Atascadero News • April 11, 2024

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Proposed partnership offers Templeton High School swim team a home facility

TEMPLETON — Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) trustees have taken a step forward in an agreement with the Templeton Tennis Ranch (TTR) regarding the use of their soon-to-be on-site pool.

TTR is looking forward to breaking ground soon on its eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool. A partnership has been proposed between TTR and the district for the new pool to be the home facility for the district’s swim team.

Currently, the Templeton High School swim team — which was established around 2011 — has practiced and competed without a districtowned pool, traveling to Paso Robles for practice and out of town for competitions.

The proposed agreement outlines terms for rental of the facility for THS swimming. The cost is currently proposed at $3,000 per month during the swim season and $25 per hour per lane for swim meets.

Superintendent Aaron Asplund clarified, “This is an MOU that moves us toward a common understanding when the time comes.”

In October 2022, TTR requested a permit for the pool, and it wasn’t until Jan. 12, 2024, that the permit was approved.

When the THS swim team isn’t using the pool, it will be available to TTR members and the North County arm of the Puma Aquatic Club swim team, which serves local youth between the ages of 6 and 18. The pool will have three functions and will be built with competition lap pool requirements for the high school and Puma, including touch pads for electronic timing. It will also be used as a fitness pool, allowing TTR to add different aqua-aerobic classes to their schedule. On top of that, it will also be a resort pool for

City recognizes employees ranging from 5 to 25 years of work in Atascadero 13 Stars Media writer shares her experience viewing

Seeing a total solar eclipse is a phenomenon for the ages. For many, viewing this celestial event is a once in a lifetime experience. For others, a first viewing leads to a lifetime of eclipse chasing. Planning to see an eclipse takes a little science and researching weather conditions, luck in finding accom -

modations, and patience. Honestly, once you have arrived at your destination for chasing an eclipse, it’s like waiting for the Great Pumpkin: Have you been a good boy or girl? Is your pumpkin patch sincere? And most importantly, will the weather hold clear skies?

After much effort and a little luck, I successfully saw the Great American Eclipse in 2017, alone with my son in a wide open field in Salem, Oregon. It was a spectacular sight to see my first total solar eclipse under perfect conditions.

For this week’s eclipse, I chose to chase it in Buffalo,

New York, for no particular reason other than I had never visited Buffalo before and was curious about its fascinating history of opening American commerce to the Midwest in the early 1800s with the construction of the great Erie Canal. The weather Sunday, April 7, was gorgeous, blue cloudless skies and in the 60s. The forecast for Buffalo on April 8 didn’t look promising with a prediction of clouds.

It seemed my fate and the hopes of 1 million visitors to Buffalo would be dashed by Monday morning under a thick layer of overcast. Crowds began gathering

at the lawn of the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, reimagined into the new Richardson Hotel, a perfect location for viewing. The architecturally significant building is an imposing Romanesque tower and campus. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for Manhattan’s Central Park.

As a live band played for an eclipse watching party folks lined up in eclipse finery including T-shirts and hats.

I wasn’t the only person from LA who came to Buffalo. Tiffany Begin from Cypress, California,

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. The hybrid meetingwas held in the City Council Chambers. The meeting started off with city employee recognitions. “One of the best things is when we get to recognize our employee family in front of their families,” said City Manager Jim Lewis. “Atascadero is a choice place to work, and it’s just a privilege to see the loyalty, experience, and just the amazing gifts and contributions our employees make every day. It’s a pleasure to work with them.

Today, I get to celebrate tenure from five to 25 years.”

Fire Engineer and Paramedic

Scott Groomer and Police Officer Ryan Gabbard celebrated five years with Atascadero. Senior Building Inspector

Bruce St. John, lead zookeeper

Katie Mulder, police officer

Ryan Sloan, and Deputy Director of Administrative Services

Cindy Chavez celebrated 10 years. Deputy City Manager

Luke Knight celebrated 20 years. Finance Technician

PASO ROBLES — Wine Country Theatre premiered its first reader’s theater production with Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary.” The three-woman show delves into the relationships between three generations in one family.

The shows, which took place on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m.; sold out. Atascadero News/Paso Robles Press was invited to the Saturday evening show to watch this story about family and words unfold in person.

“I did this play because I saw it [‘Eleemosynary’] done as a reader’s theater show, and it has always stuck out in my mind.

So that was, I don’t know, eight years ago, maybe. Then recently, I saw it again, like maybe

last summer,” said director and Wine Country Theatre’s founder Cynthia Anthony.

The production took place at a private residence in Atascadero with a 24-seat theatre on the property. This gave audiences an up-closeand-personal experience as the production unfolded, telling the stories of mothers and their daughters and vice versa.

“I did this same play, same role, last year, and I wondered how it would be to do it again with two different cast members with me, and it’s been really good,” said actress Rosh Wright, who played the family’s matriarch, Dorthea. “Not only is this play different every night, as every play is, but it’s different with three different people, so like a brand new play

Lori Brickey celebrated 25 years. SLOCOG (San Luis Obispo Council of Governments) addressed the council with a presentation on a Potential Countywide Self-Help Measure and Draft Transportation Investment Plan. Deputy Director of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments James Worthley gave the presentation on. Worthley encouraged the audience watching to go to to see what he was speaking about for the evening. The plan was presented in draft form, with future changes to be expected.

SLOCOG is the regional transportation planning agency comprised of all seven cities and San Luis Obispo County. Its board has 12 elected members, including one from each City Council and all five county supervisors.

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wanted to view the eclipse in the path of totality which includes Buffalo. “We planned this trip in October,” Begin said as the crowd started cheering as the clouds parted.

The city of 273,000 residents was expected to swell to 1 million by April 8. I was turned away for dinner Sunday night at two separate restaurants because they literally ran out of food.

With cloudy skies on Monday, even a minute before the eclipse started, I was unsure if the weather would allow for even a glimpse.

While my last eclipse was special because it was just solely my son and myself, this was special due to the community feel. People of all backgrounds and ages united in awe and wonder each time the clouds parted revealing the gradually increasing eclipse. Snatches of blue sky elicited cheers from the friendly crowd all wishing each other a great experience.

As the moment of totality approached, the event’s loudspeakers switched from playing Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” to the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” as the sky drew eerily dark and lamp posts lit up along with large windows of the former asylum.


Fortunately, Buffalo had over three minutes of totality allowing the assembled crowd to witness the corona of the sun peeking out from the sides of the moon’s blockage. We witnessed solar rays without the need of eclipse glasses.


With the path of totality stretching across North America from Mexico over 15 states and into Canada, my family members near Austin, Texas, were able to view totality before New York. Austin, also cloudy, got lucky as Buffalo did with clouds parting as if on cue. Buffalo public schools were closed Monday so parents could

supervise their children’s viewing while hopefully using eye-protective lenses.

Buffalo native Carol Pasek took in the spectacle of the day with humor, saying, “The best part about looking up at the eclipse for a person of age is we have no double chin.”

For anyone interested in seeing an eclipse, it’s worth noting that outside the band of totality, you will

only catch a partial eclipse and, of course, weather depending, you may not see it at all.

Jeff Goldberg of Pasadena, California, said, “Wow! We just all saw it and the clouds moved away for us. Unbelievable! I would have to say that the difference between 99.9 and totality is literally the difference between night and day.”

As the crowd dispersed in search

He went on to say that 89 percent of Californians have a special transportation sales tax, while SLO County does not. SLOCOG’s Local Road Repair & Transportation Safety Investment Plan would add a half-percent sales tax for every dollar spent. The funding would then be allocated to each of SLOCOG’s four subregions in the county based on population numbers.

of Buffalo chicken wings and roast beef on weck, Buffalo specialties, some were heard to remark that they needed to start travel plans for the next eclipse.

South County North County

The next eclipse will be in parts of Europe, including Spain and Iceland in 2026. For those staying closer to home, the next coast-tocoast U.S. total eclipse will be in August 2045. tenance, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach are doing pretty well with the PCI, Pavement Conditions Index of 67 and 70,” Worthley said. The higher the number, the better off you are. The less it costs to maintain them. Atascadero, in 2023, I received my mailer in the mail, and it came out at 49. You’re trailing everybody at this point.”




It was Wright’s first time on stage with Wine Country Theatre, but she stated that she’d seen lots of its performances in the past. Olga SiebrassPauls returned to the theatre company to play Echo after years away, and just like Wright, this wasn’t SiebrassPauls’ first time working on a reader’s theater-style production.

“I’ve actually worked at other theaters and done reader’s theater programs, so it is something I’m familiar with,” she said. “It’s always interesting because, obviously, with reader’s theater, you’re exploring less common plays, and you’re kind of experiencing new material that you normally wouldn’t experience on a main stage, full production, play.”

The reader’s theater format is very bare-bones, with nondescript sets and simple costumes and the actors hold-

“We can’t wait another 25 years to fix one more project on 101, and the funds that we have available aren’t going to get us there,” stated Worthley.

Twenty-five years ago, SLOCOG received a grant of $50 million and it was used to improve Highway 101 by widening the Cuesta Grade. The project was completed in the early 2000s. Twenty-five years later, it received another large grant that was used to improve the 101 near the Shell Beach Straights. Currently, there is no money set aside for 101 upgrades in the North County or South County northbound improvements.

Those subregions are: North Coast Central County

ing the scripts in their hands throughout. Even so, the actresses on stage nailed their character work, staging, and the emotion that goes into every line of Blessing’s heartwarming and heart-wrenching story. And then moments of humor lit up the theater



in laughter. “I think it [reader’s theater] is a great way to introduce people to new playwrights, and Lee Blessing is probably one of the most famous living American playwrights right now,” Anthony said. “He’s absolutely

SLOCOG has been presenting the investment plan throughout the county and will be taking its findings before the SLOCOG board on May 1. If approved, it will then go back out to the jurisdictions again for council approval. If it makes it to SLO County voters, it will need two-thirds of a vote to pass.

prolific. His plays are outstanding. Presented all over the world. ‘Eleemosynary’ is popular and has been at regional theaters, universities, and colleges because it’s three outstanding roles for women.”

Lindsey Villanueva-Taylor, who played Artie, Echo’s mother and Dorthea’s daughter, stepped into the show at the last minute to replace the original actress who had to leave the production. She had about four rehearsals with the script before the company moved into the theater.

“In one 90-minute, one-act [show], we go through such a range of emotions and the beautiful story, and complex story that it was very cool to see our actors [do], and for myself, it was cool to see us make that ride and take that journey. I’ve never read a show like this,” said Villanueva-Taylor. “As actors and in our script, there is so much packed into 90 minutes, and we have to get all of

ing a district pool — as shown with the Aquatics Complex at the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District which has cost that district over $1 million.

“This is a tremendously cost-effective way to have full access to a pool,” said Asplund.

The next Atascadero City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m.

that out. Lee Blessing was a beautiful, beautiful writer.”

Currently, Wine Country Theatre doesn’t have enough funding to mount multiple full-production shows throughout the year, so Anthony says reader’s theater is the perfect way to bring more productions to the area and that she believes there’s a place for more reader’s theater in Wine Country Theatre’s future.

