Paso Robles Press • September 21, 2023

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27th annual Creston Rodeo celebrates community tradition and support


CRESTON — The 27th Annual Creston Rodeo took place last weekend in Creston. The rodeo, which was started in 1996, is a three-daylong event that is open to all ages and packed with tons of fun. Although rodeo attendees can enjoy amazing food, lots of beverages and various vendor booths, the reason why the Creston Classic Rodeo happens is one that’s based in both history and community.

The Creston Classic Rodeo comes from a long line of history and tradition. Started by the Ryan family in 1996, the rodeo has become a staple to the Creston community. Interestingly, the Creston Classic Rodeo is actually a nonprofit that supports two other Creston nonprofits: the Creston Community Center and the Creston Community Pool.

On the Creston Classic Rodeo website (, it is mentioned

that of every town in San Luis Obispo County, Creston and Pozo were the only ones without a community center. But, with the classic Creston “can do” attitude, that all changed and the rodeo was a perfect way to fundraise for that

community center.

According to the website, in 1992, the Creston Activities Town Center Helping Hands (CATCH) Fund was developed. With a near $100,000 donation from the Creston Classic Rodeo in 2009

for the community center, work simultaneously began in 2010 on the new Cal Fire station, meaning the old fire station would become the new community center.

“We help to fund that and to keep the lights on and

as well as maintain all the upgrades,” says Creston Classic Rodeo Board Member Charity Doherty. “That center is then available for community members to rent.”

Similarly to the Community


PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Planning Commission reviewed a project for a new sales showroom to be built on Union Road during the Tuesday, Sept. 12, meeting. California Custom Trailers and Powersports is working to construct the nearly 15,000-square-foot showroom at 3031 Union Road.

California Custom Trailers and Power Sports is primarily located in Merced. It began in 1984 when owners Todd and Karol Messersmith relocated from Twin Falls, Idaho, to begin the dealership where they sold primarily horse trailers. They later expanded to selling All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). They currently have locations

TEMPLETON — Templeton was out in full force, lining Main Street on Friday, Sept. 15, to celebrate Homecoming with

Templeton High School. The town’s residents wore so much green, showing off their Eagles pride, that it almost looked like it could have been St. Patrick’s Day, and groups of kids lined the street and made their own cheers and chants to show their school spirit as everyone got ready for the parade to start.

This year, the theme for the Homecoming floats was “Once

Upon a Time: Tales, Stories, and Fables,” and boy did the students deliver. There were floats representing Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Three Little Pigs, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, and King Midas and the Golden Touch. Ian McPhee and his son Max led the parade as the Grand Marshals.


PASO ROBLES — It’s no secret that today, we are accustomed to instant gratification. Being able to order something and have it delivered the next day or being able to video chat and instantly see someone’s face. Our eating habits are no different, and much like the times, we too have evolved into wanting our food to be instant. For local businesses such as Paso Robles Health Food, the evolution of a fast-

paced societal attitude creates a lack of business for a store that has served the community for the past four decades.

“Mary Beck started this store on Spring Street in 1980,” Terri Stewart said. “She then moved to this location in 1984 right after the complex was built.”

Stewart, who is the current owner of the Paso Robles Health Food store, took over ownership in 2018.

“I was looking for a change and I saw this store was for sale,” Stewart said. “The previous owner’s son, John, and I hit


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High School Class of 1973 celebrated its 50th reunion by riding in the Templeton Historical Museum’s 1934 Ford School Bus during the school’s Homecoming Parade on Sept. 15. Photo by Derek Luff The Creston Community Rodeo committee is shown during the opening ceremonies of the 27th annual event Sept. 14. Photo by Chuck and Vikki Photography. Owner/operator Terri Stewart mans the counter at Paso Robles Health Food, located at 1191 Creston Road, Suite 113 in Paso Robles. Photo by Becca Sligh CITY BUSINESS
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District Attorney Dan Dow deploys for active duty

Deployment began Sept. 20 and will continue until the California Army National Guard division completes Middle East mission


— San Luis Obispo County District

Attorney Dan Dow, who also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the California Army National Guard, has been deployed to active duty. His deployment commenced on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will continue until the completion of the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division’s mission in the Middle East. During his temporary absence from the country on active-duty military leave, Dow will retain his posi-

tion as the district attorney. In his absence, Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth will assume the role of acting district attorney.

Dow boasts a distinguished military career, currently holding the position of military judge for the California Army National Guard. He has dedicated 30 years of service to the United States, encompassing active Army duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.

Dow, elected as the district attorney of San Luis Obispo County in 2014 and reelected in 2018 and 2022, is a dedicated Army veteran and prosecutor. He has committed his career to safeguarding victims’ rights, pursuing justice, and reducing crime in the community.

During his service in the U.S. Army, Dow attended the Defense Language Institute, mastering the Korean

language and earning recognition as the top graduate. After his active-duty service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Hayward, followed by a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Dow’s military service continues as a reserve officer in the California Army National Guard, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal during deployments to Iraq and Kosovo.

As a prosecutor, his focus has been on cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, championing justice for victims who are often the most vulnerable. Dow played a pivotal role in bringing the Veterans Treatment Court to San Luis Obispo County, aimed at rehabilitating veteran offenders, reducing recidivism, and lowering taxpayer costs.

Dow’s commitment extends beyond

his legal career; he serves on various boards and organizations, including the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy, California State Guard Foundation, and Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. He is also an active member of community service organizations such as the Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion Post 66. Expressing his commitment to both his military duty and public service, Dow remarked, “I am very pleased to be able to serve the people of the United States and the State of California through my continued service in the California Army National Guard and be a part of this historic deployment of the 40th Infantry Division. All the great work of the District Attorney’s Office will continue as though I was here. My team under the leadership of Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth has my full confidence and

support. I am anxious to get to work for the Army and return as quickly as possible to my very rewarding job as district attorney.”

In June 2023, the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division embarked on a deployment overseas.

It’s important to note that federal and California state laws safeguard the employment and reemployment rights of military reservists during their temporary leaves of absence. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) ensures protection for service members’ reemployment rights upon their return from service, prohibiting discrimination based on military service or obligation. Similar protections are afforded under California law, ensuring that Dow’s military service does not affect his position upon his return.

San Luis Obispo County explores independent redistricting commission

Supervisors vote 3-2 to investigate publiccontrolled redistricting


COUNTY — Supervisorial district boundaries could be put into the hands of the public after a 3-2 vote directed staff to explore developing an independent redistricting commission at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The district map approved in 2021 was appealed by two local groups — SLO County Citizens for Good Government and SLO County League of Women — who sued the county in early January 2022. The suit was taken to state court under the allegations of “illegal partisan gerrymander under the Fair Maps Act and the California Constitution.” The 2021 approved map was given the green light by the previous board, which included Bruce Gibson (District 2), Lynn Compton (then District 4 supervisor), Dawn Ortiz-Legg (District 3), Debbi Arnold (District 5) and John Peschong (District 1), with Gibson and OrtizLegg dissenting.

In March 2023, a settlement was reached, leaving the county to again draw new boundary maps to comply with the Fair Maps Act. In that settlement, the county will pay $300,000 to the SLOCCGG. However, at the time, Peschong noted

this redistricting is costing the county nearly $1 million.

Now, in response, staff has proposed to establish an independent redistricting commission — a body, other than a legislative body, that is empowered to adopt the district boundaries of a legislative body.

Supervisor Jimmy Paulding (D-4) issued his support for the independent commission, saying, “I think we need this more than ever because the public’s trust was eroded and eviscerated by the actions of the prior board, which I do believe were consistent with gerrymandering.”

However, Arnold (D-5) and John Peschong (D-1) voted against the commission, arguing that the map selected did in fact comply with the law and did not violate the Fair Maps Act.

“This map created districts that were swing districts or purple districts,” said Peschong. “You have three people up here that won their seats against candidates that you said they shouldn’t have won.”

Supervisors have three options set before them: an advisory commission, a hybrid commission, or an independent one.

Three of the five Supervisors leaned in on the independent commission, including Gibson (D-2).

“This is about empowering the voting public and getting away from the fact and the perception that an elected body is going to choose its voters,”

Gibson said.

There are several requirements for holding an independent redistricting commission, including:

Open Selection Process: The commission must allow all eligible residents to participate in the selection process.

Defined Membership: The commission must specify the number of members it comprises.

No Direct Appointments: Commissioners cannot be directly appointed by legislative bodies or elected officials, ensuring their independence.

Non-Partisanship: The commission must not consist entirely of members affiliated with the same political party, promoting a balanced representation.

Compliance: It must adhere to the Elections Code concerning Independent Redistricting Commissions.

Political Neutrality: While serving on the commission, members cannot engage in campaign-related activities, work for local candidates, endorse candidates, volunteer, or make campaign contributions.

Additional Post-Service Requirements: There are additional restrictions both during and within five years after commission service.

