Atascadero News • May 30, 2024

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Faces of Freedom Memorial hosts 16th annual Memorial Day Celebration

Robert ‘Bob’ Wilkins honored during wreath presentation

ATASCADERO — Crowds of patriotic residents filled the Faces of Freedom Memorial on Monday, May 27, for the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation’s 16th Annual Memorial Day Celebration. The heartfelt ceremony honored and remembered those who lost their lives while serving and protecting our country.

“Once again, we want to thank you for joining us today. To look out and to see all the faces out here warms my heart,” said emcee Andy Morris.

As in years past, the Estrella Warbirds started the ceremony at 11 a.m. with a flyover before the Cal Poly ROTC performed

the Presentation of Colors. Once again, Central Coast Pipes and Drums accompanied the procession, followed by the Atascadero High School Choir singing a beautiful version of the national anthem. Later in the ceremony, Mya Nelson, also from the choir, sang a song called “Rainbow.”

“Oh gracious God, on this Memorial Day, we remember and give thanks for those who’ve given their lives in the service of our country. When the need was the greatest, they stepped forward and did their duty to defend the freedoms that we enjoy and to win the same for others,” said Grace Central Coast elder Paul Bautts in his Invocation.

Many local officials were also at the ceremony, including Assemblymember District 30 Dawn Addis, District 5 County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, District 2 County

Pioneer Day festivities begin at Best of the West Antique Equipment Show

Ninth annual event celebrates heritage and community with tractors, military reenactments, and family fun; road begins to annual October celebration

NORTH COUNTY — Born out of love for heritage and community, the 9th Annual Best of the West Antique Equipment Show returned to the historical Santa Margarita Ranch this Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 through 26.

“It was another great event,” said Pioneer Day Committee Vice Chair and President of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Sarah Kramer. “I mean, on Saturday, the parking lot was pretty much full which means it’s a great turnout to us. This year, we added a military reenactment group that came. That was really cool.”

The event is the first of many leading up to Paso Robles’s Pioneer Day in October. While the event supports all that goes into Pioneer Day, it is also an opportunity for the committee to bring out their tractors for some exercise.

Kramer explains that Best of the West is an opportunity to get up and personal with the antique equipment, “Best of the West


Santa Margarita Elementary School Garden Club hosts second annual Butterfly Release Assembly

The school’s Butterfly Garden was full of butterflies and ladybugs by the end of the event


By the end of Santa Margarita Elementary School’s Butterfly Release Assembly on Wednesday, May 22, the Butterfly Garden and the lawn in front were not only filled with students and parents but also a beautiful array of butterflies and ladybugs. This is the second year that Garden Club Advisor Katherine Jonsson and her student officers have put on the Garden Club’s Butterfly Release Assembly, and it brought joy to the entire school campus.

Garden Club has 80 students in it this round. This year, Jonsson had 12 fifth-grade students acting as the club’s officer team. Each member of the team held a specific position within the team.

“It’s really fun and entertaining. For the officers, you get to teach and show the younger kids what to do,” said Garden Club Reporter Aria Frietas.

“My favorite thing about the Garden Club is that I get to come here every Wednesday and Monday to just see all the amazing kids learning about gardening,” continued Garden Club Photographer Eleanor Hernandez.

“We’re basically the leaders of the Sprouts and Buds, and we help everybody and help

is basically another reason for Pioneer Day to get our equipment out of the barns. So historically, the equipment was only run once a year where now we can we have a whole weekend to do it. And everyone loves to see all the equipment from Pioneer Day, but they don’t necessarily get to touch it. It just goes by.”

The Pioneer Day Committee owns around 40 pieces of tractors and equipment, most of which came from local farms and ranches of generational families. Other committee members or locals bring out their equipment to join the show, too.

A few weeks before Best of the West, all of the equipment gets pulled out of the barns for a good washing and tune-up. Then, everything is loaded up and taken out to the Santa Margarita Ranch. Some tractors and equipment from out of state even make it out to the ranch to be shown off for the community.

“One of the big things we do every morning is that we treat them, not only our tractors, but anyone’s who’s there, they all get checked for water, they all get checked for oil and we treat everybody the

Council approves amendments to the Del Rio Ranch project

City employees address council on livable wage

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. The hybrid meeting was held in the City Council Chambers.

During the Community Forum, seven residents, mostly city staff, addressed the council about current wages compared to the cost of living in Atascadero.

“My name is Nicole Bryant, and I’m the field representative for SEIU Local 620, which represents your hardworking general unit employees here at the City of Atascadero. Our membership this evening is here to impress upon you the importance of these contract negotiations and their need

for fair and equitable wages that meet current economics,” stated Bryant.

She also added that Atascadero employees are having a hard time supporting their families and that neighboring agencies are keeping up with inflation with their current employment contracts. According to Bryant, Paso Robles gave a 4 percent cost-of-living increase to their employees this year, Santa Maria 5 percent, Pismo Beach 3 percent in July, and Arroyo Grande 3.5 percent. Morro Bay and Grover Beach are currently in contract negotiations.

All city employees who addressed the council stated that they appreciate their jobs and love working with others on city staff, as well as the council themselves. They all expressed wanting to be able to stay in San Luis Obispo County and continue working for Atascadero, but they said that the cost of living may end up getting in the way of that.

“As stated, we are in a negotiation, so there is nothing that we can say to that this evening. I will say, overall, as a council, and I know I speak for my entire council, we appreciate our employees, we appreciate the job that every single one of you do, and it takes all of us to make this work,” stated Mayor Heather Moreno.

Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore later addressed the council on a Request for Authorization for Amendments to Del Rio Ranch.

“The reason we’re here tonight for this isn’t an overview of the whole project,” stated Dunsmore. “It’s really an authorization just to proceed with an application to submit this project.”

The project site is on the corner of Del Rio and El Camino Real. It’s known as the Del Rio Ranch Property and is a substantial

Classic cars fill City Park at annual Golden State Classics Car Show

Over 300 vehicles and new activities highlight 16th annual event


300 cars filled the Paso Robles

City Park on Saturday, May 25, for the 16th annual Golden State Classics Car Show. The annual event not only brought downtown to life with the colorful classic engines but also is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers for the community.

“It was a heck of a turnout,” Golden State Classics Car Club President Scott Smith told Paso

Robles Press. “I don’t know what the crowd was, but it was, I can honestly say, the largest crowd I’ve seen since I took the show over four years, five years, however long it’s been. But as soon as the sun came out and the fog burned off, it packed up.”

To begin the weekend, the Golden State Classics Car Club (Golden State) brought back their Pre-Show Party on Friday night, where over 200 people were in attendance. New this year, an after-party was held at Paso Robles Brewing Company following the car show on Saturday. The Golden

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Supervisor Bruce Gibson, Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno, Atascadero Mayor Pro Tem Susan Funk, Councilmember Charles Bourbeau, Councilmember Mark Dariz, and San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow.

Not only were the veterans in attendance honored, but so were the Gold Star Families, who are families of fallen soldiers, for which a touching moment of silence was held.

This year’s guest speech was given by Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Todd Fredricks. Originally from Georgia, Fredricks went into the Marines in 1980 and was deployed to Beirut, Somalia, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden in Bosnia in administrative chief roles. He moved to SLO County in 2006 after retiring.

“We gather today to pay tribute to the members

of the armed forces and the merchant marines, courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service and defense of this nation and its allies,” stated Fredricks. “And as they all swore that selfless commitment to service and duty, we owe them the same commitment to remember them. We owe them a profound debt of gratitude for their selfless dedication to this nation, its citizens, and those throughout the world who long to know and preserve freedom.”

He then went on to point out the importance of remembering those who lost their lives in lesser-known events during their service to our nation. He continued to tell a story that took place in 1983 on his second back-to-back deployment to Beirut, Lebanon, as a corporal in a multi-national peacekeeping force.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, just weeks away from Fredericks’ return home to the U.S., at 6:22 a.m., an Iranian Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a large

retail, entertainment, and tourism project. Over the years, multiple projects have been brought to the council, but none have moved forward to completion. The newest version of the project removes any residential space and turns it into a resort.

The site would include an RV zone, a resort zone with glamping

people, but to get the community involved is really what we’re after.”

same,” Pioneer Day Tractor Committee Chair Austin Sligh told Atascadero News back in April.

Santa Margarita Ranch poses as the perfect location to enjoy a family gathering outside and teach the younger generations about the heritage of our area.

“The tractors are a huge part of it [the show],” explained Sligh. “I mean, the tractors attract the

Many fan-favorite activities were back at the ranch, including the Farm Bureau’s tri-tip dinners and other food vendors (including a bar), parades, and the Kid’s Corral. At noon each day, all operations paused for a military salute and flyover courtesy of the Estrella Warbirds. Honoring the military is one of Kramer’s favorite parts of the weekend.

State Car Club started in 1987. They are now 82 members strong and all working for a good cause.

Smith told Paso Robles Press that the show saw a large amount of early registrations for cars to attend the fundraiser and then even more day of registrations. With over 20 more cars at the show this year, Smith expects to beat last year’s raised amount.

In December, the nonprofit partnered with the Late Night Cruizers Car Club and Daniels Wood Land to put on a car show that ended up raising $12,000 for the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles. Additionally, in 2023, they made $1,000 donations each to Hilltop Christian Fellowship, Boys & Girls Clubs of Paso Robles, Rotary Interact High School Club, and the Cancer Support Community of the Central Coast. They also

everybody basically learn about nature,” added Garden Club Sentinel Michael Schultz.

Kids from every grade of the school are part of the club. They’re broken up into two groups. Sprouts are for the littles — kindergarten to second grade — and then third through fifth grade are called Buds. Part of the officer team’s job is to share their gardening knowledge with both groups.

“Our club has worked hard to landscape our butterfly Garden for all our students to enjoy for years to come,” said this year’s Garden Club President Casey Lambert at the start of the assembly.

truck loaded with the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT into the lobby of a four-story building that Marines, soldiers, and sailors were staying in. Fredricks was in a building close by, completing a night watch, when the blast happened. It wasn’t long before he learned that 241 soldiers would not be coming home. Fredricks’ speech gave a voice to the men and women lost on that day.

