• 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.

  • Prescribed burns planned for local state parks

    The California Department of Parks and Recreation tentatively plans to conduct prescribed burns in several coastal state parks within San Luis Obispo County between Oct. 2 and May 31, 2019. The effort will be carried out in cooperation with Cal Fire, the Morro Bay Fire Department and the Air Pollution Control District.

  • A.M. Sun Solar recognized as Top Solar Contractor in County

    More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer A.M. Sun Solar was recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. A.M. Sun Solar achieved a rank of 223 out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list and is the highest ranked solar company in San Luis Obispo County.

  • Wellness Kitchen kids cooking program begins Oct. 15

    The Wellness Kitchen’s Lead Chef, Evan Vossler, has a passion for instilling in youth the importance of quality nutrition and cooking skills. If it were up to him, he’d teach courses such as this several times per year. Back in June, he co-led the Teen Cooking Program for ages 13 through 18 with wonderful feedback from kids and parents.

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Going to the playoffs

ATASCADERO — For the first time in the history of the program, the Atascadero High School girls golf team will be heading to the CIF playoffs. The playoff berth comes on the heels of another Atascadero girls first when they defeated San Luis Obispo at their home course of Chalk Mountain on Oct. 1 by a score of 244-249.

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Falcon 9 creates light display in night sky

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg had a successful 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. and the first land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch was postponed on Saturday to Sunday to provide the ideal launch conditions as well as the atmospheric one’s for the public to view it clearly.

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AHS alum inducted into Occidental Baseball Hall of Fame

Logan Allen graduated from Atascadero High School in 2009 as a two-sport star, the recipient of the Bud Ewing Scholarship and began his career as an Occidental Tiger. While a Greyhound, Allen was MVP and a workhorse of both Atascadero basketball and baseball. As a senior, he earned first-team all-county and first-team all-league while batting.432 with 11 doubles and 34 runs scored in only 27 games and earned the same awards for basketball as well as earning Southern Section All-CIF first team.

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AHS boys water polo No. 9 in D2

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds boys varsity water polo team has won four of their last five games, their lone loss coming to the seventh-ranked team in Division 1 in Arroyo Grande, and have climbed to ninth in the Division 2 CIF Central Section rankings according to Maxpreps.com.

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Medical dispensary seeks to operate in Santa Margarita

On Oct. 11 the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for a cannabis distribution facility and mobile delivery dispensary on El Camino Real in Santa Margarita near Highway 58.

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SLO County Airport named Best Airport/Transit Project

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport terminal project was named the Best Airport/Transit Project in Southern California and Hawaii by Engineering News-Record. The County’s airport was recognized on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Three panels of judges took weeks to determine the list of winners, reviewing more than 100 projects throughout California and Hawaii and ranking them on their contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality, and the ability of the project team to overcome challenges.

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Get a free flu shot on Oct. 21

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, City of Atascadero and Five Cities Fire Authority are partnering to present a free flu shot event on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way in Atascadero. Everyone age 3 years old and older is welcome to come get a free flu shot. No appointment is needed, and there are no requirements based on income or residency.

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New program allows taxpayers to pay annual property taxes in monthly installments

COUNTY — County Taxpayers can use Easy Smart Pay to make monthly payments for annual property taxes. Jim Erb, County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 16 the availability of Easy Smart Pay for county taxpayers who wish to make monthly payments toward their annual property tax bill, instead of paying in one or two installments per year. This program is designed for those who are not already paying through their lender or mortgage company. “California law doesn’t allow the County to accept monthly payments directly. That’s why we were happy to see Easy Smart Pay create a program that accepts monthly payments from taxpayers and then pays the County when the biannual payments are due,” said Erb.

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Disney Culture expert joins speaker lineup for Central Coast Economic Forecast

SAN LUIS OBISPO ─ Doug Lipp, retired head of training for Disney University, will join Beacon Economics analysts Chris Thornberg and Robert Kleinhenz on the speaker dais at the 2018 Central Coast Economic Forecast. The annual event will be held Friday, Nov. 2 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lipp is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Lipp inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. At the Forecast, he will discuss company culture, teamwork and inspiring creative thinking.

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Great California ShakeOut set for Oct. 18

STATE — The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to prepare and practice for an earthquake: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." California is at higher risk of earthquakes compared to the rest of the country. The Great California ShakeOut has been organized to encourage everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. ShakeOut is also a reminder for Californians to be prepared financially, such as by exploring earthquake insurance. The not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority offers earthquake insurance throughout California for homeowners, renters, mobile home owners and condo-unit owners. Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, access resources, receive email updates, and more at www.shakeout.org/california/. On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

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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.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-05-18

    I was fortunate to have attended one of the Bill Ostrander and Jordan Cunningham debates, and there is no doubt that Ostrander is our man to represent the Central Coast in the California Assembly.

  • Red Light Round Up

    Red Light Roundup Published Sept. 28

    Atascadero and Paso Robles police departments arrest logs published Sept. 28.

  • Opinion

    Commentary: I stand up for victims of sexual assault and abuse

    There are countless reasons why people who are sexually assaulted or abused do not report what happened. Lack of a “timely filed” report does not mean the abuse did not happen and those who do bravely come forward must be supported. This is not a partisan political issue. It is a culture issue.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 9-28-18

    I am endorsing Atascadero City Council Candidate Mark Dariz . Dariz has been my acquaintance for 27 years since the time he started at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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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)