Thursday, July 31, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 1
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Weekly Poll
Has the KCPR controversy been overblown?

No. It’s outrageous what these students were allowed to get away with.
Yes. Clearly Cal Poly administrators are too squeamish and don’t understand how Snapchat works.
Sure, it was offensive, but it doesn’t justify selling the station license.
Blown?!? That’s offensive!

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A former SLO inmate draws on real-life experiences for his role in the Web series 'Solitary'

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A former SLO inmate draws on real-life experiences for his role in the Web series 'Solitary'


Every day in California and the rest of the country, throughout state and federal prisons, thousands of individuals are being held in solitary confinement. An inmate can be removed from the general population for a variety of reasons, and can end up spending months, years, and even decades alone in the tiny cells. “Solitary confinement in this country is just amazingl... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Hotel approved in downtown Pismo Beach


Local developer Dana Severy has finally gained approval for his hotel project opposite the Pismo Pier after months of negotiation with the Pismo Beach Planning Commission. ...

The Grover Beach Exploration Station has closed temporarily amid embezzlement charges against a former employee


With one employee facing charges of embezzlement and another mysteriously fired, the Exploration Station in Grover Beach is currently closed. The closure is temporary, accord...

An alleged assault outside of the Paso Robles Mid State Fair brings a hate crime charge


An ugly incident outside of the main gate of the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles has brought assault and battery charges with a hate crime enhancement to the alleged perpetrator...

A suit against Pismo's Cliffs Resort moves to jury trial


Almost three years after Los Osos resident Tricia Rittger was struck and killed by a car outside the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, her family will have their day in court. Al...

Appellate court rules against oil company Excelaron


A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against oil-drilling company Excelaron. On July 24, the Second Appellate District court issued its ruling that will ...

The Paso Robles City Council will revisit a proposed ban on mobile medical marijuana dispensaries


After a proposed ban on mobile medical marijuana dispensaries was left dead in the water following a 2-2 deadlock vote at the July 15 Paso Robles City Council meeting, the cou...

Planning commissioners will review financing for a planned development in southern San Luis Obispo


San Luis Obispo planners are taking another significant step toward reshaping about 440 acres in the southern portion of the city. As of press time, SLO city planning commiss...

Experts say El Niño is coming, but to what degree?


Many people might be surprised to learn that, when it comes to weather, the term El Niño 
actually refers to a seasonal condition, 
not a huge storm. “People do the ...

Mixed signals: Examining a fierce tug-of-war over the future of Cal Poly's student radio station


Some battles commence with a bullet, some begin with an invasion, and some are just inevitable. On April 21 of this year, Cal Poly students Logan Cooper and Sean Martinez s...

Cougars & Mustangs


In my own way, I was very involved with sports in high school ... I was part of a team that sometimes competed against other teams, and that team was the main source of any ...


The true horrors of vineyards


To the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors: I want to tell you about the biggest travesty in San Luis Obispo County and probably the state. The most horrific, devasta...


Good Goddess!

L. Paul Carpenter - Arroyo Grande

Heidi Flanagan wants to “draw a line in the sand” and fight for legislative prayer. (“It’s time to fight,” July 17.) She says this isn’t just for “Christianity p...

There are lots of places to legally pray

Pearl Munak - Paso Robles

I am a regular churchgoer and a strong believer in the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or ...

Julie Tacker is tops

Otis Page - Arroyo Grande

Julie Tacker—in overturning the Five Cities Fire Authority’s (FCFA) tax (the assessment district) that would have been imposed on Arroyo Grande’s, Grover Beach’s, and ...

Take your oil dreams to Bakersfield

Tracy Del Rio - Arroyo Grande

The public support and great pride that Huasna residents and their supporters have are indeed the real wealth that Parker the oil man needs to take seriously (“Oil project s...

Stop picking on Nipomo

Bob Blair - Nipomo Community Services District director, rural Arroyo Grande

The recent article by Rhys Heyden, “A basin situation” (July 24), allows a group of people from various local cities and water districts to bash Nipomo as being the cause ...


The day the music dies?

You know what really increases the quality of an education? More administrators. Specifically, administrators who have spent less time at Cal Poly than most of its students ...

Street Talk

What's your favorite summer jam and why?

Dustin Lehman Bryant Barodte Ed Taylor Miguel Avila

Strokes and Plugs

Botany for the masses: Cal Poly's Hoover Herbarium welcomes volunteers


San Luis Obispo County has more plant species than the entire state of Alaska. So naturally, keeping track of all this flora requires a lot of work. Cal Poly’s Hoover Her...


Atascadero artist and photographer Kathy Clarke balances rocks and life


Kathy Clarke was in the car on the way back to her home in Atascadero. It was hot there, as that city often is, so she and her husband had decided to spend a quiet evening i...

Johnson Gallery House returns and Huckleberry Market opens for SLO's Art After Dark


Out with the old, in with the new,” the tired maxim goes. This may work for your common, everyday items like a rusty sink or a withered, jaundiced liver, but not for art. ...

A hardened cynic tries out a yoga workshop about menstrual cycles


I can hardly walk. My arms and legs feel like they have anchors weighing them down. This was all a mistake. I don’t know what happened. Let me preface this by telling you...

Placid and ominous scenes of nature come to downtown SLO eateries


Natural selection If you’re anything like me, you enjoy looking at the natural scenery that the Central Coast has to offer. But you also hate having to hike or do anything ...


Witness the finest in karaoke on Aug. 1 at SLO Brew!


If you could be an American Idol judge, would you be an asshole like Simon Cowell, a ditz like Paula Abdul, or a cheerleader like Randy Jackson? That’s the thorny issue I...


'Lucy' starts with a bang and ends with an eye roll

Writer-director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) helms this story about a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) implanted with a bag of drugs and forced to smuggl...


Kama Sutra-inspired: LXV Winery knows how to throw a party


Good food and wine paring—it’s like that dirty love making that, deep down, everyone really wants.” This is what “Duchess of Paso Robles” Angela Payton proclaimed ...

Hayley's Pick

Linnaea's Cafe's Creamy Caramel Spiced Apple Cider and SloCo Pasty Company's Watermelon Mint Cooler

  Linnaea’s Café’s Creamy Caramel Spiced Apple Cider There is nothing more American than a slice of apple pie. Except maybe conveniently sucking one down while irrespo...

Hot Dates

Pop art

The Johnson Gallery House is back with a vengeance after taking an eight-year sabbatical, and will make its comeback with a Summer Pop Up Show from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 1, duri...

Drawn out

If you’re interested in an illustrious career as an illustrator, you may want to check out the free Manga Drawing Workshop at the Atascadero Library, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m....

Fundraising in style

Help raise funds for SLO Noor Free Clinics at 50 Shades of Color, a thrift store-style revue at the Elks Lodge in SLO on Aug. 10. SLO Noor Free Clinics is a health care clinic...