Atascadero Zoo 8.31.2018

The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero gets three new exotic animals from South America. The Southern Tamandua is a relative to the giant anteater. It’s nocturnal, but occasionally ventures out in daylight. There’s also a new Great Curassow, a large, pheasant like bird from central and south America. There’s a Red-fronted Macaw. Those come from…

12-Years For Prison Assault

A Nipomo man who assaulted a correctional deputy gets 12-years in state prison. 28-year-old Joseph Allen Baker pleaded no contest to felony assault on a custodial officer Wednesday. He also admitted to having a prior serious felony conviction for criminal threats, which enhanced the penalty. He was serving a jail sentence for resisting arrest, assault…

Distracted Driver 8.31.2018

A woman whose vehicle struck and killed a world-class triathlete on highway 227 while talking on her cell phone gets probation only. Lisa Smith was talking on her cell phone when her car struck and killed the wife of the dean of Cal Poly’s college of business. 58-year-old Bridgett Dawson died from injuries sustained in…

Gino Lopez 8.31.2018

The fate of 23-year-old Gino Lopez is in the hands of the jury. Lopez is the Arvin man who crashed his car on the Cuesta grade two years ago while under the influence of alcohol. He fled the scene although a passenger in the car lay dead or dying on the pavement. Other motorists say…

Kuehl-Nicolay 8.31.2018

Dedication yesterday at Kuehl-Nicolay funeral home for a new flag pole installed at the front of the iconic building. As part of the dedication, manager Kurt Hardenbrook displayed historic photos of the old funeral home, which went back almost 100 years ago. One of the remarkable pieces Hardenbrook put on display yesterday, a cot that…

In Sports 8.30.2018

The Templeton Eagles football preparing for a home game tomorrow night against Mendota. The Eagles host Mendota tomorrow evening at 7:30. You can hear tomorrow nights game live here on am 1230 KPRL. The Paso Robles Bearcats travel to Visalia to take on El Diamante. The Atascadero Greyhounds at home tomorrow night against Stockdale. Kick…

Robotics in Medicine 8.30.2018

If you can’t trust your doctor, can you trust a robot? At Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, robot assisted surgeries are already taking place utilizing a $2 million dollar device. The device is called the da Vinci Surgical System. It’s characterized as a giant mechanical octopus made by a Sunnyvale company.…

Integrated Waste Management 8.30.2018

The recently retired manager of the county waste management agency will receive his retirement and health benefits while the district attorney’s office investigates alleged wrong doing. There are allegations that Bill Worrell spent as much as $430 thousand dollars on personal expenses while he served as general manager of Integrated Waste Management.