• Pay property taxes by Dec. 10 to avoid penalties

    COUNTY — Jim Erb, the San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, reminds all County taxpayers that the delinquency date for the first installment of this year’s secured property tax bills is rapidly approaching. “California law requires that we add a 10 percent penalty if payments are not made by the delinquency date. Taxpayers have until Dec. 10 to make their payments,” said Erb.

  • Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade moved to Dec. 8

    The Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade will be moved to a new date of Dec. 8, due to high winds and rain predicted the day of the original parade. The assessment was a collective decision including Event Coordinator, City of Morro Bay Tourism, Harbor and the City of Morro Bay.

  • Woman dies in crash on Highway 46 East near Shandon

    A woman died in a single-vehicle crash near the rest stop east of Shandon Tuesday, Nov. 20, night, the California Highway Patrol office reported. The woman died at the scene after being ejected from the 2002 Toyota Sequoia she was riding in rolled over several times, CHP reported. The woman’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

  • 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.

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Crimes in Atascadero for Nov. 19 - 25 include DUI, battery and false imprisonment

Atascadero Police Department arrest logs published Nov. 30, 2018.

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The Cookie Man

Few jobs test one’s daily work ethic quite like taking up the mantle as a small town baker. Scott Beer has had a few jobs that might, serving as a hull and damage control technician in the U.S. Navy, rescue swimmer, and lifeguard, before going on to work in the restaurant industry and owning his own companies. But it's his latest venture Come Get Your Cookies, serving up his dessert creations, that’s kept him on the move seven-days-a-week over the last 14 months.

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Hounds steal victory from Bearcats

PASO ROBLES — For the first and only time this season, unless they meet in tournament play, the Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats boys basketball teams faced off Tuesday night in the Gil Asa Gymnasium.

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Woods open with dedicated spay and neuter clinic for North County

Already open for the better part of a month after a soft opening in November, the new Woods Humane Society Daphne Fahsing Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering state-of-the-art care for “owned” dogs and cats as well as discounted services for the region’s “community” cat population.

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Homeless issues get mixed response

Brought to the forefront by two items demanding urgent action on homelessness, the Council rejected one proposal as untenable but was convinced by the previous three hours of discussion to declare a shelter crisis under their jurisdiction. The second item a “Declaration of a Shelter Crisis and Authorization of the City of Atascadero’s Participation in the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)” was brought up at the Council’s previous meeting as needing to be agendized so that social service providers working inside the City could compete for a slice of $4.8 million in grant funding, primarily toward capital improvement projects, set to be administered by the County in 2019.

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Unit 2 at PG&E’S Diablo Canyon Power Plant operating at full power

AVILA BEACH — Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant Unit 2 returned to service and is now operating at 100 percent power. The unit had been shut down since Dec. 1, when a grid monitoring protective feature detected a lower than normal current on the transmission lines. Upon sensing the operation of the grid protective feature on Dec. 1, Unit 2 performed as designed and automatically went offline to protect equipment and plant operators responded and conducted an investigation and testing.

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Tips for foiling ‘porch pirates’ this season

NORTH COUNTY — It’s the season of giving, and in some cases taking. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people took to online shopping this year especially with free shipping to complete their purchases. Porches and stoops are filling with boxes from major retailers, like Amazon, Target or Walmart, are becoming easy targets for thieves also known as “porch pirates,” who are following your carriers every move and picking up packages along the way. According to a study done by InsuranceQuotes in 2017, 8 percent of Americans or about 25.9 million people have had a holiday package delivery stolen from a front porch or doorstep. This is up from 23.5 million uncovered in their 2015 survey. Well, how do you stop them? Here are some tips on how to deter these opportunistic thieves: “Being diligent with knowing what your shipping times are, typically UPS delivers about the same time every day to certain residences. Check your packages delivery date make sure they are not sitting out there for an extended period of time, would be good starters,” said Commander Caleb Davis with the Paso Robles Police Department.