“The nation’s fighting forces have a proud history. One of tragedy and triumph. Their legacy and that of over one million others that have lost their lives in the short history of this nation should not be that of mournful regret,” continued Fredricks. “We should revel in their spirit, their love for God and country, their love for life, and their love for each and every one of us here today. They’re gone but live on in every one of us, and their sacrifices reserve for them a place of honor in our history as well as in our hearts.”

Addis also spoke at the event.

sites, pools, a main clubhouse, and a market walk. There will also be a commercial zone along El Camino Real.

“Again, there’s no guarantee of approval if they are authorized to move forward, but there is a chance to analyze and process the application,” stated Senior Planner Kelly Gleason, who continued the presentation. “So if the council does authorize the project to move forward, there will be a formal application submittal and staff

“Every day at noon, we do a military salute, and we honor our military,” she said. “And then that’s when we do the flyover. So to me, that’s the most important part of each day.”

The Pioneer Day Committee has announced the schedule for this year’s events and fundraisers, all of which contribute to the continued success of Pioneer Day. As always, the community comes together to celebrate the heritage of Paso Robles and the surrounding areas.

donated $750 to Coats for Kids Atascadero and the Woodland Auto Display, and then $500 to Loaves & Fishes, Paso Robles — that makes a total $18,000 donated to local nonprofits.

New this year at the show was the “Model Building Make & Take.” Free for kids ages 8 to 14, the models were on display to compete for prizes and awards. William Chun helped present the show’s first model activity for the kids which proved to be a favorite. Eight-year-old Helena McDonald from Fresno came with her grandfather and won first place in the Make & Take. Turns out, McDonald loves to paint cars has aspirations to be a future hot rod painter.

Also new this year was the PokerWalk. Visitors were able to enjoy downtown at its fullest to collect cards at participating merchants and collect cards for their winning hand. Cash prizes and gift certificates were available for those winners. At the end, there was a $350 payout for

This year, the Garden Club members painted “kindness rocks” for the garden pathway and designed a mural on their two-touch wall.

“I liked when we painted the mural; that was really fun,” stated Art Ambassador Brady Spann.

They also added a fence around the garden and a bench inside, just to name a few things they’ve accomplished this year on top of planting a thriving garden.

“Our garden is filled with petunias, lavender, snapdragons, wisteria, poppies, geranium, pumpkins, butterfly bush, pansies, sunflowers, and many California wildflowers that we grew from seeds. I can’t wait for the butterflies to fly to our garden flowers,” added Delaney Roberts, the Garden Club’s vice president.

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At the assembly, the student officers also thanked the PTA, which funded the entire project and called them all forward to share their appreciation of having not only the garden but also the Garden Club.

“You get to experience what it feels like to garden stuff and to be with my friends,” said Garden Club Sentinel Jackson Jeckell. “When we first started this garden, it was just nothing, and then we did this all as a team.”

The students also thanked their families, teachers, community members, and nine wonderful donors. The officers also called attention to students who helped with all of the projects on campus this year.

“It was really fun to be a part of this club,” said Garden Club


Event Schedule:

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

Date: June 1

Location: Paso Robles Event Center

Details: Benefiting Pioneer Day, this festival has hosted over 2,500 craft beer lovers since 2012. Enjoy an array of craft beers in a festive atmosphere.

San Miguel Old Timers BBQ

Date: Aug. 25, 12-2 p.m.

Location: San Miguel Community Park

the PokerWalk.

“Today, we love them [fallen soldiers] back, and we do that through our service,” she said. “We do that through sacrifice when we can. We do that through our memories and making sure that we never forget those who have loved us and given their lives to do so.”

The Memorial Wreath was placed in honor of Mr. Atascadero, Robert “Bob” Wilkins, this year. Wilkins passed away earlier this year on Feb. 25. As well as being the first Mayor of Atascadero, he was also a Naval Reserves veteran, and founding board member and supporter of the Faces of Freedom Memorial. The wreath was placed by three of Wilkins children, Joyce Wilkins, Jane Hilty, and Jim Wilkins.

Dr. Alexander Castellanos played taps before the retiring of the colors. Bautts also returned to the podium for his closing Benediction, which he dedicated to veterans and their family members, as well as those who have lost military members.

technical review. We will also see this project before the DRC and Planning Commission before we finally make it to the council for final action.”

A motion passed unanimously to allow the applicant team to proceed with the amendments to the project as recommended. The next Atascadero City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m.

Details: Hosted by the San Miguel Lions Club, this event promises a delightful barbecue experience for all.

Pioneer Day Kickoff Party

Date: Sept. 28

Location: Estrella Warbird


Details: A fun-filled evening featuring a barbecue dinner, live and dessert auctions, music, dancing, and casino games. Meet the 2024 Royalty in a lively setting.

94th Annual Paso Robles

Golden State again expanded their judging categories, including one for women-owned vehicles that saw 17 entries. Other judging classes include early and modern muscle cars, customs, hot rods, special interests, and the traditional classic categories for cars and trucks. Custom trophies were designed and built by retired welder and club member Jim Jones — adding to the one-of-akind experience found at the car show.

The show even received a special visit from legendary customizer and fabricator Gene Winfield. Typically at the Santa Maria show this time of year, Winfield (at the prime age of 96 years old) came out to Paso Robles for the Golden State Pre-Show Party and the car show on Saturday. Everyone was excited to get photos and signatures from Winfield, who was more than happy to do so. Winfield became known for his work during the 1960s and his designs especially caught the

Reporter Iris Peliter. “I feel like we all had a really great experience here.”

And, of course, they celebrated Mrs. Jonsson for all her hard work and gifted her a beautiful crown. In return, Jonsson gifted each of her 12 officers a copy of her favorite book, “The Hobbit.”

“Being a part of the club is really special. Mrs. Jonsson is an amazing teacher,” said Garden Club Secretary Maddie Muhly. “She’s like absolutely incredible. She really cares about plants and earth, which has made me more into planting and stuff like that.”

“I had a lot of fun with Miss Katie Jo planting plants and delivering the butterflies,” added Garden Club Art Ambassador Keith Squires. “I got all excited because we were going to see

Pioneer Day Parade

Date: Oct. 12, 10 a.m.

Location: Downtown Paso


Details: This year’s parade will feature antique tractors, horsedrawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, youth groups, church groups, civic groups, floats, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles, and more.

For more information about the events, visit

attention of the film industry where much of his design work can be seen.

Golden State also presented Skip Bellinghausen with an award for his service to the veterans and community of Paso Robles. Serving in Vietnam as a tank commander, he was a member of Paso Robles Chapter 50, American Legion Riders for a few decades and the Commander for many years.

Smith especially wanted to thank the City of Paso Robles for their help in bringing the Golden State Classics Car Show to the community.

Golden State Classics Car Club is a nonprofit organization that promotes classic vehicles and supports local charities. Since 2015, their club has donated over $55,000 to local youth groups, service clubs, and other organizations from proceeds of their events — all while simultaneously providing a social outing for club members and families. To learn more, visit

them actually transform and then release them in the garden.”

The main event of the assembly was, of course, when the butterflies were released into the garden. Putting butterflies in each classroom was Jonsson’s idea to be able to include every student in Garden Club, even if they aren’t official members. Because nature can be a finicky thing, not every class’s butterflies were ready to fly free, so in addition to their butterflies, ladybugs were also released into the garden.

“I love watching them fly. It’s really beautiful,” said Garden Club Art Ambassador Parker Busick of the butterflies.

“I even got to hold a butterfly,” stated Garden Club Art Ambassador Tatiana Cordova after the


assembly was over. Beautiful wings from both the butterflies and ladybugs filled the air around the garden, and it was a sight to see.

“It’s a really unique group. They’re so positive,” said Jonsson of her officers. “They work together so well, and they set such a great example for every other kid that we have on campus. They’re so welcoming, and that’s exactly what you hope that leaders are. They really stepped into those shoes and absolutely filled them.”

All 12 members of the Garden Club officer team will head off to middle school next school year, but their contributions to the Santa Margarita Elementary campus will stay behind for future students to see.

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Cotton makes a comeback as tomato acreage decreases

Nationwide, growers are expected to plant about 10.6 million acres of mostly upland varieties

CALIFORNIA — California’s cotton acreage is expected to make a huge rebound this season, spurred by lower prices for competing crops and receding Tulare Lake levels.

But pima cotton, the premium variety predominantly grown in the state, has its own market challenges and has endured depressed prices for more than two years. With a potentially larger crop this year, the outlook for a market bump isn’t good.

“Pima has been really tough for growers,” said Merced County farmer Aaron Barcellos, who farms diversified crops near Dos Palos.

If growing conditions are ideal this summer, the pima crop could yield roughly 550,000 to 600,000 500-pound bales, adding more supply to an already sluggish market.

In its March 28 prospective plantings report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast 160,000 acres of cotton in California this year, up from 99,000 acres in 2023, the lowest in state history.

Based on an internal member survey, the Fresno-based California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association predicts even more cotton — 166,000 acres — will be planted, said CCGGA President and CEO Roger Isom. Of that, 135,000 acres will be pima, also known as extra-long-staple, or ELS, varieties. The remainder is upland varieties. Unlike the rest of the U.S. Cotton Belt, most of the state’s upland cotton is grown for seed.

Nationwide, growers are expected to plant about 10.6 million acres of mostly upland varieties this year, up about 4 percent from 2023, according to the USDA forecast.

Isom pointed to two main reasons for the state’s expected larger cotton acreage this year: In 2023, processing tomato canneries aggressively courted producers with record-high contracts of $138 per ton. This lured many away from cotton and into tomatoes, he said.

But tomato canneries contracted for fewer acres at $112.50 per ton this year, and garlic prices are lower. This made cotton more attractive, Isom said.

In addition, last year’s near-record rains and the reappearance of Tulare Lake flooded thousands of acres of historic cotton ground. Water levels have since receded, opening much of that ground to planting again.

Barcellos said he doubled his cotton acres this year compared to 2023, because of economics and few alternative crop options. In addition, he lost a processing tomato contract.

