Vehicle fire causes damage to garage

ATASCADERO — A garage fire was reported in the 9500 block of Casa Bella Court in Atascadero Saturday, Feb. 3. When firefighters entered through the garage door they found a vehicle on fire. Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the fire within 20 minutes.

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Men found dead in California Valley home

CALIFORNIA VALLEY — On Monday, Jan. 29 two individuals were found deceased in a residence located on the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail in California Valley. At approximately 11:17 a.m. the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased subject in a residence. Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Deputies, along with California Game and Fish and Wildlife Warden’s, found two deceased individuals, Edward Chavez Mendoza, age 70, a resident of California Valley and his son, Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr., age 37, also a resident of California Valley inside the home.

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AHS National Honors Students recognized at board meeting

AHS Principal Bill Neely recognized his 2017 National Honors Students and AP exam scholars at the last board meeting .

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Atascadero police officers battle Monterey Road Elementary’s winning teams

Monterey road’s recent lunchtime basketball tournament brought in more than 75 student participants. As a special incentive, winning teams of each tournament get to battle the Atascadero Police Officers in a final play off game.

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AUSD kindergarten enrollment begins

Soon-to-be kindergarteners who are five years of age on or before Sept. 1, and soon-to-be transitional kindergarteners who turn five years after Sept. 1 on or before Dec. 2 will be eligible to register at any of AUSD’s eight early elementary school programs, depending on each child’s school of residence.

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Creston Elementary Students sharpen skills in Robotics Club and STEM activities

Students at Creston Elementary School utilize their teamwork, leadership, communication skills to build their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. Students who participate in the in fourth and fifth grade Robotics Club are building robots they use to compete against others in the club while gaining an understanding of engineering.

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The Fine Arts Academy begins open enrollment

The student leadership team poses for a photo at the Fine Arts Academy in Atascadero

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Enrollment up at AUSD, down at Atascadero High School

ATASCADERO — Within the next month, Atascadero Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Jacki Martin will be analyzing an increase of 75 students since the beginning of the school year. She will be developing a budget with the enrollment numbers in mind. “The numbers are fantastic!” Martin said, noting that official enrollment numbers are always calibrated the first week of October. “I’ve been here almost 15 years now… and I can’t recall a time when we’ve actually grown after Winter Break. That rarely happens. As a matter of fact to even grow at the starting of the school year is phenomenal,” she said.

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NCCS holds "Colonial Day"

North County Christian School in Atascadero recently held “Colonial Day.”

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AMS students take variety of elective classes

Atascadero Middle School students exhibit their innovation, creativity and leadership through a wide variety of elective classes.

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Brynn and Brittni Frace remembered

A celebration of life for Brittni and Brynn Frace will take place at the Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave. on Friday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

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TUSD warns parents after child is assaulted in Templeton

Dr. Joe Koski, Superintendent of Templeton Unified School District issued a warning to parents this morning after a child was allegedly assaulted near her home in Templeton. “I want to alert you to a report of a stranger danger situation that occurred over the weekend,” Koski wrote in the statement. “On Saturday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a student was playing near her home on the 1200 block of Bennett Way in Templeton when a man grabbed her from behind. She screamed and the man put his hand over her mouth. She elbowed him in the stomach and he let go of her.”

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Children's House Montessori celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year, during the week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Children’s House Montessori School students in Atascadero, ranging in age from three to 12, learn about civil rights and the life of Dr. King.

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Atascadero Printery needs volunteers

The Atascadero Printery Foundation is holding a workday Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with indoor cleanup and yard work at the historic Atascadero Printery Building.

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Fire Station provides sand to protect against flooding

“With the heavy rainfall occurring here this week and with the massive mudslides that took place overnight in Santa Barbara County, I'd like to remind all of our residents that they should be sure to check and clear any storm drains, culverts, drain pipes, ditches and waterways located on their property the help ensure unimpeded water flow,” said City Manager Rachelle Rickard at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

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Jim Prostovich honored

“I like being presented with challenges,” Jim Prostovich said about his job at the newspaper. “I know that sounds kinda cliché, but I like to figure out the solution to things.”

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Pig rescue faces issues with local ordinance

“And they’re thinking they’re literally getting this tiny housepet,” K&M Mini Pot Belly Pig Rescue Owner Marilu Elder said. “What happens is they outgrow that 25 pounds, guaranteed, and they don’t want it anymore. It becomes a burden. A 50, 100 or 150 pound pet that nobody knows what to do with.”

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Fire damages home on Curbaril Avenue

A fire caused extensive damages to a home on the 7800 block of Curbaril Avenue Wednesday evening. A contractor working on the home reported the fire around 5:30 p.m. according to Atascadero Fire Chief Casey Bryson, who said the home is currently undergoing renovations and doesn’t contain any belongings or furnishings.

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Local Security Guard loses life while helping others

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles resident Gregory S. Norwood passed away in an accident Saturday, Dec. 18 while helping an elderly couple at the Community Health Center (CHC) in Templeton.

