• New Templeton Advisory Group assembles

    The Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) has reorganized following its elections last month, seating new members and electing new officers and committee chairs for 2019-2020. New board members Jon De Morales (delegate), Rocky Spurgeon (first alternate delegate), and Marie Roth (second alternate delegate) were seated based on the results of the March elections, while incumbents Chris Cobey and Bruce Jones were re-seated as delegates based on their re-election.

  • Twin Cities Hospital celebrates Doctor’s Day

    The Central Coast Market – Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton – celebrated National Doctors’ Day, March 30, by paying tribute to its physicians for their service, skill and compassion.

  • ‘Clutter-to-Cash’ Yard Sale is April 20

    Templeton’s Annual Community-wide Yard Sale Clutter to Cash is back. Over 75-100 garage and yard sales will be held throughout the community starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

  • APD: Seven arrested after search warrant is served

    Seven people were arrested after a search warrant was served Monday morning, March 18, in Atascadero, the Atascadero Police Department reported. At 7 a.m., the Atascadero Police Department with assistance from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team served a narcotics-related search warrant in the 5000 block of Olmeda Avenue.

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Suspects arrested in connection to three crimes, including attempted theft of ATM

ATASCADERO — Two men, including one from Atascadero, were arrested in connection to the attempted theft of an ATM and for two other related crimes, the Atascadero Police Department reported. At the end of May, APD investigated several significant crimes from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27. During the investigation of the crimes, detectives connected all of them to the same suspects. Working with law enforcement agencies, Atascadero police detectives tracked the two suspects to Monterey County and made arrests in connection to the crimes.

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At-risk missing woman reported

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating an at-risk missing woman. On June 10, at 9:43 a.m., the Atascadero Police Department responded to the 5400 block of Regio Place regarding Sherry Kohler, who reportedly left the residence in a vehicle. Kohler is described as suffering from dementia. She is 73 years old, 5-feet 5-inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, with grey hair and was last seen wearing pink and white pajamas. Kohler was reportedly driving a 2011 Mercedes Benz with California license plate 6SJX802.

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Council considered PSPS planning

Before they could dig into a marathon meeting schedule on their regular June 11 agenda, the Atascadero City Council spent an hour and a half on a much-anticipated presentation from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The corporation’s representative, Eric Daniels, was respectful of the Council’s obligation to represent constituents during questioning about the utility’s plans to implement Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) through the fire season.

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Templeton High School graduates 165

What do Herman Munster, William Shakespeare, the great Mrs. Mayer, Oscar Wilde and Ellen DeGeneres all have in common? Their words were used by speakers to help make points at the Templeton High School Commencement Ceremony on June 6 at Mike Erb Stadium.

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McMillan Fire in Shandon grows to 2,000 acres

SHANDON — Highway 46 East outside of Shandon is open and the McMillan Fire was at 50 percent containment, according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County.

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Former Atascadero teacher releases first book

ATASCADERO — Alan Pietsch’s first novel, published by 30 Hilltop Publishers, was released Thursday, June 6. “Ophelia’s Uncommonly Odd Odyssey” is the story of a young girl who is addicted to books. Ophelia is miserable always being chided by people for her constant reading and having her books taken from her by her teacher, until one day while reading at lunch, she unexpectedly falls into her story. What ensues is a rollercoaster ride of encounters with some of her favorite characters from literature. Ophelia thoroughly enjoys her adventure until she realizes in order to get back to school she has to learn some valuable lessons.

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Pre-Atascadero Wine Fest ‘WINE’d UP ‘Pop-Up’ Classes in Sunken Gardens set for June 22

ATASCADERO — Kennedy Club Fitness-Atascadero is partnering with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and City of Atascadero to offer a lifestyle element to this year’s Central Coast Reserve — formerly known as the Atascadero Wine Festival. Kennedy is offering two Pop-Up classes, free and open to the public the morning of the wine festival, Saturday, June 22 in Sunken Gardens. All fitness abilities are welcome. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. with Party Prep ‘Wine’d’ Up’, 30 minutes of cardio blast to get the heart pumping and calories burning. Yoga ‘Wine’d Down’, follows at 9:45 a.m. with 45 minutes of Yoga strength, stretch and relaxation movements.