“I had to find something to do with that

ground,” he said.

Merced County farmer Cannon Michael, president of the family-owned diversified Bowles Farming Co. near Los Banos, said his conventional cotton acres are up about 9 percent this year, while organic acres are up about 150 percent. He increased organic acreage because land he was transitioning to organic became certified this season.

Michael said water supplies and commodity prices were factors in growers’ decisions to plant cotton this season.

Gary Martin, who farms tree and row crops near Firebaugh, said he increased his cotton acres by about 15 percent this year, adding he wasn’t able to plant some of his land last year due to flooding.

Because pima requires a longer season to mature than upland varieties, growers try to plant by April 20. This year, Martin finished planting April 27.

Much of the state’s cotton ground is served by south-of-delta water districts that are part of the federal Central Valley Project, which last month announced a 40 percent water allocation. This is despite full reservoirs and a slightly above-normal snowpack.

CVP exchange contractors, which have senior water rights, will receive 100 percent allocations. Martin is in one of those districts and will receive full deliveries.

The CVP announced an initial water allocation of 15 percent in mid-February as many growers were making planting plans. Without knowing whether that quantity would increase, Michael said many growers chose cotton, which is less expensive to plant and more drought tolerant than tomatoes.

Because of its quality, California ELS cotton has historically earned substantially more per pound than upland varieties. California ELS is running about $2 per pound, which Barcellos said doesn’t even cover production costs.

Barcellos pointed to reduced demand for home textiles, which include high-end sheets and towels, for some of the market malaise. About 60 percent to 70 percent of the state’s ELS cotton goes into these products.

While the retail side has been OK, he said buyers are still purchasing hand-to-mouth.

One of the challenges with pima, Martin said, is growers can’t lock in a price with a futures contract on one of the commodity trading platforms. This leaves them to take whatever price the market will offer at the time they want to sell.

Although growers keep hoping sales and prices will rebound, Barcellos said they haven’t seen it yet. When interest rates were much lower, it was easier to pencil out warehousing processed cotton bales until the market picked up. But he said interest rates topping 7 percent “really hurt.”


allocates $7M

to local nonprofits for homelessness response and affordable housing

Welcome Home Village (WHV) Project approved to provide house 80 individuals

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — On Tuesday, May 21, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $7.66 million across three funding sources for affordable housing and homelessness response efforts.

“The County of San Luis Obispo is committed to sustaining our homelessness response efforts while also pursuing new, evidence-based opportunities to prevent and end homelessness,” said Administrative Services Manager for the Homeless Services Division George Solis. “By supporting both immediate needs and longterm solutions, we aim to create a more stable and supportive environment for all residents of San Luis Obispo County.”

The Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) fund for Pismo Beach aims to support individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness by addressing housing-related needs. Allocated by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and managed by the County of San Luis Obispo, $414,190 in PLHA funds were distributed as follows: $363,750 to 5Cities Homeless Coalition for their Emergency Shelter Program and $50,439 for their Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention Program.

The Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) Program funds efforts to prevent and end homelessness, administered by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness and the County of San Luis Obispo.

The $4,652,793 in HHAP funds were allocated as follows: $1,237,137 to 5Cities Homeless Coalition for their Emergency Shelter Program, $615,655 for the Countywide Transitional-Age Youth Program, $1.4 million to Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo for the Prado Homeless Services Center, $1.2 million to Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo for

North County Permanent Supportive and Shelter Services, $100,000 to People’s Self-Help Housing for the Calle Joaquin Homekey Project, and $100,000 to Restorative Partners, Inc. for The Path Forward Project.

Additionally, $2.6 million in Senate Bill 1090 funds were committed to People’s Self-Help Housing for the Calle Joaquin Homekey Project, supporting affordable housing in response to the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Additional details on these grant allocations and future funding opportunities may be found on the County of San Luis Obispo’s website at

Also approved during the May 21 meeting was the Welcome Home Village (WHV) Project, consisting of 46 permanent supportive residential housing units and 34 interim supportive housing residential units located at the corner of Johnson and Bishop streets in the City of San Luis Obispo (SLO). The project is meant to reduce homelessness along the Bob Jones Trail encampment in SLO and will have the ability to house 80 individuals.

Supervisor Dawn Ortiz Legg recused herself from the site due to living in close proximity to the project site.

Many residents spoke out against the project’s location but some were still in favor of the project in its entirety.

Due to funding requirements, the project can only be located at county-owned locations near the Bob Jones Trail. The chosen location at the corner of Bishop and Johnson was deemed ideal to the county due to its adjacency to the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency Campus.

“I won’t be supporting this project today,” said Supervisor Debbie Arnold. “I understand the need for this.”

She expressed that the project is being rushed and the proposed area is already too dense.

The Welcome Home Village Project was approved with a 3-1 vote, with Arnold dissenting.


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Wine Country Theatre holds auditions for ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Wine Country Theatre is excited to announce auditions for the Broadway version of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’sCinderella” to be directed by Jacob Shearer. Performances will be held in August at the beautiful Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles.

All roles are open, and performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, abilities/ exceptionalities, and body types are welcome to audition. Wine Country Theatre will be offering the opportunity to submit auditions via email as well as in person.

In-person auditions will take place at the Plymouth Congregational Fellowship Hall in Paso Robles on Monday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Visit for further Cinderella audition information.

Motorcyclist dies in traffic collision; investigation ongoing

On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 4:23 p.m., Paso Robles Police Officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle traffic collision on Charolais Road, near the intersection of St. Andrews Circle.

Further investigation revealed a motorcycle rider had lost control and left the roadway after colliding with a curb. The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Department of Emergency Services. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of the family members.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with further information is asked to contact the PRPD.

Three arrested in connection with shooting

On Sunday, May 26, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a male seeking medical treatment for a gunshot wound at a local hospital.

Despite the victim’s reluctance to provide a statement, information from family members placed him in the vicinity of 34th Street and Spring Street.

Subsequent investigation led officers to evidence suggesting the shooting likely occurred at an apartment in the 3500 block of Spring Street. A search warrant was executed, and further evidence was located within the

residence, including a loaded firearm. A female and two males were taken into custody.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Paso Robles Police Department.

Volunteers sought to make a bang at 4th of July Celebration

The City of Paso Robles needs 25 volunteers to help put on this free community event.

The city is gearing up for another spectacular 4th of July celebration at Barney Schwartz Park, and it needs the community’s help to make it the best one yet. As the city prepares for what promises to be its biggest event yet, it is calling on the community to join them as volunteers.

This year’s celebration promises to be better than ever before, with an expanded Fun Zone for families, two live bands to keep the energy high, and an awe-inspiring fireworks display that will light up the night sky. With admission and parking completely free, it’s no wonder that the event has tripled in attendance over the past two years, and with July 4 falling on a Thursday this year, the city is expecting an even larger crowd.

To ensure the success of this prized community event, the city is looking for approximately 25 dedicated volunteers to join in the effort. Volunteer shifts are just two hours each, allowing volunteers to enjoy the festivities while also giving back to their community.

Whether community members are interested in serving as a lake/pump track monitor, an exclusion zone monitor, or a parking attendant, there’s a role for everyone to play in making the celebration a success.

As a token of the city’s appreciation for your support, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, premium parking, and a meal voucher to enjoy during their well-deserved break. But more than just the perks, volunteering is an opportunity to connect with the community, make new friends, and be a part of something truly special.

“We believe in taking good care of our volunteers because we can’t do this without them,” said Volunteer Coordinator Lovella Walker. “We appreciate anyone and everyone who steps up to assist in making this free community event a success for our attendees.”

If you’re ready to join the city in making this year’s 4th of July celebration one to remember, you are encouraged to email Walker at

to sign up as a volunteer today. For more information about the 4th of July celebration, including event details and updates, please visit july4

Centennial Park parking lot closure for maintenance

The City of Paso Robles is announcing the temporary closure of the large parking lot at Centennial Park for necessary repairs, resurfacing, and striping. The closure will take place from Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, June 6. The parking lot will remain open on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.

Closure Period: Tuesday, May 28, through Tuesday, June 6 (closed on weekdays, open on the weekend of June 1-2).

Maintenance Activities: The project includes comprehensive parking lot repairs, installation of a new ADA-compliant ramp, and new pavement striping.

Project Duration: The project should only take a week to complete, if for any reason it needs to go past June 6, the public will be notified. The contractor is obligated to finish within 20 days.

Alternative Parking

Arrangements: During the closure period, visitors are requested to park on Nickerson Drive and on neighborhood streets that run perpendicular to Nickerson Drive. Please plan for a few extra minutes to park and walk to your destination within the park.

Access During Maintenance: All sidewalks leading into Centennial Park will remain open and accessible throughout the maintenance period, ensuring pedestrian access is unaffected.

The City of Paso Robles appreciates your patience and understanding as they undertake these important improvements to enhance the safety and accessibility of Centennial Park.

Spaces still available in Atascadero and Paso Robles for high-quality summer day care

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast want local families to know that spots are filling fast at their Atascadero and Paso Robles-Flamson clubs for their very popular summer camps. For those families that want a rewarding, high-quality summer experience for their kids, the Boys & Girls Club is here for you.

The Atascadero Club, located at 6100 Olmeda Ave., begins its all-day Summer program on June 13, while the Flamson

Club in Paso Robles, located at 600 26th St., begins on June 12. The popular clubs offer games, crafts, science activities, outdoor play, and more Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the low price of $600 per child for the whole summer.

ELOP (Extended Learning Opportunity) Funded camp registrations are available at our Atascadero Club for youth in grades TK through 6 who qualify. CAPSLO and other financial assistance is also available.

Visit join to sign up today. For more information regarding Summer Camp or for ELOP funding availability, contact the Atascadero Club at (805) 635-1358 or call the Flamson Club in Paso Robles at (805) 257-3088.

Twin Cities first on the Central Coast with Olympus EVIS X1 system for advanced GI procedures

Adventist Health Twin Cities Perioperative Services is now using state-of-the-art, real-time images to help physicians detect, distinguish and treat gastrointestinal (GI) and intraoperative disorders via the EVIS X1 system with the 4K visual upgrade.

