four months in state prison.

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Olive Festival festivities continue at The Groves on 41

TEMPLETON — The Groves on 41, a unique California olive oil farming and specialty EVOO production operation founded by the Mother/Daughter team of Karen Tallent and Jennifer Tallent Joseph, will continue the celebration of Olive Festival weekend with a special California Olive Oil experience, Inside the Olive, at their farm on Highway 41 East in Templeton on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Although Festival goers will have tasted their way through dozens of local olive oil producers at Paso Robles City Park on Saturday, The Groves on 41 will invite guests Inside the Olive, taking them further behind the scenes of this ancient specialty crop that is garnering so much attention today.

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Dance your boots off to raise funds for youth arts

PASO ROBLES — The Barn Bash and Dance Benefit for Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation will be a very special evening on May 5, celebrating and supporting youth arts, great food and friends at the historic, Rolling Hills Ranch in San Miguel. The community will come together to raise funds for PRYAF’s free Visual and Performing Arts Program, serving 400 students per quarter with 50, free classes per week in art, drama, music, dance and more.

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PRUSD breaks ground on new pool at Paso Robles High School

PASO ROBLES — On Monday, at 4 p.m., in front of an audience of alumni, administration, stakeholders, teachers and happy swimmers, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District broke ground on the new aquatics center that is projected to be finished in January of 2019. It was a happy day for the swim community in Paso Robles. Each and every person in attendance had a smile from ear to ear as they were finally able to see a long-held dream begin to materialize in front of their eyes. Duane McRoy, who has coached water polo and swimming at Paso Robles since 1996, recalled that when the school was first built in 1981, the original plans included two phases, the latter phase including plans for a pool, but because the enrollment was larger than expected, portable classrooms were brought in and there they have stood ever since.

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Paso Robles man arrested on child molestation charges

Paso Robles Police Department arrested Paso Robles resident Hermelindo Martinez Sanchez, 41, on March 30 at the 500 block of 32nd Street in Paso Robles. Martinez Sanchez was arrested for aggravated sexual assault on a child with specific crimes, lewd acts with a child 14 or 15 years of age with the defendant being more than 10 years older, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 by force and rape by force and or fear, sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years of age by a person over 21 and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

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Six locals run the 122nd Boston Marathon

Paso Robles– Six locals competed in the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, braving harsh weather conditions with heavy rain and strong headwinds.

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Pacific Western Bank donates to the ‘BIG Event’ fundraiser

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is proud to announce Pacific Western Bank as the Presenting Sponsor for the eighth consecutive year for their “BIG Event” fundraiser on June 2. Their $6,000 gift brings the total to $42,000 in support of the agency’s mentoring programs.

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Shelby Sudbrink Memorial Foundation dinner and auction set for May 4

TEMPLETON —Her room was always a mess, she ate so many In-N-Out french fries she was pretty much a potato, she had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up your world. She loved to laugh and to live life to its fullest. That was Shelbs. Shelby Cora Sudbrink left this world too soon after an automobile accident on Jan. 6, 2017. She was just 17 years old. To honor her memory and the light she brought to everyone’s lives, through her laughter, her warmth, her open and welcoming soul, her talent on the field, court and classroom, the Shelby Sudbrink Memorial Scholarship Foundation was formed.

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PHOTOS: Arts Academy holds annual Ag Day

The Arts Academy at Bauer Speck recently hosted its annual Agriculture Day. Many volunteers from around the community came out to share their love and knowledge of agriculture with the Bobcats. Some of the more popular stations included sitting on a tractor, feeding and petting animals and milking cows. Students were asked to name their cows before milking them and came up with “Sky,” “Emily,” “Sprinkles,” and “Rainbow Dash.” (Contributed photos).

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Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting trees

NEBRASKA CITY — National Arbor Day is Friday, April 27 this year and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees. By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple, and red maple.

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APCD provides funding for cleaner school buses

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The SLO County Air Pollution Control District announced this week the availability of grant funding for school bus emission reduction projects. Since 2001, APCD grant funds have helped reduce pollution from 119 school buses in SLO County. This program is funded with local fees collected by the DMV, as well as state funds that are administered by the APCD. The primary goal of the program is to reduce the exposure of school children, as well as the general public, to both cancer-causing and smog-forming pollution. The program does not impose any regulatory requirements on school districts and their participation in the program is voluntary.

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Teen medevac to hospital

PASO ROBLES — A 16-year-old boy was riding in the Salinas Riverbed when he lost control of his bike on Sunday, April 15. “He was riding his motorcycle when he flipped over and flew over the handlebars.” said Steve Neumann, Supervisor for Aerial Support California Highway Patrol.

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Package theft suspect identified

PASO ROBLES — On Wednesday, April 11, at approximately 12:35 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a theft that had occurred earlier at a residence in the 500 block of Red Cloud Road. According to the reporting party, an unknown male suspect stole an unattended package from her front porch and the theft was captured on her home security surveillance system.

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Missing SLO man found deceased in Pozo OHV

POZO — On Monday, April 16, Wolfgang Wyatt Forbes, 23 of San Luis Obispo, was reported missing by his father to San Luis Obispo Police Department. Two off-duty firefighters who were riding their motorcycles at the popular Stair Step Summit Trail at the Pozo OHV area found a 1986 Suzuki Samurai on Tuesday, April 17.

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CenCal Health celebrates local health providers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — CenCal Health, the healthcare provider for nearly 180,000 Central Coast residents, marked its tenth anniversary operating in San Luis Obispo County with an evening of celebration and community recognitions on March 28.

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Child bicyclist collides with vehicle

TEMPLETON — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision involving a vehicle and a child on a bicycle that occurred in Templeton earlier this morning.

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Vendors needed at Main Street event

PASO ROBLES — Vendor spaces are available for an opportunity to indulge in the joys of recycled treasures in downtown Paso Robles and at the same time, enjoy the vintage sidecars, motorcycles and vintage British cars of days gone by. Collectors, dealers, crafters, and garden enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Recycled Treasures portion of our Vintage Sidecar, Recycled Treasures, Pre-1950 Motorcycles & Vintage British Cars event on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in the downtown city park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spaces are approximately 15 feet by 15 feet and cost $55 each. Admission is free to the public.