Legal Oversight: The commission is subject to the Political Reform Act, Brown Act, and Public Records Act, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Public Engagement: It must

hold a minimum of three public hearings before adopting a district map, allowing community input.

Additionally, there are specific disqualifications within eight years before appointment. Applicants and their family members cannot have held elected or appointed local office, worked for political campaigns in the jurisdiction, been involved with political parties, made significant campaign contributions locally, or registered as lobbyists in the local jurisdiction.

Santa Barbara County

voted to create an independent district commission back in 2018. Per the county staff report, Santa Barbara County has 11 redistricting commissioners who must be county residents, registered voters, and possess relevant analytical, legal, and impartiality skills. These commissioners were established through a ballot measure and can only be altered or disbanded by popular vote.

In contrast, larger counties like Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Fresno, and Kern have 14-member commissions

with stricter applicant requirements. All counties follow a similar application process, where individuals apply to the elections official. In Santa Barbara, nine applicants are chosen per district, totaling 45, with the district attorney appointing five from this pool. Supervisors moved forward with the independent redistricting commission with a 3-2 vote, Peschong and Arnold both voting no.

The next San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m.

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City of Paso Robles gears up for Creeks to Coast Clean-Up Day

Mark your calendars, as the City of Paso Robles is gearing up for its annual Creeks to Coast Clean-Up Day event, set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 23. This countywide initiative unites volunteers of all ages with city staff in a mission to cleanse and rejuvenate the Salinas River, emphasizing the significance of healthy waterways and fostering community engagement.

Taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Larry Moore Park, located behind Walmart on Riverbank Lane in Paso Robles, this year’s Creeks to Coast Clean-Up Day promises to be an impactful and educational experience. In urbanized areas like Paso Robles, waterways often accumulate unsightly trash and debris, including plastic bags, cigarette butts, fast-food containers, mattresses, appliances, bikes, shopping carts, and even tires. This event serves as an opportunity for participants to actively contribute to the reduction of litter in the urban environment and witness firsthand the detrimental effects of littering and illegal dumping on the Salinas River.

The Salinas River plays a vital role in providing habitat for diverse wildlife, including fish, amphibians, and birds. However, a polluted water system poses severe risks to these ecosystems. With the impending arrival of winter storms, cleaning our waterways becomes especially crucial to prevent debris from flowing into the oceans. It is a collective effort that not only benefits the environment but also ensures the safety of future generations.

Historically, Creeks to Coast Clean-Up Day attracts around 200 volunteers, collectively removing nearly one ton of trash and debris annually. This includes items ranging from common litter to bulkier objects like mattresses, lawnmowers, broken shopping carts, and tires.

To participate, volunteers are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes, hats, and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. The city will provide essential supplies such as protective gloves, water, disinfecting wipes, bags, snacks, and a well-deserved pizza party at the end of the event.

If you’re interested in joining this impactful community effort or wish to donate supplies for the event, please reach out to Kim Porter at (805) 227-7242 or via email at kporter@ Alternatively, you can simply show up at Larry Moore Park on Sept. 23 and be a part of the positive change that Creeks to Coast Clean-Up Day brings to Paso Robles and its cherished Salinas River.

Social media school threats deemed not credible

Law enforcement agencies in Santa Maria and Paso Robles have responded to reports of alleged threats of school attacks circulating on social media. However, after initial investigations, authorities believe the threats are not credible.

The message in question was shared on X (formerly Twitter) and did not specify any particular schools but mentioned a vague threat of “opening fire on schools” on Friday, with potential actions at homecoming parties on Saturday. Both Santa Maria and Paso Robles police departments have acknowledged the message and are actively investigating the situation.

In an update provided by the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, it was revealed that the post originated from Texas and was deemed to be a prank. The district promptly notified students, parents, and staff about the situation and emphasized that the threat had no connection to their district or the Santa Maria Valley.

As a result of these findings, all schools within the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District are operating normally. However, as a precautionary measure, there will be an increased presence of law enforcement

and school security teams on Friday to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Both Santa Maria and Paso Robles police departments have stated that there is currently no information indicating that the threats are credible.


Atascadero launches Restaurant

Incentive Loan Program to revitalize downtown

The City of Atascadero has unveiled a new Restaurant Incentive Loan Program designed to invigorate Downtown Atascadero by fostering partnerships between restaurateurs and landlords. This initiative aligns with the City Council’s Key Priorities, aiming to enhance economic vitality and investment in the heart of the city.

Under this program, the city, in collaboration with the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), will offer low-interest loans of up to $125,000 to eligible restaurateurs and landlords. The loans come with a competitive 4.25 percent interest rate and an 84-month term. Funding can be used for various non-construction-related expenses related to setting up a commercial kitchen, including equipment, machinery, fixtures, and furniture.

To qualify for this opportunity, restaurant owners or commercial building owners planning to lease to a restaurant must be located within the Downtown Commercial (DC) Zoning District. Additionally, restaurants must offer on-site dining, have or plan to install a Type 1 or 2 hood, and operate at least five days a week, serving two meals each of those days. This program extends its support to independent restaurants as well as chain restaurants with four or fewer establishments within the corporation.

The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), the region’s leading public-private economic development partnership, will provide valuable assistance to all loan applicants, offering free consulting and guidance throughout the application process and the duration of the loan.

For those interested in learning more about the Restaurant Loan Program or having questions about the application, the city and the EDC will hold an informational session on Monday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. The event will take place at City Hall, Room 106.

For more information on the Restaurant Loan Program or to view the loan application, visit city-of-atascadero-restaurant-assistance-loan-fund/

October First Friday hosts The Jump Jax

The City of Atascadero is gearing up for another exciting First Friday event on Oct. 6, taking place in the heart of Downtown Atascadero, starting at 5:30 p.m. This family-friendly gathering promises an evening of live music, shopping, wine tastings, historical tours, and more.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment is The Jump Jax, a dynamic quartet set to perform in front of Historic City Hall. Known for their electrifying music, The Jump Jax infuse classic jump blues, swing, soul, and rockabilly with their own unique twist, guaranteeing a night of foot-tapping and heart-pounding rhythms.

Adding to the festivities, the October Sip & Shop event, presented by the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, offers an exclusive experience. Attendees can enjoy complimentary tastings of wine, beer, cider, and delectable treats from over 15 downtown Atascadero businesses. Tickets for this event are available online until noon on Friday, Oct. 6, at On the event day, tickets and wristbands can be obtained at booth locations in front of Historic City Hall or at Central Coast Distillery starting at 5 p.m.

For those interested in local history, the Atascadero Historical Society will be offering complimentary tours of Historic City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., providing insight into the

city’s rich heritage.

Mark your calendar for upcoming First Friday events in Downtown Atascadero:

Nov. 3 — Concert Downtown at The Plaza on El Camino featuring Erin and the Earthquakes.

• Dec. 1 — Light up the Downtown PLUS Holiday Sip & Shop.

Special thanks to the Presenting Sponsors, Barley & Boar Brewhouse, Cielo Ristorante & Rooftop Bar, and Street Side Ale House. First Friday events are free to attend, offering a fantastic opportunity for community members to come together, support local businesses, and enjoy a vibrant evening in Downtown Atascadero.

Arrest made in vehicle burglaries; search continues for second suspect

On Aug. 29, Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a suspect linked to a series of vehicle burglaries that plagued the Bob Jones Trailhead parking lot in Avila Beach and the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead parking lot in San Luis Obispo. Authorities are now actively searching for another suspect connected to these incidents.

During the month of August, law enforcement received a total of 23 reports of vehicle burglaries at these two locations, with many of the incidents resulting in damaged vehicle windows and stolen purses and wallets. Deputies conducted an extensive follow-up investigation, ultimately leading to the identification and subsequent arrest of 28-year-old Joy Delores Thompson from Paso Robles. Thompson faces multiple charges, including burglary and identity theft.

While one suspect is in custody, authorities are urging the public’s assistance in locating the second suspect, described as a white male adult, as seen in surveillance photos. Anyone with information regarding this individual is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (805) 781-4550.

One of the vehicles associated with these incidents is described as a 2012 Hyundai Elantra and has been observed at several burglary locations.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to always keep your valuables with you or place them in the trunk while on the trails.

Atascadero seeking volunteers to ‘Take the Pulse’ of business community

The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the upcoming annual Business Walk and a call for volunteers. This annual event is set for Thursday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal is to recruit 100 volunteers, grouped in teams of two, who will visit 10 businesses each. Each team will ask a few questions to managers and owners in order to gather valuable feedback.

“We’re looking for volunteers to help ‘take the pulse’ of our business community and learn about obstacles affecting business,” said Julie Matthews, director of membership. “Taking just a few minutes to ask them a few simple questions will allow us to garner valuable feedback in order to better serve our community.”

The assembled responses will be used by Chamber and local decision makers to help strengthen local businesses.

“Last year 65 volunteers visited 350 businesses. It was a huge success,” said Josh Cross, Chamber president and CEO. “Each volunteer team will conduct a brief interview of four simple questions. It’s a great opportunity to meet and network with businesses in your community and help

make a difference.”

