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Honor Flight brings over 80 veterans to D.C.

Record number of women veterans with over 50 years of collective service were on the flight

NORTH COUNTY — Veterans were welcomed home on Wednesday, May 15,

at the Santa Maria Airport after they took their “Tour of Honor” in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Honor Flight Central Coast (Honor Flight). Over 80 veterans made this trip to the nation’s capital, most of which had served during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Honor Flight Chairman Bear McGill told The Paso Robles Press , “Our [Honor

Paso Robles City Council allocates over $300,000 to local organizations

Hispanic Business Association advised to enhance structure for future consideration

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles City Council directed staff to proceed with contracts providing funds to three local organizations and directed a fourth to work with staff to refine their proposal. Over $300,000 was promised to the three organizations during the Tuesday, May 21, City Council meeting.

The Paso Robles Main Street Association (Main Street), Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), Paso Robles and Templeton Chamber of Commerce (PRTCC), and the Hispanic Business Association (HBA) all made proposals to council to be included in their proposed budget for Fiscal Years (FY) 2024-25 and 2025-26.

Prior to the Tuesday meeting, the proposed budget included a $110,000 contribution to Main Street (total of $220,000 for the next two FY); $85,000 to

the PRWCA ($170,000 for the next two FY); and $95,0000 per FY to the PRTCC ($190,000 for the next two FY). All three organizations have an established history with the city to receive funds.

Following the PRWCA’s presentation, Mayor John Hamon was enthusiastic to include the organization in the budget.

“You guys are fantastic, and I think you are a big part of what Paso Robles has become because of your organization,” he said.

Council made a decision to alter staff’s recommendations for contributions to the organizations and landed on the following distribution of funds:

Main Street: $117,000 per FY for downtown promotion and events • PRTCC: $115,000 per FY for the upcoming Visitor Center

PRWCA: $85,000 per FY for marketing and workforce development

However, this was the HBA’s first time requesting a contribution from the city. They requested $150,000 over a two-year period

Flight’s] goal is to find as many veterans as we can and give them a free trip back to Washington D.C. so they can see the memorials that were built in their honor.”

Honor Flight Central Coast of California is a nonprofit dedicated to honoring our nation’s veterans by taking them to Washington D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. The

nonprofit places a focus on providing this opportunity to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The trips are typically arranged at no cost to the veterans, with funding provided through donations and sponsorships.

“Tours of Honor” are made twice a year from the Central Coast, one in the Spring and

Five local chefs compete for the

PASO ROBLES — As a kick-off to the 41st annual Paso Wine Fest, celebrity chef Tyler Florence turned up the heat and brought his live-fire cookout challenge for five Paso chefs selected by his team in collaboration with Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA).

Swirls of smoke filled the grounds as Paso chefs went rib-to-rib vying for the local title of “Masters of Fire” at the Paso Robles Event Center on

are voted for at site and district levels.

This year’s winners are:

Administrator of the Year is Audra Carr

• Certificated Employee of the Year is Kristin Ring

PASO ROBLES — Five individuals were honored on Tuesday, May 7, at the annual Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD)

Employee of the Year Celebration. Winners of the awards meet several requirements and

• Classified Employee of the Year is Jose Cisneros

• Rookie of the Year is Madison Esteves

Student Support Services

Employee of the Year is Megan Healy

“These people are what makes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District so amazing,” said Assistant Superintendent

Friday, the night before the wine festival’s Grand Tasting on May 18.

“I think I’m having the barbecue dream of my life,” said author, chef and restaurateur Florence on stage, greeting a crowd of some 350 foodies. The Friday cookout which was a rollout for his “Masters of Fire Experience,” was filmed by a Food Network crew as a pilot for the potential “Master of Fire” TV series.

“We’re super excited for the wine fest,” exclaimed Joel Peterson, executive director of PRWCA. Florence and his team approached PRWCA just a few months before the fest on

Shauna Ames said of this year’s winners. “Our school staff is made up of incredible individuals who daily go above and beyond and this staff is always there for each other.”

Employees of the Year meet a specific criteria for both certificated and classified staff. To become and Employee of the Year, certificated staff must create a supportive learning environment, integrate writing and technology, value diversity, collaborate using data, and connect the classroom with the community. For classified staff, they must exhibit outstanding

achievements, fulfill district guiding principles, demonstrate core values, support academic excellence, and engage in community involvement.

PRJUSD Board President Nathan Williams told Paso Robles Press about the awards, “It is too easy and too often that we get caught up in the daily grind and our focus is often on the latest issue being pressed or more importantly, the next thing scheduled in our day to day lives. In turn we can take for granted the things that are truly more important than we often see

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Creston Village Senior Living residents who attended the May Honor Flight were (from left) Jim Sims, Troy Waddle, Michelle Reed, and George Cobb. Photo provided by Creston Village Senior Living
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another in the Fall. Lately, trips have been filled with Korean and Vietnam veterans who did not receive the same happy welcome home as their predecessors did. On this trip, a record number of women veterans made the trip back to D.C. Five women with over 50 years of collective service were able to visit the Vietnam Women’s Memorial which is dedicated to the nurses and women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War.

In the 10 years of Honor Flights existence on the Central Coast, they have taken over 660 veterans from Salinas all the way down to the Ventura and Camarillo area.

McGill said during this trip, their veterans received

a warm welcome from others visiting the memorial sites, “Our veterans got the true recognition from a lot of people ... thanking them for serving our country — it was an incredible trip.”

McGill has received a lot of positive feedback from the veterans who attended the trip, many of whom might have been hesitant at first to go.

“I tell them it’s our pleasure to give you this trip because you guys deserve it and you guys deserve the recognition and the homecoming that you’ve never gotten,” he said.

One veteran in particular recalled his time in Vietnam during their visit at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. One night this particular veteran was on patrol and was pulled off last minute by another man in his unit — that man ended up dying that

their collaboration, according to Peterson.

“We’ve been working with them (PRWCA) for four months and they’ve been great,” said Florence before announcing Paso’s Master of Fire.

While all five dishes were impressive, ranging from beef and pork to salmon and rabbit, it was Spencer Johnson’s St. Louis-style pork rib that received the maximum votes from the crowd. The executive chef at Daou Vineyards walked away with the title of Paso Robles Master of Fire and a $5,000 prize. He will go on to compete in the national challenge in Dallas.

Spencer’s pork rib, which spent four hours on oak and almond wood, was served atop caviar ranch dressing alongside Mighty Cap mushrooms; this dish also won the chefs’ votes from competing colleagues. Jeffry Wiesinger, of Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ, won the judges’ prize.

Other chefs included Justin Hall of The Hatch Rotisserie and Bar; Justin Munson, executive chef of Oak & Vine; and Saree Musick, pastry chef at The Restaurant at JUSTIN.

While the five local creations were outstanding, it was Florence who delivered the “wow”

from the city ($75,000 per FY), and funds from the city to assist with “Spanish Language Business Support Services.”

Within the HBA proposal, they describe themselves as a new organization “dedicated to serving as a driving force for positive change in the North County region with an emphasis on the City of Paso Robles.”

HBA says its mission is to “bridge the gap between the

same night. This veteran with Honor Flight found his unit on the wall and the name of the man who relieved him from patrol that night.

“This veteran had carried that with him all these years until we took him on an Honor Flight,” explained McGill. “He said that he’s always wondered what this gentleman’s life would’ve been like had he not removed him.”

Atascadero Police Officer Tim Perkins was able to serve as a guardian on the Honor Flight, accompanying one of the veterans.

In a social media post, the Atascadero Police Department said, “It’s moments like these that remind us of the incredible dedication and compassion of our team. Thank you, Officer Perkins, for your selflessness and commitment to honoring our

factor for his slow-cooked Angus beef short rib (an oxymoron for this dinosaur size-rib) alongside black truffle potato salad and green peppercorn salsa verde.

Florence handed out the dramatic plates to a long line of eager diners as his grilling team got busy slicing and plating. I learned that one thousand pounds of beef was harvested from 33 grass-fed cows; the meat smoked for nine hours and rested in a warm-over for eight.

The “Masters of Fire Experience” tour is a partnership between Florence and Williams Sonoma to support Florence’s new book “American Grill,” which was released during the fest weekend. Florence was on hand for book signings on Friday and Saturday events.

The four-day celebration from May 16-19 began with winemaker dinners around town and ended with open-house events at various wineries.

But it’s the Saturday Grand Tasting, the marquee event, that draws a large number of visitors and locals. This year the event drew over 2,700 attendees (including vendors, winemakers and volunteers). An astonishing number of 100-plus wineries were joined by a handful of distillery and craft beer producers.

Hispanic business community and the City of Paso Robles by offering comprehensive services, resources, and opportunities that are crucially needed in Spanish.”

Currently, HBA works alongside the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, which has taken the group under its wing. Former Paso Robles City Councilmember Maria Garcia is the leading force in the organization. She told council that she has been receiving valuable mentorship from Josh Cross, the Atascadero Chamber’s president and CEO.

being given credit. No better example exists than the servitude of our amazing educators and school employees. For that, we make sure that at least once a year, we gather to recognize not only all employees for their contributions but specifically those who choose to take their amazing talents and dedication to the next level. Recognized by peers and administrators alike, these individuals go above and beyond for those around them and in turn, our kids. I am humbled each year to be able to be a part of this no matter how small. It’s truly an honor and a privilege.”

The nomination process includes employees submitting their nominations at the site level.




However, councilmembers had concerns over the lack of structure in the organization.

Hamon explained, “If we are using taxpayer dollars here, we need to have some sort of structure that I think council would want to see and legal would want to have.”

The HBA has yet to develop a Board of Directors, which council said they would like to see developed before moving forward.

“That’s not to say we can’t fund you later,” said Hamon. “But I

Each site then votes on their certificated and classified Employee of the Year to represent them at the district level. Those names then moved forward to the district-wide vote.

Administrator of the Year Audra Carr was nominated for her approachability with various situations, her kind heart, and great listening skills.

“She will do everything humanly possible for her staff and students to make sure that everyone is seen, heard and valued,” added Ames.

Certificated Employee of the Year Kristin Ring is known for her engaging PE lessons and single-handedly running the entire athletic program for all of the Daniel Lewis Middle School athletes.

Ames told Paso Robles Press, “She makes sure


veterans. Your service both on and off duty truly makes a difference.”

Four veterans who reside at the Creston Village Senior Living were able to make this Spring trip to Washington D.C. with Honor Flight. They served in various branches and served during various conflicts and now boast an average age of 86.

