• TAAG election set for Saturday, March 2

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

  • Twin Cities Hospital looks at ER wait times

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

  • City passes official audit

    The audit firm of Moss, Levy, and Hartzheim reported that they’d performed a full audit of the City’s financial statements and found that the municipality had presented fairly and accurately their financial position, “and further, that the reporting was in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.”

  • Longtime library donor leaves final gift creating legacy

    Templeton Community Library Association received a gift of $865,000 from the estate of Margaret Anderson Radunich for their library building fund. Radunich was a longtime member and donor and her final bequeath brings the total of her contributions to the Templeton Community Library Association to over $1 Million.

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15th Annual Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance

“Dancing In Wonderland,” the City’s 15th annual presentation of their Father- Daughter Dance was held at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on Feb. 1 and 2. No “Mad Hatter” was in attendance although the ambiance suggested he may have been about at some point. A few fathers did don cowboy hats and bolo ties for the occasion. The event expanded to two days five years ago as popularity grew and the first night on Friday was again sold out for the under-12s to join dad for a semi-formal evening out this year.

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Crimes in Atascadero for Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 include DUI, unauthorized entry in dwelling house and disorderly conduct/drunk in public

Atascadero Police Department arrest logs published Feb. 8, 2019.

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Robert (Bob) C. Baker

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert (Bob) Cornelius Baker announces his passing on Jan. 7, 2019, in Atascadero, Calif. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 60 years, Donna, and his children Jeff (Dedie) Baker of El Cajon, Calif., and Cindy (Mark) Frauenheim of San Luis Obispo, Calif. He will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Carsten, Anna, Michael, Marissa, and Matthew, and brother Don Baker. Bob was preceded in death by his son Steven and his brother Bruce. Bob will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.

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Susan Funk dances her way from City Hall to the Pavilion

ATASCADERO — The last time Susan Funk “performed” as a dancer it was a wedding waltz with her new husband, Gordon, 24 years ago. And sharp eyes have spotted her as an enthusiastic participant in group dancing during free concerts this summer at Atascadero Lake Park. But now Susan is entering the ranks of those brave women and men who have no “real” dance performance experience but are willing to go public as a Community Star, participating in Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS) to support a worthy, local non-profit. The funds that Susan secures will help underwrite AAUW’s scholarship program. Susan shares: “I love the work AAUW is doing to empower girls and women in their education. I have been blessed with wonderful educational opportunities myself and I know how powerful it can be to get a little extra encouragement or support at the right time.”

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Templeton boys league champions

TEMPELTON —The celebration began when the clock hit triple zeros Tuesday night for the first time in 14 years as the Templeton Eagles boys basketball team claimed a share of the crown in the inaugural season of Ocean League after defeating Nipomo, 63-54.

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Survey finds 18 million trees died in California in 2018

VALLEJO — The USDA Forest Service announced Monday, Feb. 11, that an additional 18 million trees, mostly conifers, died in California since fall 2017. Over 147 million trees have died across 9.7 million acres of federal, state, local and private lands in California since the drought began in 2010. Since 2016, federal, state, and local partners have felled 1.5 million dead trees, primarily those posing the highest hazards to life and property.

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Home Winemaking Competition registration now open for the fair

PASO ROBLES — The California Mid-State Fair Home Winemaking Competition is now accepting entries. The competition will take place in May and feature wines made from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The wines are separated into six categories: white, rose/blanc, red, dessert, wines made with fruit other than grapes and sparkling. The categories are then separated into classes by varietal.

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Sheriffs have a new Jail Health Care Service Provider

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Wellpath as the new contracted provider for Jail Health Care Services, officially starting Feb. 1. Wellpath has been preparing to transition health care services over the past few months after finalizing a contract on Dec. 11, 2018. The services outlined in the contract include: medical, behavioral health, and dental care, and are consistent with the national standard of Jail Health Care as defined by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). The decision to contract out Jail Health Care Services was made by the Board of Supervisors in September of 2018 after a process of research and deliberation about the best way to deliver high-quality inmate care.

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2019 Central Coast Olive Oil Competition new Early Bird registration available now until Friday, March 22

PASO ROBLES —The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair and in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, is now accepting entries. The 11th annual competition will take place in April 2019 and will be featuring olive oil from across the state of California.

