Paso Robles High School installing solar panels

  If you’ve driven by Paso Robles High School recently, you’ve probably noticed the change. Trees which provided shade in the parking lot have been removed. Instead, the administration is putting up overhead solar panels. In San Luis Obispo, neighbors are fighting plans by the school district there to remove old trees to build a…

New medical office planned for Atascadero

Following the trend around the Sunken Gardens, a medical office is planned for Atascadero near the Rotunda. Pacific Central Coast Health Center is planning to build medical offices at 5920 West Mall. A medical office at that location was recently town down because of a structural issue. The new building is expected to open next…

Murder charges dismissed against Nipomo man

Murder charges against a Nipomo man dismissed by the District Attorney’s office. Julio Alonso was accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend at their home May 31st. The DA’s office saying there is not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Alonso murdered his girlfriend, Paulina Ramirez. He pleaded not guilty on June…

North County Weather – WED, 7/5/17

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny and hot, with highs mostly in the upper 90s. West southwest wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with lows around 60. West wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tomorrow: Sunny and hot, with highs…

California Craft Spirits Competition announces winners

The California Craft Spirits Competition announces the award-winning craft spirits from its blind-tasting event at the California Mid-State Fair. Best of Show went to Liberty Call Distilling Bourbon of Spring Valley, California. Other winners included Best Rye Whiskey- Re:Find Distillery’s Rye Whiskey, Paso Robles. Best Vodka- Rocket Works Unflavored Vodka of Truckee. Best Rum- Calwise…

CAL FIRE says Hill Fire could have been much worse

Cal Fire Officials say that Santa Margarita home and ranch owners prevented the Hill Fire from becoming a monster fire. Chris Elms of Cal fire says many property owners followed wildfire counter-measures such as removing dead plants, grass and weeds. They also relocated wood piles within 30 feet of their homes and mowed their grass…

Thousands attend Templeton 4th of July Parade

  The Annual Templeton Fourth of July Parade was held yesterday in downtown Templeton. Thousands of visitors and locals turned out for the annual event, which is in its fourth decade. Supervisor John Peschong walked through the entire parade route with a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 234. Supervisor Debbie Arnold rode through the…

Tobacco tax in California increased again

The price of tobacco products jumped July first. The State Board of Equalization increasing the tax rate on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 27 to 65%. That’s from Proposition 56, which voters approved last November. It expands the definition of “tobacco products” to include little cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, and electronic cigarettes sold in…