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Dick Mason

Other Stories This Wednesday 03.23.2022

The district attorneys office says the Kristin Smart murder trial should stay in San Luis Obispo county. That’s after a change of venue motion filed by lawyers for Paul and Ruben Flores earlier this month. Paul Flores is accused of killing Kristin Smart in May of 1996. His father, Ruben, is charged with helping his…

Cal Fire Controlled Burn 03.23.2022

Beginning today, Cal Fire will conduct a controlled burn of hazardous vegetation along the east side of highway 229 between highway 59 and the town of Creston. Smoke may be visible in Creston and the surrounding areas over the next ten days. Cal Fire will have fire engines on sight during all burn operations. If…

Parklets Workshop in Paso 03.23.2022

The City of Paso Robles held a workshop Tuesday afternoon to discuss returning parklets to downtown. The program to put outdoor dining areas in parking spaces in front of restaurants was implemented initially to address the needs of restaurant operators who were hard hit by COVID restrictions imposed by city, county and state officials. Although…

Grand Jury Report 03.23.2022

The San Luis Obispo county grand jury responds to the Paso Robles school board, and it’s not great. You may remember the grand jury investigated the grand jury covering the period between 2015 and 2018. This was the superintendent Chris Williams period with school board members like Joel Peterson, Field Gibson, and Tim Gearhart. The…

Paso Robles School Board Meeting 03.23.2022

The Paso Robles school board met last night at the district office. After a presentation about Liberty school, the trustees talked about Measure M money, and that discussion took several hours. The same arguments about closing schools and building at a swimming pool at the high school repeated by many who attended the meeting last…

North County Weather 03.21.2022

Mostly sunny today, highs near 78. Northerly winds 10-15 miles per hour. Tonight, mostly clear, lows near 44. Northerly winds 5-10 miles per hour. Tomorrow, mostly sunny and warmer. Highs in the mid 80’s. NNE winds at 5-10 miler per hour. The extended forecast for sunshine and warmer temperatures through this week. Highs in the…

In Sports 03.21.2022

The Cal Poly Mustang baseball team swept Cal State Northridge in three games at Baggett stadium over the weekend. The Mustangs improve to 10-9 for the season. They’re 3-0 in the Big West. Incidentally, Brooks Lee is leading the nation with 14 doubles. He is batting .438 after 19 games this season. The Mustangs play…

Removal of Michael Vogenthaler 03.21.2022

We learn more about the principal at Lewis middle school who was removed from his position by the Paso Robles school district, without explanation. Michael Vognethaler is moving from campus to campus, allegedly helping out in various ways. Vogenthaler is being replaced at Lewis by previous Lewis principal, Wayne Peterson. Peterson will serve until deputy…

Dick Mason

Other Stories This Monday 03.21.2022

The Paso Robles Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing on the environmental impact report for the Olsen South Chandler specific plan. There’s a request for a two-year time extension for the subdivision. The planning commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 6:30 at the library conference room. Paso Robles school board meets tomorrow…

Homeless Man Stabbed in Riverbed 03.21.2022

A homeless man recovering today after being stabbed Thursday night in the Salinas riverbed. 32-year-old Christopher Thatcher discovered by a Walmart employee in the parking lot. He suffered from seven stab wounds, and a possible punctured lung. He was stabbed once in the head. Thatcher was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San…