• Volunteers needed for annual creek, river cleanup day

    ATASCADERO — Community volunteers are once again being sought out to participate in the annual Atascadero Creek and River Clean-up event to take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Atascadero Mutual Water Company yard, 6575 Sycamore Road. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and work begins promptly at 9 a.m. All volunteers should remember to bring work gloves, sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a small backpack to carry water. Volunteers will be provided with water, refreshments and snacks, as well as lunch upon conclusion of the event at noon.

  • Fatal collision on Cuesta Grade

    According to information provided by the California Highway Patrol, Robert Dave Jones II, 19, of Fresno was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion, when he executed an unsafe turning movement to the right due to alleged intoxication.

  • 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

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Pure Silver

“I was just checking the place out because I was so enthralled. He had all these old tools, and he goes, ‘Hey – you wanna try that?’ and I had already picked up some metal in our class before and tried it earlier, and so I had some idea what to do, so he got excited and hired me… I just fell into something that most people wouldn’t have the chance to fall into.” – Randy Stromsoe

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Love’s longevity performed

Jenny Shaheen said the first time she read Sharr White’s script she was blown away. “He just has the ability to write from a very real and honest place,” she said.

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Earth Wind & Fire: Funk legends bring message of peace and love to Vina Robles

Earth, Wind & Fire played at Vina Robles on the Tuesday, on the nineteenth of September. It was surreal, to me, since arguably their most popular song is titled “September” and begins with the lyrics “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” They may have missed the marquee night by two, but it was still incredible that they chose the small city of Paso Robles to play so close to the famous night, even if it is 46 years after the debut of the hit song.

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TOPGUN instructor and Navy Pilot Hal “Bull” Schmitt

“Yes, it’s a business, but it should be fun,” he said. “I really believe more than anything that wine is made for drinking, and it should be a social experience. Yes, you can drink on your own, but it’s better when you have family and friends around. That’s how we approach everything.” –Hal Schmitt

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Whale Rock: Castoro's gift to local students

The California certified organic winery and music hub of the area, Castoro Cellars, is on it’s fifth year of bringing back an all ages soulful event, something reminiscent of the groovy 60s. Castoro’s Udsen family doesn’t make a penny on the Whale Rock Festival. All profits benefit Templeton school music education. The Whale Rock Music Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16, beginning at noon each day. Tickets for the first day are almost sold out. The festival (formerly known as Beaverstock) will have it’s usual mostly Central Coastal lineup of country western, folk, eclectic, soul, global and funk banks at the same time as gatherings and meetups for yoga classes, as well as art, food, and wine to discover. Aside from the new name, a little marketplace with local vendors will debut, and a trippy ‘Silent Disco’ experience, where headphone gear accompanies a dance party under a tent of contrasting boogie moves.

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  • Obituaries

    Harold E. Ford

    Born on August 15, 1922 in Otsego, Ohio, he went to the Lord on August 31, 2017 in Paso Robles. Survived by his wife Dolores Ford and his children, Shirley Todd, Ann Wright, and Mark Ford. He was married to Dolores Ford, the love of his life for 54 years. He was a hard working devoted family man. He was a proud veteran of both World War ll and the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino, and fishing. He will be most remembered for his generous heart, kind spirit, and sense of humor. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass at Saint Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles on Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s, or Red Cross.

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    A bridge to nowhere?

    This week construction began in earnest on the Colony Plaza project and a new footbridge was installed across Atascadero Creek, joining Colony Square (home of Galaxy Theater) with a new plaza and parking area on the north side of the creek and the Sunken Gardens beyond. The bridge has been the subject of a lot of controversy in the community and criticisms that it’s a “bridge to nowhere,” connecting one empty lot to another and within half a block of another bridge in either direction to boot. But I don’t think the critics are seeing the bigger picture — the bridge is just another baby step toward the transformation of the downtown area.

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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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