• 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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Honor Flights looking for volunteers and passengers

Honor Flight of the Central Coast, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to honoring local veterans, with trips to Washington, D.C. is looking for guardians to fly with elder veterans during upcoming trips Of course, said Bear McGill, president of the organization’s Central Coast hub, World War II and Korean War veterans are being sought to apply for the next round of trips in May and June, but with the next trip already full, what’s really needed are volunteers willing to pay for their own seat on the three-day trip and aid the traveling vets on the journey.

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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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Public Health Department investigating bacterial meningitis case following Cuesta College student death

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A student living in San Luis Obispo and attending Cuesta College has died from presumed bacterial meningitis, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Laboratory testing to confirm this diagnosis is underway. Due to the serious nature of the illness, the Public Health Department is working with local hospitals, Cuesta College and people close to the student to identify any individuals who may have a potential risk of infection. Those individuals are receiving preventive antibiotics. “This loss is devastating for everyone involved,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer of the County of San Luis Obispo. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and everyone who cared about this young person.”

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Jury convicts Travis Dawson of drug and gun charges

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury Feb. 8 found Travis Ray Dawson of San Miguel guilty of transportation of methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of sale, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of methamphetamine, driving on a suspended license and providing false information to a peace officer, according to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office.

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RVs for Veterans program now operated by local Common Ground Worldwide

COUNTY — The program RVs for Veterans, originally created in 2013 by Hope’s Village of SLO, is now being run by local nonprofit Common Ground Worldwide. This program helps to connect unhoused veterans and their families with local individuals who have an unwanted motorhome, trailer, or fifth wheel they’d like to pass along to someone in need. It’s a simple gift from one person to another — no money is exchanged, and no liability is incurred. The nonprofit organization functions as a “matchmaker,” facilitating a connection between unhoused veterans and locals with RVs to pass along to them. Once the connection has been made, both parties go to the DMV together to transfer title, the new owner obtains insurance, and he or she drives off with a new home on wheels. To date, 85 people have been housed through this program.

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PHOTO: St. William’s Hobby Fellowship raised $4K and donated it to ECHO and Loaves and Fishes

St. William’s Catholic Church Hobby Fellowship group donated over $4,000 that was equally divided between ECHO Homeless Shelter and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. This creative craft group meets monthly to produce items that are sold at their annual boutique sale. From left to right is Wendy Lewis, ECHO CEO, receiving a check from Larry Stallings, St. William’s Catholic Church Hobby Fellowship Chair. Monica Innes, a member of the Hobby Fellowship Group is presenting a check to Loaves and Fishes President Tim Eckles. Back row, Father Edwin and ECHO Board President Eric Gobler.

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Public Health Department investigating bacterial meningitis case following Cuesta College student death

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A student living in San Luis Obispo and attending Cuesta College has died from presumed bacterial meningitis, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Laboratory testing to confirm this diagnosis is underway. Due to the serious nature of the illness, the Public Health Department is working with local hospitals, Cuesta College and people close to the student to identify any individuals who may have a potential risk of infection. Those individuals are receiving preventive antibiotics. “This loss is devastating for everyone involved,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer of the County of San Luis Obispo. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and everyone who cared about this young person.”

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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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    THS Drama offers ‘The Addams Family’

    Directed by Templeton Drama instructor Catherine Kingsbury, the play will be performed at the Templeton Performing Arts Center over two successive weekends: Thursdays through Saturdays, March 7-9 and March 14-16 at 7 p.m., with two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 16. Tickets are available at https://thsaddamsfamily.bpt.me.

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    Letters to the Editor 2-22-19

    The Film Fest is looking for new volunteers (and former) to help with a myriad of duties, before and during the March 12-17 SLO Film Fest. If you have some spare time (it doesn’t have to be a lot) and want to get involved, please go to our Volunteer page at slofilmfest.org and find out how to apply. Please pass on to anyone you know who might be interested.

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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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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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