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City Mayor braves heat with fire captain

ATASCADERO — Heather Moreno’s first connection with Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS) was as a Community Star in 2014 and she has been part of the program every year since then. Heather is an accomplished dancer and actress and her appearances in the vignettes between Community Star dances have included a wide range of roles and dance styles. She has a childhood background in jazz and tap lessons and dance continues to be an important part of her life as an adult. After her gratifying dance experience in 2014, she convinced Mike, her husband, to take dance lessons with her and she is pleased to say that they are now a dancing couple. She is excited to be returning as a Community Star this year, to raise money for the Friends of the Atascadero Library.

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Twin Cities, Sierra Vista providing new service for mental health patients

TEMPLETON — Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center have partnered with the County of San Luis Obispo and the Sierra Mental Wellness Group to place employees, who are specially-trained on mental health, in emergency departments at both hospitals. These employees provide an invaluable service by screening patients and providing support for those dealing with mental health issues. “This partnership is providing an excellent service to our community,” said Anne Robin, Behavioral Health Director for the County of San Luis Obispo. “We are able to provide better care for patients by having these employees focus on the direct needs of mental health patients.”

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2018 marks the 34th annual Hospice SLO County’s Light Up A Life

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) invites the public to honor the memories of loved ones during the 34th annual Light Up A Life remembrance ceremonies. The community is invited to help shine a light at any one of eight Hospice SLO County remembrance ceremonies throughout the county. The holidays symbolize a time when friends and family gather in celebration. It can also be a difficult and emotional time for those grieving a loss. Light Up A Life is an annual event that offers the community an opportunity to come together to honor and remember loved ones who may no longer be here but will never be forgotten.

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    Deadline approaching for Cal Fire grants to reduce fire threat and improve forest health

    SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced the availability of up to $ 155 million for Fire Prevention and Forest Health projects. Cal Fire is soliciting applications for projects that will help prevent catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Grants Program will provide funding for local projects that address the risk of wildfire and reduce wildfire potential to communities in, and adjacent to, forested areas. Qualified activities include hazardous fuel reduction, fire planning, and fire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety.

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    Learning through Lynda.com offered at local county libraries

    COUNTY —All County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries are now offering cardholders free access to online educational courses from Lynda.com. Now owned by LinkedIn, Lynda.com has been the leading provider of online learning content for 20 years. The service has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level. Lynda.com also offers more than 50 different learning paths to help users stay ahead in their current job or change careers.

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    Letters to the Editor 12-07-18

    I implore the Atascadero City Council to reagendize the issue and find a way to open the Armory as a warming shelter this winter season and make plans for future years for a city warming shelter.

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    Why you should shop local this holiday season

    As many of you begin your holiday shopping, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage you to Shop Paso. This goes beyond the popular “Shop Local,” and “Small Business Saturday” campaigns as we encourage you to patronize a variety of business within the City limits including restaurants, downtown shops, national chain stores, as well as service-oriented businesses such as printers, salons, caterers, and pet grooming. These businesses contribute to our economy, increase City revenues, and employ our residents. The following list includes the Chamber of Commerce top 10 reasons why you should Shop Paso this holiday season.

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    Wilshire Community Services is looking for RSVP volunteers

    COUNTY —Wilshire Community Services trains volunteers to assist isolated older adults all over San Luis Obispo County, but they are currently experiencing a shortage of volunteers in North County areas. Would you be willing to provide some simple daily activities such as friendly visits, transportation help, groceries, and errands, or pet walking?

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    Fire breaks out in Atascadero residence

    ATASCADERO — A fire Wednesday, Nov. 14, evening displaced people from a Sycamore Road residence, the Atascadero Fire Department reported. At 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 14, the call came in that there was a structure on fire on Sycamore Road. At approximately 4:51 p.m. units arrived on scene and found a single story, metal structure, converted into a residential unit, ablaze. The metal structure, wood fence, an automobile, and vegetation caught on fire too per officials.

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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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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)