“Now is the payoff for the actors, for the producers, for the board members, and the donors, and the audience members that have been able to come and see it,” added Anthony.

Coming next from Wine Country Theatre will be “Charlotte’s Web” in June and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in August.

To find out about upcoming auditions for both shows or learn more about Wine Country Theatre, go to

meet. This allows us to host swim meets on a regular basis, which will be a new opportunity for our community.”

families to use during family swim times. Asplund pointed out that the cost to rent the pool for THS use is much more cost effective than building and maintain-

The board unanimously approved moving forward with the MOU and TTR for the rental of the pool. The pool is currently expected to be completed this summer, just in time for use for the 2024-25 school year. ECLIPSE

He added, “In the past, we had to go away to every swim

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(From left) Rosh Wright as Dorthea Westcott, Olga Siebrass-Pauls as Echo, and Lindsey Villanueva-Taylor as Artie are in Wine Country Theatre’s production of “Eleemosynary.” Photo provided by Wine Country Theatre
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People gather on the lawn by the Richardson Hotel in Buffalo, New York, to view the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. Photos by Nina Skrilof


The Friends of the Atascadero Lake will not host LakeFest

Though this year’s event is canceled, there are hopes that it will be back

ATASCADERO — For six years, the Atascadero community has headed out to Atascadero Lake for the annual Friends of Atascadero Lake LakeFest. The much-loved event has seen many cardboard boat races and fishing derbies over the years. However, this year, LakeFest has been canceled. But there are hopes that the fun-loving festival will be back as soon as next year.

“The reason that it didn’t happen this year [is] we’ve had a couple of people drop out of our Friends of Atascadero Lake team,” said President Mark Hontz.

With a shortage of members and having Nancy Hair, who has run LakeFest for the last couple of years, stepping away from Friends of Atascadero Lake, the nonprofit group couldn’t

get everything ready for this year’s upcoming event.

“We were short on manpower. We didn’t have enough people to do it this year,” said Hontz. “We realize it’s important for the city. The city loves it. This year was just a problem year for us.”

Hontz added that Friends of Atascadero Lake hope that they will be back to regularly scheduled programming next year, but that it will depend on what happens to the nonprofit. In the meantime, the group will be looking to recruit new members and start looking into ways to

collaborate with other groups in Atascadero to bring LakeFest back to life. Hontz also said that Vice President Don Lynge is looking to take over heading LakeFest when it does come back.

Not only does Friends of Atascadero Lake host LakeFest, but they also help fund the pump that runs water into the lake, help get the creek water into the lake, and have cleanup days. The nonprofit group, which works alongside the city, was formed in 2013, and they’ve been part of many initiatives that help Atascadero Lake thrive.

“When we’re running this pump that we run, we spend about $1,000 a month running the pump,” added Hontz.

Currently, the pump isn’t needed to help fill the lake because the amount the rain the area has gotten over the last couple of years has kept Atascadero Lake full without any help from the group.

To find out more about Friends of Atascadero Lake, join them in their mission, or volunteer to help with future LakeFests, head to

Despite wet year, fish protections limit allocations in California

CALIFORNIA — State and federal water providers have increased promised allocations after accounting for recent storms that improved snowpack and reservoir levels.

The California Department of Water Resources doubled the amount of water it expects to deliver this year to most contractors that rely on the State Water Project, increasing the allocation for water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from 15 percent to 30 percent of requested supplies. Those north of the delta are expected to receive 50 percent of their allotment, while Feather River Settlement Contractors will get their full allocation.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the Central Valley Project, increased allocations for south-of-delta agricultural water users from 15 percent to 35 percent of their contracted allotment and from 75 percent to 100 percent for those north of the delta. The revised allocations followed a new snow survey measurement released on March 1 and a spring runoff forecast released on March 8. As of April 1, statewide snowpack was 104 percent of average for that date. A final water allocation for the year, accounting for springtime precipitation, is expected in May or June.

In their initial allocations, water agencies are “cautious about not overcommitting water supplies that may not materialize,” said Chris Scheuring, senior counsel for the California Farm Bureau, adding that water allocations may still increase.

“We’re optimistic,” he said. “Hopefully, the season finishes out with another blast or two of rain, and we hope everybody is able to get full


Habitat for Humanity SLO County announces Earth Day sale at Paso Robles ReStores

Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County (Habitat SLO) announced its firstever “Earth Day Sale,” where well-loved items will be on sale. Community members graciously donate furniture, housewares, appliances, tools, hardware, and other home necessities to the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles ReStores. Some items are on the warehouse floor for long his sale will help keep items out of the landfill. The sale occurs on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in both Habitat ReStore locations. The Paso Robles ReStore is located at 844 9th St. The San Luis Obispo ReStore is located at 2790 Broad St. ReStores are already seen as a sustainable and earthfriendly way to complete home projects, but this event will help take that one step further. Mark your calendars for Satur-

deliveries in a decent year like this one.”

Agricultural water users in the San Joaquin Valley voiced frustration at receiving roughly a third of their contracted allotment during a year with above-average precipitation, following historic rain and snow events last year that replenished California’s reservoirs.

“This is very disappointing and not because our expectations are unrealistic,” said Allison Febbo, general manager for Westlands Water District, a major water provider that supplies farms in Fresno and Kings counties. “The broad public discussions surrounding water management in California have led us to believe that higher levels of delivery would be possible in better hydrologic years, such as this one.”

Allocations for farmers and other contractors south of the delta were limited by the presence of protected fish species near pumping facilities, which resulted in reduced pumping from the delta into the San Luis Reservoir. The reservoir serves state and federal water systems.

“While the series of storms in Northern California improved the water supply outlook, a number of factors, particularly anticipated regulatory constraints throughout the spring, continue to limit the water supply allocation for southof-delta agriculture,” said Karl Stock, regional

director for the Bureau of Reclamation.

DWR director Karla Nemeth said the state agency was doing its best “to balance water supply needs while protecting native fish species.”

The threatened and endangered fish species found near pumping facilities include delta smelt, winter-run chinook salmon and steelhead trout. Regulations designed to protect those species have made it hard for San Joaquin Valley farmers to anticipate water supplies from year to year, Scheuring said.

“Oftentimes, we find that species-related restrictions hamper the flow of water from north to south,” he said. “It is not so much a supply problem as a regulatory problem and, some would say, an infrastructure problem.”

DWR emphasized the need for the Delta Conveyance Project, which would move water south from the delta through a 45-mile tunnel. The $16 billion project would “make it possible to move more water during high flow events while helping fish species like steelhead trout avoid threats posed by current pumping infrastructure,” the department said.

In December, the water agency released a final environmental impact report, approving the project. The tunnel still needs buy-in from water users that would fund the project, and it faces chal-

lenges from opponents trying to block it in court. Febbo said the inability to move water south through the current system has consequences for crop production and the people who make their living from agriculture.

“Inadequate and unpredictable water supplies have a direct impact on the communities and farms in the San Joaquin Valley and their ability to feed the nation and the world,” she said. Febbo called the most recent allocation “a missed opportunity to celebrate what appears to be good outcomes for fisheries and to also provide water supplies that are essential for the San Joaquin Valley, an area already struggling with economic challenges and rising unemployment.”

Nicole Nicks, general manager at Westside Transplant in Merced County, which supplies tomato transplants to farmers across the state, said last month that growers in the Westlands Water District were hesitating to plant processing tomatoes because of uncertainty around water supplies.

While tomato acreage is largely dictated by the supply needs of canneries, which are contracting less tonnage this year, Nicks said water supplies also play a role.

“It was kind of shocking,” she said last week, that the allocation for farmers south of the delta was not increased more. A larger revision, in line with the state’s water supplies, might have prompted some growers to order more tomato transplants, she said.

“Depending on how things go,” Nicks said, “they could still change the allocation. But by that time, it’s kind of too late.”

Westlands Water District said it conducted an analysis that found steelhead trout and winterrun chinook salmon “are expected to trigger further restrictions on delta pumping into June,” which is after farmers of many crops will have made their cropping decisions for the year.

“The hydrology this year is good,” Scheuring said. “If we have folks that are getting shorted, that’s a problem.”

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day, April 20. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ReStore goods will be for sale in the parking lot at a heavily discounted rate, which will continue to help support a worthy cause.

“Don’t miss out on the opportunity to save items from our landfills. There are so many great pieces of furniture that could use a coat of paint or sand and stain,” said Colleen Stefanek, marketing & volunteer coordinator.“Start at the ReStore. The pricing is much less expensive than the big box stores, and your purchase directly makes an impact in our local community programs.” Make sure to add the ReStore to your Garage Sale map for the day. You never know, they just might have the treasure you’re looking for.

For more information and updates on events, visit

PRPD looking for distracted drivers during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving

Awareness Month and a time to put safety in the driver’s seat. The Paso Robles Police Department will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cellphone law.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Commander Rehner said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road.”

According to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74 percent of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, there were at least 140 people killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in California. The numbers are likely underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app. Using a handheld cellphone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

If you have an important phone call, text, or email, or are in a situation with other distractions, such as looking up directions, pull over to a safe parking spot to complete the task without putting yourself and others at risk. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California

Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Chamber Annual Awards Dinner and Gala Silent Auction set for April 20

The Atascadero Chamber Annual Awards Dinner and Gala is a highly anticipated prestigious event set for 4.20.24 at Rava Wines. This event will celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding individuals and businesses in our community. This event promises to be an evening of celebration, recognition, networking, and entertainment with a live and silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Woods Humane Society announces Pet Pantry Donation

Drive event on April 27

Woods Humane Society is asking the community to donate pet food for families facing financial hardship during its upcoming Pet Pantry Donation Drive held at all SLO County Lemos Feed & Pet Supply locations on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As an incentive to participate, Lemos will offer a 15 percent discount on any goods purchased for donation during the event, and Sylvester’s Burgers will provide certificates for a free Ziggy’s Taco or Sylvester’s Burger to anyone who donates a bag of pet food during the event.

“In recent months, we have fielded an increasing number of calls from distressed pet parents who are dedicated to their beloved pets but need immediate help to provide these dogs and cats with their most basic needs,” explains Community Engagement Manager Robin Coleman.

“Our Pet Pantry program aims to provide support to these fami-

Regulations to protect endangered fish make it hard for San Joaquin Valley farmers to anticipate water supplies
Participants compete at the Cardboard Boat Regatta & Races at the sixth annual LakeFest in 2023. Photo by Rick Evans
photo was taken on Feb. 16. By April 1, the reservoir
risen to 73 percent of capacity. Photo by California Department of Water Resources
The San Luis
Reservoir, which provides water deliveries to the San Joaquin Valley, was at 65 percent of capacity when this
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lies so that more pets can receive the nourishment they need and remain in their loving homes. We hope the community will join us in spreading the word about this service and stocking up on our supplies during this hard time.”

The Woods Humane Society Pet Pantry began in 2020 in response to the large number of pet parents who were facing unprecedented hardships due to COVID-19. With the support of generous community members and businesses like Lemos Feed & Pet Supply and Hills Pet Nutrition, Woods was able to deliver thousands of pounds of pet food and supplies to the community. Since then, the organization has continued to make it a priority to ensure that pets facing food scarcity have access to nutritious food. In 2023, it shared 12,727 pounds of pet food, thanks to the generous donations of compassionate community members.

