CHP officer warned prior to fatal crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Prior to the traffic accident that killed California Highway Patrol Officer Bret Oswald outside Paso Robles, a driver stopped to warn the officer that cars coming around a bend had an obstructed view of him. Testifying in... (Continue reading)

Kid Rock shows musical chops at fair gig

By COLIN JONES If someone said I could be any rock star I wanted, I would probably take Sammy Hagar. After attending Wednesday’s Kid Rock concert at the California Mid-State Fair, I may have to reconsider. The Kidster, born Robert... (Continue reading)

Reminder: Ramos memorial service set for Saturday

A public memorial service to honor journalist and Cal Poly professor  George Ramos has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6 in Morro Bay. Ramos, 63, died last month after suffering a heart attack in his Morro Bay home. Friends, students,... (Continue reading)

Man attempts to lure Atascadero children into van

Local law enforcement officers are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to lure four Atascadero children into a van on Monday morning by offering them a ride. Sporting a long grey beard and driving a red Volkswagen van with... (Continue reading)

Maricopa traffic cops will back off of motorists

Motorists driving through Maricopa can breathe a little easier now that the police department has revamped its policy for citing traffic violations. The town of 1,200 in western Kern County had turned into a trap of sorts where in the... (Continue reading)

Former ECOSLO director will face jury trial

Morgan Rafferty, accused of embezzling funds from two nonprofit organizations, will stand trial in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Sept. 6, more than two years after being charged for grand theft. [The Tribune] Rafferty, 48, is accused of taking... (Continue reading)

Travel: Following Custer to the Little Bighorn

By DAVID CONGALTON On a steamy hot June afternoon in 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, who graduated last in his class at West Point, rode off into the history books as the commander of the worst U.S. military defeat... (Continue reading)

Redistricting Commission approves final draft maps

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved the final drafts of the state’s controversial new district maps today, setting off what many expect to be a flurry of lawsuits over the next two weeks. [CaliforniaWatch] The commission now has until Aug.... (Continue reading)

Hiker missing near Lake Nacimiento

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies say they are searching for a 22-year-old man who went missing while hiking with friends near Lake Nacimiento on Saturday afternoon. [KSBY] Wearing red shorts and no shirt, the man was last seen heading... (Continue reading)

Getting Lost in a Book

OPINION By ROGER FREBERG When I hear folks discuss the “joys of reading,” most talk about the latest novel involving a bunch of dysfunctional people eking out a miserable existence, and then they die tragically. If I wanted to experience... (Continue reading)