Traffic Records Suffers Flood Damage
tioning from the response to recovery, and we’re very active with that, trying to line up assistance for our citizens,” stated Jalbert.
John Diodati also addressed the supervisors on the weather emergency SLO County is going through.By CHRISTIANNA MARKS firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH COUNTY —
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors met for a special meeting on Friday, Jan. 13.
The meeting started with District 1 Supervisor and Chairperson John Peschong giving District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson an appreciation of services as chairperson for the past year of 2022.
Scotty Jalbert, the director of emergency operations in San Luis Obispo County, gave a report on the weather and storms that took place earlier in the week. He provided information on the whole county at the time of the meeting.
“Right now, we are transi-
“Just for some statistics to share with you: Our operations center in public works has received 1,144 calls. We’ve had 60 road closures, and we’ve been able to open up 13. We still have 10 closures that have stranded residents behind them, and we’re prioritizing the fixes on those,” stated Diodati.
He also stated that they were clearing bridges and culverts, and they also mobilized four engineering teams for bridge inspections.
The supervisors thanked both Jalbert and Diodati for their work and their department’s work during the storms.
There was no public comment on the consent agenda.
District 5 and Vice Chairperson Debbie Arnold pulled resolution 9 out of the consent agenda to congratulate theBy CHRISTIANNA MARKS email@example.com
ATASCADERO — The local community came together during the storm on Monday, Jan. 9, due to flooding on Traffic Way. What started out as a typical stormy day, where many shop owners stayed home,
turned into something else entirely when the businesses on the 5000 block of Traffic Way were notified of possible flooding.
Specs by Kyla owner Kyla Skinner alerted the business owners on her block that the back parking lot was flooding and the water was flush with their doors via a group Instagram message.
“It never even occurred to me that anything could be
wrong, although it [the rain] was coming down pretty good,” stated Traffic Records owner Manuel Barba.
Barba said that he ran down to his record shop to check on the possible flooding and was completely unprepared for what he found. He assumed he was stopping by to assess the potential for flooding.
“I figured I might have to move a couple of things. I figured there’d be water at
the back door,” Barba added.
“I came into my store, which was entirely flooded from the front door to the back door.
It was two to three inches [of water]. It was pretty incredible, actually. I’ve never really seen anything like it. It was kind of and still feels very surreal.”
Traffic Records was not the only business to sustain heavy flooding. The business’ neighbors — Design de Cuisine 805,By CAMILLE DEVAUL firstname.lastname@example.org
PASO ROBLES — A week since his disappearance following a car accident, search efforts continue to find missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan with the Sheriff’s Dive and Search personnel along with California Highway Patrol air operations.
Doan went missing on Monday, Jan. 9, after being swept away by floodwaters near San Miguel. It was reported by Cal Fire that on Monday morning, the area the car he inhabited was trying to cross was impacted by a downed tree. A neighbor tried to help rescue those inside, and while Kyle’s mother was pulled to safety, he was unable to be rescued.
Close to 100 community members came to the San Miguel Community Park on Thursday, Jan. 12, to hold a
prayer vigil for Doan.
“We’re having a night of prayer because our hearts are broken,” said Pastor Mike Duran, who helped host the vigil.
Prayers were held in Spanish and English and were followed by songs led by a community member playing the guitar. The Doan family was in attendance and thanked the community
for their support.
Kyle’s mother Lindsy Doan addressed the community, “We are so thankful for all of you guys.”
“I don’t wish this on anybody. It’s hard, but we thank everyone who came out and said nice things,” said Brian Doan, Kyle’s father.
Kyle attended Lillian Larsen Elementary School in San
Miguel. His father cried as he told the crowd Kyle loved it there and played in the very same park on numerous occasions.
“We just want him back in some way,” said Brian.
Volunteers continue to search the San Marcos Creek and Salinas River.
Pastor Duran asked the
into the Equality Mural Project’s Relationship withBy CHRISTIANNA MARKS email@example.com
ATASCADERO — As the Equality Mural Project (EMP) continues to put up murals all over downtown Atascadero, we’re taking a look at the relationship between the artistic nonprofit and the SLO County Arts Council.
The SLO County Arts
Council has supported the EMP since its newest reiteration, which started in early 2020 as their fiscal sponsor, as well as putting together and sponsoring events dedicated to the project.
“As a sponsor, we accept tax-deductible donations on behalf of a sponsored project. We also ensure donations and grant funding are applied towards the outlined purposes, along with anyThe Wall that Heals will be appearing at Madonna Meadows from Thursday, March 16, thru Sunday, March 19
fri jan 27-30
WORLD SURF LEAGUE CONTEST PISMO BEACH
Men and Women’s professional surfing contest where young California athletes are able to compete at the most important and recognizable events in their sport without having to leave the state or travel great distances. This includes the ability to earn valuable WSL Qualifying Series points, compete against international athletes, and gain valuable competition experience.
fri jan 27
AN EVENING OF HISTORY AND WINE
PASO ROBLES HISTORY MUSEUM
This member-only exclusive event is something you won’t want to miss. You’ll also get an early preview of an upcoming exhibit they are hosting in partnership with the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County, “The Italians Changed the Landscape of San Luis Obispo County and Wine History — 1900 To The Present.”
fri feb 3
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE (AGES 12 AND UNDER)
PAVILION ON THE LAKE, ATASCADERO 6:30-9:30PM
Bring your special girl to the Father-Daughter Dance at the Pavilion on the Lake for a
semi-formal evening of music, dancing, refreshments, & more!
A professional photographer will be on-site with affordable picture packages.
fri feb 3-
LUMBERJACKS IN LOVE
THE GREAT AMERICAN MELODRAMA, OCEANO 7-9:30PM
912 at Haywire Minnesota, 200 miles from the nearest woman.
Lumberjacks Slim, Muskrat, Dirty Bob, Moonlight and The Kid live their bachelor life. However, when Slim accidentally orders himself a mail-order bride named Rose, their simple shanty lives are turned upside down. This hilarious musical comedy is paired with “A Culinary Cabaret” for our famous Vaudeville Revue.
fri feb 3-4
FATHER DAUGHTER BALL FUNDRAISER
Life Community Church, Paso Robles 6:30-8:30PM
Presented by Main Street Dance: $60/ couple, $15/ additional daughter. Semiformal, appetizers, sweets & daughter gift included.
sat feb 4
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE (AGES 12 AND OVER)
PAVILION ON THE LAKE, ATASCADERO 7-10PM
Bring your special girl to the
sat feb 11
PASO ROBLES CHAMBER GALA RAVA WINES 5:30-10PM Welcome the 2023 Board of Directors and thank the 2022 outgoing Board members. They will also honor the Roblan of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Beautification Award recipient,
‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll!’: California Mid-State Fair Announces 2023 Theme
and Business of the Year, as they share the Chamber’s accomplishments from 2022 and look forward to the year ahead.
sun feb 19
VALENTINE MOVIE NIGHT
PARK CINEMAS MOVIE THEATER, PASO ROBLES 7-9PM
Enjoy a classic movie on the
big screen in Downtown Paso Robles. Movie to be announced soon. Tickets are only $12 and include popcorn and a soda. For more information, call the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office at (805) 238-4103.
thu feb 23-26
SLO CAL OPEN MORRO ROCK, MORRO BAY ALL DAY Join us February 23 - 26th, 2023 for the World Surf League Men’s and Women’s event at The Rock in Morro Bay. For more info or to sign up worldsurfleague.com.
thu feb 23-26
BLENDFEST ON THE COAST VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Experience a taste of Paso Robles Wine Country on the beautiful California coast. Paso Robles BlendFest will take place February 23 – 26 in San Simeon and Cambria with a selection of exciting events. Paso Robles’ winemakers love to blend wine, mixing varieties to craft something unique and delicious. BlendFest celebrates rule-breaking, traditional, and unconventional wine blends all weekend. Visit pasowine.com for more information.
PASO ROBLES — The California Mid-State Fair has chosen a new theme for 2023, featuring the tagline
“Shake, Rattle & Roll!” The annual theme will be featured throughout the 2023 California Mid-State Fair, appearing in exhibits, demonstrations, printed materials, billboards, as well as being used on the fair’s website.
California Mid-State Fair CEO Colleen Bojorquez said, “We are so excited to incorporate the glitz and glamor
of vintage Las Vegas into the 2023 Fair. We can’t wait to host the 77th annual Fair ... full of games, rides, concerts, animals, and food.”
The 2023 California Mid-State Fair takes place in Paso Robles and runs July 19 through 30. Visit the website MidStateFair.com and stay connected on social media for more.
2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year Announced
PASO ROBLES — On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Paso Robles wine community will come together to recognize one of its own who has exemplified the spirit of Paso Robles Wine Country with outstanding leadership and vision. Eric Jensen, farmer-winemaker at Booker Vineyard, will receive the 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year award at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s Annual Gala.
Eric Jensen has been a champion for the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA), its wines, people, and community since 2001 when he first planted his vineyard. In 2005, Jensen, and his wife Lisa, launched Booker Vineyard’s first vintage. Jensen began making wine with the help of
his mentors, Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure and Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, both past Industry Person of the Year awardees. Eric’s wines have since been recognized with the highest of accolades from all publications and industry notables.
“What an unbelievable honor to even be nominated for an award that is selected by industry friends whom I’ve respected and worked alongside for more than two decades,” Jensen said. “Lisa and I chose to get married here in 1997 and to move to Paso Robles permanently in 2001. It’s where our hearts were. We wanted to keep the name Booker and with that the responsibility of putting our neighbors and community first. Watching Paso Robles continue to grow and reach new heights has been the greatest journey of our lives. I’m grateful and humbled that we can play even a small part in that. Thanks to my wonderful friends and the
entire wine industry.”
