Paso Robles middle school garden vandalized

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A vandal or vandals allegedly destroyed a garden maintained by special education students and staff at Daniel Lewis Middle School in Paso Robles. Sunday night or early Monday morning, the vandals ravaged the garden. Julie Peruzzi, who... (Continue reading)

Judge denies audio broadcasting of hearing in Kristin Smart murder case

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen ruled Monday against allowing audio recordings of next month’s preliminary hearing of two men accused in the disappearance and murder of Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart because... (Continue reading)

Willow Fire burning near Big Sur spreading with little containment

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A wildfire that ignited southeast of Big Sur in Monterey County burned nearly 2,400 acres late last week and over the weekend. The Willow Fire started at about 8 p.m. on Thursday near Willow Creek and Marble... (Continue reading)

California city councilman charged with operating illegal pot shop

A grand jury in Riverside County has indicted a Southern California city councilman for operating an illegal marijuana dispensary. [LA Times] The indictment, which was unsealed on Friday, alleges San Jacinto Councilman Joel Lopez, 35, and 32-year-old Edward Padilla Jr.... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles school board planning to ban critical race theory

By KAREN VELIE The Paso Robles school district board is scheduled to discuss a resolution banning the teaching of critical race theory at its meeting on June 22. If the board votes to approve the resolution on Tuesday, it will... (Continue reading)

Nipomo teen dies following car crash

A Nipomo teen died Thursday from injuries he suffered in a June 5 crash in Santa Barbara County. Shiloh Delgadillo, 18, was driving home from a graduation party when he crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Highway... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande rejects water project, the right thing to do

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Finally, someone has “spit out” the Central Coast Blue Kool-Aid that’s been served for years. It’s about time the Arroyo Grande City Council stood up to Pismo Beach on what I call, “Central Coast Boondoggle.” I... (Continue reading)

SLO County first responders rescue unconscious man

San Luis Obispo County first responders saved the life of a man on Monday, who was found unconscious in Oceano following a car crash. Shortly after 1 p.m., 911 callers reported hearing an explosion and that a vehicle was possibly... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man accused of sexually molesting 12-year-old boy

Paso Robles police arrested a 38-year-old man on Thursday they suspect sexually molested a child who lives in his home. After receiving a tip from out-of-state, detectives arrested Christopher Saucedo Sr. for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy who had been... (Continue reading)

California loosens up workplace mask rules

California regulators loosened coronavirus rules on Thursday allowing fully vaccinated employees to unmask as the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline. There are some exceptions to the state’s latest mandate. Employers can require their staff wear masks. Also, people... (Continue reading)