Wednesday, August 31, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 5
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Burnt out: Shifting winds toss the Chimney Fire back and forth between Hearst Castle and Lake Nacimiento

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Burnt out: Shifting winds toss the Chimney Fire back and forth between Hearst Castle and Lake Nacimiento

By PETER JOHNSON

Check out more images of the Chimney Fire. First, a red glow appeared on the hillside. Then, ash started sprinkling down from the night sky.  When that sprinkle turned into a hail, Jerry Parker of Bryson Hesperia, a community north of Lake Nacimiento, knew that the Chimney Fire was closing in on his 7-acre property and it was time to leave it behind. “The ash got so ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

News

Three on trial in alleged beating of Hancock College student

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Three Nipomo men are facing multiple felony charges after they allegedly beat and severely injured another man during a confrontation in a Nipomo neighborhood last year. Javi...

Medical marijuana industry concerned over possible new planting ban in SLO County

By JONO KINKADE

Advocates, patients, and members of the local medical cannabis industry were on high alert leading up to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ Aug. 23 meeting, wh...

Arroyo Grande residents protest potential sale of historic camp

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

History and commerce are hurtling toward a head-on collision in Arroyo Grande, and the city’s residents want their elected officials to know they’ll take history over comm...

Candidates challenge mayor in Morro Bay

By JONO KINKADE

The small but politically active city of Morro Bay may see an exciting election heading into November. Two candidates are taking on incumbent Mayor Jamie Irons, and four cand...

Atascadero Walmart is on track, city says

By PETER JOHNSON

Walmart is still coming, Atascadero. That's at least what city officials are saying after the Atascadero Planning Commission approved a one-year extension for the project’s...

Two dead in suspected murder-suicide in Morro Bay

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Morro Bay Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths of a man and woman in Morro Bay on Aug. 22. Police released the names of the victim...

Correction

• In the Aug. 18 news brief, “Chimney Fire scorches 30 homes,” South Shore Village resident Lee Johnson’s age was misprinted. Johnson is 89. 

Rental rebels: Scofflaws ignore Arroyo Grande's vacation rental laws

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

If you are looking for a home or room to rent for a short vacation in the Five Cities area, the map included in the Arroyo Grande City Council’s Aug. 9 regular meeting packe...

Take initiative: Voters will check boxes on gun safety, capital punishment, marijuana

By BRENNA SWANSTON

I don’t know how to put this, but November’s election is kind of a big deal. And, believe it or not, it’s about much more than Hillary versus The Donald—especially ...

Viewer Discretion: Santa Ynez Flames

By AMANDA ROMERO

  The Rey Fire in Santa Barbara County has burned more than 30,000 acres and is 34 percent contained as of Aug. 24, according to Cal Fire reports. PHOTO BY AMANDA ROMERO

Commentary

What is balance?

By ROBERT C. CUDDY

The scene: Studios of the NNN (Nazi News Network), Berlin, 1933. “Good evening. I am your host, Wolfgang Tod. Tonight on ‘Important Issues’ we look at the question of w...

Letters

Issues local candidates should address

By Jim Griffin - SLO

SLO Town is often thought of as a place with few if any real problems or social maladies. And it’s true there aren’t many that are easy to see at first glance. But a close...

We need laws that push clean energy

By Steven Marx - San Luis Obispo

Along with the news of steadily worsening floods in the east and fires in the west largely attributable to burning of fossil fuels, comes recent word of the opening of “Amer...

Save Camp AG

By Hillery Dixon - Arroyo Grande

The Camp Arroyo Grande property is one of the hidden gems of the Central Coast. Tucked unassumingly in a small canyon just above the village of Arroyo Grande, its rustic build...

Oil trains and children

By Bryan Honore - Cayucos

My 8-year-old granddaughter and her younger brother live several stone throws away from the railroad tracks in SLO. From their living room window they used to watch the trains...