In addition to sharing food with individual pet owners, the nonprofit animal shelter works with community distribution partners such as Lumina Alliance, Salvation Army, 40 Prado Homeless Services Center, Paso Cares, and local church food pantries to improve pet owners’ access to Pet Pantry supplies throughout the county. This month, Woods expanded their reach by forming a new partnership with ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization), serving North County families. To learn more about Woods Humane Society’s Pet Pantry program, visit To contribute to the Pet Pantry in advance of the Donation Drive event, visit Woods’ Pet Pantry Amazon wish list of items most urgently needed, or drop off donations of unopened, unexpired bags of pet food at either Woods Humane Society locations during daily open hours.

In an effort to help pets remain in loving homes and out of animal shelters, Woods Humane Society also operates two low-cost spay/neuter clinics, affordable dog behavior and training classes, and regular free vaccine and microchip clinics for the public.

Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, and at 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero, and is open to the public daily from 12 to 5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information about Woods,

visit or call (805) 543-9316.

SLO County seeking executive director for environmental center

ECOSLO (Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo) announced the departure of Mary Ciesinski, its long-serving executive director. After nearly nine years of leadership sustaining and growing the organization, Ciesinski has decided to step down in June to focus on her family.

The organization is now actively seeking a leader to fill the role of executive director and guide its mission of environmental conservation and community engagement into the future. The new executive director will support the growth and expansion of the organization, including its annual budget, key staff, and core programs that involve multiple partnerships and thousands of volunteers, including: Urban Tree Planting — Volunteers led by ECOSLO forestry staff green urban spaces by planting and caring for dozens of trees each year.

• Creeks and Coastal Cleanups — This includes Creeks to Coast Cleanup Day, the longest-running and most impactful litter pickup program in the county, as well as other clean-up events that help beautify and protect our urban, recreational and wild spaces. This event is in conjunction with the statewide and international Coastal Cleanup Day each September.

Green Business Certification — ECOSLO supports local businesses to consider their environmental and social impacts, providing tools, guidance, and access to resources to improve their operations through a statewide certification program. As ECOSLO transitions to a new chapter, the Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a smooth and successful leadership transition. The search for the next executive director is already underway, as the Board seeks to fill the position before Ciesinski’s departure.

Candidates interested in applying for the position of executive director can find more information and application instructions on the ECOSLO website at The organization welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Sheriff’s investigate shots

fired in Nipomo

On April 2, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 300 block of Neptune Drive in Nipomo for a report of multiple shots fired in the area. Witnesses reported a party was being held at that location when the shots were heard.

According to the press release from the SLO County Sheriff’s Office, one gunshot victim, an adult male, was taken to a local hospital. He is currently in stable condition with non life-threatening wounds. Sheriff’s detectives began an immediate investigation. They were assisted by the CHP and the Santa Maria Police Department.

The incident is actively being investigated. No further information is available at this time.

Community libraries host gallery to spotlight mental wellness and substance-use awareness

The San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department unveiled a new partnership with County Libraries, set to launch throughout April. Together, they will be showcasing “Awareness Galleries” dedicated to mental wellness and substance use. These free exhibits are designed to educate the public on stress management techniques, as well as provide information on alcohol, cannabis, and opioid use, with a focus on overdose prevention.

“We are proud to bring these important topics to visitors of our local libraries,” said County Behavioral Health Director Star Graber, Ph.D. “The Behavioral Health Department is committed to partnering with unique organizations to educate and provide meaningful resources. These partnerships allow us to connect with new community members who may need our support and services.”

The informative galleries, which are on display at county branches in Cambria, Los Osos, and Nipomo, not only coincide with Stress Awareness, National Alcohol Awareness, and National Distracted Driving Awareness month campaigns but also support topics found in books on display.

The free, interactive gallery runs through April 30 and is available in English and Spanish. For more information about behavioral health resources and services, please visit

Central Coast residents can access free heat pump water heaters with help from 3C-REN Heat pump water heaters are

three to five times more energy efficient than their natural gas water heater counterparts, and 3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) is helping to make these replacements more affordable — and sometimes free — for Central Coast residents. Through steep incentives and upcoming events in English and Spanish, 3C-REN aims to educate and empower residents this April.

State and local incentives and federal tax credits are designed to support the adoption of heat pump water heaters by bringing down the costs. For residents that meet certain state-defined equity criteria, the incentives usually translate to free projects. Ariel Colon of Lompoc received his free water heater in 2023. He explained, “I’m trying to remodel my house and if I can get something for free that helps the environment at the same time, that’s great! I love the heat pump water heater.” His project would have cost $7,300 without the incentive programs.

Most people living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties can currently access about $4,000 worth of incentives for a heat pump water heater. However, residents who don’t speak English as a primary language, who qualify for discounted utility rates, or who live in a mobile or manufactured home may qualify for a free system. Proof of citizenship is not required to access incentives.

Funding for the water heater replacements is provided by two programs:

3C-REN’s Home Energy Savings Program

• TECH Clean California

Many residents want to know, “is a heat pump water heater right for me?” To answer this question, 3C-REN is holding webinars in English and Spanish, taught by water heater experts with a panel of local homeowners who have heat pump water heaters in their own homes. All of the most common questions will be addressed: Is it right for my home? Are they really that much better than gas water heaters? Should I wait until my gas water heater burns out to upgrade?

Residents are invited to attend one of the following:

• English Webinar: Thursday, April 11, at 12 p.m. Registration at is-a-heat-pump-water-heater-right-for-me

Spanish Webinar: Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. Registration at 3c-ren. org/event/es-un-calentador-de-agua-electrico-para-mi

In order to access the full financial benefits including

free heat pump water heaters, residents must work with contractors who are enrolled in these programs. To connect with a heat pump water heater contractor, fill out an interest form at the 3C-REN website at!directory

Residents can also receive guidance on heat pump water heater incentives in English and Spanish by calling (805) 881-3877 or emailing

SLO County Arts Council partners with CA for the Arts for sixth annual Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month CA for the Arts announced the sixth annual Arts, Culture, & Creativity Month (ACCM). A statewide celebration honoring the intrinsic value of arts, culture, and creativity as not only a public good — transforming communities and individuals — but also as a driver of prosperity for the California state economy. This year’s thematic focus is “Art Work is Real Work.”

SLO County Arts Council is partnering with CA for the Arts to support this monthlong spotlight on the arts to raise visibility and awareness of the value that artists, culture bearers, cultural organizations and creative workers generate for Californian’s economy and communities. The Arts Council is working closely with the Foundation for Performing Arts Center to publicize a media and advocacy campaign that incentivizes charitable giving to nonprofit arts organizations locally, provide resources and tools to the public to reach out to legislators and elected officials, and share their stories about how the arts impact lives.

“California must create favorable conditions for artists to live and work here if we want to retain our standing as the leading creative state with 25 percent of the creative economy workforce,” said Julie Baker, CEO of CA for the Arts. “We need policies and investments for good-paying jobs with benefits, worker protections for independent contractors, affordable housing and live-work spaces, health care, and much more. It is high time that artists are recognized as an essential workforce and that their contributions to communities are met with the sustained economic security they need to thrive, not just survive.”

ACCM programming is also designed to empower arts advocates to take action and to spur greater investments in the arts.

Some of the programs include:

Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, April 17

9 a.m. Rally followed by Legislator Meetings Free

Arts Advocacy Month

Virtual and In-person DIY legislator meetings throughout April

Join other arts advocates in your community to meet either in-person or virtually with your state representatives throughout the month of April. CA for the Arts will provide the resources and training you need to organize your very own meetings.

For a complete list of events and programs associated with ACCM 2024, visit engage-accm

Habitat for Humanity SLO County launches Ground Breakers Club

Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County (Habitat SLO) recently launched the Ground Breakers Club, a monthly giving club that raises funds for Habitat’s Home Preservation, New Construction, and Neighborhood Revitalization Programs. Members of the Ground Breakers Club can be individuals, businesses, or community organizations who want to show their commitment to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership in San Luis Obispo County. Learn more and join the club at

“Ground Breakers are a special group of donors who go above and beyond in demonstrating their dedication to affordable, safe housing in our community through recurring monthly giving,” said Nick Rasmussen, Habitat SLO County CEO. “Habitat SLO County Ground Breakers are motivated by a strong connection to our mission, our work, and our Partner Families.”

Through ongoing donations, Ground Breakers provide a reliable source of income that allows Habitat SLO to effectively plan, implement, and expand its programs. Members play a critical role ensuring local seniors can stay safely and comfortably in their own homes with dignity. They open doors for families to achieve the dream of homeownership. They support projects that bring people together to build community in local neighborhoods.

According to Dawn Smith, director of development for Habitat SLO, “Consistent contributions mean that we can plan and execute projects that positively impact our community year-round because your dollars stay local when you give to Habitat SLO. We are so thankful for these special donors. You can even give $9.99/month in honor of the nine houses being built right now in Paso Robles.”

Ground Breakers coalesce around a common purpose: to uplift and empower those within our community who are most vulnerable by providing affordable housing as well as helping senior citizens safely age in place.

Habitat SLO is a Habitat for Humanity International Affiliate. To make a difference in the lives of local neighbors in need, supporters are encouraged to donate to Habitat for Humanity SLO County at habitatslo. org. Gifts stay local and can be made in honor or memory of the special people in your life.

“With each monthly contribution, Ground Breakers are laying the foundation for a future in SLO County where dignified housing is accessible to all,” said Rasmussen.


Trina L. Parry, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and my rocksteady companion, wife, lover, and friend of 48 years, passed away gently in our Paso Robles home with hospice care on Easter Sunday morning at 7:00

Marina Ester (Cabrera) Weatherhead, age 82, passed away on March 23, 2024, in Provo, Utah. Marina was born on May 4, 1941, in Chiquimula, Guatemala, to Antonio “Tono” José Cabrera Paiz and Ectelvina “Elvira” Valdés Solís. Although her father began his employment as a carpenter and did not make a substantial income, she and her brother enjoyed spending time at the homes of their uncle Manuel “Meme” Cabrera (a dentist) and aunt Maria “Maruca” Cabrera (a mathematics teacher) who provided them with a radio and record

Denise Jean Grigory, a pillar of strength and heart to her family and friends, peacefully passed away on April 4, 2024, at the age of 93. She leaves behind a legacy of hard work, compassion, and resilience that will forever echo through the rolling hills and


Trina was an angel here on earth, and her positive light was shed for all to see. She was a special lady, liked by everyone she ever met, and it is with profound sadness that her husband and companion will now be continuing along life’s road without her beautiful presence at his side.

Thank you to the staff at Twin Cities Community Hospital for their compassion and professionalism and to Central Coast Home Health and Hospice for their most able, compassionate, and professional help in caring for my wife, without which I could not have coped with this burden.

May she ever rest in eternal peace.

player on which to play their favorite music. Growing up in Chiquimula, she attended the Instituto Normal para Señoritas de Oriente until her graduation in 1958.

