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Monarch Butterflies Act 3.19.2021

Congressman Salud Carbajal is re-introducing two bills that would allocate $155 million dollars to save western monarch butterflies who migrate through the central coast. The Monarch Act would set aside $62.5 million dollars to implement a massive monarch butterfly conservation plan. The Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act would establish a federal grant program available to…

Coastal Commission Virtual Meeting 3.19.2021

The California Coastal Commission met virtually yesterday. The commission discussed a proposal to ban off road vehicles at the Oceano Dunes. The staff recommending that the commission take steps to modify the permit to mandate that state parks discontinue off road vehicles use of the dunes by the year 2026. The commission took a lot…

The Return of High School Football 3.19.2021

Better late than never. North county high school football teams preparing for the first game of their delayed season. At a practice yesterday afternoon at Templeton high school, head coach Don Crow tells KPRL he’s glad it’s finally back. Supervisor John Peschong glad to see high school football returned. Peschong has a son who is…

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Opener For Friday 3.19.2021

Forecasters say we may see some light rain today. There’s about a 50% chance of rain today. That will taper off later today, and we’ll enjoy mostly sunny skies this weekend. Next week, no rain in the forecast for the north county. That’s from Sunday through next weekend.

North County Weather 3.18.2021

A mixture of sun and clouds today, highs near 65. SSW winds 10 – 20 miles per hour. Increasing clouds tonight with showers overnight. A 50% chance of rain, lows near 50. Southerly winds 5-10 mph. Light rain early tomorrow. The chance of rain is 70%. Cloudy with a few showers in the afternoon, highs…

Wineries 3.18.2021

Under the governor’s red tier, wineries, breweries and distilleries that do not serve food in the north county may now operate outdoors with modifications. That’s according to recent guidance from the governor’s department of public health. The new guidelines released Saturday. Dr. Penny Borenstein says, “We’re excited to see this updated guidance that protects the…

SLO Co Covid Update 3.18.2021

The county health department reports only 21 new coronavrus cases yesterday. In total, just over 20,000 San Luis Obispo county residents have tested positive for coronavirus. No deaths reported. So far, 253 people with coronavirus have died in the county, but the county does not report what other health issues these people faced. World wide,…

Uber Driver 3.18.2021

The trial begins for the Santa Maria Uber driver accused of sex assaults in San Luis Obispo. Police say that 39-year-old Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez escorted intoxicated young female riders into their homes and sexually assaulted them. He then burglarized their homes. He has been locked up in the county nail since his arrest three years ago.…

Grand Jury 3.18.2021

Still no response from the grand jury to the Paso Robles school district’s response to Paso Robles School District, A Cautionary Tale. Although Paso Robles school superintendent Curt Dubost told those attending school board meetings that there was no malfeasance during the Chris Williams administration, the grand jury found more than a dozen improprieties. The…

Atascadero Embezzler 3.18.2021

An Atascadero women gets ten years in prison for embezzlement from a north county construction company for whom she worked. 43-year-old Joy Wilde embezzled more than $877 thousand dollars from her employer over several years. She was employed as a bookkeeper and office manager for G. Weimann Construction. District attorney Dan Dow said, “Embezzlement crimes…