Thursday, December 18, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 21
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Fight of the concourse: San Luis Obispo's land-use update turned into a three-year battle with the Airport Land Use Commission. Now what?

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Fight of the concourse: San Luis Obispo's land-use update turned into a three-year battle with the Airport Land Use Commission. Now what?

BY COLIN RIGLEY

View a slideshow of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport by staff photographer Kaori Funahashi. Bill Borgsmiller casually fiddled with a few instruments on the dashboard of his 1971 twin-prop Cessna 310, and the plane lurched forward slightly as the engines slowed to an idle. An alarm began to buzz in the small cabin filled with beige leather seats and the artifici... [ Read More ]

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News

Talking points: Friends of the Earth alleges PG&E and NRC coordinated to spin positive messages about Diablo Canyon

BY COLIN RIGLEY

An environmental group has alleged that members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) collaborated with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to spin positive information...

Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

BY RHYS HEYDEN

A heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on D...

Paso Robles grants oak tree removal permits for the Discovery Gardens project

BY JONO KINKADE

An elaborately designed outdoor-garden-themed park planned for a plot of land in east Paso Robles has inched forward with one more crucial permit approval from the city. But b...

A proposed Grover Beach ordinance aims to curb panhandling

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Following a significant uptick in aggressive panhandling during the past two years, the Grover Beach City Council is weighing whether to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit...

Rock fight, round 1: Planning commission holds first round of hearings on proposed quarry near Santa Margarita

BY JONO KINKADE

A stone’s throw in any direction in the tight-knit community of Santa Margarita can stir up a flurry of opinions, especially when it comes to tough questions about property ...

San Luis Coastal Unified School District replaces the letter grading system with a standards-based one

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

School: You love it, hate it, or feel ambivalent toward it. But there’s no escaping its far-reaching grasp. Just suck it up and quietly learn your reading, writing, and arit...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

WHAP! A little bundle of some cold substance assaults your face with a chill, blinding you. You hear children and/or columnists giggle mischievously in the distance. With sudd...

Commentary

Hold onto this ocean of a chance

BY ENRIQUE SANCHEZ-RIVERA AND KARA WOODRUFF

It’s the conservation opportunity of a lifetime for the Central Coast--a proposal to create a new National Marine Sanctuary to safeguard San Luis Obispo County’s wild and ...

Letters

The law is there to be followed or changed via proper channels

Chuck Reasor - Morro Bay

It seems that lately some people have taken it upon themselves to be judge and jury in some recent incidents. From their comments, it looks like they somehow can’t read the ...

Local birds have a right to be

Ron Epping - Los Osos

The guns of late autumn and early winter near Morro Bay National Estuary disturb the sense of peace and serenity of those of us who may be more sensitive to the incongruity of...

Here's to hoping for quality Atascadero elections into the future

Jerry Clay - Atascadero

Regarding the recent Atascadero election: Congratulations to the incumbent City Council members who were re-elected. You have a daunting task ahead of you. The $7.5 million d...

Bailing on nuclear will hasten catastrophic climate change

Carl Page - San Francisco

The Rochelle Becker commentary on Diablo ("Don't count on Diablo," Dec. 11) is unbelievably myopic. You don’t mention climate collapse! Focusing on earthquake danger to a n...

Shredder

Dear Santa

I’m obviously going to tell you that I’ve been good this year, even though the concept that you’re either naughty or nice is obviously a gross oversimplification of huma...

Street Talk

What do you consider to be affordable housing?

Kari Ballestreros Kathleen Lawrence Tim Nalty Richard St. Cyr

Strokes and Plugs

Ice, ice baby: The Winter Wonder SLO Jiffy Lube ice-skating rink returns

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Again. When the seasonal Diet Coke cans arrive, Christmas specials are playing on every single channel, and family bonding time is ...

Arts

SLOMA sees double with biennial photography exhibit, Reflections

BY JESSICA PENA

Things are looking topsy-turvy over at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. There, you can see buildings swerve and mountains bend like a piece of taffy in the heat. You can wit...

SLO Little Theatre stages David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries'

BY JESSICA PENA

The holidays can be a sad and lonely time. It’s cold, it’s wet, and those damn Kay Jewelers commercials won’t stop. “Every kiss begins with Kay.” When will their cru...

Your must Whipette: New Times' executive editor teams up with other writers to sing some rock'n'roll

BY RYAN MILLER

When I volunteered to be a backup singer for the band Risky Whippet’s annual holiday show, I was told that I would need to learn the lyrics for the Who’s “Christmas.” ...

Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation stages 'A Christmas Carol'

BY JESSICA PENA

Christmas isn’t complete without the following few things: hot chocolate, a copious amount of gifts, at least one viewing of Jingle All the Way, and Charles Dickens A Christ...

Cambria's Pewter Plough Playhouse presents original, Duke Ellington-themed musical, 'Duke's Place'

BY JESSICA PENA

Ralph Ellison once dubbed Duke Ellington “our greatest composer.” Indeed, with a career that spanned more than 50 years and a catalog of songs that have since become Ameri...

Music

Bust out your favorite hits--it's time for SLO Brew's Karaoke Contest

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Everyone's got one.  You know, that one song you love to belt out like Mariah Carey. You sing it in the shower, in the car, and while walking through various parking structu...

Film

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' proves as dry as its desert setting

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3-D immersion, ...

Flavor

Baywood Ale House: Where the craft beer is cold and most people know your name

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

If your iPhone buzzes and Baywood Ale House Owner Chad Carroll is on the other line, congrats. Chances are, he’s about to tell you he’s got a numbered mug with your name ...

Hayley's Pick

Einhorn der hopfenhammer German IPA and Rolph Family Vineyards' Grapes of Rolph 2010 Grenache

Like a warm sweater passed down from your grandfather, this is the local beer you want to have on-hand during those chilly December nights. Einhorn’s amber-hued German style...

Hot Dates

Harmonious holidays

Break out into song at the seventh Annual Arroyo Grande Rotary Club Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along, Let it Snow, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m., at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. The...

Story of the season

Detach your tongue from that icy flagpole, turn off your kitschy leg lamp, and make your way over to SLO Little Theatre for a production of A Christmas Story, Dec. 18 to 20 at...

On the rink

Starting Dec. 19, you can hit the ice at the annual Winter Wonder SLO Jiffy Lube Ice Skating Rink, open every day through Jan. 4, at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis O...