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Cuesta College Spring Semester Begins This Week


Cuesta College’s spring semester begins Tuesday, January 21, 2014. More than 8,700 students are enrolled in courses at Cuesta College as of Friday, January 17. Although there are fewer individual students attending this spring than last year, the average current course load is up two percent, meaning students are taking more classes. The College is offering 63 more sections of ...

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Abel Maldonado Drops Out of Governor’s Race


Former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado is dropping out of the governor's race.  The Republican had been planning to challenge Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown this year, but announced Thursday that, quote, "it’s not my time."  GOP officials had thought Maldonado might have a chance to help the party's standing with Latino voters.  The former lieutenant governor and state senator had trouble ...

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Two Dead In Plane Crash Off of Oceano


It’s been learned that two people were killed in the plane crash off the coast of Oceano Tuesday afternoon. One was 63-year-old Dave Casey, a highly ranked American Airlines commercial pilot and officer in the Air National Guard. The other person on board has not been identified. NTSB officials have confirmed that a Morrisey 2150 aircraft registered to Casey took ...

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No Arrests Made in Abandoned Boat Incident


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is releasing new information about the "super panga" boat that was discovered beached in the Estero Bluffs area near Cayucos January 15. The term "super panga" refers to its size. The 45-foot boat was found abandoned with 4,440 pounds of marijuana on board. The estimated street value is between six to eight million ...

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Plane Crash Pilot Believed to be David Brian Casey


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is releasing new information on a plane crash that occurred on 1-14-14 off the coast of Oceano. Based on information gathered during the course of the investigation, including a wallet found at the crash site and interviews, the Sheriff's Office believes the pilot of the aircraft was David Brian Casey, 63, of Friday ...

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Two Arrested Yesterday After Using Counterfeit Credit Cards


On Tuesday, 01/14/2014 at approximately 4:45, the Pismo Beach Police Department was dispatched to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets in Pismo Beach on a report of two suspects attempting to pass counterfeit credit cards at numerous businesses. A short time later, Officer’s located 25-year-old Nathan Frank Smith of Los Angeles and 27-year-old Sara Ashley Petrill of Norwalk who were subsequently ...

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Structure Fire Contained With None Injured


San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire in a garage at 158 San Jose Court in the City of San Luis Obispo at 11:05 earlier today.  The first SLO City Fire Department unit arrived within 4 minutes of being dispatched and found a rapidly spreading fire involving the attached garage of a 1,200 square ...

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Super Panga Boat Discovered With 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana


A super panga boat was discovered on a beach in Cayucos Wednesday.  This is only the second super panga to show up in San Luis Obispo County. About 4,000 pounds of marijuana were discovered. Super pangas range from 45 to 55 feet rather than the typical 30 foot boat. The drugs found Wednesday are valued around $10 million depending on ...

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Arrest of Santa Barbara Student Leads to Second Arrest


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division arrested a University of California Santa Barbara student yesterday, January 14, following an investigation which began on January 8 and involved Sheriff’s Deputies with the Isla Vista Foot Patrol.   The Sheriff’s Deputies were in the process of citing a subject on a minor in possession of alcohol charge when ...

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Highway 1 Bridge and Rockshed to Open to Traffic Soon


Highway 1 Bridge and Rockshed at Pitkins Curve (post-mile 21.5) is complete and open to traffic, Caltrans officials announced yesterday. The ¼ – mile long project limits extends from just north of Limekiln Creek Bridge to south of Lucia. The project includes a rockshed, a bridge and a retaining wall. Some of the most significant benefits of this project include: ...

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