• 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.

  • Cruisin’ Weekend street closures in effect Aug. 17-18

    ATASCADERO — Cruisin’ Weekend kicks off Friday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the City of Atascadero’s 26th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, which is a closed and controlled cruise on El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Curbaril. The following roads will be close for Cruise Nite beginning at 5 p.m.: • El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Curbaril • San Luis Ave. from Curbaril to Pueblo • Pueblo from San Luis Ave. to El Camino Real • Palma from East Mall to Traffic Way • East Mall from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real • West Mall from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real • Entrada from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real

  • Fire breaks out in riverbed near Tampico Road

    ATASCADERO — Firefighters are battling a vegetation fire Thursday afternoon in the riverbed near Tampico Road. Atascadero Fire Department responded to the fire shortly after 4 p.m. It was first reported as a half-acre fire, burning at a slow rate with the potential to burn 15 acres. No structures were threatened, but police had evacuated a residence in the 4000 block of Tampico.

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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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Jury finds Lopez guilty

COUNTY — After being unable to reach a verdict on a charge of murder on Sept. 5, a jury convicted Gino Lopez, 23, of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the 2016 traffic collision that killed 16-year-old Grizzly Academy graduate Emily Monique Reyes on the Cuesta grade. A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Jury found Lopez, guilty of the following felonies on the fourth day of deliberations: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with an enhancement for fleeing the scene of the crime; driving under the influence of alcohol with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury to more than one victim; and leaving the scene of an accident. Lopez was the intoxicated driver of a vehicle carrying passenger Reyes, who died of her injuries sustained in a collision on the Cuesta grade on April 15, 2016.

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Construction on the outskirts

In the planning for over 20 years and using drafts last approved in 2014, work began last year on connecting roads for the Oak Ridge Estates, a development of expensive — what else — estates, on modified lots first laid out at the City’s founding but undeveloped until infrastructure is complete.

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Waste Management reminds customers of Labor Day holiday schedule

ATASCADERO — Waste Management’s curbside residential trash and recycling and commercial pick-up schedule in the City of Atascadero will be delayed by one day throughout the week of Sept. 3, due to the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3. In addition, all Waste Management operations will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, with normal operations resuming on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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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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    SB 10: Reaction to bail reform

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday, Aug. 28, sweeping legislation, in the works for several years, to eliminate cash bail in the state. Set to take effect in a little over a year, October 2019, Senate Bill 10, which passed with a California Senate vote of 26-12 on Aug. 21 bred unusual bedfellows in opposition.

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    Templeton Library Association hosting book giveaway Sept. 1, 2 and 8

    The public is invited to attend a book giveaway on Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Book Room Annex located at 65 S. Main St., Ste. 102 (kitty-corner from Templeton Donuts).

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    CalVet Tuition Fee waived for eligible veteran dependents

    SACRAMENTO — California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible veteran dependents. The CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

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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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