As a young teen, Marina spent much of her spare time with her cousins Neri, Maricela, Rosita, and Chomita. She often visited her Tia Maruca’s home, where the children danced and played games. She and her childhood friend, Floridalma, remained in touch all their lives. Not only did she enjoy school dances and outdoor swimming excursions, Marina also dreamed of one day becoming a ballerina.

Marina’s family was converted

rugged beauty of the countryside she called home. She also lives on in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Denise was born January 16, 1931, to Adrian and Charlotte Orradre, descendants of French/ Spanish Basque and France. They lived east of San Ardo, CA, on their home ranch, which was purchased in 1907 by Adrian’s parents, Miguel and Marianna Orradre. Denise and her sister, Adene, spoke French and Spanish at home, they did not learn English until they started school.

She attended King City High School, and after graduating from Santa Barbara Business School, she began working at a bank in King City. Driving to work one day, Denise caught the eye of a Fish and Game

Alice Ann was born Alice Ann Bunting on December 5, 1927, in Parsons, Kansas, to Edward Bunting and Adena Anderson. Alice passed away peacefully on January 10, 2024, at Twin Cities Community Hospital at the

to the LDS “Mormon” Church in about 1957, a membership in which she remained faithful until her death. Her father began a funeral home business and was a beloved local church leader and public servant in her hometown. After graduating from the Instituto Normal para Señoritas de Chiquimula (in primary education) in 1960, she taught elementary school for a short time, then served a fulltime LDS mission in Central America from 1961-62.

Following her mission, she immigrated to the U.S. and married Thomas W. Carmack of Atascadero, CA, in 1963. She and Tom had two children together—Olitha and Noel. During her years in Atascadero, she raised her children while her husband worked at the Atascadero State Hospital. When she and her husband separated in 1977, she moved with her two children to Mesa, Arizona, to be close to her pseudo-brother, Bladimiro Ruiz. She and Tom divorced in 1978.

During her time in Mesa, Marina worked in the Arizona

man installing quail guzzlers in the Pancho Rico Valley. Floyd Grigory asked her out, and that was the start of a lifetime of love for each other and the establishment of the Grigory Cattle Ranch. Over the course of their lifelong marriage, they had three children: Odette, Yvette, and Annette.

Denise was a devoted mother and wife, an excellent gardener (with a fondness for roses), and a wonderful cook. She never shied from hard work and challenges. At times, she would help gather cattle on her favorite horse, Star Bar. However, her most appreciated contribution was her fabulous meals for the cowboys–often catering to a single cowboy by making their favorite pie. She was a member of the SLO and

age of 96. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Henry Bunting and John Bunting, two husbands, Albert Romero and Lloyd Bertram, and her son Edward Romero. Though she had lost her entire family, she found family within her church, neighbors, and at the senior center. Alice was a stalwart and active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles, California, for over 50 years. She will be sorely missed by her church family. Her greeting of “beloved child of God” and her departure of “God keep you well” will be remembered by all who knew her.

All who met her felt her

Temple intermittently as a cafeteria worker and laundry worker. Under the temple presidency of Junius Driggs (1975-1980) and his counselor, Glen Warner, she thrived and made many new and lifelong friends, including Maria Sawyer and Elvira Galvan. In 1982, she married Warren G. “Doc” Holton, a cattle broker, with whom she remained married for three years while she continued her employment at the Mesa Temple.

In 1986, she married Bruce Weatherhead, a machinist who worked for Cyprus Minerals in the company’s open-pit copper mine in Bagdad, AZ. The couple resided in Bagdad and then Prescott Valley, Arizona, from 1986 until Bruce’s death in 2010. The couple made many lasting friendships in both communities during their twenty-four years of marriage. Following her husband’s death, Marina moved to St. George, Utah, where she lived until 2020, when she made a final move to Provo, Utah. Marina’s church service and faithful activity continued until her death after

Monterey Cattlewoman’s Associations and a longtime volunteer with the Red Cross. Her generosity of heart also extended to helping youth in agriculture through supporting local county livestock auctions.

Denise was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd, and two grandsons, Henry and Jace. She is survived by her three daughters, Odette (Todd), Yvette (Bill), and Annette (Jan); seven grandchildren: Whitney (Sundeep), Tyler (Mary), Morgan, Cyrus (Claire), Nolan (Alexis), Katrina (Per Elof), Travis; and two great-grandchildren: Beau and Brooks.


Friends and family will come together to honor and remember the remarkable woman who

generosity, love (and crocheting skill). Alice was a very huge part of the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant. For over ten years, she crocheted an Afghan for the Queen. She made prayer shawls for anyone who felt the need for a comforting embrace. For her family at St. James Episcopal church, she had an individual Christmas gift for each person, such as a crocheted snowflake or a pen that said “from your friend always and in all ways.”

A celebration of Alice’s life was held at St. James Episcopal Church, 1355 Oak Street, where her remains are interred in the Columbarium.

Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory, Alice! We love you!

a rapid decline from the effects of dementia while living at Cove Point Assisted Living facility.

Marina was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bruce, and her daughter, Olitha Carmack (John Valdez), who resided in Santa Maria. She is survived by her brother, Guillermo Cabrera (Eugenia), of Guatemala City, Guatemala; nephews, Guillermo (Diana), Antonio (Wendy), pseudo-nephew Bladimiro Ruiz, Jr.; and niece, Gabriela Cabrera and pseudo-niece, Gabriela Ruiz. She is also survived by a son, Noel A. Carmack (Deena); a granddaughter, Jessica McCown (Rachel Renfro); a grandson, Kenneth Carmack (McKenna); and great-grandsons, Henry Carmack and Asher Arredondo. She is also survived by stepson Michael Weatherhead (Juli), Joanie Weatherhead Schindler (Andrew), and Rachel Weatherhead Ridley (Danny). A funeral service has not been planned. However, memorial services in both Atascadero, CA, and Cedar City, UT, will be held sometime this summer.

touched so many lives during a service on April 13 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in San Ardo. The service will be followed by a celebration of life at the Duflock Compound at 59741 North Street, San Ardo, 93450.

Though she may be gone, her spirit will forever remain in San Ardo, where she called home, and in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Friendship House at 880 Friendship Lane, Solvang, CA 93463 (solvangfriendshiphouse. com).

For more information, please contact Eddington Funeral Services, King City, (831) 385-5400,


JEFFREY BRIAN WILLIAMS, 73, of Los Osos passed away on March 27th 2024.

Services are in the care of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

GLORIA ELEANORE BURR, 80, of Arroyo Grande passed away on March 27th 2024.

Services are in the care of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

ROSE G ARGUIJO, 90, of Nipomo passed away on March 28th 2024.

Services are in the care of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

ROBERT MARVIN MCGUIRE, 87, of Arroyo Grande passed away on March 26th 2024.

Services are in the care of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover

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El Salvador: Good or bad example for the U.S.?

The state of the world right now is, to put it into wildly pathetic and dangerously ominous perspective, uncertain. We are without a doubt facing perilously difficult circumstances that threaten our coexistence and with the prospect of nuclear weapons and one fatal miscalculation could find humanity near the edge of extinction.

The prelude to such a catastrophe is reflected in the growing battles over whether nation-states are inclined to choose autocracy over democracy. Even in our country, we find ourselves threatened with a struggle internally that could damage or even relinquish our leadership as the world’s standard bearer for freedom, liberty, justice, civil rights, the rule of law, transparency, accountability, empathy, diversity, reason, religious tolerance, freedom of speech, or other forms of equality ingrained in our short history.

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis published a book entitled “It Can’t Happen Here” just as Adolph Hitler was making Germany great again, and proceeds to outline how an authoritarian individual could manage to wrestle control of our government at a time when raging conversations of American isolationism, fascism, socialism, and communism were being seriously debated.

Writing in the New Yorker in October 2016, Alexander Nazaryan captures the period in which the novel character Buzz Windrip, who manages to win election as an authoritarian president, is modeled after Huey Long, the Louisiana political demagogue who was assassinated the month before the novel was published. Nazaryan asserts “Lewis was never much of

an artist, but what he lacked in style he made up for with social observation … and though a novel it may be, the gripes about Roosevelt and the New Deal here have the quality not of fiction but of reportage.” And now here we are in the 21st century questioning whether authoritarian predispositions are preferable to democratic ideology.

Who would have thought that Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping in China, Kim Jong Un in North Korea, Orban in Hungary, and Nayib Bukele in El Salvador could be looked upon as role models worthy of our consideration! While Republican Donald Trump is cruising to accept the GOP nomination later this summer, he is known to have quite an affection for these individuals and sounds downright jealous and envious of their leadership. For purposes of this article, let me introduce you to the little-known Bukele, who was elected president of El Salvador at the age of 39, and if he has not caught Trump’s eye as yet the self-proclaimed “world’s coolest dictator” may appeal to the “dictator for one day.”

The push for authoritarian status, which by its very nature entails concentration of power and loyalty not to the precepts of democratic governance but rather to the power concentrated within both the leader and/or their leadership is at issue here. According to the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in 2021, “his party was the first to control both the presidency and a legislative majority since the restoration of democracy in 1992 and after the new Assembly was sworn in, his bloc acted quickly with a series of measures that deeply undermined the independence of the judiciary.”

In addition, on May 1, 2022, the Assembly “removed the Attorney General and all five members of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, replacing them within hours …. effectively ended the ban on presidential reelection, which allowed the president to seek his immediate reelection … and Bukele and his Assembly are considering a consti-

tutional reform that would authorize a one-party state, codify the nationalization of pension funds, and require all lawyers and public prosecutors to be approved and affiliated with the national government,” according to the HRF.

Bukele has attacked gender theory and decided he would not allow gender ideology in schools. Ana Piquer, Americas director of Amnesty International, states “every use or trace of gender ideology has been removed from public schools,” without giving more details about the implications of this decision in one of the countries that has one of the highest femicide rates in Latin America. Data from U.N. Women show “in 2019, the rate was 6.48 murders per 100,000 women. In addition, the organization cites reports from the Attorney General’s Office of El Salvador, which indicate that, in the first half of 2021 alone, 315 women were reported missing. Meanwhile, the 2019 National Sexual Violence Survey reported 63 percent of women nationwide expressed having experienced at least one incident of sexual assault.”

According to Allison Meakem, an associate editor at Foreign Policy, “Bukele has amassed a genuine support base by measurably improving the lives of many Salvadorans. But to get there, his government has committed grave alleged human rights abuses and shown a disdain for democracy and the rule of law.”

Forgoing democratic principles and shunning democracy altogether may help in the short run, but when confronting major policy issues and impacts upon the population, it can lead to human rights violations that last for decades. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Do we really want to toy with this potential course of action?

Lance Simmens is an independent columnist for Atascadero News / Paso Robles Press, he alongside Don Schmitz write a bi-weekly column on national topics from the perspective of their political leanings. You can forward any comments you have to

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, was re-elected Feb. 4 in a landslide victory by 80 percent of voters. Why should you care about a small Central American election?

Two reasons: People walk to the U.S. by the millions from Central America as illegal immigrants, and there are policy lessons for us to learn from our neighbors. Salvadorans are the third largest Hispanic population in America, now at 2.5 million. Of all the Central American nations, El Salvador is the largest source of immigration to our country. The country is historically a bloodbath of crime and gangs.

