Uncovered SLO

SLO County Administrative Officer Wade Horton resigns

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer Wade Horton resigned amid an evaluation request, County Counsel Rita Neal announced following a Board of Supervisor closed session on Tuesday. Horton agreed to lead the county until May 1. A... (Continue reading)

Fire leads to arrest of wanted man in Santa Margarita

By KAREN VELIE and RICHARD BASTIAN Fire burned a home, a wanted man was arrested and another suspect escaped during an action-filled Friday morning in Santa Margarita. Shortly after 7 a.m., a caller reported a fire at a home on... (Continue reading)

Friends of Oceano Dunes wins another victory against Coastal Commission

By KAREN VELIE Friends of the Oceano Dunes won another contentious legal battle against the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday. A judge denied the state’s motion for summary judgement in a quiet title lawsuit. In an attempt to have portions... (Continue reading)

Is Wade Horton’s job on the chopping block?

By KAREN VELIE A new majority on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will likely determine the fate of County Administrative Officer Wade Horton during a closed session meeting on March 21. The meeting agenda refers to an... (Continue reading)

SLO senior home under fire for health and safety issues

By KAREN VELIE A resident of the Avila Senior Living facility in San Luis Obispo lied in their bed, dizzy and tired after a staffer gave them another resident’s medications. Regulators slapped the independent and assisted living facility with a... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores sentenced to 25 to life for Kristin Smart murder

By KAREN VELIE Paul Flores, the 46-year-old man found guilty of murdering Kristin Smart in 1996, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday. During the hearing, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe told Flores he... (Continue reading)

SLO County crashes, river rescue, flooding – photos

By KAREN VELIE The latest atmospheric river storm is causing widespread flooding, evacuations, car crashes and a river rescue in San Luis Obispo County.   Firefighters rescue two people from the Salinas River   Paso Robles firefighters rescued two people... (Continue reading)

Prosecutors accuse Paul Fores’ attorney of sanctionable offenses

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office accuses the lawyer representing a man found guilty last year of murdering Kristin Smart of sanctionable offenses, according to an opposition filed March 3. A Monterey County jury found... (Continue reading)

Diablo Canyon can continue operating past 2025

By KAREN VELIE PG&E can continue operating Diablo Canyon Power Plant past 2025 while the utility works through the relicensing process, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Thursday. PG&E had planned on shutting down the nuclear power plant in... (Continue reading)

Kristin Smart murderer Paul Flores seeking a new trial

By KAREN VELIE Lawyers representing Paul Flores, a man found guilty last year of murdering Kristin Smart in San Luis Obispo in 1996, filed motions last week to dismiss the jury verdict and for a new trial. A Monterey County... (Continue reading)