Atascadero city manager announces retirement

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following a 26-year career with the North County city, Atascadero’s chief executive has announced she will retire.  City Manager Rachelle Rickard has worked for Atascadero for exactly 26 years, as of Tuesday. Rickard will retire in July... (Continue reading)

Is the Five Cities Fire Authority’s future in jeopardy?

By KAREN VELIE The Five Cities Fire Authority is struggling to pay its bills and maintain it equipment while responding to multiple non-emergency calls, according to a comprehensive review of the authority. After Oceano announced plans to leave the Five... (Continue reading)

Driver killed in single-vehicle crash on Highway 41 in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver was killed on Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 41 in Atascadero. Shortly after 6 a.m., the driver was traveling westbound on Highway 41 when they drove off the roadway near Old Morro... (Continue reading)

Suspect arrested in rural Arroyo Grande fatal shooting

By KAREN VELIE Deputies arrested one person in relation to the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man in rural Arroyo Grande late last year, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. On Nov. 4, 2022, a group of... (Continue reading)

Man flees officers in stolen CSD truck, barricades himself at Hearst Castle

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Officers arrested a man on Sunday who allegedly went on a rampage at the Cambria Community Services District utility yard, stole a CSD truck, fled authorities to Hearst Castle, crashed through gates on the castle grounds and... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police holding DUI patrols on Monday, Tuesday

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police officers plan to patrol for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Monday and Tuesday, the department announced Monday morning. Additional officers will be patrolling the streets from... (Continue reading)

SLO driver who hit and killed couple charged with manslaughter

By KAREN VELIE The 24-year-old San Luis Obispo resident who allegedly hit and killed a couple and their dog while speeding on Sacramento Drive was charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter on Monday. San Luis Obispo police officers... (Continue reading)

Fire damages residential building in Oceano

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire damaged a multi-family residential structure in Oceano on Monday morning. Shortly after 11 a.m., a caller reported a fire at 1570 22nd Street, according to Cal Fire. All residents managed to evacuate before firefighters arrived,... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo debates allowing bicyclists to ride on sidewalks

By KAREN VELIE After installing bike lanes through much of the city, San Luis Obispo is debating whether or not to allow bicyclists to also ride on sidewalks. The city’s Active Transportation Committee last month debated the pros and cons... (Continue reading)

SLO County gas prices continue to climb, find the best prices

By KAREN VELIE Gas prices in San Luis Obispo County continue a steady rise, while nationally prices are falling. The average price for a gallon of gas in San Luis Obispo County increased three cents during the past week to... (Continue reading)