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Forest Reopens 9.23.2021

The Los Padres national forest reopens to the public today. That means people can once again access campgrounds, roads and trails throughout the forest. Fire restrictions banning wood and charcoal fires will remain in effect, but portable lanterns and stoves with a shut-off valve will be allowed in developed campgrounds by visitors with a valid…

IWMA Investigation Update 9.23.2021

The San Luis Obispo district attorney’s office published its final report on the Integrated Waste Management Authority, the IWMA. That’s after an extensive investigation. The 51-page report addresses allegations of misconduct and mismanagement at the IWMA. The DA’s report details disturbing practices and lack of oversight. It includes allegations that contracts were awarded without competitive…

AG Man Sentenced 9.23.2021

An Arroyo Grande man is sentenced to eight years to life for stabbing and torturing his 79-year-old ex-foster mom. During an argument at their home in Arroyo Grande back in 2019, Matthew Leroy Ethens poured a pot of boiling peanut oil on his ex-foster mother’s face and upper body. He then stabbed her in the…

Long Walk Home 9.23.2021

The El Camino Homeless Organization has a major fundraiser Saturday in Atascadero. Wendy Lewis is the executive director of ECHO. She says participants pay $30 each, and walk just over a mile through Atascadero. After the walk they receive a t-shirt and a barbecue. For more information how you can get involved, go to echoshelter.org.

North County Weather 9.22.2021

Mostly sunny today with highs near 92. SW winds 10-20 miles per hour. Overnight, clear skies, highs near 52. Tomorrow, sunny with highs in the mid 90’s. SW winds 10-15 miles per hour. The extended forecast calls for a cooling trend beginning Friday. High temperatures dropping down to the mid 80’s by Sunday.

In Sports 9.22.2021

The Dodgers beat the Rockies 5-4 yesterday. Albert Pujols with the game winning single in the tenth inning. The Giants beat Padres 6-5 to stay one game ahead of the Dodgers with the best record in the national league. Eleven games left to play in the regular season.

Cal Poly Ranks Big 9.22.2021

Cal Poly ranks on Forbes best colleges list. Cal Poly ranked 58th out of 600 colleges. That methodology by Forbes looks at alumni salary, student debt, graduation rate, and return on investment. UC Berkeley was named the best college in the ranking. Followed by Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and UCLA.

Five Homeless People File Lawsuit 9.22.2021

Some homeless residents of San Luis Obispo have filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming that its policies criminalize homelessness. They allege that the city does that by cleaning out their encampments and taking their belonging without providing sufficient shelter space. It means the Law Office of Babak Naficy and the California Rural Legal…