The coast news, august 26, 2016

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Kids participate in a hopity hop race during Saturday’s Pacific Classic Day. The TVG Pacific Classic drew large crowds. See more photos from the racetrack on page A7. Photo by Pat Cubel

Commission grants permit for gun range By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — After years of applications and explanations, Gunther Guns cleared another hurdle towards opening its 16lane indoor gun range. The Carlsbad Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit last week, months after the City Council voted in support of the store’s application. The council, meanwhile, must approve the measure once Gunther Guns in Carlsbad is approved for its conditional use permit by again before the shop can the city planning commission last week for its 16-lane indoor gun range. Photo by Steve Puterski open its lanes.

Lisa Gunther, who owns the store with her husband Gregg, said the item has not been placed on an agenda yet, but expects the council to take up the matter in one to two months. Should the council once again approve the range, Gunther said it would be about one year before it opens. “We were really happy with the ruling,” she added. “That was the first time we went before them (the planTURN TO GUN RANGE ON A15

ENCINITAS — As the reward for information on the driver who struck an avid cyclist in Encinitas this month grows, friends of the cyclist said they are trying to take valuable lessons away from the tragedy — for both motorists and non-motorists. A driver of a white sports utility vehicle struck cyclist John Abate in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, when he and a friend were cycling on Leucadia Boulevard near Quail Gardens Drive. Abate was thrown 25 to 30 feet and suffered major injuries — a compound leg fracture, a broken back and fractured ribs among other serious lacerations. Abate, who will be coming home from the hospital this week after nearly a week in the intensive care unit in Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas,

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did not wish to speak to The Coast News, instead wanting to focus on his recovery. But friends of the Category 1 cyclist said that they are focused on finding the driver and the lessons that can be gleaned from the incident. Jessica Noyola started the reward for information that leads to law enforcement locating the driver. The GoFundMe page, which started with a goal of $2,500 for the reward, has raised nearly $6,000 to date. “We really feel that the feel that there is someone out there who knows or saw something, and we are trying to get the word out to the community,” Noyola said. “People are definitely seeing the signs we have posted in the community and word of mouth TURN TO REWARD ON A15

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