Saturday, July 23, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 52
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Yes, but taxes should be lower or zero for medical marijuana patients.
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Absolutely not—it’s a drug, and it’s a shame that it’s becoming so acceptable.

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Get dirty: Use your hands, your backyard, and the right tools to plant something you can eventually devour

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Get dirty: Use your hands, your backyard, and the right tools to plant something you can eventually devour

By NEW TIMES STAFF

Bugs are way cool! Sex. Murder. Intrigue. It’s all happening in your backyard right now. BY HAYLEY THOMAS You can’t talk about beneficial insects without taking a moment to revel in the weirdness that is the praying mantis. That’s exactly what The Educated Gardner’s Simone Smith and I did the other day. We had to stop the interview to geek out extensively on t... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO County needs info and funds to move forward with rail spur hearings

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After hours of discussion, planning, and public hearings, the Phillips 66 rail spur project could end up right back at square one, according to SLO County Planning Department ...

Lawyers want to monitor airport TCE testing

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The attorney representing several SLO residents whose wells tested positive for high levels of a toxic chemical wants to send a representative to monitor the county’s testin...

SLO makes public box art program permanent

By JONO KINKADE

The beloved San Luis Obispo public art program that pays artists to turn boring gray and green utility boxes into vibrant murals will become permanent and expanded. The SLO C...

Paso wastewater too high in chemicals, says water board

By PETER JOHNSON

The city of Paso Robles needs to clean up its wastewater. That’s the opinion of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which says the city struggles to mee...

CalCoastNews turns to crowdfunding for libel suit

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A local news blog entangled in a lengthy and expensive libel lawsuit has turned to the internet to raise money for legal expenses. CalCoastNews rolled out a campaign to raise...

Grover beach green-lights marijuana tax ballot measure

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Grover Beach residents will get the chance to decide if their city will tax medical and recreational marijuana when they go to the polls in November. After a lengthy conversa...

SLO Supes to talk medical marijuana ordinance

By JONO KINKADE

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will review an early mock-up of a medical marijuana ordinance on July 26. The ordinance will eventually create local regulatio...

First growth: Locals split as SLO County passes native tree and ag pond ordinances

By JONO KINKADE

Before the photos of the chalky gray, once oak-covered hillsides went viral in early June, many county residents assumed there were laws protecting oak trees. But there weren...

Cougars & Mustangs

By LOLA WHITE-SANBORN

Cuesta College made an announcement that if left unnoticed will have the potential to throw a great many students off when they begin their fall term—the Regional Transit Au...

Commentary

Debbie Peterson gets it wrong

By ARLENE VERSAW; DOROTHY MODAFFERI

In Debbie Peterson’s commentary “APCD litigation” (July 14), she makes several specious arguments in an effort at self-aggrandizement and in attacking 3rd District Super...

Letters

Vote to support education

By Pam Estes - Paso Robles

As a parent, my first thought when it comes to voting for my representative is education. I need to know that my children are in good hands when I’m not with them, and that ...

More upgrades for cats!

By Heidi McElroy - Los Osos

I was so happy to hear that Woods Humane Society will be remodeling, making it easier for them to do more for homeless cats in our area (“A ‘catio’ of one’s own,” Ju...

Diesel particulate matter and explosions

By Sam Meyers - Orcutt

While I continue to maintain a neutral stance on the Phillips 66 project, I know enough about both the petroleum/refining industry and the railroad industry to know misinform...

It's not if but when with oil train derailments

By Madeline Palaszewski - Los Osos

I attended the protest rally against the Phillips 66 rail spur project on Saturday, July 9. The mayor of Mosier, Ore., Arlene Burns, spoke about the derailment of an oil train...

Atomic power is necessary

By William Gloege - Santa Maria

People hear about global warming, but few understand its dire threat to people. A natural level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere traps just enough heat fro...

Shredder

Shortsighted

We like badasses who stand by their convictions and kick ass! But what about when convictions encounter reality? At some point, shouldn’t pragmatism supersede idealism? Othe...

Street Talk

Where's your favorite place to catch Pokemon?

Shannon Provensen Travis Williams Hazel McKinley Hunter and Cooper Allan

Strokes and Plugs

SRAM opens its bike component manufacturing facilities to tours on July 23 to benefit World Bicycle Relief

By GLEN STARKEY

In developing countries, owning a bicycle can mean the difference between success or grinding poverty, which is why the nonprofit organization World Bicycle Relief works to pr...

Arts

Funny girl: SLO comedian Biba Pickles cracks wise

By RYAH COOLEY

Showtime. For six months, nearly every night before she took the stage, that was the witching hour when nerves won and she puked or dry heaved before taking the spotlight. But...

Man-cubs take on the jungle: SLO Little Theatre kids sing and dance through 'The Jungle Book'

By RYAH COOLEY

Some stories, no matter how often retold, just never lose that sparkle. Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is one of those tales.  From the old-school Disney animated mov...

Much ado: Central Coast Shakespeare Fest opens with 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

By RYAH COOLEY

It felt a tad wrong. But then wine was poured and that made things much easier. It's Thursday evening on July 14, around 7 p.m., and the sun is just barely starting to go d...

Paso Robles Art Association accepting submissions for 'Paradise Found'

By RYAH COOLEY

“Aaahh,” it’s that feeling of total relaxation and bliss as you settle into your own peaceful corner of the world. Is it a cozy room? A mountaintop? Or maybe the sandy s...

Fine arts and more on display at California Mid-State Fair

By RYAH COOLEY

The sun beats down mercilessly, the air is filled with the scent of funnel cake, and the tunes are heard all over Paso Robles. Yup, it's fair season. But you can do more than...

Guilty Pleasures: The Last of the Mohicans

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 1992  |  Where? DVD  |  Rated? R. Sappy melodrama has fallen out of favor, but come on, be honest, when you’re at home snuggled up on the couch and maybe feelin...

Music

Hayley and the Crushers dive into summer with a 'living art pool party' on July 23 in Sally Loo's Wholesome Café

By GLEN STARKEY

I had to bust out my cassette player to listen to Hayley and the Crushers’ new four-song EP Gidget’s Revenge, which they released on tape! Who does that? The collection of...

Film

‘Ghostbusters’ is a mediocre rehash unworthy of its predecessor

Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids) directs this loose remake of the 1984 comedy classic, but this time with female leads. Nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinn...

Flavor

Good to the bone: The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton has unleashed a tsunami of healing bone broth

By HAYLEY THOMAS

My entire being is awash in a warm wave of beef essence. The experience is not unlike being hit with a hot summer breeze carrying intoxicating hints of herbs, spices, and ear...

Hayley's Pick

2015 Julien Braud 'Forty Ounce' Muscadet and Hearst Ranch Winery's 2014 Glacier Ridge Chardonnay

What is class? Is it white tablecloths and a pompous waiter? Is it pinkies swaying in the air and menu items you can’t pronounce? No way, buddy! Class is a state of mind, a ...

Hot Dates

Starry night

The Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Choir presents Symphony at Sunset, An Evening of American Family Pops Under the Stars, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Vina Robles Amphi...

So dramatic

Save the drama for the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s Drama Summer Camp for 6- to 10-year-olds, held Aug. 1 to 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees will be able to partici...

Weaving a tale

Let Bay Area storyteller John Weaver entertain you with a free, humorous, all-ages storytelling performance on July 26 at the Arroyo Grande Library at 2 p.m., July 27 at the N...