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Firefighters battling brush fire in Atascadero

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Atascadero Fire Department and Cal Fire firefighters are currently battling a blaze in the Atascadero creek bed off of Santa Ynez Avenue between Curbaril Avenue and Portola Road.
As of 3 p.m. firefighters nearly had the half-acre blaze under control.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
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THE ART OF BALANCE

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Local rock-balancing artist Kathy Clarke has been selected as one of 14 artists from around the world to participate in the Balancing Art World International Festival in Ottawa, Canada next month.
Clarke, who has been practicing the art of rock balancing for about two years, says she first heard about the BAWI Festival through her participation in rock balancing groups
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Templeton resident named Miss California

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- Taylor Mae Lindquist, 18, of Templeton, won the title of Miss California Mid-State Fair Tuesday night in a stiff competition of 12 talented North County women.
Along with Lindquist's queen title, two princesses were named -- First Runner-Up Lauren Rodrigues, 20, of Paso Robles, and Second Runner-Up Devin Corea, 17, of Paso Robles. Rebecca Sligh, 18, of
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Mud around Atascadero Lake presents a sticky situation

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- City crews have installed five additional signs on the east side of Atascadero Lake, warning people to stay out of the mud surrounding the receding shoreline.
Several residents have become stuck in the muck after wandering onto the seemingly dry crust only to break through and sink up to their knees.
Atascadero resident Megan Olshefski says her boyfriend
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Chief: Camping ordinance working

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley addressed the city council at a meeting last week to provide an update on the city's expanded camping ordinance and the effects it's having on the local
homeless population.
Police requested an expansion to the city's original camping ordinance to make it more enforceable after receiving an overwhelming amount of complaints from the
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Templeton chamber hosts annual gala

Modified: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- July 12 marked the culmination of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce celebration of the Night of 1000 Stars -- a gala event hosted by the Chamber for two years running ­-- and this year was bigger and better than ever before.
With nearly six months at the reins and a great community of supporters and volunteers, Templeton
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Police warn of frequent pursuits

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- High-speed chases are apparently becoming a regular occurrence in Atascadero and the Atascadero Police Department wants to make sure residents are aware of the situation.
A press release issued by the police department Sunday says that officers were involved in an "unprecedented" four vehicle pursuits over an eight-day period from July 6 to July 13.
All
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Students recognized for patriotic essays

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero veteran Chuck Ward addressed the Atascadero City Council at a meeting last Tuesday to announce the winners of the second annual Your American Heritage Monument Patriotic Essay Contest.
Atascadero High School students Hannah Andrade, Nathan Nuttall and Michael O'Hara won first, second and third place respectively, each taking home a cash prize. The essays were judged
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Chinese students to arrive in Atascadero Friday

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- This Friday a group of 32 Chinese students will arrive in Atascadero for two weeks to learn about American culture and many of them are still looking for host families.
The students are visiting as part of Cultural Homestay International's two-week summer program and coordinators Julie Marshall and Becky Evans were still looking for hosts for two
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A-Town Skate Park to represent Atascadero at fair

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- A-Town Skatepark manager Kevin Campion addressed the Atascadero City Council at its meeting last Tuesday to announce that skaters and riders from A-Town Park will be representing Atascadero at the Mid-State Fair for the first time ever this year.
Campion says that A-Town Park will be building a skate park on the fair's main thoroughfare and will
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Kelley questions sales tax language, pulls item for discussion

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- At a meeting of the Atascadero City Council last Tuesday, council member Bob Kelley requested that the second reading of an ordinance that would approve a new sales tax in the city -- if it is approved by voters in November -- be pulled from the council's consent agenda and expressed concern about the language in the ordinance.
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Reconstructing Santa Rosa: Elementary school remodeled

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The campus at Santa Rosa Elementary school has been stripped down to its bare bones and will be completely rebuilt, remodeled and modernized over the next few weeks.
The improvements are being paid for with funds from Bond Measure I-10, approved by voters in 2010 to pay for $117 million in modernization efforts at campuses across the
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Woman arrested for pepper spraying protestors

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- A 67-year-old Atascadero woman was arrested Monday after allegedly spraying a group of people protesting on the Curbaril Avenue overpass at Highway 101 with pepper spray.
Fred Starbuck says the group, who gather on the overpass once a month to protest the policies of the Obama Administration, was getting ready to call it a day just after
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Kiwanis donate 30K for new park

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Thanks to the generous efforts of the Atascadero Kiwanis Club, a project to build a park in the city specifically designed for those with special needs is one step closer to reality.
The Kawanis Club presented the group Parents of Joy, who are coordinating fundraising efforts for the park, with a check for $30,000 at a club
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Court upholds Walmart ruling

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The 2nd District Court of Appeals in Ventura issued a ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over a proposed Walmart store in Atascadero, siding with the city and paving the way for the store to finally be built after years of controversy.
The group Save Atascadero, formerly known as Oppose Walmart filed a petition in early 2012 trying to
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Court upholds Walmart decision

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
The City of Atascadero announced Wednesday that the Court of Appeals has issued a ruling in an appeal of a judgement previously granted in the city's favor regarding a lawsuit brought by the group Save Atascadero over a proposed Walmart store at the corner of Del Rio Road and El Camino Real.
The group filed a petition to stop the
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American spirit shines in Atascadero

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Hundreds of people gathered at Atascadero Lake Park Friday for a Fourth of July celebration featuring a variety of fun and mostly free activities for both children and adults.
The day started with an opening ceremony at the Atascadero Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial. After a flag salute led by event organizer and former Atascadero City Council
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Drugs seized in two separate busts

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Two young Atascadero residents are facing serious drug charges after the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit served search warrants at two separate residences in the last week.
On Tuesday, July 1 narcotics unit investigators served a search warrant at a home located on the 8300 block of Santa Rosa Road where they discovered 4.6 grams
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City warns residents to stay out of lake mud

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The City of Atascadero is warning residents to stay out of the mud around Atascadero Lake.
While the surface of the ground around the area where the lake used to be looks crusty and dry on top, underneath it can still be quite moist, says Lisa Cava with the Atascadero City Manager's office.
"It may look
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San Benito garden growing again

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Former San Benito Elementary Principal Joanne Rogoff, who retired this year, gave a report to the Atascadero Unified School District board of directors at a meeting last week and recognized the efforts of students and volunteers who have helped bring the San Benito school garden back to life.
Rogoff says that some improvements had been completed at
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TUSD approves, drug testing for H.S. athletes

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- Templeton Unified School District trustees voted to bring back drug testing for junior high and high school athletes.
The board also renewed a contract with a company that provides drug dogs for schools, approved the budget for 2014-15, approved the local Control Funding Formula plan, introduced the new athletic director at Templeton High School, approved the athletic department
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Optimist scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
Sandi Brownell and Dorothy Vance represented the Atascadero Optimist club on May 29 at Atascadero High School's award night. Scholarships ranging from $250 to $600 totaling $2,500 were presented to the following students of Atascadero High School, in no particular order, Nancy Sanchez, Kelsey Nelson, Taylor Metzger, Ryan Lombardi, Brianna Josephs, Candace Johnston and Linzy Holmes. The objective of these scholarships is
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SLO DA’s office: Be wary of scam

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office would like the public to be aware of an aggressive telephone scam that has been reported by consumers in our county.
Consumers are receiving calls from someone claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service regarding taxes that are past due. The caller states that payment needs to be
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