Alleged kidnapper tells judge she’s CIA agent

A woman accused of abducting a 4-year-old boy from an Atascadero homeless shelter told a judge during a video-conference arraignment Tuesday that she was “guilty with an explanation.” [The Tribune] Annette Hale, 52, spoke to Judge John Trice from County... (Continue reading)

Light brown apple moths found in Cayucos

Two light brown apple moths were discovered in Cayucos in traps set in residential landscapes by San Luis Obispo County agriculture inspectors. [The Tribune] Additional traps have been set throughout the area to gauge the extent of the infestation. The... (Continue reading)

Movie Review: Cowboys & Aliens

By MIRANDA FORESMAN This year’s summer movies are made of comic books, big names, and huge budgets. Cowboys & Aliens has the proper ingredients, but, alas, the end result feels way over-baked. Inspired by a graphic novel, Cowboys & Aliens... (Continue reading)

Lindamood-Bell program grows brain

In a new study researchers found a San Luis Obispo headquartered company, Lindmood-Bell Learning Processes, helped grow gray matter in the brains of children with dyslexia using a reading intervention program. The independent study, conducted by researchers from the Center for... (Continue reading)

Child abducted from Atascadero homeless shelter

A 4-year-old Atascadero boy was allegedly kidnapped from the Echo Shelter in Atascadero at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday. Police issued an Amber Alert for Jeremy Guthrie after his mother discovered him missing on Friday morning. Guthrie was last seen... (Continue reading)

Skateboarder dies in Cayucos downhill accident

Seth Dunn, a 20-year-old from Fresno, died from blunt force to the head following a skateboard accident in Cayucos on Monday. [The Tribune] He wasn’t wearing a helmet as he skateboarded down Bakersfield Avenue, which has a steep incline. A... (Continue reading)

Police raid raw food cooperative

Raw food enthusiasts in California took a hit this week as police raided a Venice Beach cooperative, removing $70,000 of raw, organic produce and dairy products from the shelves and placing the goods onto the back of a flatbed truck.... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay man arrested for allegedly torturing girlfriend

Police arrested a Morro Bay man suspected of locking his girlfriend in a closet and repeatedly assaulting her with a knife. [Tribune] Andrew David Mattson, 27, and his girlfriend allegedly engaged in an argument on Tuesday night that quickly escalated... (Continue reading)

Nazis, Nukes, and the Bible: Vandenberg to stop mixing the three

For two decades Vandenberg’s officers’ training on how to launch nuclear weapons  included instruction on the morality of war with the aid of quotes from the Bible and a former Nazi SS officer. [Truthout] The ethics briefing ended abruptly after... (Continue reading)

Weekend spotlight: Big Laugh comedy show

Lizette Mizelle’s Big Laugh will fill the Atascadero Lake Pavilion with laughter this weekend when it hosts four comedians who have more in common than just jokes— each one knows what it’s like to live with cancer. It is through... (Continue reading)