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Library to host info session about Volunteer Program

PASO ROBLES – The public is invited to attend the Paso Robles City Library’s Volunteer Program Information Session on Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Library Conference Room. The Library Volunteer Program, since 1995, has continued to grow and today is one of California’s most innovative models of volunteerism in library service. Learn about the kinds of work library volunteers do, how their service benefits the library, how volunteering in the library can benefit you, and how to become a library volunteer. A short tour of the library’s volunteer opportunities will be available after the program. Light refreshments will be served.

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Garden bed kits to be donated to local school

PASO ROBLES — Big Creek Lumber’s school garden grant program will award garden bed grants to ten schools in the area. This is the third year of the program, grant applications were filled out in the fall and winners were selected to have kits delivered in the spring. The garden kits include redwood lumber courtesy of Big Creek Lumber, soil courtesy of Sun Land Garden Products and garden tools courtesy of Orgill. All kits are being delivered directly to the schools so they can assemble and use immediately.

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Local artisans and growers wanted for Mission Market Place at the 2018 California Mid-State Fair

PASO ROBLES — Applications for the 2018 California Mid-State Fair’s Mission Market Place are now available! The Mission Market Place is designed to showcase local products, both fresh and value added. It will give twenty artisans and growers a home to showcase their locally grown, packaged and/or hand-crafted items to over 420,000 fairgoers. Product examples could include things like honey, lip balm, apples, pies and cheese.

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Paso seeks public input on downtown parking

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles has begun assessing downtown parking needs and is requesting community input to help identify potential solutions. Interested community members are encouraged to attend a public forum on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Library Conference Center, 1000 Spring St. The parking assessment will identify residential and business parking needs and potential solutions for the areas between 6th and 17th Streets and between Olive Street and Riverside Avenue. All residents, businesses, and property owners within the study area will receive meeting invitations by mail the week of April 1.

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TSA implements second security lane at airport

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Transportation Security Administration has begun operating a second security lane at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. This important move comes before the airport sees additional flights and larger planes. With the new bag screening lane, passengers are able to queue, divest and place their belongings through two different lanes. “The move allows our travelers to get through security faster than ever before,” said Kevin Bumen, CM, CAE, Director of Airports. “TSA is committing additional resources to our airport because they see how we’ve been growing, and continue to grow.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters appoints new CEO

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The Board of Directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County recently announced the appointment of the organization’s new CEO, Jenny Luciano. “We are so pleased to have new, talented leadership at the helm for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County,” Board President Dave Axberg said. “ Jenny brings a wealth of fundraising, program development, marketing and communications experience to the team. She will be a strong asset in the short and long-term as we grow the agency and invest in making more mentor matches for children facing adversity here in San Luis Obispo County.” “I am humbled and delighted to be selected as the new CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County,” Luciano said. “There are many children in our community that need our support. I am confident that through our partnership with the community that we can meet their needs and those of many more children in the future.”

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PHOTO: Paso Robles Police Officer Association gives to youth arts

Paso Robles Police Officers Association President Eric Azarvand presented a check to Vikki Mullins and the children of the Applause Children’s Theater on March 28. The check was a donation from the Officers and Dispatchers, who make up the association, to help support the performing arts and the youth of Paso Robles. (Contributed photo).

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Police seek package thief

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is asking for the public's assistance identifying a suspect who took a package from a home on the 500 block of Red Cloud Road on Wednesday, April 11 at around 12:16 p.m. If you have any information on this person, please contact the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464 and reference case# 181095.

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North County’s Most Wanted : Katz

Lyndee Rae Katz, 26, is wanted for violation of probation for possession of drugs on prison or jail grounds. Katz is white, 5' 09" tall, 115 pounds and her last known address is in Paso Robles. If you have information on her whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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Four vehicle accident at Cholame Y intersection

CHOLAME — A four-vehicle car collision involving eleven people occurred on Friday, April 6 on the SR-46 east, west of the Y intersection in Cholame. It was a cloudy, dry and dark day shortly after 5 a.m. when Catherine Ann Fox, 60, of Paso Robles was driving eastbound on SR 46 in her 2012 Chevy Cruze. When for an unknown reason she made a turning movement into the westbound lane traveling at an unknown speed. She then struck a 2011 Nissan that was driven by Moises Hernandez, 28, from Avenal. Fox's Cruze side swiped Hernandez's Nissan which caused him to lose control.

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Paso pimp nabbed in Illinois

MORRIS, ILL. — Former Paso Robles pimp Walter Thomas Jr., 44, was apprehended by Illinois State Police District 5 following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 east of Morris around 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 after fleeing from the authorities more than a month ago. He was arrested on a California warrant for human trafficking and brought to Grundy County Jail outside of Chicago. “The DA is going to be extraditing Thomas back to California,” Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis said. In early February, the Paso Robles Press reported that the police were looking for Thomas, also known as “Shaky,” in connection with an ongoing human trafficking investigation. He was last seen driving a silver Chrysler Pacifica in Paso Robles. It was thought that he might have been headed to Fresno or Clovis.

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Locals ‘Walk a Mile’ to end sexual assault

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and RISE is hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® – The International Men’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. It is often said, “You can’t understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” At the Walk a Mile events, SLO County residents will literally walk a mile in solidarity with those who have experienced gender-based violence.

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RSVP volunteer opportunity

TEMPLETON — Put your life experience to work with RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteers program. Join many other seniors, age 50+ and over, who are taking time to help improve the lives of others. RSVP can match your talents and interests with community needs. Locally the opportunity available is with the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center in Templeton. The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center needs backup and on-call help. Volunteers help package meals on Tuesdays and pack and deliver meals to San Luis Obispo. Wednesdays the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center needs help at the lunch counter, washing dishes and doing light office duties. They are looking for volunteers interested in health and wellness. Call (805) 544-8740 for information on the above opportunity.

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Students participate in Optimist Club speech contest

First Place was Lia Freed-Doerr (far left) of Templeton High School, second Place was Maria Vargas Roman (second from left) of Paso Robles High School, third Place went to Jesus Aron Nevarez (third from left) of Paso Robles High School, and fourth place was awarded to Atante Walker (far right) of Paso Robles High School.