In 2015, the homicide rate was 103 per 100,000 people, 6,657 killed, making it the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere. Its capital, San Salvador, was the world’s most murderous city. Gangs like MS13 ruled the streets, openly dealing drugs, walking into homes and taking them over, and extorting money from business owners lest they be murdered. A 15-year-old girl was shot in a crosswalk for selling tortillas in a gang territory without permission. Interesting that many of the ideologies the American far-left embraces were the norm in El Salvador. After a fluctuating civil war from 1980 to 1992, the Marxist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) was elected to power. The Marxists always promise the abolition of financial inequities and a worker’s paradise, but it never, ever happens, and it predictably didn’t happen there. El Salvador also has strict gun control laws, with no 2nd Amend -

ment guaranteeing a citizen’s right to be armed. They had implemented every gun control scheme espoused by the left in America: licensing to own a firearm with three-year renewals, complete registration of all firearms by the government, bans on private sales of firearms, and a limit of one firearm purchase every two years. Apparently though, the criminals that rape, steal, and murder with impunity weren’t concerned about breaking the gun laws, and preferred their victims to be unarmed and helpless.

President Bukele is the first president since 1984 not of the two major parties, the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance, or the communist FMLN. Promising a return to law and order in 2019, he was elected president and deployed thousands of soldiers and police directly into the gang-controlled areas whereupon homicides dropped by 50 percent, but the fight was far from over.

In March 2022, gangs killed 80 people in one weekend, so Bukele’s government initiated “Guerra contra las pandillas” (war against gangs), after their legislature approved a state of emergency called “regimen de excepcion” (state of exception), which suspended rights of association, legal counsel, and increased time spent in detention without charges. Essentially under martial law, El Salvador now has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 79,184 suspected gang members arrested, prison sentences increased from six to 45 years for convicted gang members, and the age of “criminal responsibility” reduced from 16 to 12.

Laws were enacted so anyone disseminating messages from gangs would spend 15 years in prison. Checkpoints are established around gang areas searching backpacks and looking for gang tattoos. The government erased gang graffiti and destroyed graveside monuments with gang affiliations on them to prevent them from becoming shrines. Harsh, brutally harsh, and

brutally effective. Murders dropped another 70 percent, now at 2.4 per 100,000, the lowest in the Americas apart from Canada. Our U.S. government expressed concern about these methods, but with a shrug and a “go home Yankee,” politicians in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Peru are enacting similar policies to regain law and order. At home, Bukele’s approval rating is at an unprecedented 90 percent.

So, what can Americans learn from this? Critics brand him an authoritarian, defined as enforcing strict obedience to the government at the expense of personal freedom. Really, though, the discussion should be about us here at home. Most of us have watched in hopeless sadness as leftist politicians empty out our prisons of convicted felons and defund the police, while activist DA’s refuse to prosecute criminals. Accordingly, many of our iconic cities are becoming unlivable, and as the roving gangs of criminals smash and grab goods, stores are closing. Beautiful downtown San Francisco is becoming a ghost town, as is downtown Portland, where they have slashed policing while handing out needles to addicts with safe spaces to inject. It is past time to admit the soft-on-crime policies are an abject failure, and pivot back to the firm legislation adopted in the 1990s, like three strikes and mandatory sentences. Failure to do so will continue the downward spiral toward dystopia, and the backlash could reflect the gravity of our southern neighbor. We can restore the rule of law now without compromising civil liberties, but delay will make the crime cancer worse, and the cure more painful.

Don Schmitz is an independent columnist for Atascadero News / Paso Robles Press, he alongside Lance Simmens write a bi-weekly column on national topics from the perspective of their political leanings. You can forward any comments you have to

Recall’s real reason: GOP wants Newsom off the road

Republicans behind the new recall drive against Gov. Gavin Newsom made a bit of a slip the other day, revealing the real reason behind their effort: Get Newsom off the road, where he’s been about the most effective surrogate President Biden has had during his reelection effort. Everywhere Newsom goes, he picks up IOUs from local Democrats, too, non-fungible currency he will be able to use in four years or so, if and when he makes his own run for the White House.

Yes, California Republicans realize Donald Trump is the current frontrunner in his campaign to oust

Biden and regain the White House for four more years (or more, if he can somehow engineer an end run around the Constitution’s 22nd Amendment and its two-term limit for presidents). But they also see that Newsom has become enough of a thorn in Trump’s side to rate a skit on “Saturday Night Live” and a disparaging nickname from Trump (“New-scum”).

Newsom has also advertised on his own in Republican-run states, getting sufficiently under the skin of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to engineer the first nationally televised debate between two governors with no known future in some other office at stake.

So Republicans are doing what they can to keep Newsom off the national road by trying to make him the first California governor ever to face two ballot recall drives. (Others have faced more attempts, but only two ever made a ballot).

They haven’t been able to find anything criminal about Newsom or any moral failings Newsom

hasn’t already confessed to and apologized for (like his long-ago marital infidelity and the infamous French Laundry restaurant incident, where he dined out with friends in a swank eatery while ordering other state residents to lock down in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic).

Instead, they’re going after him for policy differences: They don’t like his okay of Medi-Cal health benefits for undocumented immigrants, they don’t like California’s taxes and its high spending on efforts to reduce homelessness, they didn’t like school closures during the pandemic.

Some of those were among the grounds they gave for the other recall the GOP engineered against Newsom, that one soundly beaten back in 2021, barely a year before Newsom was due to face the voters anyhow. Many voters saw it as a colossal waste of money, and voted “no” on those grounds alone.

This time, recall sponsors will need to gather 1.38 million valid

voter signatures before the end of May in order to get a recall question and a list of alternative candidates for governor onto the November general election ballot. That’s hundreds of thousands more signatures than are needed to qualify an ordinary initiative or referendum for a statewide vote, making the new recall unlikely to get a November vote.

So this recall — if it qualifies — will likely need a special election, costing tens of millions of dollars and coming less than two years before Newsom will be term limited out of office anyhow. This from a party that often grouses about excessive and pointless government spending.

If it all sounds like an unnecessary exercise in futility, that’s because it may be. And not merely because the GOP has virtually no one ready to step up as a credible alternate candidate, the way muscleman actor Arnold Schwarzenegger did in the state’s only successful gubernatorial

recall, against ex-Gov. Gray Davis in 2003, when he had three years left in his second term.

Nevertheless, Newsom’s team insists he won’t ignore the new recall effort. “We are taking it seriously,” said longtime Newsom spokesman Nathan Click. “These Trump Republicans are targeting Gov. Newsom because he’s out there defending democracy and fighting for the reelection of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. He’s not going to be distracted from that fight. Democracy is on the ballot, and he’s going to keep fighting.”

If that eventually helps Newsom raise money for a presidential bid of his own and makes him the Democrats’ de facto leading spokesman should Biden lose this fall, so much the better for him. Just like the last time, the recall advocates might again be doing him a big favor.

Thomas Elias is an independent opinion columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email him at

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TEMPLETON — Back in late March, Templeton students received words of wisdom from two-time Cy Young Award and Gold Glove winner Bret Saberhagen. The 1985 World Series MVP came to the campus to share his story for students a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

FCA is an international nonprofit Christian sports ministry that can be found on many campuses throughout the nation. At Templeton High School, there are about 50 members.

Senior Morgan Ruiz has been a part of FCA since her freshman year. This year, she is president of the club and explained why she decided to join the club: “I feel like Christianity in high school, or just in general, is very overlooked. And I felt like being a part of FCA, it would help me find more friends that were like me. And because I came from a private school in Paso ... joining the club felt like a good way to make friends and find people.”

Ruiz adds that while FCA was created to share their faith on high school campuses, they are welcoming to any students who just want to hang out. “We play games and come hear about the Lord and like what he has to say,” she said. “And, and it’s a way to make it life-changing, but not forceful life-changing ... I would say it’s, it’s just a safe environment to learn more about your faith.” Periodically, the club has speakers come to the campus to talk to students about their life story and their relationship with their faith. Ruiz says that Saberhagen was one of their most-attended speakers.

Saberhagen was born in Chicago and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. However, in the last few years, he has lived in North County. He told the students that his dad wasn’t around growing up which had some impact on his life. For 18 years, Saberhagen played Major League Baseball, primarily for the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and Boston Red Sox in the 1980s and ‘90s.

“Baseball was always one of those things that I really loved,” said Saberhagen.

Saberhagen spoke about his relationship with faith growing up and baseball, which brought him closer to it later in life.

“It’s always great to pray for things you want or need, but praying is so [much] bigger than just asking for things,” explained Saberhagen. “With our nonprofit, we’re helping families going through cancer. We pray for a lot of people’s health.”

In 2021, Saberhagen founded his nonprofit SabesWings with his wife Kandace. Through Kandace’s own battle with

breast cancer, the two learned about the significant costs that come with treatments, including experimental drugs or therapies that are not covered by health insurance.

“If somebody that you know might be going through cancer and having troubles with their payments, we would love to help,” said Saberhagen of his nonprofit. “We can pay directly to the bill. We help try to alleviate all the debt if possible, if not the portion of it, but we also have other resources that we can direct you to.”

One familiar name is currently one of SabesWings’ beneficiaries. As 7-year-old Kyndal Gottfried of Atascadero continues with treatment for medulloblastoma, the most common malignant tumor found in children, SabesWings has stepped in to help pay for the associated costs. Kyndal was first diagnosed with cancer over two years ago. You can read more about her story at community-rallies-behind-kyndals-brave-battle-against-cancer/ Learn more about SabesWings at

Fossa arrives at The Charles Paddock Zoo in time for Spring

‘Party for the Planet’ Earth Day Celebration happening on Saturday, April 20

ATASCADERO — The Charles Paddock Zoo has announced the arrival of “Shelby,” a 13-yearold female fossa, which is now on exhibit and can be seen by watchful visitors and in time for the last weekend of the Spring Festival.

Shelby, a fossa Cryptoptocta ferox, came to the zoo from the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan. Fossa lifespans are unknown in the wild but are known to live to up to 20 years in zoos. Although Shelby looks like a small cat or even a weasel, she is most closely related to a mongoose or civet. The fossa are native only to the island nation of Madagascar off the coast of Africa and are the largest carnivores there. The locals

pronounce the name “foo-sa” and “foosh.”

Shelby loves exploring all parts of her new habitat, as the fossas are just as comfortable in trees as they are on the ground. Being the largest predator and very agile in trees, their diets mainly consist of lemurs, but they’ll eat anything from small mammals to fish and birds. The fossa can be extremely smelly since they use scent as their main form of communication and do most of their vocalizing during mating season and pup season. The fossa is classified as vulnerable, with only about 2,500 left in the wilderness. The low numbers are due to loss of habitat, competition for food with introduced species and diseases like rabies, as well as threats from the villagers who see them as vermin.

Remember to mark your calendar for the “Party for the Planet” Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This family event will focus on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. A fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures, hands-on activities, exhibits

by sustainability-conscious businesses, as well as providing many educational demonstrations like water conservation, beekeeping, and more. Food trucks will also be on-site.