Eric is one of the founding supporters of Must! Charities, and the originator-host of the organization’s annual PURPOSE auction event, which raised $2.5 million in its second year this past summer. He is also a founding supporter of the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides academic opportunities to children of vineyard and winery workers.
“We built our business in Paso Robles, our kids grew up
here,” Eric says. “We want to help make sure that we have a community that serves everyone and leaves no one behind.”
“Eric Jensen’s commitment to the region is special,” said Joel Peterson, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “His tireless promotion professionally and his personal support for the community is steadfast, which makes him more than deserving of this award.”
Jensen was nominated and named the 2022 Paso Robles
Wine Industry Person by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance membership, which represents 450-plus companies, including wineries, vineyards, and associated businesses. Industry colleagues will recognize Jensen at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s Annual Gala on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at Rava Wines. Elected officials and representatives from national, state, and local offices are also on hand to commemorate the honor.
The evening will also feature the installation of the Alliance’s 2023 Board of Directors and will recognize the departing board members. The 2023 Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors (in alphabetic order) are as follows:
• Chloe Asseo — L’Aventure
Josh Beckett — Peachy
• Cris Cherry — MAHA
Estate / Villa Creek
• Randy Heinzen — Coakley
Vineyard / VPS
Carole MacDonal — Il Cortile Ristorante / La Cosecha
• Noreen Martin — Martin Resorts
• Molly Scott — JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
• Jeff Strekas — ONX Winery
Maggie Tillman — Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery
Austin Hope, Hope Family Wines, departs the board with Tillman set to replace his seat. Hope has served on the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors since 2008.
About Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is the official trade organization that represents wineries, growers, and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third-largest wine region, and encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 250 wineries. For more information, visit PasoWine.com.
Atascadero Kiwanis Club Donates Time to Community
donations. This is normally the first run of the new year. About 25 local Kiwanians showed up at the lake at 7 a.m.
Atascadero Kiwanis Club has been busy contributing to the community. They recently participated in the Running Chicken 10K and 5K fundraiser for Run 4 Bitti & Brynn
The Kiwanis Club made a pancake breakfast for all the racers and walkers once they crossed the finish line. The Kiwanis said they made more pancakes this year than ever before. With 430 walkers and runners registered for the race celebrating the lives of local sisters and runners Brittni and Brynn Frace.
For the past year, Atascadero
Family Owned & Operated Since 1957
County Estimates $46 Million in Damages from Recent Storms
to Nacimiento Lake Drive
South El Pomar: Homestead Road to Rancho RoadBy CAMILLE DeVAUL
SAN LUIS OBISPO
— Now we are on the other side of a two-week winter storm that flipped San Luis Obispo County upside down, and steps are being taken to begin the recovery process.
The winter storms first came through on Monday, Jan. 9 and 10, and then picked up again that weekend after a short break on Friday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 16. The rain have some areas in the county four to five more inches of rain than what is usually expected this time of year.
Rain accumulation for the season (calculated since July 1, 2022) in inches:
• Paso Robles: 18.25
Santa Margarita: 28.48
The additional rain has had a positive impact on the reservoir levels. Lake San Antonio has reached 33 percent capacity compared to an impressive
89 percent capacity for Lake Nacimiento.
Emergency personnel were kept busy throughout the storms, making at least one emergency rescue of a man from the Salinas River.
On Friday, Jan. 13, the Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Department received a call for a person trapped in the riverbed near the 13th Street Bridge. The first arriving units found a male standing on an island in the middle of the river.
In a press release, the Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Department said the man was unable to move from his location without entering the water. He told rescuers that he was exhausted and needed help. Paso Robles firefighters
evaluated their options and using an aerial ladder performed a high-angle rope rescue to secure the patient and bring him to safety.
Three fire engines, a battalion chief, a deputy chief, a heavy rescue, and an aerial ladder responded from Paso Robles. San Luis Ambulance and Paso Robles Police Department also assisted.
San Luis Obispo County Public Works have been working to fix county roads that have seen severe damage and closure between the two storms.
An early estimate calculated by the county shows the estimated losses and response costs stand at $46 million. However, the county stated it would be awhile until they have a real
sense of the cost of the storms as the public continues to report damages.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Monday in response to winter storms that impacted California. He originally proclaimed the State of Emergency on Jan. 4, and on Jan. 8, he requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration, which was granted.
The order signed on Monday includes “provisions to help with staffing for the emergency response by waiving work hour limitations for retired annuitants; support impacted residents by waiving fees to replace records such as marriage and birth certificates; and provide flexibility to help healthcare facilities in impacted
areas remain open and support schools in Merced County impacted by flooding” as stated in the document.
See the list of closed North County roads (updated Jan. 17):
Paso Robles Area
Adelaida Road: Vineyard Drive to Nacimiento Lake Drive
• Airport Road: At crossing
• Chimney Rock Road: Angus Ranch Way to Running Deer Road
North River Road: Estrella Road to Wellsona Road
Orcutt Road: Biddle Ranch Road to city limit
• Peachy Cyn Road: 2.5 miles from Paso Robles city limits
• Penman Springs Road: At crossing San Marcos: Wellsona Road
Salinas Avenue: Eddy Street to Hawley
• Santa Rita Road: Beginning of dirt portion to 9308 Santa Rita Road
• South El Pomar: Homestead Road to Rancho Road
Vaquero Road: El Pomar to 500 feet north of El Pomar
• Cholame Valley Road: Highway 46, McMillan Canyon Road
• Creston Road: Neal Spring Road to Cripple Creek Road
Cripple Creek Road: El Pomar to SR 41
O’Donovan Road: 7261 O’Donovan
• Toro Creek Road: east leg off of Highway 41 in Atas Bridge #1 to end of road
The county reminds the public not to travel past roadclosed signs and to be aware of potholes and other damages to roads that can present driving hazards.
Keep up to date on road closures and emergency information for San Luis Obispo County here readyslo.org.
Paso Robles City Disaster Council Ratifies Emergency ProclamationBy CAMILLE DeVAUL
PASO ROBLES — After the Paso Robles City Disaster Council meeting, it was decided the Local Emergency Proclamation would remain in effect.
The disaster council met Thursday night, Jan. 12, for an update on damages and the city’s response to the winter storm that impacted the area heavily on Monday, Jan. 9. The original emergency proclamation was activated on Monday to last through 4 p.m. Tuesday.
City staff and law enforcement began steps to prepare for the incoming storm on Dec. 29, 2022, by notifying the homeless population who live in the Salinas Riverbed. Fire Chief Jonathan Stornetta told the council that notifications
were placed throughout the riverbed and at entry points into various encampments. Emergency personnel also went to the El Camino Homeless Organization’s shelter in Paso Robles to notify them of the incoming weather and possible flooding.
On Jan. 4, additional evacuation warnings were issued by helicopter, and flyers were posted.
Stornetta stated the city kept in touch with the National Weather Service, which predicted the city would experience severe flooding. The service was able to confirm the Salinas River hit a record 32.3 feet.
During the storm on Monday and Tuesday, the dispatch center received 128 calls within a 36-hour period and 804 service calls. Stornetta praised the dispatch center for their dedication and work during the disastrous two days.
To accommodate the various evacuation orders placed along the Salinas River on Monday, the
American Red Cross opened and staffed an emergency shelter in the Paso Robles Event Center. It received 12 overnight guests and 24 daytime evacuees.
The initial assessment of damages in the city includes:
• Ronconi Wellfield
• Lower City Water Yard
• Main West Tank Nacimiento SWTP WWTP
17 Structures Flood Damage
• 4 Structures Tree Damage
• 13 City-Owned Trees
Damaged City Facilities
• Public Safety Center
• Senior Center
• Fire Station 2 City Library Centennial Park Larry Moore Park
The city encourages the community to report damages to private property caused by the storm to the county’s damage website here (forms. recoverslo.org/Private-Property-Damage-Reports). The damage assessment information will determine if funding assistance will be made available to homeowners within the region.
The city praised staff and emergency responders for their work in responding to the storm damage and they look forward to receiving emergency funds from FEMA to assist in repairs.
The emergency proclamation will remain in effect until further notice.
Two Housing Developments Approved for Funding in Paso
PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Housing Authority (PRHA) and Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) have announced the development of two new affordable housing projects located in Paso Robles. Both developments have been allocated Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding, enabling them to begin construction this summer.
River Walk Terrace , a senior (ages 55 and up) development, will provide a total of 79 units consisting of 70 one-bedroom units with nine two-bedroom units ranging in square footage from approximately 626 to 885 square feet. One hundred percent of the units will be rent-restricted to residents with incomes ranging from 30 to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The development will be a single garden-style building, ranging from one to three stories with an interior courtyard, and will include two elevators, residents’ center, fully furnished community room, a kitchen, laundry room, computer room, manager office
spaces, BBQs, and community garden including open space on approximately 4.21 acres at the southwestern corner of the large commercial shopping center known as Woodland Plaza II in Paso Robles.
River Walk Terrace will feature a solar photovoltaic system including
carports and roof-mounted structures and will be built to Build It Green® standards and exceed Title 24 requirements. The development is being made possible by the following financial partners: the City of Paso Robles, the County of San Luis Obispo (HOME), San Luis Obispo
County Local Housing Trust Fund, Paso Robles Housing Authority, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.
Sunrise Villas , a family development, will provide a total of 69 affordable multi-family housing units consisting of 16 one-bedroom
units, 30 two-bedroom units, and 23 three- bedroom units ranging in square footage from approximately 744-869 for one-bedroom units, 1,033-1,081 for two-bedroom units, and 1,197-1,369 for three-bedroom units. The project will include a residents’ center with a fully furnished community room, a kitchen, laundry room, computer room, and office spaces. The project will also have an open-air sports court, play areas, playground equipment, BBQs, and community open space.
