• Man attempts to abduct child in Templeton

    TEMPLETON — An attempted kidnapping occurred on Saturday, Jan. 20 at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of Bennett Way in Templeton. A 9-year-old girl who was playing in a mobile home park playground was approached by a Hispanic male who tried to grab her. She resisted and was able to break free and run home. The girl notified her family members who contacted the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The young girl described the man as a Hispanic male, unknown age, approximately 6-foot-tall with a thin build, black hair, bushy eyebrows and black facial hair. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and searched the neighborhood, but were unable to locate anyone matching the description. No witnesses have been identified at this time.

  • Teens and social media presentation held Thursday

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone with the savvy of a digital native, who not only stays abreast of the new platforms and their complexities, but who offers the full range of perspectives as far as the many issues they present families,” said A.M.S. Assistant Principal Will Wallace about Calandro. The idea for this forum came from A.M.S. counselors who recognized the need or social media education based on recent trends within the student body.

  • Mixed-use project headed to Council

    “The 400 square-foot commercial space on the ground floor of each unit could be used for offices, artist studios, or small retail commercial,” Senior Planner Callie Taylor said, adding the corner lot is approved for a drive-through car wash.

  • Teachers ask for fair pay

    “Our low salary standard in the county makes it hard to retain teachers — makes it hard to hire teachers,” AHS teacher Robin Dery said after presenting graphs of various teacher salaries..."

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Vehicle fire causes damage to garage

ATASCADERO — A garage fire was reported in the 9500 block of Casa Bella Court in Atascadero Saturday, Feb. 3. When firefighters entered through the garage door they found a vehicle on fire. Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the fire within 20 minutes.

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Men found dead in California Valley home

CALIFORNIA VALLEY — On Monday, Jan. 29 two individuals were found deceased in a residence located on the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail in California Valley. At approximately 11:17 a.m. the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased subject in a residence. Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Deputies, along with California Game and Fish and Wildlife Warden’s, found two deceased individuals, Edward Chavez Mendoza, age 70, a resident of California Valley and his son, Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr., age 37, also a resident of California Valley inside the home.

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AHS National Honors Students recognized at board meeting

AHS Principal Bill Neely recognized his 2017 National Honors Students and AP exam scholars at the last board meeting .

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Atascadero police officers battle Monterey Road Elementary’s winning teams

Monterey road’s recent lunchtime basketball tournament brought in more than 75 student participants. As a special incentive, winning teams of each tournament get to battle the Atascadero Police Officers in a final play off game.

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AUSD kindergarten enrollment begins

Soon-to-be kindergarteners who are five years of age on or before Sept. 1, and soon-to-be transitional kindergarteners who turn five years after Sept. 1 on or before Dec. 2 will be eligible to register at any of AUSD’s eight early elementary school programs, depending on each child’s school of residence.

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    US highway 101 preservation treatment continues next week

    ATASCADERO — A project to place a protective overlay on US Highway 101 from the Traffic Way Undercrossing in Atascadero to the Vineyard Drive Overcrossing in Templeton will continue through next week. This project which is designed to extend the life of the pavement was suspended earlier this winter due to colder temperatures which made resurfacing the highway unsuitable.

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    California Valley deaths ruled murder/sucide

    CALIFORNIA VALLEY —The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the cause and manner of death of the father and son who were found deceased in their home in California Valley on Jan. 29.

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    Atascadero man dies after flipping convertible on Highway 101

    A two-vehicle accident on Highway 101 in Atascadero Sunday afternoon left an elderly driver dead and his passenger with major injuries.

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    Road work at Highway 41 and Los Altos Road resumes after rain delay

    ATASCADERO — A project to extend the left-turn lane and reconstruct the intersection of State Route 41 from west of Los Altos Road to east of Old Morro Road will resume this week following delays due to rain in the area. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control at the intersection of State Route 41 at Los Altos Road beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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    Immigration, politics and hope?

    Today’s column is on immigration, its importance to the country, the humanitarian side of it, how it’s being politically exploited, and hope for the future. We are a country of immigrants, from the Mayflower onward, waves coming from every corner of the world, always in search of a better life. Seeking religious freedom, economic improvement, searching for gold, fleeing famine, or fleeing tyrants, these are our citizens. Even forced immigration, i.e. slavery, was a migration. And every group faced challenges when they arrived, and every group made us more diverse, brought greater strength to the nation, and has made us who we are.

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    AUSD examines new state budget

    “Last year there was a lot of conversation and pressure regarding special ed funding and they were supposed to take the year to study it — they didn’t,” AUSD Assistant Superintendent Jackie Martin said.

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    Planners recommend zoning changes

    ATASCADERO — At a meeting Tuesday evening the Atascadero Planning Commission took one small step toward making the downtown area pedestrian-friendly and attractive for businesses looking to develop retail, restaurant, service and entertainment outlets in the area. The board voted unanimously to recommended changes to the City’s zoning code — changes that the Atascadero City Council will consider at a future meeting. As recommended by City staff, the changes will require any developer looking to open an office or medical building in the downtown zone to apply for a conditional use permit, which would have to be approved by the planning commission. The changes will also disallow new residential developments on the ground floor in the northeast portion of downtown near the National Guard Armory, which were previously allowed and remove requirements for new businesses on East Mall to have a 20-foot setback from the sidewalk in addition to the 20-foot right-of-way that exists in order to preserve the “parkway” feel, Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore said.

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    Provisions of food for those in need at Santa Rosa Elementary location

    According to Kathy Peterson, a Kiwanis volunteer, her club is hoping more people find out about their food program. She said she’s seeing about 20 people showing up at the Santa Rosa parking lot each week, but they have plenty of food for more – an entire truck load of food.

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Father/daughter dance comes to Atascadero Lake Pavilion

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and others with special young ladies in their lives gathered at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion Friday and Saturday nights for an evening of music, dancing, desserts and more during Visit Atascadero's annual Father/daughter Dance.


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