Cyclists Find Human Remains in Santa Maria


During the early morning hours of Sunday, some bicyclists riding along a remote stretch of Tepusquet Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of Santa Maria, happened upon what appeared to be human remains, approximately half-way up Tepusquet Canyon Road, between Foxen Canyon Road and Highway 166. One of the bicyclists went to a nearby ranch and called 911, summoning law …

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Man Convicted of Felony Spousal Batter


John Soto was convicted of Felony Spousal Battery by a San Luis Obispo Jury on July 9th  following a trial that began on June 29th.The battery occurred in San Luis Obispo on July 19th, 2014. Following the jury trial, Judge Rita Federman found allegations that Soto had sustained three prior “strike” convictions for Lewd Conduct with a Child, and a …

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Highway 101 Will Undergo Nighttime Closures


U.S. Highway 101 at Los Osos Valley Road will undergo various nighttime closures between the hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am from Sunday evening, July 12, until Friday morning, July 17, weather permitting. Closures will include U.S. Highway 101 lanes, on/off-ramps, and the full freeway, throughout the night. The purpose of the closures is to remove temporary supports used …

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CAL FIRE determines Cause of Deer Fire


CAL FIRE has determined the cause that started the Deer Fire that burned 150 acres south of Lake Nacimiento.  The blaze which is 75 percent contained was caused by an individual during the harvesting of an illegal marijuana growing operation.  The terrain is steep and rugged. One firefighter suffered burns to his feet, and another was stung by a swarm …

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Refugio State Beach to Reopen July 17


Refugio State Beach has been cleared by California State Parks to reopen July 17 at noon.  California State Parks and members of the Unified Command completed a site assessment of the state beach and deemed it safe for the public. All recreational activities can resume including swimming, camping and fishing. Non-state park areas to the (east/south) of Refugio State Beach …

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Cuesta College’s Pool is Safe Once Again


After being closed in June for emergency safety repairs to the pool lining, Cuesta College’s small 60,000 gallon pool will reopen on Monday, July 13. All 10 aqua fitness classes will resume on a drop-in basis beginning July 13 and will continue that way for the remainder of summer. The college hopes to resume children’s swim lesson classes in the …

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Check Point in Santa Maria Tonight


The Santa Maria Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a checkpoint between 6 p.m. tonight and 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol and drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing. Drivers that are caught under the influence can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and …

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Michael Nowak Declines Invitation to Conduct Concerts


Michael Nowak, who was let go last May by the SLO Symphony board, has declined the invitation extended by symphony musicians and board to conduct several concerts this season. The Symphony’s full season will begin October 3, 2015 and include 5 Classics in the Cohan concerts, the Apex for Kids Children’s Concert and the New Year’s Eve POPS concert.  The …

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Police Make Arrest in Vandalism Case


Police have arrested a suspect in a vandalism spree in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. On June 9, nine banks and two businesses in the City of San Luis Obispo reported having multiple windows being vandalized. During the course of the investigation, round silver ball bearing type balls were found at the crime scenes. Some of the ball bearings …

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Capps Introduces Bill to Help Provide Emergency Funding During Drought


Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24), along with Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) and more than 20 other original cosponsors from California, introduced a comprehensive bill that would provide emergency funding to help local communities stretch existing water supplies and improve water infrastructure in response to the California drought. The Drought Relief and Resilience Act fully funds existing programs so that treatment facilities …

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