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A New Queen is Crowned by patrick patton

Eight young women contended in the California Mid-State Fair Pageant, after the longest-reigning court in the Fair's history dubbed the “COVID Court,” comes to an end.

In Memory of Logan Castillo by camille devaul

Community comes together to honor the untimely passing of ten year old Logan, who is remembered as a brilliant, super smart, and kind boy.

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Adam Eron Welch by patrick patton

The artist hosted four live-painting sessions in July over four days at Farron Elizabeth in Atascadero and Brecon Estate in Paso Robles.

Stephanie Nash AgVocates Against '30 by 30' Plan by camille devaul

Singer/songwriter, dairy farmer, and agricultural activist, speaks loudly against legislative threats made against farmers and ranchers.

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The Natural Alternative: Why Am I So Tired?

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Paso Robles Chamber: Policy & Advocacy

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General Store: A Younger Perspective by Morgane Fiorentini

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Entertainment: 20th Annual Concerts in the Park

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Taste of Americana: Summer’s Bounty

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Writing Support Group: Why I think You Can Write

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2021 Student Leaders: Emma Hanson and Oscar Perry

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Retrospective: Time, Precious Time

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SLO County Office of Education: Service to the Community

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The Paso Robles Press: PRJUSD Vote Down Study Session to Discuss Critical Race Theory

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Publisher’s Letter If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

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he beautiful summer months were just what we all needed, warm days full of sunshine, smiling faces, concerts in the park, festivals, and the California Mid-State Fair. For a short time, we were able to remember what it felt like to live just for today, enjoy every precious moment together, and realize how important our freedoms are. In July, we celebrated our Independence Day, filled with parades, dog shows, and fireworks! Elle turned 17 and our sister Melissa married her new husband Mario (bottom photo). Melissa joined our editorial team back in February as the Assistant Editor, and it is has been such a blessing having her on board. The boys went on their first overnight camping trip without us at Camp Natoma in mid-July. After seven days and six nights, we were beyond ready to have them home (actually, we were ready after the first night). They both returned as young campers should, covered in dirt, older and wiser, with lots of stories that continue to be told even a few weeks later. This month Mirac turns nine, and Maximus turns seven. Two big birthdays that they are excited to celebrate with family and friends full of Star Wars, Nijas, and of course, Lego. The times we are living in are not like any other, and we need each other more than ever. We live in one of the most incredible places in the world, with some of the most caring and inspiring people. Each and every month, as we put the magazines together, we strive to show you all just that. Along with a reminder that our locally owned businesses are the heartbeat of our local economy, and when we invest together in each other, we invest in the future of our communities for generations to come. The time to make a difference is now; we decide how this part of the story will be written; it is up to us...We the People. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Much love, Nic & Hayley

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Round Town

It’s Happening on Main Street

‘Our Hometown’ PASO ROBLES

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o quote Nicholas Mattson from September 2020, “We live in one of the most privileged places, in one of the most privileged times, at one of the most privileged intersections in the history of the world. We are here because more than a century of hard-working Californians did what they could with what they had.” Everybody loves Paso Robles— There is something for everyone right here. I have had the honor of meeting locals, and visitors face to face for over 25 years in this city. The natural beauty of our area, this historic downtown, the wine country, and our culture keep us at the top of the list for “the most desirable places to live and visit in the world. As residents of Paso, we enjoy

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having the best air quality and demographics, as well as shopping, food, and commodities right at our fingertips. The majority of visitors do come for our wines, which are marketed around the world, but they end up falling in love with downtown and its welcoming, hometown feel. Our business owners are to be congratulated for that! We have independent owners of shops, restaurants, and wineries (the big box stores are on the outskirts of town). Actually, in most restaurants, the owners are also the chefs, and in the shops and wineries, the owners are at the counters most of the time. This accounts for our “friendly” atmosphere. There is a pride and camaraderie among merchants that is felt wherever you go. That hometown feel-

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ing, which nobody can take from you, is described as warmth, comfort, and well-being. Our hopes and prayers are that we never lose it!! When times are busy, Paso is busier than ever. We just came off a wild ride through May, June, and July. Now we’re in a calm, quiet time, with a light list of celebrations and events. Normally, August is the busiest month for vacations, just before school starts. As you know, we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. But, these are strange times because we have been in lockdown mode for over a year. For the past few months, we have been “On The Move.” They say, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” If you, like so many others, have taken your vacation in the past few months, then August is the time to

re-group and get ready for school and the end-of-the-year events. Slow down enough to switch your focus away from all the ways things could be better to know “how good they really are.” Don’t forget laughter is an instant vacation! I want to say, thank you to the Main Street Association for the good times, the days you fill with pleasure. Thank you for fond memories and for feelings we will always treasure! We’re so glad Norma and the Team are at it again! On Saturday, August 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the City Park... yes, Trading Day is back with this popular family-friendly day offering family services, information, children’s activities, and Yard Sale, Retail, and Craft items for sale. Come and join the fun! Call Main Street office to participate, or if you have questions (805)238-4103. It’s nice to have familiar, common, everyday, usual happenings back in our lives. Smile often, think positive, give thanks, laugh loudly, love others and always dream big! BE HAPPY AND FIND JOY IN LIFE! 

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n early 2020, the Board of Directors for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) approved the formation of the Policy and Advocacy Committee along with the Committee’s mission: To give a voice to the business community on issues that affect the local economy of Paso Robles. This commitment by the PRCC Board creates a focused and collective effort to engage with issues relevant to Chamber members. The Committee is led by PRCC Board Member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee, Jim Cogan. One of its key goals is to establish a protocol for reviewing and recommending positions and statements on policy and regulatory issues emanating at the local, state, and federal government levels. The PRCC will advocate for these positions in order to ensure the Paso Robles business community is represented in legislative and policy decisions. Additional goals for the Committee include utilizing a variety of commu-

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nication channels that inform businesses about policy matters affecting them and coordinate advocacy activities with other professional trade and industry organizations. Such as the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, Main Street Association, Atascadero and San Luis Obispo Chambers of Commerce, the Tri-County Chamber Alliance, and the California Chamber of Commerce. The Committee has also established a set of priority areas it will be tracking that includes ongoing COVID-19 economic crisis response, local regulations, fees and taxes, housing development and affordability, parking, infrastructure and transportation, and homelessness. The Committee will be providing input and positions as proposed items and actions come forward that will address issues within these priority areas. A key initiative of the Committee is the development of a candidate-training program to help identify and prepare community residents who have an interest in public service through elected or appointed positions. The program will provide “how-to” insight on a variety of topics, including candidate filing requirements and campaign regulations, Brown Act public meeting compliance, and the responsibilities of elected officials. Watch for announcements about the program later this fall. Members of the Committee encompass a cross-section of business and industry sector interests, including finance, agriculture and wine, professional services, event production, manufacturing, small business, education, and waste management. Field staff from the offices of county, state, and federal elected officials are also engaged and provide updates to the Committee. The PRCC Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about elevating its advocacy efforts through the formation of the Policy and Advocacy Committee and newly retained Governmental Affairs and Policy Coordinator, Danna Stroud, who is dedicated to this charge. We will continue to keep the Chamber members and our community updated on progress and successes. 

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By Morgane Fiorentini, GS Guest Columnist

s a rising junior in High School, I have begun to realize how writing provides me with a unique platform of personal expression. Whether inside of a classroom or outside of one, from creative hymns to biographies, pen-pal letters to graduation speeches, and now to magazine columns, I have enjoyed writing ever since I was young. When Joeli from the General Store first introduced me to the possibility of writing the August column for the store; I was excited, anxious, beyond words. Catering to both locals and nonlocals, the General Store has been a must-stop in Paso Robles for years. (Whenever I’m at the square, I always find myself carrying a brown paper bag, “General Store” stamped on one side in white ink, filled with various goods: lotions, pencils, pens, even dog toys). This store seems to grow and develop alongside me, providing me with both special and personal products for every occasion and at any stage in my life - vibrant, temporary tattoos when I was younger, beauty products, and art supplies currently. My all-time favorite products include the Good Goop as my inevitably cracked skin’s savior in the winter, my Shinola Detroit Journal that I attempted to bullet journal in last year, although it’s pretty obvious that

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drawing and organization are neither of my strong suits and the Blithe body butter, an on-the-go lotion and perfume. (Or truly anything in the Blithe scent). To be honest, most teenagers tend to overlook the significance and impact of supporting local businesses due to the fact that it simply is not a widely discussed topic amongst ourselves and our peers. Especially in a world where accessibility to most anything is made extremely convenient through purchasing online (think unsustainable online retailers such as Amazon and Target) supporting these stores reinforces our community and our environment. Female-owned and operated, the General Store empowers all to strive for their dreams and make them a reality. For many, this store is much more than a name; it’s an integral part of our community, of my hometown, of a group of diverse individuals from all backgrounds and ages, preferences, and lifestyles, and yet, we can bond and obsess over goods found at the General Store. There are many so-called “General Stores” throughout the world, but the one on 12th street, in the heart of Paso Robles has redefined its namesake.