The residents who were able to attend were James “Jim” Sims (U.S. Air Force, 1951 to 1955), Troy Waddle (U.S. Air Force, 1962 to 1966), George Cobb (U.S. Army, 1958 to 1962), and Michele Reed (U.S. Navy, 1975 to 1981).

Of the four residents going, two have never seen the sights of our great nation’s capital. Sims was one of those individuals.

When asked if he had been to D.C., he thought -

fully replied that he had been to “other cities on the East Coast, but I’ve never been to Washington. It is exciting to see the monuments to our nation.”

Sims was one of four veterans from across the country chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Sims said he felt the weight and reverence of this honor, sharing that doing such a thing was beyond his wildest imagination of what he thought he would be doing at 95 years old.

Life Enrichment Director Julie Tacker championed for these veterans to join the Honor Flight.

“I’m extremely thrilled to see these four amazing individuals be recognized and be able to go on this trip,” she said. “Creston Village has more veterans than any other senior living community

The festival is a cornucopia of Paso’s range of wines, especially Paso’s signature bold red blends and scintillating white blends. With 60 different grape varieties grown here, the blending possibilities are endless.

Call it “Paso-bility” — the availability of fruit and creativity of local winemakers who have access to this spice box of varieties. So you have a no-holds-barred blends that go beyond the marriage of Rhónes and Bordeaux, welcoming the addition of unusual varieties to the mix.

The festival’s wine and food experience began in the VIP lounge, an added attraction this year for early admittance ticket holders who were welcomed with a portfolio of wines from the CAB Collective and Rhône Rangers and cocktails from the Paso Robles Distillery Trail organization.

In addition to the majority of wineries set up in the five large tents, the activation lounge scene was in full swing with over 20 wineries that offered over-the-top signature experiences.

Each year, wineries up the ante in creativity, and this year Daou’s Secret Garden was exceptional. Visitors lined up to enter the enchanting maze that offered a different wine at each turn ending up with the flagship Soul

think at this point in your infancy here to get things started; Maria, I think we need to get more to the city as to what the structure of HBA really is and who you serve in Paso Robles.”

Councilmember Steve Gregory suggested to staff that it help Garcia establish a representable budget and proposal to be presented to council at a later date.

“When we spend money with the public, Maria, we have to have it ironclad,” explained Gregory. “I want you to succeed

I have worked with previously, and we are committed to sharing their stories and honoring their sacrifices.” Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that relies on community contributions to help bring these veterans to their memorials. It is run entirely by volunteer efforts. They will be making their next trip in September. McGill shared something the learned on their recent Honor Flight: “One thing I think the public needs to know, and I just learned this from some of the Vietnam veterans is, don’t walk up to the veteran and say thank you for your service because a lot of these guys were drafted ... so what they appreciate is that if you say thank you for serving this country and welcome home.”

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of a Lion Bordeaux blend.

At the Frontier enclave, a taste of Austin Hope’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon came by way of a mysterious hand that slid out from a grassy wall upon ringing the attached bell. Others in this picnic-themed area included wines from Eberle, CASS, Calcareous, Chronic Cellars, My Favorite Neighbor, and bold reds from McPrice Myers and Hard Working Wines. Over at JUSTIN, Michelin-starred chef Rachel Haggstrom served gazpacho flecked with Cabernet Franc vinegar and Paris Valley Road gave a Gallic spin with pot-au-chocolate. Its sister winery, Sextant, was anchored by a nautical couple who offered their Rosé funneled from an ice block.

As is always the case, there was way too much wine and too little time. Winding up at JUSTIN’s lounge, I struck up a conversation with a couple from Phoenix. It was their second visit to the festival. Once again, they were taken by the sheer number of wineries this year and admitted to visiting about a dozen wine tables. Paso’s diversity and generosity were much too overwhelming.

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in this. I believe in what you’re doing. I believe its important that we communicate with our Spanish-speaking folks in our community and let everybody have that same opportunity that we have.”

Garcia took to the stand to push back on council’s decision.

She stated they have been doing outreach to other entities for sponsorships and grants. “We want to elevate that to the next level. In order to do that we need help raising us up so that’s why we are here.” Garcia

that every student who wants to participate can do so, giving all of the students a chance to find a place of belonging on the Lewis campus.”

Ring is the last remaining original employee who has been on the Daniel Lewis Middle School team since it opened.

Classified Employee of the Year Jose Cisneros is a dedicated custodian at Kermit King Elementary School who is always willing to assist where he can with enthusiasm.

“He approaches his duties with a high level of dedication, ensuring that our classrooms and campus are meticulously maintained to promote a healthy learning and working atmosphere,” Ames said, describing Cisneros’s praised work ethic. Fresh in the district, Rookie of the Year Madi-

said. “We are growing and we are learning a lot but in order to move to the next level that’s why we are here to ask for funding to help us with all the plans and goals that we have.”

Ultimately, council stuck with its decision to not approve funding for HBA at this time, but to have staff work with them so that it can present a new proposal for funding in the future.

The next Paso Robles City Council meeting is scheduled for June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

son Esteves is a special education teacher at Virginia Peterson Elementary School.

“Madison exhibited a keen ability to quickly grasp the responsibilities of the educational specialist and has shown a remarkable aptitude for forming strong relationships with both families and fellow staff members,” says Ames about their new addition.

Student Support Services Employee of the Year

Megan Healy is a special assignment counselor for the district.

“Megan is always positive, willing to help and goes above and beyond,” said Ames. “She has an innate ability to make others feel welcome and at the same time, handle crisis situations with class and swift decisions.”


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Sheriff Ian Parkinson announces promotion of new undersheriff

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has announced the upcoming promotion of Commander Chad Nicholson to the position of undersheriff. This promotion follows the announcement of Undersheriff Jim Voge’s retirement, set for this summer.

In a press release from the sheriff’s office, they stated, “Undersheriff Voge, who has been a pivotal figure in the Sheriff’s Office, will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the community.”

Undersheriff Voge has served as the third undersheriff since Sheriff Ian Parkinson took office in 2011. Reflecting on his tenure, Parkinson said, “All my undersheriffs have done an amazing job. undersheriffs Basti and Olivas both did outstanding work for me and the Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Voge holds a special place with me because he was the first person I hired after I assumed office. He started the Professional Standards Unit and implemented many policies and procedures that have benefited all of us. He has mentored many people along the way, and he will be missed by many, including me.”

During his tenure, Undersheriff Voge spearheaded numerous initiatives, including the modernization of our Professional Standards Unit, enhancing accountability and efficiency within the department. His efforts

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in policy development and mentorship have left a lasting legacy that continues to benefit our deputies and the community.

After careful consideration of many candidates, Parkinson has chosen Commander Chad Nicholson as the next undersheriff, with the promotion taking effect in August. “I decided that I want my next undersheriff to have a long runway and be around for a long time,” said Parkinson. “I focused on a replacement that would add stability.”

Nicholson is a sixth-generation resident of San Luis Obispo County, with his family first settling in the area in the late 1800s near San Simeon. He is a graduate of Morro Bay High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly State University.

Nicholson attended the Alan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy in 2011, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class and was subsequently hired by the San Luis

Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy sheriff, Nicholson worked as a patrol deputy at all substations in the county and worked inside the Superior Court as a bailiff.

Upon being promoted to senior deputy, Nicholson served as a field training officer tasked with training new hire deputies on patrol. In 2015, Nicholson was assigned to the Detective Division as a Major Crimes detective.

In 2017, Nicholson was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He worked as a patrol watch commander and patrol supervisor before being selected to supervise the Sheriff’s Major Crimes and Special Victims units within the Detective Division. During Nicholson’s tenure as detective sergeant, he supervised the Kristin Smart case to its conclusion, which included the arrest and successful prosecution of Paul Flores. Nicholson also supervised and managed numerous officer-involved shooting investigations and major critical incidents within San Luis Obispo County.

In 2021, Nicholson was promoted to the rank of commander and assigned to the Professional Standards Unit, where he conducted all administrative investigations for the Sheriff’s Office and oversaw the department’s training program for both patrol and custody personnel.

In 2023, Nicholson was assigned back to the Detective Division, this time as the division commander, where he oversaw all investigative units within the division. These units include the Major Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Gang Task Force, Narcotics Unit, Coroners Unit, Cannabis Compliance Team, Crime Lab, and Cyber Lab.

Nicholson has been an operator, supervisor, and commander of the department’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED).

During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Nicholson has been involved in numerous major projects. One notable achievement was proactively seeking federal grant funding to purchase body-worn cameras for all patrol personnel. Nicholson strongly believed in the need for body-worn cameras to aid in transparency, best evidence, and criminal prosecution.

In addition to his extensive law enforcement experience, Nicholson has made contributions to community engagement. He is the president of the Sheriff’s Rodeo and was instrumental in developing the event, which has become a beloved tradition in the community.

“I am honored and excited to take on the role of undersheriff,” said Nicholson. “I look forward to continuing the great work of Undersheriff Voge, who has been a huge mentor in my law enforcement career. I look forward to furthering our commitment to professionalism, transparency, community engagement, and excellence in law enforcement. I would like to thank Sheriff Parkinson for the opportunity to serve as his undersheriff. He is an outstanding leader and truly cares about his staff and all constituents of this great county.”

“Commander Nicholson will be a great addition to the executive team. Please join me in welcoming the new undersheriff this summer,” said Parkinson. “We are confident that his leadership will strengthen our department and enhance our service to the community.”

Noyce School of Applied Computing receives

$60 million gift from The Robert




— Cal Poly is home to the first interdisciplinary school of its kind thanks to a transformative $60 million gift from the Robert N. Noyce Trust.

The Noyce School of Applied Computing combines three departments — Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering — with Statistics joining as an affiliate, paving the way for students and faculty using computer principles, concepts, and technologies to address real-world problems.

According to the press release from Cal Poly, the current demand for graduates with an applied computing degree is far outpacing

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supply, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting jobs in computing and information technology will climb 15 percent between 2021 and 2031 — much faster than the average for all occupations.

Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering accounted for 15 percent of recent applications to Cal Poly, and the number of applicants grows every year.

The Noyce School will allow the San Luis Obispo university to increase the number of

qualified students accepted to these programs.

“Our students are going out into the leading-edge industrial companies,” said Amy Fleischer, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering. “They’re going to change the world, and the education that we’re going to provide here in the Noyce School will help them do that.”

