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Ruddell’s Smokehouse in Cayucos bites the dust

Editor’s Note: The following series, “Life in Radically Gentrifying Cayucos by the Sea,” to be posted biweekly includes the notes, thoughts, and opinions of an original American voice: author Dell Franklin.  Franklin’s memoir, “Life On The Mississippi, 1969,” is currently... (Continue reading)

Teen wounded in Santa Maria shooting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An 18-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting in Santa Maria Tuesday night. Shortly after 10 p.m., 911 callers reported shots heard and someone yelling in the area of 200 W. Newlove Drive. Officers arrived... (Continue reading)

Lompoc murder suspect arrested in Oceanside

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man in San Diego County after he allegedly shot and killed a man in Lompoc earlier this week. Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, a caller reported a shooting in the 200 block... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s district map selection process exposes political divide

By KAREN VELIE After months of debate and mudslinging, San Luis Obispo County has a new political map that makes major changes to the supervisorial districts. Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to adopt the Patten map, with supervisors Bruce Gibson... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo homicide victim and suspect identified

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Police have identified the 64-year-old man who was killed near Megan’s Organic Market on Higuera Street last month as San Luis Obispo transient Rick Fowler. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, a 911 caller reported need... (Continue reading)

Truck driver who killed SLO bicyclist charged with manslaughter

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County prosecutors charged a truck driver with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a bicyclist in SLO earlier this year. [Tribune] Shortly after 7 a.m. on June 25, 61-year-old Salvador Cortez of SLO... (Continue reading)

SLO County reports seven new COVID-19 deaths

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County reported seven new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while new case rates remain primarily unchanged with a moderate daily average of 36. Those who succumbed to the virus during the past week range in... (Continue reading)

Regulators in hot water again over the Oceano Dunes

By KAREN VELIE For more than a decade, San Luis Obispo County’s Air Pollution Control District has claimed that 100% of the dust particles blowing on the Nipomo Mesa are the result of off-roading at the Oceano Dunes. It is... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles robbery suspect nabbed following carjacking

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Paso Robles police captured a suspect in a recent armed robbery after he allegedly carjacking a vehicle on Sunday evening, leading to his arrest Monday morning. At about 8 p.m. on Sunday, 29-year-old Richard Garcia approached a... (Continue reading)

Diver who drowned off the coast near Gaviota identified

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identified the diver whose body was found off the coast near Gaviota on Saturday as Terry Gummerman, 54, of Santa Maria. At about 3 a.m., Gummerman went diving for lobster just... (Continue reading)