Monday, May 4, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 40
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Run to the hills: Bryce Wilson tackles the SLO Marathon

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Run to the hills: Bryce Wilson tackles the SLO Marathon

BY BRYCE WILSON

View a slideshow of Bryce Wilson's SLO Marathon progression. I started running four years ago. Since that time, I’ve lost 50 pounds and dropped two pants sizes. I’ve also grown numb to the sight of black toenails, bleeding nipples, and other things that would make normal people seek medical care. My left leg is a mass of varicose veins that resembles a relief map of ... [ Read More ]

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News

Hands in Nepal seeks donations for solar lights

BY COLIN RIGLEY

After news broke that a massive earthquake had devastated the people of Nepal, nearly 8,000 miles away, the board members of Hands in Nepal got together to think of how they c...

Arroyo Grande will have a new city manager and attorney

BY RHYS HEYDEN

For the first time since Nov. 19, 2014, Arroyo Grande will have a permanent city manager. At the Arroyo Grande City Council’s April 28 meeting, the council unanimously vote...

More property returned to former Doobie Dozen

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Two more people who were arrested as part of a large medical marijuana sting now have permission to retrieve their property that’s been sitting in evidence since late 2010. ...

Cambria hires a PR contractor

BY JONO KINKADE

The little community known as the “Pines by the Sea” now has a well-connected man vouching for them in the big halls of Sacramento. The Cambria Community Services Distric...

A former Cal Poly football player takes a plea deal

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Cortland Fort—one of the five former Cal Poly football players accused of planning or carrying out an August 2014 armed robbery—agreed to a plea deal on April 20. Fort pl...

An outgoing panel could be given new life in its review of Diablo Canyon

BY COLIN RIGLEY

With a little more than 10 years before the last license is scheduled to expire at Diablo Canyon, regulators and independent reviewers remain up to their bureaucratic elbows i...

God complex: Alleged creationist teachings are causing an uproar in Arroyo Grande

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After receiving complaints from parents in Arroyo Grande and both local and national atheist organizations, the Lucia Mar Unified School District recently launched an investig...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Welcome to the Merry, Merry Month of May! What’s so merry about it, you ask? Does Jolly St. Nicholas secretly deliver presents to all the good little mammals of May? Are you...

Letters

Atascadero Library is losing a legend

Joseph Laurenzi, MLS - Regional Librarian, North County San Luis Obispo County Libraries

The time has come for the announcement that our long time Youth Services Librarian Joan Bloomfield is retiring on May 9. Joan has worked for the Atascadero Library for 26 year...

There's been a lot of water posturing

Jim Olesnanik - Templeton

The big selling point touted by PRAAGS, PRO Water Equity, and the Board of Supervisors (BOS) is that the establishment of a water district will result in “local control.” ...

Shredder

Falling on deaf ears

It’s common knowledge that university faculty members are a bunch of self-important whiners sucking at the government teat while indoctrinating students in their leftist phi...

Street Talk

Which comic book supervillain would you be?

Zak Hicks Stephan Teodosescu Luis Lopez Neal Smith

Strokes and Plugs

MindBody expands headquarters

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

As of April 24, MindBody expanded its headquarters to encompass an extra 64,000 square feet. The new building has a laid-back atmosphere, with lush plant life adorning the off...

Arts

PCPA stages the classic musical 'My Fair Lady'

BY JESSICA PENA

The house lights dim, the stage lights go up, and the overture begins with great fanfare. You can see toes tapping in the audience to the endless score of hits—the urgent st...

Accomplished pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane performs at the PAC

BY JESSICA PENA

When he was still an ankle biter, around the age of 4 or 5 years old, Jeffrey Kahane began playing the piano. His parents had bought one for his older brother, but it was Jeff...

Phil Lee delights a sold-out crowd at Steynberg Gallery on April 25

BY GLEN STARKEY

It’s Friday, April 25, and my wife and I roll in to Steynberg Gallery where Ragged Company and Phil Lee are set to perform in about 30 minutes. Then tragedy strikes! Peter S...

Free Comic Book Day sweeps SLO County on May 2

BY JESSICA PENA

There are exactly three things to look forward to during the first week of May: Polish Constitution Day (duh!), the strong possibility of a new Marvel superhero movie, and Fre...

SLO County libraries honor Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

BY JESSICA PENA

In addition to Free Comic Book Day, May also brings us Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. As such, SLO County libraries will be celebrating with a series of readings, film screenin...

Music

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival fundraiser, Bard Aid, promises to be a sublime afternoon of music and theater on May 2 at Filipponi Ranch Winery

BY GLEN STARKEY

How’d you like to sip some fine wines in a rustic ranch setting under oak and sycamore trees while being entertained by four of the Central Coast’s finest musical acts, in...

Film

'Ex Machina' is intense and thought-provoking

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 26-year-old coder at the world’s largest Internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan...

Flavor

His heart bleeds milk: Lou Tedone, 91, makes mozzarella 365 days a year

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

When you get to be 91, sweetheart—you tend to lose some strength,” Dr. Lou Tedone said, his voice tinged with good humor and the whisper of a Brooklyn accent. It is the m...

Hayley's Pick

2011 VINTJS Paso Robles Red Wine and Robert Hall's 2014 Rose de Robles

A quality date doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be romantic. Why should your next bottle of wine be any different? Whether you’re watching the sun sink in your backyard o...

Hot Dates

From the heart

In response to the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the GALA Center in SLO will play host to One Heart, a multi-artist exhibit on display through June...

Light lessons

“I find myself constantly studying how light affects various objects around me, no matter how mundane the scene may be,” says photographer John Gannon, whose work will be ...

Chiseled slabs

Carve a path to Cambria and check out Sculpture by the Sea on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Ocean Pines. The event will feature works in stone, metal, clay, and wood, a...