There are over 200 animal species to enjoy at the zoo. Many of the zoo residents are part of a globally managed program to preserve animals and their habitats. The zoo features several unique species not often seen in facilities of our size, including fossa, red pandas, Malayan tiger, lemurs, and meerkats, as well as many other exciting and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.

Party for the Planet tickets are included with General Admission. Tickets are $13 for Adults age 13+, $11 for Seniors age 65+, $8 for Children 5-12, $5 for Children 3-4, and free for Kids

2 and under. The Charles Paddock Zoo is SLO County’s only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They are open daily and located at Atascadero Lake Park on Highway 41/ Morro Road, one mile west of Highway 101. For information, go to or call the zoo at (805) 461-5080.

PASO ROBLES — Must! Charities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering community development and social impact, is celebrating its 12th anniversary while simultaneously announcing the addition of two professionals, Lori Bickel and Maeve Pesquera, to its Executive Board.

Since its inception, Must! Charities has been steadfast in its commitment to change the model of philanthropy throughout the northern region of San Luis Obispo County. As the organization celebrates another year of service and impact, it remains dedicated to its mission of uniting donors, pooling resources, and investing strategically in the community.

“The past 12 years have flown by,” said Becky Gray, founding executive director of Must! Charities. “In that time, we have experienced the incredible power of collective giving that has changed the

trajectory of nonprofits in our community and positively impacted thousands of lives. But we are just scratching the surface on the potential of what can transpire … we’ve got more work to do.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to advance its mission, Must! Charities welcomes two individuals to its Board of Directors. The newest members bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and a shared dedication to serving the community. Bickel and Pesquera both embody the essence of Must! Charities:

the power of everyday people, giving back to their community, and together making big impacts.

“We are honored to welcome our new board members, whose passion and leadership undoubtedly strengthen our organization’s capacity to make a meaningful difference,” Gray said. “Their diverse perspectives and invaluable contributions are already further propelling our efforts to build a brighter future for our community.”

Bickel is a seasoned board member

and Must! devotee, who served on the board from 2014 to 2016. Since then she has been an integral part of Must! Charities’ Collaborative Circle, volunteering her time to help the determine the nonprofit projects Must! invests in.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on the board again,” stated Bickel. “I’ve seen firsthand how the Must! model benefits donors, supports and energizes nonprofits, and moves the needle to address the critical concerns of our communities in San Luis Obispo County.” Pesquera is new to the board but not new to philanthropy and business strategy. In addition to her executive role as senior vice president, strategy and business development, at DAOU Vineyards, Pesquera holds board and leadership roles in numerous wine industry and philanthropic organizations. Committed to mentorship, she is dedicated to developing the next generations of leaders and works tirelessly to ensure the wine industry and our community continue to thrive.

“Must! Charities and their model have a profound impact on the hearts, hands and minds of our beloved region,”

Pesquera explains. “I am honored to participate in furthering their vision and impact.”

As Must! Charities celebrates its 12th year anniversary; the organization reaffirms its commitment to using a trustbased philanthropy approach while operating with the 100 percent model, created by its founders in 2012.

“Trust-based philanthropy is about showing up as donors with more than dollars,” Gray said. “We are actively engaged and value the overall health and well-being of the organizations we invest in so that they are better positioned to serve our communities in the best way possible.”

One-hundred percent of the overhead at Must! Charities is covered by the Executive Board and a few private donors so that 100 percent of community giving dollars are invested directly into projects. Through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and the dedication of its supporters, Must! Charities continues to be a catalyst for transformation in San Luis Obispo County.

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Two-time Cy Young Award winner and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen talks to Templeton High students on a recent visit through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Bret Saberhagen
from left), is shown with Templeton High School students (from left) Ali Cathcart, Morgan Ruiz, andLuke Thompson during his talk with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) members on campus. Photos by Matt Macfarlane Shelby, a 13-year-old female fossa, came to the Charles Paddock Zoo from the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Photo provided by City of Atascadero (From left) Must! Charities Executive Director Becky Gray, Executive Assistant Megan Leishman, Donor Relations Manager Erika Martin, and Community Projects Manager Randy Gray. Photo provided by Must! Charities By CAMILLE DEVAUL B Section THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024 • Making Communities Better Through Print. WHAT’S INSIDE Section NORTH COUNTY LIFE Nonprofit B2 Class/Legals B3 Perspective B6 Sports B8
Lori Bickel and Maeve Pesquera bring their past philanthropic knowledge to the nonprofit Must! Charities celebrates 12th anniversary and welcomes two new board members
Bret Saberhagen shares personal journey and nonprofit mission with FCA club members
students inspired by MLB Cy Young Award winner’s message of faith and philanthropy

It’s ‘On With the Show’ for the Atascadero Community Band

Proceeds of the performance will benefit the Atascadero Senior Center

Get ready to tap your toes and hum along as the Atascadero Community Band presents, “On With the Show,” a concert extravaganza celebrating the timeless melodies of Broadway. Mark your calendars for this unforgettable matinee performance set to dazzle audiences on May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Atascadero Bible Church.

With guest conductor Ray Ayala of Santa Maria at the podium, the talented band members will take their marks onstage to transport their audience through the eras of Broadway magic. From the Roaring ‘20s right up to the present day, they will be bringing the heart and soul of Broadway to life in a dazzling display of musical prowess.

The band is rolling out the red carpet for its beloved community in true Broadway fashion. Grab your top hat and tails, slip into that sequined gown, and get ready to be swept off your feet as they bring the glitz and glamour of Broadway right here to Atascadero. From classics like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Do Re Mi,” and “Oklahoma,” to show-stopping anthems such as “America,” “Memory,” and “My Shot,” the band guarantees an afternoon brimming with emotional nostalgia, dynamic drama, and a little bit of pure theatrical magic.

As a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of area musicians, the Atascadero Community Band is dedicated to enriching the cultural tapestry of the local community. In keeping with its mission to spread joy through music, the band announced that the beneficiary for this event is the Atascadero Senior Center. Whether you are a seasoned Broadway aficionado or simply looking for a fun afternoon, come one, come all. Admission is free, and donations to support the band’s mission are warmly welcomed. The concert will begin promptly at 3 p.m., and refreshments will be provided.


The Atascadero Community Band, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to nurturing local appreciation for band music. We achieve this mission through complimentary band concerts for our community and by providing financial support to local non-profits through grants sourced from annual donations. Our repertoire encompasses diverse and engaging music, and the band relies entirely on the generous contributions of our devoted audience. Many of our members have dedicated over thirty years to our cause. Throughout the years, ACB has provided financial grants to numerous local charitable organizations, including the El Camino Homeless Organization, the Women’s Shelter, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center, and various local school groups.


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TREE OF LIFE Pregnancy Care Center


Tree of Life has been helping women and families in our community for over 39 years. All services are FREE and confidential. Women facing pregnancy decisions can find compassion, hope, positive options, and practical help from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our goal is to provide resources to assist a woman in choosing life for her baby and then to parent or place for adoption. We also offer compassionate help for women struggling with the mental and emotional effects of a previous abortion.

Donations: We’re grateful that all of our support comes from generous individuals here in our community.

Friends of the Paso Robles Library


Support the Library through a Friends of the Library membership, starting as low as $10/year. The Friends of the Library appreciates donations, which are either added to the Library’s collection or used to generate considerable funds toward the purchase of new books, library materials, programs, services, etc. Support the Library in a 100% volunteer-run retail environment. We are seeking volunteers to assist with Gift Shop sales, book donation sorting, and to provide book sale support.

Due to limited storage space and staff, we are only able to accept two boxes or two bags of materials per household per day. Cash donations always welcome!

BOARD MEETINGS: Call (805) 237-3870 for information


Operation Surf

80 San Francisco St. Avila Beach, CA (805) 544-7873


Operation Surf


Our mission is to channel the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose, and revitalize community. Operation Surf’s curriculum-based programs aim to inspire injured military and veterans to seek wellness in all aspects of their lives while providing the necessary resources, tools, and peer-to-peer support to continue this mindset indefinitely. By staying true to our core values of care, inclusion, commitment, integrity, and communication, we change participants’ lives – one wave at a time.

Local Veteran Opportunities: OS3- Three Month Surf Program Application is Open! Apply via the website

OS3 is a three-month, locally-focused program that provides veterans with an opportunity to bond through surfing, keep each other motivated, and move forward in life with a new perspective. Focused on four key pillars of mentorship, unity, family, and the peace of surfing, Operation Surf inspires to make lasting change in the lives of our community.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

For information about making donations, adoptions, etc, visit For upcoming events, visit


Redwings is always looking for volunteers to help us provide the highest standard of care for our horses and burros. You do not need to have any prior horse experience to volunteer at Redwings. If you would like to work with our horses, the first step is to take a Volunteer Training Class. This class covers sanctuary rules, basic safe horsemanship skills, and an introduction to some of the horses that you will be working with. After completion of the class you are welcome to come volunteer and help with the horses any time during our volunteer hours. Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 3:30pm, and we are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Note: We do not allow volunteers to ride the horses at Redwings. There are other ways to get involved and volunteer at Redwings too. We have opportunities to help in our rose and memorial garden, volunteering in the office, helping with events and fundraising, and more. Please submit the form below to schedule a volunteer training or contact our office: or (805) 237-3751.

Atascadero Elks Lodge


Since 1987, the Atascadero Elks have contributed over $1,000,000 to local community-based programs, non-profits, youth groups, local sports teams, programs for handicapped and needy children, patriotic programs, veterans’ programs and many, many community activities.


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Our mission as Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize our belief in God; to promote the welfare of our community; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; and to cultivate good fellowship.

We have a full calendar of events and activities for our members.

To learn more or to join us please contact us at (805)466-3557, visit the Lodge at 1516 El Camino Real, follow-us on Facebook or visit our website at:



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8205 Curbaril Ave. (corner of Curbaril & Atascadero Ave.): Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Ted Mort, Pastor. (805) 466-0175.

Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

A New Thought Spiritual Community. Living the Consciously Awakened Life. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue Sunday 10:00am at the Pavilion 9315 Pismo Way, Atascadero (805) 391-4465.

St. William’s Catholic Church

6410 Santa Lucia Road, Atascadero, CA (805) 466-0849 www. Weekday Masses : 10:30 AM Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 PM Sunday Masses: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM Spanish


9925 Morro Road, Atascadero; "The Church on the Hill"; An independent church committed to the teaching of God's Word.; Praise and Prayer–10 a.m.; Morning Worship–11 a.m.; Evening Worship–6 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer–6:30 p.m.; Nursery care and children's classes provided.; Pastor Jorge Guerrero; (805) 461-9197.


535 Creston Road., Paso Robles ; (805) 238-3549 ; Dr. Gary M. Barker, Pastor; Goal of church: To teach Believers to love God and people.; Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Service; 6 p.m. Eve Service; Wednesdays: 7 p.m. prayer meeting.


A place of hope! Join us for in-person worship on Sundays at 9 A.M. Services are also streamed on our YouTube channel, Hope Lutheran Church Atascadero. We offer Sunday School for all ages after worship. Learn more at 8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero. 805.461.0430.


4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero; 466-9350; Morning Bible class at 9 a.m. Sunday; Coffee and Sunday Worship with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday; Thursday morning Bible class 10 a.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship; Developmentally disabled Bible class 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings;;; Pastor Wayne Riddering.