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Queen is Crowned A New

By Patrick Patton

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ight young women contended in the California Mid-State Fair (CMSF) Pageant on Wednesday, July 21. After showcasing her unique talent of speed-painting, modeling a glittering emerald evening dress, and answering a final question, 21-year-old Yvette Fiorentino of Arroyo Grande was officially crowned as the 2021 CMSF Queen. “I’m overly thrilled and excited!” Fiorentino said. “I actually had to stop myself from crying on stage. It’s been a long time in the making—four years working at this—and I am just so thrilled, and I honestly feel like I couldn’t have followed up a better Queen. Mikaila Ciampi was amazing, and I just hope I can live up to what she did for this pageant and the Mid-State Fair.” Fiorentino is attending Cuesta College, and her hobbies and interests include painting and horseback riding. She’s a board member of the Woods Humane Society, Portuguese Holy Spirit Society, a regular contributor to Vitalant, and a support assistant for RISE. Her awards and achievements include becoming 2019 Miss Congeniality, creating blankets for PAWS, and becoming a Veterinary Judge for FFA. Five words that describe her are outgoing, hard-working, compassionate, adventurous, and sassy. First Runner Up was awarded to 18-year-old Cassidie Banish of San Miguel. “I’ve made my dream come true,” said Banish. “Being able to be a face of the Fair is something that is so exciting to me, and it’s just an amazing opportunity to have this spot for a year.” Second Runner Up was awarded to 23-year-old Megan Moffat of Paso Robles, who said of the title, “it means so much to me. I’ve always wanted to do this, and now I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, and I did it, and I was rewarded for all my hard work.” The title of Miss Congeniality was awarded to 20-year-old Haley Fredrick of Paso Robles. She said the title meant she was “the mom of the group basically, the one who is always prepared, so it was really fun to take care of everyone in this pageant.”

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Mikaila Ciampi, 2019’s CMSF Queen, along with 2019 Princesses Mary Hambly and Cara Bullard, will go down as the longest-reigning court in CMSF history due to the cancellation of last year’s CMSF and have dubbed themselves the “COVID Court.” Ciampi handed down the sash and crown to Fiorentino after a touching farewell speech. “These past couple years as Miss California Mid-State Fair Queen have been quite a whirlwind,” said Ciampi. “Being the first queen to reign for two years has been an exciting adventure that I am so blessed to have embarked on. I am grateful to have served the Fair and my community during the pandemic. Selling popcorn for the Fair’s drive-in movies, attending all the Fair markets in crown and sash are some of the great memories that no other Queen in history has been able to share, and I wouldn’t have wanted to experience these unique events with anyone other than Kara and Mary [2019 CMSF Princesses]. You both have offered me so much support the past couple years. From parade waves to fancy dinners to becoming the ‘COVID Court,’ I am so glad we were able to join the sisterhood together! Thank you for our friendship.” “It will be bittersweet to hand the crown down to the next court,” said Hambly, 2019 First Runner Up. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of the ‘COVID Court.’” “It’s been crazy,” said Bullard, 2019 Second Runner Up. “We had all the usual business of the Fair. Then COVID hit, and we got to do all of the parades and events all over again!” Uncertain whether the Fair would be held this year at all, this year’s group of contenders had a much shorter preparation period than is typical. “I’m looking forward to seeing the girls who have worked so hard these past six weeks,” said 2012 CMSF Queen and Pageant Coach Savannah Romero. “They usually have two months to prepare.” “It means the world to me,” Fiorentino said. “It means that I get to watch little girls’ and boys’ faces light up when I walk down. I get to see them say, ‘it’s the queen, mom, it’s the queen!’ I’m planning to fulfill my duties by showing up at every event I’m needed at and doing to one hundred percent of my ability and making sure my girls are with me for everything, so none of them feel left out.” 

Yvette Fiorentino of Arroyo Grande was crowed this years Miss California Mid-Sate Fair, followed by First Runner Up Cassidie Banish of San Miguel (bottom photo, left) and Second Runner Up Megan Moffat of Paso Robles (bottom photo, right). Photos by Patrick Patton

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Arts & Culture

Adam Eron Welch, The Artist,

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By Patrick Patton

n eclectic array of books and magazines lie scattered at the artist's feet—the art of ancient cultures alongside modern fashion magazines. Nine separate canvases are arranged before him, all in various states of completion. A jet-black set of headphones keeps him focused on his work. Artist Adam Eron Welch hosted four live-painting sessions in July over four days. The first two were at Farron Elizabeth in Atascadero and then the final two days at Brecon Estate in Paso Robles. Visiting from North Park, San Diego, Adam is no stranger to the Central Coast. "I arrived in Paso for the first time in 2003, did my first wine tasting at Linne Calodo, took one sip of the LC Red & Cherry Red, and suddenly understood that I had found a magical location on Earth," Adam shared. "Tasting my first Paso wines was a transcendental experience." In 2018 the artist had his first major solo art exhibition, "Urban Archaic," in downtown Paso Robles, which sold out in four hours. His art now appears on numerous wine labels, album covers, murals, and magazines. "It was my first time allowing people to watch me work," Adam explained, "which was terrifying at first because I am generally a very solitary person. When I'm painting, it requires total concentration for the nearly constant decision-making that I have to do... I wanted to do it, though, to involve the viewer in my process and to talk with them about the work. Even [Atascadero] Mayor Moreno stopped by to say hello and to watch for a bit. All in all, it was very rewarding and, I think, successful." Influenced by Pre-Colombian pre-hispanic mesoamerican art, the sacred art of the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, the art of the Pacific Northwest tribes— the Salish and Kwakiutl tribes of British Colombia and Washington, by art that would be called "primitive" by some.

"I love the rawness of the work," Adam explained, "how honest it can be, how it was sacred to the people who made and used the objects and reflected their understanding of the world around them and their place in it. I want my paintings to be more than just decorations—I want them to be talismans, to be endowed with gravitas, to be painted with heart like the masks from Yoruba and Puget Sound, like the pottery of the Southwestern pueblos, like the sculptures of Zapotecs in Oaxaca. I want to make paintings that are modern and ancient at the same time." "All of this now intersects with my new interest— thanks to Farron—in women's fashion. She sends me magazines when she's done with them—Vogue, Cosmopolitan, etc., and I paint from the photos. I also use some of your [Patrick Patton] photos as reference material because they are so clean and gorgeous. I want my subjects to not just be pretty but radiating feminine resilience and power, like a diety. I call my subjects 'diosas.' I call my style 'Urban Archaic.'" "I've traveled all over the world," Adam shared, "to over 40 countries on six different continents. I've been to Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Istanbul, Rome, Bangkok, Cairo, Bogota...my favorite place on Earth is Paso Robles." 

All of Adam Welch's new paintings are sold exclusively through Farron Elizabeth Boutique in Atascadero and Brecon Estate Winery, which are also available to browse and purchase online at farronelizabeth.com and breconestate.com.

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Entertainment

20 th Annual

Paso Robles Concerts in the Park Return By Hayley Mattson

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fter a year of no gatherings and cancellations of most of the community’s favorite events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, July 1, the beloved annual tradition of Concerts in the Park returned with Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band. With at least a hundred people gathered around the gazebo in lawn chairs and picnic blankets, the vocals were blasting, and the crowd was on their feet dancing! Paso Robles Recreation Services shared, “Paso Robles turned out in a BIG way last night for our first concert of 2021! What a blast! Monte Mills gave the crowd exactly what they wanted. It feels great to be back!” This same enthusiasm continued the following week when Brass Mash rocked out in the record heat. The Paso Robles

City Park was once again filled with blankets and lawn chairs in full support of one of the summer’s favorite events. Each week a different group of sponsors help support the bands and the event. Such as Firestone Walker Brewing Company, J. Lohr Wines, Rotary Club of Paso Robles, Pioneer Day Committee, MedPlus Atascadero, 1st District Supervisor John Peschong, Negranti Creamery, Berkshire Hathaway, Cross County Mortgage, A Heavenly Home, Envoy Mortgage, Country Real Estate and many more! The Paso Robles Concerts in the Park Concert Series in-kind sponsors are Paso Robles Press Magazine, New Times, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Paso Robles Main Street Association, Travel Paso, and Cold Stone Creamery. A free bike valet service is provided each week by Bike SLO County, made possible by a sponsorship from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. 

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august lIne-up: Thursday, August 5 Paso Wine Man Jazz Allstars ( jazz and big band standards) Thursday, August 12 Unfinished Business (60’s rock n’ roll) Thursday, August 19 Los Gatos Locos (Latin rock, R&B) Thursday, August 26 Joy Bonner Band (funky rock, R&B)

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Paso People

Novelist

Sally Dallas:

Death is Personal By Patrick Patton

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he first chapter of any novel is vital. It usually depicts the main character as feeling perfectly content in her comfort zone, though it’s all a set-up for the inciting incident—that moment when circumstances beyond the character’s control launch her into a brand new adventure she never saw coming. It’s a call to adventure that initially shakes her world but ultimately challenges her perspective on life and pushes her to live out her true potential. Enter Sally Dallas circa 2007—Vice President at a large, international bank, happily married, proud mother of three grown sons. That’s when the stage 3 cancer diagnosis came from out of nowhere and shook her whole world. “Thanks to aggressive treatment, I’m in long-term remission,” Sally shared. “As anyone who has experienced a life-threatening event will tell you, it changes your perspective on everything. You appreciate the simple things in life and realize your time is limited.” Two years post-diagnosis, in 2009, just when Sally was beginning to feel healthy again, the banking industry was in upheaval, and the bank laid her off. For the first time in thirty years, Sally found herself with time on her hands. “I’m talking about a WINDFALL of time,” Sally said. “It was fabulous. I thought, ‘I’m going to do what I want. I’m going to write, start my own consulting business, and travel.’ Thanks to my supportive husband, I have done exactly that. Fast forward ten years—my husband is now retired, I have four grandchildren, time to write, time to travel, and consider myself the most blessed person on the planet.”

Sally Dallas is the pen name of Paso Robles resident Sally Coons, who spent three years writing her first published novel, Deceptions of Chenille, which debuted in February of 2020. Sally describes it as “a clean romantic suspense novel and white-collar crime thriller.” “It was difficult to find a genre in which I felt immersed. Romance portrayed women as weak. Chick lit was too cheesy. Fantasy was, too, well, unrealistic. Crime thrillers were too graphic. I decided to write novels that I would like to read—suspenseful stories with strong female characters,” Sally explained. Sally recommends her books to “anyone who wants to read an intriguing thriller that’s free of graphic violence and erotica.” Simultaneously, Sally is writing books two and three of the Chenille trilogy, and in January, she published a novella titled “Death is Personal,” an ebook that is currently sitting at #886 on Amazon for Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads. That’s impressive, considering there are well over six million ebooks now available on the Kindle store. It’s safe to say that when life put substantial challenges in front of her, Sally accepted her call to adventure, overcame all obstacles, and is living up to her true potential. “What battling cancer did for me was boost my confidence. Pre-cancer I was too busy with everyday life and thought I wouldn’t be good at writing anyway. Post-recovery, I knew that physically I was never going to be my former self, but mentally I felt recharged—almost invincible.”  Sally Dallas’ books are available on Amazon, and you can find more information at sallydallas.com.

