Daily Briefs

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Madonna Enterprises planning hotel in Atascadero

Clint Pearce, of Madonna Enterprises, plans to build a 120-room hotel in Atascadero near the site of where Wal-Mart was previously expected to open. Plans for the hotel include four stories with outdoor patio spaces, a pool, a fitness room... (Continue reading)

California to label Monsanto’s Roundup as cause of cancer

The state of California is intensifying its battle with agrochemical giant Monsanto. On Monday, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, will be added next month to the... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita Hill Fire burns 1,500 acres

The fast moving Santa Margarita Hill Fire has burned 1,500 acres and was 40 percent contained Tuesday morning. One structure has burned, many others are threatened and approximately 250 people have been evacuated. It has not yet been reported if... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita fire burns more than 500 acres

A rapidly moving fire off Highway 58 in rural Santa Margarita has grown to more than 500 acres. The evacuation zone has been expanded to include the area of Huer Huero Road to Highway 58 including Black Mountain Resort Road,... (Continue reading)

Atascadero cyclist wins race from Canada to Mexico

An Atascadero man emerged victorious in a rough-terrain cycling race from Canada to a Mexican border town in New Mexico. Brian Lucido, 41, finished first on Saturday in the 2017 Tour Divide, an approximately 2,750 mile race. The mountainous route... (Continue reading)

Hill Fire near Santa Margarita scorches more than 100 acres

A fire that started Monday afternoon east of Santa Margarita has burned over 100 acres. Cal Fire is fighting the fire from the air and the ground. The fire is burning grass and oak woodlands. Several structures are endangered. At... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court partially reinstates Trump’s travel ban

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” can take effect, albeit with exceptions allowing some individuals from targeted countries to enter the United States. [USA Today] Monday’s ruling states Trump may bar individuals from six Muslim... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man dies in Nipomo house fire

A 61-year-old Thomas Edward Gingell of Arroyo Grande man died in a Nipomo house fire Sunday morning. Around 7:30 a.m., a fire broke out at a house located at 1885 Pomeroy Road. The fire significantly burned the second floor of... (Continue reading)

Father buries stranger’s body following coroner mishap

The Orange County Coroner’s Office called an 83-year-old man in May and mistakenly told him his son had died. The coroner’s office informed the man his son had been identified through his fingerprints. [Orange County Register] Eleven days after Frank... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man drowns off Avila Beach

Rescue personnel were unable to find the body of a 35-year-old man Arroyo Grande man who  drowned while fishing three miles off the coast of Port San Luis on Friday afternoon. Shortly before noon, Nicholas Deloss Marold was fishing with... (Continue reading)

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