The annual Business Walk will help complete the “iBELONG” Membership Drive. The campaign will conclude on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. and aims to enhance the support of the Atascadero business community by increasing chamber membership. A larger organization means a stronger voice of business.

Sign up to become a Business Walk Volunteer at Contact Julie Matthews at (805) 466-2044 or for specific questions.


County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries launches the Literacy Connection Sept. 8 was International Literacy Day, and the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries announced its new in-house literacy program, The Literacy Connection, where adult learners can work with trained tutors or in small groups to improve reading, writing, English skills, or other goals.

TLC is volunteer-based and offers Adult Literacy, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Family Learning tutoring. Because it operates out of libraries, TLC offers learners a direct connection to books, family learning programs, and other resources.

“Learners can find great books in our Read On collections in our libraries,” said Erica Thatcher, engagement and marketing coordinator for the library. “We designed the collections to be stigma-free, and they include bestsellers, graphic novels, engaging nonfiction, as well as several adult basic education titles.”

Libraries offer specialized programs that promote literacy within the family unit, including family story time, simultaneous parent/child learning, and family literacy events at the library.

“When families learn together, they thrive together,” said Michelle Haddad, literacy coordinator for the library. “We provide opportunities for learners to be active in their child’s early learning.”

Free and confidential, the new program connects learners with tutors at a library or another location convenient to the learner. Photo identification is not required.

Interested learners or tutors can find out more at or call the Library’s Literacy Coordinator at (805) 706-0583.

Attempted homicide suspect apprehended in rural Arroyo Grande

In a tense standoff, law enforcement successfully apprehended a suspect following an attempted homicide incident in the rural Arroyo Grande area on Monday.

The incident unfolded on the morning of Sept. 18, at approximately 8:30 a.m., in the 2800 block of Northview Avenue. Deputies responded to reports of shots fired, arriving to find witnesses describing a heated argument between two men outside a residence. During the altercation, one of the men discharged a firearm at the other, fortunately without causing injury.

The alleged shooter, identified as 75-year-old Anthony Neil Carducci, retreated into his home and barricaded himself inside, remaining the sole occupant of the residence. Law enforcement responded, establishing a perimeter around the house and taking precautionary measures by evacuating nearby homes or advising residents to shelter in place.

Deputies initiated contact with the suspect, engaging in several hours of

negotiation to persuade him to exit the residence peacefully. However, when the suspect ceased communication with law enforcement, a diversion device was employed inside the home.

Around 3:30 p.m., members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail executed entry into the residence, successfully detaining Carducci. He now faces charges of attempted murder, and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

No further details are currently available as authorities continue their efforts to uncover the circumstances surrounding this incident in rural Arroyo Grande.


California Highway Patrol focused on safe and secure rides for children

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is dedicating the third week of September to ensuring California’s youngest motor vehicle passengers are safe and secure while traveling on the state’s roadways.

National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 17-23. The week serves as an opportunity to educate and encourage parents and caregivers to make certain that every child is properly restrained for every trip, facing the correct direction, and in the correct safety seat for their age and size.

“Child safety seats, when correctly installed, afford the best protection for infants and young children,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “The CHP has trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians available in communities throughout the state, who offer parents and caregivers free, one-on-one instruction and car seat installation to help achieve the best fit for their child.”

Motor vehicle traffic crashes are the leading cause of death of children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021, 711 child passengers ages 12 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, and in 2020 more than 63,000 were injured. Of the children who were killed in a crash, 36 percent were not buckled up. These deaths can be avoided. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under the age of 1) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1-4 years old).

The CHP has trained thousands of uniformed and nonuniformed personnel to be Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians since the program began in 1999. CHP CPS Technicians provide safety seat inspections, education, and hands-on training for parents and caregivers year-round.

If you are not confident how to properly secure your child in a safety seat, contact your local CHP Area office, and ask to speak with a child passenger safety technician.

California law requires children under the age of two, weighing less than 40 pounds or below 40 inches tall, ride in a rear-facing car seat. All children under the age of eight must ride in the back seat in an age-appropriate safety seat. Additionally, it is recommended that all children 13 and under should ride in the back seat. For more information about child passenger safety, visit the CHP Child Safety Seat Programs.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

Addis bills secure legislative approval, await governor’s decision

Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) has seven of her recently proposed bills that have successfully passed the State Legislature. Six of these bills now await Governor Gavin Newsom’s review and potential approval.

The bills championed by Addis encompass a range of crucial issues, including measures aimed at facilitating the construction of student and CONTINUED

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STEVEN W. MARTIN 1951-2023

Steven Wayne Martin, 71, of Paso Robles, CA, passed away following a hard-fought battle with cancer on August 14th, 2023, with his wife of 50 years, Jennifer, by his side.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, James Gilbert and Frances Louise Martin, and brother, Gregory Allen Martin.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife, Jennifer; daughters and sons-in-law Nora and


Todd Roy and Jamie Martin and Paul Cross; grandchildren Abigail, Steven, Malcolm, and Caleb; and sisters Jana Nichols, Julie Rogers, Tina Walker, and Gina Hobbs. Further, his memory is celebrated, and his absence is mourned by his friends and former General Assembly band-mates Gere Sibbach, Ken Reif, Darin Alvord, Tim Alvord, and Larry Baer, who collectively previously lost their brother in music and fellow midwestern adventurer Andy Harrington.

Steve was born December 2nd, 1951, in Mexico, MO. At the age of two, his family moved to Atascadero, CA, where he was a clarinet-playing member of the Greyhound marching band. He often proudly recounted the story of how they once played at halftime during a Los Angeles Rams football game and came in second place in a competition to play at halftime in Super Bowl I. His life-

senior housing and providing support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

“I’m incredibly honored to work on behalf of the people of the Central Coast to pass these important measures,” stated Addis. “This legislation will help the most vulnerable among us — including children and seniors. While I’m proud that we’ve made progress this year, there’s more we must and will do to continue to improve our Central Coast communities.”

Among the bills now on Governor Newsom’s desk are:

1. AB 452 Justice for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse: Seeks to eliminate


SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

02:11 — Alvaro Martinezcamirio, was on view arrest on the 1500 block of Spring St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 232932

10:04 — Frank Reyes, of Paso Robles was arrested for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 232933

15:49 — Brian Andres, of Paso Robles was on view arrested on the 2400 block of Spring St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 232937

12:58 —Martin Sanchez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 800 block of Spring St for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/DRUNK IN PUBLIC [647(F)PC], Case no. 232935

20:28 — Christopher Tatcher, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 block of Niblick Rd for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 232943

16:45 — Devin Menane, of Atascadero was taken into custody on the 1600 block of Park St for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], WILLFULLY

long love of music fueled the composition of countless songs, a large collection of musical instruments, and two additional generations of marching band members.

Following the wanderlust of young adulthood, Steve and the members of the General Assembly headed to the shores of Eagle River, WI, in the summer of 1970, seeking musical adventure. It was that summer that Steve met Jennifer and won her over on the shuffleboard court. The band would return to share their musical talents with Burlington, WI, the following summer. Three years after first meeting, under a large redwood tree in Shandon Park, and accompanied by the sounds of The Moody Blues, Steve and Jennifer were married. They celebrated with strawberry shortcake and, nine years later, christened their daughter Nora under that same tree. Four and a half years later,

barriers preventing minors who have suffered sexual abuse from seeking justice against their abusers and the institutions that concealed or ignored their claims.

2. AB 839 Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Expands funding eligibility for Residential Care Facilities, aiming to reduce borrowing costs and support affordable senior living communities.

1. AB 318 Mobilehomes Residency Law Protection Program: Extends the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program, allowing vulnerable Californians their right to seek justice.

2. AB 370 Biliteracy Advancement

Steve and Jennifer welcomed their second daughter, Jamie, into the world. Steve lived for his wife and daughters and ensured that everyone he met knew the pride and love he held for them.

Steve was a wordsmith. He wrote prolifically over the years under the name S.W. Martin so as not to be confused with the well-known actor. His plays were produced locally, both by the San Luis Little Theater and Paso Robles High School, including the titles When Forever Ends, The Last Talk Show, Halfway to Paradise, Karma! The Cosmic Credit Card, Encounter At Bowleg Junction, Educating Cheetah, and the unproduced POW. He also authored the historic non-fiction book Atascadero, the fiction novels 39: 100111 and Watermelon Dreams, the autobiographical novel The High Road, and a collection of poems, Perpendicular | At

Act: Provides flexibility for English learners to demonstrate their multilingual competency when applying for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

3. AB 1123 Paid Parental Leave Act: Enables CSU employees to take an academic term of paid parental/ family leave.

4. AB 840: CSU Tied-House Exemption Program: Expands sponsorship opportunities for small businesses and CSU campuses, supporting various campus programs.

