• Cruisin’ Weekend street closures in effect Aug. 17-18

    ATASCADERO — Cruisin’ Weekend kicks off Friday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the City of Atascadero’s 26th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, which is a closed and controlled cruise on El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Curbaril. The following roads will be close for Cruise Nite beginning at 5 p.m.: • El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Curbaril • San Luis Ave. from Curbaril to Pueblo • Pueblo from San Luis Ave. to El Camino Real • Palma from East Mall to Traffic Way • East Mall from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real • West Mall from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real • Entrada from Lewis Ave to El Camino Real

  • Fire breaks out in riverbed near Tampico Road

    ATASCADERO — Firefighters are battling a vegetation fire Thursday afternoon in the riverbed near Tampico Road. Atascadero Fire Department responded to the fire shortly after 4 p.m. It was first reported as a half-acre fire, burning at a slow rate with the potential to burn 15 acres. No structures were threatened, but police had evacuated a residence in the 4000 block of Tampico.

  • Atascadero Planning Commission: Colony home might house nurses

    Pending a review from City staff regarding lighting conditions on the property, a 102-year old Colony home on El Camino Real got the green light from the Atascadero Planning Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for a permit allowing three apartments. Applicant Roger Grant, owner of the site, sought permission for the residential conversion in an area zoned for commercial use after looking for the best plan for the property, he said after the Commision meeting.

  • Candidate list for Atascadero City Council begins to come together

    With City of Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley having expressed his desire to retire from the office and City Council incumbent Brian Sturtevant not having pulled papers to run again, the timer is running on the five-day nomination extension period until Aug. 15. Deputy City Clerk Amanda Muther said it would be difficult, although not necessarily impossible, for anyone taking out forms at a late point in the process to gather enough signatures. As soon as the documents are handed in they would be whisked off to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder’s Office for verification.

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Two men resist arrest and are booked back into jail

ATASCADERO — Two separate incidents occurred this week with two suspects who were taken into custody early this week by Atascadero police after resisting arrest. The first incident occurred with Kejuan Guy Bynum, 25, was contacted early in the afternoon on Aug. 13 by Atascadero police. Bynum then fled on foot from the officers. “A perimeter was established and he was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant.” Sgt. Jason Carr with the Atascadero Police Department said.

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Spot fires break out in North County

NORTH COUNTY — Several small vegetation fires erupted in the North County this week. Thanks to the quick response by firefighters and volunteers the fires were put out quickly and structures were saved. Ysabel Fire The Ysabel fire started on Aug. 9 at the 1000 block of Santa Ysabel Avenue, and South River Road in Paso Robles. Around 3:50 p.m. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo and the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the vegetation fire. Winds drove the fire and structures nearby were threatened. An air attack and an engine fought the two-acre grass fire that was wind driven and surrounded by roads threatening nearby structures. By 4:04 p.m.fire personnel made good progress and additional resources were canceled. Structure threat was mitigated and shortly after aircraft was released. The fire was fully contained by 4:35 p.m.

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KCF partners with Salvation Army for CA Wildfire Relief

COUNTY — Kennedy Club Fitness Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande are partnering with the local offices of the Salvation Army to help raise funds for those affected by the recent California Wildfires. “Several of our staff who either have firefighters in their family or know people affected by the fires asked us to get involved as a company,” said Debra Albert, Kennedy Club Fitness Marketing Manager. “We’ve had a long standing relationship with the Salvation Army, and they, along with the Red Cross have been instrumental in providing help and relief. We host the red kettles every holiday and it seemed fitting to bring those kettles back in the Clubs as beacons of help and aid for those who need it.”

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Car pursuit in Atascadero, four men eventually yield to deputies

ATASCADERO — A slow-moving car chase early Monday morning, Aug. 13, ended with four arrests, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported. SLO sheriff’s deputies were in pursuit of a vehicle going 45 mph northbound on Highway 101 when they called California Highway Patrol at 12:39 a.m. to assist. The CHP unit was coming over from Camp Roberts when the vehicle yielded and went on the off-ramp at San Ramon Drive near Home Depot in Atascadero. CHP was called off at 1:07 a.m. and the deputies found four men in the vehicle.

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Make back to school season the greenest ever

ATASCADERO — As millions prepare to head back to school, Waste Management of Southern California is offering parents, students and educators practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, in and out of the classroom. “Back to school season is the perfect time to incorporate eco-friendly practices into our daily routine that can have a lasting positive impact on the environment,” said Eloisa Orozco, spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California. “By committing to reduce, reuse and recycle right, we can all do our part to make this school year the greenest ever.”

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    CalVet Tuition Fee waived for eligible veteran dependents

    SACRAMENTO — California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible veteran dependents. The CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

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    Local programs and agencies are looking for help

    COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Services and Central Coast Community Volunteers. Join many seniors, age 50 and over, who are taking the time to help improve the lives of others. SVS and CCCV can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at 805-544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities.

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    Smoke from Turkey Fire impacts North County

    COUNTY — Smoke from a fire in southern Monterey County made for a hazy Monday afternoon, Aug. 6, in North San Luis Obispo County. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey reported battling a fire at about 1 p.m. near Parkfield. The fire was near Turkey Flat Road. By 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, the vegetation fire was 2,225 acres with no structures threatened and 60 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

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    Work at Paul’s slide on Route 1 requires overnight closure

    MONTEREY COUNTY — Augmenting the existing retaining wall will require both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide to fully close overnight for three nights, starting on Sunday, Aug. 5. The highway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. Motorists and cyclists are advised to plan around these three emergency overnight hard closures. This roadwork should be completed by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 8. Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage in January of 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

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    Fonzi: How a candidate sees the world matters

    My last article suggested asking local candidates about their “Vision” for Atascadero and specific types of questions you might ask them. A candidate’s worldview is equally important since how a person sees the world influences how they govern. One need look no farther than Santa Barbara to see bad government at work albeit for the best of intentions. A ban on plastic straws was passed, ostensibly to prevent marine life from ingesting micro-plastic pollutants and being injured. Who could be against that?

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    FDA issues voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Mondelēz International, Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. and have initiated voluntarily recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. Additional information about each specific recall is available on the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/. The FDA recommends people discard or return any recalled product to the store where it was purchased.

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    Council looks to extend mayor term

    ATASCADERO — The mayor of Atascadero just can’t get enough done in two years according to three City Council members and current mayor Tom O’Malley, who spoke on the subject during a meeting Tuesday. At the end of the discussion the Council voted unanimously to pose the question to voters on the November ballot as to whether or not they’d like to see the mayor’s term extended to four years. According to O’Malley, the Council originally would select a mayor and planning commission members by a majority vote, leading to the majority dominating the direction of the Council and the City as a whole. “We used to have much-polarized politics in Atascadero, much like you’d see at the Board of Supervisors and it tended to be ‘winner take all,’” O’Malley said. “We had pendulum swings often. We’d have a majority leaning in one direction for a few years then a majority leaning another direction for a few years and we were like a yo-yo. You’d see really very little progress on major, long-term projects.”

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    Missed the voter registration deadline? It’s not too late.

    ATASCADERO — In prior elections,voters who missed the 15-day close of registration deadline were not qualified to vote in an upcoming election. Today, new legislation allows voters who missed the May 21 deadline to complete a Conditional Voter Registration (or Same Day Registration) process and cast their ballots at the County Elections Office up to and including Election Day. All votes will be e counted after the elections official verifies the voter’s registration and confirms the voter has not yet voted elsewhere in the current election.

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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)


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