Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Paso Robles Police Starts “Police and Community Together” Program

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The Paso Robles Police Department rolled out a new community based program yesterday, announced by Chief Robert Burton. The new program, titled ‘Police and Community Together’ (PACT), was created to promote community, government and police partnerships, implement proactive problem solving, and enhance the Department’s engagement with our community. According to Chief Burton, “The goal for PACT is to maximize the Police Department’s working relationship with the community that will, in turn, result in improved police service delivery and a safer community.”

As part of the PACT Program, the Police Department has divided the City into four areas. A patrol sergeant has been assigned to each of these four areas. These sergeants will be the initial point of contact and Read More »

Police Conclude 5-Year Murder Investigation

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Shortly after 3pm on December 2nd, Investigators with the Morro Bay Police Department concluded a 5-year long investigation with the arrest of 64 year old James Victor Lypps, a resident of Nipomo, CA, for the murder of his wife, Sherre Ann Neal-Lypps. Sherre Lypps, who was 62 at the time of her death in June of 2009, died under suspicious circumstances at the couple’s residence in the 2400 block of Greenwood Ave. in Morro Bay.

Investigators pieced together physical evidence collected at the residence with statements and witness testimony in order to identify James Lypps as the primary suspect. The Morro Bay Police Department worked collaboratively with Investigators from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Coroners, th Read More »

Federal Regulators Must Reassess Earthquake Risks at Nuclear Power Plant

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Federal regulators need to reassess earthquake risks at California’s last operating nuclear power plant and hold hearings to determine if it’s properly accounting for potential threats. That’s according to testimony to be submitted Wednesday in Washington, where a Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on nuclear safety after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. California’s Diablo Canyon plant is located near several earthquake faults. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co. defend its safety. According to a copy of his remarks, former Republican California Sen. Sam Blakeslee will tell the panel PG&E has downplayed risks.

The Associated Press disclosed in August that a federal expert wanted the NRC to shut down Diab Read More »

Grover Beach Holiday Parade on December 6th

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The City of Grover Beach will be putting on the 2014 Holiday Parade to celebrate the season on Saturday December 6, 2014. We invite you to attend the parade and enjoy the festivities. During the event, the following streets will be closed on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.:

W. Grand Ave. – from Oak Park Blvd to 8th Street
16th Street – from Longbranch Ave to Ramona Ave.
14th Street – from Longbranch Ave to Ramona Ave.
13th Street – from Longbranch Ave to Ramona Ave.
11th Street – from Rockaway Ave to Ramona Ave.
10th Street – from Rockaway Ave to Ramona Ave.
9th Street – from Rockaway Ave to Brighton Ave.
Ramona Ave – from 8th Street to 10th Street

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Cyclist Identified After Being Killed By Motorist

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In an accident near Paso Robles last Friday, the CHP has identified the cyclist who was killed as 62-year-old Lee Craig from Los Angeles. The man she was riding with was seriously injured and hospitalized. The driver who hit them was identified as 18-year-old Joseph Mondo from Paso Robles. He said he was distracted by trying to retrieve his cell phone. Mondo was not cited at the scene, but could face charges once the investigation is complete. Officers do not suspect drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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Woods Humane Society Invites Community to “Holiday Open House”

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Woods Humane Society invites the community to join us for our annual “Holiday Open House” on Saturday, December 6th from Noon-4pm.This year, they are hosting Pet Portraits with Santa, Half Off Holiday Homecoming Adopt-a-Thon, REAL SNOW, holiday treats and goodies from Pastry Chef Matthew Mimmack, A K9Training and Behavior Series, fun activities for the kids & dogs, and shelter tours. Looking for a special gift for a loved one? Woods Humane Society shelter gear (sweatshirts,jackets, hats, shirts, etc.) will be available. Or choose the gift of love and sponsor a Woods Humane Society dog or cat in a loved one’s honor/memory. WHS’s Holiday Open House is our largest annual In-Kind Donation Drive and we invite youto visit our website at www.woodshumane.org and re Read More »

Los Padres National Forest Braces for Winter

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Los Padres National Forest is bracing for wintry weather.  Forest spokesman Andrew Madsen says heavy rains and swollen creeks can cause serious damage to the roads.  In the meantime, the following roads and trails will be closed: La Brea, Sierra Madre Road, Bates Canyon, Rockfront Area and Figueroa Mountain.  Once the high winds and thunderstorms pass, crews will begin to “rehabilitate” the area.  People are urged to check the Los Padres National Forest website for more information.

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Salvation Army Looking for Volunteers

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The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell-ringers for various sites around San Luis Obispo County during the holiday season, now through Dec. 24. Volunteers are not required to solicit donations – just ring the bell and greet passersby with a smile.  Shifts are usually two hours. The annual Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s most important fundraising event of the year. All donations will go to assist those in need in San Luis Obispo County. Requests for help from The Salvation Army are on the rise, making this year’s campaign more critical than ever.To volunteer to ring the bell at a location near you, call Jessica at (805) 234-8841.

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Superintendent of SLO County Schools Julian Crocker’s education report:

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There seems to be an increasing support for “Universal Preschool” for all 3 and 4 years children as a major strategy for improving the “school readiness” for all children.  We’ve talked before about making   this early effort at closing the achievement gap between children in poverty, English Language learners and Foster Children and other children through high quality preschool programs.  The key to the success of this strategy of Universal Preschool is the quality of the program.  Today I will briefly describe six characteristics of a high-quality preschool program. These are the characteristics that parents should look for when choosing a preschool as well as what should govern the program for providers, public or private.

PROGRAM STANDARDS. There are 10 Pro Read More »

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