Notably, in July, Governor Newsom signed Addis’ AB 358 into law, streamlining the approval process for new community college student housing

16:58 — Jose Cano, of Santa Margarita was taken into custody on the 1900 block of Riverside for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 232990

16:52 — Sara Ruse, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1100 block of 24th St for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 232993

Write Angles to Myself.

Steve was a Christian. He often stepped in when asked to deliver sermons at church and never failed to remind his daughters of the importance of remembering their maker. He saw grace in imperfection and loved purely and compassionately. That mindset drove his acts of public servitude.

Steve spent his adult life in Paso Robles, serving on numerous boards and commissions over the years and taking great pride in his ability to serve the community that he called home. Over time, Steve served as an award-winning News Director for KPRL, Co-Owner and Managing Editor of Paso Robles’ Country Press, and resigned on behalf of journalistic ethics from the Atascadero Gazette. At the age of 35, he entered the public circle, winning his first bid for Paso Robles City Council. Shortly after, he was appointed mayor

by exempting architectural plans from specific state approvals. This law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

As Sept. 14 marked the final day of the first year of the 2023-24 legislative session, the Legislature is now in recess until January 2024. During this period, lawmakers will have the opportunity to submit new legislation for consideration and continue working on bills that did not secure approval this week.

Addis, elected to the California State Assembly in 2022, represents the coastal 30th Assembly District, encompassing substantial areas of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, along with the southeastern region of Santa Cruz County.

arrested for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 233011


by his peers. Steve would go on to serve a combined total of 20 years on the council as a council member or mayor. His recent efforts to establish a spaceport in Paso Robles were among his proudest accomplishments.

It is impossible to constrain Steve’s legacy to a short collection of words. Steve loved deeply and unconditionally, served joyously, and strove to learn one new thing every day, knowing that each small step contributes to a much larger journey. In true theater fashion, Steve left this earthly stage leaving us wanting more; he had so much more to say.

A public memorial for Steve will be hosted by the City of Paso Robles at the Downtown City Park at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 27th, 2023. The public’s presence is welcome and appreciated. Remember to stay informed, stay involved, and stay strong, Paso Robles.



Gone for 18 years and remembered every day! We miss him dearly!

Sandy, Carmen, Megan


STACY DONALD KEITH, 58, of Grover Beach passed away on September 9th 2023.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover


08:48 — Joni Carpenter, of Mount Shasta was on view arrest on the 2700 block of Spring St for INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT [273.5(A)PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT/M, Case no. 232961

12:35 — Shelby Blank, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 3400 block of Spring St for VANDALISM [594(B)(1)PC], TRESPASS [602PC], Case no. 232969

13:29 — Kerry Allison, was on view arrest on Park St and 7th St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 232971

21:21 — Jorge Fernandez, was on view arrest on the 2900 block of Park St for INFLICTING


TANT [273.5(A)PC], Case no. 232977

23:59 — Manuel Stone, was on view arrest on the 1200 block of Ysabel Ave for POSSES-


Case no. 232982

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

01:40 — Javier Rosas, was on view arrest on the 100 block of Niblick Rd for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)



Case no. 232983

11:38 — Audreena Wiley, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of HWY 101 SB and Rt 46E for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC],


16:38 — Andre Stoner, of Atascadero was on view arrest on the 1000 block of Dorothy

18:28 — Damon Degeus, of Santa Maria was on view arrest on the corner of Spring St and 4th St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL [23152(G)VC], Case no. 232995

19:16 — Cynthia Perez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2300 block of Amber Grain for ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON [245(A)(1)PC], Case no. 232996

20:57 — Gratt Kennedy, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of South River Rd and Charolais Rd for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE


SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

20:50 — Maria Galanos, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2300 block of Spring St for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC],

Case no. 233007

19:27 — Eduardo Valezquez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Sleepy Hollow Rd and Rambouillet Rd for VIOLATING


23:21 — Gabriel Romerocano, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2300 block of Spring St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], Case no. 233009

22:56 — Carlos Marin, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 30th St and Park St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 233008

SEPTEMBER 16, 2023

01:47 — Arturo Floresgarcia, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of Vine St and 13th St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 233010

01:56 — Viviano Leonjulio, of Paso Robles was

11:02 — Francisco Guzman, of Santa Maria was taken into custody on the 800 block of 29th ST for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 233016

10:28 — Israel Guerrero, of Salinas was summoned/cited on the corner of State Route 46E and Union Rd for OUTSIDE WARRANT/M, Case no. 233015

16:15 — Salvador Valdivia, of San Miguel was arrested for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 233018

19:03 — William Krol, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2700 block of Black Oak Dr for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 233019

22:26 — Ramon Solorio, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 32nd St and Park St for CYCLING UNDER THE INFLUENCE [21200.5VC], Case no. 233020

SEPTEMBER 17, 2023

02:09 — Luis Olguin, of Paso Robles was arrested for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/DRUNK IN PUBLIC [647(F)PC], WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE


03:18 — Brian Andres, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2300 block of Oak St for PROBATION VIOLATION:REARREST/REVOKE [1203.2(A)], WILLFULLY RESISTS,DELAYS,OBSTRUCTS…[148(A)(1)PC], Case no. 233023


— Harold Barry, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1300 block of 24th St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 233025

21:28 — Nicolas Gonzalez Jimenez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2700 block of Spring St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 233028

23:21 — Raul Garciaflores, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of Riverside


SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

19:26 — Eric Barger, was arrested on the 13000 block of Santa Lucia Rd for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], Case no. 231878

SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

08:45 — Austin Cook, was arrested on Quail Ridge Ct for PROBATION VIOLATION:REARREST/REVOKE [1203.2(A)], Case no. 231880

20:16 — Odi Ortiz, was arrested on Curbaril Ave and Sinaloa Ave for DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE [12500(A)VC], Case no. 231889

23:00 — Michael Higuera, was arrested on the 9300 block of Musselman Dr for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], Case no. 231891

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

00:47 — Robert Forsman Jr, was arrested on El Bordo Ave and El Camino Real for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 231892

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

08:06 — Oscar Cortezcruz, was arrested on the 5500 block of El Camino Real for WARRANT, Case no. 201878

11:18 — Edgar Canales, was arrested on the 7800 block of Morro Rd for PROBATION


Case no. 231902

SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

16:49 — Chalise Smith, was arrested on Las Lomas Ave and Principal Ave for GRAND THEFT [487(A)PC], Case no. 191324

SEPTEMBER 16, 2023

11:03 — Christopher Clark, was arrested 8000 block of El Camino Real for CONTINUOUS


Case no. 231864

96.8% capacity

LAKE NACIMIENTO: 65% capacity

LAKE SAN ANTONIO: 66% capacity

WHALE ROCK: 97.7% capacity

FRIDAY 79º | 50º

SATURDAY 82º | 49º

SUNDAY 82º | 50º

MONDAY 80º | 53º

TUESDAY 84º | 52º

WEDNESDAY 82º | 51º

IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 232938 12:56 — Fidel Pradonajera, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 block of Myrtlewood Dr for LOITERING TO COMMIT A CRIME [647(H) PC], Case no. 232934
12, 2023 04:05 — Andromeda Swartwout, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 400 block of Riverside Ave for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 232944 11:44 — Ryan Debruler, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1100 block of Black Oak Dr for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 232947 15:26 — Amen Toomey, of Santa Barbara was on view arrest on the 900 block of Park St for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 232951 00:00 — Alicia Benavidez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 28th and Park St for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 232956 SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 23:42 — Michael Agalos, was on view arrest on the corner of 19th and Park St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED
Case no. 232991
Beach. ELIZABETH ANN DOMENGHINI, 87, of Atascadero passed away on September 11th 2023. Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach
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2022-23 RAINFALL TOTALS (Season: July 1-June 30) Atascadero: 0.04” Paso Robles: 0.02”

Paso Robles to pay tribute to Harry Ovitt: Celebrating a life of service and dedication

Community gathers to honor a beloved figure on his 78th birthday

PASO ROBLES — Friends and family are coming together to celebrate the life of Harry Luther Ovitt III, a devoted individual who dedicated his life to the people and natural resources of San Luis Obispo County.

Ovitt left a lasting impact on his community and will be fondly remembered on what would have been his 78th birthday.

Born in Camp Rucker, Alabama, on Sept. 22, 1945, Ovitt relocated to Paso Robles, where he proudly graduated as a Bearcat and later served as an Eagle Scout. His dedication extended to the Navy, where he served as a committed veteran.

Harry’s connection with the community was emblematic of his time behind the cata-

log counter at the old Sears Roebuck store on Park Street.

Yet, his legacy surpasses retail; Harry was a community-oriented man.

His 11-year tenure on the Paso Robles City Council and his subsequent 20-year service as the District 1 Supervisor on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors demonstrated his unwavering commitment to public service. Colleagues and friends like Debbie Arnold and Vicki Janssen attest to his genu-

ine care for the community.

