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Colamarino looking for first term on City Council

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero Planning Commissioner Len Colamarino has announced that he will be one of two newcomers -- the other being Chuck Ward -- to challenge incumbents Heather Moreno and Brian Sturtevant for their seats on the Atascadero City Council in the election this November.
Colamarino says that he decided to run for City Council after reading about Ward's
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Atascadero Fire Dept. denied key radio grant

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
The Atascadero Fire Department recently received notice that it would not be receiving a grant that would have allowed badly needed upgrades to the radio system used by local emergency personnel.
The department had applied for the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant in an effort to update radio equipment that is "vital to providing safe, effective and reliable communications
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Ice Bucket Challenge: Atascadero mayor takes the plunge

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Atascadero Mayor Tom O'Malley and Paso Robles City Council member Steve Martin joined the national craze and took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday.
O'Malley says he was nominated for the challenge by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and former Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals and he in turn nominated Martin to join him for the challenge.
"I'm very glad
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No appeal in Walmart lawsuit

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- After years of public hearings, a ballot measure and lengthy legal battle, a project to bring a Walmart store to Atascadero will finally be moving forward.
For the past several years the project has been held up by a lawsuit against the city brought by a group called Save Atascadero (formerly Oppose Walmart) that challenged the city's
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Sturtevant to seek second term on City Council

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Atascadero Mayor Pro-Tem Brian Sturtevant will be asking voters to re-elect him for another term on the city council during the election on Nov. 4.
Sturtevant will be vying for one of two open seats on the council, running against fellow incumbent Heather Moreno and newcomers Chuck Ward and Len Colamarino.
Sturtevant says that the council
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Atascadero woman wanted for stealing dog; Arrested last week on drug charges

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- An Atascadero woman arrested last week for her involvement in a local drug ring is again wanted by police, this time for allegedly stealing a dog from a Paso Robles pet store.
Atascadero resident Allison Trammel, 24, was arrested Sat., Aug. 16 at a home in Paso Robles and was charged with possession of drugs for
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Long Walk Home: Service groups, others come together to support local homeless organization

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Service groups, churches, local officials and individuals all came together to support the El Camino Homeless Organization Saturday during the 3rd Annual Long Walk Home event Saturday morning.
"It's a great opportunity to show the community -- those folks who haven't volunteered or been on the property -- to see what's going on and learn a little bit more
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CAPS event raises thousands for local schools

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The 8th Annual Evening for Education event, hosted by the Committee For Atascadero Public Schools at the Atascadero Elks Lodge Saturday, was once again a huge success, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars for local schools.
Event organizer Kathy Peterson says that 300 tickets for the event sold out a week ahead of time and the
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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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