The $60 million gift was made in honor of Robert N. Noyce, a co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit, which fueled

the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name. Nicknamed the “Mayor of Silicon Valley,” Noyce’s impact on the field of computing and society at large cannot be overstated.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Noyce’s legacy will be recognized and appreciated by the students and faculty at

Cal Poly for generations to come,” said Michael Groom, a trustee of the Robert N. Noyce Trust, when the gift was established. “We believe the establishment of The Noyce School of Applied Computing comes at a pivotal time, when there is a major deficit of new graduates in the fields of computing and computer sciences, and the need and demand for these skilled workers remains very high.”

Led by Founding Director Chris Lupo, the Noyce School of Applied Computing will have a transformational impact on the university, allowing for the establishment of an endowment that will fund the Noyce School’s operations in perpetuity and enable Cal Poly to offer state-of-theart facilities, access to new interdisciplinary research projects and curricular and co-curricular opportunities for faculty and students. Thanks to this generous gift, Cal Poly is already investing in state-of-the-art equipment for upgraded labs. Students will also have more opportunities to further their interests in teaching and learning, as well as industry opportunities for paid internships and opportunities for mentors to provide guidance and counseling along the way. In addition, faculty will be provided with additional resources for teaching and applied research, professional development and innovative and collaborative curriculum design.

“Dr. Noyce’s legacy will inspire students and faculty to grow and be the next industry trailblazers,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Through this generous gift from the Robert N. Noyce Trust, Cal Poly will be able to educate more students to solve the challenges of tomorrow.”

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Magic Yarn Project coming to the Paso Robles Senior Center

For this project, participants create whimsical handmade wigs for children who have sensitive and vulnerable scalps because they suffer from medical hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania or other conditions.

The wigs are as soft as butter, hypoallergenic, and yet sturdy enough to wear while playing.

The activity is both creative and social, and as participants work together, they get to know each other and form new friendships.

If you would like to be a part of making a beautiful and useful wig for a child, mark your calendar for The Magic Yarn Project at the Paso Robles Senior Center on June 4. Be sure to call the Senior Center (805)237-3880 to reserve your spot today. Participation is limited.

Paso Robles City Library to host Volunteer Fair

The Paso Robles City Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, June 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will assist organizations seeking volunteers and individuals in search of volunteer opportunities in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo County.

“Our goal is to bring together local, civic-minded individuals with organizations that are serving our community,” said Christopher Blicha, library staff assistant and event organizer. “By bringing them together at the library’s Volunteer Fair, we can empower our citizens to improve the quality of life for everyone in Paso Robles.”

There will be approximately 25 businesses, organizations, and nonprofit groups at the fair with a wide range of focuses, including environmental cleanup and preservation, homelessness, workforce development, museum collection, affordable housing, animal training and rehabilitation, hospice and home health care, art education, and more.

The Volunteer Fair is free and open to everyone. Organizations interested in participating in the fair can still secure a free booth space by calling Taylor Worsham, Paso Robles City Library Outreach Services librarian at (805) 237-3870.

Templeton Community Services District welcomes new district engineer

The Templeton Community Services District has announced Lori Azeem as the new district engineer, effective May 13. Azeem comes to the district with a civil engineering degree from Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and 20 years of experience in the engineering field. She has spent 10 years working with local government agencies, including the cities of Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Pismo Beach, and most recently Atascadero as an associate civil engineer since 2020.

Azeem was raised in north San Luis Obispo County and graduated from Paso Robles High School before moving on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue her civil engineering degree. She resides with her two boys in Templeton, where she has been since 2013, after returning from time overseas.

Azeem said she “is excited to join the team at the district to help further its goals to increase the resiliency of its services, in turn making a way for healthy development. The North County of San Luis Obispo has it all, beautiful landscapes and weather, a family-friendly atmosphere and community with big heart.

“Templeton is a gem, and I am privileged to live and now work here. The community of Templeton has invested in my family through the schools, recreation sports, and community events. It is my desire to give back in a small way and invest in Templeton’s future to ensure its residents are well taken care of regarding water-related issues, and giving us a voice within the county.”

Azeem replaces Tina Mayer, who retired last October after serving 16 years as district engineer for Templeton CSD.

“We are thrilled to have Lori join the district in this capacity,” says General Manager Jeff Briltz. “Her background, interests, and desire to serve the Templeton community combine to make Lori a great fit for Templeton CSD at this time.”

Azeem will take the lead in reviewing development applications as they relate to district utilities, manage capital projects, and take the staff lead in developing water and wastewater master plans for the district.

PRPD arrest two involved with theft and narcotics charges

On May 13, just after 4 p.m., Paso Robles Police officers responded to a report of two males stealing from Target. Officers’ investigations revealed that Christopher Arreola, 28, and Brennan Visser, 42, both from Fresno, had stolen approximately $2,000 worth of items from the store.

Arreola fled in a black Ford Focus, while Visser fled on foot. When officers attempted to pull over Arreola, he rearended an unrelated vehicle and then fled

ENCE OF DRUGS [23152(F)VC], OUTSIDE WARRANT/FELONY, Case no. 241550 16:52 — Brennan Michael, of Fresno for GRAND THEFT [487(A)PC], Case no. 241551

16:52 — Brennan Michael, of Fresno was on view arrest on the 2300 Block of Theatre Dr for GRAND THEFT [487(A)PC], Case no. 241550

MAY 14, 2024

02:47 — Jordin Arthurs, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on 101 South Bound for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241556

19:02 — Gabrielle Alicia Fletes, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 300 Block of Rose Ln for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241556

21:58 — Ashley Lynn Brown, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S],


MAY 15, 2024

— Christopher Orion Arreola, of Fresno for GRAND THEFT [487(A)PC], WILLFULLY RESISTS,DELAYS,OBSTRUCTS…[148(A)(1)PC], Case no. 241551

16:15 — Christopher Orion Arreola, of Fresno

was on view arrest on the 2300 Block of Theatre Dr for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLU-

on foot. Officers pursued him on foot and took him into custody. Fortunately, no one was injured in the collision.

Inside Arreola’s vehicle, officers located a small amount of narcotics, burglary tools, and stolen property.

Arreola was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on multiple charges, including felony theft, possession of narcotics, warrants, possession of burglary tools, and DUI-drugs.

Officers located Visser in an adjacent parking lot, where he was arrested without incident. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

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

Camp Roberts Fire hazard reduction and training burns

Date of Proposed Burn Window: May 25 through June 1

Majority of Burning Planned for: May 28

Where: Camp Roberts, Southern Monterey and Northern San Luis Obispo counties

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (SLO County APCD) has announced a series of prescribed burns at Camp Roberts. These burns are scheduled to take place between May 25 and June 1, with the majority of the activity (approximately 8,700 acres) occurring on May 28, weather permitting. Smaller burns are also planned for May 15-17 and May 22-24.

This interagency operation, led by Camp Roberts Fire, involves multiple local fire agencies. The primary objectives are to reduce fire hazards and provide training in wildland firefighting techniques. Prescribed burns help prevent uncontrolled wildfires and their potential impact on air quality.

Residents should expect smoke on the days of the burns. The SLO County APCD and Monterey Bay Air Resources District will work to minimize smoke impacts and provide timely air quality updates.

Sensitive groups, including children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions, should take precautions if they detect smoke.

Further updates will be provided as the burn dates approach. The burns will proceed based on favorable weather and air quality conditions. For current air quality information, visit slocleanair. org or sign up for alerts at slocleanair. org/air-quality-alerts.php.

Live cooking show for a cause at Idler’s Home in Paso Robles


17:45 — Angelo Raphael Flores, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1200 Block of Creston Rd for INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT [273.5(A)PC], THREATEN CRIME WITH INTENT TO TERRORIZE [422(A)], Case no. 241574

MAY 16, 2024

01:52 — Dwayne Alan Smith, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 101 NB and San Marcos for EVADE PEACE OFFICER WITH WANTON DISREGARD FOR SAFETY [2800.2(A)], Case no. 241577

03:44 — Elijah Daniel Kulinski, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1200 Block of Ysabel Ave for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 241578

09:52 — James Michael Jeffers, of Nipomo

was on view arrest on the 2300 Block of Theatre Dr. for PETTY THEFT [484(A)PC], Case no. 241579

08:22 — Cher Lavinia Cordes was on view arrest on the corner of Linne and Airport Roads for DUI CAUSING INJURY [23153(A) VC], Case no. 241568

14:37 — Rebecca Ann Hurl, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2600 Block of Riverside Ave for POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S],

Join the excitement at Idler’s Home for a live cooking show featuring local food, beer, wine, and hospitality, all while supporting the nonprofit organization SLO Bigs. This event showcases an opportunity to enjoy a five-course meal prepared by local chefs right before your eyes.

Event Highlights:

• Interactive Cooking Show: Experience the preparation of local dishes by skilled chefs, including Chef Norwood from Baby Bear Biscuits, known for his hearty meat and breadbased meals.

• Gourmet Dining: Savor a five-course meal paired with local wines and beers, complemented by beautifully prepared table settings and local floral decor.

• Support for SLO Bigs: Proceeds support SLO Bigs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring relationships with volunteer “bigs.”

SLO Bigs pairs young individuals (“littles”) with volunteer mentors (“bigs”) to provide support, guidance, and friendship. Their mission is to ignite the power and promise of youth, helping them achieve their full potential.

Seating is limited and tickets are available at


Officers investigating report of assault with a deadly weapon

Atascadero Police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 6700 block of El Camino Real late Monday morning around 11:25 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 16-year-old male suffering from a laceration to his left forearm. Officers’ initial investigations showed that an altercation had occurred between the teen victim and an unidentified adult male over a reportedly stolen bicycle. During the confrontation, the adult suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the forearm, causing a non-life-threatening injury.

The victim received initial treatment at the scene from the Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services before being transported by a parent to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

Following a search, officers located a suspect matching the description in the 5700 block of El Camino Real.