We honor ancient scriptures, responding to God’s contemporary call to be just and kind.; Join us for Worship Sunday, 10 a.m.; Church School Sunday, 10:15 a.m.; Coffee Fellowship 11 a.m.; Men’s Bible Study, Wednesday, 8 a.m.; Women’s Bible Study, Friday, 10 a.m.; Youth Group; 1301 Oak St., Paso Robles; (805) 238-3321.


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940 Creston Road, Paso Robles; has Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m; For more information, call the church at (805) 238-3702. Ext. 206.



2100 Ramona Road. Sunday service at 10am. Will & Lori Barrow, Pastors; (805) 466-3191;


4500 El Camino Ave (Downstairs, Rear Parking Lot) // info@ Sunday Service at 9am, Children’s Ministry provided for ages 2yrs–6th grade. Pastors Chris Vanoli & Ben Eisenman // Love God, Love Others // Abiding closely with Jesus and teaching others to do the same.


A division of Alpha Beth Ministries; 3850 Ramada Drive (corner of Ramada and Cow Meadow), Paso Robles; 805-434-5170; Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz; a charismatic non-denominational fellowship; Reaching People, Building Homes; Sundays 10am, Wednesday 7pm;,; Instagram @the_ revival_center

Nonprofits and southern cooking

If you happen to miss ECHO’s Empty Bowls fundraiser in Atascadero, you can attend the one planned for April 25 at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets for Empty Bowls are available for purchase on the ECHO website at echoshelter. org. I will be working the registration table with Supervisor John Peschong that evening, so hope to see you there! I have some exciting news to pass along. Our son David Butz is now one of the artists at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. He will be sharing a studio with three other San Luis Obispo County Printmakers. Be sure to stop by and see their work. To preview some of David’s work, visit

Are you looking for something new and meaningful in your life? Why not consider joining

Well, we made it. My wife and I reached one of my longtime goals when we recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. I suppose I’m making too big of a deal about this because a lot of people end up being married for 50 years; they just require three or four marriages to do it. As for me, I had beginner’s luck and didn’t need a practice wife.

We both took our wedding vows seriously and were mated for life, just like sandhill cranes, coyotes, dik diks (whatever they are), black vultures, bald eagles, and swans. Although it has been suggested in the smutty swan media that some male swan husbands, known as cobs, have been caught cheating on their female wives, known as pens. As a couple, my wife and I are like deer and kangaroo ... if one jumps out in front of you on

Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County?

When you join you can make a difference in the community with your involvement, make new friends, and help students in SLO County through the Operation School Bell program. To learn more about this all volunteer, nonprofit organization, and Operation School Bell, visit

April is Volunteer Month and to celebrate, Questers will host their first Nonprofit Fair on April 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside, at the Printery 6351 Olmeda Avenue, Atascadero. Nonprofits will be on hand to answer questions about their amazing groups in SLO County.

Questers are holding a rummage sale at the event to raise money for window restoration on the Printery building. Questers is an organization dedicated to preservation and restoration of artifacts, existing memorials, historic buildings, landmarks and education.

For more information regarding Questers projects in California, visit You will see that the Atascadero Printery is

now a state project of Questers. It is also a project of the Questers north San Luis Obispo County chapter, Agua Caliente.

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Garrett Haggmark, who leads Scout Troop 60 of Paso Robles, in building a huge shelter for goats at “From the Heart Animal Sanctuary.” The Eagle Scout rank is an opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community. Way to go, Garrett! The recipe for this week is one you will want to use when fresh corn and tomatoes are “in.” This is an old time Southern way of cooking them together.

Baked Corn and Tomatoes


9 tender fresh corn

• 3 ripe tomatoes

• 1 tablespoon grated onion

• 1 small green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons butter

4 slices lean smoked bacon, diced

• Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Mated for life

the road, you should slow down because there will invariably be another one. That’s us; where you get one, you also get the other. We’re inseparable, although I can see where some over-eager men might get the wrong idea because my wife doesn’t wear her wedding ring. This is because she was a grocery store checker for 35 years and she was always getting it banged up, and with the work I’ve required her to do, such as feeding cows and lambing our flock, it could easily get lost inside a ewe or thrown out with the hay.

One idea that was floated as to how we should celebrate our golden anniversary was to go on a long cruise, but everyone I know who has done so spent two weeks puking or pooping their guts out due to some COVIDtype illness they caught on board. Besides, I’ve always hated crowds, and I’d rather swim with the sharks than be cooped up with 4,000 other people on one boat. Rest assured, if I’m gonna be on a boat for my anniversary, it will be a fishing one that only holds two people.

I think jewelers must have started this whole “Golden

Anniversary” thing based on the number of people who advised that I buy my lovely wife an expensive bauble, but I attribute our massive fortune to the fact that I haven’t been inside a jewelry store in 51 years. Besides, my wife doesn’t wear jewelry, and yes, she does have some, none of which I purchased! Another secret to our long marriage is that my wife has never asked for anything. She’s what we in the cow business would call “an easy keeper”, so you can see why I was immediately attracted to her.

One relative suggested that what we needed was a long road trip to see “new country” but I spent 40 years traveling 50,000 miles a year and I’ve already been in every state and seen all the sights. Besides, ever since my stroke, I haven’t driven, and Diane doesn’t relish the idea of being cooped up in a car with me, telling her to “go slower, go faster, turn here, shouldn’t you be in the other lane?”

One person advised having a big barbecue and inviting all our friends and neighbors, but we failed to see how spending so much of our own money would be that much fun.

Be Gentle

I agreed to embrace and embody that approach from that point forward.

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ur seed of awakening for the month is Be Gentle. We all experience moments of brilliance and flashes of illumination throughout our days where we remember, embody, and embrace our Oneness with all of life. In all the other moments, we need and deserve to be treated with gentleness. As we are gentle with ourselves, we are naturally gentle with others and the world.

One of my early spiritual teachers, Adyashanti, whose name means primordial peace, assigned me the task of practicing affectionate awareness. I was to approach life with fondness and tenderness, having a sweet appreciation of and for it.

For many years, spiders were the bane of my existence, evoking sheer terror at their mere sight. My instinctive reaction was to crush them forcefully, hoping to rid myself of the overwhelming fear they instilled in me.

Even after their demise, the lingering dread of their potential resurrection haunted me, sending shivers down my spine. However, a profound shift occurred in my perception, thanks to the guidance of Adyashanti and the practice of affectionate awareness.

It was a typical day at home when I encountered a giant spider scaling the wall. Instead of succumbing to fear, I chose a different path. I approached the situation with compassion and respect. Gathering a glass and a piece of paper, I devised a plan to liberate the spider from the confines of my home without causing harm.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut corn from cobs, and scrape cobs well to extract the milk. (Should produce about 3 cups). Put half of the corn in a layer in the bottom of a buttered 1 1/2-quart casserole. Peel and slice tomatoes, and put half of the slices in a layer over the corn. Add a little of the onion and green pepper. Season with salt and pepper and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add another layer of corn, cover with remaining tomatoes, and add the rest of the onion, green pepper and butter. Season lightly with salt and heavily with pepper. Sprinkle bacon over the top. Bake until bacon is cooked, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle lavishly with parsley. Serves 4 to 6

What could be better than serving this dish with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits? Don’t forget the jam! It will all be “finger-lick-n good!” Cheers!

Barbie Butz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

Still another idea that was recommended was to buy a new electric car even though we love our old fossil-fuel burning car, and when I say old it’s not really that old, just 15 years or so. As a child of the oilfields, I guarantee that the first time time you see me in some sort of an electrical conveyance it will be the electric winch that lowers my box into the hole.

So I know you’re all dying to know how we did spend the big day. I bought Diane a card from the Dollar Store for 50 cents, took her out to lunch for Mexican food and told her she could order anything she wanted, within reason of course. Then I took a long nap.

Taking a cue from that real rich multi-billionaire who hired Rihanna (whoever she is) for 6 million dollars to sing at his son’s wedding, I promised my wife that if we’re both around to celebrate our 75th wedding anniversary, I’d hire Willie Nelson to come sing.

Lee Pitts is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at leepitts@

With steady hands and a calm demeanor, I gently trapped the spider under the glass, carefully sliding the paper underneath to create a barrier. With the spider safely secured, I escorted it outside to freedom, bidding it farewell with a heartfelt wish for it to continue its vital role in the ecosystem.

The sense of accomplishment and joy that flooded my heart was unparalleled. By embracing a mindset of respect, compassion, and gentleness, I liberated the spider and myself from the chains of fear that once bound me.

Since that transformative moment, every encounter with a spider reminds me of my interconnectedness with all life forms. What was once a source of terror has become an opportunity for growth and connection. From crushing them to gently setting them free with a cup to using a gentle vacuum tube found on to catch and release them unharmed,

each interaction reinforces the newfound harmony between myself and these misunderstood creatures.

My journey from fear to affectionate awareness towards spiders encapsulates the profound transformation possible when we approach life with an open heart, a gentleness of being, and a willingness to embrace the inherent beauty of all beings.

Extending that same gentleness toward myself in my dark moments, negative thoughts, or times when I feel less than or insufficient comforts me. Being gentle with myself is a soothing balm for the soul. You can do this, too. Kindness is gentle. Practice random acts of kindness this week to experience being gentle.

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue is an independent columnist for

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the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at
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APRIL / MAY Calendar of Events





Enjoy delectable soups, artisan breads and take home a handmade ceramic bowl as your souvenir. Enjoy music while you visit with community members and supporters of ECHO. Celebrity servers will reprise their role to serve you. Take home an artisan ceramic bowl.

APRIL 19-22



9-5pm Join in the festivities at the Earth Day Festival for weekend-long family-friendly celebration featuring workshops, local artisan vendors, garden demonstrations, and more to inspire and educate the community about sustainable living and gardening practices.




7th Annual Event, with 120+ yard sales and bargain hunters from throughout California. Digital map and printable list of locations will be posted on the week of the event. Printed map will be available in the April 18th issue of Atascadero News.



5 p.m.

The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the Annual Awards Dinner and Gala at Rava Wines on April 20. This event is the Chamber’s largest and most prestigious event of the year! Celebrate the accomplishments of the local business community and those who make a difference.

APRIL 20-21


With each purchase from over 80 wine, cider, and olive oil producers throughout SLO County, 10% of sales will go to Woods Humane Society. It is a win-win helping local homeless animals all the while supporting local

businesses. For a map of participating vendors and more information, go to




Celebrate Earth Day in Cambria at Greenspace Creekside Reserve! The Cambria Land Trust is hosting a familyfriendly afternoon centered on this year’s international theme, “Planet vs Plastic.” Local eco-organizations will raise awareness of Cambria’s unique ecosystems, attendees can meet a live bird of prey from Pacific Wildlife Care, and the Chinese Temple will be open for a docent-led tour. Local food from Soto’s True Earth Market, Robin’s Restaurant, and Plantae & Fungi, complemented by wine and beer, will be available for purchase. Explore the kids’ zone for fun with science and nature, or enjoy live music, storytelling, and mini-classes at the learning center.