One hundred percent of the units will be rent-restricted to residents with incomes ranging from 30 to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The proposed development is within the new Vinedo Specific Plan located on an approximately 3.01-acre vacant parcel at the northeast of Fontana Road and Linne Road. Sunrise Villas will feature a solar photovoltaic system including carports and roof mounted structures and will exceed Title 24 requirements.
The development is being made possible by the following financial partners the City of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County Local Housing Trust Fund, and Paso Robles Housing Authority.
The developments are expected to break ground in June 2023 and be completed by the end of 2024.
The funding was necessary to begin construction this summer
Governor signs executive order to bring financial aid to communities impacted by stormsSalinas River hit a record 32.3 feet during the Monday storm Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Department personnel descend to the riverbed below the 13th Street Bridge to make a rescue. Contributed Photos An aerial ladder truck from the Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Department was used to rescue a man who was trapped on a flooded riverbed. STAFF REPORT
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Must! Charities Kicks Off $100K Out of the Box Investment
P.O. Box 3120, Atascadero, CA 93423 (805)712-6356 atascaderogreyhound foundation.org
About: The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation has been serving the Atascadero community for more than 20 years, gradually adding more events that serve its mission. We have grown, and continue to give because of the generous donors, sponsors and participants of our events. Our events are a benefit to the community in healthy activity — either athletically, musically, educationally, or in the fight against addiction.
Donations: Our support comes from generous donors and sponsors. To make a difference, visit: atascaderogreyhoundfoundation.org/donate.html
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. upport 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.
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Charities’ $100K Out of the Box Investment will invest a total of $100,000 into organizations in SLO County, serving what it calls the community’s greatest resource: people.
“No ask too small, no ask too simple, and no ask overlooked,” the nonprofit states.
Since its inception, Must! Charities has invested over $5M into the community.
“And while we are grateful to have made the impacts we have, we feel it is not enough,” the nonprofit said in a press release. “We need to know even more about the needs of organizations that serve on the front lines, with boots on the ground.”
“The organizations and foundations in our region have an abundance of expertise and know-how to best serve,” says Randy Gray, community projects manager at Must! Charities. “What we bring is resources to strategically invest in partnerships with them, together building a stronger community and increasing the impacts to our most precious resource: people.
For organizations who want to get “out of the box” with
Must! Charities, they can: ONE: Answer yes to: Are you a 501(c)3? Do you have a need that will create positive, measurable change for your organization and the people you serve?
TWO: Determine what project ($500-$10K) will create a positive change in your organization and our community.
THREE: Apply online (spoiler alert: it is fast and easy) at mustcharities.org/what-wedo/100k
About Must! Charities Must! Charities identifies the most critical needs in the community, vets organizations that are serving those needs, then invests in the organization’s infrastructure so they are well-positioned to create positive, measurable change for years to come. Must! Charities an intrinsic desire to build a stronger community through an investment-minded approach. It consists of small business owners, stay-at-home parents, middle managers, college students, and CEOs of major firms who together harness the community’s collective giving potential.
To learn more or become a partner, please visit mustcharities. org or call (805) 226-5788.
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Cash donations always welcome!
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All of our direct services are provided free of charge. Your donations make this possible. You can trust that you are making a difference for local families. We know you have many options when it comes to putting your charitable gifts to work! Our funds go towards the invaluable programs and services that help so many in our community facing cancer. Our online donations are processed securely through authorize.net. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible.
For more information or to discover how you can help, visit cscslo.org/DonationOptions
6875 Union Road Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-3751 redwingshorse sanctuary.org
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
For information about making donations, adoptions, etc, visit redwingshorsesanctuary.com. For upcoming events, visit facebook.com/pg/redwingshorses/events
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: email@example.com or (805) 237-3751.
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David Carroll Kaiser, 85, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2022, in Roseburg, Oregon. He was born on October 11, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Leona Kaiser and was raised in the borough of Avalon. In his teens, he discovered a love and aptitude for fixing cars;
the rest is history. Dave was an auto mechanic for his entire adult life.
He married Therese Orr on December 28, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church in Covina, CA. Dave served 2 yrs in the army stationed at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, California. He and Therese moved to Paso Robles and joined St. Rose of Lima Church.
Dave opened his business, Kaiser’s Automotive, in Paso Robles after the army, eventually moving the business and family to Templeton, California. Their children, Carol, Jim, and Becki, were born in the 1960s. Dave was a volunteer firefighter in Templeton and served as
On December 14, 2022, Lura Elaine Muckey, surrounded by angels, passed away at the age of 29. She was born May 21, 1993 in San Luis Obispo. Lura was raised in Atascadero, California. She graduated from Atascadero High School, where she was a
Fire Chief from 1976-79. He was also a member of the Templeton Lions Club for 25 yrs.
In 1994, Dave and Therese moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where they became members of St. Joseph Parish, and Dave became active in the local Knights of Columbus, rising to the highest rank of 4th degree.
Throughout his life, Dave practiced his faith outwardly through service. As his friend, Mike DeStefano, expressed after his passing, “[Dave’s] authentic way of being has touched a number of other souls in friendship and his devotion to community service.” Dave talked about looking forward to
cheerleader. She loved spending time with her family and friends and helping the less fortunate. She touched many lives and brought smiles to many. No matter where she went, she was the life of the party. She will be missed by her mother Mary Jaramillo, her
the beautiful, fully equipped shop that God had waiting for him in Heaven, where he is now God’s “Top Wrench”. Dave is reunited in Heaven with his parents, Charles and Leona (Scrivens) Kaiser; sister, Brenda (Kaiser) Boggs; grandson, Joey Kaiser; and several brothersand sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife, Therese (Orr) Kaiser, of Roseburg; daughter Carol (Bob) Whaley and their children, Bobby, Tess, and Chris, of San Diego; son, Jim Kaiser, of Templeton, and his stepdaughters, Devon and Tyler Lima, of California; daughter, Becki (John) VanderKarr, of Roseburg, and their son, Jacob, of
father Carl Muckey, her sister Alyssa Muckey, brother Joshua Muckey, grandfather Robert Mackey, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
There will be a 12 pm Mass at St. William’s Catholic Church in Atascadero, California, followed by a reception in the Parish hall.
Eugene; sister, Sherry Kaiser, of Pittsburgh; goddaughter Tricia (Orr) Ambroz, of Minnesota; several brothersand sisters-in-law and their children; and many friends from Pittsburgh, Templeton, Paso Robles, and Roseburg.
A Rosary will be said on Friday, January 20, at 11:30 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 12:10 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roseburg. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery immediately following Mass. A reception will be held in the church community room at the parish center on W. Stanton St, Roseburg, at 2 pm. A Legacy.com page will be available soon.
RAYMUNDO “BABY RAY” DE LA GARZA, JR., 58, of Nipomo, passed away Jan. 5, 2023.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
LEO “LEE” SMITH, 87, of Nipomo, passed away Jan. 9, 2023.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
JAMES CREEKMORE, 74, of Grover Beach, passed away Jan. 3, 2023.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
CAROL ZEE, 71, of Arroyo Grande, passed away Jan. 4, 2023. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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JANUARY 03, 2023
Beach was arrested on the corner of Santa Barbara Rd. and 101 South on Ramp and booked for DUI ALCOHOL [23152(A)], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)]; Case no. 230017
22:43— Paul Stephen Manahan, 32, of Atascadero was arrested on the 900 block Patria Cr. and cited for FAILURE TO APPEAR AFTER PTA AND NOT POSTING BAIL [853.8]; Case no. 230020
JANUARY 04, 2023
09:10— Justin Wayne Knoedler, 32, of Atascadero was booked for PROB VIOL:REARREST/REVOKE [1203.2]; Case no. 230021
09:10— Justin Wayne Knoedler, 32, of Atascadero was booked for PROB VIOL:REARREST/REVOKE [1203.02], DRIV:SUSP/ ETC LIC:DUI:VIO [14601.2(A)], EVADE PEACE
OFFICER WITH WANTON DISREGARD FOR SAFETY [2800.2(A)], DISPLAY ON VEHICLE/ PRESENT TO OFFICER UNLAWFUL REGISTRATION [4462.5]; Case no. 230022
19:45— Rochelle Diane Conrow, 38, of Atascadero was arrested on the 7500 block of Sombrilla Ave. and booked for INFLICT CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT/DATNG RELATNSHP [273.5(A)]; Case no. 230027
JANUARY 05, 2023
14:50— Travis Dee Reeder, 28, transient, was cited for SHOPLIFTING [459.5]; Case no. 230030
JANUARY 07, 2023
01:19— Leslie Servinromero, 27, transient, was arrested on the 9400 block of El Camino Real and cited for FAILURE TO APPEAR
AFTER PTA AND NOT POSTING BAIL [853.8]; Case no. 230040
09:27— Nahumjunior Hernandez Santamaria, 20, of Morro Bay was arrested on the 8100 block of Amapoa Ave. and cited for
DRIV:SUSP/ETC LIC:DUI:VIO [14601.2(A)]; Case no. 230041
JANUARY 08, 2023
09:13— Stephanie Lynn Bateman, 46, transient, was arrested on the corner of Las Lomas Ave. and Principal Ave. and cited for POSSESS UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)]; Case no. 230047
09:13— Austin Lyle Cook, 28, of Atascadero was arrested on the corner of Las Lomas Ave. and Principal Ave. and cited for POSSESS UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)]; Case no. 230047
JANUARY 10, 2023
05:09— Connor James Guy, 18, of Pacific Palisades, CA, was booked for DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)], EVADING PEACE OFFICER [2800.1(A)], OBSTRUCT/ RESIST/ETC PUBLIC/PEACE OFFICER/ EMERGENCY MED TECH [148(A)(1)], DUI ALCOHOL [23152(A)]; Case no. 230061
22:41— James Gordon Korski, 27, transient, was arrested on the 9500 block of El Camino Real and cited for FAILURE TO APPEAR AFTER PTA AND NOT POSTING BAIL [853.8]; Case no. 230067
JANUARY 11, 2023
02:04— Edwin Nayib Villa, 27, of Atascadero was arrested on the 10700 block of El Camino Real and booked for BATTERY:SPOUSE/EX SPOUSE/DATE/ETC [243(E)(1)]; Case no. 230068