The suspect, 39-year-old Markus Hales of Atascadero, was arrested without incident. Hales was transported to the San Luis Obispo County Jail and booked on charges


22:56 — Rigoberto Ramosrodriguez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1400 Block of Stoney Creek Rd for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], Case no. 241589

MAY 17, 2024

14:20 — Daniel Lynn Otis, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick (Riverbed) for RAPE [261(A)(2)PC], Case no. 241559

16:36 — Jorge Pazrea, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1000 Block of Sylvia Cir for THREATEN CRIME WITH INTENT TO TERRORIZE [422(A)], Case no. 241576

00:20 — Austin Michael Snowden, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 900 Block of Vista Cerro Dr for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 241590

15:44 — Patrick Ryan Dempseygreen, of Templeton was taken into custody on the 1400 Block of Creston Rd for PETTY THEFT [484(A)PC], Case no. 241581

16:02 —Elizabeth Jayne Miranda, of San Miguel was taken into custody on the 1400 Block of Creston Rd for PETTY THEFT [484(A) PC], Case no. 241581

16:23 — Hue Wilson Cooks, of Paso Robles

was on view arrest on the corner of 21st St

18:59 — Marne E Lanteigne, of Paso Robles was on view arrest for DOMESTIC BATTERY [243(E)(1)PC], Case no. 241597

MAY 18, 2024

02:14 — Antonio Jamal Sherrod, of Blythewood, South Carolina, for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241599

of PC 245, Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

This investigation is ongoing. The Atascadero Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at (805) 461-5051.


Prescribed Fire Training Exchange — Cultural Burn & Training

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (SLO County APCD), in coordination with Cal Fire and San Luis Obispo County Fire, announces a cultural burn at the Sequoia Riverlands Trust property in California Valley, south of Highway 58. The 300-acre burn is scheduled for May 24-26.

Event Highlights:

Cultural Burn: This interagency operation, hosted by the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, is supported by Cal Fire, SLO County Fire, and the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of SLO Region and County. The burn aims to revitalize significant plants, reduce wildfire risk, and maintain habitat through traditional fire practices.

• Training Opportunity: The event will serve as a training exchange for fire agencies, tribe members, and other state agencies, promoting knowledge of cultural fire practices that have been used by Indigenous Tribes of California for over 10,000 years.

Cultural burns are controlled, smaller fires that play a crucial role in managing fire hazards and preventing future wildfires. These burns are essential for maintaining air quality and minimizing the risk of uncontrolled wildfires that could have severe impacts on the local community.

Residents in nearby communities should expect some smoke on the days of the burns. The SLO County APCD will work with all involved agencies to provide timely air quality updates. Sensitive groups, including children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions, should take precautions if smoke is detected.

The burn schedule is contingent on favorable weather and air quality conditions. If conditions are not suitable, the burn may be rescheduled.

For current air quality conditions and forecasts, visit the SLO County APCD website at Sign up for air quality alerts through the AirAware text notification system at air-quality-alerts.php.

09:48 — Nachole Danae Castellanos, of San Luis Obispo was on view arrest on the 2000 Block of Theatre Dr. for RECEIVING STOLEN VEHICLE [496D(A)PC], POSSESSION FOR SALES OF METHAMPHETAMINE [11378 HS], Case no. 241601

13:35 — Chelsea Dawn Burch, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1600 Block of Spring St for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], Case no. 241605

20:11 — Daniel Richard Kulinski, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of US Hwy 101 SB and Route 46 E for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241609

20:17 — Ryan Paul Allen Debruler, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of 101 SB and 46 E for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241610

MAY 19, 2024

19:37 — Magui Prudenteangel, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 3100 Block of Spring St for INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT [273.5(A)PC], DAMAGING A COMMUNICATION DEVICE WTIH INTENTION TO PREVENT HELP [591.5PC], Case no. 241564

01:30 — Honnerio Matteasjacinto, of San Miguel was on view arrest on the corner of 24th St and Riverside Ave for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241613 01:30 — Gonzalo Estebanortega, of San

PASO ROBLES POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY 12, 2024 00:00 — Sky Lawson Kennemer, of Visalia for DRIVING WITH A LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR A DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241534 18:11 — Erica Chante Paramo, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2000 Block of Riverside Ave for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241535 MAY 13, 2024 03:15 — Breanna Michelle Duncankimble, of San Luis Obispo was summoned/cited on the corner of Hwy 46 E and Union Rd, Case no. 241543 03:15 — Sean Raymond Vestal, of Atascadero was summoned/cited on the corner of Hwy 46 E and Union Rd, Case no. 241543 08:25 — Bobby Eugene McNure, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 3200 Block of Park for OUTSIDE WARRANT/MISDEMEANOR, Case no. 241545 10:02 — Eric Nicholas Zollo, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of Union Rd and Skyview Dr for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 241546 16:15
Miguel was on view arrest on the corner of 24th St and Riverside Ave for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], Case no. 241613 08:22 — Tyler Stephen Smith, of Paso Robles for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT/MISDEMEANOR, Case no. 241616 22:01 — Benjamin Bruce Roberts, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 241623 ATASCADERO POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY 13, 2024 09:10 — Joshua Ryan Akers, of Atascadero was arrested on the 6000 Block of El Camino Real for BURGLARY [459PC], Case no. 240784 MAY 14, 2024 18:04 — Jennifer Maughan Moore, of Atascadero was arrested on the 7400 Block of El Camino Real for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], Case no. 240797 MAY 15, 2024 18:15 — Danielle Brie Koehler, of Atascadero was arrested on the 5300 Block of San Benito Rd for VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDER [273.6(A)PC], Case no. 240805 CRIME DATA LISTED BELOW IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE UPON THE RECEIPT OF UPDATED INFORMATION. ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNCOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW. TO READ THE FULL WEEK’S REPORT, GO TO OUR WEBSITES: ATASCADERONEWS.COM • PASOROBLESPRESS.COM PAGE A-4 • Thursday, May 23, 2024 Making Communities Better Through Print.™ • Good News • Real News • Your Hometown News


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Benjamin (Ben) A. Brown on Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2024, in Templeton, California.

Ben was born April 30, 1933, in Red House, WV, to parents Albert Miller (AM) Brown and Mary Agnes Donegan Brown. He enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Winfield, WV, where his father served as Putnam County Clerk for six terms. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1951.

Ben was a lifelong journalist who loved the press. As a boy, he self-published a “newspaper” about town events. He later worked part-time for the weekly paper, The Putnam Democrat, and was the editor of his high school newspaper and yearbook.

He also loved sports. During two bouts of rheumatic fever, he had to stay in bed and his father

taught him to keep score of baseball games. He followed the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals on the radio and kept the score from his bed.

Ben graduated from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) in Charleston, WV, in 1954. He worked as the college’s director of sports information and as the sports editor for the college newspaper. He transferred to Florida State University (FSU) and graduated in 1955 with a degree in journalism. He was always a diehard fan of FSU and the Lakers.

In 1957, Ben became a newsman with The Associated Press in the AP’s Charlotte, N.C. bureau. In 1966, he became a correspondent in charge of the St. Louis bureau. He held this position until 1968 when he was named chief of the Helena, MT, bureau of the AP. In 1970, he moved to Minneapolis as chief of bureau for Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

In 1976, Ben became a newspaper membership executive at the general headquarters of the AP in New York. He was a general executive of the AP when he was appointed chief of bureau in Los Angeles in 1978. He held that position until 1982, when he returned to New York as a general executive in the member-

ship department. He continued as a general executive of the AP until he retired in March 1993.

Ben loved working for the AP. He admired and respected his many colleagues across the country and the world. In his news career, Brown covered integration stories in the South, professional football, basketball, and baseball in St. Louis, including the 1967 World Series. As chief of bureau, he helped direct the coverage of the Rapid City S.D., flood in 1972 that left 238 dead, the takeover of Wounded Knee, S.D., by a group of American Indians and elections in several states.

Ben met his lifelong sweetheart, Joanne Harder, while working at a cafeteria in Charleston. They were married on May 22, 1956, and remained married for 66 years until she passed away in May 2023. While LA Bureau Chief for the AP, he visited and fell in love with Paso Robles. He brought Joanne to see the area and they immediately decided to retire in Paso. They lived there for more than 30 years and spent their time exploring the local backroads, visiting the coastal towns of San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, enjoying wineries and local restaurants. Ben taught a class in journalism at Cuesta College when he initially retired. His last dinner

out was at the Loading Chute in Creston, which he and Joanne frequented numerous times over the years. They loved the fair and went together to see grandstand and free shows. They also traveled to Europe and to visit their children and relatives. They were very happy and content sitting on their porch chatting.

Ben and Joanne were very proud of their four children, four grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They had four children: Andy (LuAnn), Minneapolis, Minn.; Gretchen (John), Templeton, California and Northport, MI.; Mark (Janet), Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Betsy (Mike), Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ben was also very close to his sister, Mary Maddox of Corolla, NC, and her family and Joanne’s family, including Clark and Barbara Harder of Wimauma, FL.

Ben lived a full life. He was a kind and gentle man who loved his family, his work, FSU football, the family dogs, and the kind and gentle people of Putnam County, WV, and Paso Robles, CA. He was always there and supported others. He will be greatly missed, loved, and remembered forever.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 11 am at the Chapel at Paso Robles District Cemetery.

Tommy Thompson was born to Dorothy (née Frazier) and Frank Thompson in Upland, California. As the baby boy in a family with two older sisters, Tommy was no stranger to having the ladies dote on him. He spent the majority of his childhood in Escondido, California, attending both Orange Glen and Escondido High Schools before graduating in 1970.

aroma of a nearby dairy farm, Tommy would roll down the windows, inhale deeply, and say, “Smells like money!”

Tommy lived in Southern California and the Central Valley until finally settling in Paso Robles, which he referred to as “the town of his life.”

He loved golden retrievers, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, beautiful women, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ketel One, Lonesome Dove, playing 1-4-24 (no bottoms!), the Dodgers, golf tournaments, and a never-ending list of friends that continued to grow year after year. But more than anything else, Tommy adored his family.

