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…

Nestle USA set to leave California

Another major corporation is leaving California. Nestle USA is moving its operations from California to business-friendly Virginia. Their corporate headquarters moving from Glendale to Rosslyn, Virginia. The move will take 1,200 jobs with it. Nestle generates $26-billion-a-year. The reasons for the move are not public, but Terry Jones, a corporate analyst and writer for Investors…

North County Weather, TUE 7/4/2017

Independence Day: Sunny, with highs mostly in the upper 80s. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows mostly in the middle 50s. West wind around 5 mph. Tomorrow: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs mainly in the…