JANUARY 12, 2023
12:52— Michael David Huhtala, 35, of Templeton was arrested on the 8100 block of El Camino Real and cited for FAILURE TO APPEAR AFTER PTA AND NOT POSTING BAIL [853.8]; Case no. 230074
JANUARY 13, 2023
17:04— Travis Matthew Snider, of Atascadero was arrested on the 9500 block of El Bordo Ave. and cited for POSSESS UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)]; Case no. 230084
JANUARY 15, 2023
17:30— Dawnice Dotson, 37, of Atascadero was arrested on the 7600 block of Del Rio Rd. and booked for INFLICT CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT/DATNG RELATNSHP [273.5(A)]; Case no. 230085
22:48— Gilberto Hernandezvazquez, 45, was arrested on the corner of SB Highway 101 and Del Rio Rd. and cited for DUI ALCOHOL [23152(A)], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)]; Case no. 230096
PASO ROBLES POLICE DEPARTMENT
JANUARY 09, 2023
00:52— Javier Ramosgarcia, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 830 block of 34th St. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230077
00:52— Fernando Santos, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 800 block of 34th St. for Bench Warrant [978.5PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT- MISDEMEANOR [O/WM]; Case no. 230077
22:02— Eduardo Olascoagadiaz, of San Luis Obispo was taken into custody on the 1300 block of 24th St. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230082
JANUARY 10, 2023
14:40— Ryan Paul Allen Debruler, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 2700 block of Riverside Ave. for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], DESTROYING OR CONCEALING EVIDENCE [135 PC]; Case no. 230087
17:23— Oscar Flores, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 500 block of Ferro Ln. for Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230092
19:18— Neville Scott Cairney, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the corner of 34th St. and Oak St. for FOURTH-TIME DUI [23550(A)VC], DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230093
JANUARY 11, 2023
00:25— Ryan David McDonald, of Bakersfield, CA, was on-view arrested on the corner of 17th St. and Vine St. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC];
Case no. 230096
22:16— Michael Lee Gandola, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 750 block of Oxen St. for FALSE IMPRISONMENT [236 PC]; Case no. 230108
14:38— Tyler Dwayne McKinney, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 2200 block of Broad St. for Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230103
JANUARY 12, 2023
09:16— Tanner Gage Patrick Harris, of Paso Robles was arrested for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S]; Case no. 230111
17:04— Mark Anthony Jr Grady, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 1300 block of 24th St. for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230124
15:15— Glenn Kinford, of Paso Robles was taken into custody at the Paso Robles
Police Dept. for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC]; Case no. 230118
15:15— Andrew Perry Embry, of Paso Robles was taken into custody at the Paso Robles
Police Dept. for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC]; Case no. 230118
20:29— Angel Garcia, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 100 block of Niblick Rd. for Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230125
22:28— Aaron Raymond Moore, transient, was on-view arrested on the 180 block of Niblick Rd. for DRIVING OR TAKING A VEHICLE WITHOUT A PERSON’S PERMISSION [10851(A)VC], Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230127
16:46— Monique Renee Hambey, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of 13th St. and Paso Robles St. for FALSE
VEHICLE REGISTRATION [4462.5 VC], NO PROOF OF INSURANCE [16028(A)VC]; Case no. 230123
22:28— Julie Paz, was taken into custody in Paso Robles for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230127
JANUARY 13, 2023
01:43— Andrea Michelle Kern, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 1100 block of Black Oak Dr. for TRESPASS [602PC]; Case no. 230128
13:36— Nathaniel Burrage Singleton, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the corner of 13th St. and River Rd. for POSSESSION OF BRASS KNUCKLES [21810 PC], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S]; Case no. 230133
JANUARY 14, 2023
01:14— Daniel Torrescastillo, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the corner of Spring St. and 26th St. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230138
02:06— Ramsey Harbi Shadfan, of Paso Robles was arrested for Bench Warrant [978.5PC]; Case no. 230139
14:52— Daniel Silguero, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 1000 block of Turtle Creek for Vandalism [594(A)(1)PC]; Case no. 230142
16:16— Alex Alejandro Lopez, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 900 block of Park St. for being UNDER INFLUENCE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11550(A)H&S]; Case no. 230143
20:09— Zonia Maroquien, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 3400 block of Buena Vista Dr. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC]; Case no. 230147
21:40— Luciano Rosalesdelossantos, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the corner of Patricia Ln. and Melody Dr. for MISDEMEANOR HIT AND RUN [20002 VC], DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230149
JANUARY 15, 2023
01:33— Aracely Zambranomagana, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 900 block of Creston Rd. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)
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VC], WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC]; Case no. 230150
03:41— Leandro Nevarez, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 190 block of Niblick Rd. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE [12500(A) VC]; Case no. 230151
08:02— Apolinar Yanez, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 1200 block of 24th St. for being UNDER INFLUENCE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11550(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], TRESPASS [602PC]; Case no. 230153
13:45— Darius Smiley, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the 900 block of Park St. for TRESPASS [602PC]; Case no. 230155
21:56— Manuel Gonzalezibbara, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of Santa Ysabel Ave. and San Caros Dr. for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC]; Case no. 230159
23:14— Richard Anthony Garay, of Paso Robles was on-view arrested on the corner of S River Rd. and Charolais Rd. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC]; Case no. 230161ATASCADERO POLICE DEPARTMENT Tracy Lynn Clark, 59, of Grover
News Briefs: North San Luis Obispo County
Chimney Rock Road — Collapsed and Rebuilt by Weekend
By Saturday, it is expected that stranded residents will have a safe road to travel from their homes on Chimney Rock, where they have been stranded since Monday’s storm.
With no alternate road for the lakeside communities including Running Deer Ranch, CAL-Shasta and Tri-Counties neighborhoods, residents have sat in isolation— many without electricity, and propane running out for others.
Chimney Rock, a segment in the 1,349 miles of road maintained by County of San Luis Obispo Public Works, was one of more than a thousand calls Public Works received in the four days following the storm. Damage across the county is being inspected and prioritized based on impact to public safety.
Engineers and other experts were immediately dispatched to Chimney Rock to assess the situation. From above, the road looked safe, and even the culverts below ground were intact, but standing on the asphalt, the sound of falling earth could be heard. Storm water had washed away soil between the road and the culverts underneath, creating a large void under the road.
To repair the road as it stood would have taken up to a month, which wasn’t an acceptable timeframe, so alternative plans were considered. In the end, to save time on repairs without compromising safety, the decision was made to collapse the road and implement a temporary repair.
Public Works and the local contractor, Souza Construction, are working 24/7 to get the job done quickly.
“That decision to collapse the road meant we were going from what would have possibly been a month-long repair to one that will be potentially completed by the weekend,” said Public Works Director John Diodati. “There was a sense of urgency to provide access to these residents by getting this temporary repair finished before the next storm hit.”
The effort to serve these residents was a Countywide partnership. While Public Works addressed the road, the County of San Luis Obispo Emergency Operations Center made plans to assist the residents themselves. CAL FIRE investigated numerous alternative exit routes, but all had been compromised by the storm. Military-style temporary bridges were also considered, but the installation time and length needed to span the damaged area were limiting factors. A boat rescue was offered but ultimately not utilized as residents didn’t want to abandon their homes.
Atascadero to Hold Open House Workshop for General Plan Update
The City of Atascadero will be hosting an Open House Workshop to hear ideas from the community to guide the next 20-plus years. Those ideas will be reflected in city’s General Plan, a comprehensive planning document last updated in 2000. This Open House provides the opportunity for all community members to discuss and confirm the long-term vision for Atascadero and to discuss community assets, oppor -
tunities, and challenges.
The Open House Workshop will be Wednesday, Jan. 25, at City Hall Lobby, 6500 Palma Avenue
The General Plan update for 2045 will lay the foundation for how infrastructure and community amenities can evolve to address housing, transportation, jobs and the economy, and sustainability. This workshop offers residents and business owners a unique opportunity to join the conversation and share their thoughts about how Atascadero can respond to community needs and aspirations in the next 20 to 25 years.
This interactive event will let participants: Learn about the City of Atascadero General Plan update process and its importance for the city’s future
• Review the existing context and key considerations developed from initial research and analysis Share their vision for Atascadero
Discuss Atascadero’s assets and challenges, together with ideas for change
• Identify ways to stay involved in the project
The Open House Workshop will be a casual, drop-in event. Participants can stop by any time between 3 and 7 p.m. and no registration is required.
Join the city and help us plan our future together.
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Evacuation Warning Lifted for Residents in Los Osos
San Luis Obispo County has lifted the Evacuation Warning for residents in Los Osos.
Residents in the Montana Way neighborhoods, El Dorado Street, and Marianela Lane in Los Osos were issued an Evacuation Warning on Saturday, Jan. 14, due to flooding. Because the threat of heavy rain has passed, the Evacuation Warning has been lifted.
For more storm preparation information and locations to obtain sand and sandbags, visit ReadySLO.org.
Evacuation Order and Evacuation Warning Lifted for Residents in Oceano
As of Jan. 17, the County of San Luis Obispo has lifted the Evacuation Order and Evacuation Warning for Oceano residents near the Arroyo Grande Creek Levee and Oceano Lagoon. Residents previously directed to leave may return to their homes.
The County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services has posted recovery information for the public on RecoverSLO.org for those in need of assistance following the recent storm. This includes how to re-enter your home if you experienced damage, cleanup and recovery resources, and information regarding financial assistance.