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Paso appoints new fire chief

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Stornetta to lead its Emergency Services Department. Stornetta was born and raised in Atascadero, and is an Atascadero High School alum. He began his emergency services career in 1991 and proudly joined the Paso Robles Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic in 2001. Thereafter, he promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic and then to Battalion Chief, and has now served the City and citizens of Paso Robles full-time for over 17 years. Jonathan has acted as Interim Fire Chief since October 2017. After a competitive external recruitment process, which including six different panels over two days, City Manager Tom Frutchey has selected Jonathan to lead the Paso Robles Emergency Services Department.

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PHOTOS: Winifred Pifer Elementary fifth-graders hike at Pinnacles

Winifred Pifer Elementary fifth grade students recently traveled to the Pinnacles National Park. The students had the opportunity to hike and learn about the geological forces that shaped the landscape. They also observed condors and explored the caves.

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Little hands, big hearts make a difference

“Helping other people makes me feel happy because I’m helping someone that really needs something. It makes me feel a little like a superhero.” – Makai, age 7.

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Distraction group steals from Siegel’s Jewelry in Paso

PASO ROBLES – A group of thieves struck Siegel’s Jewelry Story some time between 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Paso Robles Police Department responded at approximately 6:30 p.m. to Siegel’s Jewelry Store, located at 739 12th Street in Paso Robles. According to the store’s owners, Ken and Kris Siegel, six individuals entered the store shortly before closing. The individuals distracted employees while simultaneously stealing an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

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Agencies work together to prepare for school shooters

PASO ROBLES — Thanks to years of planning and training, local law enforcement agencies say they are prepared for the possibility of an active shooter situation on campuses in the North County. Sheriff Ian Parkinson said he met with the county’s police chiefs a few years ago and together they created a three-year plan to improve response and notification of training with local schools and were able to fund training and equipment through the Department of Homeland Security. “Even though we are representing separate entities, the chiefs and I have always been on the same page on what we collectively we wanted to do,” Parkinson said.

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Extreme storm hits the North County

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A band of storms known as the ‘atmospheric river’ event started Tuesday and has continued to bring rain Thursday. The storm has caused widespread damage, road hazards and accidents throughout the region.

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The North County Technical Rescue Team rescue ready

PASO ROBLES — The North County Technical Rescue Team is always ready to get civilians out of harm’s way. Comprised of 14 members — seven from the Paso Robles Emergency Service Department and seven from the Atascadero Fire Department — the team was recently involved in a high-profile swiftwater rescue after a storm that occurred Thursday, March 22 caused the Salinas River to swell up sweep away several transients who were camping along the banks.

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Paso man assaults officers

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles resident Paul Laviel Woodward, 32, was arrested for threatening and resisting an executive officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance, violating a protective/stay away order and for a probation violation.

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Ten years of hands-free law: challenges remain

PASO ROBLES — Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide. Paso Robles Police Department will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving. Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction April 5 and 13 have been designated as the two statewide enforcement dates when law enforcement agencies will step up distracted driving enforcement activities. The California Department of Transportation will put distracted driving messages on the changeable message signs on freeways during April.

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Beware of phone scams

PASO ROBLES – With tax season in full swing, the Paso Robles Police Department would like to warn the public about various phone scams targeting local residents. The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

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Tour of Paso bike ride benefits cancer patients

Paso Robles — Seventy-three riders joined the tenth Annual Tour of Paso Founders Team Challenge on March 24. Tour of Paso bike ride proceeds benefits the Cancer Support Community of the Central Coast, a nonprofit organization in Templeton that offers many programs and support groups for cancer patients and their families free of charge. Riders enjoyed either a 26 or 50-mile ride through the back roads of Paso wine country, then had lunch at Niner Winery and enjoyed live music.

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Two boys arrested posting guns on Snapchat

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles police responded to Paso Robles High School Thursday morning to investigate reports that a 16-year-old former student was circulating photos via the social media app Snapchat depicting himself holding a pistol and displaying rifles. Students screen-captured the photos and showed them to school officials.

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‘Love Songs of WWII’ to take place at Warbird Museum

Paso Robles — Mike Chamberlin, aka the “The Signing TV Guy,” will be the dinner speaker and entertainer for the upcoming Estrella Warbird Museum dinner meeting April 4. “I have dedicated my musical life to honoring ‘The Greatest Generation.’ We owe everything to those who fought, served or died in WWII. So I honor them the only way I know how… through music and a show I call ‘Love Songs Of WWII.’” said Chamberlin.

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Most wanted suspect captured : North County's Most Wanted

PASO ROBLES — The Most Wanted subject from last week, Kevin Duckworth was arrested on March 9 by Paso Robles Police.

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Tolosa Children's Dental Center marks 15 years in operation

“The challenge is access to care,” Tolosa Executive Director Suzanne Russell said. “The children have coverage, but it’s insufficient to encourage private dentists to accept it in any volume to meet the need.”

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PHOTOS: PRHS Culinary students prepare for annual crab feed

Paso Robles High School Culinary students work throughout the year helping various community organizations by catering and working their events. Recently, the students served and helped prepare the annual crab feed held by Sunrise Rotary.

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Bomb Squad detonates suspicious package

SAN LUIS OBISPO - A suspicious package was located near the front door of the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m. Staff walking near the entrance noticed the suspicious package by the front door and immediately reported it. Jail staff recently received death threats associated with protests against several deaths at the jail over the past few years including that of Atascadero man Andrew Holland, who died in 2017 after being restrained for nearly 48 hours.

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Rainy morning causes several accidents

NORTH COUNTY — In the morning hours of March 13, there were several accidents due to the rain in the North County. At 7:45 a.m. there was a two-vehicle collision on Geneseo Road, south of SR-46, in Paso Robles. No one was injured. At 8 a.m. on Northbound Highway 101, north of SR-58, there was a solo vehicle collision with a minor injury. Also on Highway 101, north of SR-58, at 9 a.m., there was another solo vehicle with no injuries reported. Shortly at 9:15 a.m. on SR-46, east off Branch Road, there was another solo vehicle collision with no injuries reported.

