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SLO firefighter claims self defense

San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason testified Thursday he threw punches in self-defense following an argument in a bathroom at Pappy McGregor’s Bar & Grill on Monterey Street in June. John Ryan Mason, 34, allegedly beat Jory Brigham, 32,... (Continue reading)

Jerry Brown down on Amazon proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he is leaning against Internet retailer Amazon.com’s proposal to put off enforcing a new law that taxes online purchases in exchange for the company launching several California distribution centers that would create several thousand... (Continue reading)

NAFTA Truck Fiasco

OPINION By JOHN SALISBURY We really weaseled out on our part of North American Free Trade Agreement-1994 (NAFTA) which included a requirement that Canada, Mexico, and the United States allow full access to each country’s highways. Pressure from the trucking... (Continue reading)

Alexander named new director of County Arts Council

Charlotte Alexander has been named executive director of ARTS Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, effective Sept. 1. Alexander replaces Marta Peluso who stepped down last June after five years of heading up the nonprofit organization. ARTS Obispo... (Continue reading)

Confronting north county gangs – finally

Following years of publicly understating, even concealing, criminal gang activity and influence in the north county, a depleted Paso Robles police department now will be working with multiple law enforcement agencies to address what officials call “a surge of violence”... (Continue reading)

Weekend spotlight: Celebrate California wines

By KARLEE PRAZAK September is California Wine Month, and that makes it a great time to enjoy a glass of wine at one of the many fine wineries the Central Coast has to offer. In celebration of Wine Month, wineries... (Continue reading)

Cambria bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird found dead in Cambria tested positive for West Nile Virus, the California Department of Public Health announced today. This is the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in San Luis Obispo County for 2011. West Nile Virus... (Continue reading)

Stone Soup Festival in Grover Beach, event photos

The 19th annual Stone Soup Music Faire was a wildly popular weekend event. During the  faire, musicians such as The Jill Knight Trio, Masanga Marimba, the Red Skunk Jipsee Swing Band and headliners Tempest kept the beat going while the... (Continue reading)

Debbie Arnold announces bid for SLO County supervisor

A field representative for Senator Sam Blakeslee and former Atascadero business owner announced plans Wednesday to run for a seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Debbie Arnold made the announcement in an exclusive interview with CalCoastNews.... (Continue reading)

SLO County redistricting plans violate laws

OPINION by WILLIAM PELFREY The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ plan to split Templeton into three supervisory districts is not only impractical, but it appears to break laws set to keep lawmakers from setting boundaries for their own... (Continue reading)