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Full Ride Scholarship

Angel Gomez Paso High Graduate Headed to Ivy League By Camille DeVaul

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ttending an Ivy League school was not something Angel Gomez, a 2021 Paso Robles High School graduate, saw in his future. But when Angel opened his last college submission response and saw that little Princeton Tiger and Accepted next to it, that seemingly impossible goal became a reality. “I was very surprised. Princeton was the last letter I opened—[I was] also conscious of the fact that I earned it,” Angel shared. Angel will be studying molecular biology at Princeton. Later he hopes to focus on neuroscience and transfer to another university for pre-med. “From a little kid, I always wanted to be a doctor in some way,” he explained. Angel continued, “There are so many opportunities to explore different departments at Princeton, but neuroscience would be what I’m starting off with.” Princeton itself does not offer academic scholarships to students. Still, with financial aid and local scholarships, Angel was able to pay for all four years at the Ivy League university. In total, Angel earned $22,000 from local scholarships, including: • Prince Family Scholarship • San Miguel Car Show Scholarship • San Miguel School Retired Staff Scholarship • Paso Robles AAUW Academic Scholarship • Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Scholarship • Paso Robles Rotary/Cullen Black Scholarship • Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Scholarship On top of his numerous scholarships, Gomez earned the following scholar awards and Honor Cords: • Senior Athletic Excellence Awards • Scholar-Athlete Award (3.75 GPA+)

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• Mathematics • Science • Social Science Angel applied to many universities within the UC and Ivy league system. And while he was accepted to many and denied a few, in the end, he was set to decide between UCLA and Princeton. “I visited the place [Princeton] and just fell in love—especially because coming from a small town,” Angel said. He explained that he instantly saw himself living there once he visited the Princeton campus earlier this year. Angel fell in love with the university’s small-town atmosphere, making him feel at home even from across the country. Angel plans to leave for Princeton on August 19. In the meantime, he has been taking online summer courses and getting to know his new roommates online. For the past four years, Angel has worked hard to get “good grades” while working almost full time at a local drive-thru and playing soccer for PRHS. He has kept himself busy, waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel—the end goal of making it into a well-rounded university. “It’s a testament to how prolonged hard work can take,” Angel explained, “After reflection, I believe I did earn it. I did go through the struggle—to be able to make all the sacrifices. I did it. I think it did pay off—it’s so rewarding.” Finally, Angel has a bit of advice for anyone getting ready to apply to universities, “Obviously, you want to be getting good grades and doing what you can. As far as the application process goes, it’s not necessarily the grades that get you into good schools—to be able to show whoever is reading the application who you are and what your motives are, and who you are as a person has as much of an impact as the grades and the extracurricular.” 

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he Templeton Eagle Softball team cruised their way through most of the Mountain League in the unprecedented season of 2021 and only have more superstars in their pipeline. Starting with local seventh-grader Reagan Neville, who has made a name for herself not only nationally but internationally as well. Reagan, who will eventually wear green and white, has already represented two countries in international competitions. The young phenom’s start came back in 2018 when she attended a Nike US Sports softball camp in Santa Barbara and quickly began turning heads. After completing the camp, Reagan, who was only nine years old at the time, was asked to join the US Sports Nike Team USA 12u team. Later that season, as the youngest girl on the team by more than a year, Reagan traveled to Australia with the team for a competition. Once Reagan returned to the states, she was hooked on softball and has pursued it constantly with a bit of help from her parents. Following her play with the Nike Team USA, Reagan began playing softball a little closer to home, only making three and four-hour trips to northern and southern California. “I am always trying to think of the best parts of the game and what makes it fun for me,” Reagan shared of her mentality towards softball. “I play my best when I am having fun. I have a lot of fun hitting; when I am fielding, I get a little nervous because I get mental errors, but I try to block it out and have fun and cheer on my teammates.” Last year Reagan was selected to play in

one very prestigious and fun softball tournament, the Triple Crown Softball International Tournament. Still, she was unable to play as the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year the tournament returned and was played last weekend with Reagan representing the North County, but not for the team, you might think! While she has represented Team USA and will do so more in the future, the Templeton native was able to play for Team Great Britain. In order to play, athletes needed to prove they’re a citizen via birth or have a mother/father or grandmother/ grandfather born in that country. It just so happens that Reagan’s grandmother was born in England. Not only did Reagan represent another country, but she once again competed against older girls as the tournament was for 18u, making her the youngest player in the whole tournament by a couple of years. However, she once again proved the lights weren’t too bright, getting a hit in her first at-bat and scoring the first run for her team over the weekend. Team Great Britain would finish as runner-ups in the Triple Crown International Tournament. The excitement of the summer is just beginning for the girl who has her sights set on the Olympics one day. After the tournament, Reagan will be heading to the Professional Girls Fastpitch Nationals in Huntington Beach before then making a trip to Oklahoma for the USA Softball All-American Games. Neville was one of only six players selected from the Central Coast to represent California. 

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A Brilliant, Super Smart, & Kind Boy By Camille DeVaul

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n Saturday, June 19, Logan Castillo passed away at 1:30 a.m. with his parents Leo and Katie by his side. Logan was ten years old. Logan’s father, Leo Castillo, said, “He was a stubborn boy, but he was brilliant. Super smart and super kind.” On Sunday, June 13, Logan was taken to the emergency room at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton after having flu-like symptoms for a week. According to Leo, his son looked drastically different within that one week of being sick and lost 10 pounds in seven days. A tumor was found while at Twin Cities, and because Logan’s stomach was swelling, he and his father Leo were driven by ambulance to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. There, doctors identified that Logan had Stage 3 Burkitt’s Lymphoma in his abdomen. Quickly, Logan began chemotherapy, but his body was not responding to the treatment. Logan was then flown to a hospital in Los Angeles for dialysis treatment.

Unfortunately, that night Logan did not make it. “I want to reiterate to people how sacred human life is, and it’s so nice to see kindness in a world that we’re living in. [We are] complete strangers to the Santa Barbara area, but yet Santa Barbara went completely above and beyond,” Leo shared. A GoFundMe page was set up on June 17 to help the Castillo family with medical expenses. In roughly five days, the community raised over $50,000. “I want people to know how important these last few weeks have been because of the community themselves. I am baffled and floored by the amount of support in Santa Barbara, the amount of support that we’re getting here in town,” Leo explained. Leo wanted to especially thank Officer Craig Burleigh in Santa Barbara. Burleigh works with veterans in crisis and helped rally the Santa Barbara community to support the Castillo family. Logan’s father, Leo is a 20 year Army veteran currently stationed at Camp Roberts. He is getting ready to retire from the reserves this year. The GoFundMe page said, “Logan is a sweet, sensitive little boy who loves

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Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor

Dusi Family’s Paper Street Vineyard: A True Family Undertaking

Janell & Mike Dusi

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long Kiler Canyon Road on Paso Robles’ west side lies an unmarked and seemingly abandoned narrow dirt road. If by accident you turn onto this road, you might find your car so hemmed in by the menacing forest; you might have to back up in reverse for half a mile. I know. It happened to me once. The second time I traveled down that road, though, I was expertly guided in a four-wheel-drive truck by winemaker Janell Dusi, owner of J. Dusi Wines. For this is the road that leads to Paper Street Vineyard. Few locals know of this vineyard. Winemakers do, or at least those who source fruit from this spectacular hillside vineyard that straddles the appellations of Willow Creek and Adelaide District. “We call it driving to Middle Earth,” quips Janell as we drive along the treacherous bumpy terrain. She is referring to the brooding landscape in “The Lords of the Rings” films. As her rugged truck snakes through the hardscrabble terrain, brittle calcareous rocks crumble off the hillsides as she dodges fallen tree logs, rocks, and piles of dirt. Although you feel like you’re miles from civilization, this woodsy pocket is no more than three miles from J. Dusi winery on Highway 46 West as the crow flies. Leave it to Mike Dusi, Janell’s father, and third-generation Paso vintner, to venture into this unapproachable parcel where others would not dare. But for him, unreachable as it was, it was perfect. The veteran farmer recognized its potential. A perfect mix of steep hillsides and the limestone deposits, this is where great quality fruit comes from, Janell declared, echoing her father’s belief in the abandoned ranch he acquired in 2013, which was then devoid of water or power. For the Dusis, Paso’s multi-generational farming clan, it was a true family effort to navigate the many hurdles it took to turn the rough into a diamond. Over three years, Mike and his sons Matt and Michael hauled dead trees with chains and bulldozers up steep hills, and, yes, there were accidents, like a tractor rolling off the hillsides. “And someone lost a finger,” Janell recalled. The Paper Street vineyard came across my radar when I tasted J. Dusis Paper Street wines — The Narrator, a Rhône style blend; Cornflower Blue mourvèdre; and a zinfandel. The wines were delicious, complex, and well structured. I was intrigued. That’s when Janell offered to take me on this adventure. The road itself is so unapproachable that it has no address; therefore, its

