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Local photographer Rick Evans captures Yosemite ‘firefall’

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- For a few days each year in February, when the sun is at just the right angle and there's a break in the seasonal rains, Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Falls lights up with the colors of the sunset in an event known as "the firefall."
Local photographer Rick Evans recently traveled to Yosemite with friends and was

City seeks feedback on Eagle Ranch impact report

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- The City of Atascadero is seeking public input on a recently completed Environmental Impact Report for Eagle Ranch, a 3,457-acre swath of open land south of the city that could be completely transformed under plans for future development.
Plans for the property include several phases of development, which will be implemented over the next 20 to 35

Parks grant could pay for inclusive playground

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously at a meeting Feb. 14 to approve a grant application that could potentially pay for the construction of Parent's for Joy's project to build an inclusive playground at Colony Park designed for children with special needs.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development offers the grant as an incentive for

Suspected DUI stop brings Highway 101 traffic to a standstill

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
TEMPLETON -- Traffic in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near the Vineyard Drive exit in Templeton was brought to a standstill just after 8 a.m. this morning as officers with the Atascadero Police Department conducted a traffic stop.
According to information provided by California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Patrick Seebart, an officer with the Atascadero Police Department

STORM WATCH: Multiple accidents reported on Highway 101; powerful storm expected to hit this afternoon

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
NORTH COUNTY -- As the first wave of a storm hits the region the North County has already taken a beating with several vehicle accidents being reported on Highway 101 and there's a possibility of damaging winds and several more inches of rain as the main portion of the storm hits this afternoon and evening.
The California Highway Patrol

Truck blows over near Shandon

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
The California Highway patrol is report that a semi truck and trailer blew over in high winds at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 46 east near Shandon and traffic lanes are blocked. They have also received reports of a second collision one mile north of the overturned truck. No further information was immediately available.

North County Wedding Expo returns Sunday

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
NORTH COUNTY -- Love continues to fill the air this week as newly engaged couples and future brides prepare for their big day at the North County Wedding Expo, which returns for its second year at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. This free event, open to the public, promises

Sweethearts stroll downtown

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Although attendance was sparse, several couples braved the rainy weather to walk hand-in-hand around downtown Atascadero on Saturday, Feb. 11, during Atascadero Main Street's Sweetheart Stroll event. Seventeen different merchants participated in the event along with 16 partnering wineries that poured glasses for strolling couples. Cal Poly students Nicholas Creber and Hannah Hester, pictured above, visited Atascadero for the first

Walmart not coming to Atascadero: Retailer cancels plans to build store

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- After being in the works for more than a decade, Walmart representatives announced last week that the retailer would not be moving forward with a planned store at the corner of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road in Atascadero.
Walmart first submitted plans for a store in the city in 2007 and the final plans were approved

Council OKs $1.9 million for shelter: City to join effort to build animal facility in SLO

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- The City of Atascadero will contribute more than $1.9 million toward the construction of a new animal shelter in San Luis Obispo after the City Council voted 3-1 to approve the plan Tuesday. Council member Roberta Fonzi voted against the proposal and council member Heather Moreno was absent.
The new facility will replace the original animal shelter,

Highway 41 reopens after month-long closure

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero is now officially reopened after being closed since early January when heavy rain caused a series of rockslides along the road.
According to Caltrans, motorists should expect one-way reversing traffic delays Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., as additional work is completed.

Give Fitness challenges locals to raise money for charities

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- Since Jan. 1, Atascadero's Give Fitness has been challenging residents to complete a series of challenges to raise money for 10 local nonprofit organizations.
The program is social media-driven said Give Fitness owner Josh Donovan. Each of the challenges has a unique hashtag and when participants use the tag while posting a photo or video of themselves

Seven men arrested for Atascadero home invasion, robbery

Posted: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017
ATASCADERO -- Seven men from Northern and Southern California were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly impersonating law enforcement while invading and robbing a home in Atascadero.
Atascadero police responded to a home on the 8400 block of San Gregorio Road at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a home invasion. Officers were on scene within

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