“It’s important for our communities to know that Adventist Health Twin Cities is utilizing this advanced technology,” said Eleze Armstrong, Interim CEO of Adventist Health Twin Cities and Adventist Health Sierra Vista. “This system gives our teams tools for early identification and diagnosis of potential colorectal cancer, which is essential in providing the best path of treatment and getting the best outcomes for patients.”

The system utilizes three sophisticated technologies to give physicians enhanced visual tools:

Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) technology, which uses short wavelengths of light to view surface patterns and blood vessels and is an important tool in identifying upper and lower GI disorders; Red Dichromatic Imaging (RDI) technology, which uses longer wavelengths of light than NBI to penetrate more deeply into human mucosal tissue;

• Texture and Color Enhancement Imaging (TXI), which splits the images, enhances the texture and brightness, and then merges the split images back together to more clearly define subtle tissue differences.

Representatives from Olympus America say that Twin Cities is the first in the Central Coast area to implement the system, which they call the most advanced endoscopic system they have produced.

Twin Cities’ nurse is building a track record of success

While it is fairly well understood that Emergency Departments (ED’s) are a fast-paced environments that require expertise, discipline and quick action, Rosalie Smith, an ED nurse at Adventist Health Twin Cities in Templeton, has taken that to a completely different field.

Different field – as in track and field.

Smith coaches both the boys and the girls track and field programs for Templeton High School and guided the girls to their second-consecutive Cali-

fornia Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Division III championship under her leadership. The girls had seven first-place finishers on the day, including both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, which shows the quality of coaching the importance of teamwork as well as technique and enhancing skills.

Three of her Templeton students — Frannie Perry in the 1,600 meters, Keani Neuhs in the 800 meters, and Josh Bell in the 3,200 meters — participated in the CIF State Championships (May 24-25) after the Masters meet (an event where top finishers qualify for the state championships) where Templeton’s girls team finished 11th and the boys finished 18th out of 101 Central Section schools. Bell won the 3,200 meters at the Masters and the boys 4 x 800 broke a school record in finishing 14th at the Masters.

“I am so proud to be involved with our Templeton community in so many ways — as a nurse, as a runner and as a coach,” said Smith, who is also the president of the Templeton Run Club.

“These girls worked so hard to achieve the CIF championship, and so did all the coaches. We couldn’t do it without all of us together as a team that cares for each other and their community. It’s inspiring.”

Mass casualty drill successfully conducted at Adventist Health Twin Cities Templeton residents, workers, and Adventist Health Twin Cities’ team members might have noticed a preponderance of tents and emergency personnel at Twin Cities on May 8. While they might not have been surprised too much — after all, Twin Cities is San Luis Obispo County’s busiest Emergency Department — the good news is that it was only a drill.

Twin Cities and Adventist Health Sierra Vista, which is the County’s only designated Trauma Center, took part in a successful drill that simulated a Mass Casualty Incident as part of the county’s emergency preparedness activities. The fictional scenario for the drill was for a response to a commercial passenger jet crash into a Paso Robles vineyard because of technical difficulties. Six physicians joined Adventist Health Central Coast Service Area leadership, clinical staff, facilities/security, and new nurse graduates (who played our patients) in the exercise.

“The goal was to be prepared to receive patients of any number in 15 minutes,” said Emma Wilcox, emergency preparedness coordinator for Adventist Health Central Coast, who was the lead in coordinating the activities.

“The emphasis to quickly set up enough equipment to receive patients in a controlled manner was successful. It was an excellent exercise thanks to committed staff involvement. There were a lot of great takeaways from the simulation, including that we have a very, very professional team that cares deeply for our communities.”

Adventist Health Twin Cities adds Raptor Visitor Management System Twin Cities has successfully implemented the Raptor visitor registration system to enhance hospital security. The system uses government-issued photo IDs of visitors and can quickly alert safety personnel to certain potential threats. In turn, secu-

rity staff and, if necessary, law enforcement personnel can take appropriate steps to keep patients, staff, and volunteers safe. The visitor badges include a photo, the name of the visitor, and the visitors’ destination — which allows for tracking which visitors are in the building.

“I think the benefit we see on a day-to-day basis is that it makes it easier for our teams to identify visitors and assist them in seeing their loved ones or directing them to where they may need to go,” said Eleze Armstrong, interim CEO of Adventist Health Twin Cities and Adventist Health Sierra Vista. “From a safety point of view, it provides important real-time background checks and, more than a security tool, it helps identify who is in the building in case of an emergency.”

Adventist Health acquires Maternal Fetal Medicine/OB clinic

The Maternal Fetal Medicine/OB clinic at 35 Casa St., Suite 270, is now part of Adventist Health and is open and seeing new patients starting this week. The addition brings the number of clinics in the Adventist Health Central Coast Service Area to 11.

“Maternal-fetal medicine is very important in identifying risks for complications for mothers, as well being important for appropriate care if there are risks,” said Eleze Armstrong, interim CEO of Adventist Health Twin Cities and Adventist Health Sierra Vista. “Having this type of expertise in the heart of San Luis Obispo County enhances the tremendous scope of care we offer our communities.”


Summer Youth Kickball signups open for summer 2024 Kick-off your summer by joining the City of Atascadero’s Summer Youth Kickball League. The league will run from June 25 through July 30 and will feature two divisions based on grade. The 3rd through 5th division will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The 6th through 8th division will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

The league will consist of practice for the first week where staff will go over some of the basic skills & rules. The following weeks will consist of games twice a week for the remaining weeks. All practices and games will be held at the Colony Park Softball fields located at 5599 Traffic Way. All players will receive a league shirt as well as a participation medal. Registration ends June 10.


Art Center Morro Bay proudly presents Show Off and Wildlife exhibits Come see the best of the best during “Show Off” at Art Center Morro Bay. This exhibition celebrates a community of talented artists by letting members select two of their best and most representative pieces for a show that will be rich in both diversity and medium. For this show, Art Center Morro Bay will be awarding first-, second-, and third-place ribbons. Judging will be by a professional artist to be determined.

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also pleased to host Central Coast Printmakers’ captivating member exhibition, “Wildlife,” from June 27 through Aug. 5, as they celebrate 40 years as a local art group. This magical showcase of hand-pulled art print images will feature imagined and real creatures that live on California’s beautiful Central Coast.

Members will feature an exciting variety of art prints that use traditional printmaking techniques honoring wildlife and the ways that these charmed critters enrich our lives.

In addition to the two shows, Phillip Lopez, a popular and talented ceramicist will also display his striking art as the Art Center Morro Bay’s Featured Artist. The community is in for a visual treat, whether they are attending these three exhibits to view or to purchase.

Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Art Center Morro Bay is located at 835 Main St., Morro Bay. For more information contact them at (805) 772-2504, or

School threat at Los Osos Middle School linked to teen in Arizona


MAY 20, 2024 03:38 — Jorgeluis Fernandez was

09:12 — Dustin Nathan Panasuk, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2100 Block of Spring St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED


SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 241627 14:19 —Gilberto Arevaloibarra, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2800 Block of Riverside Ave for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED LICENSE [14601.1(A)VC], FALSE VEHICLE REGISTRATION [4462.5 VC], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241630

Donald Jay Avery Jr. was born on December 31, 1971, and passed away on May 15, 2024. A native son to San Luis Obispo County, spanning five generations. Donald was survived by his two children, Donald and Ella Avery; his former wife, Erin Avery; his three Sisters, Tess Avery, Lila Avery-Fuson, and Amber Avery-Fragione; his Nieces and Nephews, Mariah Avery, Bailey Torrey,

Harley Bailey, 69, of Gardnerville, NV, went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2024.

Harley was born in Paso Robles, CA, on June 25, 1954, and attended Paso schools as well as West Hills College in Coalinga. While in college, he worked for Harris Feedlot on the hospital crew, where he furthered his knowledge and skills with cattle and

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has identified the suspect behind a threat made against Los Osos Middle School. On Wednesday, May 22, a staff member at the middle school received the threat on their personal cell phone at approximately 2:50 p.m. In response, the school was placed on lockdown, and students were evacuated under a heavy law enforcement presence as a precaution, since school dismissal was scheduled for 2:55 p.m.

Further investigation by detectives determined that the threat was not credible. The call was traced to Peoria, Arizona, where it was found to be made by a 13-year-old teen. This individual has a history of making similar threats to schools across the country. Law enforcement authorities in Arizona are now investigating the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office has since cleared both the interior and the grounds of the school. The incident remains under investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

Seven arrested in multi-agency operation targeting child sexual predators

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, and Office of the Attorney General announced today

Bella Torrey, Abigail Avery, Luke Torrey, and one Great Nephew Asher O’Keefe.

Son to Don Avery and Karen Avery-Lewis (may they rest in peace), and Grandson to former Templeton Blacksmith owners Robert and Margaret Tullock. Also, a Grandson to Dutch and Angela Avery, who were closely tied to Camp Robert’s, i.e., Camp Robert’s Historical Museum. Our family has deep roots in this community.

horses. His love and involvement in the cattle industry continued throughout his life.

Another great love Harley had was for Flat Track motorcycle racing. While he competed in his high school years, his love of the sport continued to his very last days. He had great conversations with young and old about the speed on the track.

Harley was a skilled heavy equipment operator. He

the arrests of seven suspects as part of a three-day, multiagency operation that targeted human traffickers and child sexual predators.

The operation took place May 15-17, and targeted adults seeking to sexually exploit children and victims of sex trafficking by using undercover agents and detectives posing as minors on various social media platforms and websites commonly used by predators.

“Trafficking of children and adults for sex or labor is not ignored or overlooked here in San Luis Obispo County,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.

“The San Luis Obispo County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force continues to aggressively pursue traffickers and would-be purchasers of children or adults for exploitation. I am grateful to the California Department of Justice for their outstanding partnership with our local agencies in apprehending these seven individuals who attempted to prey on vulnerable children in our county.”

