Articles Tagged With ‘Agriculture’




$12 million in marijuana discovered on ranch

Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies eradicated approximately 4,000 marijuana plants, valued at $12 million, from private property between the cities of Lompoc and Buellton. The owner of the property noticed that individuals had trespassed on his property and were diverting... (Continue reading)

SLO Water Politics vs. The Geopolitics of Food and Water`

OPINION by ALEX ALEXIEV On Aug. 27, SLO county supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill will try to push through an “emergency” ordinance to deal with the purported ground water depletion in the Paso Robles water basin. `According to existing statutes, to... (Continue reading)

Debunking some common local water myths

By WARREN FRANKEL, M.D., M.S. Deeper wells are not the problem, they are the solution to our North Coast water issues. That’s my conclusion, based on a thorough search of existing scientific literature. I’ve identified a number of unfortunate incorrect... (Continue reading)

No surprise: agriculture important in SLO County

Agriculture provides an economic boost to San Luis Obispo County of $1.87 billion annually, according to a report presented to supervisors Tuesday. The two-year-old data is the most current to be developed, suggesting today’s totals may be even higher. Agricultural... (Continue reading)

Mecham views water basin with new eyes

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A North County supervisor said a new county-produced map showing Paso Robles’ incredibly shrinking groundwater basin was a revelation to him and has impacted the way he looks at the issues. “I didn’t expect to see what... (Continue reading)

A resident’s open letter to SLO County supervisors

OPINION By LEANN SEROKA Dear Supervisors Debbie Arnold and Frank Mecham: I have been following the water issue for a number of months now. My interest was piqued after receiving a letter. This letter was not addressed to me, but... (Continue reading)

Weedbusters scrub Paso, Pozo hills

Sheriff’s officials said Thursday they have removed more than 10,000 marijuana plants from hilly areas near Paso Robles and Pozo, the result of discoveries by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force. Officials estimated the value of the... (Continue reading)

Water crisis dividing friends, neighbors

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Ken Currell gazed forlornly at vegetation surrounding the five-acre ranch he and his wife, Lynn, operate on the southeastern edge of Paso Robles, and responded to a visitor’s comments about the property’s beauty: “It was,” he said.... (Continue reading)

Drought hits NorCal pot farms

Drought conditions in Northern California may be prompting marijuana farmers to evacuate, leaving behind tens of thousands of dollars worth of pot cultivation. (San Jose Mercury News) Law enforcement officials report finding fields of pot with no one tending them,... (Continue reading)

Water bankers purchase Paso Robles’ Hardham Ranch

By DANIEL BLACKBURN One of the nation’s most controversial and wealthiest farm operators has quietly acquired a sprawling 742-acre parcel of prime ranch and agricultural property adjacent to the southeast edge of the Paso Robles city limits — causing some... (Continue reading)