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Paso Police officer and bystander rescue fire victim

PASO ROBLES – On Sunday, March 11 Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to an apartment fire at around 2:57 p.m. The fire was located at an apartment in a complex at 2041 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.

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Paso Robles East Side roads set to be paved

PASO ROBLES – The City of Paso Robles, Public Works Department has started the road repairs for the Bolen and south Trigo Lane neighborhood. These roads were constructed many years ago with inadequate infrastructure to accommodate the drainage issues, which is one of the reasons the surrounding pavement has deteriorated. In order to preserve the new re-paving work, the City will be installing concrete cross-gutters at various intersections within the neighborhood. In addition, there are also some localized areas where there is the need to perform some repairs by digging out the road surface, compacting the roadbed, and installing base. Once the cross-gutters are installed and the localized areas of repair are completed, then the entire road surface from curb to curb will be re-surfaced with new asphalt.

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North County's Most Wanted: March 9

Kevin Bruce Duckworth, 32, is wanted for first degree burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft over $950, receiving/purchasing stolen property, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition, committing a felony with a prior prison term within the last 5 years, obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Duckworth is White, 6’ tall, and 200 pounds. He is listed as a transient in North County. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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North County's Most Wanted: Update March 9

ATASCADERO — The Most Wanted subject from Nov. 15, Max Aaron Gerarden, has been arrested and booked into County Jail on Feb.. 7. Gerarden was wanted for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. His bail was set at $50,000. Alejandro Rey Sanchez, our Most Wanted subject from early February, was taken into custody by Atascadero Police Department.

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Paso Robles Recreation Services offers spring break camps

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Recreation Services will present two hands-on STEAM inspired spring break camps for local students beginning Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 at Centennial Park in Paso Robles. STEAM, the abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, art and math is an integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly and creatively, boosting problem-solving skills.

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Fire in Templeton extinguished

TEMPLETON — On March 7 in Templeton Cal Fire and SLO County Fire responded to a vegetation fire on Santa Rita Road at 12:50 p.m. At that time the fire had a slow rate of spread and was just a quarter-acre. At 1:11 p.m. Cal Fire updated its report that crews were making good progress and the fire was at three acres. By 1:25 p.m. Cal Fire gave its final update as firefighter crews had stopped the forward spread of the fire. Crews were expected to mop up the fire for another two hours.

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Community Volunteer Patrol Program orientation set for March 13

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department Community Volunteer Patrol Program (CVPP) is offering an opportunity for the public to learn more about the program and what these volunteers do to assist the Police Department. On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the CVPP will host an orientation program beginning at 7 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center at the Public Safety Center, 900 Park Street.

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Police chase suspect driving 140 mph

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — On the evening of March 6, Mario Oseguera, 19, from San Jose, fled from police in a 2003 red Mercedes C240, leading them on a chase that spanned many cities and two counties. California Highway Patrol Officers from King City, Air Operations, Templeton, and San Luis Obispo all assisted in on the pursuit with speeds hitting more than 140 miles per hour. At 9 p.m., CHP monitored radio traffic from a pursuit entering the North County from King City. The suspect’s vehicle evading authorities southbound on Highway 101. Oseguera was seen driving on the right shoulder of the highway to pass traffic and nearly collided with other vehicles on several occasions.

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Two injured in multi-vehicle accident in Shandon

SHANDON — On Monday, March 5 the California Highway Patrol Communication Center received a report at 5:47 a.m. of a head-on collision at the Shandon Rest Area on State Route 46. Per the California Highway Patrols report, when units arrived, the road was blocked between the rest area and Lucy Brown Road. At this location, both directions of travel utilize what will eventually be the westbound lanes on the northernmost portion of SR 46. The collision involved four vehicles, three of which were semi-trailer combinations.

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Vista Oaks Way residential structure fire

PASO ROBLES — A residential fire occurred on the 2000 block of Vista Oaks Way in Paso Robles on Saturday, March 3. Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the fire at approximately 11:30 p.m. First arriving firefighters found smoke and fire emanating from an exterior wall and spreading into the attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and worked to limit smoke and water damage to the rest of the structure.

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Deputy assaulted by inmate in County Jail

SAN LUIS OBISPO – An inmate at San Luis Obispo County Jail assaulted a correctional deputy Tuesday. The 26-year-old correctional deputy was moving inmates from one section of the jail to another around 12:30 p.m. when one of the inmates charged the deputy and began punching the him multiple times in the head and face. The Deputy was able to subdue the inmate, 27-year-old Joseph Allen Baker, of Nipomo. Other deputies arrived to assist and the deputy who was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. The deputy sustained injuries including a broken nose and an orbital fracture to his eye socket. The deputy is recovering at the hospital and the inmate, Baker has been re-arrested and is facing a new charge of assault on a peace officer.

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Early morning fatal accident near Shandon

SHANDON – Just after 6 a.m. Tuesday on Bitterwater Road north of SR-58, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was involved in a single-vehicle accident. Five passengers from Avenal were involved in the accident and one died at the scene. Veronica Ayala-Rea, 35, was driving the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Bitterwater Road, 12 miles north of SR-58. Ayala-Rea failed to handle a curve in the road and crossed into the other lane and onto the dirt shoulder before rolling over multiple times. Two passengers not wearing their seatbelts — Alexis Jovani Ayala, 19, and Maria Rodriguez Tovar, 49, who were ejected from the vehicle. Alexis Jovani Ayla was transported to Kern Valley Medical Center and Rodriguez Tovar to Sierra Vista Medical Center.

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Pilot crashes plane in field near Paso Robles Airport

PASO ROBLES – Tuesday evening at approximate 8:30 p.m. the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to an aircraft incident near the Paso Robles Airport. Arriving responders found an upright plane in a field just south of Dry Creek Road.

