Wednesday, May 27, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 43
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Vines by nature: Some Central Coast grape growers depend on seasonal cycles to dry farm their vines

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Vines by nature: Some Central Coast grape growers depend on seasonal cycles to dry farm their vines

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The red-hued, sandy soil in the area west of New Cuyama is made up of the sort of fine dust that settles on your shoes and clothes, softening the color of jeans and cowboy boots.  This soil is where Stephen Gliessman and Roberta Jaffe opted to root their grape vines about two decades ago. They grow zinfandel, shiraz, mission, and Pedro Ximénez wine grapes in the windy, ... [ Read More ]

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News

Michael Nowak is no longer SLO Symphony's maestro

BY JONO KINKADE

The May 14 announcement that Michael Nowak, music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony for 31 years, will no longer conduct the orchestra, struck a sour note with the grou...

Pismo sidelines drought-related building restrictions

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Pismo Beach developers can breath sigh of relief now that the City Council’s set aside a vote on drought restrictions that would’ve halted future development. The policy,...

Morro Bay Aquarium may change ownership

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

The decades-long controversy that is the Morro Bay Aquarium could see a less-contentious future, as it’s in line for some new management, as well as a facelift. The Morro B...

Coastal Commission backs Diablo Canyon bill

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The California Coastal Commission supports a state bill that would extend the life of an independent commission tasked with reviewing the study of seismic hazards at the Diabl...

Higginbotham enters the 3rd District Supervisor race

BY JONO KINKADE

One more candidate is now on the short list of local political stalwarts eying the County Board of Supervisors’ 3rd District seat. Shelly Higginbotham, mayor of Pismo Beach...

Judge rules Cal Poly can build Grand Avenue dorms

BY JONO KINKADE

A project planned to house Cal Poly freshmen on the edge of campus near the residential neighborhoods along Slack Street and Grand Avenue recently cleared a lawsuit attempting...

Cal Poly suspends frat at center of drug dealing scandal

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Cal Poly recently slapped the Delta Sigma Phi-Epsilon Rho fraternity chapter with a minimum five-year suspension for violating its student code of conduct, the Cal Poly Frater...

Pasolivo's plans to expand have concerned some neighbors

BY JONO KINKADE

About 7.5 miles up Vineyard Drive from Highway 46 West, through the rolling hills, oak trees, and sprawling grapevines, a short gravel road leads to a old white ranch house, a...

Parent sues school district over alleged bullying by coach

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The parent of a former Nipomo High School student is suing the Lucia Mar Unified School District in federal court, claiming that a physical education coach forced her son into...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

It’s a bit difficult to describe the joyous freedom completed finals bring you when the reality of the situation is they’ve only just begun their beating you senseless int...

Commentary

Don't kill creationism

BY ROBERT C. CUDDY

There’s been a little spasm in a science classroom in South County, occasioned by the appearance of creationism in a class that is supposed to be devoted to matters that can...

Letters

Cal Poly's vision statement misses the mark

Rob Rutherford - San Luis Obispo

According to the Cal Poly vision statement, as developed by President Jeffrey Armstrong, Cal Poly will develop whole-systems thinkers, among other things. The currently propos...

Michigan State bid good riddance to Armstrong

Dr. Randolph Beaudry - Michigan State UniversityDept of Horticulture, Plant & Soil Sciences

This is a letter from Michigan State University: While we appreciate the difficulty President Jeff Armstrong and the other administrative leaders bring to the faculty at Cal P...

SLO county residents should demand safety over oil

Klaus Schumann - Paso Robles

The other day, my wife and I attended the Paso Robles City Council meeting. The agenda dealt with the Phillips 66 application to expand crude oil transportation through the co...

Vineyards should be more responsible with water

George Robertson - Morro Bay

Water, water everywhere; oh no now it’s nowhere. What do we do? Residential use consumes 20 percent of all the state’s water. I read recently that today we are using less ...

Shredder

Quota pie☺!

Who doesn’t love pizza? Gooey cheese, zesty sauce, and diced meats and veggies all baked on a flat piece of dough? Hells yeah! I’d do anything for a slice right now. And a...

Street Talk

What are you looking forward to in the warmer months?

Julia Pavelko Jennifer Dawes Michelle Corob Ricky Lang

Strokes and Plugs

Artist's manifesto: Gallery exhibit challenges men to stand together against gender-based violence

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

The growing awareness of sexual assault, especially sexual assault that occurs on college campuses, is an alienating problem. The uncomfortable nature of the conversations sur...

Arts

Let your colors burst at the Paso ARTSFEST

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

It was a fresh, green day in Ireland, the perfect day for a canoe trip on the River Shannon. Two young ladies pushed off into the calm gray waters, each looking forward to a r...

The SLO Little Theatre performs beloved classic musical, 'The Music Man'

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

There’s nothing quite like settling down to enjoy a good ol’ fashioned musical, replete with comedy, budding romance, and lots of dancing.  That’s the experience you'l...

It's time to get briefs with 55 fiction

BY JESSICA PENA

Boxers or briefs? Come on. You know the answer. It’s not even a question. You go with the latter. You go with the tighty-whities. And if you just can’t, your only option ...

Zoo to You offers a hands-on exotic animal experience

BY GLEN STARKEY

It’s Saturday, May 16, and I’m petting an alligator that used to belong to a drug lord (OK, allegedly used to belong to a drug lord, but what’s the fun in that?). The 6-...

Author Jane Smiley to speak at Spanos

BY MORGAN CHADWELL

Calling all writers: Pulitzer-prize winning author Jane Smiley will lead a riveting talk in conjunction with the SLO Library Foundation’s new Book and Author Series this wee...

Pewter Plough stages 'Picnic'

BY MORGAN CHADWELL

William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Picnic, details how one Kansas family is shaken up by a young, out-of-work drifter who wanders into town. As the story goes, our ...

Music

Bonnie Raitt headlines the Avila Beach Blues Festival

BY GLEN STARKEY

I wonder if listeners some 45 years ago gathered in a little coffee shop in Cambridge, Mass., listening to then-unknown folk and blues singer Bonnie Raitt, had any inkling tha...

Film

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a feminist manifesto wrapped in an incredible action film!

Welcome to the post apocalypse. It’s 2060, and our planet has become a dystopian nightmare in which civilization has been replaced by utter chaos. Tyrannical leader King I...

Flavor

Spearhead Coffee wants to party with you during its May 22 grand opening

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

What do Buzz Aldrin, Joey Ramone, and Amelia Earhart have in common? They went bravely into that great unknown. They put their eggs in one basket. They took chances—and as a...

Hayley's Pick

BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery's Caramello and Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards' 2014 Red Delicious

Sometimes you just need a break, and a foamy latte mixed with house-made caramel is the only thing that will do. BlackHorse Coffee puts the “mellow” in Caramello. So, ligh...

Hot Dates

Show some spine

Hundreds of water-wise succulents will be on display at the Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Society’s ninth annual Show and Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 23, a...

We got a live one

Cast members from the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? will bring their off-the-cuff humor to Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., in a live versi...

All Smiley

Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Thousand Acres, will speak at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre, May 27 at 7 p.m. Smiley’s talk will be on The Education ...