New this year is our Paso Robles Evening Reception hosted by Studios on the Park. Enjoy an evening of soup tastings, curated wine selections, studio art and live music. Take home an artisan ceramic bowl.

APRIL 26-28


101 COLEMAN DRIVE, MORRO BAY Be enthralled by a high-flying weekend of family fun at the beloved annual event for kite flyers of all ages. For information, visit

APRIL 27-28




Immerse yourself in the vibrant display of hundreds of fresh wildflower bouquets, sponsored by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Saturday, April 27, from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., explore the diversity of the Central Coast’s flora. The flowers are labeled by both botanical and common names, highlighting rare, endangered, invasive, and poisonous species.





Go back in time at the vintage sidecar rendezvous, recycled treasures, vintage motorcycles, electric vehicles and PR comic book Expo.





Dinner and auction hosted by the Trinity Lutheran School Boosters benefiting Trinity Lutheran Schools.





Food, dinner, and entertainment to raise funds for the Paso Robles High School Athletics.




CITY OF ATASCADERO (805) 470-3490

The City of Atascadero is pleased to announce the return of the Atascadero Tamale Festival on May 4. Enjoy a variety of delicious traditional, gourmet, and sweet tamales from local restaurants, as well as restaurants from across California. The event features margaritas and other adult beverages, merchandise vendors, live music, “best” tamale, tamale eating, pet costume contests, photo opportunities, and more! This fun-filled event is free to attend and suitable for all ages. For more information, visit atascaderotamalefest. com or email





3 p.m.

Directed by Cassandra Tarantino, accompanied by Ryan Hartzell. Let them serenade you with the music they are taking to The Tuscany International Choral Festival! Tickets $20 and Italian lunch boxes available. Veterans and spouses may reserve free tickets in advance.

MAY 11



(805) 238-4103

Join us on Saturday, May 11, at City Park for the Paso Robles Olive & Lavender Festival. From 10 am to 5 pm, savor olive oil and olive tastings, explore art and crafts, and indulge in wine, beer, and spirits tastings. Admission is free for all. Visit for details.

MAY 15




The EXPO at the Expo is the Central Coast’s largest business trade show, featuring 100+ local exhibitors and drawing a crowd of 2,000 attendees annually. It’s not just about exposure; it’s a chance to network with local businesses, find essential services, and offer support. Contact Kaila at kaila@ or call (805) 786-2774 for inquiries.

MAY 12




Make Mother’s Day special at Charles Paddock Zoo from 11 am to 2 pm. Explore the zoo while savoring delicious cookies from local bakers. Cookie Adventure included with regular admission. For information, call (805) 461-5080 or visit charlespaddockzoo. org. Celebrate with family at Atascadero Charles Paddock Zoo.

MAY 24-25




Treasures to be found will include: Small kitchen appliances, Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments, Antiques, Framed Art, Power Tools, Household Items, Garden items, Small Tables, Mirrors, Jewelry, and much more.

MAY 25, 26, 27


The 68th annual Morro Bay Art in the Park showcases 125 independent artists and craft workers in a picturesque

Templeton Presbyterian Church to host 2nd Annual Community

Event promises a day filled with fun, friendly competition, and community spirit

TEMPLETON — Templeton Presbyterian Church announced the return of the 2nd Annual Templeton Community Cornhole Tournament, scheduled to take place on May 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Templeton Park. Organized by the Templeton Presbyterian Church, this event promises a day filled with fun, friendly competition, and community spirit.

The event is free for all ages and families complete with medals, hot dogs or hamburger lunches for $5, and music. Even if you don’t play cornhole, come join the fun under the shaded oaks, bring a blanket and enjoy the music, games, smiles and laughter with your friends and neighbors.

More details for the event include:

Cornhole MC running the games and awards

• Free signups are first come, first serve, until all spots are full

• Lunch Services from 1 to 4 p.m.

outdoor setting at Morro Bay Park, San Luis Obispo County. Event dates: May 25-27, 10 am-5 pm (May 27: 10 am-4 pm). Enjoy food, beverages, and creativity at

MAY 31 - JUNE 2

37TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW Immerse in Pismo Beach’s grand classic car show, “The Classic.” Hundreds of cars, live music, food, vendors, and beachfront lodging. Attracting car enthusiasts worldwide, sponsored by major companies, and supporting charities. Held in June, open to all car makes/models. Explore downtown and wineries. Unforgettable experience at


11TH ANNUAL MAC AND CHEESE FEST Date to be Determined




Enjoy live music every Friday evening from June 21 to September 6 at San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza. Concerts in the Plaza, presented by Sunset Honda and hosted by Downtown SLO, is the Central Coast’s top free concert series. Email events@DowntownSLO. com or visit for details.





The upcoming 14th Annual Atascadero Kiwanis & Mayors’ Winemaker Dinner on June 21 is dedicated to raising support for ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization). Visit atascaderokiwanis. org for more information.




Join the 27th Anniversary of Atascadero WineFest at Atascadero Lake Park from 4 pm to 8 pm. Over 100 wines from 50+ wineries, breweries, artisans, and artists by the lake. Enjoy unlimited tastings, live music, and a unique “roar-and-pour” experience with zoo animals. Proceeds support Charles Paddock Zoo. Details at

Cornhole Tournament

According to a press release from the Templeton Presbyterian Church, “Bringing our community together is our mission with this annual event.”

For more information or inquiries, please contact: Greg Honegger at or (661) 301-1995 or visit their website at

Spare Time Books celebrates one year downtown Paso Robles and reimagined shop

Owners invite public to their grand re-opening on April 13

PASO ROBLES — Owners of Spare Time Books, Carla Cary and Clio Bruns, are celebrating their one-year anniversary of ownership of the bookstore and are inviting the public to a grand re-opening party at Spare Time Books on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to showcase how they have reimagined the shop. The bookshop is located at 945 12th St. in downtown Paso Robles. “We have spent the last year transforming the space while honoring the spirit of the original bookshop,” said Cary. “Our goal is to draw the community together and ignite peoples’ love for books.”

The April 13 grand re-opening party will include free book giveaways, raffle prizes, music,

snacks, and a chance to meet local authors. Some festivities will continue into Sunday, while a ribbon-cutting with the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is planned for April 12 at 4 p.m.

The duo has opened up the shop floor space by replacing the maze-like bookshelves with built-in shelves along the walls. They have also painted the walls, duct pipes, door, and trim with attractive, cohesive colors. Throughout this process, they received overwhelming support both from the local community and online followers. As they documented their progress, Cary and Bruns found more than 170,000 people who were passionate about their renovations and supported the project through online orders and gifts. “People’s enthusiasm helped bring our vision to life and made our dream a reality,” Cary said. While the shop is known for its used books, there is also a growing selection of new books, board games, and book-related merchandise,

which the owners plan to expand in the coming year. Other forthcoming developments include guest author book signings; “paint nights”; book clubs; and “kids days” where children are invited to read aloud to the shop dogs. The shop currently designs “mystery book boxes” on request for people who want a suite of books based on their preferred genres and authors. Spare Time Books also offers customer store credit for used books brought in, and they donate extra books to local programs and charities.

“We can’t wait to cement our shop this year in the minds of the community as a place to visit and hang out,” Cary said. “We are honored to have the chance to breathe new life into this local treasure.” Originally opened in 1989 by Sharon King, Spare Time Books was purchased on April 13, 2023 by local Paso Roblans Carla Cary and Clio Bruns. The shop is open Tuesdays through • Making Communities Better Through Print.™ Thursday, April 11, 2024 • PAGE A-7 Good News • Real News • Your Hometown News
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit
Carla Cary and Clio Brun purchased Spare Time Books in April 2023 and have renovated the shop. Photo Courtesy of Spare Time Books

A-Town Dominators live up to their name, win all four of their local All-Star soccer tournaments

The girls U-10 team won 17 of their 18 games

ATASCADERO — Atascadero’s girls U-10

All-Star soccer champions, The A-Town Dominators, had a stellar season, which started in December 2023 and ended in January 2024. Even with the last tournament in February being canceled because of rain, they were still able to win first place at all four of their local tournaments, and only ended up losing one of 18 games.

“It was so fun and awesome. I wish I could play with this team forever. They are my best friends,” said player Gabriella Fazio.

Each of the four tournaments held four to five games each weekend. The Dominators played in the Local Cal South tournaments, including the Strawberry Cup in Santa Maria, the South Bay Shootout in Los Osos in December, and the Orcutt Classic in Orcutt in January. They played against All-Star teams from Templeton, Santa Maria, Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Orcutt. And on Jan. 24, they played the Adobe Cup in Nipomo against All-Star teams from Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and the Five Cities.

“I was super happy how successful the season was and how cheerful and happy everyone was winning all the tournaments,” said Dominator Priscila Montes-Arroyo.

The A-Town Dominators consisted of players Lisiana Barrios, Gabriella Fazio, Priscila Montes-Arroyo, MacKenzie Morton, Hayden Laguna, Adele Lee, Quinn Strobridge, Evelyn Sytsma, Kristina Wells, and Lydia Jensen. Their coaches were Kevin Dziuba and Jason Fazio.

“This group of girls was a special combination of amazing athletes but even better friends,” Fazio said. “This chemistry on the field is not something that is always there with a team. They each played an integral part, and they knew what that was. They never tried to outshine their teammates, always working their hardest and putting the success of the team first, which ultimately made them grow each game they played. They were all really excited each tournament to get out there with their teammates and play, and to ultimately be so successful was the cherry on top. They all were so excited to see all their hard work pay off.”

Atascadero Soccer’s All-Star teams are made up of a blend of coach recommendations from their regular season and two days of tryouts.

Then, a small committee, including the coaches, chooses players for that All-Star season, uses feedback to create the perfect All-Star team for each division.

“It was such a fun season coaching an awesome group of talented girls,” Fazio said. “They impressed me all season with their skills, determination and hard work while still making

us laugh and smile on and off the field. Watching them play their hearts out every single game made us coaches really proud. I know they have some great futures on the soccer field, and I am really excited to watch each of them continue to grow as athletes.

“When picking a team name, I laughed when Kristina [Wells] nominated the ‘Dominators.’

The team unanimously voted for it, and we said they had to live up to their name if they chose it. Well, they did.”

Congrats to the A-Town Dominators.

To find out more about Atascadero Soccer and register for the upcoming Fall 2024 season (which will open soon), go to:

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the A-Town
(From left) Lydia Jensen, Evelyn Sytsma, Lisianna Barrios, Hayden Laguna, Gabriella Fazio, Coach Jason Fazio, Kristina Wells, Quinn Strobridge, Coach Kevin Dziuba, MacKenzie Morton, Adele Lee, and Priscila Montes-Arroyo celebrate their championship at
the South Bay Shoutout. Photos provided by
Coach Kevin Dziuba, Priscila Montes-Arroyo, Coach Jason Fazio, Adele Lee, (on knee),
from left to right) Quinn Strobridge,
of the A-Town
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(From left) Evelyn Sytsma, Lisianna Barrios, Gabriella Fazio, Hayden
Kristina Wells, (laying
MacKenzie Morton,
Lydia Jensen
Dominators relish their victory at the Orcutt Classic.
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