• APD: Seven arrested after search warrant is served

    Seven people were arrested after a search warrant was served Monday morning, March 18, in Atascadero, the Atascadero Police Department reported. At 7 a.m., the Atascadero Police Department with assistance from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team served a narcotics-related search warrant in the 5000 block of Olmeda Avenue.

  • Twin Cities Community Hospital offering free ‘Stop the Bleed’ courses

    The teams at Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center are utilizing the “Stop the Bleed” program to help educate the community on how to save lives. Sierra Vista is verified as a Level III Trauma Center and is San Luis Obispo County’s designated Trauma Center.

  • Loads of fun and great food at the Spaghetti Western Fundraiser for local scholarships

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — Join the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club at their annual Spaghetti-Western fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23. This event is family friendly. Enjoy Cafe Roma Pasta, Top Sirloin BBQ, Wine and Beer, Country Line Dancing, Western Movies, Sweet Shoppe and Cake Walk, Carnival Games for Children, and a Silent Auction.

  • Templeton’s 9th Annual Clutter to Cash Community-wide Yard Sale set for April 20

    Templeton’s Annual Community-wide Yard Sale Clutter to Cash is back! Over 75-100 garage and yard sales will be held throughout the community starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

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Girl loses life while walking on Highway 101

TEMPLETON — A 17-year-old Paso Robles girl walking northbound along Highway 101 on Tuesday, March 5, was hit and killed by a car, the California Highway Patrol reported. It had been a rainy and windy night when the driver, Bruce Wayne Eddy, 60, from Atascadero was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 101. Eddy was reportedly going approximately 60 mph when the teenager, who was walking on the right-hand shoulder, for reasons unknown suddenly stepped into the path of his vehicle. The collision occurred just north of Las Tablas Road at approximately 10:50 p.m.

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Five people rescued from Salinas River island

ATASCADERO — Five people were rescued Wednesday afternoon from an island in the Salinas River south of the Highway 41 bridge in Atascadero, the Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services reported. At approximately 4:31 p.m on Wednesday, March 6, the first arriving Atascadero fire engine found five people trapped on an island in the middle of the Salinas River adjacent to 6900 Sycamore Road.

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SJVC Atascadero campus ready for business

SJVC Atascadero offers accelerated, nine-month medical and business certificate programs, as well as job placement assistance for graduates and enrolled students. Tours of the campus building on March 7 focused on their learning resource center, computer labs, a student center where the reception was held, and medical labs that simulate real-world conditions.

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Crimes in Atascadero for Feb. 25 - March 3 include attempted robbery, possession of narcotic controlled substance and false imprisonment

Atascadero Police Department arrest logs published March 8, 2019.

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Council votes ‘No’ to staff time

In a 3-1 vote, with Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi absent and Councilwoman Susan Funk dissenting, the body denied the application from Eric Cleveland to rezone an Atascadero Avenue property for subdivision.

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Fundraiser for Col. Bill Hatch set for March 29

ATASCADERO — A barbecue in a bag fundraiser has been set for Friday, March 29, to honor Atascadero Kiwanis Club member Col. Bill Hatch. The purpose of the fundraiser is to defray the costs of extraordinary medical expenses incurred by the Hatches. Hatch is a past Kiwanis Club director, president and even the club’s candidate in a Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser. He has chaired the club’s nominating committee for a number of years.

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Sheriff’s Office seeks state OHV grant application, public input

COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the preliminary stages of applying for a California Department of Parks Off-Highway Grant. The grant title is “The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office Off-Highway Team.” The grant will be utilized to add critical equipment to better serve the off-highway community in San Luis Obispo County. The equipment will allow team members the ability to perform off-highway enforcement and education of the OHV Laws throughout the county of San Luis Obispo, in addition to being able to help with search and rescue missions should the need arise.