There is also a location on RecoverSLO.org for the public to report any damages sustained to homes or property, which will be used to pursue recovery funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) known as Individual Assistance.
Residents with questions can call the County Office of Emergency Services at (805) 781-5678.
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Services Center
In response to this week’s storms, the 40 Prado Homeless Services Center has increased its bed capacity, and volunteers are needed to assist with general tasks, including check-in, serving meals, setting up cots, and other tasks.
“With the heavy rains, the emergency shelters who have been providing care for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness have been working around the clock,” said Jeffrey Al-Mashat, a program manager with the County of San Luis Obispo Homeless Services Unit. “We would be grateful to anyone who is able to give some time to support this important work. Evening and overnight hours are where the need is the greatest.”
Those interested in volunteering can call (805) 534-3668 or visit CAPSLO.org website to register as a volunteer.
If you have general questions regarding storm response, call the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 781-5678.
For additional storm and recovery information, visit ReadySLO.org.
Local Farmers and Ranchers Asked to Help SLO County Qualify for Federal Disaster Aid
San Luis Obispo County remains under a local, state and federal emergency declaration. SLO County was not among the three California counties included in a federal “Major Disaster Declaration” on Sunday.
The local agriculture community should take three steps to report damages from the January 2023 storms. Details are described below. While SLO County Farm Bureau does not administer disaster relief programs, they are here to help. Please contact their office with any questions at (805) 543-3654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 1: Contact the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Templeton
The first step farmers and ranchers in SLO County should take is to call the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Templeton at (805) 434-0396. Note that some FSA staff have been unable to travel to the office due to storm damage, so calling may be preferable to coming in-person to the office. FSA will ask for your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. FSA staff will send the disaster application information and fact sheets with program information. Information on applicable programs are summarized below, and you can access background information on USDA Disaster Programs at farmers.gov/recover
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland, replace or repair fences damaged by natural disasters, and to carry out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought. The local FSA staff in Templeton also provided the following guidance:
• Farmers and ranchers are advised to take a lot of pictures of all damages when it is safe to do so. Examples include mudslides, debris in cropland and grazing land, erosion, and damage to access roads, fencing, corrals,
barns, etc. These pictures should be submitted with your application to FSA.
• This Emergency Conservation Program is for cropland including vineyards, orchards, hay, grain, vegetables, and other row crops, and grazing land.
Farms of all sizes should apply. The Adjusted Gross Income cap of $900,000 does not apply for the ECP program. This means if your AGI is over $900,000, you are eligible to apply for the program.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and FarmRaised Fish (ELAP)
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farmraised Fish Program (ELAP) provides financial assistance to eligible producers for livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish losses — such as death, feed, grazing, and associated transportation costs — due to disease and certain adverse weather events or loss conditions.
• The program addresses losses not covered by other USDA disaster assistance programs. The local FSA staff in Templeton also advises that if your hay or other feed was damaged by water take pictures of the damage when safe to do so.
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by specific adverse weather, disease, or animal attacks. The local FSA staff in Templeton also provided the following guidance:
• Take photos of livestock deaths when it is safe to do so.
Eligible livestock must: (1) Have been maintained for commercial use as part of a farming operation on the day they died; and (2) Not have been produced or maintained for reasons other than commercial use as part of a farming operation. Excluded livestock includes wild free-roaming animals, pets or animals used for recreational purposes, such as hunting, roping, or for show.
Step 2: Report Agricultural Damage Estimates to the County of San Luis Obispo for FEMA
On Sunday, Jan. 15, the County of San Luis Obispo, working with the County Department of Agriculture/ Weights & Measures, released an agriculture-specific FEMA damage estimate form online. You can find it at forms.recoverslo.org/Agricultural-Damages-Form. By completing this form, you are helping SLO County qualify for a USDA disaster declaration and possible subsequent aid. If you need assistance completing this form, call the County Agriculture Department at (805) 781-5910.
Step 3: Report Property Damages (non-agricultural) to the County of San Luis Obispo for FEMA
In addition to reporting agriculture damages, all property owners are being asked by the County of San Luis Obispo to report damages on RecoverSLO.org (direct link to the form is here forms.recoverslo. org/Private-Property-Damage-Reports).
Disaster Support Fund Activated by
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County activated its Disaster Support Fund to begin accepting donations in response to the storms, floods, and associated damages in the region. Funds are needed in order to meet the needs of individuals as they arise and to deploy resources where they are most needed.
One hundred percent of all contributions to the Disaster Support Fund will go directly to agencies working on the ground to support people in need. Individuals are encouraged to donate to the Fund at cfsloco.org/donate/?fund=3894.
Storms Sweep Across California
According to the upcoming weather forecast, it looks as though we are on the other side of the two-week storm that tore through California.
The governor announced on Monday that in the past week, California secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and a Presidential Emergency Declaration to assist in response and recovery efforts to the storms, which have resulted in at least 20 fatalities and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.
With lingering storms expected through midweek, the state continues to work with local and federal partners to prepare for and respond to flooding, debris flow, and other storm-related emergencies. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 TTY.
Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin Discharged
On Jan. 2, football fans across the nation watched as Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old defensive back for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field following a tackle; it was later determined that he suffered from cardiac arrest.
It was reported that he spent nearly a week in the intensive care unit at a Cincinnati hospital, where he began breathing on his own and walking and talking once again. On Monday, Jan. 9, he was transported to the facility in Buffalo after his condition had improved and he no longer needed intensive care.
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Buffalo Bills team shared via Twitter that Hamlin was released after he underwent a comprehensive medical evaluation on Tuesday, including cardiac, neurological, and vascular testing. In addition, The Bills shared a statement by Dr. Jamie Nadler, the physician who led Hamlin’s care at Buffalo General Medical Center: “We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with the team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely discharged to continue his rehabilitation at home and with the Bills.”
As of Jan. 17, there has been no public announcement on the cause of Hamlin’s medical emergency. He will be undergoing tests and evaluations to determine what caused the cardiac arrest and to treat any potential underlying conditions.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
File No 20222892
THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: ESTATE CLICKS, 640 CASCADE LN, NIPOMO, CA 93444, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: AN INDIVIDUAL: TYSON CAMERON ALEXANDER, 640 CASCADE LN, NIPOMO, CA 93444
If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows is false is guilty of a crime.) /S/ TYSON CAMERON ALEXANDER
This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 12/19/2022
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20222893
THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: PLAZA DE PUELBO, 7425 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO, CA 93422, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: AN INDIVIDUAL: DON MESSER, 8040 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO, CA 93422
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ELAINA CANO, County Clerk
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20222743
THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: SAMMY’S GENERAL ENGINEERING LLC, 75802 NACIMIENTO LAKE DRIVE, BRADLEY, CA 93426, MONTEREY COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: SAMMY’S GENERAL ENGINEERING LLC, 75802, NACIMIENTO LAKE DRIVE, BRADLEY, CA 93426 If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CALIFORNIA
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This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 12/01/2022
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20222963
THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: HANDCRAFTED ACCENTS, 625 QUEENANNE RD, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: AN INDIVIDUAL: CAROL LOPEZ, 625 QUEENANNE RD, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20222811
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THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: AN INDIVIDUAL: LACEY AKINS, 5465 PESCADO CT, ATASCADERO, CA 93422
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Interpreting Atascadero Real Estate Numbers: 2022, A Perspective View
If you have kept up with news regarding real estate happenings, the roller coaster of information available would make you wonder what to do next if a real estate transaction is in your immediate future. It may be helpful to take a historical statistical look back to understand how we ended 2022.
Due to personal choices and demographic flexibility, we saw residential home values increase from 2019 through 2022, allowing real gain in the market. Statistics comparing Atascadero sales from 2019 (pre-COVID), 2020, 2021, and 2022 clearly show an increase in three of the four years’ home sales numbers and appreciation of home values consistently in all four years.
In 2019, there were 429 homes sold with a median
price of $512,000. For 2020, total sales were 460, with median sales at $550,000. Gaining momentum in 2021, home sales increased to 495, with a median sales price of $640,000. For 2022, taking a bit of a dip, there were 350 homes sold, but an increased median sales price of $750,000.
Nearby communities saw real market increases as well. Looking at Templeton, there were 181 homes sold in 2021 and a median price of $825,000. In 2022, Templeton had 93 home sales and a median sales price of $930,000. Paso Robles home sales were 821 in 2021 and a median sales price of $612,000. In 2022, Paso Robles had 589 home sales and a median price of $672,452. Clearly, Northern San Luis Obispo County, for 2021 showed the highest number of home sales, while 2022 continued the unprecedented increase in home values.
With the economy on everyone’s mind and inflation on the forefront, interest
rates are being used to allay its detrimental effect. Working to help curb inflation, interest rates increased quickly in 2022, starting in April and peaking in November. Clearly, interest rates have impacted the real estate market on the Central Coast as well as the U.S. Freddie Mac (freddiemac.com/pmms) shows the weekly U.S. 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage on January 6, 2022, at 3.22 percent. By December 29, 2022, it had just about doubled to 6.42 percent. November interest rates were in the 7+ percent range when they peaked. Projections are that interest rates will drop throughout the year giving buyers more buying power.
The Central Coast’s appreciation in home values evidenced by sales dollars from 2020 through 2022, increased by an impressive 31.7 percent. Looking at the numbers annually, 2020 and 2021 saw appreciation of 4 percent and 17.7 percent, respectively. For 2022, appreciation was around 10 percent. There was a drop in appreciation in the third and fourth
quarters of 2022 by single digits, but still ending with an overall positive appreciation of home values. When looking at historical data since 1978, records for San Luis Obispo County’s appreciation average 6.1 percent per year.
