• Letters to the Editor 9-21-18

    It is without reservation that I recommend Heather Newsom to be elected to the City Council of Atascadero.

  • Letters to the Editor 9-14-18

    With the impending closure of Diablo Canyon, I’m starting to get worried about what this really means for San Luis Obispo County. Over 1,500 jobs will be lost when Diablo Canyon is gone. This not only impacts the lives of those workers and their families, but it also impacts the small business owners in our area who rely on local customers. Likewise, the loss of tax revenue to our county could hurt our ability to receive things like a speedy response to an emergency.

  • Letters to the Editor 9-7-18

    John McCain said “nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself.” One of his favorite quotes was from Hemingway, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are stronger at the broken places.”

  • Letters to the Editor 8-17-18

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

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cunningham, Monning deserve thanks for securing Chalome 'Y' funding

    Editor, Our local Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and State Senator Bill Monning both deserve a great deal of credit for their role in securing $197 million in state transportation dollars for San Luis Obispo County to fund key improvements to the Cholame “Y” intersection of Highways 41 and 46. This section of highway is ominously known as “blood alley” due to the alarming number of fatal car crashes that have occurred there over the years and has badly needed upgrades for quite some time.

  • Immigration, politics and hope?

    Today’s column is on immigration, its importance to the country, the humanitarian side of it, how it’s being politically exploited, and hope for the future. We are a country of immigrants, from the Mayflower onward, waves coming from every corner of the world, always in search of a better life. Seeking religious freedom, economic improvement, searching for gold, fleeing famine, or fleeing tyrants, these are our citizens. Even forced immigration, i.e. slavery, was a migration. And every group faced challenges when they arrived, and every group made us more diverse, brought greater strength to the nation, and has made us who we are. Immigrants bring economic health to our country, from the labor force that works the less desirable jobs (the farm fields, construction, restaurants, packing houses, maids, et al) to the cream of the intelligent tech workers and students from diverse countries. They pay taxes (and Social Security that most will never see again), buy groceries, rent homes, buy cars, send their children to school, etc. And by being a willing labor source, they allow entrepreneurs with new business ideas to create new jobs and hire workers. Remember, its hard to be a boss if you can’t find any workers.

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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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