Thursday, May 26, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 44

Weekly Poll
What's the best way to fight the drought?

We need water recycling facilities to make better use of the water we are already using.
We've got an entire ocean right next to us. Desalination is the way to go.
Conservation. Residents and businesses need to reduce their water use even further.
Steal water from other states. Michigan doesn't need all those lakes anyway.

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W.T.F.: Morro Bay weighs cost and citizen input as it decides where to put a new wastewater treatment facility

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W.T.F.: Morro Bay weighs cost and citizen input as it decides where to put a new wastewater treatment facility


A large “for sale” sign is staked into the ground beside Highway 41 at the entrance to the Righetti Ranch, a 253-acre property in the Morro Valley along the edge of Morro Bay. Two ranch gates bound by a locked chain bar access down the driveway that leads to an old barn, a few houses, and a couple of outbuildings on the property’s precious flat land. Behind those, gr... [ Read More ]

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Atascadero finalizes deal with Walmart for new roundabout


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Paso Robles woman charged in fatal December DUI crash


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Sunny Oaks Mobile Home Park tenants hit nonprofit owner with lawsuit over Los Osos sewer hookup


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Do it today


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The best political resume for Congress

By Victor Lund - San Luis Obispo

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Dear Cayucos residents, I'm voting 'no' on Measure C-16

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Sanctuaries are good for the environment and economy

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I believe that Congresswoman Lois Capps’ strong endorsement of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary ensures its eventual approval. The waters off the Central Coast...

I'm a Democrat and I'm ashamed of my party

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I’ve considered myself a staunch liberal as long as I can remember. However, for the first time, I’m truly ashamed of my own party. Living in San Luis Obispo for more than...

Make your political support about nuclear energy

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I know you are but what am I?

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Strokes and Plugs

Waterless car wash comes to you with Clean and Green Auto Care


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It's a process: Paso ArtFest's quick draw event showcases art in the making


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Local poet Michael McLaughlin releases new book, 'Countless Cinemas'


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Buddy Guy carries on the Chicago blues legacy at the 23rd annual Avila Beach Blues Festival on May 29th


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Hot Dates


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Art by the bay

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Pretty sweet

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