June, 2020

Paso Robles fire destroys two homes, damages four others

The Paso Robles River Fire destroyed two homes, damaged four residencies and burned seven acres on Monday. Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the blaze, which is 10 percent contained. Shortly before 2 p.m., the fire ignited in the river... (Continue reading)

Evacuations order as fire engulfs structure in Paso Robles

A fire that started in the Salinas Riverbed on Monday afternoon, is burning a structure in the bluffs above South River Road. City officials have ordered multiple evacuations as the fire threatens additional structures. Shortly before 2 p.m., the fire... (Continue reading)

The number of new coronavirus cases continues to surge in SLO County

As San Luis Obispo County continues to reopen, the number of new coronavirus cases continues to surge. The county has linked pockets of new cases to an outbreak at a assisted living facility, a graduation party and several family gatherings.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria fire sends one person to the hospital

A structure fire in Santa Maria Monday morning resulted in a person being transported to the hospital. Shortly before 7 a.m., a caller reported the fire at a building in the 200 block of West Street. Firefighters arrived at the scene... (Continue reading)

Police unions, power, and the people

OPINION By DANIEL BLACKBURN Some years ago, I got a phone call at the beachside newspaper at which I was toiling from the city manager of Redondo Beach. He wanted to have lunch. Bill Kirchhoff had only recently taken the... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria officer shoots armed man

A Santa Maria police officer shot a man wielding a gun on Sunday afternoon outside a business. Shortly before 1 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man was waving a gun in front of people at Boomers Miniature Golf Arcade... (Continue reading)

Sheriff and DA employees accused of destroying BLM sign

Deputies cited employees of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office over the weekend for allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks. For three weeks, a large tarp with the letters BLM hung on... (Continue reading)

SLO County deputy shoots dog three times during suspected burglary

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County sheriff deputy who wrongly assumed a man was robbing a dry cleaners on June 15, shot the man’s dog three times. An Atacadero police officer then handcuffed the man’s wife, even though... (Continue reading)

California ends zero cash bail order

California’s two-month experiment with $0 bail for many county jail inmates ends Saturday, though individual counties can choose to extend the rule. In April, the California Judicial Council issued an order to reduce jail populations statewide in response to the... (Continue reading)

SLO County unemployment rate dropped in May, still high

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate dropped modestly in May, as small groups of people went back to work amid the pandemic, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. While the number of unemployed continues to fall, the economic outlook... (Continue reading)