Monday, June 27, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 48
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Use the land to house a solar or wind farm.
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Convert the plant into a frozen yogurt shop. You can never have enough of those!

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Energy inspired: Lightning in a Bottle shines its transformational spirit all over Lake San Antonio

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Energy inspired: Lightning in a Bottle shines its transformational spirit all over Lake San Antonio

By DYLAN HONEA-BAUMANN

Take a tour of Lightning in a Bottle with Dylan Honea-Baumann, who captured that light with his camera. Her eyes are swollen. Makeup is dripping down her face. I can feel the depth of her ascension, the depth of her healing.  The ambient sounds from the main stage and other festival reverberations fade into silence. All I can focus on is this young woman seated with h... [ Read More ]

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News

No mo' Diablo? PG&E to cease production of nuclear power at plant by 2025

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

SLO County residents woke up June 22 to the announcement that PG&E planned to phase out its production of nuclear power at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant by 2025. ...

SLO County to explore oak ordinance

By JONO KINKADE

In a rare sign of unity among North County residents, agriculturalists, and the elected officials representing them, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimousl...

More legal woes for Petetit, PB Companies

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Legal troubles continue to mount for a SLO Developer and his former company and business associates. A lawsuit filed in SLO County Superior Court June 15 names developer Ryan...

Paso Robles council approves River Oaks expansion

By PETER JOHNSON

A 129-acre expansion of the River Oaks development in Paso Robles jumped over its final hurdle on June 21, with the Paso Robles City Council voting 4-0 to approve the project....

Carbajal, Fareed still lead congressional race for 24th District

By JONO KINKADE

While the excitement of the June 7 California primary has faded away, county election workers are still busy processing the final results. Those won’t be official until t...

Residents butt heads with church over sale of historic Camp Arroyo Grande

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Friday, June 17, marked the final day of festivities for children attending Camp Tacanneko. It was the culmination of a week-long summer camp held each year by the local nonp...

Blocked: Shops, restaurants near Chinatown project experience drop in business

By JONO KINKADE

At one point, employees of EcoBambino wore noise-cancelling headphones to battle the clamoring of construction crews jack hammering and pounding at the Copeland Properties’ ...

Cougars & Mustangs

By LOLA WHITE-SANBORN

Did you hear? Cal Poly just cleaned house at a packaging design competition. But the crazy thing is, we aren’t just talking about a fantastic first place finish. No. Four se...

Commentary

Guts are important

By ROBERT C. CUDDY

A couple of months back, New Times Editor Camillia Lanham wrote a column delineating the importance of journalism at the local level. I want to second her thoughts and suggest...

Letters

An obvious solution to gun violence

By Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

I’d like to thank Jim Mallon for his well written, common sense commentary regarding the ongoing gun control debate (“The real threat,” June 16). I also found myself agr...

We need temporary workers

By William L. Seavey - Cambria

Donald Trump is so wrong about the need to wall out potential illegals from Mexico, or deport those already here (unless convicted of crimes). Camillia Lanham’s article “N...

New feminism is news

By Todd Katz - San Luis Obispo

Thank you for publishing the inspiring article “New Feminism” by Rebecca Rose (June 9) showcasing the twists and turns of one woman’s tangled struggle to control how peo...

Be more considerate, letter writers

By Isaac Wollman - San Luis Obispo

Many people published in New Times tend to denounce our freedom and get on us law-abiding citizens about the right to keep and bear arms. The California state Legislature is a...

Shredder

Rube job

Diablo Canyon Power Plant towers like two massive breast implants above the shoreline, where it sits nestled along an inaccessible yet scenic coastal area between Avila Beach ...

Street Talk

What was your initial reaction to the Orlando shooting?

Stephen McCune Taylor Aldridge Ed Ellingen and Zoe Annie W.

Strokes and Plugs

Automated garden: FarmBot is the future of growing vegetables

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

The soft whirring sound that accompanies a robotic arm making its way around a raised garden bed is mesmerizing. When it gets to the exact spot it needs to be—say above the...

Arts

The bigger picture: Digital images at SLOMA capture an adapting Bangladesh

By RYAH COOLEY

A swift click of the lens and a moment in time is forever immortalized. It tells a story, but telling the full story is a tall order for a single second, frozen in time. Re...

Dreamt into life: SLO author Sarah Noffke on writing 12 fantasy novels in two years

By RYAH COOLEY

Just because someone is madly typing away on their phone, don’t assume they’re sending an insipid text message instead of being present. San Luis Obispo based author Sarah...

The 28th annual Live Oak Music Festival was dusty fun!

By GLEN STARKEY

It’s Monday, June 20, and I’m standing in the shower watching rivulets of brown water circle down the drain—the remnants of the Live Oak Music Festival. I feel like if I...

Art Central in SLO seeks entries for upcoming show 'Bug Me'

By RYAH COOLEY

Are you the one who screams in terror when a spider is spotted crawling up the wall? Or perhaps you’re calm, cool, and collected as you scoop the crawly creature up and retu...

Poetic Justice Project presents 'Time Will Tell'

By RYAH COOLEY

Getting out of jail is supposed to be the easy part of doing time. Turns out that’s not always the case. How do you navigate the world after you’ve been locked up? Experi...

Blast from the Past: A Face in the Crowd

By GLEN STARKEY

Rated? Not rated  |  When? 1957. Watching Donald Trump’s rise to power seems like the perfect time to revisit A Face in the Crowd, director Elia Kazan’s stunning take...

Music

Chicago brings their rock and horns hits to Vina Robles Amphitheatre on June 29th

By GLEN STARKEY

Saturday in the Park,” “Colour My World,” “Feeling Stronger Every Year,” “Wishing Your Were Here,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Y...

Film

‘The Lobster’ reels you in with premise, but loses audience on plot

Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love,...

Flavor

Paradigm shift: Paradigm Coffee Co. transcends specialty Joe

By HAYLEY THOMAS

Roastmaster Reid Patterson doesn’t always sleep in his own bed. Perched high on a secluded mountain off a steep dirt road on the south side of town, the 61-year-old house hi...

Hayley's Pick

Paradigm Coffee's Guatemalan and BarrelHouse Brewing Co.'s Key Lager

Terroir is everything at Paradigm Coffee, where quality beans are held as high as wine grape varieties (maybe even higher). Grown in the mountains of Huehuetenango, Guatemala,...

Hot Dates

Artful anniversary

The GALA Center Gallery in SLO celebrates 20 years of pride with a multi-media anniversary exhibit of work from LGBT artists, through Aug. 19 with receptions on July 1 and Aug...

Creative couple

Local artists Jane and Kabe Russel are featured in the exhibit 2 for One at Jobella in Atascadero through July 24. Jane’s oil paintings are in honor of and inspired by the n...

Trip out

You’ve got until June 28 to reserve your spot for the Morro Bay Art Association’s July 12 field trip to see David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light –A Retrospective, on di...