Daily Briefs

San Luis Obispo County IWMA to consider appointing Paavo Ogren

By KAREN VELIE Amid plans for San Luis Obispo County to exit the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA), the waste management agency’s board of directors will consider hiring Paavo Ogren as interim executive director on Wednesday afternoon. If appointed, Ogren... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles murder suspect avoids capture in Mexico, police said

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A suspect who allegedly shot and killed a man outside a Paso Robles liquor store last year has reportedly fled to Mexico. [Tribune] Jose DeJesus Campoverde Guerrero, 22, is accused of killing Oliver Nungaray, 27. Campoverde Guerrero... (Continue reading)

Three SLO County residents died from COVID-19 last week

After no new COVID-19 deaths in nearly two months, three San Luis Obispo County residents died last week from the virus. One resident was in their 50s, one was in their 60s and one was in their 70s. The number... (Continue reading)

Child tax credit payments headed to Central Coast families

Central Coast parents could see their first child tax credit payment in their bank accounts as early as Thursday. Under the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan, the annual child tax credit has increased from $2,000 per child to $3,000 to... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man killed on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A 67-year-old Atascadero man died following a motorcycle collision on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita Monday night. Shortly before 10 p.m., Randolph Earl was riding a black 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on Highway 101 near Tassajara Creek... (Continue reading)

California governor backtracks on student mask rules

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The state of California is backtracking on the mask mandate it issued Monday for K-12 schools and has signaled it will let local school officials have some control over face covering policies. Despite new guidance from the... (Continue reading)

Motorcyclist killed in crash with SUV in Grover Beach

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with an SUV on Monday afternoon in Grover Beach, according to police. Shortly before 3 p.m., the motorcyclist and the SUV collided at the intersection of Fourth Street and Newport Avenue. Medical personnel... (Continue reading)

Parole denied to Arroyo Grande teen’s murderer

By JOSH FRIEDMAN California Gov. Gavin Newsom has denied parole to a San Luis Obispo County man who, as a teenager, killed a 15-year-old Arroyo Grande High School student in what was initially planned as part of a satanic ritual.... (Continue reading)

California requires masks in classrooms, CDC recommends otherwise

By JOSH FRIEDMAM Despite new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting vaccinated teachers and students no longer need to wear masks inside school buildings, the state of California is keeping its mask mandate for K-12... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo residents protest reduced free parking hours

By KAREN VELIE Nearly 1,000 San Luis Obispo City residents have signed a petition rejecting an end to  free parking downtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The SLO City Council agreed to increase parking rates by 25 cents an... (Continue reading)