“This operation reminds us yet again we must remain vigilant against those who would do harm to our most precious and vulnerable resource, our children,” said Sheriff Ian Parkinson. “I am extremely grateful for the cooperation between the California Department of Justice, the San Luis

Donnie was a computer genius, landing a job in Seattle Washington with Microsoft for many years.

He later returned home to the central coast and began a hunting guiding business with his brother-in-law, Kevin Fuson. They led many hunting guide excursions together and made many friends within law enforcement. Donnie was always smiling and had a great outlook on life. He loved his

learned to cut grade with a dozer from the older generation of operators. He could look at a building pad and know corrections to be made. In his later years, he purchased a backhoe and became proficient with it as well, on his own ranch.

Harley was preceded in death by his parents, James and Blanche Bailey, and his niece, Deanise Heer. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Evelyn, his brother Dean, and

Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and those units of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, namely, the Special Operations Unit, which ultimately led to these arrests. Together, we have taken a crucial step in safeguarding our community.”

“Let me be absolutely clear: Using the internet to target children for sex is a reprehensible and despicable crime,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “If you go after our children, we will hold you accountable. I’m deeply grateful to our partners in San Luis Obispo County for their efforts to help keep our kids safe. At the California Department of Justice, we will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to protect the people of our state. Together, we can forge a safer future for all vulnerable individuals who rightfully deserve protection, freedom, and justice.”

The suspects are facing felony charges such as contact of a minor with the intent of sex, attempted lewd act with a child, and sending harmful content with the intent to seduce a minor. All seven suspects were arrested and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on the previously mentioned charges. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’sOffice will be conducting the prosecutions.

family above all else.

He also enjoyed fishing, hiking, surfing, kayaking, and anything related to the outdoors. He loved animals and enjoyed reading, especially on topics of religion and spirituality.

Donnie will forever be in our hearts, and will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

Written by: Amber Avery-Fragione

his family and cousins, who were so dear to him.

In lieu of flowers, please take time to hug those close to you. Be kind to one another and choose to do something special for someone near to you. A private service will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory

It is important to note that criminal charges must be proven in a court of law by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Additional information and resources to support survivors of human trafficking isavailable here oag. during-national-human-trafficking-prevention-month-attorney-general-bonta-shares

Community Workshop scheduled for Oceano Memorial Park playground replacement

The County of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department invites interested participants to attend the first community workshop to help us envision the style and play elements for the playground replacement project for theOceano Memorial Park.

The community workshop will take place on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Oceano Memorial Park, Sparrow Day Use Area, located at 1330 Dewey Drive, Oceano.

[14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241658

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16:12 — Juvencio Delacruzgarcia, of San Miguel was on view arrest on the 900 Park St for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 241633 22:30 — Michel Edward Contreras, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick St for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 241636 00:00 — Jarrid Michael Schroeder was summoned/cited on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241628

07:41 — Edgar Daniel Rios, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of 24th and Spring Streets for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241638

08:33 — Nicholas Lawrence Davis, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of 22nd and Park Streets for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241639

13:55 — Benjamin Ryan Derringer, of San Luis Obispo was summoned/ cited on the corner of 13th and Paso Robles Streets for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241642

17:13 — Heide Sue Loya — of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1400 Block of Creston Rd for SHOPLIFTING UNDER $950 [459.5(A)PC], Case no. 241634 15:33 — Efrain Moreno Vasquez, of Grover Beach was taken into custody on the 700 Block of Spring St for OUTSIDE WARRANT- MISDEMEANOR [O/W-M], Case no. 241632

20:11 — Enrique Rubio, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 100 Block of Santa Ynez Ave for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241644

22:38 — Omar Severiano Rojo, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 500 Block of Spring St for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], Case no. 241646

23:24 — Timothy Christopher Scanlon, of San Luis Obispo was taken into custody on the 1800 Block of Ramada Dr for OUTSIDE WARRANT- MISDEMEANOR [O/W-M], Case no. 241647 00:00 — Margarito Vasquezsabino, Case no. 241643

MAY 22, 2024

03:53 — Carolos Rendon, Jr., of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of 23rd and Spring Streets for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241648

05:47 — Adrian Maldonadochavez, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of 16th and Spring Streets for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT-MISDEMEANOR

[O/W-M], Case no. 241649

00:00 — Faustino Ortegajulio, of Paso Robles, Case no. 241650

17:58 — Enrique Velasquezzargoza was taken into custody on the 2400 Block of Spring St for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI

23:48 — Graciela Aguilar, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 3400 Block of Spring St for BATTERY [242PC], Case no. 241661

MAY 23, 2024


[11377(A)H&S], Case no. 241662

13:35 — Elijah Daniel Kulinski, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2600 Block of Riverside Ave for THEFT USING FORCE/ROBBERY [211 PC], Case no. 241663

16:23 — Matthew John Hubble, of Paso Robles for DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241667

19:15 — Willie Rose Martin, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1900 Block of Golden Hill Rd for UNLAWFUL


MAY 24, 2024 00:45 — James Gordon Korski, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 1800 Block of Ramada Dr for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT-FELONY [O/W-F], Case no. 241669 01:24 — Tennasen Renae Davern, of Watsonville was on view arrest on the corner of Spring and 18th Streets for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241670 10:45 — Jason Lynn Allen was taken into custody on the 1100 Block of Black Oak for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A) H&S], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 241675 13:35 — Archie George Mardikian, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1200 Block of Ysabel Ave for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT

on view arrest on the 2900 Block of Park St for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], PROBABTION VIOLATION
Case no.
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“It is good to realize that, If Love and Peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor natures gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.” — Jimmy Carter

We welcome June with its lush landscapes and abundant life as it deepens our connection to nature and the earth while offering us

many observances to enjoy.

Our Main Street Association Calendar is quiet this month in preparation for late summer and a full calendar through the end of 2024. We’d like to say thank you to all of our volunteers who tirelessly give their time, efforts, and talents to keep Main Street moving forward while maintaining our small-town heritage. We invite you to stop by the office for information on everything Paso Robles. We have updated magazines and newspapers along with brochures on things to do and see.

We know that music is one of the world’s most beautiful art forms, so we take pride in promoting “The Concerts in the Park” which begin on June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., and

continue every Thursday through August 29 offering live music, free for everyone. There is food and beverages available to purchase (or bring your own). We need music — it can lift our spirits, calm our minds, and provide us with a sense of comfort and solace in times of need.

Plato mentions: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gravity to life and everything.”

June 14 is Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of our United States Flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.

“When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a nation ... Freedom, Equality, Justice and

Hope.” — Ronald Reagan Father’s Day is celebrated on June 16, to honor the contributions that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives. George Straight sings it: “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end.”

Juneteenth is always on the 19th of the month. It’s a federal holiday acknowledging the end of slavery in 1865.

Summer Solstice arrives on June 20, bringing us the longest day and shortest night of the year. This balance between light and dark is a reminder of the need for harmony in our lives. The next day, June 21, presents the Strawberry Super-moon. It appears unusually full and bright because it’s closest to the earth in it’s

orbit. It’s name reminds us it’s strawberry harvest time, not the color of the moon .

Ending June and beginning July marks the mid-point of the year. It’s the perfect time for reflection: Review by assessing the progress made toward your goals set at the beginning of the year, and realizing your actions and intentions for the remaining months.

“Without dreams and goals, there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” — Mark Twain.

Enjoy Downtown and the month of June, stay positive and have fun!

Karyl Lammers is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at

Atascadero Happenings: Sunny days and summer

Summer — we’re here for ya! I’m usually not a summertime fan — the heat is not my favorite — but after all the rain, I’m very excited to get outdoors and be active.

First up, we have The 10th Annual Lighthouse 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day. It will take place on June 2 at Oyster Ridge Event Center. Runners and walkers are welcome. There will also be events for the kids, a half-mile race and a 100-yard dash

for those under 6 years old. And then there’s a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis, a DJ, face painting, a bounce house, and raffles for great prizes donated by local businesses. Most importantly, this event will support an amazing cause, LIGHTHOUSE is dedicated to strengthen our community by overcoming youth addiction through awareness, prevention and intervention. Lori Bagby is an organizer of the event: A friend and a local rockstar real estate agent, she lost her son to addiction and has used that pain to build up our community.

Tickets will be sold up until the day of the race and can be found at

Another favorite event is the Atascadero Lakeside Winefest. Held at the Lake Park on June 22 from 4 to 8 p.m., the event has local wineries

D-Day. June 6, 1944. 80 years ago. Operation Overlord. Years in the planning and making, it involved the greatest, most diverse group of forces ever assembled — some called it “The Greatest Military Operation in History.” This massive invasion of France was the beginning of breaking the Nazi stronghold on Europe, leading to their eventual uncondi -

tional surrender on May 7, 1945. This is one of the most significant anniversaries in history.

Camp Roberts was built in 1940 and became the Army’s largest Training Center for World War II. It was named in honor of Army Corporal Harold W. Roberts, who died heroically in France during World War I to save his crewmate. At its peak during WWII, the camp trained up to 47,000 soldiers daily.

Hollywood stars, some of whom were there in training, often entertained the troops in a large, outdoor bowl. During the Korean War era in the 1950s, training continued.

In 1971, the base was turned over to the California Army National Guard, which continues to use it. Camp Roberts is home

This month, we celebrate 27 years of community, wine, and art at the most anticipated wine festival on the Central Coast, The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest. This festival stands as a testament to the spirit of our amazing community. It brings together residents and visitors

alike to enjoy exceptional local wines, craft beers, ciders, art, and music. Not only is this a great chance to enjoy all wine country has to offer, but it also offers a chance to connect with neighbors, friends, and family by the beautiful Atascadero Lake.

The story of the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest began nearly three decades ago when a group of passionate individuals, led by the incredible Barbie Butz, decided to create something special — a true Atascadero experience crafted for locals to celebrate community and welcoming visitors to join the festivities. As a bonus, festival ticket sales would help support our town’s zoo, the Charles Paddock Zoo. Their vision materialized into the hallmark

and breweries converging on the grass under the huge oaks to serve up tastings. The event booths continue into the zoo and includes artists, musicians, and food vendors. Tickets can be purchased online at I’ve volunteered for a few years at this event and it is always a beautiful day.