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Activists rally at zoo's holiday event

One Direct Action Everywhere protester, dressed and painted like a tiger, knelt silently in a cage as a visual message, while others held signs that read: “There’s no excuse for animal abuse” and “Captivity Kills.” Another sign read, “All I want for Christmas is adequate space, climate control, sanctuary.”

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Transient found in daycare after early morning break in

ATASCADERO — On Nov. 27 at 6:50 a.m. officers with the Atascadero Police Department were dispatched to Busy Bees Preschool on Santa Lucia Road. An employee opening the business that morning found an unknown woman inside the daycare. Police apprehend 31-year-old Sjana Fay Salazar, a transient. Salazar was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of burglary and her bail was set at $50,000.

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North County men arrested after police pursuit

PASO ROBLES — Two men, Patrick Dale Sandeffer, 30, from Atascadero and Raymond Gene Anthony Glove, 24, of Paso Robles, attempted to evade police on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Paso Robles after an attempted traffic stop. Paso Robles Police Department identified a vehicle associated with "known felon” Kyle Daily, who has two felony warrants out for his arrest, traveling north on North River Road.

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PHOTO: CAPS presents $80K check to Atascadero Unified

Kathy Peterson and Lori Bickel, Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS) Chairpersons, presented the Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees with an $80,000 check Tuesday at the school board meeting.

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Former students threatens Cuesta College with bomb

PASO ROBLES — Former student Daniel William Chaides, 45, went to the Student Services area at the Cuesta College North County Campus in Paso Robles and became involved in an argument with school officials on Dec. 12 around 11 a.m.

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Fire at the south end of town damages structure

Atascadero — Shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 four fire engines responded to a small fire in an outbuilding on the 1400 block of Chispa Road south of Atascadero. Firefighters arrived at the rural location just outside the city limits and were able to knock the fire down in moments. The fire was in Cal Fire jurisdiction and mutual aid was provided by the Atascadero Fire Department and Atascadero State Hospital Fire Department. Nobody was hurt during the incident and no homes were damaged. The fire is thought to have been caused by improper discarding of ashes from a fireplace according to Clint Bullard, Fire Information Officer with Cal Fire.

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Additional Articles

  • US highway 101 preservation treatment continues next week

    ATASCADERO — A project to place a protective overlay on US Highway 101 from the Traffic Way Undercrossing in Atascadero to the Vineyard Drive Overcrossing in Templeton will continue through next week. This project which is designed to extend the life of the pavement was suspended earlier this winter due to colder temperatures which made resurfacing the highway unsuitable.

  • California Valley deaths ruled murder/sucide

    CALIFORNIA VALLEY —The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the cause and manner of death of the father and son who were found deceased in their home in California Valley on Jan. 29.

  • Atascadero man dies after flipping convertible on Highway 101

    A two-vehicle accident on Highway 101 in Atascadero Sunday afternoon left an elderly driver dead and his passenger with major injuries.

  • Road work at Highway 41 and Los Altos Road resumes after rain delay

    ATASCADERO — A project to extend the left-turn lane and reconstruct the intersection of State Route 41 from west of Los Altos Road to east of Old Morro Road will resume this week following delays due to rain in the area. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control at the intersection of State Route 41 at Los Altos Road beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • AUSD examines new state budget

    “Last year there was a lot of conversation and pressure regarding special ed funding and they were supposed to take the year to study it — they didn’t,” AUSD Assistant Superintendent Jackie Martin said.

  • Planners recommend zoning changes

    ATASCADERO — At a meeting Tuesday evening the Atascadero Planning Commission took one small step toward making the downtown area pedestrian-friendly and attractive for businesses looking to develop retail, restaurant, service and entertainment outlets in the area. The board voted unanimously to recommended changes to the City’s zoning code — changes that the Atascadero City Council will consider at a future meeting. As recommended by City staff, the changes will require any developer looking to open an office or medical building in the downtown zone to apply for a conditional use permit, which would have to be approved by the planning commission. The changes will also disallow new residential developments on the ground floor in the northeast portion of downtown near the National Guard Armory, which were previously allowed and remove requirements for new businesses on East Mall to have a 20-foot setback from the sidewalk in addition to the 20-foot right-of-way that exists in order to preserve the “parkway” feel, Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore said.

  • Provisions of food for those in need at Santa Rosa Elementary location

    According to Kathy Peterson, a Kiwanis volunteer, her club is hoping more people find out about their food program. She said she’s seeing about 20 people showing up at the Santa Rosa parking lot each week, but they have plenty of food for more – an entire truck load of food.

  • Blood Drive to be held at Walmart

    “Nobody expects to need blood, but it is important to ensure that it is available, especially during the holiday season,” said Mona Kleman, Senior Donor Recruitment Manager.

  • Chamber chooses new board

    Templeton — Four new Templeton Chamber Board members have been announced after a recent membership vote. New board members will serve a three year term beginning in January of 2018, joining current and ongoing board members in the leadership and governing of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • AMS holds ribbon-cutting

    ATASCADERO — Atascadero Unified celebrated the completion of new construction and modernization of the Atascadero Middle School (formerly the junior high) by holding an official ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday evening . New construction began in April of 2015 and was completed September of 2017.