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Transient duo refuse to leave vacant home

PASO ROBLES — On Friday, Feb. 23 at approximately 12:10 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of suspicious persons loitering around a vacant home in the 1000 block of Caddie Lane. Upon arrival, police learned that an alert neighbor saw two people hanging around a house and was the one who reported the suspicious activity. These neighbors knew that the house was for sale and vacant and called the police when they noticed the activity. The neighbor told the officers that the suspicious people and a dog had last been seen going into the backyard of the home. Officers checked the house and found the door to the garage open and personal items scattered about. They could hear people running through the house to the second floor and barricading themselves inside one of the rooms. Officers also found that the suspects had abandoned their dog as they fled.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Central Coast Party Helpers

PASO ROBLES — The 2018 North County Wedding Expo Spring Show is this weekend. The Expo, in its third year, highlights northern San Luis Obispo County as a destination wedding location and features wedding professionals and venues from the area. This year, in response to the devastating fires and floods that shook the Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara communities, several vendors are offering discounts on their services to help brides who lost Venues or other wedding related necessities. Central Coast Party Helpers, one of the main sponsors for the 2018 Spring show, will offer 20 percent off their planning and staffing services. CCPH owner, Brigitte Faulkner, said she wanted to help brides from the two devastated areas, many of whom lost deposits on wedding related services due to the tragic weather related events.

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Proposed ballot ban on fracking and oil expansion

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Volunteers will begin gathering signatures today to place the “Protect Our Water, Air, and Land: Ban Fracking and Oil Expansion in SLO County” Initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The initiative is sponsored by the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County, a group of local volunteers working to protect local water, air and soil from pollution while encouraging a shift toward renewable energy, as called for in the county’s General Plan.

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Suspect wanted for stabbing

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Lucio Merino Cervantes, a 24-year old Paso Robles resident. Cervantes is suspected of stabbing another man during a fight in Paso Robles on Feb. 17. Twin Cities Community Hospital staff notified officers about the stabbing Saturday night, around 8:20 p.m., when the victim arrived for treatment. The victim and witnesses told investigators that Cervantes stabbed the victim while several men fought in front of a liquor store along the 3300 block of Spring St. earlier that evening.

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North County’s Most Wanted: Have you seen this man, Derek David White?

Derek David White, 27, is wanted for violating his probation for driving a car without consent. He is white, 6’ 05” tall, 190 pounds, and his last known address is in Cambria. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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Sheriffs seek San Miguel burglary suspect

SAN MIGUEL — On Feb. 12 at about 1:58 p.m., San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residential burglary report on the 1300 block of L Street in San Miguel. While conducting a follow-up investigation to the burglary, deputies attempted to contact Kevin Duckworth. Duckworth fled on foot from deputies. Deputies attempted to pursue Duckworth, however, Duckworth was able to evade deputies efforts.

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Fire damages Angus Street home

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Department responded to a residence at approximately 7:48 p.m., on Angus Street for a reported trash can fire that had been extinguished by the resident. The initial crew reported heavy smoke coming from attic vents above the garage area and a structure fire response was initiated. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one garage wall and the attic space above the garage, limiting the heat and smoke damage throughout the residence. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire. No firefighters or community members were injured.

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Man stabbed during altercation on Spring Street in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — On Sunday, Feb. 11, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a two males involved in a physical fight on the 3100 block of Spring St. Upon arrival, officers located one male adult victim with an apparent stab wound to his lower left back. The adult male suspect left in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival.

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Cal Fire provides funds to increase pace of dead tree removal projects

SACRAMENTO — Six million dollars have been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high-priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. CAL FIRE’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide the matching funds for counties to be able to tap into the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) administered by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The CAL FIRE LATM Grant Program will work cooperatively with the Cal OES CDAA program to increase reimbursement to high-priority counties to remove or fell dead and dying trees threatening public infrastructures, such as roads and buildings.

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Paso Robles couple arrested

PASO ROBLES — On Feb. 1 at 1:40 a.m., police were conducting a patrol at the Food-4-Less shopping center in Paso Robles when they noticed a man going through a dumpster, a violation of the municipal code. Officers approached the man, Daniel Lynn Otis, age 30 and noticed that he had a stroller with him. Police found an infant in the stroller under one year of age. During the investigation, they found that Otis was under the influence of a controlled substance. The officers conducted a welfare check on the child and discovered narcotics paraphernalia and a controlled substance in close proximity to the infant. Consequently, Otis was arrested on felony for child cruelty with possible injury or death, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

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$100 counterfeit bills exchanged in Paso store

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is requesting public assistance with locating two women who are suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills throughout Central Coast businesses. Janet Marie Deras and Ines Marie Jimenez allegedly attempted to pass two Counterfeit $100 bills On Jan. 31 at the J.C. Penny department store on Niblick Road. Deras, 21, and Jimenez, 30, attempted to spend the bills and claimed to have no idea that the money was fraudulent. The women were possibly accompanied by another person of interest, Joshua Lee Maddox, 38, who is associated with a yellow 2018 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Missing woman reported in SLO

UPDATE: It has been 40 days since Kristen Marti went missing. San Luis Obispo Police Department is still looking for her and posted a reminder on their Twitter page on Feb. 18. On Jan. 18, San Luis Obispo Police Department took a missing person’s report for Kristen Marti, 26, who has not been seen since Jan. 9. She was last seen on the 1800 block of Perfumo Canyon Road, in a parked maroon colored sedan, with an unknown adult aged male. Marti frequents hotels in the San Luis Obispo County area. Marti has not been in contact with family or friends since Jan. 9, which is unlike her.

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Men found dead in California Valley home

On Monday, Jan. 29 two individuals were found deceased in a residence located on the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail in California Valley. At approximately 11:17 a.m. the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased subject in a residence. Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Deputies, along with California Game and Fish and Wildlife Warden’s, found two deceased individuals, Edward Chavez Mendoza, age 70, a resident of California Valley and his son, Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr., age 37, also a resident of California Valley inside the home.

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PRJUSD elementary students honored at board meeting

The 44 students were honored, tripling the number of high-earning students from the previous year.

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All PRJUSD elementary students receive weekly dance

Janessa Harris, Vincent Palmer and Ella Walker strike a pose while taking part in the second grade dance team at Pat Butler Elementary.

