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New law for bicycle safety goes into effect

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
SACRAMENTO -- With children heading back to school, motorists should expect to see more children riding to and from school on their bicycles. The California Highway Patrol reminds the public that on Sept. 16 a new law affecting motorists and bicyclists went into effect.
According to the law, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or
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Council to consider second dredging; Lake would lose 15K cubic yards of dry sediment

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- This Tuesday the Atascadero City Council will consider accepting a bid for a second phase of sediment removal at Atascadero Lake with the aim of improving water quality once the dry lake is refilled.
The council will consider authorizing the expenditure of up to $470,000 from General Fund reserves to pay for the sediment removal and the
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Colony Days royalty: Barba, O'Dell named King and Queen

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Santa Margarita resident Henry Barba will serve as this year's Colony Days King with Atascadero resident Alice O'Dell as his Queen.
Colony Days Royalty Chairman Kent Kenney says that the king and queen are chosen from those who have lived within the boundaries of the Atascadero Unified School District for 50 years or more. Past royalty have included residents
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Drama students return from trip to Scotland

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Thirty-five members of the Atascadero High School Drama Department had a once-in-a-lifetime experience over the summer, traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in the Fringe Arts Festival, the biggest theater arts festival in the world.
AHS junior Mallory Jaeger gave a presentation for the Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees at a meeting Tuesday, recapping the
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Vineyard Annex given go-ahead

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- The Thursday, Sept. 11 Templeton Unified School District Board meeting was anything but typical. With the two major action items yielding a split vote, more people in attendance than board members and a marked difference of opinion between board members, culminating in a 3-2 vote that will allow the Vineyard Annex project to move forward.
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Art & Wine Tour brings locals, tourists to downtown shops

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero Main Street continued their quarterly Art & Wine Tours Friday with a downtown event featuring numerous wineries, businesses and artistic talents.
A-Town Skate Park General Manager Kevin Campion used the occasion as a grand opening for his 805 Board Shop on Traffic Way, hosting Ancient Peaks Winery, furniture artist Ben Brown and country music duo Lee
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Campaign materials not allowed at GOP HQ; Fonzi says candidates must be endorsed

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Republican Party now has a new headquarters in the North County, but a pair of local republican political candidates are complaining that they've not been allowed to place campaign materials at the new office.
Atascadero City Council candidate Chuck Ward and mayoral candidate Charles Scovel, both registered Republicans, have said recently that they've tried to place
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NCC to host candlelight vigil for victims of addiciton

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- This Saturday, Sept. 20, the North County Connection will be hosting a candlelight vigil for those who have died as a result of addiction.
North County Connection representative Sue Warren spoke to the Atascadero City Council about the event at a meeting last week, saying that with the advent of President Obama's Affordable Care Act more drug
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Horsemen's Club celebrates 50th anniversary

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- To commemorate its 50th anniversary -- a momentous occasion -- the Atascadero Horsemen's Club presented the Atascadero Library with a book fitted with a plaque Tuesday as a way for the club to preserve this moment in history with a book that will be on the shelves at the library for many years to come. Club president Kathy
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Tree City USA? Citizens upset over elm, oak removals

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Many in Atascadero have mourned the loss of a row of huge elm trees along Atascadero Mall, which were recently removed due to safety concerns, and now it looks like more tree removals could be in the city's future.
At its Aug. 19 meeting, the Atascadero Planning Commission approved the removal of a ‘heritage' oak tree located
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Campion updates council on skate park projects

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
A-Town Skate Park General Manager Kevin Campion gave a presentation before the Atascadero City Council Tuesday, updating the council on several recent activities at the park including the conclusion of a long-awaited project to insulate the park.
The insulation project began two years ago when Campion saw a need to protect skate park users from the harsh weather of
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Gatherings Thrift marks anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Gatherings Thrift celebrated its one-year anniversary on Saturday with a mini-festival of collaboration with local businesses, organizations and causes that reflect its theme of sharing, community, and repurposing.
Gatherings Thrift owner Aleson Corella used the power of community to celebrate the business' one-year anniversary and organizations and businesses joined the fun.
Rolfe Nelson, and Signa Schmidt of Lighthouse
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Greybots finish in top 3 at San Jose competition

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
ATASCADERO ­-- The Atascadero High School Greybots robotics team took home another trophy after competing in a robotics competition in San Jose over Labor Day weekend, the latest in a long line of accolades earned by the team.
The Greybots traveled to San Jose to compete in an invitational event hosted by the 2014 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition
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Templeton looks at future of Fire Department

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
TEMPLTON -- Fire department sustainability and the need for a full-time fire chief were the hot topics of the night at the Sept. 2 Templeton Community Service District meeting. Interim chief Keith Aggson, presented the sustainability report to the board of directors. As an Atascadero Fire Captain he recommended that the board consider solidifying an agreement with the Atascadero Fire
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Atascadero couple gives butterflies a helping hand

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
Atascadero residents George and Kathy Asdel have undertaken an interesting project to help the local population of Monarch Butterflies.
For the past two years the couple has been collecting caterpillars and keeping them protected until they finish their transformation process and emerge as Monarch Butterflies.
George Asdel says that populations of monarchs have been in decline in recent
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