Harry’s passion for Paso Robles’ agriculture and history was evident in his involvement in over 50 agricultural and professional organizations, showcasing his dedication to the county’s treasures. He played a pivotal role in local projects, including Barney Schwartz Park, the Paso Robles Courthouse, senior housing, and vital public safety facilities.

Known for his deep knowledge of Paso Robles history,


Harry was a proud member of the Pioneer Day Committee, actively participating in community events and celebrations.

Date: Friday, Sept. 22

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Paso Robles Pioneer Museum

Address: 2010 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles

The Celebration of Life event will be held at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, where friends, family, and those whose lives were touched by Harry

are invited to come together in remembrance. The event will be a reflection of Harry’s life of service and dedication to the community.

To those who had the privilege of knowing him, Harry Ovitt was more than a community servant; he was a cherished friend and mentor. His passing leaves a profound void in Paso Robles, but his legacy will forever remind us of the significance of service and dedication to one’s community.

As one insurance bill becomes law, a bigger fix awaits

Governor signed legislation to improve insurance options for people who struggled to access coverage after wildfires

CALIFORNIA — Some farmers and other property owners who have had to turn to the California FAIR Plan, the state’s insurer of last resort, may soon have better coverage options thanks to a new law approved this month.

On Sept. 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to improve commercial property insurance options for people who have struggled to access coverage due to the impact of wildfires.

Over the past several years, farmers have suffered a double blow to fires, losing crops and farm properties to the flames and losing the ability to insure their properties and commercial assets as insurance companies refused to cover them.

“Many farm and ranch insurance policies have been terminated due to wildfire risk,” Napa Valley winegrape grower Johnnie White said last month at a congressional hearing on wildfires and forest health. “While a few policies have been retained, they come with much higher premiums.”

In some cases, White said, farmers saw their insurance premiums more than quadruple. In others, the policies were dropped altogether, threatening farms’ ability to continue operating.

As a result, some farmers sought coverage under the California FAIR Plan, the state’s insurer of last resort, which is funded by a levy on insurance companies.

The FAIR Plan initially excluded commercial farm structures such as tasting rooms, outbuildings, packinghouses and storage facilities until a 2021 bill backed by farm groups enabled farmers to bring those properties under their FAIR Plan policies.

Without insurance, business owners, similar to homeowners, are generally ineligible for the loans they need to purchase properties along with the structures and equipment their businesses require.

“California’s farmers and ranchers need insurance options to safeguard their ability to continue producing the food that America needs,” said California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson.

The FAIR Plan gives farmers an option, but the policies, intended only as a temporary last resort, are expensive and do not provide comprehensive coverage.

“Our members, unfortunately, experience sticker shock when they get those FAIR Plan policies,” said Peter Ansel, policy advocate for the California Farm Bureau. “They’re seeing policies that are substantially more expensive than the policies they were non-renewed on and often provide substantially less coverage.”

A typical policy from an insurance company, for example, would cover a packinghouse or a wine storage facility and everything in it. But the FAIR

Plan offers coverage only on the structure, not the equipment or commodities inside it. “That’s a pretty big distinction,” Ansel said.

To help policyholders leave the FAIR Plan, the program has a clearinghouse where insurance companies can browse its policies and make coverage offers. However, the clearinghouse lists only residential policies, not commercial ones, preventing farmers from bringing all their properties back under the same, competitive insurance policy.

Now signed into law, SB 505 will add commercial policies to the FAIR Plan clearinghouse so that they can re-enter the competitive market and get better insurance coverage.

“The bill is important because it will help depopulate the number of policies inside the FAIR Plan,” Ansel said. He added that it will not impact people who are not already FAIR Plan policyholders or prevent people from having their insurance policies in the competitive market non-renewed.

SB 505 was authored by state Sen. Susan Rubio, D-Baldwin Park. It was sponsored by the California Farm Bureau and the California Department of Insurance and drew support from insurance companies.

“California businesses do best when they have more choices for insurance coverage,” said California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who co-sponsored the bill with California Farm Bureau. “Giving them more options must be our top priority.”

The new law goes into effect amid a broader reckoning on insurance access and wildfires in California.

Earlier this year, State Farm and Allstate announced they had stopped accepting new applications for home insurance in California, and Farmers Insurance said it was limiting new policies. The companies said it had become too risky to operate in the state due to the frequency of natural disasters over the past several years.

White, the Napa winegrape grower, who serves on the California Farm Bureau board, told members of Congress that “while only a few companies have made public announcements,” the Farm Bureau is aware of at least 22 companies that are no longer writing insurance policies in California.

Altogether, insurance companies responsible for covering an estimated 85 percent of the market have pulled back from taking on new residential and commercial policies.

“This is a waving red flag issue,” Newsom said last week in an interview with Politico.

Several newspapers reported that a last-minute deal between lawmakers to push through a bill addressing the state’s insurance problems collapsed before the legislative session ended Sept. 14. The Legislature will not return until January.

State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, told the San Francisco Chronicle that a bill being discussed would have raised property insurance rates for all California policyholders in exchange for allowing more people, including those in areas at risk to wildfire, to gain access to insurance.

Lara said on a podcast hosted by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, that

“the ideal here is to give availability of insurance to every Californian, so then the costs come down when insurance companies are back fighting for your business.” The bill faced resistance from consumer advocates due to concerns it would benefit the insurance industry at the expense of policyholders.

“Affordability is critical,” Lara said. “But right now, availability is more important. We want insurance companies to increase their market share given the ongoing risk that we live in every day.”

Last week, following news reports of the failed deal, Lara released a statement saying the state government continues to work towards a solution. “Our current path is unsustainable,” he said.

Lara added that passing new legislation is only “one of many options that we have been pursuing.” He said the government is also “moving forward with a package of regulatory solutions that will streamline the department’s rate review process, opening it equitably to public input.”

Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, announced a series of public hearings on property insurance that will take place this fall.

“We hear loud and clear from our residents that access to insurance is a problem,” Rivas said.

Should the government succeed in getting insurance companies to return to writing new policies in California, SB 505 would “take on heightened significance,” Ansel said, by providing an avenue to move more policies out of the FAIR Plan and back into the competitive market.

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Center, Doherty explains that the Creston Classic Rodeo also helps maintain the Creston Community Pool.

“Something near and dear to me is the Creston Community Pool,” Doherty says. “The pool has a cool history. It was built by community members, and in 1960 it opened.”

Doherty reveals that from 1960 until now, the Creston Community has been fundraising to maintain the Community Pool.

“The pool is super old, but it serves all incomes ... it serves everybody, and it serves them free,” Doherty says.

With the money made at the Creston Classic Rodeo, the Creston Community Pool is able to stay afloat for all community members to use during the warm summer months.

Despite it being a great cause for the community, the Creston Classic Rodeo takes months of preparation. Doherty shares that there are months of meetings that take place as well as a whole board

of people. Constant contact with sponsors is also a huge part of the Creston Classic Rodeo, as Doherty mentioned they’re always welcoming new sponsors as well as actively welcoming people who see a specific need for this event and can provide extra help. Another interesting fact regarding the success of the rodeo is the cattle stock.

“We have to be in contact with the stock contractors because the cattle market changes all the time,” said Doherty, who mentioned it can pose an interesting chal-

lenge to just find stock, which depends on so many different factors.

Doherty also expressed gratitude towards those who help put on the rodeo by providing the tractors and water trucks, which really solidifies that the Creston Classic Rodeo is a true community event.

The Creston Classic Rodeo is usually held on a weekend every September. Next year will be their 28th annual year. For more information about this year’s rodeo contestants, winners, and vendors please visit

in Lodi, Merced, Elk Grove, Redding, and in Paso Robles on Prospect Ave.

The Development Review Committee reviewed the new project’s development plan and use permit for California Customs on Aug. 28 and requested the inclusion of five additional parking spaces and changes to the fencing plan,

and additional information regarding how the proposed project differs from the project approved in 2021.

“The way we designed this showroom is kind of like an indoor/outdoor showroom so that we can utilize the space as well as we can,” said Tim Roberts, the Civil Engineer on the project.

A motion was made to approve the Development Plan 23-02 and Conditional

Use Permit 23-04, which was unanimously approved, 6-0.

Earlier this week the City Council meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 19, was canceled. Instead, the next City Council meeting will be a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Emergency Operations Center located at 900 Park Street, as the Planning Commission has a regularly scheduled meeting the same night. The special City

Council meeting is intended to interview potential appointees for the vacant seat.

Thursday, Sept. 21, is the last day to submit applications for the City Council District 1 vacancy. The vacancy was created after Councilman John Hamon was appointed to serve as mayor for the remainder of the late Steve Martin’s term.

Applications are available on the city’s web site ( and at the City Clerk’s Office,

1000 Spring St. Completed applications may be submitted in person at the City Clerk’s Office, by email to CityClerk@ or by mail (1000 Spring St., Attn City Clerk, Paso Robles) and must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 21.