Robert F. “Bob” Brown, of Atascadero, passed away on May 8, 2024, at the age of 97. He was born October 13, 1926, in Stuart, Nebraska to A. Earl and Blanche (Johnson) Brown. He spent his childhood in Nebraska and South Dakota (where his sister Neva was born). His family lived through the Great Depression, eventually following other family members in 1941 to Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Manual Arts High School, where he was active in student government, Aeolian Club, and Sr. Glee Club, singing not only at school functions but at a monthly appearance at the L.A. Breakfast Club, which was broadcast on the radio and during war bond drives, and rallies at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. Many of the members of this club formed an off-campus club called the “Loyal Order of Riffs.” They worked on paper drives and other activities to aid the war effort. He spent much of his free time on the beaches of southern California. As a senior in high school, Bob looked forward to serving in the armed services during WWII and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, joining right after graduating high school and serving on the USS Oneida, transporting troops throughout the Pacific. He first was assigned to the Captains Gig and later promoted to Coxswain of the Gig. Later, once the war ended, he transferred to the job of Storekeeper 3rd class and had charge of ordering food for the officer’s mess and operating the ice cream room. He felt his experience in the Navy gave him the opportunity to grow up and become more self-confident and prepared him for a long career in broadcasting

and advertising sales. After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Bob attended L.A. City College, where he met his first wife, Charlotte Stevens, while she was attending Cal State LA. He then attended the Don Martin School of Radio Arts in Hollywood, receiving his FCC First Class Operators License, launching his career in radio. His first radio job took him to Ogden, Utah, in 1950 as an announcer-engineer. Next, he took an announcer-engineer job in Billings, Montana, before moving back to California in 1951, working in sales and announcing for KVEN and KVVC in Ventura and KOXR in Oxnard. The opportunity to become the general manager of KVEC radio station in San Luis Obispo was offered to him in 1958, where he stayed for 18 years. In 1966, KVEC sold, and Bob became part owner as well as Vice President of West Coast Broadcasters and continued as general manager. He prided himself on the fact that KVEC became the most successful radio station in San Luis Obispo, doing more business than the other two AM stations combined. In addition, he had the opportunity to broadcast high school and Cal Poly football and basketball games, plus baseball for Cal Poly and playoff games for Little League, Babe Ruth League, and American Legion. When KVEC sold in 1976, Bob decided to leave and began consulting (Bob Brown Consultant) in advertising, radio broadcasting, public relations, management, political campaigns, and fundraising. As a consultant, he managed KATY and KPRL radio stations, did fundraising for the Cal Poly Mustang Boosters, served as Executive Director for the North County Contractors Association, and managed several successful campaigns. He also formed Brown and Clarkson Advertising Agency and ran it until he retired in 1993. Even in retirement, Bob continued working. He worked part-time for KIQO Radio in Atascadero, selling advertising, and spent four years selling advertising for the Atascadero News. Fun fact, Bob spent several years as “the

voice of the fair” at the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. He had the most incredible radio voice and didn’t hesitate to use it in everyday conversation. Community Service was always an objective of Bob’s. He held various positions in the Ventura Junior Chamber of Commerce, including President, State Vice President, and National Director. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award as Young Man of the Year and worked with Babe Ruth Baseball. After moving to San Luis Obispo, he served as President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Chamber of Commerce Board in various positions, including President of the American Cancer Society, El Presidente of La Fiesta, Little League President, Assistant Director of Babe Ruth League, Fund Raising Chairman and President of Mustang Boosters, Charter President for the Young Republicans, was an alternate delegate at the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco and awarded Distinguished Service Award as Young Man of the Year in San Luis Obispo. In Atascadero, he served on the Colony Days committee for a few years, and in 2018, he was awarded the Grand Marshall honors. He sold ads for the Greyhound Football Program, the Western Art Show, and other non-profits in Atascadero. Bob joined the San Luis Obispo Elks in 1960 and transferred to the Atascadero Elks in 1990, serving on and chairing many committees and events, including BBQs in the park on Tuesday evenings during the summer at Atascadero Lake, Dinner-4-2 fundraiser, House Committee, Public Relations, Sickness & Distress, Velvet Antler (Lodge bulletin) editor and Veterans Service. He served as Esteemed Leading Knight, twice as Exalted Ruler and President of the Past Exalted Rulers. In addition, he served as Wagon Master of the Elks Roadrunner camping group. He also helped out on many Elks projects.

When Bob married Sue Terry Fruchtman in 1976, they brought together two families. In addi-

tion to his five children from his first marriage, he inherited Sue’s four daughters. The two of them opened a business, Gems and Jewelry, in Atascadero, which Sue managed while Bob ran his consulting business and advertising agency. Bob and Sue enjoyed traveling, taking cruises, and adventuring in their motorhome. Twice, they rented out their home in Atascadero, traveled for two years, and visited all 48 contiguous states and 8 Canadian provinces. Their travels took them to places such as Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, and The Bahamas with cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, and Alaska.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Frances “Sue” Brown, daughter, Terry Stuart, and grandson, Beau Pryor. He is survived by his children Bonnie Brown, Steven Brown (Vicki), Donna Amos (Matthew), and Bradley Brown; his grandchildren Jason Stuart, Amy Bruton, Dylan Brown, Matthew Brown, Jill Brown, and Cody Amos; his great-grandchildren Anthony Alaniz, Jade Bruton, Callie Stuart, and Caleb Stuart. Bob is also survived by Sue’s daughters Teri Lynn Hardy (Bob), Marcia Moloney (Jim), Cynthia Bevans and Sandra Dewar (Ken); her grandchildren Tiffani Pryor, Jacob Moloney, Jordan Moloney, Chelsea Moloney, Joshua Ritchey, Brandon Bevans, Morgan Voss and Rachel Gill; her great-grandchildren Kendal Pryor, Alexis Pryor, Kaitlyn Pryor, Claire Ritchey, Cole Ritchey, Kaiden Moloney, Paisley Moloney, Zane Matta, Byron Voss and Jack Gill.

The family would like to give special thanks to those who cared for him so lovingly and with great compassion at Park Place in Atascadero and Central Coast Hospice. You are all amazing, and we are so thankful to have had him in your care.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Atascadero Elks Lodge, 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Drive, Suite D, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Working in construction and owning a trucking company were a great foundation career-wise. But Tommy really hit his stride as a commodities merchandiser, first with Wilbur-Ellis before founding Thompson Trading Co. He served terms as both President of the LA Grain Exchange and Director of the California Grain & Feed Association. The ag industry was a perfect fit for Tommy since it incorporated his strong work ethic, his savvy financial sense, and his charismatic ability to bring people together in both social situations and business deals. When other passengers in his car might comment on the

KAREN D. RENFRO 1967-2024

Karen Denise Renfro, 56, of Atascadero, passed away on May 9, 2024, at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo, after a long illness, surrounded by family.

A loving sister and friend, Karen had a warm personality, charismatic smile, and generous heart, making her an instant friend to all who met her.

Karen was born to Arthur and Carolyn Renfro on August 26, 1967, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She was two years old when her family moved to Atascadero, CA, where she grew up & and attended school.

Karen explored many career paths. She was a waitress at Mr. Lee’s Club. She loved being a wedding consultant at Everyone’s Favorite Wedding Center. However, she found her true calling as a caregiver for anyone she felt needed an extra dose of loving help.

Karen is survived by her fiancé, Mike Oaks; son, Scott Grunow (Trish) and her beautiful granddaughter, Taylor; her mother, Carol Renfro; brother, Todd; sisters, DeAnna, Robyn, Tammy, and Jenna. She is preceded in death by her father, Art Renfro; her grandpa, Ben Knee; her brother-in-law, Keith Doshier; and nephew, Brandon Hamburg.

She was affectionately known as Auntie K by her eight nephews, four nieces, three great-nephews, and six great-nieces. There has never been a small child or a little dog she has ever met that she didn’t love with all her heart.

Tommy was predeceased by his parents and his beloved dogs, Brandy and Gus. He is survived by his sister Francie Freetly (Jeff) Huttner; nephews Jeff (Christy) Freetly and Greg (Stephanie) Freetly; his grand-niece Harper Freetly and grand-nephews Robby, Max, and Austin Freetly; his four-legged buddy Call (who is now enjoying the beach life in Florida); and his extended family, which included lifelong friends whose children grew up calling him “Uncle Tommy.” Tommy’s family will forever be grateful to friends Tyson Hayward, Doug & Sabrina Kruse, and Lorraine Farkas, who were the core foundation of “Team Tommy” when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of flowers, Tommy requested donations to Must! Charities. A celebration of life will be held in June at Jack Creek Cellars. Wayfarers are optional.

Karen’s final arrangements will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, look west to find the brightest star. She will be shining down on all of us. Arrangements were entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 429 Bassett St., King City, (831) 385-5400,

TOM “TOMMY” THOMPSON 1952-2024 ROBERT F. “BOB” BROWN 1926-2024 BENJAMIN A. BROWN 1933-2024 JUDY LYNN MACKENZIE, 64, of Arroyo Grande passed away on May 17th 2024.
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Dealing with transit crime in LA County

will reduce the headache of having to drive one’s automobile to LAX hopefully will be completed before I no longer either have the desire or the patience to fly anywhere.

Having spent a large part of my life in big cities on the East Coast, where transporting oneself around town, or finding a parking space, can significantly alter one’s day and increase the stress levels of constantly running late, I learned to navigate via public transportation.

When traveling in NYC, I would take the subway; while in Chicago the ‘L’; in San Francisco, BART; in Atlanta, MARTA. In most large cities there is an abundance of avenues for transportation: subways, elevated trains, commuter trains, buses, and the trolley cars that wound through the city streets. It was easy, it was relatively inexpensive, they ran constantly, and if the hour was late you could always flag down a taxicab or now use Uber. In essence, public transportation solved the need for freedom to travel inexpensively, whether it be for work or for pleasure, or both. It also reduces the ill effects of auto emissions and the frustration of traffic jams.

Having lived in Los Angeles for the last decade, and watched my blood pressure rise as the abundance of freeways contained lines of crawling red lights that represented brake instead of accelerator power and an unfathomable line of automobiles inching their way across five or sometimes six lanes of traffic. I came to accept defeat at the hands of car culture and long for the days when trains, if not trolleys, might make a comeback. Lo and behold that day has arrived. The building of the light rail system and a semi-subway system that hopefully one day soon

I have studiously mastered the art of navigating travel by bus and light rail throughout the Malibu-Santa Monica region at times when I either did not have use of nor wish to drive deep into the metropolitan vortex for various appointments (re: doctor’s offices or hospitals, or sporting events) and find the public transportation system both comprehensive and enjoyable. Unfortunately, in addition to the thrill of discovering new ways to both save money on gasoline and to prove to myself that there is sufficient satisfaction, indeed a feeling of youthful discovery, in figuring out how to utilize this public accommodation, there is a catch.

As in most things in life, there is a pro and a con, namely others who have figured out how they can benefit from this abundant treasure. While the rails and trails of steady routing end up taking you eventually right back to where you started, it also provides one a way of stopping at various points along the way. But the vehicles that are designed for transportation have become convenient places to rest while either passed out or simple looking for a place to sleep.

