Pinnacles to be California’s new National Park?

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) introduced legislation Thursday designed to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to a National Park. [LA Times] The 26,000 acre parcel of land, located near Soledad, is a nesting place for the endangered California condor. Hikers and naturalists... (Continue reading)

Spotlight: What’s happening this weekend

By LETICIA RODRIGUEZ With great Central Coast weather comes great events. This week, local businesses are pulling out all the stops for locals and visitors who want to enjoy a starry summer night. This weekend gives you three last chances... (Continue reading)

Zac Efron gets the LA Times treatment

Arroyo Grande’s Zac Efron gets the star treatment on the eve of his first attempt at a commercially dramatic movie role in “Charlie St. Cloud.” [LA Times] The young actor grew up in Arroyo Grande and graduated from AGHS. His... (Continue reading)

Day Trip: Chumash Casino

By DAVID CONGALTON A group of us hopped on the bus and went down to Chumash Casino today, what the casino p.r. types down in Santa Ynez playfully call “Win Country.” It can happen. We were inside the building less... (Continue reading)

Dining Out: Tahlia’s Cucina in Nipomo

By DAVID CONGALTON The area around the intersection of Thompson Road and Tefft Street is considered Old Town Nipomo, but there’s not much action in these parts. Plenty of empty lots. Very little retail. Most of the traffic seems headed... (Continue reading)

Wyatt Earp is buried in San Francisco?

They left their hearts in San Francisco. And their arms. And their legs. And their eyes. And just about every other appendage and organ one can imagine. These are the rich and famous, including Wyatt Earp, who all chose San... (Continue reading)

Spotlight: What’s happening this weekend

By LETICIA RODRIGUEZ The month of July may be coming to an end, but the many events on the Central Coast show no sign of slowing down. Take yourself back to the day of knights and ladies-in-waiting on Friday with... (Continue reading)

Catherine Ryan Hyde offers fiction workshop

Here’s an interesting way to help save the local environment, while also learning to become a bestselling fiction writer. Cambria novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde, who knows a thing or two about writing novels that sell (“Pay It Forward,” “Love in... (Continue reading)

Yosemite increases campsites

Yosemite National Park is increasing the amount of sites for campers, including a campground that’s been closed for 13 years. [San Francisco Chronicle] Park officials announced Friday that all campgrounds in the park are open for the summer, including Yosemite... (Continue reading)

Travel: Lucky in Laughlin

By DAVID CONGALTON Laughlin, Nevada, so the story goes, is named for a man from Minnesota, turned Vegas club owner, who bought the southern tip of Nevada in 1964. Don Laughlin eventually opened the Riverside Resort on the Colorado River,... (Continue reading)