Since I am the optical lady, I wanted to take a minute to talk about sunglasses and summer. Keep your eyes safe while you are enjoying outdoor activities! The sun’s ultraviolet rays are known to cause cataracts, pterygium, corneal sunburn, macular degeneration, and other not fun things. Quality sunglasses can prevent or slow down these conditions and I always recommend polarized lenses for cutting the bright Central Coast glare. Depending on your preference,

to the largest Army museum in the west and features displays from the time of the Salinan people through the recent conflicts in the Middle East.

The museum was the dream of Al Davis, a Paso Robles resident and military history buff.

Recently, I was ushered through the myriad of exhibits built by museum curator and chairman for the past 22 years, Gary McMaster, and his dedicated helpers. Two historic buildings house the collections. A large house with a pillared porch features a video room, a military research library, an archival room, office, and gift shop.

In honor of Corporal Roberts, a re-creation of the parlor from his grandmother’s home is set up with his portrait hanging on the wall. Nearby, a statue of a horse

event we know, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest, quickly becoming a local favorite across the coast. This year’s festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., promises to be spectacular. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Atascadero Lake, attendees can enjoy unlimited tastings from over 100 premier Central Coast wines and a selection of fine beers and ciders. But that’s not all — festival-goers can also purchase delicious food, explore unique art, and rock out to the tunes of The Joy Bonner Band. The Roar & Pour experience is also back again this year. Attendees will also have complimentary entry into the Charles Paddock Zoo and enjoy wine up close

there are three common colors of polarized lenses.

Grey will block the most light, darkening things the most, and keep colors looking true and natural. Best for bright beach days and full sun.

Brown lenses will increase contrast and make sunsets look stunning. Golfers prefer brown as it increases definition in green turf. Brown is great for days that are overcast or foggy.

Green lenses are similar to grey as far as color definition, and have a more “vintage” vibe. Green is versatile and will provide good contrast, great for sunny and low light conditions.

Other options can be a mirror treatment, very on-trend right now and it will also block additional glare and light. A back-side antiglare treatment on the lenses will also improve clarity and prevent you from seeing

reminds us that, as an Army private, Roberts served in the Mounted Cavalry in the Philippines. One room is dedicated to the vital civilian working force and the Women’s Army Corps (WACS). The second building is the Annex, which was originally a post office. There, you will find pictures of the Italian and German POW sites that were situated across the highway. A group exhibit represents the many countries that have been our allies in the Middle East. One room is dedicated to a display of equipment from the satellite communications site on the base, which is maintained by regular Army. There is an outdoor exhibit of tanks, howitzers, and helicopters. Walls in both buildings are

and personal with the wild animals.

We invite everyone to join us at this celebration by the Atascadero Lake. Whether you’re a long-time resident, a neighbor from the surrounding towns, or a first-time visitor, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest offers a chance to experience the heart of our community.  Tickets are available now, so don’t miss out on the most sought-after wine festival on the Central Coast! Visit our website at for tickets, festival FAQs, and more information. See you there! Upcoming Events Register for upcoming events at

an annoying reflection of your own eye in the lens.

Many shops downtown carry quality sunglasses. Black Sheep, Rumor, Farron Elizabeth, and of course — me at Specs. For active sports, I recommend checking out 805 Boardshop for wrapped sunglass options. I carry Alba Optics, from Milan, designed for cycling and running. I can do prescription lenses in many of the frames 805 Boardshop offers. We can then customize the lenses for your specific visual needs. Feel free to reach out with questions or for a personalized consultation at

Happy Summer, and enjoy the sunshine!

Kyla Skinner is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at

covered extensively with historic photographs. Gary has traveled to many countries in his long military career and brings extensive expertise and enthusiasm to the museum.

Hours open are Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and their phone number is (805) 238-8288. Camp Roberts is 2 miles north of San Miguel on Highway 101, Exit 244. A valid driver’s license, current license, and insurance documents for your vehicle are required.

Where would we be without our history! Visit a museum, or better yet, volunteer. It’s fun, and you meet the neatest people.

Lynne Schmitz is an independent opinion columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest

Saturday, June 22 | 4 to 8 p.m.

Location: Atascadero Lake Park

Enjoy unlimited tastings of 100 premier wines from the Central Coast and beyond at a sun-kissed lakeside location! Enjoy live music, art, craft beer, cideries, and more at the most anticipated wine festival on the coast. You’re encouraged to bring a blanket and a low-back chair to enjoy the afternoon by the lake. Live music and other WOW factor activities will fill the park for a spectacular Wine Fest experience. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo. Josh Cross is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at

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Downtown Pismo Beach

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

This family friendly event features live music, vendors, a charity cruise, award ceremony and of course classic cars through downtown, the Pismo Pier and Plaza.


JUNE 1, JULY 6, AUG. 3 & SEP. 7



Templeton Library

1173 S. Main Street, Templeton


Over 30 vendors of Western silver, saddles, vintage clothing, wine decor, jewelry, books, collectibles and crafts will be displaying their wares. There is a coffee truck and always a burger, pizza or burrito food truck on hand. Join us for these events.




Oyster Ridge Event Venue

5991 W Pozo Road, Santa

Margarita 8am

The 10th Annual Lighthouse 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day is kicking off! This year’s scenic site? The gently rolling hills and tidy trails of Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyards. Start at the stunning Oyster Ridge Event Center and wind your way around the vines of this beautiful venue. Ideal for runners trying to set a quick trail time, or for wandering walkers taking in the views.


Paso Robles, Firestone Walker Taproom 1400 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles


As per tradition, they will be hosting a brunch in their taproom before you hit the road after the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. Anticipate Chef Specials and a warm welcome from their crew.

JUNE 11, 18, 25


Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand 7-8pm

Weekly free concerts will run from June 11 through August 20 this year, every Tuesday evening at the Atascadero Lake Park bandstand. It's a wonderful small-town happening.

JUNE 13, 20, 27


City Park, Downtown Paso Robles


Enjoy listening to live music under the evening sky. June 13: JD Project (rock, country), June 20: Dulcie Taylor (rockin’ Americana roots), and June 27: Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band (country, rock n’ roll).



Pavilion on the Lake, Atascadero

5 to 10 p.m.

Thirty-two wineries will participate in a tasting on the pavilion deck overlooking the lake and then with a sit-down gourmet dinner that includes both a live and silent auction. The silent auction goes online June 1.

JUNE 15 AND 20



Atascadero Lake Park


Sit and dance by the lake listening to live music by various artists. June 15–

Rock Odyssey and June 29–Cinders Blues Band.

JUNE 21–SEP. 6



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




Pavilion on the Lake 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero

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




Stay tuned for more details

Join the 27th Anniversary of Atascadero WineFest at Atascadero Lake Park from 4 pm to 8 pm. Over 100 wines from 50+ wineries, breweries, artisans, and

artists by the lake. Enjoy unlimited tastings, live music, and a unique “roarand-pour” experience with zoo animals. Proceeds support Charles Paddock Zoo. Details at




Barney Schwartz Park, 2970 Union Road, Paso Robles

2–10 p.m.

The City of Paso Robles, along with Travel Paso, is offering a family-friendly event throughout the day and culminating with a fireworks show at night.



Downtown Templeton


Details: Start the day with the Pancake Breakfast at 7am, and then grab a seat for the hometown parade at 10am


Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero

2–8 p.m.

Presented by Colony Days and the Printery Foundation, the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival will offer music, boating, bounce houses, games and more. There will be food, bear and wine available for purchase. For information, visit atascaderofourt

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PRHS senior receives Weyhrich Leadership Award

Elie Chavez was awarded the medal for her passionate, confident, and hardworking leadership traits

PASO ROBLES — On Tuesday, May 21, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Chambers was filled with families from throughout the county who came to watch their students receive special recognition. Paso Robles High School (PRHS) senior Elidia (Elie) Chavez was recognized for her outstanding leadership at school and in her community. The County Board of Supervisors and the Community Foundation presented Chavez with the 2024 Weyhrich Leadership Award and medal for her passionate, confident, and hardworking leadership traits. Chavez has excelled academically while leading as ASB president, the 2024 Paso Robles High School “student trustee,” and served in

prior years on both the Student Council and the Student Senate. According to a press release from the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Chavez has the courage to “step out of the box” and thus lead, whether in school or the community. She likes to make a difference in people’s lives and affect change. Her approach is to identify a problem, research its background, develop a survey to gather data, and then work for a successful outcome. She has the skills to be respectful and the confidence to “speak up,” especially during times of tense school or community debates about diverse but important school policies.

In school with her classmates, teachers, and mentors, and with the scholarship interviewers, she is humble and kind and inspires others with her integrity and her evident work ethic. Always soft-spoken yet disciplined and determined, she shows that reliability and hard work pay off. Chavez will be attending the University of San Diego and hopes to become a mechanical engineer, where her personal skills in time

Brad Paisley to perform at California Mid-State Fair

PASO ROBLES — The California Mid-State Fair has announced Brad Paisley has been confirmed to perform on Saturday, July 20. An opening act will be announced at a later date. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center and is part of Michelob Ultra Concert Series.

Ticket prices for the show are $125, $100, $70, and $50 and will go on sale Friday, May 31, starting at 10 a.m., to the general public. New this year is a program called “Local Fan of the Fair” which will allow registered local fans one-hour early access to purchase tickets. For more information about this early access, please visit

Tickets can be purchased on the California Mid-State Fair’s official website at The Box Office cannot guarantee the authenticity or validity of any tickets purchased outside of our official channel.

Brad Paisley has earned his place in country music history as one of the genre’s most talented and decorated male solo artists. For more than 20 years, his songwriting and unmatched showmanship have won him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 15 Academy

of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards, including a highly coveted Entertainer of the Year honor and recognition as the most successful CMA Award co-host in history, alongside Carrie Underwood, for 11 consecutive years. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley has written 21 of his 25 No. 1 hits, and in 2008 became the first artist to achieve 10 consecutive Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 singles. The superstar’s past works have amassed nearly 5 billion career streams.

