• Local group forms Paso Food Co-Op

    Hungry? Good news: a new grocery shopping option is coming to the North County. Mobilized by a group of individuals who were dissatisfied with the grocery options available in the area, the Paso Food Co-Op is a community-owned grocery store with a mission to maximize the affordability, sustainability, and accessibility of local products. They are currently seeking members to become part owners of the state-registered co-op. Paso Robles food Co-op President Greg Ellis said that the main goal of the co-op is to “tap into the underground of local products that you would know of as a foodie, but isn’t available to regular folks right now.” He and the current members are “all just consumers who are dissatisfied with the limited selection of local groceries here. We feel that the north county has a great wine and food culture, and a lot of restaurants . . . but there’s not an equivalent in a grocery store that features the local, tastier options.”

  • Kelley off to Oregon

    After 42 years in Atascadero, former City Council Member and Mayor Pro-tem Bob Kelley is moving on. Over the past several years, Kelley and his wife, LaVonne, took several trips in their RV to Grant’s Pass, Ore., and fell in love with the area. When it ca

  • Call for artists: Zappas family sponsors $10K Atascadero mural project

    Artists are invited to submit a drawing to be produced into a 59’x16’ mural on a gas station wall off El Camino in downtown Atascadero. An optional 17’x16’ wall is available if needed for the design. The mural contest began in support of Women’s Equality

  • Autopsy: Woman who died after attending Lightning in a Bottle succumbed to LSD overdose

    The coroner's unit of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that the results of an autopsy on 20-year-old Baylee Gatlin, of Ventura, who died at Twin Cities Community Hospital on May 28 after attending the Lightning in a Bottle Music &

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Thomas Hill Organics

Where did Thomas Hill Organics’ new chef come from? Kurt Metzger, who now heads both the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo restaurants, was asking himself the same question after his red Corvette was rear ended a few years ago and a severe brain injury from a bad concussion wiped his memory clean. He was on his way home to Mission Hills from his restaurant, the wildly popular Kitchen 4140 in San Diego. The 44-year-old culinary talent who owned and operated his own restaurant on Morena Boulevard and was married to an absolutely gorgeous woman named Syrisa, had his life taken from him in that moment. Everything and everyone he knew was gone in a puff of smoke. Amnesia had erased it all: Being top of the class at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, cheffing at Roxxi’s in San Francisco and Bistro 45 in Pasadena, running Concept Catering for 15 years, working with Flavors of San Diego and dominating the annual “I Love Poke San Diego” Festival competition. Gone was his childhood, growing up as a twin near Pasadena, as the son of a Sergeant Major Ranger and loving mother who encouraged his cooking. He lost his father four years before, and when he called his mom, whose voice he didn’t recognize, she had to break the news to him again. He couldn’t remember that he’d been a foodie since he was a child, and had loved to prepare food before he had even become a teen. Friends he had, contacts he made, were taken aback and sometimes insulted when Metzger didn’t recognize them, and the menus which he had perfected were as foreign as the tastes of the ingredients that made up every dish. He and his brother had to start a friendship all over again.

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Punk rockers Rancid, Dropkick Murphys coming to Avila Beach

As part of the “From Boston to Berkeley tour,” punkers Rancid and Boston Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will be co-headlining in Avila Beach Resort at Friday, Aug. 18th at 5 p.m. We caught up with Dropkick Murphys lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwrit

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Valli Concert honors the voice of an angel in delectable style

I have a little thing for Italians. And I have another thing for concerts where you don’t have to stand or get elbowed in the forehead, especially those with really gorgeous food and wine and darling table decorations. So when I heard the falsetto legend

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Not a concert, a party

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood sold 30,000 tickets in a minute, and probably could have sold twice that many judging by the crowds at the Mid-State Fair on Thursday. In the press conference before the concerts, Garth and Trisha’s excitement for playing

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MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes

I grew up watching re-runs of the old Charlton Heston version of “Planet of the Apes,” full of rubber faced, horse riding, man-apes that held humans in bondage on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It was the pinnacle of sci-fi movie making magic in the late 60s.

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    Tacos and Trump: Trevor Noah comes to Paso

    The star of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah performed a stand up show on Saturday night from at Vina Robles Amphitheater. It was a perfect, Central Coast summer night. As Noah walked to center stage the last few minutes of daylight danced a

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    Spencer Howard drafted

    On Monday evening, the dreams of one local athlete came true. Spencer Howard, Cal Poly sophomore and former Templeton Eagle pitcher was drafted in the second round of the Major-League Baseball Draft. Taken with the 45th pick overall by the Phillies, accor

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Miss California Mid-State Fair Queen crowned at pageant

Fair festivities kicked off Tuesday with the 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant, where Adrianne Stultz, of Atascadero, was crowned queen. Taking the runner-up Princess spot was Suzanne Belton of Paso Robles and in the third spot, named Miss Congeniality, was Belle Caffee, of San Luis Obispo.


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