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Brynn and Brittni Frace remembered

Atascadero — A celebration of life for Brittni and Brynn Frace will take place at the Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave. on Friday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

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TUSD warns parents after child is assaulted in Templeton

Dr. Koski, Superintendent of Templeton Unified School District issued a warning to parents this morning after a child was allegedly assaulted near her home in Templeton. “I want to alert you to a report of a stranger danger situation that occurred over the weekend,” Koski wrote in the statement. “On Saturday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a student was playing near her home on the 1200 block of Bennett Way in Templeton when a man grabbed her from behind. She screamed and the man put his hand over her mouth. She elbowed him in the stomach and he let go of her.”

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Pig rescue faces issues with local ordinance

“And they’re thinking they’re literally getting this tiny housepet,” K&M Mini Pot Belly Pig Rescue Owner Marilu Elder said. “What happens is they outgrow that 25 pounds, guaranteed, and they don’t want it anymore. It becomes a burden. A 50, 100 or 150 pound pet that nobody knows what to do with.”

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Photos: Liberty High students visit Fiscalini Ranch

Nineteen students from Liberty High School took a field trip to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve last week. The students were treated to a 2.5 plus mile hike through the coastal mountain range near Cambria over to the coastal bluffs.

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Paso Robles Assistant City Manager retires after 31 years

Her years in the City Manager’s Office have been characterized by challenges and opportunities in the extreme - the peak in the economy and growth in local businesses and economic development, the San Simeon earthquake and its after-effects; the Great Recession, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies; the development of the Uptown Specific Plan, Salinas River Corridor Plan, Paso ARTSFEST, recreational trails, and an increase in outdoor recreation and culture

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Additional Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Fire threatens homes on Creston Road Sunday

    CRESTON — Several small fires broke out in the afternoon along Creston Road on Sunday, Sept. 2, according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo. One of the fires at Creston and Neal Springs Road threatened houses and homes had to be evacuated. One vacant and abandoned home was fully involved in the blaze and destroyed, according to Chris Elms with Cal Fire SLO. “Engine companies were very quick to mitigate the threat to the houses,” Elms said. The fire was contained later in the evening before 8 p.m. and evacuated residents from the area were let allowed back into the home.

  • Jury finds Lopez guilty

    COUNTY — After being unable to reach a verdict on a charge of murder on Sept. 5, a jury convicted Gino Lopez, 23, of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the 2016 traffic collision that killed 16-year-old Grizzly Academy graduate Emily Monique Reyes on the Cuesta grade. A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Jury found Lopez, guilty of the following felonies on the fourth day of deliberations: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with an enhancement for fleeing the scene of the crime; driving under the influence of alcohol with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury to more than one victim; and leaving the scene of an accident. Lopez was the intoxicated driver of a vehicle carrying passenger Reyes, who died of her injuries sustained in a collision on the Cuesta grade on April 15, 2016. “The tragic and completely avoidable death of young Ms. Reyes is a sobering reminder that driving under the influence is deadly dangerous and will not be tolerated in San Luis Obispo County,” said SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow. “We are thankful for the difficult work carried out by this jury and we respect the fact that they were unable to reach a verdict on the charge of murder. The guilty verdicts are a just outcome and Mr. Lopez will no doubt carry the weight of his actions for the rest of his life.”

  • Templeton Library Association hosting book giveaway Sept. 1, 2 and 8

    The public is invited to attend a book giveaway on Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Book Room Annex located at 65 S. Main St., Ste. 102 (kitty-corner from Templeton Donuts). The sale will take place each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • FDA issues voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Mondelēz International, Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. and have initiated voluntarily recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. Additional information about each specific recall is available on the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/. The FDA recommends people discard or return any recalled product to the store where it was purchased.

  • Cal Poly to name Center for Wine and Viticulture in recognition of two key donors

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture.

  • Deputy District Attorney Wagner named Prosecutor of the Year by MADD

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office congratulates Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagner on his receiving the Prosecutor of the Year award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD has been advocating for victims of alcohol and drug impaired driving since 1980, primarily through victim support services and community education. The award is presented to a prosecutor who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and excellence in the prosecution of alcohol and drug impaired driving.

  • Grant funding available to clean up wood burning devices

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Funding is available countywide to replace old wood burning stove or fireplace. Applicants must live within San Luis Obispo County to replace their old, non-EPA-certified wood stoves, fireplace inserts or open-hearth fireplaces that are used as a primary source of heat with new, cleaner burning devices, such as EPA-certified wood stoves or inserts for natural gas or propane heating devices.

  • Six tips for new fathers

    Becoming a new father can feel a little overwhelming. There’s the lack of sleep, the added responsibilities, the loss of free time, and trying to balance it all. Fatherhood is one of the most wonderful experiences in life, and one of the most important for your child’s early development.

  • Senior volunteer opportunities to help the community

    NORTH COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Service (SVS). Join with many other seniors, age 50+ and over, who are taking time to help improve the lives of others. SVS can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at (805) 544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities.

  • Expect slow traffic during cruise

    PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department would like to remind the community that the Golden State Classics Car Cruise will take place on Friday, May 25. Motorists should plan for the following street closures: Spring Street will be closed from 6th to 23rd Streets from 3 until 8 p.m. Both 16th and 21st Streets east of Spring Street will also be impacted by cruise participant traffic from 4 until 6 p.m.

  • Hwy 101 San Miguel project continues with traffic switch

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A project to improve six miles of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts will continue on Wednesday, May 30 with a traffic switch to allow for the reconstruction of southbound US Highway 101 from 10th Street to the intersection with San Marcos Road. Temporary striping will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the full traffic switch expected in the afternoon.

  • Mustang driver collides with semi

    PASO ROBLES — The driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang died in a fatal collision with a semi truck Monday, April 30 on State Route 41 north of an olive farm near Cholame. The driver has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin.

  • Electronics business comes to Paso

    PASO ROBLES — Coast Electronics is pleased to announce the opening of their 3rd location in San Luis Obispo County located in the Williams Plaza in Paso Robles, 1171 Creston Road #109, phone: 805-369-2811 Website: coastelectronic.com(no “S”)

  • Roblan and Beautification of the Month for May honored at mixer

    PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their selection for Roblan of the Month and Beautification of the Month for May who was honored at the Membership Mixer hosted by PASO Magazine and the Pioneer Museum at the Museum on Wednesday, May 9. The Chamber recognizes worthy Roblans for their service and dedication to the betterment of our community. Roblans are a staple in community service, community action, and on-going community outreach.