The 2024 California Mid-State Fair runs July 17 through July 28 and this year’s theme is “Wide Open Spaces!”

management will undoubtedly facilitate her goal to continue to be a highly productive student and leader.

About the Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Award

The Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Award was established at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County through a generous bequest of Richard John Weyhrich. As a young man, Weyhrich graduated from West Point and received a commission in the U.S. Army, embarking on a leadership path that would define his career. As a successful financial advisor and consultant, Weyhrich later helped establish the Hebert Alumni Center at the West Point Military Academy. Weyhrich also supported numerous local organizations, including Hospice of San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College, the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, and the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. His driving passion was empowering and encouraging individuals with leadership potential, a passion that continues to live on through this scholarship.

Two PRHS students clinch first and second place in Regional Trig Star Contest


PASO ROBLES — Students at Paso Robles High School (PRHS) recently participated in the regional Trig Star Math Contest. Hosted by PRHS math teacher Evan Clark and administered by the California Land Surveyors Association, eight bright students from Paso Robles High School showcased their math skills.

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District announced that three Bearcats achieved the top three placements at the high school level, and two students placed first and second at the state level. Every year, students get the opportunity to participate in the Trig Star Contest organized by Clark, a dedicated math teacher at PRHS. Over six weeks, students from grades 9-12 dive into the world of land surveying, exploring topics like right triangle trigonometry, the Law of Sines, and the Law of Cosines. After their hard work, they put their skills to the test with a one-hour exam, where both speed and accuracy are key. Participants also stand a chance to win scholarships. Two of their students clinched first and second place in the regional contest, and now their scores are headed to the state.

Congratulations to the following recognized Bearcats:

• Ocean Medeiros: First place PRHS, first place regionally

• Christian Serna: Second place PRHS, second place regionally Unika Bailey: Third place PRHS, fourth place regionally

About Trig-Star

Trig-Star is an annual mathematics competition based on the practical application of trigonometry. The goal of the program is to demonstrate practical uses for mathematics and bring greater awareness of the land surveying profession.

The window tinting will help the dental center maintain cooler temperatures during the sweltering heat

PASO ROBLES — In show of community support, A-1 Glass, a full-service glass company in Paso Robles, has donated its window tinting services to Tolosa Children’s Dental Center. This collaboration demonstrates A-1 Glass’s commitment to enhancing the local community’s well-being beyond its glass services. This donation included the installation of high-quality Solar Gard film, ensuring a protective, welcoming, and modern environment for patients and staff alike. The window tinting will help the dental center maintain cooler temperatures during the sweltering Paso Robles heat.

“As a family-owned and operated company deeply rooted in this community, we believe in giving back and supporting organizations that make a meaningful difference. This donation aligns with

our core values of service, integrity, and community engagement,” said Sophia Stephens, A-1 Glass’s managing partner.

A-1 Glass specializes in residential, commercial, and automotive glass supply and installation services. They were recently awarded

Best Glass Company for home, auto, construction, and building by Best of North County and Milgard’s Dealer of the Year, the only company outside of Los Angeles to win this distinguished award. Their team of experienced glass specialists, with years of service expertise, ensures

meticulous attention to detail, exacting workmanship, and a trusted warranty on all their projects.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of A-1 Glass,” said Alexandra Chamberlain, executive director at Tolosa Children’s Dental Center.

“Their donation not only enhances

our facility but also strengthens our ability to provide essential dental care to those in need. This partnership exemplifies the power of businesses and nonprofits coming together for the greater good of our community.”

About A-1 Glass

A-1 Glass is a second-generation, family-owned and operated company based in Paso Robles. Specializing in turn-key glass solutions for residential, commercial, and automotive needs, A-1 Glass is renowned for its commitment to customer satisfaction, superior craftsmanship, and community support. For more information about A-1 Glass, please visit or their showroom at 705 Paso Robles Street in downtown Paso Robles.

About Tolosa Children’s Dental Center (TCDC)

TCDC is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to underserved children in San Luis Obispo County with offices in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Their mission is to improve oral health care for children in San Luis Obispo County. For more information, go to

Country superstar set for July 20; tickets on sale May 31 also stand a chance to win scholarships
STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT Tolosa Children’s Dental Center receives donation from A-1 Glass in show of community support
From left: Jen Chavez, Elie Chavez, and PRJUSD Superintendent Dr. Curt Dubost are shown on Tuesday, May 21, at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo provided by Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Brad Paisley has been confirmed to perform on Saturday, July 20, at the California Mid-State Fair. Photo provided by CMSF
An employee of A-1 Glass of Paso Robles installs window-tinting on the windows of the Tolosa Children’s Dental Center. The window tinting, A-1 Glass donated its window-tinting services to the dental center, helping the dental center maintain cooler temperatures during the Summer. Photo provided by Tolosa Children’s Dental Center B Section THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024 • Making Communities Better Through Print. WHAT’S INSIDE Section NORTH COUNTY LIFE Nonprofit B2 Class/Legals B3 Comics B6 Sports B8
(From left) Christian Serna (second place), Ocean Medeiros (first place), and Unika Bailey (third place) finished in the top three for PRHS in the regional Trig Star Math Contest. Photo provided by Paso Robles Joint Unified School District

Donations were raised during their  musical extravaganza ‘On with the Show’  STAFF REPORT Community Band makes record-breaking donation to Atascadero Senior Center

ATASCADERO — In a landmark moment, the beloved hometown band made its largest-ever donation to a fellow local nonprofit. Atascadero Senior Center was recently presented with a check for $1,530 from the Atascadero Community Band. This contribution was made possible

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by the support and generosity of their audience at the band’s recent musical extravaganza, “On with the Show!” — a celebration of Broadway’s finest musicals.

The audience was treated to a chronological journey through some of the most beloved Broadway productions of the past century. The performance included favorites such as Wizard of Oz and “Memory” from Cats, alongside jazzier selections from Guys and Dolls and “All that Jazz” from Chicago. The event, filled with glitz, glam, and a red carpet entrance, left the audience enchanted and eager to support a great cause.

The Atascadero Community Band, an all-volunteer organization, performs several indoor concerts throughout the year and transitions to their outdoor summer venue at the Atascadero


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Lake Park Centennial bandstand. This year, the band will be in residence at the lake every Tuesday from June 11 through Aug. 13, with a special Ensembles Concert to culminate the summer season on Aug. 20.

Supporting local nonprofits like the Atascadero Senior Center is a core mission of the band. The senior center played an active role in the recent concert, engaging with the audience and providing information. The band is immensely proud to make such a significant contribution to an organization that enriches the lives of our senior community members.

The Atascadero Community Band would like to invite all music lovers and interested musicians to join the musical journey by visiting the band’s website at atascaderoband.



org, their Facebook page at AtascaderoCommunityBand or contacting the band at

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:

ALF Food Pantry

OUR MISSION: ALF Food Pantry is dedicated to providing nutritious groceries to the food-insecure residents of the communities we serve. ALF Food Pantry (formerly known as Atascadero Loaves and Fishes) is celebrating 40 years of service to our community, providing groceries to families and individuals. The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce honored ALF as the 2024 Community Organization of the Year. With an all-volunteer workforce, we distributed nearly 600,000 pounds of food in 2023, the equivalent of 360,000 meals. We provide quality fresh and shelf-stable ingredients to food-insecure people in Atascadero, Templeton, Santa Margarita, Creston, and California Valley. Clients have increased by 20% each year since 2020 and food costs are dramatically higher.

Donations: We need your help to allow us to continue our vital work. Donate today using our QR code or mail a check to ALF Food Pantry, 5411 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422.

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United Way of San Luis Obispo County’s programs deliver the education and resources that can help families succeed, in the present and for the next generation. Our work is centered on three impact areas that give people the best start for a successful life: Early Childhood Education, Family Financial Stability and Community Strengthening. Please join us! Together we can do our part to make a stronger community in SLO County that benefits us all.

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TREE OF LIFE Pregnancy Care Center


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

Friends of the Paso Robles Library


Support the Library through a Friends of the Library membership, starting as low as $10/year. The Friends of the Library appreciates donations, which are either added to the Library’s collection or used to generate considerable funds toward the purchase of new books, library materials, programs, services, etc. Support the Library in a 100% volunteer-run retail environment. We are seeking volunteers to assist with Gift Shop sales, book donation sorting, and to provide book sale support. Due to limited storage space and staff, we are only able to accept two boxes or two bags of materials per household per day. Cash donations always welcome!

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Operation Surf


Our mission is to channel the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose, and revitalize community. Operation Surf’s curriculum-based programs aim to inspire injured military and veterans to seek wellness in all aspects of their lives while providing the necessary resources, tools, and peer-to-peer support to continue this mindset indefinitely. By staying true to our core values of care, inclusion, commitment, integrity, and communication, we change participants’ lives – one wave at a time. Local Veteran Opportunities: OS3- Three Month Surf Program Application is Open! Apply via the website OS3 is a three-month, locally-focused program that provides veterans with an opportunity to bond through surfing, keep each other motivated, and move forward in life with a new perspective. Focused on four key pillars of mentorship, unity, family, and the peace of surfing, Operation Surf inspires to make lasting change in the lives of our community.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary


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

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ATASCADERO LODGE NO. 2733 Since 1987, the Atascadero Elks have contributed over $1,000,000 to local community-based programs, non-profits, youth groups, local sports teams, programs for handicapped and needy children, patriotic programs, veterans’ programs and many, many community activities. Our mission as Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize our belief in God; to promote the welfare of our community; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; and to cultivate good fellowship.

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(From left) Carey Rogers, Jan Grocott, Vickie Rabourn, Randy Azelton, JoAnn Richardson, Carol Benton, Claudia Murray, and Alma De Lara of the Atascadero Senior Center happily accept the record-breaking donation from the Atascadero Community Band. Photo provided by Atascadero Community Band

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Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF ATASCADERO, UCC 5850 Rosario Ave. Service 10 a.m. (in person and on Zoom) Pastor Heather Branton (805) 466-9108


820 Creston Road., Paso Robles; (805) 238-2218- Parish Office open Mon-Fri 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; website:; Mass times; Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.; Tues. 7 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. Father Rodolfo Contreras.


