Saturday, October 10, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 11

Weekly Poll
Do you think SLO County is LGBT friendly?

We’re a shining beacon of inclusion and tolerance.
Yes, in some places and cases, but there’s still a lot of work to do.
Not really. But it will take just a little bit of work to come around.
Not at all—that’s why I’m out of here.

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Trouble on the wine trail: Residents in Adelaida say enough is enough as the area becomes a popular destination for wineries and weddings

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Trouble on the wine trail: Residents in Adelaida say enough is enough as the area becomes a popular destination for wineries and weddings


Century-old almond trees, walnuts trees, vineyards, quaint farmhouses, and bare brown earth smatter the hillsides expanding north from the Wild Coyote Estate Winery and Bed and Breakfast. Brown Southwestern-style adobe walls decorated with pops of color perch near the top of the winery’s property with coyote bush and other wild vegetation at its back. In the tasting roo... [ Read More ]

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Welcome to the froyo district: Guerilla ad campaign criticizes downtown SLO's development


Mysterious fliers advertising new frozen yogurt offerings are popping up on empty storefront windows across downtown San Luis Obispo. So SLO Town’s getting more options to s...

SLO County looks at energy-providing alternative


San Luis Obispo County will join several other local government entities in taking a stab at assessing what it would mean to be a community-based energy provider. The Board of...

Aid-in-dying bill now California law


California is now one of a handful of states that will allow adults suffering from terminal illnesses to end their own lives. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, known as the "...

SLO County SWAT lends hand in Tulare County gang arrests


Members of the SLO County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team helped another Central California county round up and arrest several members of a notoriously violent gang during an...

Meathead Movers lead charge against domestic violence


Meathead Movers’ 14-year-old policy of providing free moving services to victims of domestic violence is getting some overdue recognition in a big way. A Sept. 4 article i...

ADA lawsuit filer strikes again in SLO County


The SLO County business community is likely experiencing a bad case of déjà vu as a wheelchair-bound sex offender continues filing lawsuits accusing area businesses of non-c...

Cougars & Mustangs


One doesn’t often get to speak about Cal Poly and Star Wars in the same breath without having to seriously force a joke. Get it? Force? Thanks to a talented team of Cal Poly...


Cart before the horse


Fellow environmentalists, often in their zeal to reach worthwhile goals, do not stop and think! Not every proposed environmental law is one that they should rally around just ...


We need to clean up the Cal Poly area

By William H. Johnston - San Luis Obispo

With rains coming and Cal Poly in session, the city of San Luis Obispo should really look at cleaning up those neighborhoods of trash. Anyone who walks east of Highway 1 towar...

My thoughts on the Roseburg, Ore., shootings

By Jim Mallon - San Luis Obispo

Here we are again, counting up the bodies and picking up the pieces, rending our hearts in despair and wondering what in the world we can ever do to put an end to this nationa...

Serra is no saint

By Bill Deneen - Nipomo

The Chumash were the only culture in this area for more than 6,000 years. The European invasion about 300 years ago changed this. An agent of the Spanish Inquisition, Junipero...

We don't need another National Marine Sanctuary

By Steven L. Rebuck - San Luis Obispo

Proponents for a new National Marine Sanctuary off our coast keep repeating the mantra: “We need a National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) in order to stop offshore oil drilling.”...

In response to 'Man of His Time'

By J. A. Carotenuti - San Luis Obispo

It will certainly be a challenge to clarify some of the lengthy collection of misinformation included in the Oct. 1 cover story ("Mission to sainthood"), so I will be unnecess...


For shame!

I’ve been really getting into dog shaming photos. You know the ones. A photo of a cute little dog with a sign around its neck: “I let strangers pet me. And then I bite the...

Street Talk

What is your favorite local winery and why?

Andy Scott Anthony Neumann Jackie Parker Lupe Solis

Strokes and Plugs

Small gift, big impact: Hats for Hope offers support to cancer patients


A small but well-timed gesture of support can go a long way. At Hats for Hope, a local charity, that is the guiding philosophy it follows when helping Central Coast residents...


Revenge, betrayal, and gypsy clowns: OperaSLO brings 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' to the PAC


"Opera” has a bad rap.  Chances are—if you’re under 50—you’ve probably never seen a true operatic performance, let alone a “good opera.” You may think the art ...

Kreuzberg Lounge's Wednesday open mic turns 2


When Kreuzberg Bar and Events Manager Mitchell Shira began planning the lounge’s first open mic night in 2013, he was overtaken with a sudden pang of anxiety. “Not becaus...

Heart, soul, and sequins: Central Coast Follies stages annual benefit at Clark Center


It’s Oct. 2, and I’m sitting smack dab in the middle of the Clark Center’s second row—next to my mother, of course, as she is the only person I hang out with these day...

The nutty dioramas of Hellie Blythe are on display at Studios on the Park


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Innovative performance group Deep Blue offers workshops at Spanos Theater


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L'Heure Bleue Galerie celebrates grand opening in Cambria


Cambria isn’t just ground zero for wacky scarecrows this fall. There’s a brand new art gallery—L’Heure Bleue Galerie—opening up shop at 4210 Bridge St. in the quaint...


Bob Forrest and Ian Brennan share their work about recovery on Oct. 17 in Big Sur's Henry Miller Library


If you’re old enough, you’ve experienced trauma, addiction, divorce, sexual abuse, death, and more. Maybe your experience is firsthand, maybe through a friend or relative,...


'Martian' is incredibly human

Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) directs Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who during a manned mission to the red planet is left for dead af...


Aye, pour me a jug o' scrumpy: Bristols is dry, English-style hard cider with a swashbuckling side


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Hayley's Pick

Rabbit Ridge Paso Pure Rootbeer and Qupe Winery's 2012 Los Olivos Cuvee

I enjoyed my cold bottle of Rabbit Ridge’s Paso Pure craft root beer on a handsome day at Centrally Grown in Cambria. Overlooking the seaside cliffs, chowing down on a kille...

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Fashion reimagined

If you want to learn some helpful techniques to turn your old clothes and thrift store finds into new outfits, consider Art Wear, a workshop led by Melinda Forbes, Julie Frank...

Back in bright

Painter Erin Hanson is back at Studios on the Park in Paso with her latest exhibit titled California Wine Country: Impressions in Oil, on view through Oct. 25. A Collectors ...

Lasting impressions

Permanence may be the title of the Atascadero Library’s current art exhibit featuring work in mixed media, ink, collage, acrylic, and photography, but you only have until ...