The circularity of their existence represents at least movement, but it is a dead end. I have traveled on many transit options in my life and for those who are simply looking for shelter or a place to rest, there is a temptation to interfere with those who are primarily using it, for whatever reasons, as a way for going from point A to point B. Violence and lawlessness, such as burglary, theft, and frustration and hunger, can make these marvels for transportation both uncomfortable and dangerous.

Lately, there has been a spike in attacks upon transit riders and operators that has led LA Mayor Karen Bass to act to provide far more public

safety protections than are currently in use on the city’s trains and buses. The Los Angeles Times has reported that LA Supervisor Lindsey Horvath, who serves as chair of the LA County Board of Supervisors and member of the Metro Board of Directors, has introduced a motion to address violence on buses and trains that will be heard by the full Metro Board on May 23. Horvath offers “We are looking at a 10 percent increase in the cost of Metro’s law enforcement contracts next year with any increase in presence.” Horvath adds frustration that the current state of affairs “is unacceptable. We need safety personnel on every Metro bus and rail line to keep our riders safe.”

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The beatings, stabbings, and murders on the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) buses and trains have reached the point whereupon the violence can no longer be ignored. Reports are almost daily in the papers and broadcasts.

Police, replacing it with a Sheriff Department contract. The LA County Sheriff’s Department is a highly professional and historied department that runs our prisons, and patrols various county areas and contract cities. However, the transit environment is specialized, and perhaps a general law enforcement agency isn’t the best fit. The MTA voted last year to create a new police force dedicated to patrolling the system.

Bass is presenting a motion before the Metro Transit board meeting on May 22 that will “expand cellphone service in underground stations and aboard moving buses and trains as well as establish a unified command between Metro securing officials and law enforcement agencies … and will increase the number of uniformed officers actually riding and patrolling buses … immediately.”

In addition, Metro drivers staged a “sick out,” calling in sick to protest conditions they have faced, and the transit system has approved new plexiglass barriers on 2,000 buses. LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis has offered “Metro will install barriers on every bus by the end of the year.”

Our local officials in LA County and the city deserve kudos for acting swiftly and decisively to make our public transit system as safe for Los Angelenos so those who choose to use and depend on a safe system can do so without fear of violence.

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

Building your team: The success of your real estate transaction depends on it

Iam constantly reading up and staying informed about what is happening in the real estate industry as well as our local market. Of late, it seems the value of putting together a top-notch real estate team can not be understated when making sure your purchase or sale of your home runs as smoothly as possible. The National Association of Realtors (N.A.R.) has put together a 7-step bulleted list of reasons why buyers should work with a Realtor.

Because I know first hand the value added when working with a professional Realtor, I wanted to share it.

This list is as follows:

1. Act as an expert guide. Buying a home typically requires a variety of forms, reports, disclosures, and other legal and financial documents. A knowledgeable real estate agent will know what’s required in your market, helping you avoid delays and costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved in a real estate transaction; you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.

2. Offer objective information and opinions. A great real estate agent will guide you through the home search with an unbiased eye, helping you meet your buying objectives while staying within your budget. Agents are also a great source when you have questions about local amenities, utilities, zoning rules, contractors, and more.

3. Give you expanded search power. You want access to the full range of opportunities. Using a cooperative system called the multiple listing service, your agent can help you evaluate all active listings that meet your criteria, alert you to listings soon

In February, a passenger was killed on a bus in Koreatown, and in April, a 67-year-old woman was stabbed in the throat on a train by a robber taking her purse. Drivers are also being attacked, with 12 assaults in February and 10 in March. Fed up, the driver’s union organized a “sick out” this month to protest the violence, and Mayor Karen Bass and the LA County Board of Supervisors are paying attention and promising action. In deciding how to fix the obvious threats to public safety, it is important to see what transpired for us to get here. Gone is the catch-all excuse for everything bad, the COVID pandemic. Barring some general psychosis that has suddenly gripped transit riders, these violent trends are attributable to bad public policy. The first and obvious factor is the permissive attitude of District Attorney George Gascon.

Word got out a long time ago that criminals have little to fear from the legal system in LA County. Misdemeanors, and sometimes felonies, are not prosecuted, while criminals are released without bail on their own recognizance the next day. The second factor is how policing of the transit system has evolved. In the 1990s the MTA Board decided to disband the MTA Transit

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to come on the market, and provide data on recent sales. Your agent can also save you time by helping you winnow away properties that are still appearing on public sites but are no longer on the market.

4. Stand in your corner during negotiations. There are many factors up for discussion in any real estate transaction—from price to repairs to possession date. A real estate professional who’s representing you will look at the transaction from your perspective, helping you negotiate a purchase agreement that meets your needs and allows you to do due diligence before you’re bound to the purchase.

5. Ensure an up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years between purchases. Even if you’ve bought a home before, laws and regulations change. Real estate practitioners may handle hundreds or thousands of transactions over the course of their career.

6. Be your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most buyers, a home is the biggest

When the “defund the police” insanity gripped many left-leaning cities during the BLM/Antifa riots, the LAPD saw its budget slashed by $150 million in 2020, but in reaction to the spiking crime the MTA increased the transit police funding by $36 million in 2021. The beatings and murders are terrifying to riders, so Bass has announced an “immediate surge” in uniformed officers riding the buses and trains, and over time, the number will be increased by 20 percent. Riders are commenting on the obvious increase in police presence. County Supervisor Janice Hahn stated it was “essential” to increase visibility and that “We need law enforcement riding our buses and our train. The violence against our riders in recent days and weeks demands an urgent response.”

The MTA is also going to improve cellphone reception in the underground stations and moving buses and create a unified command center. Plexiglass barriers to protect bus drivers are to be installed on all buses by the end of the year, and soon the board will vote on doubling the number of security officers, an increase in public safety spending by 11 percent.

These logical steps aren’t without detractors. During the “defund” madness in 2020, “activists” called for redirecting MTA policing expenses to social programs. They argued that transit crime was “relatively low,” and that the money would be better spent on homeless outreach and free fares. Currently, LA

purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you when emotions threaten to sink an otherwise sound transaction.

7. Provide fair and ethical treatment. When you’re interviewing agents, ask if they’re a REALTOR®, a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Every member must adhere to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism, serving the interests of clients, and protecting the public.

At a minimum, these steps are what a quality real estate professional should provide. In addition, your local expert will guide you through the nuances that a unique area demands. I am sure you will agree, our beautiful Central Coast cities are areas that draw attention and may not fit standard or typical scenarios found in more urban real estate markets.

Further, when building your team, your professional Realtor’s affiliations and connections with professionals in the industry are extremely important. Lenders, for example, are

Metro has a large group of purple-vest-wearing social workers assisting the homeless who are taking over cars and buses, jeopardizing public safety. California has spent $24 billion on homelessness in five years, which they didn’t track, while LA has spent billions more, yet the problem is worse, as is mental health and addiction. We are working on these problems, but public safety and law enforcement must be the priority. To their credit, mainstream Democrats have quietly abandoned the defund movement of the far left, as personified recently by the Democrat-dominated MTA. In 2022, our 25 largest cities police budgets increased from FY 2019 to 2022, most of them run by Democrats. Simply put, they tried slashing police in 2020/21 and replacing them with social programs, and it was an abysmal failure, with predictable spikes in violence and property crimes. Defunding was erroneously couched in racial and social justice terms, but polling has shown that blacks, more often victims of crime, were strongly opposed to the defund movement. It was a transitory period of insanity, whereupon radical activists like Mariame Kaba wrote an op-ed in The New York Times titled “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.” They also advocated for abolishing prisons, and California has reduced its inmate population by 26 percent in five years, with a surplus of 15,000 empty beds. From our transit to our cities and our homes, the data is in —emptying our prisons and being soft on criminal policies have endangered us all, and citizens across the political spectrum are demanding a return to law-and-order policies. Don Schmitz is an independent columnist for Atascadero News / Paso Robles Press, he alongside Lance Simmens write a bi-weekly column on national topics from the perspective of their political leanings. You can forward any comments you have to

critical to the process and should be part of the conversation from the very beginning. From first-time homebuyers to those wanting to relocate and need to sell an existing home before purchasing a new one, to investors, etc. With different client needs, there are many avenues for financing that only a professional in the industry can present to you. Did I mention that local is best?

From your Realtor to your Lender to every individual that is part of what we call the “transaction,” a local professional can understand our market and help guide you through as smoothly as possible.

The value behind your real estate team can make or break your sale or purchase of a home. Make sure you interview your agent and ask the tough questions. Your agent should be well versed in the local real estate market, allowing them to properly direct you.

The complete list can also be read at

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

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Best of the West Antique Equipment Show kicks off the Pioneer Day fundraisers

PASO ROBLES — The Pioneer Day Committee has announced the schedule for this year’s events and fundraisers, all of which contribute to the continued success of Pioneer Day. As always, the community comes together to celebrate the heritage of Paso Robles and the surrounding areas. The first Pioneer Day was organized by community volunteers with generous donations of time, materials, and money. Their goal was to create a day of community friendship and commemoration of local heritage. This mission remains unchanged as we mark 94 years of tradition.

Event Schedule:

Best of the West: The Antique Equipment Show

• Dates: May 24-26

• Location: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch

• Details: Attendees will enjoy an up-close and

hands-on look at antique equipment, including tractors, engines, cars, steam trains, airplanes, and more.

• Tickets: Daily tickets are $15, weekend passes are $30, and children 5 and under are free.

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

Positions are available in the categories of admissions, event staff, maintenance, and stagehands

PASO ROBLES — Online applications are now being accepted for multiple employment and volunteer opportunities at the 2024 California Mid-State Fair. The fair is looking for people who would be interested in temporary work this summer in the categories of admissions, event staff, maintenance, and stagehands.

Date: June 1

• Location: Paso Robles Event Center

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

In addition, the fair’s “Friends of the Fair” program is looking for people who wish to volunteer their time organizing and implementing the 2024 fair. Volunteers truly bring the fairgrounds to life as they help manage the exhibits program, decorate the buildings, and assist guests throughout the 12-day event. Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least 10 hours helping at one workday before the fair and at least one two-hour shift during the fair.

To learn more and to apply to work and/or volunteer, please visit the Applications page on our website

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

San Miguel Old Timers BBQ Date: August 25, 12-2 p.m.

• Location: San Miguel Community Park

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

Pioneer Day Kickoff Party

• Date: September 28

Location: Estrella Warbird Museum

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

94th Annual Paso Robles Pioneer Day Parade

• Date: October 12, 10 a.m.