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Statement from Atascadero United Methodist Church about the greater denomination’s ruling at the General Conference

ST. LOUIS — Emotions are high around the country for those in the United Methodist Church in the wake of the greater denomination’s passing of a plan that excludes those who are part of the LGBTQIA community on Feb. 26 at its General Conference in St. Louis. “My heart breaks over the recent decision of the United Methodist General Conference to affirm a plan that does not at all reflect the UMC motto of ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” said the Rev. Diane Rehfield, pastor at Atascadero United Methodist Church. “Instead it paints the denomination as one with closed hearts, closed minds, and closed doors to some.” United Methodist delegates from churches around the world passed the Traditional Plan by a narrow margin: 438 to 384. The plan reaffirms the church’s bans on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and officiating or hosting same-sex marriages. The plan also increases the penalties and accountability for those that violate the bans. “My family has been a part of the UMC for several generations, and this is not the way I have ever experienced the church,” Rehfield said. “I want the community to know that at the Atascadero United Methodist Church, nothing has changed. All are welcome here, as equal partners in a congregation that seeks to do good work in this community, and throughout the world, following the example of Christ.”

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PHOTO: Dancing with Our Stars Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview of one of the 2019 Dancing with Our Stars entertaining vignettes choreographed by Frank Sanchez and starring Mia Sudmeier (center back) and dancers– Micah Steffenauer, Michelle Harms, Brenda May, Angela Cisneros and Susan Poteet. Atascadero’s Dancing with Our Stars is scheduled March 21, 22, 23 at the Pavilion on the Lake. This year’s exciting theme is Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80’s! Directed by Molly Comin. The evening kicks off with a social hour featuring Opolo wine, appetizers and silent auction, followed by Pacific Harvest catered dinner and the stellar show of the year! Purchase your tickets soon before they sell out. Tickets available online only at Eventbrite.com and ticket sales close March 13.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital seeking community members to serve on Patient and Family Advisory Council

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital is seeking community members to serve on its Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The council is instrumental in sharing perspectives, feedback and solutions in an effort to improve the overall patient experience. “The Patient and Family Advisory Council is a vital component to Twin Cities Community Hospital. We believe partnering with patients and families directly improves the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare, which is the key to excellent patient care,” said Carrie Vucasovich, RN, Director of Patient Experience at Twin Cities. “Input and involvement from the communities we serve provides important feedback to our programs and services.”

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    Recipes from the Heart: St. Patrick's Day

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    Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park Summer 2019 lineup announced

    The Templeton Community Services District released its line-up for the 20th annual Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park series. The 11 bands selected represent a diverse mix of music including rock, county, blues, funk, folk, R&B, reggae, and pop that organizers say will appeal to everyone.

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    Commentary: More a than just a band teacher

    I am writing to the community to hear my voice. Another great teacher and role model for our Paso Robles high school students has been dismissed. The Paso Robles High School administration along with the school board will not be renewing the contract for Mr. McDonald, an amazing band teacher. Mr. McDonald is more than just a band teacher. His passion for each student he teaches truly makes a difference in their lives.

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    Bank of the Sierra awards $25K in grants to non-profits in coastal markets during fourth quarter

    PORTERVILLE — Bank of the Sierra announced Monday that $25,000 was given to seven nonprofits in the bank’s coastal markets during the fourth quarter. The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-20 non-profit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant program. Overall in the fourth quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $59,000 to non-profits in eight counties it serves. RISE San Luis Obispo County will use a Sierra Grant to support participation in Camp HOPE America. This camping and mentoring program offers healing to children and adults who have been impacted by family violence. Grant funds will pay for accommodations, meals, and programs for several campers, counselors, site coordinators, and more.

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    Charges filed against CMC escapee David Grayhall

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — David Gregory Grayhall, 26, who escaped from the California Men’s Colony (CMC) on Oct. 30, 2018, was charged with escaping custody, vehicle theft, and having a prior violent under the three-strikes law, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Grayhall was serving a five-year sentence at CMC after a conviction in Los Angeles County. Grayhall fled the prison while on work duty and stole one of the facility’s vehicles for his escape. The stolen van was located in Los Angeles, where several family members of Grayhall reside. After further investigation by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CMC staff, Grayhall was peacefully apprehended in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 2018.

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    Dedication ceremony for Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gym

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — A special dedication ceremony for the Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gymnasium was held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus. In July of 2018, the Cuesta College Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Gymnasium (Building 1400) as the Dr. Gilbert H. Stork Gymnasium to honor the 50-plus year legacy of Gilbert H. Stork, upon his retirement as Superintendent/President of Cuesta College. The naming recognizes the depth and breadth of Stork’s work and his unique contributions to support student success, which began in the athletic department. “Dr. Stork is the longest-serving employee in Cuesta College’s history and is commended for his untiring and selfless commitment to higher education, to Cuesta College, and to the San Luis Obispo County community,” said Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. Barbara George.

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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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