All prospective applicants must be at least 18 years old, registered to vote in the City of Paso Robles, and live within District 1. The district bound-

it off, so I shadowed him for eight months before the sale officially went through.”

Stewart mentioned she didn’t have a background in supplements, but from her own practice of buying organic and trying to get back to what food really should be, she saw the store as an opportunity to keep a local business alive while maintaining her personal dedication to eating clean.

“I was very excited for the learning opportunity,” Stewart said.

Upon purchasing Paso Robles Health Food, the road ahead seemed bumpy but attainable.

aries can be viewed at tinyurl. com/4mhsh62a. Pursuant to state law, the appointee will serve through the November 2024 election cycle. Applicants who do not meet these criteria cannot be considered for appointment. The next Paso Robles Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

“I’m the mini Whole Foods. I’m the mini Sprouts that would be in Paso,” she said. “People want low prices, and I have some competitive prices.”

Stewart says people tend to make the assumption that her store is expensive so they don’t shop there. However, she said that’s not the case: “I’m not anything new and fancy and shiny, but I carry the good ingredients.”

Stewart said she wishes to be more of a resource for people.

“If someone doesn’t see something, I want them to know they can ask,” she said.

She also mentioned she is happy to do research for her customers on the spot to help them figure out what the best products will be for them.

“It’s been fun,” said Bonnie Loftus. “My daughter’s been ... they’ve been building a float for a couple of weeks, and my husband brought them in a trailer for them to work on and get it all fixed up for, and the Freshman are really excited. They made a dance routine to go along with their float.”

Most floats paused in front of Templeton Market and Deli to show off choreography and dances prepared by the kids who built them. That’s where the judge’s booth for the parade presentation and the float contest were positioned on the route. First place went to the Link Crew’s Wizard of Oz float, with second place going to the Sophomores’ Peter Pan float, and the Freshmen rounded out the top three with their King Midas and the Golden Touch float.

“It’s really cool that several of the clubs and student groups at the school get together and spend the week working on their floats,” said Templeton Unified School District

Superintendant Aaron Asplund.

The parade also featured this year’s Homecoming Court to the crowd. The court was split into pairs and driven through town in the back of pickups to mass applause. This year’s Homecoming Court consisted of Wyatt Ashton, Taylor Sutton, Mary Higgins, Colter Tannehill, Addy Nixon, Luke Davis, River Waltmire, Sachiko Zemke, Dikinesh Boutain, JD Black, Patrick Giroux, Celia Cano, Mikayla Schad, and Cyrus Cook.

“It’s just a celebration of the small-town spirit and the families that you get in the Templeton community,” said Dianna Vonderheide, who also had a child in the parade. “It’s just super special that we get to celebrate like this. I think it’s unique to this community. I don’t know anywhere else locally where you can get together with your friends and family and celebrate the kids and all their hard work.”

The almost 2,000-plus students throughout the district were around to participate in cheering on the parade as well since the

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parade’s route passed by both the elementary and middle schools. Some parents even picked up their children from Vineyard Elementary just so they could see the parade, as it’s the only school not on the route.

“It’s just a really wonderful fall tradition, obviously. Our community comes out in force, and that’s just who Templeton is,” Asplund said. “Everyone gathers for these really important community events. So much of our community centers around school things, and so it’s no surprise that our town comes out to support our kids when they do this cute little parade. We’ve been here 15 years, and it just seems to get better and better.”

And the fun didn’t stop there: The graduating class of 1973 celebrated their 50th reunion by riding in the Templeton Historical Museum’s 1934 Ford School Bus. And at the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Templeton Eagles dominated the West Vikings from Bakersfield with a 42-0 win.

Go Eagles.

“I thought I could buy it and bring it back to life and people would just come back. 2019 was slow, so I was really looking forward to some nice steady growth in 2020,” Stewart said chuckling.

Although 2020 began with a worldwide shutdown and put things on pause for many people, Stewart said, “I think my social media advertising is working ... which gives me hope.”

However, despite the fact people may see the advertisements, follow the business on social media, or even drive by the store, it’s getting people into the store poses as the real challenge.

“I just want to keep the store open, but truly it’s not been profitable this whole time ... It’s been such a volatile five years,” Stewart said, explaining since the previous owner had two stores, the Paso Robles location had become secondary to the Arroyo Grande location.

Stewart said she thinks that a lack of inventory on the shelves and more special ordering was a reason for people to stop shopping at Paso Robles Health Food. Working to restock the shelves and purchase more products with fewer sales has made it increasingly challenging to continue operating on the level that Paso Robles Health Food has for so many years. Pivoting the conversation, Stewart gave a look into her inventory and pricing.

“The more people shop here and increase sales, the more I can try and drive down the prices for people,” Stewart added.

“This year has been even worse with inflation and increased services and cost of goods. I didn’t raise my prices hardly at all,” Stewart mentioned.

Even though her CPA said she needed to raise prices to keep up with inflation, Stewart said she understands everyone is struggling and said if she can just get an increase in sales volume, she’ll be able to keep prices low. Paso Robles Health Food has a lot to offer. With its vast array of bulk herbs and spices as well as supplements, protein powder, frozen treats, refrigerated foods, local honey, grains, raw cow’s milk, and more, Paso Robles Health Food is truly like a miniature Whole Foods.

“I’m just here as a service,” reminding potential customers that she’s focused on being available to the community as a resource. “I have a ton of regulars and dedicated customers.” Stewart said that having regular customers has been a savior for the shop. Stewart said she hopes people won’t be afraid to stop in and take a look at what’s available and in the store.

Paso Robles Health Food is located at 1191 Creston Road #113, Paso Robles. You can also find them on facebook at and instagram @pasorobleshealthfood.

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PASO ROBLES — The Pioneer Day Queens Luncheon was held on Thursday, Sept. 14, at The Estrella Warbrids Museum in Paso Robles. The 2023 Pioneer Day Queen, Margaret Avila, was in attendance, as well as Pioneer Day Belle Kayla Degnan and many friends, family members, and supporters.

Degnan remarked, “Today was the Queen’s luncheon, so it’s about honoring her and her friends who came out to support her and enjoy her history.”

Degnan is currently a senior at Paso Robles High School. Margaret Avila, who has an extensive history in the Paso Robles area, was chosen as the 93rd Pioneer Day Queen in June of this year.

Margaret’s granddaughter, Alicia Avila, was by her grandmother’s side for the luncheon.

“Today was really to honor and celebrate her,” said Alicia, who recalled having her grandmother be in the running for Queen, which has been in the works for a while. “I enjoy doing these events, and I’m cherishing these moments with her.”

As far as the rest of the Paso Robles Pioneer Day festivities, the pre-Pioneer Day Kick-Off Party will be scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, and held in the hangar at the Estrella Warbirds Museum. This event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased online, at the door or several businesses in Paso Robles, including American Riviera Bank, Mid Coast Mower and Saw and Woods Family Pest Management.

On Oct. 7, the Ladies Tea, co-sponsored this year by the Native Daughters of The Golden West, is invite-only by the Pioneer Day Queen Margaret.

The tea is to honor all the ladies invited by the Queen and share stories of their history and get to spend an afternoon together. Much like the Ladies Tea, the men also get their own dinner, which is set to be held the same week. The Old Timers Dinner is also invite-only and is put on by the Rotary Club of Paso Robles.

Lastly, the big event that we all look forward to is the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Parade. Held on Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Paso Robles, this parade is set to showcase many floats as well as antique tractors, old cars, and even a horse-drawn carriage, which will be carrying the 2023 Pioneer Day Queen and Belle. Parade day also starts with a bean cookout at 7 a.m. and the Little Cowboy/Cowgirl and Pioneer Boy/ Girl contest in the Paso Park Gazebo at 8 a.m.

More information regarding Paso Robles Pioneer Day can be found at

Atascadero police swap badges for aprons to support Special Olympics

this event that supports our local Special Olympics athletes to be able to compete in various athletic events throughout San Luis Obispo County.

serving at the Wednesday, Sept. 27, Tip-A-Cop dinner at the Paso Robles Event Center with two seating times, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

ATASCADERO — Tip-A-Cop will take place on Sept. 27, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Officers from the Atascadero Police Department will be participating in

Take the evening off from cooking and join our local law enforcement officers as they trade in their badges for aprons to spend an evening serving you and raising money for Special Olympics in San Luis Obispo County.

Atascadero Police officers will be

“We look forward to seeing our Atascadero community come out and support this event and we promise it to be a fun experience,” said Interim Police Chief Joe Allen, “plus it supports a great cause.”

For eight seats at the Chief’s Table,

it is $500, or a table of eight at the Officers Table for $250 or purchase individual seats for $35. All meals include Tri-tip and chicken with beans, bread, salad and drinks all served by local law enforcement officers. Reservations are required. More information can be found at slocountytipacops/.

All of the proceeds raised at the dinners will benefit local Special

Olympics athletes and help fund outreach efforts to get San Luis Obispo County athletes and coaches back into the game after the pandemic.

