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Daniel Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn is editor of KCCN.tv

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Creston man facing prosecution after killing dog

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A criminal prosecution will proceed against a Creston man who admitted to shooting and killing a prize Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by a neighbor. District Attorney Dan Dow has passed the case along to a deputy, according to the dog’s owner, David Murray. It remains uncertain if the case will be prosecuted as […]... (Continue Reading)

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Seeking truth in McClatchy reporting

An open letter to Craig Forman, McClatchy News president and CEO OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Hello, Mr. Forman: We haven’t yet chatted, but I thought you should know that you have been buffaloed… misled… fooled… or just plain lied to by your subordinates. Allow me to elaborate. Your commentary, reprinted in Sunday’s The Tribune, was […]... (Continue Reading)

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Prized dog gunned down, prosecutor ponders charges

By DANIEL BLACKBURN The morning’s first sunlight was barely peeking through the oaks as Snoop Dogg, a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, nosed open a sliding glass door and began his usual morning duties, consisting primarily of patrolling the perimeter of the Murray family’s 45-acre Creston ranch. Along the way, he probably would pause to sniff here […]... (Continue Reading)

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Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s Amerika

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN In a jam-packed San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that was testy from the start, an incident occurred that occupied the frenzied crowd’s attention for just moments, but was in its own way momentous: A sheriff’s deputy ejected a man from the meeting. The ejection was clearly illegal. […]... (Continue Reading)

Adam Hill predisposed to not being deposed

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill was scheduled to be deposed Friday in a case involving CCN, but the deposition is on hold while Hill mounts a legal battle to stop his requirement to testify under oath. Charles Tenborg filed a lawsuit against CalCoastNews in 2013, claiming libel. […]... (Continue Reading)

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California Valley sprouting pot farms

  By DANIEL BLACKBURN Isolated and sparsely populated California Valley, on the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo County, is parched, flat terrain, part of the largest remaining native grassland in California.  And now it’s becoming known for the widespread — and wide open — introduction of a not-so-native grass, as in high-grade marijuana. Sheriff’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Former police chief’s son suspected of counterfeiting, burglary

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police caught a break in a counterfeiting case when officers recognized a man videotaped passing a counterfeit bill at a CVS Pharmacy as the son of former chief of police Lisa Solomon and a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy who worked the DARE program. On Tuesday, […]... (Continue Reading)

Lawsuit accuses PB Companies principals of fraud and deception

Editor’s Note: The lawsuit by Jonathan and Crystal Westbay against PB Companies, Alder Partners, Ryan Petetit and Russ Sheppell is at the bottom of this article. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN PB Companies principals engaged in fraud and deception in order to lure a Nipomo man to invest in their companies and provide access […]... (Continue Reading)

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AG council considers speech restraint

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A verbal joust over the limits of individual free speech looms Tuesday when the Arroyo Grande City Council meets at 6 p.m. A recent request by one council member to place on a future agenda a discussion about “council communications” suddenly has morphed into a resolution for adoption prepared by City Manager […]... (Continue Reading)

Media collusion cultivates corruption

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Let’s not parse words: the local daily newspaper is the leading cause of widespread governmental corruption so widely associated with San Luis Obispo County. This truism was driven home Sunday morning when The Tribune’s editorial board cheerily backed Adam Hill for another District 3 supervisor’s term, ignoring an ever-growing accumulation of […]... (Continue Reading)

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