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

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

  • Vierra, Nimick in front in Templeton school board race

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

  • 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.

  • San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association celebrating 40 years

    The San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. Local farmers and food artisans will celebrate their success in providing produce from local family farms throughout the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley for the last four decades. The celebration will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, during the San Luis Obispo Saturday morning Farmers’ Market in the World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot from 8 to 10:45 a.m.

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Stanley returns to Música Del Rio on Nov. 3

James Lee Stanley returns to Música Del Río at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Atascadero. For information and reservations, call 805-466-6941 or visit our website at www.musicadelrio.org. Reservations are required. Donation of $20 at the door.

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North County Election Results

Below are general election results for North County races as of 12:48 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. These will be updated as more numbers are released by the San Luis Obispo County elections office.

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City renews Del Rio talk

t the Oct. 23 regular meeting, City Council got the first of three expected updates on what their planning staff has been working on to pick up the pieces. Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore’s explanation of the changing retail and commercial landscape since a “big box” retailer was first proposed at the location on El Camino Real mirrored some of the rationale the company itself cited in making the decision. Depending on who buys the property, now confirmed to be on the market, and what restrictions Wal-Mart imposes on the buyer through deed restrictions, final projects could still be a boon for the City, meshing what he termed as a visitor experience while shopping, with food and more service-oriented businesses.

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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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Atascadero fifth-graders feel SLO Wind

Fifth-grade classes from all of the Atascadero Unified School District poured onto yellow busses and headed down the Cuesta Grade on Friday, Oct. 26 to attend a concert at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center. While children might be stereotypically expected to think of classical music and orchestral performances as boring, enthusiasm and smiles only grew after SLO Winds Orchestra conductor Jennifer Martin asked for a show of hands by anyone from Atascadero, and explained that herself and several members of the ensemble were their neighbors.

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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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Local Church to host Alt Christmas Market, Nov. 11

ATASCADERO — Once again Atascadero United Methodist Church will host its annual Alternative Christmas Market on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Dexter Hall at 11 a.m. This Alternative Christmas Market is designed to purchase items for a friend or a relative that may have everything they ever wanted but you would still like to get them a gift during the holiday season. At the Alternative Christmas Market you may purchase an animal or a share of an animal with the Heifer Project— for vegetarians, you have the opportunity to purchase tree seedlings and honey bees. There is also gift cards which you may give to the person you wish to honor saying that an animal has been purchased in their name.

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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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    Letters to the Editor 11-09-18

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

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    Letters to the Editor 11-02-18

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

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    RTA awarded $6.2M DOT grant for new facility

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) received a $6.285 million grant on Sept. 25 to help fund the construction of a new administration and bus maintenance facility. “I am very appreciative of the partnerships that it took to procure the land for the new administration and maintenance facility, and this project would never have happened without the support of SLOCOG, CAPSLO and the City and County of San Luis Obispo,” said Geoff Straw, Executive Director of RTA. “This grant is a significant step forward in developing a long term solution for the RTA’s needs.” The grant comes as a result of the Federal Transit Administration Buses & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. The FTA received 255 applications for this grant and SLORTA received the largest amount in the State of California.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-26-18

    An article reported: “Yes on Measure G proponents have acknowledged that the language of the initiative is confusing.” I’m starting to wonder if the confusing language is on purpose because even Measure G supporters are confused about the initiative’s language. We’ve heard them give conflicting explanations about what kind of oil well maintenance Measure G does and doesn’t allow.

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    Weed abatement funds examined

    The weed abatement actions typically cost $37,000 in staff time, not counting the $24,000 spent on noticing and inspection before crews are needed, Rickard said. The report prepared by the City’s Fire and Emergency Services staff notes that the Fire Marshal conducts an initial weed inspection during the month of April of the approximately 11,188 parcels within the City, with notices then mailed to those deemed a potential threat.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-19-18

    As a small business owner, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it is to run a business on the Central Coast. But the cost of running a business here is only part of the problem. The other problem is how incredibly expensive it is to live in the Central Coast where few good-paying jobs exist.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-12-18

    A Better Atascadero hopes the voters will not go back. We have 2 choices for new city council members in this election. Please join us in voting for Heather Newsom and Mark Dariz. Atascadero will be even better.

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    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.

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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)


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