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Heritage Ranch house and nearby vegetation catches on fire

HERITAGE RANCH — A house caught on fire on the 2700 Block of Saddleback Lane in Heritage Ranch on June 17 —igniting vegetation nearby. At approximately 3:40 p.m. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported that they were on the scene working on a residential structure fire. Minutes later they reported that approximately one acre of nearby vegetation was burning. Within minutes it doubled in size to two acres at moderate speed. Additional equipment was dispatched as it had the potential to spread to 20 acres.

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Templeton building caught on fire

TEMPLETON — An approximate 2,000 sq ft. structure was fully engulfed on 2500 block of Vineyard Drive on June 13. Firefighters from Cal Fire San Luis Obispo, Atascadero Fire, Templeton Fire, Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services and Atascadero State Hospital responded. According to scanner traffic there was an explosion right before the building caught on fire.

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State VFW Auxiliary announces Patriotic Art Scholarship Winner

ATASCADERO — Ashley Sutherland, a sophomore at Atascadero High School, was named the VFW Auxiliary Department of California's first-place winner of the 2018-2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. VFW Auxiliary 2814 in Atascadero sponsored Sutherland.

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    Dominguez Fire damages one home in its path

    CALIFORNIA VALLEY — A vegetation fire in California Valley damaged a home on June 14, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County reported. At 12:13 p.m., Cal Fire San Luis Obispo units responded to the fire that was held to 15 acres and 80% contained. Firefighters were able to stop the spread, while also battling the structure fire.

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    Commentary: The military-industrial complex strikes again

    A few months ago some friends and I visited the Pearl Harbor National Memorial complex in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The primary exhibits were designed (or deigned, I should say, for the complex was multi-layered, as we shall see) to honor those in the military that lost their lives in the surprise attack on the U.S. Navy and Air Force at Pearl Harbor and other parts of Oahu and the Hawaiian islands by the Japanese Air Force on December 7, 1941.

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    Highway 1 paving between Harmony and Cambria begins next week

    COUNTY — A project to resurface the pavement on Highway 1 from just north of Harmony Valley Road to Cambria Pines Road will begin on Monday, June 10. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures with flaggers Sunday night through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Construction will also take place Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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    Highway 46 East striping improvement project begins next week

    COUNTY — A project to replace the roadway striping and pavement markers began on Highway 46 East on Sunday, June 2. Motorists will encounter lane closures in each direction of Highway 46 East from west of Lucy Brown Road to the Kern County Line Sunday night through Friday morning during the overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists can expect minimal delays during this roadwork.

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    Recipes to get your summer started on the right foot

    The month of June heralds a multitude of activities and celebrations, from Father’s Day to graduations and weddings. And then there’s the start of the Summer Concerts in the North County communities, the Optimist Wine Festival Golf Tournament, and of course, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Reserve Experience!

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    Commentary: Report on first quarter of North County real estate

    The actual number of home sales dropped 16% in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

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    Conference on supporting gifted children set for May 4

    SANTA BARBARA — The Central Coast’s only conference on supporting gifted children will be held at La Colina Junior High School in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. The event, coordinated by the Tri-County GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Council and The Knox School of Santa Barbara, will focus on embracing all sides of gifted children — from Academic to Social and Emotional to Intellectual needs. “The gifted population is often underserved in our culture, and this conference was created to support the adults who are charged with providing for these children and their unique needs,” said Dr. Angela Tanner, Founder of The Knox School of Santa Barbara. “The conference tagline is All Means All because supporting a gifted child in a way that leads them to thrive means that all of their diverse needs must be addressed.”

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    HWY 58 resurfacing project East of Santa Margarita resumes

    COUNTY — A project to resurface 24 miles of Highway 58 from six miles east of Santa Margarita near State Route 229 to the Navajo Creek Bridge resumed on Wednesday, May 1. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from near the Junction with State Route 229 to east of Shooting Star Road Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Delays should not exceed 15 minutes. Motorists will also encounter a striping operation next week during the daytime hours within the project limits.

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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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