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name Paper Street. That’s the general name for a street that appears on maps but, in reality, does not exist. “It exists on paper only; there is no physical address or road,” Janell explained. After a good 15-minute bumpy ride, we pop up on top as if shot out of a cannon, transported to a completely different landscape, a Zen-like magical piece of terrain, with a patchwork of well-manicured vineyards. Currently, 110 acres are planted to ten varieties, mostly Rhône-style grapes and naturally zinfandel, a variety Dusi family’s vineyards are known for. Fruit from this vineyard is contracted by half a dozen or so Paso vintners producing wines for wineries such as Barton Family of Wines, Bodega de Edgar, Clos Solene, Turley, and Robert Hall. Before Mike began planting, he needed commitments from winemakers who would contract to purchase fruit from Paper Street vineyard. Veteran winemaker McPrice Myers of his eponymous winery was the first to sign on, committing to a 52-acre parcel. “When we went to the bank [for a loan], we needed someone to sign on to buy the fruit,” said Matt, who farms the vineyard alongside his father. “It was a huge leap of faith,” he said of Myers’ support. Matt and Janell set up a tasting for me at J. Dusi Winery to meet with two winemakers/customers of Paper Street vineyard fruit, Myers and Steve Glunz of Glunz Family Wines & Cellars. “I was nervous,” said Myers of his commitment. “But it was a good bet knowing the legendary farming family,” he said. “There’s a purity to these wines,” Myers commented. “They are exotic, and there’s plenty of energy.” While some winemakers commit to acreage, others like Glunz purchase by tonnage. We tasted a cross-section of Paper Street vineyard-designate wines, among them Myers’ 2017 clairette blanche, a floral wine with bracing acidity and an anise-scented grenache blanc from Barton Family Wines. Among the reds, we experienced a zinfandel spectrum from three vintages — a lush, ripe 2017 J. Dusi, a 2018 Glunz exuberant with fig and black plum flavors, and Myers’ 2019, rich and smooth hitting all the markers of classic zinfandel. At 2,200 feet elevation, Paper Street vineyard is surrounded by some pretty impressive wineries such as Daou, Law, L’Aventure, and Booker. “Serious wine is made here,” said Matt of his family’s vineyard, which is starting to garner a buzz with winemakers and wine aficionados. Just don’t go looking for it. 

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Taste of Americana

Grilled Pineapple with Butter Rum Sauce

While it’s still grilling season, I think you’ ll like this first recipe using fresh pineapple, dark rum, and vanilla ice cream. Sound good? Yes indeed.

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hen I was growing up, and August came around, I sensed some urgency to get as much as I could out of the month because our schools opened in early September. I loved school, but I also loved summer’s carefree days. My family built a cabin at Big Bear Lake, and we spent much of the summer up there. I have fond memories of those days. I read a sign once that said “Goodbye August. Hello ‘Ber’ months” like Septem-ber, Octo-ber, Novem-ber, and Decem-ber. A friend said she thought, “August was like the Sunday of Summer.” I saw this poem on a greeting card, and it captured “August” very well, whether you are in the mountains or on the shore. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

▷ 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter ▷ 1 cup packed brown sugar ▷ A pinch each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice ▷ ½ cup dark rum ▷ 8 1-inch-thick slices very ripe fresh pineapple, cored if not totally soft in the center ▷ Vanilla ice cream for serving

Cook butter, brown sugar, spices, and rum in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Bring to simmer and cook for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Keep warm. Clean and heat grill, Brush or spray with touch of oil to prevent pineapple from sticking Grill pineapple slices until warmed and caramelized, about 10 minutes per side. Serve immediately, in rings or chunks, with warm sauce and ice cream.

Cold Berry Soup

Sweet chilled fruit soups were served as a refreshing first course that offset the savory second course and were popular for centuries but is no longer “in fashion” today here in America. However, I think this next recipe would make a wonderful summer dessert. It uses fresh strawberries or raspberries, which are in abundance at our Farmers Markets here in this area. INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

▷ 2 cups fresh raspberries or strawberries ▷ ½ cup sugar ▷ ½ cup sour cream ▷ 2 cups ice water ▷ ½ cup red wine

Clean and rub the berries through a fine sieve. Add sugar to taste and the sour cream. Mix. Add the water and wine and correct the sweetening, if needed, by adding a little more sugar. Chill. Makes 4 or 5 servings. Note: Serve the cold soup in a dessert bowl and garnish with a whole strawberry or 3 raspberries and a leaf or two of fresh mint.

Peachy Polka-Dot Crumb Pie

There’s nothing like a fresh peach pie, and this recipe will “take the cake” and have everyone asking for seconds! It comes from one of my Junior League cookbooks and is a recipe submitted by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, Georgia. INGREDIENTS:

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1 unbaked (10-inch) deep-dish pie shell 2 ½ cups sliced fresh peaches ½ cup blueberries 2 cups sugar 1 ½ cups flour 1/8 teaspoon salt

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½ cup sour cream 2 eggs, beaten ½ cup (1 stick) butter Sliced fresh peaches, for garnish ▷ Fresh blueberries, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the 2 ½ cups peaches and ½ cup blueberries; spoon into pie shell. Combine 1 cup of the sugar, 1/3 cup of the flour, and the salt in a bowl and mix well. Stir in sour cream and eggs. Spoon over fruit in pie shell. Mix remaining 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of fruit—Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until browned. Garnish with sliced peaches and blueberries.

August “Lazy summer afternoons, Walks along the beach, Balmy evenings, cloudless skies, Stars just out of reach, Sailing on a quiet lake, Hammocks in the shade… these are the simple treasures Of which August days are made.” Enjoy summer’s bounty while you enjoy the month of August. Cheers! 

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Oak Leaf

In Memoriam

Paso Robles Public Safety Center

Honoring Our Fallen Public Servants By Camille DeVaul

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he Paso Robles Public Safety Center (PSC) is the town’s epicenter for law enforcement and firefighters. When you are in trouble, or if you are the trouble, this is where you either need to be or need the people stationed here. The desperately needed PSC was built using City funds with the help of Dennis Cassidy, Paso Robles Police Department (PRPD) Police Chief, from 1997 until his retirement in 2007. Dennis was said to be instrumental in building the PSC, which completed construction just before the infamous 6.5 magnitudes San Simeon Earthquake in December 2003. According to Dennis, the center was purposefully built to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, three times the standard requirement. The center itself was built with input equally from public officials and the community. The final design was chosen by Paso Robles residents, who decided on a brick aesthetic that matched the City’s historic buildings. But what might be Dennis’s favorite part of the center is the Public Safety Memorial. “I felt it was important that Paso Robles and our department and our community come together and create something to honor those just within our county. And that’s just what brought it about,” Dennis shared. When building the PSC, the City did not have enough funds for the memorial Dennis had envisioned, so he set out to find private donations. Dennis explained, “I went to private donors with the idea of raising the money to create the memorial wall.” One of the highest donors was Phoebe Hearst, who donated around

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$50,000 to get the project going. You can’t miss the bronzed statue as you enter the PSC. Dennis commissioned local Western artist Vel Miller to design the bronzed “Reward for Valour” statue, which stands in the center of the memorial. “I told her that I wanted to make it all-inclusive. I wanted it to be a female police officer. So we had a male firefighter handing a small child to a female police officer,” explained Dennis. Just behind the statue sits the memorial wall. On it are bricks with the names of every fallen public safety servant to die in the line of duty in SLO County. According to Dennis, the memorial was the only memorial of its kind on the Central Coast at the time of its completion. Constable David Morehouse was the first and only PRPD killed in the line of duty. Morehouse was shot and killed after interrupting a burglary at a hardware store on Tuesday, May 6, 1919. There are a total of 26 officers on the wall. SLOPD Detective Luca Benedetti, End of Watch May 10, 2021, has yet to be added to the memorial wall. Dennis says building the PSC and memorial “Was a labor of love by a lot of people who participated in it and wanted to help put together the program to honor those public safety servants that paid the ultimate price for the community.” He continued, “It wasn’t anyone person’s accomplishment. It was an accomplishment of many people in the community and the community itself that created the building, and it was a private community endeavor that created the memorial.”

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FALLEN PUBLIC SERVANTS

THE SILVER SHIELD

Johnny Castillo CA Dept. Corrections / Sep. 29, 1997 Paul Belveal CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 18, 1978 Charles J Tayor SLO Sheriff Dept. / Feb. 26, 1929 Frank J Garzoli SLOPD / Jul. 4, 1968 Gary Lyle Cockrell CA Dept. Forestry / Jun. 21, 1995 Gerald O’Reilly CA Dept. Forestry / Jul. 4, 1950 Phil Saaranzin US Forest Service / Jul. 9, 1985 Rick Stovall CHP / Feb. 24, 1998 Ronald T Lorant CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 15, 1979 Lester Lowell Plumm Templeton Fire Pro. Dist. / Mar. 8 1940 David N Morehouse PRPD / May 6 1919 Charles Edwin Adams Atascadero Fire Pro. Dist. / Sep. 13 1929 Edward Ordner CA Dept. Forestry / Sep. 17, 1946 Leo Boyd CA Dept. Forestry / Jun. 24, 1959 Valerio Rizzoli Santa Margarita Vol. Fire Dept. / Dec. 24, 1963 Edwin M Marty CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 15, 1979 Rick A Vreeland Pismo Beach Fire Dept. / Feb. 5 1993 Scott Sanford CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 18, 1978 Britt Irvine CHP / Feb. 24, 1998 David Harvey Stahl SLO Sheriff Dept. / Jun. 9, 1961 Steven R Manley CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 15, 1979 Will J Ward San Diego Sheriff Dept. / Nov. 30 1899 J. Courtney Bond SLOPD / Jul. 2, 1952 Joe Holstine CA Dept. Forestry / Aug. 18, 1978 John Bader Oceano Comm. Service Dist. / Jun. 8 1965 Scott W Cox CA Dept. Forestry / Feb. 3, 1980 Brett James Oswald CHP / Jun. 27, 2010 Henry Lewelling Arroyo Grande Town Marshall / Mar. 29, 1904 James F Waldmeier SLO City Fire Dept. / Oct. 2, 1956 Vincent Munch / SLOPD / Nov. 18, 1944 Richard Alan Berry Arroyo Grande Police Dept. / Dec. 22, 2002