This includes downturns in the economy and the more recent 2007-2012 market recession — one that many people remember and are trying to compare the current environment to, which is not accurate. The 2007 market recession was brought on by poor lending practices, bad loans that spiraled out of control, and variable interest rates, amongst other things happening around the world. Since that time, new laws have been put into place to protect a borrower with stricter regulations to monitor lending practices. In addition, current foreclosures are at an all-time low; remember that value has been added to homes over the last few years, leaving many homeowners in a strong real estate equity position. Lastly, most recent home purchases have
been made with a 30-year or 15-year fixed interest rate. This provides stability and reassurance that the monthly mortgage will not be changing for the life of the loan.
Looking ahead, the 2023 real estate market does not have the indicators of a crashing market; it is returning to a normal market. This means it may take 30 days, plus or minus, to sell a home, and both buyer and seller have the ability to negotiate a purchase price and terms. Supply and demand will play a role in the sales forecast for 2023. The first week in January, Atascadero inventory has increased when comparing 2021 to 2022, from approximately 14 to 29 active homes on the market for the same time period. This increase is starting to give buyers more options when purchasing a home, but still a long way from previous years. With the positive equity gains for sellers and a strong buyer desire to relocate to the Central Coast, it is a great time to be a seller, but also opportunity for a buyer to establish them-
2023 Community Outreach EventsRACHELLE RICKARD atascadero city manager
Ilove Atascadero because I love the people here.
You’re used to hearing me talk about all the exciting events happening in the City. Our staff works hard to create enjoyable experiences for the community throughout the year. This time, I’d like to invite residents to participate in some important community outreach events that will
shape Atascadero’s future. I know this might not be as exciting as cotton candy and kettle corn, but it’s so important to get feedback from local residents about the things they care about most, what they’d like to see improved, what changes they’re excited about, as well as what developments they might be more curious about. We are always striving for the highest level of community engagement and involvement, which means we need to hear from you — our neighbors!
On Jan. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m., City staff will participate in our General Plan Update outreach meeting with the
community. This is Atascadero residents’ time to reiterate what’s important to them and what key values you’d like the City to pursue as we move into a thriving, sustainable future. The General Plan will serve as a guiding document for Atascadero into 2045. Because this impacts everything from economic vibrancy and transportation to safety and recreation, it’s important we hear from as many residents as possible. Please join us so we can serve you better!
If you’re curious about what the City’s doing with Measures F-14 and D-20 funds, I encourage any interested residents to attend our
Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee and Finance Committee special joint meeting on Feb. 23. This will be a once-a-year opportunity to hear about the exciting projects the City’s undertaken with vital sales tax funds, what we’d like to accomplish in the near future, and how we’re continuing to responsibly steward taxpayer funds to provide services and results for our community.
We’re also moving forward with the next phase of our long-anticipated Downtown Infrastructure Enhancement Project, including several exciting opportunities for public engagement. If you
can make any of the below outreach events, we’d love to sit down with you, hear about what amenities and designs matter most, whether it be parking, lighting, trees, or other details that you would like to see considered and included as we continue planning our downtown’s future.
Downtown Infrastructure Enhancement Project outreach events: Tuesday, January 31, 2–4 p.m. (City Hall) Wednesday, February 1, 6–8 p.m. (City Hall) Thursday, February 2, 9–11 a.m. (Virtual)
• Friday, February 3, 12–2 p.m. (City Hall)
Will PUC Allow Another Consumer Ripoff?
companies — Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — will shortly beg for a similar handout.THOMAS ELIAS COLUMNIST
Almost any way you look at it, the current request by California’s largest utility company for $1.36 billion over the next three years in subsides for its wildfire prevention program can only be described as yet another attempt to rip off its 16 million customers.
It will be up to the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to decide whether the company gets away with this latest attempt at highway robbery.
Plus, it’s a virtual certainty that if PG&E gets the money it now seeks, the state’s other big privately-owned electric
These companies are never bashful about asking for handouts. This was evident when Edison tried to get consumers to foot almost the entire bill of about $5 billion for shutting down its disabled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, destroyed in 2012 by a company blunder.
Also, when the utilities in 2020 gladly accepted a $13 billion state-mandated subsidy from their customers to pay for damages from future wildfires they might cause. And now, as PG&E gladly takes more than $2.5 billion from consumers and federal taxpayer subsidies to keep its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open five years beyond the previous retirement date.
What makes the newest
PG&E request for a big consumer subsidy (an average of about $7.50 per month per customer for the next three years) especially outrageous is that the big utilities collected maintenance money from their customers every month between 1955 and 2005, a total of about $65 billion over 50 years.
Most of that money was never used for maintenance. Rather, it went to executive bonuses, salary increases, and other goodies until the PUC finally stopped the practice.
But none of the state’s three large private electric companies was ever fined for misuse of this money, nor were any executives punished, or any funds repaid.
Meanwhile, vegetation near power lines grew nearly unchecked for decades, trees began encroaching on those same lines and both gas pipes and power lines deteriorated,
mostly without being replaced or repaired. Bingo: major fires and a huge explosion resulted. That was one reason PG&E was convicted of criminal negligence after its massive 30-inch-wide gas pipeline beneath the suburb of San Bruno exploded, causing multiple deaths and extensive damage. Negligence was also likely one reason for the unprecedented, almost fourmonth natural gas leak from Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility just above the Porter Ranch subdivision in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles in 2015 and 2016. Not to mention the 2018 incineration of Paradise and dozens of its people. No executive has ever been criminally punished for misuse of the maintenance money, despite these consequences and many more.
Even now, utility company
maintenance is demonstrably inadequate. For example, an independent safety monitor overseeing recent PG&E anti-wildfire work found the company during one recent three-month period missed issues like damaged poles in about 30 percent of all inspections.
For sure, this type of history and performance demonstrates that utility companies, their executives and shareholders — not customers who have no voice in corporate policy — should pay for current maintenance work and repairs.
Yet, the PUC, long a utility company lapdog, appears likely to give the consumer subsidy at least temporary approval this winter, with refunds possible if a more thorough consideration set to follow should cause the charge to be disapproved.
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selves in the real estate market and put down roots.
Putting these figures into perspective is helpful when deciding to buy or sell a home. As most know, circumstances typically dictate when a real estate transaction needs to happen. Whether it is a new job, downsizing, changes in the family dynamic, retirement, or any other life-changing event, making a real estate move will likely be a consideration. Deciding to act on that consideration is then typically determined by whether or not the financials work. What makes sense and what is financially feasible certainly frame any real estate transaction or major move.
Remembering that our local real estate market does not follow urban patterns is also helpful. We are a niche market, flanked by the Bay Area to the north and LA to the south, with communities that have more to offer with respect to geographical beauty and quality of life while maintaining the convenience of being centrally located in the state of California.
• Saturday, February 4, 9–11 a.m. (City Hall)
• Monday, Feb. 13, 8:30–10:30 a.m. (Virtual)
• Tuesday, February 14, 4–6 p.m. (City Hall)
Thursday, February 16, 6–8 p.m. (Virtual) Friday, February 17, 10–12 p.m. (City Hall)
As always, if you have any questions about events or activities happening in the City, questions about some of the above-mentioned events, or questions about any other topic related to the City of Atascadero, feel free to email me at rrickard@atascadero. org. Here’s to a new year of moving forward together!
ing into PG&E’s hands. For once it has money in hand, it’s very rare for customers to get it back.
Far better would be for the commission instead to have PG&E use some of the maintenance money it collected over those previous decades. And if some statute of limitations on punishment for earlier misuse of funds has expired (the PUC’s code requires only “prompt” hearings on suspected wrongdoing), then the PUC ought at least to force PG&E to advance whatever money is needed for the anti-wildfire work while it considers whether to reduce or fully disapprove the subsidy PG&E now seeks.
But this would require the commission to give consumers equal treatment with the big corporations it supervises. And that would be almost unprecedented.
ATASCADERO GOSPEL CHAPEL
8205 Curbaril Ave. (corner of Curbaril & Atascadero Ave.): Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Ted Mort, Pastor. (805) 466-0175. atascaderogospelchapel.org
AWAKENING WAYS SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY 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) 460-0762. awakeningways.org
GRACE CENTRAL COAST
NORTH COUNTY CAMPUS 9325 El Bordo Avenue, Atascadero; Sunday Services at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; (805) 543-2358; gracecentralcoast.org; Helping people find and follow Jesus.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH 238 17th St. Paso Robles; Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m.; Our Wednesday Testimony; Meeting is the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.; Reading room-same location after services & by apportionment.
FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 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.
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 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.
HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA
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 ourhopelutheran.net. 8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero. 805.461.0430. firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER-LCMS
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; redeemeratascadero.org; email@example.com; Pastor Wayne Riddering.
PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC
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.
ST. ROSE OF LIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH 820 Creston Road., Paso Robles; (805) 238-2218- Parish Office open Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; website: www.saintrosechurch.org; Mass times;Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.; Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish; Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM. Father Rudolfo Contreras.
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 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.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ATASCADERO 11605 El Camino Real, Atascadero; Sunday Service Time: 10 a.m.; Nurs-ery Care Provided:; 9:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.; Mid-week student ministry; PreK-12th grade Sept-April, Weds, 4 p.m.; (805) 466-2566; Pastor Steve Poteete-Marshall; atascaderoumc.org.
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 513 Palma Ave., Atascadero; Sunday services: Holy Eucharist — 9 a.m., Taize — 8 p.m.; the Rev. W. Merritt Greenwood, interim director; the Rev. James Arnold, Deacon; the Rev. Jacqueline Sebro, Deacon; office (805) 466-0379, fax (805) 466-6399; website stlukesatascadero.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Always-Winning Cakes and Annual APACC Meeting
canceled, but the word is out that it will be taking place on May 6. The line-up of tamale vendors and entertainers leaves no doubt that it will be a great success.barbie butz COLUMNIST
The Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) will be holding its Annual Meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, 6907 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
The topic for this year’s meeting will be “Changes for 2023.”
