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Search and Recovery Team Working on Plane Crash

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On 2-23-14, divers with the Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Team working off the dive boat "Magic" located the wreckage believed to be that of the airplane that went down off the coast of Oceano on 1-14-14. Using all the information gathered from witnesses, radar, sonar and depth finders, the divers were able to locate a large debris field near the area they had been searching since the plane went down.

Divers found what appears to be the wing, the fuselage, and other parts of the aircraft. Two small pieces that were believed to be from the plane were recovered, including a carburetor and part of the manifold as well as a metal tube. No human remains were found. The Read More »

Jeff Bridges to Receive 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award

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The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) and presenting sponsors, MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, are thrilled to announce that the 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award will be presented to actor Jeff Bridges. On Saturday, March 8 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, former King Vidor Award recipient James Cromwell will present the award followed by a conversation with Jeff Bridges, and a screening of one of his films. One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck country music singer —deservedly garnered the iconic performer his firs Read More »

Ontario Ridge is Open to Hikers Again

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The “No Trespassing” signs and barbed wire that have turned people away from the Ontario Ridge hiking trail in the Avila Beach area are gone. The property owner has removed the "No Trespassing" signs from the Cave Landing Road entrance. San Luis Obispo County Parks officials say the owner also has to remove the fences blocking the public's right to the trail. The property is owned by local software developer. Parks officials say he has until the end of the week to take the fences down, or legal action will be taken.

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Fire at Mid-State Fair Grounds

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Firefighters are trying to figure out how a fire started at the California Mid-State Fair grounds or, if you like The Paso Robles Event Center. Firefighters got the call at around 9pm. When they arrived at the northeast corner of the event center, they found a maintenance building in flames. The fire was knocked down within about an hour. No injuries were reported.
The cause is under investigation.

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Fire Authority Funding

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Residents of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano received ballots more than a week ago regarding a proposed property assessment. If the assessment is approved, The Five Cities Fire Authority could get roughly $1 million in funding. According to Chief Mike Hubert, that money would help maintain the current personnel staffing. It would also go toward consolidating the dispatch center, replacing aging equipment and maintaining things like the ladder truck. The funds would come from an increase in property taxes. The ballots have to be mailed in by April 4. To pass, the measure needs support by 50% of property owners, plus one.

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Bank Robber Competent to Stand Trial

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Andrew Gilbertson, the Paso Robles man accused of robbing the Bank of America in San Luis Obispo last summer, competent to stand trial, according to the San Luis Obispo County Court. In October, Gilbertson, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He was arrested on July 24, the same day the bank on Santa Rosa Street was robbed. Police said Gilbertson wore a hat and glasses to disguise himself and handed the teller a note demanding money. He was spotted in Atascadero a few hours later. He is expected back in court next month to set a trial date.

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Pet Owners Be Warned of Poison Meatballs

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Pet owners are being warned of possibly tainted meatballs in a second San Francisco neighborhood.  Cooked meatballs laced with rat poison were found in the Twin Peaks neighborhood just days ago.  Now more meatballs have been discovered in the Outer Richmond District near La Playa and Cabrillo Streets.  ABC 7 says city Animal Care and Control officials don't yet know if the most recently discovered meat is tainted.  All of the meatballs have been sent to U.C. Davis for testing. 
 

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Sale of Golf Course Could Mean Lower Property Values

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If the sale of a local golf course goes through, the property value surrounding the course could go down.  The owners of the San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course in Bonsall could sell the property to a mitigation company, which in turn would sell the property as carbon credits.  That basically means the decades-old golf course would be returned to its natural state, and no more golf.  The course's owner Colt Vessels says the fate of the course hasn't been decided yet, but adds he understands that property values could go down roughly 20 percent.

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Events This Weekend

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There are a couple of events happening this weekend…one for homeowners, the other environmentalists. There’s an Inspired Home Expo happening at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds, where more than one hundred home and garden experts will gather offering their advice, services, and products from 10 to 5 Saturday and 10  to 4 Sunday. And ECOSLO is inviting everyone to its 12th annual Eco Summit this Sayurday from 9-3 at the Grange Hall on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. ECOSLO will present speakers to talk about environmental issues.

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SLO Firefighters Handled Fire Near Mariposa Trail

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SLO Firefighters quickly put out a fire which occurred near the Mariposa Trail not far from the Duvall Ranch Road. The fire burned a small area. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened. Fire investigators think the fire was arson caused. Firefighters responded to fire that burned near the Mariposa Trail in San Luis Obispo.

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