  • Public invited to view curriculum

    The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) is conducting a public display of curriculum materials for grades 6-12. The public display will be held from now through May 18 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the district office located at 800 Niblick Road. The purpose of the public display is to provide the community the opportunity to give input on the recommended materials before submission to the PRJUSD Board of Trustees for adoption.

  • Board of Supervisors adopts road paving priority list for new SB 1

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — Earlier in April the Board of Supervisors took action approving the list of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 road paving projects for submittal to the California Transportation Commission required by the Road Repair and Accountability Act, Senate Bill 1 (SB1). The road segments have been selected from the five-year asphalt overlay list of the Pavement Management Program available at www.slocounty.ca.gov.

  • Police conduct saturation patrols for Cinco de Mayo

    NORTH COUNTY — In the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is often associated with parties and alcohol. If you’re celebrating with friends and family this weekend, remember that at the end of the night, you need to have a safe and sober ride home. Police, Sheriff and the CHP will be out in force looking for the telltale sign of impaired driving this weekend. In the rush to prepare for a night out, it’s easy to forget the most important Cinco de Mayo plan of all: designating a sober driver. Some may think they can play it by ear and wait until after the party has started to decide whether they’re “okay to drive.” By this point, it’s too late. Going out for a night of drinking without a plan for getting home safely is a recipe for disaster.

  • Caltrans improves Hwy 101 ramp at Las Tablas Rd

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Caltrans will begin a project tonight to install Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps at the southbound on-ramp to US Highway 101 at Las Tablas Road in Templeton.

  • Council takes no action on SB-54

    After receiving nearly four hours of public comment Tuesday night, the Paso Robles City Council ultimately decided to take no action on SB-54, the California Values Act, also known as the “Sanctuary State” law. The Council had considered opting out of SB-54, which prevents local law enforcement agencies from working in cooperation with Federal agencies to enforce immigration law, but instead decided to follow City staff’s recommendation and take no action.

  • YMCA jumps for kids’ health

    NORTH COUNTY — Hundreds of elementary school jump ropers from all over San Luis Obispo County will descend upon the Cuesta College gym Saturday, April 21 for the 10th Annual Jump-In Competition. This family-oriented competition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21. There will be healthy living displays and fun for the whole family. Sponsors for this event include Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Heal SLO and Cuesta College. Attendance is free to the public.

  • Assemblyman Cunningham praises Uber’s new App feature

    SACRAMENTO — Wednesday, Uber announced a new security feature that will allow users to contact 911 via the Uber app. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham praised the move as a step forward since a recent incident in San Luis Obispo when an Uber driver was charged for burglarizing and sexually assaulting four young victims.

  • APCD seeks input for grants

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is hosting a series of workshops to gain local community input on air protection grant funding opportunities in their areas.

  • Templeton yard sale this weekend

    TEMPLETON — Templeton’s annual community-wide yard sale Clutter to Cash is back. More than 75-100 garage and yard sales will be held throughout the community starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. This event is geared toward keeping unwanted, but useful things out of landfills. Remember: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The event promotes recycling, reuse and upcycling. Shoppers can find yard sale addresses and brief description of items for sale on printed maps that will be available this Friday, April 13 at Noon at the Templeton Community Services District Office, Templeton Market and Deli, and Templeton Donuts, as well as online at www.templetoncsd.org.

  • Numerous Highway 101 improvements coming in April

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A project to improve eight miles in both directions of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts in Monterey County will continue on Wednesday, April 11 with pothole repair in the following locations: Motorists traveling southbound on US Highway 101 will be realigned onto a different section of the highway near the San Marcos Road intersection on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Motorists traveling northbound on US Highway 101 will be realigned onto a different section of the highway near the San Marcos Road intersection on Thursday, April 12 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Motorists can expect delays in this area from 15 to 30 minutes. Motorists should allow extra time while traveling in this area.

  • State commission approves funding to Modernize Hwy. 46 at the Cholame ‘Y’

    CHOLAME — Recently the California Transportation Commission approved nearly $134 million in project funds to construct an overpass at the Cholame “Y” intersection on Highway 41/46. The deadly section of highway has been known locally as “blood alley” for years. Recently, a four-car collision involving 11 people left two dead and four with major injuries.

  • Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce to host 2018 Fun on the Farm Business Expo

    PASO ROBLES —The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their 2018 Business Expo. The Expo has gained recognition as a “must attend” business building and networking event. This year’s theme, Fun on the Farm, is sure to be a great time! Set for April 25, from 4–7 p.m., the event will be held at Kennedy Club Fitness - Paso Robles Adventure, 500 South River Road, Paso Robles. As in previous years, there will be food, wine and giveaways throughout the event. All in our community are invited and it is free to attend. In an effort to help with parking, there will be a shuttle provided from nearby parking lots, courtesy of Breakaway Tours.

  • USDA prioritizes investments to address opioid crisis in rural America

    DAVIS — USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann highlighted key efforts by the department to address opioid misuse in rural communities on April 4. “Opioid misuse has led to a dramatic decrease in quality of life, especially in rural areas where access to resources may be more limited,” said Vann. “We are working hard to bring all of our assets to the table in partnership with local efforts to help combat this epidemic where it is needed most.”

  • ‘Through the Vines Quilt Show’ set for April 21

    PASO ROBLES — Vines RV Resort recently announced their new “Through the Vines Quilt Show” on April 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for general public entry and a special Early Bird Entry with donation from 9 to 10 a.m. Vines RV Resort, just three miles north of Paso Robles off Hwy 101, will host this event in the two beautiful ballrooms and their Magnolia Beer and Wine Lounge, along with vendors in their spacious RV sites surrounding the Quilt Show. “We are pleased to have quilt vendors from some of the largest Shows on the west coast. Even if you are not a quilter, we have vendors that will interest all,” Cindy Wattenbarger, Manager of Vines RV Resort remarked.

  • Kids celebrated in two events

    THE NORTH COUNTY – The North County will celebrate children and families this April on March 20 by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors declared April the “Month of the Child” and “Child Abuse Prevention Month”. First 5 SLO County and all of its partners invite you to save the date for the upcoming events in the North County dedicated to our youngest citizens, and honoring their value in our community.

