Daily Briefs

Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow bars to begin reopening on Friday

The state of California will allow bars to reopen on Friday in counties that meet the criteria to enter phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan. Also on Friday, the state will permit the reopening of other types of... (Continue reading)

Coronavirus cases surge in California, steady uptick in SLO County

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in California, with newly confirmed cases spiking on Friday at 3,600. More than 70 percent of coronavirus cases in the state are located in a handful of Southern California counties. On the other side... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara police searching for missing nurse

The Santa Barbara Police Department is searching for a Cottage Hospital nurse who went missing on May 29. Ashley Lynn Zachman, 36, was last seen leaving work at 5 p.m. She did not show up for her next shift at... (Continue reading)

Three people stabbed after curfew in Santa Maria

Santa Maria police officers are searching for the person or persons involved in the stabbing of three people on Saturday evening, during a citywide curfew. Late last night, officers discovered three people had been stabbed on the 400 block of... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man killed in crash with drunk driver

A 36-year-old Arroyo Grande man died in a crash with an alleged drunk driver on Highway 154 at the San Marcos Pass summit on Friday. Shortly before 11 a.m., Michael Kai Liu was driving westbound in a Hyundai Sonata when... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County schools hold drive-through graduations

Schools across San Luis Obispo County are holding drive-through graduations, as normal ceremonies are not taking place because of coronavirus restrictions. In the drive-through festivities, families park vehicles within viewing and honking distance of the students who walk up to... (Continue reading)

JC Penney closing its store in Paso Robles

Currently bankrupt, on Thursday JC Penney announced plans to close more than 150 stores, including its store in Paso Robles. As a nonessential retail store, JC Penney was forced to close its store because of the pandemic. On May 15,... (Continue reading)

Thousands attend protest in San Luis Obispo

Thousands participated in a peaceful protest against police violence in San Luis Obispo on Thursday evening. At 5 p.m., more than 3,000 attendees gathered at the SLO County Courthouse. Organizers with the NAACP and Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff... (Continue reading)

Bystanders rescue a woman from a car in Lake Nacimiento

Bystanders rescued a woman who drove into Lake Nacimiento at Heritage Ranch in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. Engine 33 responded to the crash, and determined the woman was uninjured. Monterey County park rangers... (Continue reading)

New coronavirus cases surge in Paso Robles and Templeton

While coronavirus cases continue a slow uptick in San Luis Obispo County, infections rates vary strongly from community to community. Recently, the worst outbreaks have been located in Paso Robles and Nipomo. During the past seven days, there have been... (Continue reading)