• 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.

  • HWY 101 road work in Santa Margarita may cause delays

    COUNTY — The right lane of southbound US Highway 101 was closed just south of Tassajara Creek Road on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. until noon for drainage work. Electronic message boards will be activated near Highway 41 in Atascadero so motorists will be aware of this maintenance work. Motorists can expect delays as they approach the project area. The public is being asked to allow extra time for any appointments or business planned south of the project area. The roadwork is being performed by the Caltrans Maintenance team of San Luis Obispo.

  • County issues ‘Better Breather Alert’

    The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department issued a Better Breather Alert Monday afternoon, advising the public of deteriorating air quality in San Luis Obispo County, due to an increase in particulate pollution.

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Chevron robbery in Atascadero

ATASCADERO — Police were dispatched Thursday evening, Sept. 20, to a reported robbery at a Chevron gas station in the 8900 block of Montecito Avenue, the Atascadero Police Department reported. When officers arrived after 8:25 p.m. at the gas station they learned the suspect had entered the business, brandished a butcher knife, demanded cash, which he claimed he needed to buy fuel for his vehicle. The suspect also took a three-pack of Budweiser beer and fled in a vehicle. Officers established a perimeter at the scene. Officers brought in Atascadero Police Department canine, units from the San Luis Office Sheriff’s Office and San Luis Obispo Probation Department to conduct a search for the suspect.

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Deputies searching for wanted parolee in Shandon area

SHANDON — Deputies are searching the Shandon area Friday morning, Sept. 21, for a parolee believed to be armed and dangerous, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. Shandon Elementary and Shandon High School were both sheltering in place while deputies continued to search for parolee Larry Harvey, 27, of Shandon. Friday morning deputies were dispatched to a disturbance in the north end of Shandon at approximately 8:04 a.m.

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Sheriff: Wave of car thefts in Shandon

SHANDON — San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies responded Thursday, Sept. 20, to a series of crimes in the Shandon area, which included the theft of three vehicles and burglary of a residence, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The first incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. on the 100 block of South 7th Street in Shandon and involved a report of a stolen truck — which later crashed in the 2500 block of San Juan Road. The suspect or suspects then stole a nearby ranch utility vehicle and drove it to the 300 block of Truesdale Road in Shandon. At that time, the home was burglarized.

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Atascadero native returning to brew downtown

Ryan Fields is starting the transition out of his head role at Beachwood Blendery, although he intends to keep ties to the Southern California brand as he prepares to open Wild Fields Brewhouse at 6907 El Camino Real in Atascadero. That’s the same building which the Chamber of Commerce recently moved into, sharing a parking lot with the Galaxy Theatre and pedestrian access from the footbridge across the creek.

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Officer tattoo ban lifted momentarily

Several of the sworn police officers employed by the City of Atascadero have tattoos, but the public has no idea which, unless one knows them personally and off duty. That’s due to a department policy in place for nearly 15 years which mandated a more conservative appearance for personnel on duty, a policy which Atascadero Police Department Chief Jarel Haley is loosening in the name of openness and keeping pace with modern culture. The temporary modification to their uniform code was implemented on a trial basis, Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 1, in order, the Chief said in an announcement, to judge public reaction and solicit feedback.

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    Letters to the Editor 9-21-18

    It is without reservation that I recommend Heather Newsom to be elected to the City Council of Atascadero.

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    Templeton Nightmare on Main Street back

    A Haunted House that promises pure heart pounding chills and thrills. Nightmare on Main Street is a non-profit created to give back to the local community. The haunted house at 99 Main St. is an old historic home that has been abandoned and boarded up for over 100 years — what scary secrets are inside?

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    Cuesta: 2019 Book of Year selection

    Cuesta College’s 2019 Book of the Year program will bring renowned Mexican-American Chicana scholar, novelist, and poet Ana Castillo to Cuesta College in March of 2019, to discuss her memoir “Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo and Me.” The memoir includes a collection of essays that offer an intimate look at pivotal experiences in Castillo’s life across three generations: the relationship between Castillo and her immigrant mother, Castillo’s own challenges as a single mother to her son, and her childhood memories of growing up in the Mexican barrios of Chicago.

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    Letters to the Editor 9-14-18

    With the impending closure of Diablo Canyon, I’m starting to get worried about what this really means for San Luis Obispo County. Over 1,500 jobs will be lost when Diablo Canyon is gone. This not only impacts the lives of those workers and their families, but it also impacts the small business owners in our area who rely on local customers. Likewise, the loss of tax revenue to our county could hurt our ability to receive things like a speedy response to an emergency.

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    Fire threatens homes on Creston Road Sunday

    CRESTON — Several small fires broke out in the afternoon along Creston Road on Sunday, Sept. 2, according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo. One of the fires at Creston and Neal Springs Road threatened houses and homes had to be evacuated. One vacant and abandoned home was fully involved in the blaze and destroyed, according to Chris Elms with Cal Fire SLO. “Engine companies were very quick to mitigate the threat to the houses,” Elms said. The fire was contained later in the evening before 8 p.m. and evacuated residents from the area were let allowed back into the home.

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    Recovery program seeking home in North County

    A home for victims of human trafficking is looking for a permanent location in North County.

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    Letters to the Editor 9-7-18

    John McCain said “nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself.” One of his favorite quotes was from Hemingway, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are stronger at the broken places.”

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    Atascadero name spikes after wedding

    Atascadero’s best and worst kept secret saw the town’s name popping up in international tabloids and spiking in Google search alerts Wednesday, Aug. 29 as news broke that singer-songwriter Neil Young and actress Daryl Hannah held a “secret wedding” involving a reception in the City the weekend before.

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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)


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