• 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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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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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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City hall flips festive switch

The City of Atascadero, in partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce, rang in the 2018 holiday season with a lighting ceremony at the Sunken Gardens, Nov. 30. The evening started at 5:30 p.m. with music in front of the historic City Hall from the Fair Weather Four Barbershop Quartet and the Atascadero Community Band but a crowd formed early as parents dropped off their members of the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Choir at 5 p.m.

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Hounds go winless at 43rd annual Ruth Doser tournament

ATASCADERO — Atascadero High School hosted their 43rd annual Ruth Doser girls basketball tournament this past weekend and invited five schools from around California to compete over three days. The Ruth Doser tournament works a little differently than most basketball tournaments in that they do not keep track of the winners because all the games are pre-scheduled.

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Crow hired as Templeton’s new head football coach.

TEMPLETON — The Templeton High School Athletic Department on Wednesday announced Don Crow will be the school’s next varsity head football coach.

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Temporary closure of HWY 101 on-ramp and off-ramp at Main Street, Templeton

TEMPLETON — The Highway 101 on-ramp and off-ramp at Main Street in Templeton will be closed Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 21 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Time of actual work is dependent on weather conditions. The work will include removing and replacing existing pavement, laying a new paved surface, and reconstructing various roadside facilities. For the safety of the public and workers, traffic on Main Street will be subject to detours or one-way controls with flaggers as required for each phase of work. Delays are expected to be up to 10 minutes during major operations. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans due to delays and or closures and consider alternative routes.

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Delta IV rocket launch scrubbed, new date scheduled for Dec. 18

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg was scheduled to support the launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Friday, Dec. 7. That launch was rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 8. and was scrubbed seconds before liftoff. The launch was scrubbed on Friday, Dec. 7 “due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site,” according to a statement by United Launch Alliance.

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Holiday Magic is back at Charles Paddock Zoo

ATASCADERO — The holiday season is upon us and the zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals for the Central Coast’s only Zoo. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 15, to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. Come join Santa and the staff for some Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo to enjoy the festivities. Holiday Magic is a time to visit the Zoo and the events of the day are included with regular admission. Over 200 animals call the Charles Paddock Zoo home, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles and more.

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El Camino Real/San Anselmo road striping started, Dec. 11

ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero is anticipating completion of the El Camino Real and San Anselmo road work for the 2018 F-14 Roadway Rehabilitation Projects this month. There are miscellaneous items remaining, but the majority of the roadway reconstruction work has been completed.

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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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    Atascadero hosts Mental Health Services Act town hall meeting

    ATASCADERO — The County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs and plans will be the focus of a town hall presentation and meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Atascadero’s Community Library, Polin Community Room, 655 Capistrano Ave. The event is open to the public and will provide an overview of the MHSA, including programs operating in the South County. The meeting will be facilitated by Behavioral Health’s Prevention and Outreach Division Manager, and MHSA Coordinator, Frank Warren, and will include presentations on a variety of community-based programs. The meeting will also provide information on current planning and funding, as well as invite community members to identify issues which may need to be addressed in the future.

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    Atascadero’s Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area returns

    ATASCADERO — The new Atascadero Business Improvement District (ABID) Committee and the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce announced the return of funding in the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement District, which will be utilized for new and improved parking areas, downtown wayfinding and streetscape improvements, beautification projects, events and promotions. The Downtown Business District will be funded by a special annual assessment collected with business license applications and renewal fees from businesses located within the improvement area.

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    Residential and Agricultural Burn permitting resumes

    COUNTY — The burn permit suspension in San Luis Obispo County was lifted on Saturday, Dec. 1. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) San Luis Obispo Unit Chief Scott Jalbert formally canceled the burn permit suspension and advised that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days only. Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. A valid permit from the Air Pollution Control District is also required for all burning, allowed only on permissive burn days. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting the Air Pollution Control District.

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    Holiday business mixer at Pacific Premier Bank

    ATASCADERO — The holiday Business Mixer at Pacific Premier Bank is a festive event for business leaders to connect and build relationships. The Business Mixer will take place Dec. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pacific Premier Bank in Atascadero. Holiday decorations will adorn the inside of the bank for the attendees. While chamber members connect, they can enjoy appetizers and refreshments. La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant and John Hernandez-Borjan will be serving treats. Vintage Cowboy Winery and Bristols Cider House will be pouring drinks. Lights and music will be taken care of by Medina Light Design.

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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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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)