If you are interested in performing and visual arts, this is a good opportunity to learn what’s in store down the road for Atascadero.
Kathy Hannemann, Vice President of APACC, will be providing new information and answering questions for guests in attendance. Refreshments will be served.
Due to the storms we’ve been having, the popular Tamale Festival, scheduled for Jan. 14 here in Atascadero, had to be
Hey, dads, do not forget that the Father-Daughter Dance, “Under the Sea.” will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, for ages 12 and under, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Lake. Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., will be the dance for the 12 and older group.
Show her how special she really is. Fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or anyone with a special girl is invited to spend a semi-formal evening full of music, dancing, refreshments, desserts, and more.
The dance is held at the Pavilion on the Lake, and tickets may be purchased now at the Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. For more information, call (805) 470-3178. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Recipes this week are for cakes that might be nice for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and,
again, are from one of my Assistance League of Santa Barbara — always winning recipes.
Chocolate Surprise Cake Ingredients: 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1 egg
• 1 package chocolate cake mix
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup semi-sweet morsels
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt cake pan. In a small mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until blended; set aside. Prepare cake mix as label directs; fold in chocolate morsels. Pour the chocolate cake batter into the prepared pan; evenly cover with cream cheese mixture. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream and fresh rasp-
If you’re a country music fan like me, you’ve no doubt heard the song “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” Well, my wife doesn’t like Tequila, but white wine does make our Visa card run hot.
You know how wives are always complaining that their husbands never take them anywhere? Well, for the 40 years, I was a road agent, I took my wife places even she didn’t want to go, like the cocktail parties I drug her kicking and screaming to the night before big cattle auctions.
“Do we really have to go?” she’d plead.
“Yes, it’s part of my job, and if I didn’t show up, it would hurt the host’s feelings, who just spent $3,000 advertising his production sale with me.”
Usually, these events were harmless, but I also took her to happy hours the night before big cattlemen’s conventions that were usually spon-
sored by a big drug company and featured a no-host bar. I usually found these events to be a big bore because alcohol hasn’t touched my lips for over 30 years, and my wife has never been a big drinker either, although she’d have a glass of white wine or two. Such events were also harmless unless they also featured a silent auction.
Warning! Danger! The combination of alcohol, an angry wife, and a silent auction can put you in the poorhouse!
I blame the problem on purebred cattle breeders. If you’ve ever taken the time to notice at cocktail parties, the men are usually hovering around a purebred breeder who is talking about what bulls a rancher should breed his cows too. (His, of course.) I found such discussions stimulating because I learned a lot about what bulls were hot and which ones were not and because I found the subject of animal breeding very interesting. The problem arises because wives would rather have their fingernails ripped off than listen to men talk about EPDs, sire summaries, and DNA. My wife is a really quiet person, and she’s the best listener I’ve ever met, but even her eyes start to glaze over and roll to the back
of her head after listening to ten minutes of EPD numbers. I realize this, and so I try to turn the subject around to something the wives would be interested in, but I have no idea what that would be. I try to talk about sports and computers, thinking this might interest them, but all the men turn the subject back around to pedigrees, rate of gain, and loin eye area. This is when things can go terribly wrong for a family’s fortune.
Too late, the men will notice that their wives have wandered off, and where do they always go? Stupid question. Where do wives usually go when they’re mad? Of course, they go shopping! This is where the silent auction comes in. Wives have somehow figured out how to turn a harmless cocktail hour into a competitive shopping event.
Knowing this in advance, I try to corral my wife the minute she starts meandering towards the silent auction, where all the other wives are congregating and taking turns bidding against each other. The reason I quit going to cocktail parties was because I couldn’t keep tabs on my wife 100 percent of the time. Realizing too late she’s escaped the scintillat -
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At the beginning of each year, we start with the basics at Awakening Ways Spiritual Community. I begin with the same opening and closing of my sermon every Sunday in January. It’s always a refreshing reminder that there is a power for good in the Universe more remarkable than we are, and we can use it. This power works for us by working through us. It creates out of Itself, and we have access by tuning into It.
The KGOD opening and closing came to me about a decade ago as a download from the Divine. I was working on a
Sunday sermon and preparing my opening statement when whoosh — the words flowed spectacularly, with ease and grace, and I was thrilled. What thrilled me was that I had tapped into a Creative Source that had these profound words to share.
Someone once asked me if KGOD was an actual radio station they could tune in to on their radio. I explained that it’s a metaphor for a mindset one can use to transform their life. I challenged the person to start their day by saying the first three paragraphs aloud enthusiastically every day for one month before getting out of bed and then reporting back to me on how their life had transformed.
Sure enough, after one month, the individual reported back that they experienced a more fulfilling, joyful, motivated, focused, healthy, and happy month than they had in a long time.
I invite you to join me in
berries. Serves 12. Oh, So Good Cake
Ingredients: 1 yellow cake mix 1/2 cup sugar 1 tub Cool Whip
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 1 cup flaked coconut Directions: Prepare cake mix as directed on the box and bake in a 9×13-inch pan. Cool about 15 minutes and punch holes all over with a fork. Combine milk, sugar and 1/2 cup coconut in saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Spoon over warm cake. Cool completely. Fold 1/2 cup coconut into cool whip and spread over cake. Sprinkle some coconut on top. Refrigerate over night.
Note: A few fresh raspberries or blueberries or a combination of them would be pretty served with this cake ... either on top or on the plate. Cheers!
Barbie Butz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at barbiewb @hotmail.com.
ing discussion we menfolk are having, I’ll rush over towards the silent auction.
“Where have you been?” I ask.
“Oh, I’ve been doing a little shopping.”
“Uh, okay. Did you find anything to buy?”
“A few things.”
“I’m tired. Don’t you think we ought to call it a night? You’re the one who didn’t want to come to this party in the first place,” I remind her.
“You go ahead, honey. I’ve got to wait around until ten when the silent auction closes.”
“So far, how much would you estimate this free cocktail hour is gonna cost?
“Thus far, I bought a 4-wheeled wheelbarrow for only $1,200, one night at Motel 6 for only $350, and five 100 pound bags of dog food that we’ll have to take to our room when the auction closes. And I’m in an ongoing battle to see who gets the $100 gift certificate to that new restaurant I’ve been wanting to try. I’m ahead but I’m afraid Gloria is gonna up my $700 bid.”
Lee Pitts is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at leepitts@ leepittsbooks.com.
this daily challenge for 30 days. Begin with the first three paragraphs before getting out of bed and end with the two paragraphs below before sleeping at night. Enjoy.
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Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue is an independent columnist for the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at revelizabeth @awakeningways.org
Bearcat Bantams Win Central Coast Youth Football League Superbowl After 11-2 Regular SeasonBy CAMILLE DeVAUL
PASO ROBLES — On Nov. 19, 2022, the Paso Robles Bantam Division Youth Football Team took home the
championship in the Central Coast Youth Football League (CCYFL) Superbowl with a 12-7 win over the Orcutt Panthers at Lompoc High School.
Head coach Mitchell Monteiro was impressed by the young players’ tenacity throughout the season, “The boys worked hard throughout the season.”
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The Bantam Division of CCYFL is the youngest division of the league. It is where young athletes get an introduction to the fundamentals of football, and it is often their first experience with organized sports teams. The team consists of athletes starting at age 7 to 9, depending on their weight.
During the 2022 season, the Bearcat Bantams went into the playoffs with an 11-2 record. Monteiro remarked on his players’ abilities to over-
come obstacles throughout the season, from weather to sickness.
In the Superbowl, the Bearcats defeated the Panthers, who won the Superbowl last year. The Bearcats actually lost to the Panthers in their last regular season game 14-7.
“We were the underdog, so to speak, so it was good to come out on top in the end,” said
Monteiro of his team’s eventual victory over the Panthers.
Bearcat quarterback Aiden Wahlberg turned out to be the team’s most important player of the Superbowl game.
“He had a great game,” Monteiro said. “He scored the winning touchdown and then on defense he made a lot of big tackles to either get us the ball back or stop their offense.”
In the end, the beginning athletes played the game as a team and took home a victory against the previously undefeated Panthers.
“I always preach to them hard work is the key to success,” said Monteiro of his Bantam players’ final game. “I honestly think they believed in that, and they went out there and accomplished what they did because
Running Our Way Through SLO CountyBy CAMILLE DeVAUL
With the crisp, perfectly temperatured spring weather comes a new way of life for us in the Golden State. This new season means the outdoors and one of our favorite pastimes — warmer weather means marathons, 5Ks, and triathlons are officially back here in North County.
So that you can get in on the running fun, here is list of all of the marathons, 5Ks, and triathlons happening this year in San Luis Obispo County as of Jan. 18:
Silver Moon Race March 4-5
This March, the Silver Moon Race is returning to Paso Robles for its 3rd annual race. The Silver Moon Race is a two-mile lap race across farm and vineyard roads. Go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery or strengthen your endurance. The race starts at sunset and runs through the night under the moon and stars until sunrise.
For more information or to register, visit silvermoonrace.com
Lake San Antonio Triathlon May 7
The Lake San Antonio Triathlon is back this year to kick off the month of May. The triathlon includes a variety of challenges with their sprint, Olympic course, long course, parent/child, duathlon, and aqua bike.
For more information or to register, visit lakesanantoniotriathlon.com
Lighthouse 5k Fun Run June 3
The 9th Annual Lighthouse 5K Run Run returns this June. Runners can look
forward to a scenic trail to walk or run along with a kids’ half-mile and 100-yard dash. It will be a day of fun for the whole family with raffle prizes, race awards, Kiwanis pancake breakfast, vendor fair and bounce house.