Any community member or group is asked to contact Allen at (805) 470-3238, and he can deliver your tickets personally. Reserve your table now.

esque setting.

In addition to the delectable wine offerings, festival-goers can tantalize their taste buds with delicious food options available for purchase. The event will also feature captivating live performances, adding to the overall entertainment value of the evening.


Atascadero Printery Foundation announced the Brick by Brick Fall Wine Festival, an event dedicated to raising funds for its new campaign to create an outdoor stage. The festival will occur on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic Atascadero Printery building at 6351 Olmeda Ave. in Atascadero.

This festive evening promises an experience for attendees, featuring an array of up-and-coming small wine producers, including Xochitl Wines, Crush Vineyards, Stoic Wines, Stiekema Wines, Niñera Wines and many more. Guests will have the opportunity to savor these exceptional wines while enjoying the Atascadero Printery’s pictur-

The Brick by Brick Fall Wine Festival embodies the spirit of building community awareness “brick by brick.” To further support the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s mission, attendees will have the unique opportunity to purchase a brick on-site during the event. By doing so, they can contribute directly to the foundation’s fundraising efforts to create an outdoor stage.

Tickets for this exciting event are priced at just $35 per person and can be purchased at the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s website: It’s an opportunity to enjoy an evening of wine, food, and live entertain-

ment while contributing to a meaningful cause. Join them on Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., as they come together to celebrate the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s vision for a vibrant community space and show our support for their campaign to raise $250,000 to create an outdoor stage. For more information, please visit the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s website or contact

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The Atascadero Printery Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the historic Atascadero Printery building, a beloved community landmark. The foundation is committed to creating a vibrant community space and community performing arts center for the community, and proceeds from the Brick by Brick Fall Wine Festival will go towards their campaign to build an outdoor stage. To learn more, visit

choral works of Bach and Handel, as well as 18th-century opera. “Chants Encounter” will also include Mozart’s concert aria, Per questa bella mano, for baritone and double-bass. Concert soloists include sopranos Alba Franco-Cancél and Amy Goymerac, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, baritone Joel Balzun, and Ken Hustad, double-bass.

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale announced its 2023-24 season, featuring three diverse concerts of choral masterworks conducted by Thomas Davies at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, plus free educational community presentations.

The season’s programming begins with the Nov. 19 concert, “Chants Encounter.” This performance features Estonian-born composer Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum and W. A. Mozart’s Mass in C-minor. Pärt utilizes the beauty of chant mixed with bell-like chords (tintinnabulation) to create a dramatic rendering of the fourth century prayer. Mozart’s Mass, a wedding gift for his wife, Constanza, is influenced by the

The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale’s presentation of “Holiday Festival” on Dec. 16, is a family holiday tradition that includes an audience singalong of holiday favorites, including the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s Messiah and traditional carols and arrangements for chorus, organ, and orchestra, plus a guest appearance from Los Angeles’s Westwood Brass. Attendees will experience the magic of the Forbes Pipe Organ, played by Cal Poly organist Paul Woodring.

The season’s final concert on April 21, 2024, features an a cappella performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers). His signature choral work, this piece has become

a fixture in choral repertoire, standing as the crowning achievement of the “Golden Age” of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. Much of the melodic material was drawn from ancient unison chants surrounded by the addition of three to 10 vocal lines. A dynamically diverse work, members of the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale will be spread out all over the Performing Arts Center stage.

The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale also hosts “Beyond the Notes,” a lecture series for the community that accompanies the Chorale’s November and April concerts. The educational events offer an in-depth look at pieces being performed and the background and history behind the music, including the opportunity to meet and learn from a noted expert on the subject, an enhanced understanding of the context of the music, an increased appreciation for the music and live performance, and spreading awareness about the arts.

The November lecturer has been confirmed

as Dr. Andrew D. Shenton, professor of music at Boston University. Dr. Vladimir Morosan, founder and president of Musica Russica, a publishing company specializing in the publication and dissemination of Orthodox choral music, will present in April 2024. More details about these presentations will become available at

All concerts will be given in Harold Miossi Hall at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on the Cal Poly campus. Tickets are available for purchase at or by calling the PAC box office at (805) 756-4849. Season ticket packages are available.

About the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale

The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale (originally known as Cuesta Master Chorale) is an auditioned ensemble that specializes in the performance of large masterworks for choir and orchestra. Members of the ensemble come from throughout San Luis Obispo County. Thomas Davies, musical director and conductor, has led the performances since the fall of 1984.

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Dinner was a successful night

under the harvest moon

Great food, great wine, and great people made this Paso Robles event a big success

PASO ROBLES — A beautiful night under the harvest moon was held at the Paso Robles Event Center to support the programs and services of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (BGCMCC).

Presented by Zenaida Cellars along with additional sponsors Pacific Premier Bank, John E.D. Nicholson Attorney at Law, Oak & Vine Wealth Management, Paso Robles Waste & Recycle, and the County of San Luis Obispo, over 100 attendees were treated to gourmet cuisine prepared by Chef Jeffrey Scott, along with wine donated by Zenaida Cellars, Hope Family Wines, Windridge Vineyards, J Dusi, Thacher Winery, J.Lohr, Chronic Cellars, and beer donated by Firestone Walker.

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Robles & Templeton Chambers of Commerce, kicked off the program and kept the evening fun and lively. Along with auctioneer Todd Ventura, they raised almost $75,000 from the Live Auction and the Fund A Need Appeal. Board Chair Dan Lillard reminded all the community leaders and business people in the crowd that the best way to support a healthy community was to invest in local kids. This resonated with everyone in attendance. Gene Runkle, BGCMCC treasurer and co-chair of the event, also warmly welcomed attendees and reminded everyone of the amazing generosity that goes into producing an evening of this caliber and encouraged everyone to support the donors who made the night possible.

In addition to the amazing four-course gourmet meal, paired with lovely Paso Robles wines, the highlight of the evening was the passionate presentation by former “Club Kid” Charlize Kee who shared why her experiences at the Boys & Girls Clubs allowed her to reach her great potential and inspired her to start working as a Youth Development Professional at the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles. Her vulnerability and honesty about the experiences she has faced and how becoming a Boys & Girls Club member was a turning point in her life, touched everyone present.

The entire event was a financial success, raising over $120,000 to support the programs and services provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast for local kids.


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About: The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation has been serving the Atascadero community for more than 20 years, gradually adding more events that serve its mission. We have grown, and continue to give because of the generous donors, sponsors and participants of our events. Our events are a benefit to the community in healthy activity — either athletically, musically, educationally, or in the fight against addiction.

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

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


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All of our direct services are provided free of charge. Your donations make this possible. You can trust that you are making a difference for local families. We know you have many options when it comes to putting your charitable gifts to work! Our funds go towards the invaluable programs and services that help so many in our community facing cancer. Our online donations are processed securely through Your donations are 100% tax-deductible.

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

Atascadero Elks Lodge


Since 1987, the Atascadero Elks have contributed over $1,000,000 to local community-based programs, non-profits, youth groups, local sports teams, programs for handicapped and needy children, patriotic programs, veterans’ programs and many, many community activities. Our mission as Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize our belief in God; to promote the welfare of our community; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; and to cultivate good fellowship.

We have a full calendar of events and activities for our members. Check out our website for monthly calendar events and join us for the upcoming Luau in September!

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

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

Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

A New Thought Spiritual Community. Living the Consciously Awakened Life. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue Sunday 10:00am at the Pavilion

9315 Pismo Way, Atascadero (805) 391-4465.


9325 El Bordo Avenue, Atascadero; Sunday Services at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; (805) 543-2358;; Helping people find and follow Jesus.

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.


820 Creston Road., Paso Robles; (805) 238-2218- Parish Office open Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; website:; Mass times;Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.; Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish; Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM. Father Rudolfo Contreras.


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;


513 Palma Ave., Atascadero; Sunday services: Holy Eucharist — 9 a.m., Taize — 8 p.m.; the Rev. W. Merritt Greenwood, interim director; the Rev. James Arnold, Deacon; the Rev. Jacqueline Sebro, Deacon; office (805) 466-0379, fax (805) 466-6399; website; email


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

Here are a couple of reminders for your calendars. The Tip-ACop Dinner in North County is coming up on September 27, at the Paso Robles Event Center and at Santa Rosa Church in Cambria on September 28.

The dinner is a unique experience where law enforcement officers are the servers for the evening. All of the money raised and “tips” the servers receive are given as a donation to benefit Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County. If you would like to attend, or have questions, please email Holly Fletcher at or Betsy Latz at or by calling (805) 544-6444.

