Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Local News

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

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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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Jim Hill Will Take Over as Mayor of Arroyo Grande Tonight

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Jim Hill will take over as mayor of Arroyo Grande tonight at the city council meeting. Hill defeated Former Mayor Tony Ferrara as a write-in candidate Nov. 4.  Council members Barbara Harmon and Tim Brown will also be sworn in.

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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

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Second Suspect Arrested in Burglary Investigation

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The Morro Bay Police Department has arrested a second suspect in the burglary of a local eatery. The Dutchman Seafood Restaurant on the 700 block of the Embarcadero was burglarized last May in the early morning hours at which time a safe containing several thousand dollars was reported to have been taken. Both suspects had previously been contacted as investigators worked to solve this case.

On November 5, MBPD Detectives arrested Phong Thanh Tran for his part in the burglary of the Dutchman Seafood Restaurant. An ongoing investigation has led to the arrest of a second subject, Euerardo Rodriguez Lozano, 47 years, an ex-employee of the business, for his part in planning the burglary, and receiving proceeds from the burglary after the fact. Lozano was booked in SLO County Jail

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Annual Fire Department Toy Drive December 6th in Atascadero

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The public is invited to join the volunteer paid-call-firefighters of the San Luis Obispo County Morro-Toro Fire Station at their annual open house/toy drive Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Morro-Toro Fire Station is located at 15325 Highway 41, Atascadero.  The open house is in support of CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Firefighter’s Benevolent Association Operation Santa Claus toy drive.

Operation Santa Claus provides toys to children who are under the care and protection of San Luis Obispo County Child Protective Services.  Please join the firefighters of Station #14 – Morro-Toro and support the toy drive with a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Heather Thurston at (209) 559-

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Driver Warning for Busy Travel Weekend

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The extended Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. This raises the risk of a potentially serious or even deadly traffic collision. As families and friends gather for the holiday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wants to encourage travelers to always buckle up, avoid driving distracted, obey the posted speed limit, and never drink and drive.

“Something as simple as buckling up before your trip can save your life and avoid turning a non-injury collision into a tragedy,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Thanksgiving is a Maximum Enforcement Period for the CHP. The Thanksgiving holiday reporting period begins Wednesday, November 26, at 6 p.m. and runs through S

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CALFIRE Reminds Public of Fire Danger

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With Thanksgiving just days away, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire is reminding residents about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE would like to offer the following tips:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Someone walking by is less likely to bump them and it prevents a curious child from pulling them over.
  • Food preparation and cooking should always be sup

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