22515 “H” St, Santa Margarita (805)438-5383 Parish Office

hours:Wed-Thur 9am-12pm Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass:5pm

Sunday:10am Wed-Fri 10am Adoration Wed following Mass Confessions: Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am

Be included in the Atascadero News & Paso Robles Press Worship Directory for an entire year at $175

Last October, my husband, John, our three sons, and our daughter-in-law, who served as guardians, went on the Honor Flight Central Coast to Washington D.C. One of the most memorable moments for John was being in a group with three other Korean War veterans who were able to be part of the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. My husband and a fellow veteran actually placed the wreath on the stand. That act will forever be ingrained in John’s memory.

This Memorial Day was special since the trip is still fresh in his mind. He encourages other veterans to check out the information about the trip at info@honorflightccc. org. The trip is free to veterans. The guardians who accompany each veteran pay a reasonable amount for their expenses.

Recently a telemarketer phoned to discuss what he called my “end-oflife options.” Subsequently, I have left very specific instructions for my wife. I don’t want a funeral, memorial service, an obituary, or any suggestion as to where you should donate your money. Frankly, I find funerals to be morbid affairs, and I try not to go to them. They either turn out to be uncomfortable family reunions or pageants to enrich the mortician where people stand up and lie about you.

I’ve made it a point to never look at a cadaver in an open casket ever since I was a small tyke and saw my great-grandfather in one. I still have nightmares about it. Everyone said how great he looked. “Didn’t the mortician do a wonderful job?” they asked. Everyone commented about how peaceful he looked, but who were they kidding? The old

God is the master of lost things. What appears lost to us is not lost to the watchful eyes of God.

Have you ever misplaced something? Maybe you have lost your keys, or maybe your cell phone. How about when you can’t find your car in a crowded parking lot? The feeling of loss is unbearable, especially if that which you have lost had great value.

In the book of Luke, chapter 15, we read about three things that had been lost and

Memorial Day and brownies

For more information contact Bear McGill, Chairman, at (805) 610-4012.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 2, when the Atascadero Community Band will present its Patriotic Tribute concert as part of the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series, which starts on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

The Atascadero Kiwanis Club will be offering a barbecue dinner at the park before the July 2 concert, starting at 5 p.m. that evening. All summer concerts are free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted. The band is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.

Here’s an important reminder: The 3rd Annual Safety Fest, a community emergency and safety event, will take place this Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. For more information visit

The recipe for this week is a combination of “I just gotta’ have something chocolate,” and “why do I just make Pecan

Pie at Christmastime?” Ah, I know, let’s just combine the two and we’ll call them Pecan Pie Brownies!

Pecan Pie Brownies



• 10 tablespoons unsalted butter

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/8 cup granulated sugar

• Pinch of salt

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 2 eggs, room temperature

• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Pecan layer:

1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Pinch of salt

• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

• 1 large egg, room temperature

• 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups chopped pecans



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan

Morbid affairs

geezer looked deader than a tuna sandwich, and I’ve never looked at a dead person in a casket since that day. There are several reasons I don’t want a funeral, but chief amongst them are I won’t be there to smell the flowers or hear the beautiful songs and all the lies someone says about me. And quite frankly, I’m a little worried about the turnout. I don’t know who said it first, but it’s not very comforting to know that the main thing that will decide the size of your funeral is the weather. Having a funeral would be a big gamble for me, and I worry that the only four people present would be me, my wife, the padre, and some guy impatiently waiting on a backhoe just hoping it’s a short service and he can get the hole filled and knock off a little early. I suppose I could hire professional mourners, but that’s a little like going to everyone else’s funeral while you’re alive, hoping they will reciprocate and come to yours. Think about that logic for a second. It ain’t gonna happen!

I read about one option that interested me at first. When some rich guy back east died,

he requested that all his assets be divided equally amongst those who came to his funeral, but I don’t think that would work the way I wanted because many people would show up just to make sure I was dead. I certainly don’t want them inheriting any of my money. I liked what a tribe of Indians and Egyptian Pharoahs did when they were buried with all their possessions. Who says you can’t take it all with you?

A traditional burial wouldn’t be very green of me. Did you know that every year we bury 64,000 tons of steel, four million gallons of embalming fluid, and 1.6 million tons of concrete in cemeteries? Not to mention all the new suits that are purchased and worn only once.

I briefly considered cremation, but ever since I was seven and had my bed burn up beneath me when my electric blanket caught on fire, I have been deathly afraid of flames. So why would I want my body to be cooked at 2,000 degrees for two hours? Besides, think of all the pollution caused when the flames torched this old bag of BS. There is also the option of

Master of lost things

the desperation one invests to retrieve them.

A shepherd had lost one of his sheep, and even though he had 99 others, he was willing to leave them and pursue the one. Sheep were a very expensive commodity. If the lost sheep had the ability to think or to feel, I wonder how special he would feel knowing that the shepherd cared so much that he would be willing to forsake the 99 to save the one.

Next, there is the story of the woman who had 10 coins but lost one of them. Out of 10 coins, she had lost a tenth. It is interesting that biblically speaking, the tenth was the tithe which belongs to God. She didn’t shrug her shoulders and act as though it was no big deal. As a matter of fact, she searched her house diligently and even called her friends to come and help her

with non-stick parchment paper. In a small sauce pan, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and heat on low until the butter is melted. Using a rubber spatula, whisk in vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir mixture until it is thick. Add flour and stir mixture until it is well mixed. Spread mixture evenly in pan and smooth the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pecan layer:

Heat butter, sugar, and maple syrup in a sauce pan until sugar dissolves. Let mixture cool slightly then whisk in the rest of the ingredients, adding the chopped pecans last. Mix until combined. Gently pour pecan mixture over baked brownies. Bake for 20 minutes until the pecan pie layer is golden. Allow to cool completely.

Note: Now, if you’re in a real hurry for that chocolate, use a good brownie box mix. Cheers! Barbie Butz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

being buried at sea, but while I’ve always loved looking at the ocean, I’ve never really liked being IN the ocean. The one time I went on a charter fishing boat, I discovered that they don’t bring those big old boats back to shore just because some wimp is barfing his brains out over the starboard side.

Considering the cost of a funeral I think I’ve finally come up with a cheap alternative. I call it a “cowboy funeral”. I want a friend to dig a deep hole in some out-of-the-way place and another cowboy friend to throw my body into it. Initially, I wanted to be shrouded in one of my favorite woolen Pendleton blankets, but then I considered where I might be headed and decided I’d already be warm enough. Plus, why ruin a nice blanket? I’m sure being buried like this is against some law, but hey, I’m the one who did it and deserve any punishment that’s due. If the bureaucrats don’t like it, they are welcome to come and get me. Lee Pitts is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at leepitts@

search for it. She was relentless and searched until she found it. When she found it, she rejoiced because the coin that she had lost was now back in her possession. The coins were very valuable to her and to her God.

There is a third story in Luke 15. It is the story of a lost son. This loss was not because of a father’s misplacement or negligence. The young boy was lost because he voluntarily wandered from the loving protection of his father’s house. In this story, the father had two sons. One wandered off into a far country and the other stayed home. Sometimes that which appears to be lost is right among and close to us. The young son, biblically known as the Prodigal Son, had strayed so far away from the morals he was taught. He went down

a horrible and treacherous road. He wound up living a very empty and depraved life. The father had no idea where his son was; to him the son was lost. But one day the boy came to his senses and realized what a terrible choice he had made and felt compelled to go back to his father’s house. The young man was so broken that he was willing go back as a hired servant. But the father’s attitude was once a son, always a son. The moral of these stories is to never give up searching, place high value in what you have been entrusted with, and your estranged child is hurting out there and is very likely trying to find a way back home. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email him at • Making Communities Better Through Print. Thursday, May 30, 2024 • PAGE B-7
barbie butz COLUMNIST Pastor G. Abdelaziz COLUMNIST

Jarom has been solid throughout our entire season, but in the

he has taken his game to the next level and is a major reason for our

High School Athletic Boosters held their 2024 Reverse Draw last week. The fundraising night included dinner, and silent and live auctions, all in support of AHS sports. Photos by Rick Evans
playoff success.
JAROM DAMERY SCHOOL: SPORT: STATS: Atascadero High School Baseball 6 hits, 1 double, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI Senior - Coach Paul
He has made several big plays when we have had to have it.
The 2024 track and field season concluded with outstanding performances. Peyton Bedrosian, Nevaeh Dyer, Justin Wilshusen, and Tyler Daillak excelled, breaking school records and ranking highly in the state. Bedrosian (sixth) and Wilshusen (12th) in pole vault, Dyer (ninth) in shot put, and Daillak (17th) in the 3200. The Bearcats have three Central Section Masters Champions: Bedrosian, Wilshusen, and Dyer. Photo Courtesy of Paso Robles High School
celebrating the
each team who best exemplifies leadership, character, teamwork,
The 2023-2024 Lions Club award recipients from various sports were honored during an evening dedicated to Bearcats. These
awards recognize the
and sportsmanship, as chosen by their peers. Photo Courtesy of Paso Robles High School
The three track stars competed at the California State Track and Field Championships. All three have had outstanding seasons and qualified for the State Championship for their performances at the CIF Masters. Frannie won the Ocean League 800 meters as a freshman, 1600m and CIF Division II 800m as a sophomore, and CIF Division III 1600m as a junior. She qualified for the state championships by taking third at the Masters competition. Josh, a two-time CIF Division III 1600m and three-time 3200m champion, holds numerous track and cross-country school records. He ran the fastest 3200m/two-mile in Central Section history. Keani is a three-time league 400m and two-time 800m champion. She also has three league and two CIF titles in the 4x400 relay. To qualify for this year’s state championship, she won the 800m at the Masters competition. Photo Courtesy of Templeton High School
TEMPLETON ATASCADERO PAGE B-8 • Thursday, May 30, 2024 Making Communities Better Through Print. • Good News • Real News • Your Hometown News SPORTS
Shown from left are Keani Neuhs, Josh Bell, and Frannie

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