Long-time Atascadero residents who have called the city home for at least 40 years and are aged 55 years and older are invited to attend the 45th annual “Colony Days Recep-

Some calendar reminders

tion Tea.” The event, organized by Quota of Atascadero, is scheduled for Sunday, October 1. Interested attendees must secure reservations in advance. To receive an invitation, contact Myrna Wood at (805) 460-6129. The event promises a gathering of distinguished guests, including the newly appointed Colony Days Royalty and Parade Grand Marshal. The occasion will mark the ceremonial transition of regalia from the outgoing royalty to their successors. Sometimes, someone will give me a recipe for this column, and I file it away until I’m ready to use it. Unless it has the name of the sender on it, I’m at a loss to give credit. However, this recipe for a Lemon Loaf should be added to your personal file since it is delicious.  Lemon Loaf


• 1 1/2 cups flour

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

• 1 cup sugar

• 2 tablespoons butter, softened

• 1 teaspoon vanilla


• 1 teaspoon lemon extract

• 1/3 cup lemon juice

• 1/2 cup oil (recommend coconut oil)

Lemon Icing

• 1 cup powdered sugar, plus 1 tablespoon

• 2 tablespoons whole milk

• 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Use a mixer to blend together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add oil and mix well. Pour batter into well greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean.

Make lemon icing by combining all icing ingredients in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. When loaf is cool, remove from pan and frost top with icing. Let icing set-up before slicing.

Here’s an easy dessert using your slow cooker.

Cherry Delight

Really Good Bad Ideas

lee pitts COLUMNIST

Iwas talking with my buddy Ralph who lives in “America’s Outback,” and he was complaining because he could not participate in the trend towards “agri-tourism” because his starve-out ranch is right in the middle of Nevada’s big nowhere.

“Not every ranch is blessed to be a dude ranch hotspot,” said Ralph. “The only reason people come to Nevada is to gamble or to get married, which, I suppose, is redundant.”

“You just have to work with what you have plenty of, like heat,” I replied. “Have you ever thought of offering the world’s only outdoor slot machines? You could advertise them as the “hottest” slots in Nevada.

Taking a page from Las Vegas, you could make it a “clothing optional” slot resort. And since your average tourist wants to go places where there aren’t a lot

of tourists, you could put a billboard on I-80 steering everyone to your place, promoting the fact you offer plenty of elbow room and the largest parking lot in the world. You could bus the folks in on party buses from California.”

“That’s the best bad idea I ever heard,” said Ralph. “You got any others?”

“Well, I suppose you can’t grow pumpkins or strawberries in your ‘semi-arid’ desert so a ‘pick-your-own’ farm won’t attract anyone. And since you don’t have any trees, a zip line is probably out of the question. I don’t know if you can make wine from locoweed either so you might have to skip the wine tasting tours. By the way, what can you grow on your God-forsaken place?”

“It’s 110 out here during the day and 20 degrees below at night and our “growing season” is relatively short, which rules out a corn maze. Radishes are about the only thing we can grow because they grow in 21 days.”

“That’s it,” I screamed in excitement. “You could have the world’s only radish maze. It would be a huge hit with

• 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

1 package yellow cake mix 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

• Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)


Place pie filling in slow cooker. mix together cake mix and butter in medium bowl. Spread evenly over cherry filling. Sprinkle walnuts on top. Cover; cook on LOW 3 to 4 hours or on HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Spoon into serving dishes and serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream, if desired.

Note: You may remember this recipe from years ago, using an 8×8 baking dish and being baked in the oven. Today’s version will free you up to do other activities while it cooks in the slow cooker. Enjoy. Cheers! Barbie Butz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at bbutz1@

the intellectually challenged amongst us.”

“I suppose it would be easier than a corn maze, and insurance would be cheaper because no one would get lost,” said Ralph, warming to the idea. “About the only other thing we can grow out here are tumbleweeds. The sagebrush out here stands five feet tall in a good year.”

“That’s another great idea,” I said. “You could have a ‘u-pick’sagebrush farm at Christmas time and sell environmentalists on the idea that sagebrush Christmas ‘trees’ are far more environmentally friendly than trees you have to grow and water.”

“I can just hear it now,” said Ralph, “as the family gathers around their tumbleweed to decorate it on Christmas Eve. “Ow, ouch, those limbs have @#$&*^% stickers on them!”

“Yeah, I see your point. Everything in your neighborhood either tends to have thorns or is poisonous. Is there any wildlife on your ranch that hunters would like to take a shot at?”

“Well, no one has seen our Congressman in this neck of the woods since he got elected

Supernatural outpouring

could do this.

It is testimonies like this that will transform people’s lives. Our lives should demonstrate the goodness and the love of Christ. All of our lives will impact someone else’s life, either for the good or for the bad.

We are coming into days of supernatural outpouring. The darker the days, the greater the light of God’s presence. During these tough times, many are finding their hearts turning toward the love of God. I believe we are living in the days of the miraculous. Miracles are what God does. Only God can produce the miraculous. Doctors can diagnose; God is the Healer. In a recent gathering in August of men from The Revival Center, a man showed up wanting prayer for prostate cancer. Just this week, he got a report from the doctor that he is cancer free! Only God

I recently read a poem from an unknown author:

“YOUR LIFE is Jesus to someone, though tattered and torn it may be.

Though often times weak and unstable, you’re all of God someone will see.

YOUR TONGUE is Jesus to someone. That idle, insensitive word reflects to at least one searching heart an idle, insensitive Lord.

YOUR GOALS are Jesus to someone. What you put first, they believe, are the goals of God for the Christian. Your life is all they receive.

YOUR FAITHFULNESS — that’s Jesus to someone. Their

judgment of how God is true rests unquestionably in the faithfulness they see day by day in you.

YOUR LOVE is Jesus to someone — that someone who is seeking to know that Jesus will follow and guide and befriend wherever in life they might go.

So remember God in your daily life, in what you say or do, for the only Jesus that someone might know is the Jesus they see in you.”

We have been positioned in families, in neighborhoods, and in our jobs so that we can influence and impact people’s lives for the good. Find yourself smiling a lot, possessing a gentle and non-complaining spirit. Choose to live your life on the joy side.

You readers are part of my sphere of influence and vice versa. I want to encourage you that life is getting better and not bitter. I want you to know the

and went to DC. Other than that, about the only thing folks out here would like to kill are scorpions and rattlesnakes. We do have WAAAY too many federal bureaucrats and wild horses despoiling the country, but lobbing as much as a paintball in their direction would land you in prison for the rest of your life.”

“Are there any endangered species enviro-visitors could take pictures of?”

“The only thing out here that’s endangered are cows. Thanks to the BLM you hardly ever see one around here any more.”

“That’s it. Cow safaris! Agri-tourists could shoot photos or guns at cows. You could mount your dudes on the wild horses they love so much and turn them loose to shoot the cows they seem to despise. If you run out of wild cows you could buy shelly old canners and cutters to replace them at the sales yard. I think it’s what professors and bureaucrats call a “sustainable business.”

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

real, authentic you. That spirit of oppression and depression is interfering with the clarity of your vision of yourself.

I desire you to recognize your true potential. You have been endowed by God with gifts, talents, and abilities. You need to know that you are fully forgiven by a loving God. No matter what you have done, forgiveness has been made available to you. God is not mad at you; He is mad about you.

1 Peter 2:9 tells us as believers that we are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. We are special and are of a holy nation. We were created to praise. We do not have to remain in darkness, but God has called us into His light.

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Bearcats secure Homecoming triumph for first football win of the season

Greyhounds maintain undefeated streak after defeating Santa Maria Saints 28-13


— The Paso Robles High Bearcats football team took homecoming seriously last Friday as they ended the night with their first win of the season last Friday night, Sept. 15, against the Righetti Warriors. Meanwhile, the Atascadero Greyhounds continue to be undefeated this season, now with a 4-0 season record, 1-0 in the Ocean League.

Playing at the War Memorial Stadium, the Bearcats defeated the Warriors 21-14 in the Mountain

League opener, raising their record to 1-3. Defensive back Parker Craig came through for the Bearcats alongside their defensive line to get the first win of the season.

Senior James Cogan showed off his arm with several long passes. A 29yard touchdown pass was a highlight for the Bearcats in the second quarter, putting them ahead 14-7. Then his 34-yard pass got the Bearcats one step closer to another touchdown in the third quarter.

Playing home against the Santa Maria Saints last Friday, the Greyhounds won by a 28-13 score, adding to their undefeated streak.

This week, the Bearcats head south to play against the Lompoc Braves, who are 2-2 for the season. The Greyhounds will play the San Luis Obispo Tigers on Friday. The Tigers currently hold a 4-1 record for the season.


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Josh is not only a standout athlete but a standout person, level headed, kind hearted and team oriented.

- Coach Rosalie Smith

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JOSH BELL SCHOOL: SPORT: STATS: Templeton High School Cross Country Josh took 6th out of 250+ runners in the Best of the West Sweepstakes Race at the Woodbridge Classic running the 3 mile course in 13:59.6 . Senior
Paso Robles High crowned a Homecoming King and Queen and got its first football win on Sept. 15. Photos by Dawn Bauguess
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