Wednesday, October 7, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 10

Weekly Poll
SLO County’s rural areas are seeing an increase in winery expansions and events. What’s your take on it?

The more tourism dollars we bring in, the merrier!
It ain’t agriculture unless there’s manure and a tractor involved!
The struggle to keep agricultural land economically viable is real, but we have to draw the line somewhere.
You gotta fight, for your right, to paaaaarrrrtttyyyy!

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Mission to sainthood: Recently canonized Father Junipero Serra helped establish the California mission system,  but is he really saint material?

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Mission to sainthood: Recently canonized Father Junipero Serra helped establish the California mission system, but is he really saint material?


Washington, D.C., stands some 3,000 miles from the site of Mission Carmel, once the home base of Father Junipero Serra, an evangelist Franciscan from the island of Mallorca.  With a bum leg and a handful of starving Spaniards, that tiny priest founded a backbone of missions in what was then called Alta California—a massive hinterland of shrubs, oak, and sun—to stake ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



SLO County condemns Los Osos home after it was vandalized


Los Osos resident Hilary Roberts Grant remembers the day she decided that she had to do something about an abandoned, unmaintained house across the street. She said the house ...

Stalled contract negotiations could mean CSU faculty strike


Chanting and picket lines could disrupt the pastoral calm of Cal Poly SLO’s scenic campus, after stalled contract negotiations between California State University System man...

Pewter Plough Playhouse founder Jim Buckley dies at 102


The Cambria community has lost one of its major icons. Jim Buckley, who founded the Pewter Plow Playhouse in Cambria in 1976, passed away Sept. 23 after experiencing declinin...

Two Paso Robles men found guilty of murder


Two Paso Robles men are facing possible life sentences, after SLO County juries in two different cases convicted them both of murder charges. The first, 52-year-old Thomas Ya...

SLO Supes to consider steps toward community choices for energy production


At its Oct. 6 meeting, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will be asked to take a small step that could set numerous choices on the horizon of the area’s energy...

Coastal Commission delays Pismo BeachWalk Hotel appeal


The appeal of a controversial resort hotel project in Pismo Beach will have to wait another month until it goes before the California Coastal Commission. Kevin Kahn, district...

A colorful garage prompts an eviction threat at the Santa Margarita Mobile Home Park


The Santa Margarita Mobile Home Park is an intimate, usually quiet community tucked into the southeastern corner of town against the Santa Margarita Ranch. About 50 homes lin...

Diablo debate: Town hall meeting highlights federal, local, and state stakeholders in nuclear plant's future


The domes of Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors rise above the facility and look out over a scenic view of the Central Coast. The twin domes’ inner workings are complex,...

Cougars & Mustangs


What better way to start off the savory month of October than with a headline so steeped in distilled awesomeness that it could raise the dead with a jubilant whoop? “Cal Po...


Corporate greed


The Phillips 66 rail spur extension project, if approved, would add 1.3 miles of track to an existing rail spur for transporting a flammable and toxic mixture of crude oil, ca...


Quit personal attacks on those who don't agree about oil trains

By Martin Akel - Nipomo

Since he doesn’t have facts, Patrick Sidun, a Phillips 66 employee, is personally attacking those opposed to hauling 520, mile-long oil trains through the county each year. ...

The 'vocal minority' isn't imagining oil-by-rail hazards

By Andrew Christie - director, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, San Luis Obispo

If Patrick Sidun (“Fact vs. fear in the Phillips 66 debate,” Sept. 24) thinks “a vocal minority has raised alarm about mostly imagined hazards from transporting oil to t...

Phillips 66 is a good neighbor, and progress is inevitable

By Marcus Beal - Pismo Beach

The Santa Maria Refinery is a small facility located on the mesa that has been a good neighbor for 60 years. They own 1,780 acres of land but only use a very small portion of ...


Petty-note junction

Taking dune buggies off of sweet jumps and breaking your neck is a thing, and it’s not just a thing for visiting Valley rednecks. Locals like to head to the Oceano Dunes for...

Street Talk

Now that Haggens is leaving, what would you like to see take its place?

Sarah Alarid Cheyenne Cramer Miranda Davis Alec Valencia

Strokes and Plugs

Grief relief: Hospice of SLO County introduces children's support program


Death is part of life. But still, in our culture, even with the widespread knowledge of such a fact and its inevitability, it’s incredibly difficult to talk about for anyone...


Trash to bikini? One woman cleans beaches with artsy results


A  bikini-clad woman poses for the camera, exposing flashes of sun-kissed skin. She’s poised on the bow of a boat, backdropped by azure Avila waves. It’s a pretty picture...

Struggle of Juarez on display at Cuesta


For photographer Jorge Arreola Barraza, coming back to his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is intensely bittersweet.  Walking the crumbling streets with his camera, he do...

The 7th Annual New Times Music Awards honors local music stars at the Fremont Theater


View a slideshow from the 2015 New Times Music Awards. It’s Friday, Sept. 25, and the Fremont Theatre did everything but roll out a red carpet for the seventh annual New Ti...

California Sculpture SLAM hits SLOMA


People have been etching stone and carving forms from the earth since the dawn of civilization. The first sculptures were probably crafted in an effort to coax the hunting god...

Opera San Luis Obispo presents 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' Oct. 10 and 11


When’s the last time you went to the opera? That’s what I thought. Get your cultural big kid pants on, grab a pair of binoculars, and check out Opera San Luis Obispo’s u...


Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band play Oct. 2 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre


I was told I’d have between five and seven minutes to interview Ringo Starr last Thursday, and right on time, my phone rang at 11:40 a.m. and a female voice said, “Are you...


‘Pawn Sacrifice’ is a fascinating depiction of chess champion Bobby Fischer

Edward Zwick (Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) directs Tobey Maguire as chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who famously competes against Soviet chess c...


Whiskey and June and microwave: Atascadero's beloved dive gets a menu makeover and a craft cocktail trailer


What do you remember about Terry’s Bar and Grill? Was it the taxidermied animals on the walls or the photo of Marilyn Monroe behind the bar, coyly eating breakfast in bed? ...

Hayley's Pick

Bristols Cider's Merry Hell and Whiskey and June's Whiskey Sour

Bristols Ciderhouse in Atascadero has been raising the bar for local cider since its opening last year, and they are continuing to produce new and exciting offerings since the...

Hot Dates

Hit the railroad

Get on board with the 2015 Central Coast Railroad Festival, Oct. 1 through 4 at various venues in SLO County, including the SLO Railroad Museum, History Center of SLO, SLO Cou...

Actin’ kinda shady

The Painters Group and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will hold a juried exhibition titled Rhythm and Hues, on display at SLOMA, Oct. 2 through Nov. 29. As the title suggests, ...

Held at bay

Celebrate Morro Bay and all it has to offer at the 34th annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Oct. 3 from noon to 9 p.m. on the Embarcadero between Harbor and Marina streets. Fres...