• Location: Downtown Paso Robles

Details: This year’s parade will feature antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, youth groups, church groups, civic groups, floats, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles, and more. For more information about the events, please visit and

27th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest seeking volunteers

Wine Fest occurs on June 22 at Atascadero Lake Park

ATASCADERO — Volunteers are needed for the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Atascadero Lake Park. Volunteers are an integral part of the festival and will receive an official Wine Fest Volunteer baseball hat, snacks, and a complimentary ticket to use or to give to a friend. Those who volunteer for the closing shift (7:45 to 10 p.m.) also receive a Central Coast Wine Passport valued at $75 to use for the rest of the year.

Playhouse Build event is this Thursday from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.

PASO ROBLES — Templeton Glass is set to bring joy to a local family with a Playhouse Build event this Thursday from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.

This event will take place at their location at 3850 Ramada Drive, Ste B2, in Paso Robles. The Playhouse Build

To volunteer, contact Atascadero Chamber Wine Fest Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Smith at or (303) 968-7049. “Volunteers play a crucial role in the coordination and implementation of

the Atascadero Wine Fest,” Smith said. “It’s an honor to work with 100 people who dedicate their time to our community. Coordinating the volunteers for the third year, I find this weekend to be one of the highlights of my year. I hope you’ll consider joining us!”

The festival showcases premier wines, brews, ciders, and spirits from the Central Coast and beyond. Now celebrating its 27th year, attendees may bring a blanket and a low-back chair to enjoy scenic Lake Atascadero and music by singer, songwriter, and poet Dulcie Taylor. “Roar-and-Pour” will allow attendees to taste wine while viewing animals in the Charles Paddock Zoo, the only zoo in San Luis Obispo County.

Additional 2024 Atascadero Wine Fest sponsors include 805 Water, Caliber Collision, Chalk Mountain Golf Course, City of Atascadero, Costco, Grocery Outlet, Lucky Oak Laundry, REMAX Success, DiBuduo & DeFendis, and Waste Management. Early beverage participants include

915 Lincoln, Absolution Cellars, Adelaida, Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery, Ancient Peaks Winery, Asuncion Ridge Vineyards, Ballast Point Brewing, and many more. Wine Fest tickets can be purchased at the Atascadero Chamber office at 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, or online at Tickets are $75 now or $90 at the door. A Central Coast Wine Passport and Wine Fest Ticket Combo is just $145. Non-drinker tickets are $30. Wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries ready to sign up to pour at the event can go to atascaderolakesidewinefestival. com or contact Gail Kudlac at with any questions.

program is a unique Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County (Habitat SLO) initiative that unites creative volunteers and generous sponsors to create custom playhouses for deserving local families. The program aims to provide children with a space to play, create, and call their own, while offering a meaningful team-building experience for participants.

Templeton Glass regularly engages in volunteer work at the Habitat SLO ReStore in

Paso on rainy days when normal window and glass installation work cannot be performed. This commitment to giving back is further shown by their participation in the Playhouse Build program.

Owners Rena, Jim, and Kelly Flannagan will work alongside Templeton Glass employees in constructing a 4 foot x 4 foot playhouse for a local family.

“We are thrilled to partner with Habitat SLO and be part of such a heartwarming initia-

tive,” said Kelly Flannagan. “Our team is excited to use our skills to bring joy to a local family and contribute positively to our community.”

Nominations for families to receive a playhouse are open year-round, and the community is encouraged to nominate deserving local families.

To nominate a family, learn more about the Playhouse Build program, or see a brief video about the initiative, visit

About Habitat for Humanity SLO County

Habitat for Humanity SLO

County is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Since 1997, they have built, repaired, and rehabilitated houses throughout San Luis Obispo County. They believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. By building and improving homes, they create strong and stable communities. Habitat for Humanity SLO County strives to make decent, sustainable, and affordable housing a reality for all.

Online applications now being accepted for employment and volunteer positions at California Mid-State Fair in July STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT Templeton Glass to join Habitat SLO to build playhouse for local family
STAFF REPORT Attendees enjoy an up-close and hands-on look at antique equipment, including tractors, engines, cars, steam trains, airplanes, and more, at the Best of the West show in 2023. Photo by Rick Evans Two employees are shown working at the CMSF in 2023. Online applications are now being accepted for multiple employment and volunteer opportunities at the 2024 California Mid-State Fair. Photo by Brittany App Guests enjoy the 26th Annual Atascadero Lakeside
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SLO Food Bank’s matching gift campaign doubles impact for hunger relief

Balay Ko Foundation’s $500,000 match bolsters efforts ahead of hunger awareness day


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The SLO Food Bank is launching a matching gift campaign where new recurring donors will


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have a year’s worth of their support instantly doubled, thanks to a generous $500,000 match from The Balay Ko Foundation.

This match is launching ahead of Hunger Awareness Day on June 7, the community’s annual campaign to alleviate hunger in the community.

The need for unified action is urgent. In the past year, the SLO Food Bank has witnessed a significant increase in demand, serving 16 percent more individuals each month compared to the previous year. This matching gift campaign offers an exciting opportunity for SLO County community members to make a difference.

“Hunger Awareness Day is not just about bringing awareness to food insecurity; it’s


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about taking tangible action to build a health ier community,” stated Molly Kern, CEO of the SLO Food Bank. “When you give to the SLO Food Bank, every dollar normally provides four meals. With the remarkable generosity of The Balay Ko Foundation, each dollar of your recurring donation will now deliver eight meals. It truly is a drastic amplification of the generosity of our Hunger Heroes.”

In addition to the matching gift challenge, on June 7, the SLO Food Bank is hosting a dozen fundraising sites and six CalFresh application sites at public libraries across SLO County. Learn more or become a recurring donor, visit



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ALF Food Pantry

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

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

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TREE OF LIFE Pregnancy Care Center


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

Friends of the Paso Robles Library

magazines, collector sets, music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and purchase them by the inch, stacked up. Members of the Friends of the Library have access to the Early Bird Members Only day (but non-members can join at the door) Thursday, May 23 from 10 am to 6 pm. The public is then invited to shop for the remainder of the sale: Friday, May 24 from 10 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, May 25 from 10 am to 3 pm. There’s never any sales tax, and all proceeds of the sale go directly to the Paso Robles Library.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Anne Bell at 805-238-5562

Operation Surf


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

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

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


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

Atascadero Elks Lodge


1516 El Camino Real,  Atascadero, Ca 93422 805-466-3557

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

We have

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a full calendar of events and activities for our members. To learn more or to join us please contact us at (805)466-3557, visit the Lodge at 1516 El Camino Real, follow-us on Facebook or visit our website at:
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RESCUE - REHABILITATE REHOME - SANCTUARY (805) 237-3751 6875 Union Road  Paso Robles, CA 93446 info@  WHERE HOPE RUNS FREE Faithfully working to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected equines and providing selected adoptive homes or permanent sanctuary for those equines., since 1991! Open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10am-3pm Tours available by appointment TO LEARN MORE OR JOIN US (805) 466-3557 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero •




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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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


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

hours:Wed-Thur 9am-12pm Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass:5pm Sunday:10am Wed-Fri 10am Adoration Wed following Mass Confessions: Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am

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

Can you believe we’re talking 4th of July?

Well, when you plan a parade you’ve gotta be ahead of the game and that’s where the Templeton Rotary Club is right now — gearing up for the 44th annual July 4th parade.

The parade is an American tradition, a chance to sit on the curb, wave a flag, and celebrate the founding of our great country. It is also a chance to participate in the parade itself and Templeton Rotary invites you to visit templetonparade. com, where you will find a parade entry application. Now, if being in the parade is not on your “to-do list,” you may want to be a sponsor. You’ll find all the information you need at that site.

Money raised from commercial entries and sponsorships will be used for scholarships

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“What is the difference between a cowboy and a buckaroo?” you ask.

A Great Basin buckaroo drives a beat-up old pickup with a fully tooled $5,000 saddle resting comfortably in the bed. He wears silver spurs made in Elko in the vaquero tradition, meaning silver is hanging all over them. His horse is decked out with a hackamore, Santa Ynez-style reins, bosal and headstall made by Luis Ortega, hanging on to a spade bit made by Mark Dahl.

A cowboy, on the other hand, drives a brand new pickup with a $125 beat-up old saddle thrown in the back and his Chihuahua spurs have no maker’s mark. They do have wide heel bands and look like they were horseshoer’s rasps in a previous life. There’s no silver adornment because it wouldn’t last two minutes in the brush of south Texas. A cowboy’s gear

4th of July and Little League

for Templeton High School students. The scholarships are for both college and vocational schools. The organization also supports the Interact Club at Templeton High School and sponsors students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA). Mark your calendars now so you can be prepared to attend this all-American event. Parade chairman, Jason Pesarz, says there will be parking at Templeton High School where a shuttle, provided by the Rotary Club, will take you to the heart of town. Finally, the parade theme for this year is “Independence Day the Templeton Way” and Rex Swan will serve as Grand Marshal. For more information contact Jason at (408) 515-3055.

The Printery Foundation wants you to “Show Us Your Talent.” To enter the talent show, email Brenda at Cash prizes will be awarded. The show will take place on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Printery Outdoor Stage, 6351 Olmeda Avenue, Atascadero.

The Printery Foundation is a

501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of the historic Printery building built in 1915.

I found this week’s recipe in a 2002 Ina Garten Cookbook. It will help you get ready for summer, which by the way, is June 20. It’s time to fire-up that grill!

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken


1/2 cup gold tequila

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 to 6 limes)

• 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeňo pepper (1 pepper seeded)

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)

• 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

• ň1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 3 whole (6 split) boneless chicken breasts, skin on


Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeňo pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts. Refrigerate

Proud of his pride

is built for functionality, not for beauty.

It’s been said that the cowboy can gather two pastures while the buckaroo is still decorating his horse. But to be fair, the buckaroo, with all his or her horsehair, latigo, and rawhide contraptions, might just be, as a class, unrivaled in the making of a cow pony.

I’ve been collecting old bits and spurs for half a century and have learned how to craft all the old tools of the cowboy trade by fixing up old spurs, saddles and anything else made of leather.

A restauranteur who inherited a valuable pair of old G.S. Garcia spurs came by my place several years ago and wanted to know how much I’d charge for a pair of spur leathers with silver conchas and buckles that would match the engraving on the spurs. If I recall correctly, I quoted a price of $350 and the guy blew a gasket. You’d have thought I killed his dog or had a sordid affair with his wife. I thought he was gonna stroke-out on me!