Shredder

Thin blue line

Have you noticed an increase in incidents of police shooting people—frequently unarmed people of color?  It seems to be happening more and more frequently, or maybe the ...

Street Talk

What do you think San Luis Obispo needs?

Cori Matherly Josh Payne Rich Jordan Susie and Mark Barnum

Strokes and Plugs

Drink to comedy: J. Lohr partners with Juice Media to bring millennials into the fold

By KATRINA BORGES

Typically, when one thinks of a wine connoisseur, it is a middle-aged or older person that comes to mind. Millennials are rarely thought of as wine drinkers, but J. Lohr Winer...

Arts

Comfort clothes: SLO-based Scissor Clothing designs stylish, wearable pieces

By RYAH COOLEY

The Central Coast isn’t known as a fashion mecca by any standard, but for designer Kate White, fresh out of fashion school in New York in 2006, San Luis Obispo was where she...

Passing through: Artist Erin Hanson paints dreamy, impressionistic Paso landscapes

By RYAH COOLEY

About six years ago, California native artist Erin Hanson couldn’t even tell you where Paso Robles was on a map. Today, she’s painted 300 landscapes of the agrarian (and s...

Breath and sky: Get away from the coast with a trip to the Eastern Sierras

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

I roll my windows down simply to feel the heat: a wave of new weather to rid my bones of the fog-enshrouded cloud of 60-degree coast behind me.  The gauge on my dashboard ...

Seeking mini stars: Enrollment is openfor SLO Little Theatre's Academy of Creative Theatre

By RYAH COOLEY

Think your tot’s got what it takes to be the next big acting sensation? Then hurry up and get that kid enrolled in the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre’s Academy of Creative...

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

By RYAH COOLEY

Ah, September. School is back in session, summer sunlight still remains, but the weather has cooled just a touch. It’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. And luck...

Studios on the Park exhibits entirety of apRoberts and Christopher's 'Exquisite Corpse'

By RYAH COOLEY

Sometimes the individual parts are greater than the whole, and sometimes it’s a close tie. Such is the case with graphic artists Jimmy apRoberts and Brian Christopher’s...

Blast from the Past: Hell Hunters

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 1986  |  Where? DVD  |  Rated? Not rated. The ’80s were a special time for movies—an especially bad time! So much schlock came out full of silly plots, mindle...

Music

Inga Swearingen plays an album release concert on Aug. 27 at the Clark Center

By GLEN STARKEY

Singer-songwriter Inga Swearingen opens her new album, Let Me Call This Home, with a cover song: The Police’s 1979 hit “Message in a Bottle.” Like Cassandra Wilson did o...

Film

‘Hell or High Water’ delivers well-developed characters in an intense crime drama

David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense, Hallam Foe) directs Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) crime drama about brothers Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine), th...

Flavor

Rolling in the green: Morro Bay's Avocado & Margarita Festival spans soil and sand

By HAYLEY THOMAS

Farmer Bill Coy reaches his suntanned arms up and into a sea of glossy orange-green leaves in search of a perfectly ripe avocado. Victorious, he palms the plump, bumpy black f...

Hayley's Pick

Calivore Sprint Co.'s Big Sur Gin and Big Sky Cafe's Hibiscus Iced Tea

Unless you’ve been hiding under a juniper tree somewhere, you already know that gin is way cool again. I mean, it’s been cool for years now! Why this change of heart, you ...

Hot Dates

Watercolor fowl

Birds are the subject of artist Greg Ellis-Valencia’s ink and watercolor paintings, on display at Joebella Coffee Roasters in Atascadero through Sept. 4. Originals and print...

Dream interpretations

Frame Works in SLO will host Once Upon a Dream by Leslie Balleweg, an exhibit of oil paintings examining perception and imagery in storytelling, on view Sept. 2 through Dec. 2...

What a brush

Check out some fine examples of artist Jari De Ham’s work at an exhibit of fine art Chinese brush paintings on display at Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay Sept. 1 throu...