• Massage therapist raises concerns about local establishments

    ATASCADERO — In recent months, a slew of massage parlors with big colorful flag advertisements, late night hours and dark windows have popped up in Atascadero and one local business person has expressed concern that these businesses could be offering more than customers bargained for. Katrina Porter, owner of Heart for Health Massage and Wellness, recently went to the City with her concerns and spoke at a City Council meeting. Porter told the Atascadero News that she’s heard from at least a half-dozen of her own patients over the past year who reported being propositioned for sex acts at local massage parlors.

  • State Route 41 grind, pave north of the ‘Wye’ resumes

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A two-week maintenance project to grind and pave three miles north of the “Wye” intersection in northeast San Luis Obispo County will resume this. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from three miles north of the “Wye” to the intersection of State Route 41/46 Monday, July 9, Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 and from Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

  • SLO artist to be featured at local gallery

    ATASCADERO — Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Tommy Nunes is both artist and musician. Tommy studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco. This show will feature selection from his series, “Lil’ Villas” as well as other recent work. Each embellished print is a one-of-a-kind. Show runs from June 8 to July 10 at ärt/, 5806 Traffic Way in Atascadero’s Historic District. Reception is Friday, June 8, 6 to 8 p.m. All are invited.

  • El Camino delays during SoCalGas construction

    ATASCADERO — Traffic will be restricted on El Camino Real to one lane in each direction between Curbaril Ave. and Pueblo Ave. starting Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1. Southern California Gas Company will begin construction on a city permitted installation of a new gas service line to a property on the 7700 block of El Camino Real. Work consists of potholing existing utilities, installing a new service pipe, slurry backfill, and permanent pavement patching.

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World-first 1,500 mile USA expedition, stops in San Miguel

SAN MIGUEL — UK based couple, Bex Band and Gil Drori, will be bravely attempting a 1,500- plus mile journey travelling the full length of the USA using kick scooters — stand up non-motorised scooters that are powered by leg muscles alone. The expedition, named ‘Kicking the States’ began on May 17 in Vancouver, Canada and will end three months later in Tijuana, Mexico. This route has never been attempted on kick scooters before so it will be a world first! The couple was in San Miguel on Wednesday, July 18 and planned to scoot past Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero on July 19 with their local destination to stop in Los Osos. The couple are completely self-contained, carrying all their own gear in modified panniers that they adapted especially for the kick-scooters.

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Atascadero trash and recycling services delayed one day in observance of Independence Day

Waste Management’s curbside residential trash and recycling and commercial pick-up schedule in the City of Atascadero will be delayed by one day beginning on Wednesday, July 4, and throughout the week in observance of Independence Day.

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Take to the water on July 7 for Free Fishing Day

CALIFORNIA — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is having Free Fishing Days on July 7 and Sept. 1. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two designated days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

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Barbecue catches apartment building on fire

ATASCADERO — An Atascadero apartment building caught fire June 23 at approximately 3:43 p.m. after a barbeque caught a nearby wooden fence on fire and the fire spread to the building. Now 19 residents of the complex are without a home.

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Seven mayors sign SLO County Civility Promise

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every mayor in San Luis Obispo County and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors came together on Thursday, June 21, and promised each other, and the people and institutions they serve, to always strive to conduct debates — whether in person, online, or in written communication — in ways that allow for the widest range of opinions on ideas and policies, yet also respect the dignity, integrity and rights of those with whom they might disagree.

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    Council looks to extend mayor term

    ATASCADERO — The mayor of Atascadero just can’t get enough done in two years according to three City Council members and current mayor Tom O’Malley, who spoke on the subject during a meeting Tuesday. At the end of the discussion the Council voted unanimously to pose the question to voters on the November ballot as to whether or not they’d like to see the mayor’s term extended to four years. According to O’Malley, the Council originally would select a mayor and planning commission members by a majority vote, leading to the majority dominating the direction of the Council and the City as a whole. “We used to have much-polarized politics in Atascadero, much like you’d see at the Board of Supervisors and it tended to be ‘winner take all,’” O’Malley said. “We had pendulum swings often. We’d have a majority leaning in one direction for a few years then a majority leaning another direction for a few years and we were like a yo-yo. You’d see really very little progress on major, long-term projects.”

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    Missed the voter registration deadline? It’s not too late.

    ATASCADERO — In prior elections,voters who missed the 15-day close of registration deadline were not qualified to vote in an upcoming election. Today, new legislation allows voters who missed the May 21 deadline to complete a Conditional Voter Registration (or Same Day Registration) process and cast their ballots at the County Elections Office up to and including Election Day. All votes will be e counted after the elections official verifies the voter’s registration and confirms the voter has not yet voted elsewhere in the current election.

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    Weed deadline approaching

    ATASCADERO — Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents that clearing weeds by June 1 is mandatory. If weeds are not cleared by June 1, a City contractor will be authorized to clear the hazardous weeds and/or refuse on un-cleared parcels. If the City contractor clears the weeds, the individual property owner will be billed at 150% of the total Contractor’s cost. Those charges will then be assessed on the individual’s property tax bill.

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    Senior volunteer opportunities to help the community

    NORTH COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Service (SVS). Join with many other seniors, age 50+ and over, who are taking time to help improve the lives of others. SVS can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at (805) 544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities.

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    AUSD honored as bicycle friendly

    ATASCADERO — The League of American Bicyclists recognized Atascadero Unified School District with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business award, joining over 1,000 visionary businesses across the country that have received the award this May. With the announcement of 114 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses today, Atascadero Unified School District joins a cutting-edge group of 1,200 current Bicycle Friendly Businesses, made up of local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC, that are transforming the American workplace.

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    Hwy 101 San Miguel project continues with traffic switch

    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A project to improve six miles of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts will continue on Wednesday, May 30 with a traffic switch to allow for the reconstruction of southbound US Highway 101 from 10th Street to the intersection with San Marcos Road. Temporary striping will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the full traffic switch expected in the afternoon.

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    Mustang driver collides with semi

    PASO ROBLES — The driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang died in a fatal collision with a semi truck Monday, April 30 on State Route 41 north of an olive farm near Cholame. The driver has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin.

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    New Behavioral Health unit set for jail

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — Sheriff Parkinson and the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation (SAF) announced on April 25, that plans are moving forward for a new Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The BHU will provide behavioral therapy services and housing for inmates suffering from mental illness. Sheriff Parkinson met with the SAF to discuss the idea of private funding for the BHU. Parkinson has stated numerous times that this is an issue that affects the community as a whole, so it is natural to make this a community-funded facility. The SAF is in support of the project and has identified it as one of their major projects.

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