Wine Grapes Were Number One SLO County Agricultural Commodity


Wine grapes were the number one San Luis Obispo County agricultural commodity in 2013, according to San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures 2013 annual production statistics report. Despite the drought, wine grape production increased 10 percent. Total crop values were $960,710,000, an 11 percent increase from 2012. Strawberries were a close second. Mild weather and low rainfall …

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Distracted Driving Education


During the month of April, law enforcement agencies here are educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  The campaign is in response to the 3,328 people killed nationwide in 2012, and 421,000 people that were injured in crashes involving distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary …

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Insect Dangerous to Citrus Found in Arroyo Grande


The San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department confirmed they found an Asian Citrus Psyllid on March 26 in Arroyo Grande. This is not good news for San Luis Obsipo growers, as the insect is capable of killing citrus trees. The Department of Agriculture has quarantined areas including Pismo Beach to Nipomo that forces growers to exterminate the insects before moving …

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Obama Signed Bill That Capps Had Pushed


President Obama has signed into law a bill that included a provision long championed by Rep. Lois Capps to adjust Medicare reimbursement rates so that they more accurately reflect the actual cost of practicing medicine on the Central Coast. The fix, which Capps had supported and pushed for more than a decade, will solve a long standing problem in which …

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Three People Swept into Ocean


At 9:59 am, March 30, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to an ocean rescue located at Guadalupe Dunes Park. Three people were swept into the ocean at the conclusion of a baptismal ceremony. Two people were rescued and sustained no injuries. The third person was unaccounted for. A search effort began. The search included shore based, water rescue …

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House Fire in Arroyo Grande


Here’s an update on a house fire in Arroyo Grande that occurred yesterday morning about 8. It was a two alarm fire on Platino Lane. Smoke could be seen for miles away. Major damage was done to the home owned by Germano di Carlo. One fireman suffered minor injuries but returned to duty. Nobody else was injured. Officials are still …

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Dr. Julian Crocker’s Education Report


As I mentioned last week, each year in March, for the past 10 years, our office has issued an Annual Education Report for the county’s public schools and we host an event each year to present and discuss the Report.  The Report is included as an insert in the Tribune and this happened last Wednesday. The Report is available online …

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Early Warning Siren Testing


On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, 2014, the Early Warning System sirens located in the Diablo Canyon Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) will undergo regularly scheduled low volume growl tests. Each of the 131 sirens throughout the EPZ will be tested individually for a period of a few seconds. This is only a test and no action is requested …

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Prowler Arrested After Suspicious Activity in Neighborhood


On March 28, at approximately 9:19 PM, San Luis Obispo Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious subject in the neighborhood of the 1100 block of Seaward in San Luis Obispo. Several Officers arrived in the area and began to search for the subject. One of the Officers observed Timothy Kasinger standing on private property in front of a living …

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Woman Passes Away After Falling off Bicycle


On March 18, a 69-year-old female identified as Nora Toni from Arroyo Grande was riding her bicycle northbound in the 300 block of Five Cities Drive in Pismo Beach.  She was riding in the bike lane when witnesses observed her fall off her bike for no specific reason.  She was not wearing a bike helmet at the time of the …

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