Nick’s Barber and Hair Designs Bob and Cheri Adams J.J. Liquors Central Coast Explorer Competition PRPD Post Post E541 Templeton CHP Post E740 Paso Robles Police Officers Assoc. Paso Robles Rotary Paso Robles Walmart Holiday Inn Express, Paso Robles Albertson’s In Memory of Doug Gilbert San Luis Cty. Prob. Department San Luis Cty. Prob. Peace Officers Assoc. Newlin and Liz Hastings John Mozart and John Travis The Jay and Jo Armstrong Family

THE BRONZE SHIELD

THE GOLD SHIELD Wm. Clark Family Dennis, Dale, and Kathy Gomer Deputy Sheriff’s Assoc. of SLO Cty. Libby, Libby, Libby Mitch & Stella Culver, Russ & Vicky Silva Country Real Estate SLO Cty. Board of Supervisors Park Cinemas S.C. Anderson, Inc. Paso Robles Assoc. of Realtors Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Tom and Gwen Erskine Harry Ovitt, SLO Cty. Supervisor, Dist. 1 Pete J. and Lorraine Cagliero Family Budweiser - We all make a difference

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THE PLATINUM SHIELD Jack and Phoebe Cooke The William and Linda Frost Family CA Correctional Peace Officers Assoc. El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility-California Men’s Colony Local Chapter of Unit 6 A & R Furniture and Interiors Paso Robles Inn Dan and Joanne Peterson The Richard Woodland Family Susan and Les Brown Warren and Vel Miller Dennis Cassidy and Family Estrella Associates Inc Paso Robles Acorn

F. McLintocks Wells Fargo Bank Betty A. Cousins Bob Miller and Family The Felgenhauer Family The Robinett Family San Luis Ambulance Service, Inc Bruce and Terry White Darrell and Leora Eide PG&E Jim and Barbara McCormick Custom Woodcraft, Inc Heritage Oaks Bank Glenn and Millie Muggelberg Chitty and Solomon Families Don and Elnora LaVallee Advance Adapters, Inc Women’s Power Lunch of Paso Robles Eunice Dieter Twin Cities Community Hospital U.S. Armor Corp. Blakeslee Family Foundation Paso Robles Professional Firefighters Hall & Hieatt, Attorneys at Law James Lee and Barrett Family Hogue Grips Mid State Bank Paso Robles Ford Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Justin and Deborah Baldwin Prudential Hallmark Realty Atascadero State Hospital, Police Officers Madeline & Tanner Berry Senor Sancho’s Carlos and Marianne Leyva McDonough Holland and Allen PC Sam Hill Photography RRM Design Group SLO Law Enforcement Assistance Fdn. Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Arroyo Grande Police Officers Assoc. Mike Ryan, SLO Cty. Supervisor, Dist. 5 Katcho Achadjian, SLO Cty. Supervisor, Dist. 4 Criminal Justice Administrators Assoc. of SLO Cty. SLO City Firefighters Assoc., Local 3523 

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Writing Support Group

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think it’s fascinating to learn that fleas can actually be trained. Picture the little critters in a jar with a lid on it. At first, the fleas will jump up and down, bopping their heads on the lid. Ouch! Eventually, an interesting thing happens: They figure out they can avoid the pain if they just shorten their jump. Now the lid can be taken off because they’ll never try to leap so high again. Sometimes we humans are just like those fleas. Many people think they can’t write because of some comment that made them feel criticized; usually, something said when they were young by a teacher, parent, sibling, or peer. That moment acts like that jar lid and causes pain. They decide they’re not writers and never will be – and they’ll never try again. Having been a writer for over 45 years, I have been dismayed to learn that there are more people than we realize who have this poor self-esteem about their ability to write. All it takes is being criticized or teased, being a bad speller or somewhat dyslexic, knowing someone else who is obviously gifted, or just not having the patience to rewrite first drafts. Besides being sensitive to comments, we are also affected by another dynamic. We are receiving a subtle but constant message from our culture that talent is innate and obvious and thus cannot be nurtured into blossoming. After all, aren’t we the society of instant everything? Even children have accepted this false premise that we must be instantly good

at something to pursue it. As a child, my brother was clearly gifted as an artist, so I was teased about anything I tried to draw. I stopped drawing. Later in life, just out of curiosity, I got some instruction. I was delighted to learn I wasn’t bad, just slow. Now think about seeds. Even smaller seeds can grow into a vibrant plant, given sunlight and water, an accomplishment we accept as the seed’s nature. I maintain that it’s not the size of the seed of talent in us when we start. Rather, it is accepting that humans are creative by nature. Just like seeds, we all house a divine spark that can blossom in surprising ways if nurtured and not crushed by self-judgment. In the long run, it’s as Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Can you talk? Writing is the same as talking. Writing is simply words sculpted to a specific purpose and personality. It’s a process you learn and improve upon over time. However, that’s only if you can embrace the excitement of learning and allowing that leads to growth. We have all accepted lids in our lives. But when was the last time you checked to see if that lid was actually there? After all, we’re smarter than fleas. Aren’t we?  Patricia Alexander has led limitedattendance Writing Support Groups for decades. A local writer, editor, columnist. Patricia follows her passion to encourage and guide other writers. She welcomes your comments to PatriciaEmilyAlexander@gmail.com

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Summer Internships

Emma Hanson & Oscar Perry

Chosen As 2021 Student Leaders By Patrick Patton

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ank of America announced in July that two Atascadero High School students were selected to be their inaugural San Luis Obispo 2021 Student Leaders. Emma Hanson and Oscar Perry have each started an eight-week paid summer internship experience with Habitat for Humanity, are earning $17 per hour, and have received a Chromebook as part of the internship. They are among 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the United States recognized by Bank of America's Student Leaders program. "Bank of America is committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development to help get them on the path to economic success," said Greg Bland, president, Bank of America San Luis Obispo. "We recognize young adults are the future of our community, which is why programs like Student Leaders are one way

we can provide paid opportunities for teens to gain job experience while developing a diverse pipeline of talent as they enter the local workforce." Inspired by her brother with autism, Emma Hanson is heavily involved in community service to help those with special needs, including working with the Special Olympics and volunteering as a teacher's aide with special education students at local schools. She is excited about working with Habitat to learn the inner workings of running a nonprofit. "I am inspired to create a nonprofit that focuses on developing social skills in the disabled community because I have seen the positive impact programs like these...have had on his life, and I would like other people to have those types of opportunities as well," Emma said. "Everything that I have learned about how nonprofits operate will greatly benefit me as I take the next steps in forming my nonprofit." Oscar Perry—a Templeton resident—has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and has started multi-

ple ventures, including a local dog-walking business, selling candy, and re-selling designer shoes online. When he's not busy working as a registered dental assistant in his father's dental practice, he's interviewing other entrepreneurs for his podcast, Venture Started. Oscar's favorite venture to date is a company he helped to start with the Atascadero High School Entrepreneurship Club this past year called Zumr Media. The company creates digital marketing videos for local businesses here in San Luis Obispo County. Oscar enjoys improving his community "with video production bringing more client reach to local businesses here in SLO County will impact them, but also SLO County as a whole as those local businesses are representing SLO County." As part of their internships with Habitat for Humanity, both Emma and Oscar are working to re-open Habitat Restores in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. They are also helping with Oceana, a nine home-build in Paso Robles. 

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Retrospective

Time, Precious Time By Jennifer Scales

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The world as we know it has become a strange and unfamiliar place, his prose assures us of power to remember the gift of life I the certainty and beauty was given. Fast forward to the presWhere fear and uncertainty have come to rob us of our joy. found in time. Looking ent; I continue to make a conscious We need to rest in the certainty and beauty of time, back at this past year, one true effort to live up to that promise, The grace in its patience in making us whole again. constant can be found, Time remembering that one moment in When the night seems cold and the world unfair, made things better. Time in and time when my time could have or of itself is just a measurement that should have ended. Sometimes, I A hope can be found in each moment called time. occurs in increments. Measured worry that I need to do more, love Slowly healing, gradually changing, eventually renewing, by seconds, minutes, and hours more, give more, care more. But the Strengthening and nurturing us as it passes. as the earth revolves around the truth is every day I wake up, I am sun, adding up to days, months, grateful for another day. When catastrophe hits or trouble abounds, when it all seems overwhelming, and years. My ideology about time is Just remember there will be a tomorrow, and the sun will shine bright again. The concept is easy; even a child simply finding that something Be assured time will make its way, can understand. My point is not to that makes you unique. Whatever bring light the obvious concept of that looks like, we all have someIt will change things; it will change us with each passing day. time. But, instead to inspire questhing we can contribute—merely We may not see it, but as days become years, we will look back without regret, tions, “How are you cherishing using your uniqueness to make a Only then will we see what time has accomplished moments in your life?” “Are your difference in this world. Your gift in making us who we are meant to be. moments each day creating lastmay take a lifetime to give, but ing memories?” “Is how you spend what a beautiful way to spend What an amazing life made up of this beautiful concept of precious time, your time meaningful to you and your time. When we smile at a Strangely, the seeming bad times and the unimaginable those around you?” stranger, show kindness to others, can create a strength within us all. Time is fluid. Time can heal. or when we love unconditionally, Time creates. The mere exiswe are closer to getting it right. A Let’s choose our time wisely, fill it with hope, love, kindness, and forgiveness, tence of time should give us soldier may lose their life in battle, May we never take it for granted and treasure it as a wondrous gift. pause. Wasting valuable time is but what an amazing gift they gave the saddest of outcomes. How we fill our time and the measurement of it us. His or her contribution of their time will live on in our memories forever. matters, or at least it should. Finally, our time is precious; every moment can only be quantified by June 29, 1988, I experienced a life-changing event that I have celebrated making these moments meaningful. My life is far from perfect, but I make every year since. I was involved in a serious car accident that transformed a conscious effort every single day to be mindful of my moments, smiling my way of looking at time and its value. The trajectory of this event made from my heart and spreading kindness like confetti. me realize, at 26 years old, that my life could have ended that day or shortly If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us is that life is fleeting. after. God spared me the memory of the actual car accident; only the scars Every passing segment of time we live matters; we need to express gratitude remain as a constant reminder that life is too short and should never be with humble kindness for the gift of life we are blessed to have and share. taken for granted. Live life with purpose and intention, expressing kindness and love in all I made a commitment during my healing that I would do everything in my you do. 