  • AAUW Paso annual home tours May 5

    PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) Annual Home Tour for Local Scholarships to take place on Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy the day touring three Paso Robles area homes chosen for their unique and distinctive features. Ticket Information: One ticket gives you access to all three homes. Refreshments are included. Advance tickets are $25, Day of Event tickets are $30, available at any of the homes. Advance Group Discount for five or more are $20 each. Directions to each home are included on the ticket. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: The Blenders women’s clothing store at 538 12th Street, Paso Robles, or by calling Bev Howe at (805) 239-1817.

  • County Libraries to hold food drive and forgive fines

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — County Public Libraries are once again celebrating National Library Week by helping to end hunger in our community. Food for Fines Week takes place April 9 to 14 at all county library branches, in partnership with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. One donation of non-perishable food will be worth $1 of overdue fines. There is no limit to how many overdue fines may be covered by food donations. However,

  • Local cheesemaker wins big

    PASO ROBLES — The World Cheese Competition is held in Wisconsin every other year. This is the largest International cheese competition in the world. This year’s contest drew a record-breaking 3,402 entries, 15 percent more than the 2016 competition, in 120 categories from 26 countries and 32 U.S. states. Central Coast Creamery won one Best in Class for Seascape, a mixed milk semi-soft cheese and one Second for Holey Cow, a creamy swiss cheese. This is the fifth best in class for Central Coast Creamery with four different cheeses. No other company in the United States has won Best in Class with four different cheeses. Central Coast Creamery is located in beautiful Paso Robles and is owned by Reggie and Kellie Jones of Templeton.

  • Ceremony for Almond Acres Charter Academy Maker Space on March 14

    SAN MIGUEL — Almond Acres Charter Academy will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Almond Acres’ Maker Space on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Almond Acres is co-located on the Lillian Larsen Campus at 1601 L Street in San Miguel. At the ribbon-cutting event, there will be a few “Maker” stations set-up for kids and their parents to get their hands on some of the Maker Space activities. At that same time, we will be kicking off the 2nd Annual Almond Acres Makers’ Faire, which will be held on campus in June.

  • Hearst Castle announces Spring tours

    San Simeon — Hearst Castle’s evening tours have just begun a new season. Visitors to the Castle will experience the magnificent site illuminated at night. The evening tours feature the Living History Program, which evokes the heyday of this great estate. Docents in elegant attire from the 1930s recreate a sense of the social life of William Randolph Hearst’s guests, as they socialize in the Assembly Room or other areas of the Castle. Other docents portray household staff attending to the needs of Mr. Hearst’s guests.

  • City of Paso Robles reaches 1,000 solar home installed

    PASO ROBLES — Last month, Paso Robles resident Dan Robinson decided he wanted to save money and do the right thing when he called Solarponics and applied for a solar energy permit to install solar on his home. Little did he know that his application would be the 1,000th alternative energy permit filed in the city of Paso Robles. With Mr. Robinson’s solar install, Paso became the first city to reach 1,000 installs in San Luis Obispo county. “These seven panels on my roof can do the same for me as a multi-billion dollar power plant… with no pollution,” says Mr. Robinson. “Solar makes so much sense on so many levels. It’s the right way to go.”

  • Paso Robles streets repaired

    PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles has completed five full years of Supplemental Sales Tax road repair projects and on February 20, 2018 the Paso Robles City Council approved new projects for the next phase of funding. Since 2012, over 100 streets have been repaired or replaced entirely, with construction and/or repairs to begin early this summer on 40 more streets.

  • Paso Police investigates possible threat at middle school

    Paso Robles — The Paso Robles Police Department completed an investigation into possible threats directed toward Lewis Middle School by a student. The PRPD, along with school district officials, have investigated this incident and do not believe the student poses a current threat to Lewis Middle School students or staff. Police have not specified the nature of the threat.

  • Hwy. 101 project in San Miguel continues

    San Miguel — A project to improve eight miles in both directions of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts in Monterey County will continue on Monday, Feb. 5 with construction/ramp closures taking place in the following locations: ·A traffic switch that started on Feb. 5 to allow for the widening of the outside northbound and southbound 10th Street bridges and for reconstruction of the northbound.

  • Flooding in Paso threatens homes

    PASO ROBLES — Water was found flowing from Pino Way down to Jackson Drive from a broken pipe caused by a vehicle accident in the evening hours on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services received notification at 8:37 p.m. from local police of a broken water main threatening to flood nearby residents of Jackson Drive and Union Road.

  • California Valley deaths ruled murder/sucide

    California Valley —The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the cause and manner of death of the father and son who were found deceased in their home in California Valley on Jan. 29.

  • Construction begins at Larry Moore Park

    Work is scheduled to begin this week to install a new playground and renovate the existing restroom at Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles. Larry Moore Park, located along the Salinas River Trail, was originally built in the 1990’s as part of the Riverbank housing development and included in the resident assessment-funded Landscape and Lighting District. In July 2016, after meeting with neighborhood residents, the park became part of the City parks system, with operations, maintenance and youth recreation programming being provided by the City of Paso Robles.

  • Blood Drive to be held at Walmart

    “Nobody expects to need blood, but it is important to ensure that it is available, especially during the holiday season,” said Mona Kleman, Senior Donor Recruitment Manager.

Let’s Pretend with Paso Rec Dept.

There was lots of imagination happening at Centennial Park during the second week of Let’s Pretend camps with Carmen Pangelinan of A Dream Party. Monster Monday featured homemade slime (complete with eyeballs) while Cars Land for Little Mechanics gave little ones the chance to drive on a race track, paint and decorate their own wooden car and win a racing trophy for their accomplishment. On Friday, little princesses enjoyed a magical tea party hosted by a beautiful princess. The girls enjoyed a magic show, story time, tea, treats and favors (along with a little etiquette lesson from the princess). The Let’s Pretend fun continues this fall with several classes planned October through December featuring kid’s favorite characters, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and activities. To learn more about fall recreation classes, visit www.prcity.com/recreation to view the interactive online guide. (Photos Contributed )


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