Nipomo and Santa Maria businesses fined for underpaying farm workers

By KAREN VELIE The U.S. Department of Labor fined five farms, including one in Nipomo and three in Santa Maria, for withholding pay and benefits due farm workers in the country on the federal H-2A program. The H-2A program allows... (Continue reading)

Home fire spreads to vegetation in Creston

By KAREN VELIE A fire damaged a single-family home in Creston before scorching a 1/4 acre of vegetation on Friday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m., a caller reported a fire at a home on the 4100 block of Ryan Road.... (Continue reading)

A vote for Lynn Compton, is a vote for our neighborhoods

OPINION by PAUL HERTEL Let me tell you why I’m endorsing Lynn Compton for San Luis Obispo County District 4 Supervisor. Lynn was the only South County politician who publicly fought against an underhanded attempt to transform the former Hillside... (Continue reading)

Replica gun found in student’s backpack at elementary school in Grover Beach

By KAREN VELIE Grover Beach police officers found a student at Fairgrove Elementary School in possession of a replica firearm on Thursday, according to school staff. School officials asked Grover Beach police to investigate a report by a student who... (Continue reading)

Overturned semi-truck slows traffic on Highway 101 near Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE A semi-truck loaded with produce overturned on northbound Highway 101 near Nipomo slowing traffic in Santa Maria on Friday morning, according to the CHP. Victor Gonzalez was headed northbound near Highway 166 when he drove off the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo business owner sentenced to prison

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo auto repair shop owner, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to a federal charge of failing to pay almost half a million to the Internal Revenue Service, was sentenced to federal prison on Thursday.... (Continue reading)

State Commission points to fatal flaw in APCD Oceano Dunes dust science

By KAREN VELIE State commissioners accuse San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff of failing to follow the basic standard of practice for computer modeling in determining the origin of dust blowing on the Nipomo Mesa, according... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach City Council increases water restrictions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Pismo Beach City Council on Tuesday tightened the city’s water restrictions that had already been adopted to combat drought conditions. Last year, the city of Pismo Beach prohibited outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,... (Continue reading)

A practical voters guide for peace of mind

By STEW JENKINS As I walk door-to-door campaigning for San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder a lot of voters ask how their mail-in ballots work, or how they can vote at a polling place the way that they are used to... (Continue reading)

Vote for anyone but Geoff Auslen, the owner of Glenn’s repair

OPINION by THOMAS DAWSON SLO County supervisor candidate Geoff Auslen has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the rudest business owners in Atascadero. An issue that voters need to consider when choosing who to elect in the June... (Continue reading)