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San Luis Obispo County Office of Education omy of our community by supporting and inspiring transformative education opportunities. Our efforts support three proven initiatives of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education: SLO Partners, the arts, and K-12 technical education. SLO James Partners provides access for students to remain in the Brescia, Ed.D. COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ~ Anne Frank community while training in a new field or career path through fast-tracked boot camp programs. These boot camps work in partnership with Cuesta College, local industry, and educational leaders. Scholarships are provided by local businesses, grants, and donors that value the investment in our future. The digital marketing, web development, precision manufacturing, cybersecurity, trades, and the Ticket an Luis Obispo County enjoys beautiful increase customer base sales, and create greater pros- to Teach programs to connect local talent to the topography, a pleasant climate, and a signif- perity, the community must provide increased access workforce and career pathways. icant community service ethic. During the to services such as health care, child care, and educaThe SLO CTE Foundation is committed to summer of 2021, civic groups, private businesses, tional training. Employers throughout the county preserving and promoting the arts in education. non-profits, and government agencies have joined acknowledge the business benefits when a commu- An education system that teaches critical thinking, forces to best support our community as we exit nity provides for increased health and economic creatively approaching problems, and addresses chalthe global pandemic. Sustainable practices that are interests. lenges, equips students for long-term career developinterlinked as a mutually supporting process can My work as a classroom teacher, school prin- ment in our rapidly changing global economy. Our create prosperity in society for generations. Civic cipal, college instructor, district superintendent, goal is to help all students become lifelong learners responsibility moves beyond the legal duty of care and now as your county superintendent made me and enthusiasts of the arts. We actively envision each requirements and can be considered an ethical or aware of groups providing health care, child care, student’s limitless possibilities. Students’ technical, moral service. Two such agencies connected with and educational training to the economically chal- academic, and employability skills taught in CTE my office that serve adults who in turn benefit our lenged. I did not fully appreciate the positive impact courses are essential for college and career success. youth are the SLO Noor Foundation and SLO of these services on the community until I became Just as American businesses are redesigning how they Career and Technical Education (CTE) Founda- more involved with Noor and CTE. Through Noor’s deliver services, educational leaders, legislators, and tion. These agencies understand that helping those clinics, medical practitioners provide quality preven- policymakers should redesign how we provide for who provide for our youth is a variation of paying tative and episodic primary health care to the unin- our community. Our service systems are social justice it forward. sured. Educational literature, case management, and in action. A healthy and well-educated populous Both Noor and the CTE Foundation acknowl- social work assistance are also available. Some of strengthens our democracy and grows our economy. edge the obstacles and challenges individuals face the individuals Noor serves are the adult family America faces a challenge today of providing because of economics in San Luis Obispo County. members of some of our most vulnerable students a safe environment, rebuilding our economy, and Mitigating the effects of access to health care or in the community. Noor’s medical, dental, and vision competing in the global marketplace. Although educational training is a shared theme of both care strengthens families, economic prosperity, and additional work is still needed to provide access non-profits. The work of these agencies contrib- the community. Noor has been in service for nine to health and education services, this summer will utes to the well-being of internal and external years, provided 2,000 prescription glasses, conducted prove that we are an adaptive, resourceful, and hopestakeholders with a positive impact on the youth of over 40,000 patient encounters, and logged over ful people. Anyone interested in supporting the SLO our community. Because the families and primary 7,800 volunteer hours. The Noor Foundation is a Noor Foundation or the SLO CTE Foundation and caregivers of students throughout the county have partner in service with the San Luis Obispo County their services can find additional information online economic challenges, serving the adults that provide Office of Education. or contact the San Luis Obispo County Office of for our youth is an investment in our future. To The SLO CTE Foundation is a non-profit orga- Education. 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Board of Trustees

Discuss Upcoming School Year, Superintendent Statement and CRT By Camille DeVaul

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he Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 13, allowing for in-person and virtual attendance. To start the meeting, Roman Muñoz, Attorney with Lozano Smith, provided legal guidance for Public Comment during meetings, including English to Spanish translation, board responses to public comment, prioritizing members of Paso Robles community during public comment, and virtual call-in comments. In previous meetings, the public has complained about the inaccurate English to Spanish translation. To address the issue, Board President Chris Arend suggested the only way to get the best word-to-word translation is for the Board to speak about one sentence at a time for the translator. Superintendent Curt Dubost read the following statement prior to beginning Public Comment: “We are in a politically charged moment. As a result, some of the rhetoric at recent board meetings has become extreme. Name-calling and images of lynchings have appeared in local media and flyers. This must stop. Those of us in the schools as well as in the general community must show our children how adults can engage in civil discourse and develop consensus and compromise or at least arrive at decisions after all sides have been given a fair hearing. I am giving a fair warning. We expect members of the public to conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Any speaker or attendee who repeatedly speaks out of turn is profane, or substantially disrupts the conduct of the Board’s business, or who uses this opportunity to make personal attacks on staff may have their public comment time cut off. Complaint forms and the formal process are available at the back of the room for that purpose. I also remind the speakers that if they make a specific allegation that an individual student may have been mistreated, we are unable to respond publicly without violating that minor’s privacy rights. Our silence does not mean we have no response or necessarily agree with the complaint. If a complaint has merit, we will take the appropriate action. I will, however, zealously defend any teacher unfairly attacked. Please let’s all show how we can find common ground and/or agree to disagree without rancor. We also need the Board to be able to have time for serious debate rather than sit by for hours of often redundant public comment. I, for one, will listen attentively to anyone making a reasonable argument. Yelling and name-calling make me, like most people, tune out and conclude the speaker does not have any logical argument. We have been given legal parameters for public comment and its translation this evening.” Later, a quick public hearing was held for renaming a facility. Four proposals were presented: • William Fred Stroud Jr. - PRHS Welding Building • Mrs. Bertha Phillips - PRHS Library

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• Mr. Randy Canaday PRHS Woodshop/Building Trades/BITA Classrooms 601 and 602 • Don Edward Parish (deceased May 9, 2018) PRHS Field (Practice Field) For those watching the meeting virtually, there were some technical difficulties when the Board reached the consent agenda. The meeting was cut off and then continued in a second video stream which picked up at the approval of a donation from the Paso Robles Community in the amount of $2,180.21 to help repair the Lewis Middle School garden. Board members Lance Gannon and Nathan Williams were absent for the vote. Board members voted to table, for the next scheduled meeting, item K.2: Approve Pool of Architects and Engineering Services Firms, to give trustees time to go through the materials provided. Item K.2. addresses the Boards direction of staff to establish a pool of architects for Measure M bond projects. At the end of the meeting, the Board briefly discussed proposed new start and end times for the 2021-2022 school year to comply with recently passed California State Law SB 328 (Approved by the Governor on October 13, 2019). The new law requires secondary schools to start later (High School at 8:30 a.m. and Middle school at 8:15 a.m). The District will also be moving their collaboration and early out day to Monday (rather than Wednesday). The SB 328 changes are required by the 2022-2023 school year, but the District is implementing the changes sooner to limit the transitions. The new school start times were only a discussion item, and no actions were made at this time. Finally, just before adjournment, the Board discussed Item O.1. Potential Study Session for Continued Critical Race Theory (CRT) Discussion. Before opening the discussion, Superintendent Dubost read the following statement: “Before we again discuss Critical Race Theory and other controversial issues related to Ethnic Studies, I would like to recall how we got here. Some people say that these issues are recent and a diversion to distract from other recent national matters. That is simply not true. We have had various racial incidents in recent years, especially at the high school. One result was the Board resolution condemning racism, which was based on the teachings of Martin Luther King. Another result was a legitimate request from students and members of the community to introduce an Ethnic Studies course. Members of our faculty, administrators, and Board members discussed the course and reviewed materials over an extended period of time. The extent to which Critical Race Theory might find its way into the course was a major issue of that discussion. I frankly knew little about CRT at that time, but the more I learned about it, the more I felt that it was not appropriate in a K-12 curriculum. The Board eventually approved the new Ethnic Studies course after making sure that the course would be a high-quality history elective. COVID and distance learning have also played a role in putting this

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issue at the forefront of the public’s mind. Parents began to watch classes online and expressed concerns. Some complaints had merit, and others didn’t. I immediately sent out a directive on the limits of academic freedom and freedom of speech for staff and students, which clarified the legal situation, copies of which are at the back table. I also reminded our staff about established board policy on how to deal with controversial issues during instruction. There must be a connection to the subject of the class, and the teacher must respect all sides. CRT and its role in K-12 education have developed into a major issue throughout the country since our last school board election. Some of my friends on the “left” have wrongly assumed that my opposition to CRT in K-12 education is not borne of my own belief but that the newly elected board members have somehow ~ Superintendent Curt Dubost forced me to accept their position. Let me remind everyone that the three members elected last November ran on a platform that specifically included prominent concerns about curricular issues, a partisan slant in the presentation of the existing curriculum, and a lack of oversight of that curriculum. They stated their concerns and were elected. They are doing

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what they promised they would do. I have disagreed with some of their positions. Others I have found compelling. However, let me be very clear: I will never recommend nor sign something with which I fundamentally disagree, regardless of the personal consequences.” There were again some technical difficulties with the live stream during Dubost’s statement. The sound was cut off, and the screen read “Public Comment Line.” The stream picked back during a Public Comment. Public Comments were mixed on whether or not to pass the drafted Resolution 21-27 PRJUSD Prohibiting the Teaching of Critical Race Theory, which was discussed during the June 22 meeting. Trustee Nathan Williams said, “I appreciate everybody’s opinions on this one way or the other—but when we get back down to the facts of it when you look up the California State Board of Education History of Social Science content standards for California Public Schools, the curriculum that is out there, kindergarten through grade 12 as well as our own curriculum or any proposed curriculum for our schools, CRT is not in any of it.” Trustee Dorian Baker later said, “There is not a lesson plan in our curriculum called Critical Race Theory, but it’s in there. It’s being taught.” A motion was made to direct staff to set up a study session and present options to the Board, which failed with a 3-4 vote—Trustees Arend, Williams, Baker, and Gannon all voting no. Trustee Chris Bausch immediately adjourned the meeting after the vote. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for August 10. 