I tried to explain that to make each concha I’d use a silver dollar, then worth $25 apiece. I’d also use a silver dollar to make each fancy buckle that would also be

heavily engraved. So you can see that before I’d even begun to pound or engrave I’d already be out a hundred bucks. To make the actual spur leathers I’d use only the best Herman Oak leather which would add another fifty dollars. I’d use a four step process to get the new leather looking old which requires an assortment of expensive finishes. I also had to tool and sew them, burnish the edges and solder backs to the conchas to mount on the spur leathers.

Long story short the guy took his business elsewhere.

Years went by and the restauranteur was back in my garage/ shop with the same old spurs hanging on to what I presume were spur leathers. By committing what I think should be a felony someone had assaulted the spurs with a wire wheel to remove all the beautiful old patina which devalued the spurs by about 90 percent. It seems the restauranteur had taken his business to a guy who sharpened knives for a living and had heard from someone how a new lucrative career awaited him in the uncrowded restoration field. The leathers were made with

overnight. Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from the grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 6

Note: If you like cilantro, add 1 tablespoon, minced, to the marinade. Do not substitute for freshly squeezed lime juice. Congratulations to all of the Little League teams who have finished their season of play. We were able to attend some games here in Atascadero to see our great grandsons, Tyler and Chase play. Sure brought back memories of their grandpa Doug and his brothers playing LL when they were their age. Great times. Cheers!

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inferior leather probably tanned in urine in Mexico, the stitches were frayed and nothing was tooled. But the restauranteur said the knife sharpener had stressed that the conchas had been made out of the finest German silver. Now in addition to a set of spur leathers, conchas and silver buckles the restauranteur asked if I could restore the shiny spurs to their former glory. I told the guy it would now be $750 for everything, hoping it would scare him off. When he once again objected to my price I mentioned the higher price of silver. He interrupted and asked if I couldn’t just reuse the German silver that the knife sharpener had insisted was the very best.

I took great pleasure in asking him, “You do know that there is actually no real silver in German silver don’t you?”

The restauranteur looked like I’d just barfed in his Bouillabaisse. After he finished choking and was able to breathe again he said, “Sure. Who doesn’t know that?”

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

Living a values and principles led life

Living a values-led life is a powerful way to navigate the world. As a spiritual person, I include spiritual principles in my system of values and refer to them as values and principles.

A standard is a widely accepted norm or criterion that guides behavior, practices, or quality and serves as a benchmark for comparison. An ideal is an aspirational concept or vision of perfection. It represents what we strive for, even if it’s only sometimes attainable. You can catch yourself operating from a standard or ideal when you say, “You or I should do or be x, y, or z, rather than your authentic self.” This statement and belief

leads to guilt and shame when we or others don’t live up to who we think they should be or how we think they should look, act, or otherwise.

Values refer to the beliefs and attitudes that are important to us. They are deeply ingrained in our psyche and shaped by our upbringing, culture, and experiences. Principles are fundamental truths or rules that govern behavior and actions. Universal and timeless principles apply to all aspects of life. Loving-kindness, adventure, fun, compassion, and humor are essential values and principles in my life, not to mention my most significant value: Spirit! My relationship with the God of my understanding is of the utmost importance. Spirit first, and everything else falls into place.

Remember, while standards and ideals may change with circumstances, values and principles remain steadfast, shaping

a meaningful and purposeful life.

Be committed to your values and principles instead of standards and ideals. Standards and ideals keep us stuck in the polarity of right and wrong or good and bad while knowing our values and principles empowers us to live our lives with intention, powerfully creating light and goodness daily.

I choose to live my life guided by my values and principles for a few reasons.

1. Authenticity and Integrity: When we align our actions with our core values, we live authentically. Integrity becomes our compass, guiding us even when no one is watching. This consistency fosters trust and self-respect.

2. Clarity and Purpose: Values provide clarity about what truly matters to us. They help us prioritize and make decisions that resonate with our inner compass. Principles are universal and timeless, giving us purpose and direction.

3. Resilience and Fulfillment: Living by principles allows us to navigate life’s challenges with resilience. Honoring our values gives us a more profound sense of fulfillment and well-being.

Do you know what your values are? What makes your heart sing and blows your hair back? What’s important to you? Sometimes, other people tell us what they think our values are or what they should be. You don’t have to subscribe to their values because those are their values, not yours. Take some time this week to consider your values and guiding principles at this point in your life. What matters most to you? Enjoy yourself! And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

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MAY – JULY Calendar of Events EVENTS

MAY 24-25





8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Treasures to be found will include:

Small kitchen appliances, Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments, Antiques, Framed Art, Power Tools, Household Items, Garden items, Small Tables, Mirrors, Jewelry, and much more.

MAY 24-26



8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Get an up-close and hands-on look at antique equipment, including: tractors, engines, cars, steam trains, airplanes and much more. Hosted at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch on California’s beautiful central coast, this unique event is fun for the whole family. For more information visit

May 25

MAY 25



9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Golden State Classics Car Club presents about 300 cars and trucks, including muscle cars to hot rods and antiques to sports cars, from all over California to be on display.

MAY 25, 26, 27


The 68th annual Morro Bay Art in the Park showcases 125 independent artists and craft workers in a picturesque outdoor setting at Morro Bay Park, San Luis Obispo County.

Event dates: May 25-27, 10 am-5 pm (May 27: 10 am-4 pm). Enjoy food,

beverages, and creativity at

MAY 27





11 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation is hosting the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Faces of Freedom Memorial at 8038 Portola Road (corner of Morro Road and Portola Road).






Annual Memorial Day program hosted by the Paso Robles District Cemetery with an invocation followed by patriotic music, guest speakers, a closing prayer, 21-gun salute from the Honor Guard, and a playing of taps.



SHOW Immerse in Pismo Beach’s grand classic car show, “The Classic.”

Hundreds of cars, live music, food, vendors, and beachfront lodging. Attracting car enthusiasts worldwide, sponsored by major companies, and supporting charities. Held in June, open to all car makes/models. Explore downtown and wineries. Unforgettable experience at





9 a.m.-9 p.m.

This family friendly event features

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







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





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






The 10th Annual Lighthouse 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day is kicking off! This year’s scenic site?

The gently rolling hills and tidy trails of Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyards. Start at the stunning Oyster Ridge Event Center and wind your way around the vines of this beautiful venue. Ideal for runners trying to set a quick trail time, or for wandering walkers taking in the views.






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

JUNE 13, 20, 27


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

JUNE 15 AND 20



Sit and dance by the lake listening to live music by various artists. June 15–Rock Odyssey and June 29–Cinders Blues Band.



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




The upcoming 14th Annual Atascadero Kiwanis & Mayors’ Winemaker Dinner on June 21 is dedicated to

raising support for ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization). Visit for more information.




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



Barney Schwartz Park, 2970 Union Road, Paso Robles 2–10 p.m. The City of Paso Robles, along with Travel Paso, is offering a family-friendly event throughout the day and culminating with a fireworks show at night.


Downtown Templeton 7am-3pm

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


Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero 2–8 p.m.

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

Photos by Chuck and Vikki Houck Photos by Rick Evans
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2024 Third Annual SLO County Sheriff’s Rodeo

Atascadero Football and community mourn the passing of Adrian Gaona

Last Friday, Atascadero lost a cherished community member, Adrian Gaona. Adrian was a dear friend who loved and lived for the Greyhound Community like no other. His absence will be deeply felt, and Friday nights will never be the same. He was truly unique and deeply loved by all who knew him. The football community shared their love on social media:

“Sadly, Greyhound Football lost a great family member last night. Adrian Gaona was such an inspiring member of the program since he was in high school. Friday nights will never be the same. He was there for every peak and every valley. Prayer go out to his family and friends from Greyhound Nation. Bleed Orange, Sweat Grey!!”Atascadero Football

“So saddened to hear last night, that Adrian Gaona passed away. Friday Night Lights at AHS will not be the same. R.I.P. buddy... you will be missed.” AHS Sports

“Friday Night Lights will not be the same at AHS ...sadly, Adrian Gaona passed away last night. Adrian Gilberto Gaona 12/9/1988-5/17/2024.” Rick Evans

Gaona’s Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at Rocky Canyon Road in Atascadero.

Bearcat track and field athletes excel at CIF D1 championships EACH WEEK, A LOCAL STUDENT ATHLETE IS CHOSEN BY COACHES OR THE ATASCADERO NEWS/ PASO ROBLES PRESS SPORTS STAFF FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. HAVE AN AOW NOMINATION? LET US KNOW! EMAIL OFFICE@13STARSMEDIA.COM For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: Bearcat Track and Field had an incredible night at the CIF Division 1 Championship, with Tyler Daillak setting a new school record in the 3200, breaking Trad Berti’s 2017 record by 5 seconds. Other outstanding performances included Justin Wilshusen’s personal record of 15’ in the pole vault, Peyton Bedrosian tying the meet record with a 12’3” pole vault, Nevaeh Dyer’s 41’0.25” shot put, Tyler Daillak’s personal records of 9:05.66 in the 3200 and 4:17.07 in the 1600 (4th place), Brian Arndt’s 4:20.13 in the 1600 (7th place), and Rylie Helberg’s 58.84 in the 400. Peyton, Nevaeh, and Justin all auto-qualified for Masters. Photo courtesy of Paso Robles High School Week of May 23-29 PASO ROBLES TEMPLETON ATASCADERO - Coach Chal Fanning Paso Robles High School 2024 VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM The Bearcats clinched an Ocean League Championship on Thursday, May 9 defeating Nipomo in a 6-1 victory. Marcus Garcia was the starting pitcher going 6 innings, with only one run scored, and striking out 8 batters. Senior, Kade Mitchell, A Lion’s Club Award Winner, was 3-3 leading the offense. Baseball No Games Boys Golf No Games Boys Tennis No Games Boys Volleyball No Games Softball No Games Swim No Meets Track 5/24-25 | TBA | CIF Baseball 5/24 | TBA | CIF Boys Golf No Games Boys Tennis No Games Boys Volleyball No Games Softball No Games Stunt No Games Swim No Meets Track 5/24-25 | TBA | CIF Baseball No Games Boys Golf No Games Boys Tennis No Games Boys Volleyball No Games Softball No Games Girls Beach Volleyball No Games Stunt No Games Swim No Meets Track 5/24-25 | TBA | CIF
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