Most importantly, you’ll be helping Lighthouse support victims of addiction and work in spreading awareness, prevention, intervention, and education about substance abuse.
For more information or to register, visit lighthouseatascadero.org/fun-run.html
San Luis Obispo Spartan Trifecta Weekend November 4-5
The Spartan Race returns to San Luis Obispo County for its second year this
of the hard work they put in.”
Along with hard work, Monteiro tries to instill a sense of confidence in his players. Youth football is where a lot of players begin to learn the game, and many have never played before.
But, the coach expressed that as the year went on, his players became more confident in the game.
“I think the biggest thing is being confident and trusting themselves and trusting their teammates,” he said. “It all clicked at the right time.”
Monteiro, who looks forward to watching the kids grow and develop as players in the future, adds the Bearcat Bantams are a “good group of kids. You can tell they are close [to each other] — on the field and off the field. It was a collective effort, all 22 kids, to go out there and win that game.”
November in Santa Margarita. Dash through the rows of growing grapevines during bud break and in epic open landscapes, surrounded by the towering Los Padres National Forest. Compete against the top Age Group athletes from around the country and earn points based on your finishing position.
For more information or to register, visit race.spartan.com/en/race/detail/7929/overview
ECHO Turkey Trot November 23
In 2022, the El Camino Homeless Shelter held its 4th annual Turkey Trot in Atascadero. As always, the trot is held on Thanksgiving morning. Participants are encouraged to wear their best turkey costume while they run/walk twice around the lake. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes for adults, children, and pets.
The suggested donation for participation is $20 per individual and will help provide services to those in need in our community. There is no need to register in advance; donations will be taken at the event.
For more information, visit echoshelter. org/turkey-trot.
Adult Basketball League Spring Registrations Now Open
Registration deadline is Feb. 24; league runs from March 12 through June 4
ATASCADERO — It’s time for Spring Adult Basketball. The City of Atascadero
Basketball League back in the gym at the Colony Park Community Center for their traditional spring season.
The league will run from March 12 through June 4, allowing eight regular season games and ending with an end-of-season tournament the weekend of June 3 and 4. Games will take place on Sundays with the exception
of the tournament, as some games will be played on Saturday, June 3. All teams will be coed, and applications are accepted on a team basis only, with a minimum of eight players and a maximum of 12 players. There will be a team managers’ meeting on March 8 at the Colony Park Community Center, time TBD.
League fees are $448 per team. Non-residents are $5 per player, eight or more non-residents add 10 percent ($44.80). Team registration and fees must be turned in at the front desk of the Colony Park Community Center located at 5599 Traffic Way, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration deadline is Feb. 24.
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Raconteur Room, Totum, Gordon’s Good Games, and Andy’s Awesome Arcade — were also flooded to different levels of damage during the storm.
Due to past flooding in the parking lot behind the businesses, there were already two pumps at work trying to keep the water out, but the massive amount of water falling from the sky was too much for them to handle, turning the parking lot into a small lake. So the back doors of the stores are where the water naturally went.
It was Skinner’s husband, Jeff, who finally secured a large trash pump in the afternoon and emptied the water out of the parking lot in around 30 minutes once one could be acquired.
“Everyone banded together,” Kyla Skinner added.
Strangers, fellow business owners in
the area, and friends banded together to clean up the initial mess the storm had made. They brought brooms, mops, shop vacs, and anything else they could to clear out the water.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t lose our homes, and our families are OK,” Barba said. “I’m not even mad. The outpouring of support from the homies — I mean, they ran down here with mops and push brooms.”
Barba also said that the building’s landlord Dirk Dole has been wonderful throughout the whole experience and that he was out there helping all the businesses during the flood.
“We got hit pretty hard because we have a lot of cardboard and records and cardboard boxes and wooden bins and speakers on the floor,” Barba added. “But all of our good stuff is elevated. It’s just the nature of retail. I feel lucky.”
The bulk of the damage done to the record store happened in the back room, where they keep all of their back stock. Barba said that they lost some of the records on the bottom shelves and some in boxes. The store spent the days after the flood drying out some of those records and held a sidewalk sale on Wednesday, Jan. 11, of the records for donations.
While Traffic Records stayed closed until reopening on Sunday, Jan. 15, their Paso Robles store remained open for regular business hours.
None of the businesses on the block received any more water damage during the storms that took place from Friday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 16. As of Tuesday, Jan. 17, all businesses affected by the flooding are open for regular business hours.
Atascadero High School football team on its state championship win.
“Item number 9 on our consent agenda is a resolution recognizing the Atascadero High School Greyhound football team on their victorious win of the 2022 California State CIF Football Championship,” Arnold said. “I brought that up several times
as they were playing through the playoffs, but they did it. They’re state champions in our county, so that was pretty exciting. The resolution will be up at the high school if anybody wants to take a look.”
The consent agenda passed unanimously.
Supervisor Arnold then gave a presentation on item 27, a resolution proclaiming the month of January 2023 San Luis Obispo County Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
“Now be it resolved and ordered that the board of supervisors in the County of San Luis Obispo, State of California, does hereby designate January 2023 as San Luis Obispo County Human Trafficking Awareness Month and urges all citizens to observe this month by becoming aware of the tragedy of human trafficking by supporting those who are working towards its end and by participating in community awareness
efforts,” added Arnold.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth accepted the resolution and thanked the supervisiory board.
“San Luis Obispo County is a natural corridor for human trafficking activity, being situated uniquely between Los Angles and the Bay Area,” Dobroth said. “We’re a destination spot for vacationers. Wherever there’s tourism, there’s an increased potential for sex trafficking. And
we are fortunate to live in a community that’s committed to identifying and tackling the scourge that is human trafficking.”
Morgan Boyd, department head and veteran services officer for the county, addressed the board on item 28, a Presentation of The Wall that Heals. The Wall that Heals is Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica and mobile educational center. The wall will be appearing in San Luis Obispo
County from Thursday, March 16, through Sunday, March 19, at the Madonna Meadows.
“We’re really proud to announce that the escort for the wall will start at the San Miguel Mission and will come through our North County,” stated Boyd.
To find out more, go to vetmuseum.org and check out their events.
The next supervisor’s meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m.
community to “please keep searching” for Kyle.
Search operations have been in effect since his disappearance with the help of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, neighboring counties, and the Coast Guard.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, approximately 120 members of the California National Guard began assisting with the search. That’s in addition to Search and Rescue and Dive personnel from San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Sacramento County, Santa Clara County, and Kern County sheriff’s offices.
Additionally, there are six K-9 teams along with members of the California Rescue Dog Association, three
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additional donor restrictions. Besides that, we assist EMP with aspects of networking, promotion, event planning, and outreach,” said SLO County Arts Council Programs Manager Jordan Chesnut.
Sponsorships through the Arts Council started with a conversation between them and the interested party about shared goals and values, and
Cal Fire hand crews, CHP air operations, drone teams from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and Grover Beach Police Department, and members of the California Office of Emergency Services.
In total, approximately 200 personnel have been involved in the search.
In a press release, the Sheriff’s Office stated, “The search is being conducted in extremely challenging conditions with mud and debris hampering the efforts. But this is a comprehensive effort to search every brush pile and area of debris.”
By Friday, Jan. 13, outside agencies, including the California National Guard, concluded their assistance with the search. However, the Sheriff’s Office continues its search for Kyle whenever the weather permits.
Last Friday’s search opera-
after that, EMP and the Arts Council teamed up.
“EMP is inclusive to participants across groups and generations, inspires vital conversations, and contributes to the arts and cultural ecology of our county,” stated Chesnut.
In 2021 the SLO County Arts Council teamed up with EMP to co-sponsor a performance by Wordsauce, a local hip hop/funk band and screened “Alice Street,” an independent documentary
tion took place where the San Marcos creek empties into the Salinas River. Additionally, their search teams continue to monitor San Marcos creek levels and recheck areas as necessary as water levels, and conditions change.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Sheriff’s Office released a daily update on the search.
The Sheriff’s Dive Team and Search and Rescue members continued search operations in and around San Marcos Creek and the Salinas River. Water levels have dropped, allowing ground and water teams to search additional areas along with Search and Rescue K-9s.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, future search operations will be conducted on a continuous but limited basis as weather permits. While the Sheriff’s have not stated when they will conclude their
with awards under its belt. The event took place in downtown Atascadero in support of the EMP.
Their latest co-project, part of SLO County Arts Open Studio Tours, took place on Oct. 15, 2022, at the ARTery in Atascadero. It featured information on all the completed murals, showed off preliminary mockups of upcoming murals, and featured artist Cynthia Lujan, who is slated to potentially paint the tunnel between El
search, they did say on Tuesday that they are prepared for continued search efforts all this week.
The Sheriff’s Office has asked for the public’s cooperation with not conducting self-initiated searches, stating in a press release that “these searches can actually be a detriment to their ongoing search operations.”
Camino Real and the high school in the future. EMP is currently working with Caltrans in regard to the tunnel project.
“I’m looking forward to being an artist featured here in Atascadero,” said Lujan at the event.
The SLO County Arts Council is a state-local partner of the California Arts Council, and as such, it promotes visual, literary, and performing arts. The council provides programs promoting public
access to the arts, bringing arts to educational settings, planning artistic collaborations locally, and facilitating opportunities between artists and arts organizations.
“We fiscally sponsor groups and organizations that are in alignment with our mission. We are inspired by the public art happening throughout downtown Atascadero and believe that it is sparking vital conversations around social justice and community engagement — that is some-
thing we advocate for,” added Chesnut.
Currently, the EMP is working with the community to follow up on leads and start the permit process for more EMP murals to be completed in 2023. As of now, there are four out of 10 murals that still need to be painted.
“As our county grows and changes, public art is a way to define our identity and foster a sense of belonging for residents new and old,” stated Chesnut.