Saturday, September 5, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 6

Weekly Poll
What was your favorite year of college?

Freshman: Wait, what!? No parents, and all you can eat dining hall!?
Sophomore: That first noise violation felt oh so sweet!
Senior: I celebrated doing it in four by washing that senioritis down with Fireball.
Let’s just say I took the path less traveled for my college education.

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Arrested development: How SLO County's water worries stalled one housing development for more than 20 years

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Arrested development: How SLO County's water worries stalled one housing development for more than 20 years


The land to the northeast of Oak Park Boulevard is a picture-perfect representation of the pastoral beauty of rural SLO County. The tract of land, wedged between Oak Park Road and James Way, is rolling hills covered in drought-parched yellow grass and clusters of oak trees that stand out against the cloudless summer sky. None of it should be there. The grass should be ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Watch group urges Pismo council to say no to oil trains


The proposed Phillips 66 oil rail spur project continues to be a hot topic at government meetings across the Central Coast. That includes Pismo Beach, where members of an acti...

SLO resident loses appeal on boat parking


At the end of Princeton Place, a short street off Highland Drive near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, there’s a boat parked atop a cement pad beside a driveway. The cement pad ...

After Harbor Terrace negotiation breakdown, harbor manager is out


The San Luis Harbor Commission decided not to renew a contract with Harbor Manager Steve McGrath at a special meeting Aug. 27. The vote was split 3-2, and the closed session m...

San Luis Obispo City Council bans synthetic drugs


Despite their names, the synthetic drugs often called spice and bath salts are anything but benign, quaint, and homey. That’s the message that the San Luis Obispo City Coun...

Hundreds of potential jurors report to SLO court on eve of murder trial


Hundreds of potential jurors reported to the SLO County Superior Court building just as the trial of accused murderer Thomas Yanaga is scheduled to begin. The courthouse was ...

New rate calculator out for proposed Paso water district costs


A handy-dandy new online program is now available to help people atop the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin figure out what a proposed water district would cost them. The assessm...

Eats, shoots, and leaves: The fight continues against the Asian citrus psyllid


The Asian citrus psyllid is a persistent little bugger. The tiny psyllid, which is creeping up California, can transmit Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which is de...

The trafficking problem: SLO County is a common stop for unwilling sex workers


In late July, police arrived at a SLO motel room to find a 15-year-old girl alone and scared, having just endured a week of sexual abuse for profit. Her captors and pimps were...

Cougars & Mustangs


Yeah, yeah. Sure. Summer comes around and any further mention of school for the break’s duration is completely tuned out. Who wants to hear anything about class during your ...


The human effect


Undoubtedly, the climate change is a grave phenomenon due to its devastating impact on the planet Earth. Nevertheless, the climate change is only one of a host of symptoms fro...


Neighbors are no longer courteous

Christine Harvey - Arroyo Grande

What has happened to good old-fashioned courtesy to a neighbor? I understand completely why the neighbors are offended by having to look at that boat all of the time. Althoug...

Get the facts straight on who wants a Paso water district

Susan Harvey - Paso Robles

Pearl Munak needs to review recent history. In her Aug. 27 letter to the editor “Support an independent water district,” she tries to convince us that it is the “big win...

Change the writing on the wall

Evelyn Cole - Arroyo Grande

I’m delighted that those in charge of juvenile justice now recognize the injustice that has been perpetrated in the past. But, I have a mild request: Please, somebody, chan...

Oppose an independent water district in Paso

Allen Duckworth - PR-WIN Treasurer, Paso Robles

For the Aug. 27 issue, Pearl Munak of Paso Robles, wrote a letter to the editor titled “Support an independent water district in Paso.” She wrote this letter after contact...

Clovis has nothing to do with it!

Michele Bradshaw - former Clovis resident

The SLO Community Development Director Derek Johnson needs to check the facts before putting Clovis on blast for “parking Jeeps on the front lawn.” If Mr. Johnson really k...


Grocery's underbelly

In the sleazy underworld of corporate criminals taking advantage of one another, it would seem Albertsons reigns supreme. And not because it spawned the monster of a teeny wee...

Street Talk

Should the county allow development to continue even though there’s limited water supplies because of the drought?

Dianna Samarin Karina Smyth Victoria Richey David Fuentes

Strokes and Plugs

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company makes Inc. magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies


Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is in the spotlight once again. This time, the brewery made Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing, privately held compan...


Laugh at the everyday with Brian Regan at Vina Robles Sept. 13


There’s a reason heavyweight funnymen Jerry Seinfeld and Patton Oswalt tip their proverbial hats to Brian Regan. Since his 1992 televised special, Something’s Wrong with t...

Flying on silk: Dancers defy gravity at Suspended Motion Aerial Arts Academy


I’m completely ensconced in silk, crouching hammock-style in a womb of soft, green fabric that connects to the ceiling, some 25 feet up. Concealed from the outside world, my...

Local legend Chris Burkard hosts a book signing at his photo gallery in Avila Beach


It’s Friday, Aug. 28, and I’m sitting in my car, straddling the double yellow line on Avila Beach Drive, looking longingly at the stop sign I left behind on San Miguel Str...

The magic of David Minkin showcased at LXV Winery's Paso tasting room

Pulling a rabbit out of your hat just isn’t a big deal anymore. It’s all about epic, over-the-top magic tricks—especially those that include delicious adult beverages. L...

Art and tarot at Bambu Batu, Sept. 4

I recently had my tarot cards read, and, despite my skepticism, the experience was totally eerie and insightful. Even if you think it’s all a bunch of hogwash, why not give ...


Twang N Bang X is ready to roll Sept. 6


There are a few things you need to know about Patrick Hayes. One: Twang N Bang—the all-day love fest of local music that kicks off each Labor Day weekend—is his baby. Dirt...


'Diary of a Teenage Girl' is an unflinching portrait of sexual awakening

In 1970s San Francisco, a precocious 15-year-old (Bel Powley) embarks on an enthusiastic sexual odyssey, beginning with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) current lover (Alexande...


Leave it to Beaverstock: Bite down on Castoro Cellars' third annual food, wine, and music fest


When Max Udsen and his dad, Niels “Beaver” Udsen, saw a 300-year-old oak tree downed off Bethel Road during a Templeton winter, inspiration sparked white hot. “We reali...

Hayley's Pick

Black Horse's Cold Brew and Edna Valley Vineyard 2012 Winemaker's Series Pinot Noir

According to an anonymous Turkish proverb that has stood the test of time, “Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love.” Although I have to admi...

Hot Dates

Surreality show

Lift your spirits at Studio on the Park’s surreal, multi-artist exhibit titled Illuminated Spirit, on display Sept. 3 through 27. This exhibit includes encaustic works by He...

Mark of the beasts

The work of 13 contemporary artists who aren’t afraid to think outside the coastal landscape will be featured in the third annual Savages exhibit at Steynberg Gallery in SLO...

Adventurous imagination

Artist Mari O’Brien views her artistic process as a means of adventure, or as she puts it, “treks into my subconscious.” You can check out O’Brien’s latest journey i...