Daily Briefs


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Bicyclist killed by train in Goleta

A bicyclist wearing headphones was hit and killed on July 20 by an Amtrak passenger train in Goleta. Shortly before noon, 51-year-old Edmund Alexander Backus was riding his bike on La Patera Lane near the train station when he was... (Continue reading)

California growers trying to replace diminishing farm workers with robots

Faced with a shrinking population of immigrant farm workers, California growers are racing to adopt technological innovations that will mechanically pick crops. [LA Times] Over much of the past decade, Mexican immigrants have been returning to Mexico at a faster... (Continue reading)

Fire burns 47 acres on Nipomo Mesa

A fire burned 47 acres on the Nipomo Mesa on Thursday. Firefighters have reportedly stopped the progress of the blaze, but they have yet to reach full containment. At approximately 2:43 p.m., the fire broke out off of Zenon Way,... (Continue reading)

Mastermind of SLO County cocaine ring sentenced to prison

The Morro Bay man convicted of masterminding the largest cocaine trafficking organization in the recent history of San Luis Obispo County received a prison sentence of 18 years and eight months. However, he may be eligible for parole after just... (Continue reading)

Truck driver gets six years for deadly Christmas Eve crash

A Las Vegas truck driver received a six-year prison sentence for several vehicular manslaughter convictions stemming from a 2014 Christmas Eve crash that killed four San Miguel residents. Philip Ken Trujillo, 57, entered court on Thursday attempting to get a... (Continue reading)

Former Arroyo Grande teacher sues student she had sex with

A former Arroyo Grande High School culinary arts teacher who is currently in jail for having sex with an underage student has filed a lawsuit against the teen with whom she had intercourse. The former teacher alleges the teen defamed... (Continue reading)

Person killed in Atascadero crash

One person died Wednesday in a single-car crash on Highway 41 near Old Morro Road in Atascadero. Shortly before noon, the victim’s vehicle hit a tree after going off the road. Responders pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Authorities... (Continue reading)

Progressives win battle for SLO County Democratic Party Chair

Following months of battling for control of the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party, the SLO County Progressives have taken over the helm of the local party. On Monday, the SLO County Democratic Party elected Rosemary Canfield, the choice of... (Continue reading)

Fire causes evacuations in Cambria

A vegetation fire prompted evacuations in Cambria Tuesday afternoon. But, firefighters managed to completely contain the blaze and limit the amount of area it burned to three acres. The blaze, which was dubbed the Bridge Fire, broke out around 1... (Continue reading)

SLO Council gives approval for Grossman’s San Luis Ranch

The San Luis Obispo City Council endorsed developer Gary Grossman’s San Luis Ranch project on Tuesday. The proposed development will now go before the SLO County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which will consider a request by the city to... (Continue reading)



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