Thursday, November 27, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 18

Weekly Poll
How should we deal with people arrested for drug offenses?

Put ’em in jail.
Treat ’em.
Put ’em in jail and treat ’em.
Seize their property, prosecute them for half a decade, and dismiss their cases.

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The holidays. Let’s all take a moment to heat up a cup of cocoa, snuggle into our comfiest chair, relax, and sigh collectively. These are taxing times for all. Try as you might to escape the frozen shackles of peppermint cheer, the feral throngs of last-minute shoppers, or the deafening silence of awkward family dinners, you can’t. Everywhere you turn your knit-cap... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Sentence given in Paso Robles steer-burning case


A man accused of setting a young steer on fire at Paso Robles High School on Oct. 26 of last year has been sentenced to jail and ordered to seek treatment. On Nov. 20, Garr...

Felony charges against the remaining six of the Doobie Dozen have been dismissed


Four years after San Luis Obispo County law enforcement officers scooped up 12 people in a large-scale sting against medical marijuana operations, the last of the defendants a...

After recount, Higginbotham remains victor in Pismo Beach


San Luis Obispo County’s tightest 2014 race has finally come to a close. After a two-day recount supported by both incumbent Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham and chall...

Water rate hike approved in Nipomo


After a lengthy study and discussion process, the Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) Board of Directors approved a substantial rate increase at its Nov. 21 meeting in o...

Downtown San Luis Obispo's upcoming makeover


Downtown San Luis Obispo is on track to keep getting sexier. As part of an ongoing downtown beautification process, the SLO City Council on Nov. 18 voted to move forward with...

The Paso shuffle: A close race brings a slight shift to the Paso Robles City Council


The Paso Robles City Council will get some fresh blood in January, after challenger Jim Reed eked out a victory by a handful of votes. The race, where five candidates were run...

Fighting students: Righetti has a bad day that sends echoes into the future


What happened at Ernest Righetti High School on Nov. 19 sucked. It wasn’t a good day for the district; the high school; its students, parents, or teachers; law enforcement ...

After the fall: In the wake of an election and an investigation, an altered Arroyo Grande forges ahead


As the clock approached 9 p.m. on the night of Nov. 19, the Arroyo Grande City Council chambers were not unlike a fairground at the end of a grand finale fireworks show. Ther...

Cougars & Mustangs


As this final week of November rolls around, it’s easy, as a writer, to stoop to certain cliched lows. For example, I could command you to brace yourselves, for winter is co...


That's not good to eat!




Bottled water is the true enemy

Helen Saulsbury - Arroyo Grande

SLO County needs to address something bigger than the Styrofoam issue. We are being charged for plastic bags, yet the sale of bottled water has soared. There is no campaign to...

'The thing between the legs'

Rodi Bragg - San Luis Obispo

Shredder has ironically become the Voice of Reason as of late, especially in light of the recent exploits of one particular fraternity’s misogynistic actions (“Remember to...

Remember nuance?

Debbie Highfill - Morro Bay

In our public airspace, don’t you see how the rhetoric comes from the inside out? I’m noticing that people who aren’t working on developing compassion and seeing the hum...

Pet owners: Beware of wily coyotes

John Winthrop - Cayucos

Sad to relate that my beautiful, black rescue kitty, “Mister Johnson,” disappeared from my yard on Veterans Day. He had never even left my yard before, and I think he got ...

Don't leave the library in the dark

Carolyn LeVesque - Arroyo Grande

I recently went to my local branch of the SLO Library System, located at 800 W. Branch, Arroyo Grande. It was about 6 p.m., about an hour after the sun had set, and the librar...


Notes of hick

It’s a little-known fact that at the 1842 Pensacola Summit for Local Drunks, at the behest of Whiskey Bartholomew who, the previous evening, got lit at the local tavern and ...

Street Talk

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Tom Carter Bob Hallum Rhonda Greenelsh Grace Greenelsh

Strokes and Plugs

Santa paws is coming to town: Woods Humane holds annual holiday open house


Picture this: You’re standing in line to see Santa Claus. Instead of bringing normal, boring, human children to see Santa like all the other moms and dads did, you brought y...


New ARTshare program promotes the bridge between business and art


Looking at art is one thing. It’s easy, as a viewer, to walk into a gallery or a museum (granted it’s free and not tourist-ridden like the Louvre) and take in the tantaliz...

Natural woman: Steynberg Gallery displays Earth Gowns, a collection of narrative dresses


Most of the time when you think of an art exhibit, the image that comes to mind is a room full of traditional paintings, maybe a photograph, or sculpture here and there. It’...

Bring on the cheese: A night at the roller derby is a guaranteed good time


I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, which will probably only surprise people who knew me as a jock in high school: I don’t really like watching most sports, even the ...

In Memoriam: Cal Poly art professor Michael Barton Miller


There are teachers you remember just as teachers—people who go by the books and hand out grades. Then, there are teachers who inspire their students, their colleagues, and t...


Breathe Carolina brings their EDM sounds to SLO Brew on Nov. 28


Frequently called “Colorado’s best-kept secret,” Breathe Carolina delivers synth-heavy electronic party songs brimming with optimism, like this lyric from “Blackout”...


Hungry for more

In the third installment of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) comes to grips with her role in the center of a growing rebellion of the districts against...


The man with the can: Stormy T's pickled delicacies are worth flipping your lid for


If you haven’t heard from Stormy "T" Trevino in about 13 hours, and you’re more than a little worried, don’t go calling the police. Do what his friends and loved ones do...

Hayley's Pick

Dunbar Brewing Company's Scottish Heavy and Vina Robles' 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  Dunbar Brewing is a true cash-only bar, meaning they only take cash and they only play Johnny Cash. Doesn’t get more honest than that. I recently enjoyed some live tunes...

Hot Dates

Light up the room

Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay is going coastal this December with a new photography exhibit, Coastal Light #1, on display Dec. 1 to 29. There will be an opening recept...

On the market

If you’re in the market for some locally made arts and crafts, check out the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Craft Art Market, Nov. 20 to Dec. 31. The market, which will b...

Light part deux

If you like the first one, then you definitely want to check out the sequel Coastal Light #2, running alongside Coastal Light #1, Dec. 1 to 29, at Gallery At Marina S...