Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Local News

“Great American Shakeout” Scheduled for Thursday


The “Great American Shakeout” will be a moving experience for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District on Thursday, October 15. More than 8,000 students and staff from Righetti, Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools are participating in the statewide drill to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

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SLO HotHouse Expanding Again Adding Student Housing


In a move that aligns it with other incubator programs across the country, the SLO HotHouse is expanding again, and adding student housing. Cal Poly just signed a five-year lease that includes an additional 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 12,600 square feet of residential space in the historic Blackstone-Sauer building on the northeast corner of Monterey and Chorro streets …

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Capps to Host Discussions on Importance of Clean Energy


This week, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will host a two-part series of panel discussions with policy experts on the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future including the progress being made along the Central Coast.  On Wednesday, Capps will lead a capstone conversation at the Central Coast Sustainability Summit at UCSB with a panel …

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Public Workshop on Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Project


Community members are invited to a public workshop to discuss the Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility project at two different times October 17. The workshop is intended as a community conversation about this crucial project, which will help keep Morro Bay a clean, safe place to live, work, and play for generations to come. Community members can attend the sessions …

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State Route 41 to be Fully Closed Next Week


State Route 41 will be fully closed in both directions from the Highway 46 East/State Route 41 Interchange in Cholame to State Route 33 in Kings County on Tuesday, October 20 from 8 am to 5 pm for highway maintenance work which will include pavement crack sealing, rock slope protection and mowing.

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Escaped Convict Captured in Oregon Yesterday


A man convicted of a 2010 Morro Bay armed robbery who escaped prison while being transported through Illinois last month was captured in Oregon yesterday morning. 35-year-old Joshua Lee Drinnon was located at a homeless shelter in   Ashland, more than 2,000 miles from where he was last seen scaling a fence and disappearing into a cornfield. Drinnon escaped while being transported from …

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Public Assistance Wanted to Locate Missing Student


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a 23-year-old Sierra Nevada College student who was reported missing Sunday.  Dianne Thacher’s family, from Rhode Island, reported her missing to Washoe County, Nevada authorities and to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. They had not heard from Thacher since October 5. Thacher was reportedly in California …

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Apparent Murder Suicide Being Investigated by SB Sheriff’s Office


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Los Olivos.  Just before 8:00 a.m. October 8, 2015, a male reporting party called 9-1-1 and claimed that a violent crime had occurred at his location.  The call was traced to a cell phone at a home in the 2200 block of Alamo Pintado Avenue in Los Olivos. …

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Two Phone Scams Currently Active in SB and SLO Counties


Two phone scams are going on in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Officials say someone is calling residents claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy and tells the resident that they failed to show up for jury duty and that there is a warrant out for their arrest. The caller then asks for money. The other scam involves someone …

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“Send Silence Packing” Exhibit Coming to UCSB


A nationally recognized exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represents the number of students who die by suicide every year is coming to UC Santa Barbara today. The powerful outdoor exhibit, “Send Silence Packing,” includes 1,100 backpacks donated by families of students who died by suicide.  Presented by the student advocacy organization Active Minds, the display sheds light on college student …

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