• Bethel Lutheran’s Santa Lucia Smorgasbord and Festival is Dec. 9

    Bethel Lutheran Church, Templeton, invites the public of all ages to a seasonal Santa Lucia Smorgasbord and Festival on Sunday, Dec. 9. Free of charge, the event, at the Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main St., features caroling, hot chocolate, talent show, children’s activities and more, 3-5 p.m., followed by a community potluck, 5 p.m. The afternoon also features the Templeton Ukulele Club.

  • Vierra, Nimick in front in Templeton school board race

    Templeton Unified School District Governing Board challenger Matt Vierra and incumbent Jan Nimick received the most votes in Tuesday’s general election. Vierra, a fire marshall, led the way with 1,650 votes (32.70 percent) and Nimick, who works at Diablo Power Plant, received 1,263 votes (25.03 percent), as of Wednesday mornings report from the San Luis Obispo County elections office.

  • Local programs and 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.

  • 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.

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North County Election Results

Below are general election results for North County races as of 12:48 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. These will be updated as more numbers are released by the San Luis Obispo County elections office.

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Kania looks to past and future

Kania explains he started ramping up his level of community service shortly after moving his family to Atascadero to become maintenance supervisor at the Topaz Solar Farm. At the time it was the largest facility of its kind anywhere in the world and presented a great opportunity, said the 20-year Navy veteran, to be part of the future in his second career.

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Fine Arts Academy premieres in documentary

After over a year of outreach, interviews, and digital video editing, he’s ready to announce a premiere date for his documentary video, “The Atascadero Fine Arts Academy – A Jewel of a School,” at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Galaxy Theatre in downtown Atascadero. Admission will be free but, he adds, donations will be gratefully accepted.

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1122: Prohibition-era speakeasy with a mod-steampunk twist in Paso Robles

The blind pig, juice joints, and speakeasies of the prohibition era, popularized by today’s mod and steampunk trends, are making a comeback and 1122 Cocktail Lounge in Paso Robles is setting the stage on Railroad Street. Founders and co-owners, Troy Larkin and Donovan Schmit opened 1122 in June of 2018 and as owners of both Pappy McGregor’s and Fish Gaucho had the drive and vision to start their third venture in Downtown Paso Robles.

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Greyhound boys finish ahead of AG for first time in 20 years

SAN LUIS OBISPO — All seven of the high schools that make up the Mountain League for cross country met Wednesday afternoon at the Cuesta-Fairbanks cross country course for the final race of the regular season. Just two weeks ago on Oct. 25, the boys cross country team from Paso Robles claimed their sixth straight countywide title which meant that barring something catastrophic a win on Wednesday was all but a certainty. The Bearcats were in front at the beginning of the race, in the middle of the race, and by the end, they grabbed each of the top three spots and four of the top five with one lone Atascadero Greyhound Xavier Gonzales separating the Bearcats from sweeping the top four.

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Better Breathers alert issued for Atascadero and Paso

NORTH COUNTY— Smoke from wildfires across the state continues to impact San Luis Obispo County air quality. Better Breathers Alert for Atascadero and Paso Robles were issued by the county Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. Air quality is forecasted to be in the moderate range which is harmful to sensitive persons due to an increase in Particulate Matter (PM10) concentrations.

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PHOTO: Atascadero Quota donates to Seasons of Hope

On Oct. 25, Quota sisters had an opportunity to show their Quota “giving hearts” by bringing non-perishable food items or an unwrapped gift item to the Seasons of Hope donation center at the Paso Robles Kia dealership on Theater Drive. Left to right are Kathy Hendrix, Sheila Klaesius, Brenda May, Deena Pangborn, Kathy Johnson, and Linda Roof. (Contributed photo

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Most Wanted arrest updates

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pamela Sue Langley, the recent most wanted, was arrested this past week in San Luis Obispo by Sheriff’s deputies as a result of someone phoning in a tip to Crimestoppers. Langley was wanted for violation of probation for stalking with a temporary restraining order, stalking to follow and harass with intent to place fear, vandalism with damage of more than $400, and vandalism with damage of less than $400.

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Sportsmen’s host annual Turkey Shoot, set for Nov. 18

ATASCADERO — The Santa Lucia Sportsmen’s Association (SLSA) will host its annual Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Competitors will have the chance at winning a turkey, ham, bacon or cash. Admission is free to the event which features competitive matches in trap, rifle, pistol and air gun. The targets are either sporting clays or metal silhouettes and no turkeys are harmed during the event. The matches allow one to test their skills against other competitors to win a prize. The winner can choose a prize of a turkey, a ham, bacon (as available) or cash. The entry fee for a match is $7. If you want to participate, but do not own a firearm, loaners will be available.

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Sheriff unveils new RAVE safety app for schools

TEMPLETON — San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson held a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Templeton High School, one of the beta sites, to showcase the new RAVE Panic Button Smartphone App available to most schools in SLO County. This is the final piece of a three-prong plan. Five minutes is the average length of time that an active shooter incident takes place, said Parkinson at the conference. This RAVE app is designed to immediately alert law enforcement of an active shooter incident on a school campus and shorten the response window. The SLO County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the state to offer this app countywide.

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    Templeton students are invited to compete in a T-shirt design contest

    TEMPLETON — Templeton Recreation is inviting local students to compete in a T-shirt design contest. The winning drawing will become the 2018 logo for this year’s Jingle All the Way 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, Dec. 8. All designs must be completed by a resident of Templeton or student of Templeton schools who are under the age of 18. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 20, with the winner being announced Tuesday, Nov. 27.

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    Ideas for cooking with cranberry, pumpkin

    At this time of the year, I become acutely aware of recipes that include cranberries, making it one of my favorite challenges. Along with looking for cranberry recipes, I also look for ways to use pumpkin. You can’t imagine how many ways there are to use those two “heralds of the holidays.”

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    Letters to the Editor 11-16-18

    As a homeowner in my 60s who doesn’t see their claimed facebook alerts, I request that the City of Atascadero post road closures on their street closure website (Not updated since March 2018). The lack of notice is rude and has repeatedly caused us grief.

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    Letters to the Editor 11-09-18

    I have a serious issue with the insane amount of stress put on high schoolers in our society. I recently read a study on anxiety levels in high schoolers and they found that kids in high school today have the same, if higher, anxiety levels than patients in psychiatric facilities in the 1950’s.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 11-02-18

    I am endorsing Atascadero City Council candidate Mark Dariz. Mark has been my acquaintance for 27 years since the time he started at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His rigorous education earned him a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is a hard-working and ambitious man with an impressive resume. He has managed his own successful architecture business for 15 years.

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    RTA awarded $6.2M DOT grant for new facility

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) received a $6.285 million grant on Sept. 25 to help fund the construction of a new administration and bus maintenance facility. “I am very appreciative of the partnerships that it took to procure the land for the new administration and maintenance facility, and this project would never have happened without the support of SLOCOG, CAPSLO and the City and County of San Luis Obispo,” said Geoff Straw, Executive Director of RTA. “This grant is a significant step forward in developing a long term solution for the RTA’s needs.” The grant comes as a result of the Federal Transit Administration Buses & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. The FTA received 255 applications for this grant and SLORTA received the largest amount in the State of California.

  • Opinion

    Letters to the Editor 10-26-18

    An article reported: “Yes on Measure G proponents have acknowledged that the language of the initiative is confusing.” I’m starting to wonder if the confusing language is on purpose because even Measure G supporters are confused about the initiative’s language. We’ve heard them give conflicting explanations about what kind of oil well maintenance Measure G does and doesn’t allow.

  • News

    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.

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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)