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Paso Robles City Council Back Meeting In Person

By Camille DeVaul

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or the first time in over a year, the Paso Robles City Council meeting was held in person on Thursday, July 8, after the COVID-19 government restrictions were lifted. From now on, the public is welcome to attend the meetings in person or continue to participate virtually from home. A resident requested Item 12: Award of Contract to Repair and Resurface Centennial Park Tennis Court to start the meeting to be removed for a separate discussion. Staff recommended the Council to award a contract for Centennial Tennis Court Repair and Resurfacing to Trueline Construction & Surfacing, Inc. in the amount of $55,520. According to Freda Berman, Maintenance Superintendent, in April 2021, staff noted that the surfacing on the courts was bubbling, and rebar began to show in certain areas, specifically courts three and four. As a result, the use of the courts has been determined to be unsafe, thus closing the courts until resurfacing could be completed. The bid also includes adding pickleball shadow lines on the tennis courts. Councilmember John Hamon questioned staff if it is necessary to fully renovate the courts or if it is possible to simply repair the most affected areas. Berman informed Hamon that fully resurfacing the courts will be the best long-term fix. Many residents were present to voice their support for adding pickleball shadow lines, giving them more courts to play on. However, there appeared to be some animosity between pickleball and tennis players. With a 5-0 vote, Council approved the contract and recommended that the local Pickleball club present a proposal to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) about adding

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shadow lines for pickleball to one tennis court at Centennial Park and bring a recommendation from the PRAC back for Council consideration in August. Next, a public hearing was held for the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan, each covering the City’s water use for the next five years. Currently, the City provides water to 10,760 residential and non-residential service connections. According to the report, Paso Robles has more than adequate water supplies to reach a full buildout population of 44,000 by 2050, including residential and commercial activities. The City’s gross water use in 2020 was 164 gallons per person per day, and to comply with SB X7-7 provisions, the City’s gross water use could be no more than 193 gallons per person per day. The Water Shortage Contingency Plan is also required by law and shows what steps the City would take in the event of an extended drought. To Read the City’s Frequently Asked Questions about the UWMP, visit prcity.com. Councilman Hamon motioned to approve the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which passed with a 5-0 vote. With a 4-1 vote (Councilmember Fred Strong voting no), Council approved to extend the pause in the Senior Downtown Parking Permit Program. There are 694 existing permits sold under current terms, which expire on March 31, 2022. The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission will reconvene in November to discuss future senior permit options. Parking Commissioners will execute a quarterly data collection plan to assist in decision-making going forward. The Country Club Architectural Control Association pleaded for Council to expedite road repairs

in their neighborhood. Aside from Country Club Drive, the pavement on the remaining streets has only received one slurry seal treatment and pothole repairs since initial construction in the 1960s. Council unanimously elected to advance $300,000 from the General Fund reserves to begin the “design phase of street repairs for the neighborhood and repay the general fund for the expenditures in the next budget cycle and/or with J20 funds and reevaluate timing on repairs and funding once the design phase is complete. This decision will move the scheduled repairs up by about eight months.” Council then received a report on the $5.5 million in funds coming to the City from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA). Staff was directed to bring back recommendations with a draft policy for Council to adopt prior to the December 2024 federal deadline for allocating funds. Funds must be spent by December 31, 2026. Council discussed possibilities for the funds, including unfunded roads, streets, and bridges, homelessness-related services and enforcement, recreation, and more. Finally, Council discussed options for audiovisual support for future City meetings. Staff was directed to supplement live meetings with YouTube live streaming of City Council and Planning Commission meetings and continue to provide the call-in option for residents to give public comments if they can’t attend in person. The next regular City Council meeting is on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m., in person and via live stream at prcity.com/youtube. Public comment can be made during the meeting by calling (805)865-PASO (7276) or provided prior to the meeting by emailing cityclerk@prcity.com. 

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AgVocates

Singer and Dairy Farmer

STEPHANIE NASH

AgVocates Against ‘30 by 30’ Plan By Camille DeVaul

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ne week after President Joe Biden took office, he signed an executive order known as the “30 by 30

Plan.” By 2030, the United States Government plans to “protect at least 30 percent of the states’ land areas and waters; to help advance the protection of 30 percent of the nation’s oceans; and to support regional, national, and international efforts to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land areas and waters and 30 percent of the world’s ocean” according to the assembly bill text. In essence, the Country’s goal is to conserve 30 percent of its waters and land by 2030. The Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful preliminary report was released on May 6. According to the report it is, “only the starting point on the path to fulfilling the conservation vision that President Biden has outlined. Where this path leads over the next decade will be determined not by our agencies but by the idea and leadership of local communities. It is our job to listen, learn, and provide support along the way to help strengthen economies and pass on healthy lands, waters, and wildlife for generations to come.” But a deeper look into how those lands and waters will be protected has spurred controversy amongst farmers and ranchers across the Nation. Stephanie Nash, a singer/songwriter, dairy farmer, and agricultural activist, speaks loudly against legislative threats made against farmers and ranchers, especially the 30 by 30 plan. Stephanie’s family operated a dairy farm in California for 85 years until 2010, when they decided to purchase property in Tennessee and move their dairy farm operations there. Around 2008, Stephanie’s father began to see a shift in California. Increasing regulations set on farmers in the State showed him that life for farmers and ranchers in California would only worsen. For eight years now, Stephanie’s family

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has been successfully milking dairy cows in Tennessee. Stephanie says she learned her advocacy voice while participating in the dairy challenge at Fresno State. Dairy challenge is the evaluation of dairy farms to help other farmers financially, reproductively, and more. “I wanted to learn what the struggles were throughout our country regulation and bill wise,” Stephanie shared. Now, Stephanie works at her family’s dairy running their calf-heifer program and watches over 850 cattle. In addition, she gives tours and shows the community their operation, family aspect, and the importance of family farms. “Farms are trying to survive, and they aren’t getting the support they need,” Stephanie explained, referring to federal legislation and regulations in agriculture. In 2020, Stephanie began a video series called “The Life of a Farmer,” in which she travels to different family farms and shares their story. “It’s not even just about what we do on a daily basis, but it’s the importance of that farmer telling their story—they feature the farm, the family, and their operation. They feature what is going on in their state,” Stephanie explained. She also takes to TikTok, a social media app, where she voices her concerns for struggling farmers and educates people on how some legislative bills affect the agriculture industry. In particular, Stephanie often refers to the 30 by 30 plan. “The 30 by 30 bill is a threat in the biggest way because they are using climate change and people don’t understand—my experience has been they are going to regulate you, they are going to fine you if you don’t do exactly what they want from you and they are going to make it unaffordable for you to survive,” Stephanie said. Shortage of labor workers and the cost of feed and other essentials are constantly working against farmers. At Stephanie’s dairy farm, they are struggling to find people willing to work.

Stephanie Nash’s family owned and operated a dairy farm in California for 85 years, then decided to move the farm to Tennessee. Photo (left) Stephanie with her father Steve Nash.

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While prices for food goes up in grocery stores, the farmer doesn’t see an increase on their end except for higher cost for feed, equipment, and supplies. States are already moving forward with plans to comply with the 30 by 30 plan. California was the first state to begin creating a plan to conserve 30 percent of its water and land. However, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts describes the 30 by 30 plan as a “land grab” and is lobbying against the bill. The Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report says, “Federal agencies can and should advance conservation by supporting programs that incentivize voluntary conservation efforts and provide new sources of income for American farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards.” The section goes on to promote more use of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is a USDA Farm Service Agency program where in exchange for payment, farmers agree to “remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.” While the program sounds enticing—money in exchange for not farming—that also means less land in service for farming and growing food. Governor Ricketts warns that because the President’s 30 by 30 plan is vague about obtaining land, private land rights could be threatened. He warns that at the county level, conservation easements could be put into effect. He says, “Once you’ve entered into a permanent easement, you have forever surrendered control of your land to the land trust or federal government. Future generations will not have the flexibility to develop or manage the land differently.” In California, the federal government owns 47 percent of the state’s land. But in Nebraska, 97 percent of their land is privately owned. Ricketts says, “If 30 percent of land in Nebraska is set aside for conservation, it will shift the property tax burden onto fewer farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and business owners. Right now, the federal government pays about $2.50 per acre on average in lieu of taxes on land it holds with conservation easements. Even if a land trust holds the conservation easement, the land’s potential taxable value is still greatly reduced. This leaves fewer taxpayers to pay for schools, roads, bridges, and other services.” Stephanie continues to push for people to support their local farmers. She reminds people that during COVID, large corporations like Walmart and Costco were allowed to stay open while the small businesses were forced to shut down. “It just makes you wonder what their actual end plan is with the 30 by 30 bill. The biggest plan is they are going to bankrupt family farms, and they are going to take over, and they are going to manage the price. And I tell you, if they get to that point, your food will be three or four times it is now. That’s a message for everybody to hear.” In recent years, many women in agriculture have risen up to be the industry’s voice, pushing back against misconceptions against the industry. “I just want to read about it [legislature] because I want my family farm to survive, and I want to tell people about where their food comes from and the importance of it.”  To learn more about Stephanie Nash, you can go to her website stephanienashmusic.com. Read the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful preliminary report by visiting doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/report-conserving-and-restoring-americathe-beautiful-2021.pdf. Read about Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts efforts to stop the 30 by 30 plan at governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-slams-“vague”-30-x-30-reportbiden-harris-administration-agencies.