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County wildfire reduction planning continues for 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit has identified goals for wildfire prevention in San Luis Obispo County for 2019. With an ever-present need for wildfire readiness in our county, Fire Chief Scotty Jalbert has prioritized a few proactive measures to reduce the threat of wildfire this year. This year’s plan includes:

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    Local programs and area agencies are looking for volunteers

    COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Services and Central Coast Community Volunteers. Join many seniors, age 50 and over, who are taking the time to help improve the lives of others. SVS and CCCV can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at 805-544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities. RSVP — Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 55-and-older Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display — looking for volunteers that love aircraft (old & new) and old cars. You might enjoy joining our family of volunteers as a docent. Little training is necessary and lots of knowledge is available in Paso Robles. Senior Peer Counseling — The Senior Peer Counseling program at Wilshire Community Services trains volunteers age 55+ to provide free in-home supportive counseling to seniors. Peer Counselors offer skilled listening and guidance to help older adults navigate the ups and downs of aging.

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    SLO County Regional Airport sets new passenger record

    COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) saw 485,911 passengers come through its doors in 2018. The amount is 19.2 percent higher than 2017’s 407,696 passengers, and sets the record for the most annual passengers in the airport’s history. United Airlines enforced its position as the airport’s largest carrier, adding a second daily flight to Denver and bringing in larger planes on existing routes in 2018. With a total of ten daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, the airline flew 279,326 passengers last year. American Airlines, which flies four flights a day to Phoenix, carried 158,780 passengers; Alaska Airline’s daily flight to Seattle carried 47,805. October was the airport’s best month of the year, as 46,514 total travelers passed through the terminal.

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    County studies fire protection services in special districts

    COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo presented a study to the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 15 that evaluated the fire protection services of certain special districts in SLO County. The report described the challenges to sustainability, and impact to the County and County Fire Department if one, or more, special district elects to discontinue providing fire protection services. At the Board’s direction, District 1 Supervisor John Peschong and District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson will work together in an ad-hoc capacity to evaluate steps moving forward and report back to the Board at a future date.

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    Atascadero Warming Center needs you

    ATASCADERO — Homeless in North County need your help. We are looking for volunteers who can chaperone at our Warming Center to help provide people who are suffering from homelessness a warm, safe place to sleep. The Warming Center is located at Dove Creek Church of the Nazarene and is typically open nights when the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or when it’s raining. We need two chaperones per shift—There are two shifts per night—7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. The Center provides a warm, safe place from the elements during the winter months with a nice dinner meal, breakfast, and a bag lunch for the next day. There are typically 24 -28 people at any given night.

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    2019 Burn season opens for fire hazard reduction

    ATASCADERO — Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services has officially opened the Fire Hazard Reduction Burn Season. A reminder that the burn day status, whether it is a permissive burn day or not, changes daily and is determined by the California Air Resources Board and north county weather conditions. Residents must obtain the daily burn day status by calling 805-461-5070, Option 8. Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services strongly encourages residents to utilize alternative forms of disposal, such as the Waste Alternatives’ Green Waste recycling container or the Chicago Grade Landfill. Burning should be used as a last resort.

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    It’s not too late to save on property taxes

    COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Assessor Tom Bordonaro Jr. would like to remind all homeowners, disabled veterans and eligible non-profit organizations that they may file claims for property tax exemptions. The Homeowner’s Exemption exempts up to $7,000 in taxable value of a property if the claim is timely filed (or postmarked by Feb. 15,) and up to $5,600 if filed late (postmarked by Dec.10, 2019). If you received your Homeowner’s Exemption last year, and you still own and occupy the same property this year, you do not need to file again. Your exemption automatically remains in place.

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    Flu activity is increasing in SLO County

    COUNTY — As influenza activity increases nationwide and in San Luis Obispo County, the County Public Health Department reminds residents to take common-sense precautions to protect themselves and the community from the flu. This reminder follows a recent increase in local laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and the death of one San Luis Obispo County resident from complications of the flu. The resident was over age 60 and had several underlying conditions that make people more vulnerable to severe complications of influenza.

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    A vehicle crashed into a power pole, closes SR41 for most of the day

    ATASCADERO — A vehicle collision at Old Morro Road on Jan. 24 caused State Route 41 to be closed for most of the day, according to Caltrans. At about 3:21 a.m. a solo driver in a 2015 Mazda 3, collided with a power pole on Highway 41. The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Where he was treated and released.

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Atascadero Holds first National Night Out

The City of Atascadero Police Department joined a national tradition on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with their first-ever Night Out event at Colony Park.Atascadero’s Night Out is part of an annual event dating to 1984, the community-building campaign aims to ‘promote neighborhood safety and police-community partnerships.’ Boy Scouts, members of the city’s police ‘explorer’ program, area nonprofits and businesses hosted booths at the first Night Out Event at Colony Park. (Photos by Rick Evans)