Annual Strawberry Festival Starts Today


The annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks off today at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The event includes everything from cooking demonstrations to educational and wildlife exhibits. There will also be strawberry tasting, desert eating contests, pony rides, a carnival and a petting zoo. The annual event runs through Sunday. Gates open at 11:00 am

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Road Improvement in Grover Beach


A road improvement project should have some Grover Beach residents smiling. The project will improve a section of West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach is now underway. The work is being done on West Grand Avenue between Highway 1 and Pismo State Beach. Improvements include the addition of a multi-use path, new curb and gutter, crosswalks with decorative paving and …

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Caltrans Will Honor Workers Who Died on the Job


Caltrans will honor its workers who have died while on the job in San Luis Obispo this morning. Officials say 183 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job since 1924.. In District 5, which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties, has lost eight workers, according to Caltrans. Today’s memorial is starts at …

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Missing Grover Beach Man Found Safe in Arizona


Grover Beach Police say 50-year-old Kenneth Vernon LaBarr told his family on April 8 that he was in Reno. He was expected to return to Grover Beach by April 12.When he didn’t return family members filed a missing persons report. Grover PD investigators were working with Nevada authorities when they found LaBarr. Investigators notified his family that he was fine …

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Morro Bay Men in Jail After Allegedly Threatening Woman


Two Morro Bay men are behind bars after being part of a group that allegedly threatened a woman visiting Morro Bay and stole her cell phone late Sunday afternoon. 57-year-old Frank Daniel Hudson, and 50-year-old Chance Lee Otero were arrested after police found evidence allegedly linking them to the incident, which happened on the 1700 block of Main Street. Police …

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Oceano Residents Facing Higher Water Rates


There’s a drought problem facing water suppliers up and down the Central Coast. The more customers cut back on water usage, the less money they spend on it, that means less revenue for the water supplier. Now, conservation minded residents in Oceano are facing higher water rates due to the loss of revenue to the Oceano Community Services District after …

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Man Booked on Sexual Assault Charges After Fourth Victim Identified


Investigators booked realtor and former Arroyo Grande Citizen of the year Lenny Jones on three additional charges yesterday after identifying a fourth victim. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s investigators say that victim is a 3-year-old boy who was at the same birthday party held last month at Jones’ home as three others. The judge in the case has changed Jones’ …

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Firefighters Attempt to Rescue Victim Trapped in Burning House


San Luis Obispo Firefighters were called out to a house fire on South Tassajara Drive yesterday afternoon at about 1:45.  A neighbor met the first responders outside the residence, and informed firefighters of a person still inside the burning building. Firefighters were able to rescue the victim who was taken to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition. Hospital officials …

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SLO Man Accused of Injuring Two While Driving Under the Influence


A San Luis Obispo man is accused of crashing the vehicle he was driving and injuring two passengers while driving under the influence of alcohol. Investigators say 22-year-old Marvin Abou, was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler in the 2100 block of Loomis Street when he lost control of the vehicle at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Jeep overturned hitting …

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Firefighters Contain Fire on TV Tower Road


Firefighters responded to the wildland fire on TV Tower Road on West Cuesta Ridge around noon yesterday.  Quick work by CAL FIRE crews kept the flames contained to about one acre, but firefighters say it was in an area with heavy fuel and in an area that is very hard to get to, which made it more difficult to put …

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