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Agriculture

THE GREAT

CANNABIS DEBATE, PART II

Cannabis Cultivation from the View of a Farmer

By Camille DeVaul

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annabis cultivation continues to be a hot topic in San Luis Obispo County. Some SLO county residents are hesitant to share their support for the industry for fear of scrutiny. After Part One of this series, I received an email from someone who said they initially voted against the recreational use of cannabis but has since changed their mind and believes there are misconceptions on both sides of the debate. The same person said they are hesitant to voice their opinion because of fear of negative public comments. This is the second time someone has told me they feel this way. Steve Shelburne, a resident of Paso Robles, is currently in the process of getting a permit through the County to grow cannabis on his property. He wanted to share his viewpoint on the cannabis industry entering SLO County from a farming perspective. “I’ve had a little bit of push pack from various entities. It’s something I’ve done a lot of research on to understand what the points of contention were and what the reality is,” said Shelburne. Shelburne currently rents 80 acres of his property to an alfalfa farmer.

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When cannabis was legalized, the farmer approached Shelburne with the idea of trading some alfalfa acres for cannabis. “At first, I was reluctant, but then I did more research,” said Shelburne. He continued, “I don’t use cannabis. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I’m just an average guy, but understanding there might be a better opportunity return on investment, I partnered with him to try to move the process forward.” In June 2019, Shelburne and his partner formed SLOCann LLC, started the application process, and met with the County for their pre-application meeting. During that meeting, the County laid out the process for Shelburne to apply for a minor-land-use permit-which is step one if you want to grow cannabis for commercial use legally. Shelburne’s minor use permit is a public document that can be viewed by visiting energov.sloplanning.org His project number is DRC202000037 if you want to view his application. Currently, Shelburne’s minor use permit is 35 percent complete. But, according to Shelburne, he has paid over $30,000 during the application process and has around $20,000 to go before he can even be considered

for approval. Right now, Shelburne’s permit is on a temporary hold due to outstanding funds, according to County Planning and Building Executive Assistant Katie Martin. However, according to Shelburne, he does not show any outstanding invoices when he views his account. Out of the nine applications submitted for his permit so far, only “Distribute Referrals” is marked failed on July 14, 2020. Martin explained, “Distribute referrals pertains to the application referrals that are sent to various County and outside agencies, such as Public Works, Cal Fire, Environmental Health, the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.” She continued, “The fact that the dashboard indicates “failed” on July 14, 2020, simply notes that this step was canceled or redone for some reason. There is another entry right above this entry that shows Distribute Referrals is marked as passed on July 14, 2021. It is likely that there was an error with the first entry, and it had to be corrected. The only way to correct it is to “fail” the first attempt

and create a new entry.” Shelburne compares getting approved to grow cannabis to getting approved to build a strip mall. The first step to growing cannabis in SLO County is getting approved for a minor use land permit. To apply for a minor use land permit, the following documents need to be filed: • General Application Contact Information • Land Use – Project Information Form • Environmental Description Form • Information Disclosure form • Land Use Consent of Property Owner form (only if the applicant does not own the property • Hazardous Waste and Substances Statement Disclosure (PLN-1122) Within these documents, the applicant needs the following reports submitted: • Archaeological Report • Biological Report • Botanical Report • Geological Report These are just a few of the reports and documents needed. You can review the complete application package by visiting slocounty.ca.gov. Currently, there are 78 applica-

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tions somewhere in the process of getting their minor use permit for cannabis-related activities in SLO County. According to Shelburne, the main concerns contributing to the negative stigma of cannabis are crime and odor. “I’m expecting there will be some push back, but my biggest concern is that there is a lot of subjective bias and misinformation—I just don’t think that they’re educated, and I don’t blame them,” said Shelburne. He continued, “At the end of the day, it will become a commodity—that will drive the price down. Once the price goes down, the illegal activity associated with cannabis will go away.” Again, because the legalization of marijuana is relatively new, data for crime rates and marijuana legalization is limited. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) final report published June 2020: “We (NCJRS) found that marijuana legalization has not had an overall consistently positive or negative effect on matters of public safety. Instead, legalization has resulted in a varied set of outcomes, including concern about youth access to marijuana and increased drugged driving, a belief that there is increased cross border transference of legal marijuana to states that have not legalized, reports that training and funding for cannabis-related law enforcement activities have been deficient given the complex and enlarged role the police have been given, and the persistence of the complex black market. On the “positive” front, legalization appears to have coincided with an increase in crime clearance rates in several areas of offending and an overall null effect on rates of serious crime.” The full report can be read by visiting nij.ojp.gov/library/ publications/effects-marijuana-legalization-law-enforcement-and-crime-final-report To start, Shelburne and his partner plan to trade two acres of alfalfa for two acres of cannabis. Then, if all goes well, they will expand another acre. Those who oppose cannabis often use its high water needs as a factor against the crop. According to Shelburne, water usage for alfalfa and cannabis are comparable. Because he is trading alfalfa acres for cannabis, his water usage is not expected to change significantly one way or the other. One alfalfa farmer says that one acre of alfalfa needs about five inches of water every 25 days, depending on soil conditions and temperatures. Because cannabis is still relatively new to grow in some states legally, accurate water usage data is still hard to come by. In an article by Daniel Gaddy, “The Cannabis Water Report” on watertechonline.com, because cannabis is not federally legal, there is still a lack of accurate industry water usage data for the crop.

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In April 2020, the Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency for cannabis growers, formed the Water Working Group (WWG). WWG is made up of experts from various fields searching for a better understanding of cannabis water usage. The group partnered with New Frontier Data and the Berkeley Cannabis Research Center and created the Cannabis Water Report. According to the report, “Compared to major agricultural crops, including cotton, grapes, and corn, the total water used to grow cannabis has a nominal impact on total water use in farming.” The report found water use on cannabis highly depends on growing location and techniques. “A portion of our research was focused on understanding why cannabis had received such notoriety as a water-intensive crop,” said Christopher Dillis, a postdoctoral researcher at the Berkeley Cannabis Research Center. He continued, “We need to educate people about what is happening now in the legal industry and separate that from the old narrative around the illicit industry. The report reveals that water use practices are highly diverse in the new regulated cannabis industry, and we hope that this new data leads to well-tailored regulatory policies that are responsive to this diversity.” The report argues that the accusation of the cannabis industry contaminating water sources, being a water-intensive crop, and others can be addressed by placing specific regulations on the legalized industry. In contrast, no regulations can be placed on illegal grows. You can read Gaddy’s full article on watertechonline.com Download the full water report by visiting info.newfrontierdata.com/ cannabis-h2o Overall, Shelburne feels, “The negative stigma attached to it [cannabis] is unwarranted. I don’t think these people have done significant research. I don’t want to say that they’re not good people. I just think they bought into what the Federal Government has been telling them for 80 years.” He continued, “It’s [cannabis] changed, and I think people don’t understand CBD and THC and how they affect the system, and it’s just one of those things where I think there is a lack of education.” Cannabis is going to be an ongoing and controversial topic within our County. As we continue this in-depth series, we will look to bring more information, different perspectives, and outlooks from both sides of the subject. And as always, with an unbiased outlook.  If you or someone you know would like to share your insight into the subject, send an email to camille@13starsmedia.com. To read Part 1 of this article, please visit pasoroblespress.com

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Houses of worshiP D I R E C T O R Y

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The following listing of area houses of worship is provided by the partnership between Adelaide Inn and PASO Magazine. We hope to include all houses of worship in the Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon, and Bradley areas. Your congregation is welcomed to send us updates and information to make our list complete and accurate. If you have information, please send an email to office@13starsmedia.com or call (805) 237-6060. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed. ATASCADERO

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

Highlands Church

St. James Episcopal Church

9315 Pismo Ave. 10 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev’s Frank & Terry Zum Mallen Congregation Ohr Tzafon 2605 Traffic Way Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329

Christian Life Center

Life Worth Living Church of God

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

Cornerstone Community Church 9685 Morro Road 8:45 & 10:45 AM Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899 cornerstoneca.org

CRESTON

Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason

LOCKWOOD

True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325

NACIMIENTO

Heritage Village Church

At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 712-7265

Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435

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Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church

Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295 1744 Oak St. Service Time: 9:30 a.m. Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366

Christian Science Services

17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833

Church of Christ

3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927 covenantpaso.com

Belong Central Coast

905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853

Family Worship Center

620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978

Live Oak

1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575

New Day

1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998

New Life Tabernacle

2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300 www.pasonaz.com

2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771 www.pasochurch.com

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Holland (805) 238-3321

500 Linne Road, Suite D Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199

Redeemer Baptist Church

Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614

Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011

ADELAIDE INN

1215 Ysabel Ave (Just off 24th near Hwy 101 and 46 East intersection) Paso Robles, 805-238-2770

Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Roger Patton (805) 434-1921

Higher Dimension Church

601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996

Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Assembly of God

The Light of the World Church

925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616

Trinity Lutheran Church

930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710

Paso Robles Bible Church

First Mennonite Church

915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006

The Revival Center

940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702

421 9th St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

First United Methodist

820 Creston Rd. Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish Saturday 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218

North County Christian Fellowship

1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445

1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I) 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819

2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero

Paso Robles Community Church

616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

Corner S. River and Niblick 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251 vbcpaso.org

Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035

TEMPLETON

692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120

SAN MIGUEL

Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

Mission San Miguel Parish

Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living

775 Mission Street Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz Gaytan (805) 467-2131

SHANDON

Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737 Spanish Service: Sunday 5 p.m. & Thurs 7 p.m. Pastor Mauro Jimenez

689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180

Family Praise & Worship

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills

206 5th st. Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. 805-975-8594

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Paso Robles Press Magazine #244 • August 2021  

A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.

Paso Robles Press Magazine #244 • August 2021  

A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.

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