Winners of State of the Bay Haiku Contest Announced


Morro Bay National Estuary Program is excited to announce the winners for the State of the Bay Haiku Contest: Lee Darling from San Luis Obispo won the Adult Category, and Rebecca Schwind from Arroyo Grande won the Student Category. Runners up include Kathryn Hansen from Santa Margarita for the Adult Category, and Andrew Paiz from Cambria from the Student Category. …

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Madonna Inn Cake Thief Caught Through Facebook


On February 8, at 11:47 PM a subject entered the Madonna Inn Coffee Shop and stole a chocolate cake from the display case. Security cameras captured the burglary and the owner of Madonna Inn, Connie Madonna-Pearce posted the security video on Facebook. She asked that anyone who recognizes the suspect to please call the Madonna Inn.  A Facebook user did …

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Hearst Castle Hosting Lady Gaga Video Shoot


The world famous Hearst Castle is buzzing this week with Lady Gaga and her entourage doing an elaborate video shoot.  The hilltop estate in San Simeon, California is packed with more than 100 people, including dancers, who are working on the video.  Word of the production comes on the heels of reports that the five-time Grammy Award winner recently teamed up …

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SLO Named One of America’s Most Romantic Towns


San Luis Obispo has been named one of the most romantic towns in America, making number five on a list from Travel and  Leisure Magazine, which says: “With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access …

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Coastal Commission Attempts to End Offshore Fracking


As the California Coastal Commission meets today in Pismo Beach, activists with the Center for Biological Diversity will urge commissioners to halt offshore fracking to protect coastal communities and marine wildlife from fracking pollution. Citing four new offshore frack jobs recently uncovered near Long Beach, the Center wants the commission to prevent the practice by requiring and reviewing permits for …

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Suspect Apprehended in Gang Related Offenses


Detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Gang Enforcement Unit apprehended a suspect February 11, following a foot pursuit in Orcutt near the city of Santa Maria.  28-year-old Nicholas McCloud of Santa Maria was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and grand theft of a bicycle.  McCloud, who has a gang affiliation, was the subject …

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Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Potentially Armed Suspect


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives and Santa Maria Police Department Officers are searching for a suspect who may be armed in the Santa Maria area.  The suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Arbayo Gil, is a documented gang member who fled from Sheriff’s Detectives February 11, when they arrived around 5 p.m. to serve a search warrant at his residence located in the …

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Dr. Julian Crocker’s Education Report


Thanks to Gaye Galvan for 17 Years of Service on Cuesta College Board.  I want to recognize Mrs. Gaye Galvan who is resigning from the Cuesta Community College Board of Trustees for health reasons after 17 years of service. She has represented, Atascadero, Templeton, Santa Margarita and portions of San Luis Obispo, including Cal Poly. Mrs. Galvan is also on …

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Cuesta College Accreditation Reaffirmed


On January 10, 2014, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the regional accrediting agency that evaluates two-year colleges in California, took action to remove Cuesta College from warning status and reaffirm its accreditation. In a letter from ACCJC President Barbara A. Beno, the Commission affirms that Cuesta College has provided evidence that it is now in full …

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Suicide in Avila Beach


On February 9, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a report of suspicious circumstances in the area of San Miguel Street and Avila Beach Drive in Avila Beach. Deputies located a woman who had died as the result of a suicide. The woman has been identified as 41-year-old Maria De La Cruz Albarran Uribe of Nipomo. She …

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