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Parents for Joy first big fundraiser for park

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Parents for Joy organization has been working since March to raise money for a new park in Atascadero that would be especially suited to people with special needs and a variety of disabilities and next month they will host their first big fundraising event.
On Sept. 27 the Parents for Joy will host the first-ever Parents
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'Abe Lincoln' to visit library

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Find out what Fridays at the new Atascadero Library are all about by joining them for its inaugural "Find Out Fridays" event.
These interactive and educational events kick off Friday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. with a visit from Abe Lincoln, followed by events every Friday in the Martin Polin Community
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Police to conduct DUI checkpoint

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ATASCADERO ­-- The Atascadero Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver's license check-point somewhere in Atascadero between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. tonight as part of the county-wide AVOID 14 campaign.
According to a press release issued by the police department Tuesday, officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment and will
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Ducks rescued as Lake disappears

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The few remaining waterfowl at Atascadero Lake were removed this week as the last vestiges of the lake disappear.
With the lake down to the size of two large puddles, the ducks and geese that live around the lake were having a hard time finding food and clean water to drink and were also facing an increased
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New teachers, administrators ready for school year, Common Core implementation

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
While students and teachers took a break over the summer, school administrators were hard at work preparing for the new school year, which starts Monday, and a broader implementation of the new Common Core Standards.
"It's the tail end of summer for our students and teachers, but summer has not been slow at AUSD," Superintendent Deborah Bowers said
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Firefighters respond to chemical spill at Vons

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero Police and Fire personnel responded to the parking lot at the Vons Shopping Center at approximately 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night after receiving reports of a chemical spill.
First-arriving firefighters discovered an unknown substance leaking from the back of a pickup truck in the parking lot running off into a storm drain and where it mixed with
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City awards bid for City Hall lights

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Residents and visitors in the City of Atascadero will soon see the city's historic Rotunda Building in a new light as the final project in the building's recent restoration is finished. The project will include the installation of several exterior lights that will make the building more visible at night.
"Hopefully people will see it from Highway
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Cruise Nite, car show draw hundreds of classic car lovers

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Classic cars of all shapes and sizes, from all over the region convened on Atascadero this weekend for the annual Hot El Camion Cruise Nite and the 25th Annual Mid-State Cruizers Car Show.
The Cruise Nite event Friday featured a variety of classic cars cruising laps on a closed course running along El Camino Real from Curbaril Avenue to
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Lighthouse continues to fight local drug problems

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Board members with Atascadero's Lighthouse organization made a presentation to the Atascadero City Council at a meeting last week, outlining the progress they've been making in combating the problem of drug addition in the community.
Lighthouse Executive Director Donn Clickard recounted the beginnings of the organization nearly four years ago.
"When a friend of mine's son
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Santa Rosa campus ready for students

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Four month ahead of schedule, Santa Rosa Academic Academy is open for enrollment after months of construction. When school starts for the year on Monday all students will reap the benefit of these extensive upgrades to the campus. Principal Chris Allen said the learning spaces are beautiful.
"We are going to be ready to open our doors
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Police take down local drug ring

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- After several weeks of investigation, the Atascadero Police Department's Street Detective Team served several search warrants in the City of Paso Robles Saturday night and seized the second-largest amount of heroin in the department's history, said Police Commander Joe Allen Monday.
Allen says police arrested five individuals in Paso Robles Saturday, three of which were arrested during
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Atascadero PD seize huge amount of heroin in Paso Robles drug bust

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- After several weeks of investigation, the Atascadero Police Department's Street Detective Team served several search warrants in the City of Paso Robles Saturday night and seized one of the largest amount of heroin in the department's history, said Police Commander Joe Allen Monday.
Allen says the department arrested five individuals in Paso Robles Saturday, three of which
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First-ever Horseshoe Olympics coming to Atasacadero

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
ATASCADERO--Pitching shoes in the evening breeze has become an Atascadero pastime thanks to the efforts of a 35-year resident of Atascadero and avid horseshoe player, Dave Carreiro. Now a little over a year after funding construction of the pits in Paloma Creek Park, Carreiro is hosting the first-ever Horseshoe Olympics. Slated for a 5 p.m. check-in, Friday, Aug. 22 this
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Local program provides job training and more for adults with special needs

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- For the past 40 years the Escuela Del Rio organization has been providing a variety of services for adults with developmental disabilities in the North County and as the organization has grown, they've branched out to four different sites around the city, each catering to different types of individuals.
One of the organization's programs, the Escuela Del
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Council changes card room ordinance

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Atascadero City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve changes to the city's card room ordinance to allow more card tables to be operated in the city as well as removing a $500 betting limit.
The changes come after Dora Brown, owner of Outlaws Cardroom, the only state-licensed card room in the city, asked the city to
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Spice, bath salts banned in Atascadero

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a ban on the synthetic drugs known as "spice" and "bath salts" after a presentation by Police Commander Joe Allen outlining the problems the drugs have been causing in the community.
Allen says that several different retailers in Atascadero are selling the products, which contain a variety
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Scotland or Bust: AHS Drama headed to Fringe Fest

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- After a year of hard work and diligent fundraising, students with the Atascadero High School drama department finally left Saturday morning for a two-week trip to London and then to Edinburgh, Scotland, where they will perform the musical ‘Footloose' as part of the Fringe Arts Festival.
AHS drama director Catherine Kingsbury said the group was able to
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Car show set for Lake Park Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- This Saturday nearly 200 classic cars will be lined up beneath the shade trees at Atascadero Lake Park for the 25th Annual Mid-State Cruizers Car Show and club president Duane Powell says the show is a perfect opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane.
"Come out and see what has been achieved by these individuals through
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1 killed, 1 arrested in weekend accidents

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- A pair of accidents in Templeton over the weekend left one man dead and another behind bars.
The first accident occurred Saturday at approximately 12:45 p.m. after 25-year-old Luis Alberto Herrera, of Greenfield, tried to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder at a high rate of speed near the Las Tablas Road exit on Highway 101
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Man turns spice-blending hobby into thriving business

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero resident Bren Randolph has worked for decades to perfect his creation, a blend of spices and seasonings known and Bren's Original Blend, and now that he's got it just right he's finally started to sell the product commercially for the very first time.
Randolph says he first started blending spices when he was just a teenager
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Abused coyote treated at Atascadero Pet Hospital

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- An abused coyote puppy found in Santa Maria was brought to Atascadero Pet Hospital Friday for a procedure to fix the animal's badly damaged jaw.
The coyote was found in an alley in Santa Maria Thursday where somebody had tortured it and left it for dead, tied up in electrical wire. The six-pound puppy was starving and dehydrated
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